Online Self-Learning Course

Outdoor Canine portrait.

Level: Medium – Advanced
Status: Open!

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(9 customer reviews)

Outdoor Canine Portrait Photography Workshop as an Online Course

Level: Medium – Advanced

Aim: To learn and replicate exactly what I would do for dog photography portraits in a live location, capturing “the shot” and being able to transform that shot with creative photoshop tools and conscious editing decisions.

This course is a step-by-step to create the style of work that I was known for in 2020 (see gallery below).

Please note: This course is a direct copy of the previous in-person workshop from the content, delivery time and much more. You WILL need to put in the work, but you can work through at your own speed. 

You will need:

  • Theory, Practical & Editing enthusiasm!
  • DSLR/SLT/Mirrorless Camera
  • Lens (70mm+ on FF/50mm+ on APS-C)

    ^ Ideal lens would be 85mm, 105mm, 135mm or 70-200

  • Computer or Laptop
  • Adobe Lightroom or similar (teaching is in Lightroom Classic)
  • Adobe Photoshop or similar (teaching is in Photoshop)




Hours of content


Info-packed course


Participation Requirements

To be a good fit for this course, you will need to:

  • Fully understand manual mode
  • Understand different focus modes on your camera
  • Confidently bring images into Lightroom, and pick/cull
  • Confidently use Photoshop

If you meet all of the above criteria, continue onwards!

If you’re brand new to Photoshop, we will be running bundles with the Photoshop for Beginners course. If you do not understand manual mode, view this. If you do not understand Lightroom importing, view this.

Please note, this course is delivered in English.

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What’s in it?

I’ve given this style of “woodland portraiture” away in this course through 3 sections on:

  • Theory
  • Shooting
  • Editing

In a nutshell, the course has:

  • Over 550 minutes of video content broken into 50 Videos
  • 4 Full-Edits, including a relatively complex composite
  • 3 end-to-end shoots in different locations with different dogs
  • A handy shoot checklist to take out for your homework
  • A handful of additional editing tools (not on YouTube)
  • A super in-depth theory section that avoids the basics and dives into the practical things we need to know

Have questions? Click the button below to head to the frequently asked questions: 

What others said about this course:

9 reviews for Advanced Outdoor Canine Portrait Access

  1. Rob Gale (verified owner)

    OMG!!! There are not enough amazing words available in the English language to describe this course. This is a must do for anyone who wants to be the very best they can be, best in their area or even best in there country, yes you will need to apply yourself and work hard, but every piece of the puzzle is in this course and nothing is held back. The information included will benefit anyone from a medium level right up to the working professional, and everyone who does it, will experience dramatic improvement and inspiration. It’s impossible to sum this course up because it’s so good. All I can say is, I have never experienced a course that comes anywhere near close to what this can do for someone.

  2. Claire Howes (verified owner)

    Jess is a fantastic teacher; down to earth, straight to the point, caring and very knowledgeable. This course will set you up to create beautiful portraits either for paying clients or for your own walls. She genuinely loves what she does and really wants you to succeed. The course is full of information, tips and tricks and can be challenging but is broken down in a way that you can easily achieve it.

  3. ERIC LANGLOIS (verified owner)

    The course is made for anyone that want to do professional work with a wow factor. I am very good in photoshop and took some advance course in the past and I must say that I was not disappointed given I learn lots of new things. I am sure one I master these techniques I will be able to use them not only in dog photography but in many other type of photography.

  4. Ailinn DallaSanta (verified owner)

    Incredible! Just wow. I highly recommend this, for EVERYONE – professional and beginner. It covers everything you need to know at any level and Jess is the best teacher I´ve ever seen!

  5. Laura Fiddaman (verified owner)

    If in doubt, just do it. I loved Jess’s straight talking videos on YouTube. I wondered whether the investment was worth it when there’s so much valuable stuff already available from her for free – it is SO worth it. I’ve come away understanding much more about what it is I see in my own images and how to create the art I’ve wanted to for a long time. I’d consider myself proficient in Photoshop before this course, but now I’m even more confident in what I can achieve. Thanks Jess and team!

  6. Jo Tresidder (verified owner)

    What can I say? I will try and write a review that will do justice to this course but I feel my words will not even come close to how life changing this has been for me. I had used Photoshop for editing but had no real idea to the basic, core principals that I needed first. I studied the beginners course first and I feel that if you have any doubts in your mind as to ability then this is a great starting place to go into the advanced with confidence. This is a challenging course and is advanced but Jess takes you by the hand and leads you through every step. As said, you will learn first the basics you need to progress and you will quickly understand WHY these are SO important. Camera settings, composition, light, live shoots, distractions (I never realised there were so many) and all of the bonus tips and tricks. Then the exciting part the editing and composites. I looked briefly at the first challenging composite and edit and thought “never, will I do this”, guess what?……not only did I but it looks fantastic and had to pinch myself to remember…..I did that!!. I am excited to take this forward into my own photography and the world is my oyster. I couldn’t leave this review without a personal note to jess and of course the full team. Words do come easy in life but putting those words into actions takes passion. Jess, I wish there were more people like you in the world today, we would be a far better place. Your knowledge, passion, belief and desire to improve others comes over throughout every step of the way in this course. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart…….YOU ARE A LEGEND

  7. Jessica Buck (verified owner)

    Honestly, WOW! There is not much more I can say, because everything has been said in the previous reviews. You learn so much and more. Jess goes above and beyond with this, if you are thinking about doing this course, JUST DO IT! You are missing out, if you do not sign up to this! I have followed Jess on Youtube and loved all her videos, this course is like her Youtube videos as she takes you on a journey with her of how everything and I mean everything, is done. Once you have gone through it, your photography mind will then change perspective on how you see things, I now look at just general photos and think about all the compositional angles etc. It is amazing how this was done virtually, and considering that, it was like we were there in person. Thank you to Jess, and her team, who genuinely have made one of the best workshops I have ever done!!

  8. Anna van Zwol (verified owner)

    Where to begin – when I started this course I knew pretty much nothing. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up due to the difficulty of the course, but Jess is such a natural teacher and explained it all so well I found myself being able to keep up even though I had never even touched PS before! I have improved so much since starting this course and the knowledge gained is invaluable. This course has not only taught me so much, it has also awakened a passion for photography and an eagerness to get out there and practice and learn and experiment and see where my photography journey takes me! I would recommend this course in a heartbeat to anyone interested in learning more about portrait photography! Thank you Jess, for sharing your world of knowledge with us – it is so very much appreciated!

  9. Katie Brockman (verified owner)

    If you’re on the fence about this course, just go for it! I learned more than I could have ever thought possible from this course. From finding shooting locations to composition to editing, Jess covers absolutely everything in such a relatable and easy-to-understand way. Although Jess provide loads of invaluable information on her YouTube channel, this course is even more in-depth and includes SO MUCH knowledge. I’ve learned nearly everything I know about photography from Jess, and this course has truly changed my dog photography journey.

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Grab your space: 

To secure your access to the lessons, you’ll need to purchase access using the product link in this section. There are options so take a peek at the choices available. You have: 

  • A choice of bundling this course with other items for big discounts
  • A choice on the length (6 months access as standard, more on request!)

Ensure you meet the skill level required for this course before securing your space. To view the terms and condition, please click here.

What is The Book?

The Book is a 140+ page interactive companion to the online lessons, delivered direct to your door. It’s on Version 2 after being fleshed out further following the 2020 workshops and now contains a variety of notes, workflows and tools to give your learning an extra push. The book is:

  • Printed on quality recycled paper stock
  • Shipped to your door (worldwide delivery available)
  • Split into 3 sections just like the course: Theory, Shooting and Editing
  • Includes workflows and charts for ease
  • Features scannable codes to navigate to online lessons in a flash*
  • Covers both course content and additional chunks of information

* Course Access must be purchased to allow the codes to work for learners.

The Book is written in English by Jess and is in her normal language, no fanciness here. You can purchase it separately or together with the course lessons for a substantial discount.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the online course:

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How long do I get access for and can I extend this?

Access to the lessons is set at 6 months by default. The content in this course was designed to be delivered and complete within 2 (very long!) full days. We would, however, recommend taking your time to work through the lessons and practise each topic before moving on. 

If at 6 months you need more time, just send us an email with how long you’d like to add on and we’ll sort that as soon as possible. There is no charge for extending after 6 months.

How is the content delivered? Can I download the videos?

The lessons are delivered as videos that are viewable on any device. All video content is in Ultra HD 4k format, hosted securely away from this website for page speed reasons. The average file size of a lesson on this website is around 10GB and therefore downloading video content is not an option.

Some lessons have supporting downloads which are marked clearly with a large button, as well as a brief description of what you are downloading. These downloads are as small as we can possibly make them, but where multiple RAW files are being transferred, the size may put pressure on your internet connection. Please be patient, they will transfer!

Can I access the lessons in any order?

The first time you work through the course, you will need to follow the order provided. This is because the content was created to be delivered in that order, and future lessons will refer to things in previous lessons. 

After you have completed a lesson once, you can go back to it at any time, in any order. 

How is this course different to your YouTube videos?

YouTube is a platform governed by an algorithm, and as such, videos there are planned, constructed, edited and delivered in a specific way. Each video is short, fragmented and covers a teeny topic as quickly as possible with as little information as possible to get the topic explained. 

For example, there is a Composition video on the YouTube channel, there is also a composition section in this course. Couldn’t you just watch the YouTube video instead? You could for sure, but the YouTube video is around 7.5 minutes long (removing the intro and outro) and quick fires points on the basics of composition. The Composition section of this course is 43 minutes and 53 seconds long, deep dives into advanced compositional techniques with examples and walkthroughs. 

There will be familiarity with the YouTube content (if you have watched most of the channel!), but those are starting points, the foundations, that the course builds on. The content is not the same.

So, if you’ve seen your work change and improve from the channel, this step-by-step masterclass of this style of work adds all the missing chunks to bring everything together into one stunning piece of art.

Do I have to sign up within a specific time-frame?

No – this is not a gated enrolment. You can enrol for the course at any time, though any discount codes are likely to be time-restricted. The deadline for the code, if you have one, will be where you found the code (for example, in an email).

About the payment options & access:

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If I pay over 3 months, do I get access at the end of that?

No, access starts with the first payment and runs for the duration of the course period. The course access is not linked to the monthly subscription payments – the two work independently. 

Please note that all 3 payments must be completed. You can find more information about missed payments in our terms and conditions.

How does the pay over 3 months thing work?

Our card processor handles the subscriptions independently, so essentially you pay for the first month and the processor logs a recurring monthly payment for the same amount. The monthly payment is controlled by how many times a charge is placed and when the last charge will be placed. 

Because this is a 3-month plan, the frequency is set to 3 (including your first payment), and the subscription will stop and disconnect after the final payment. 

You do not need to do anything each month, the processor handles everything and keeps us updated if there are any errors. In these situations, we’ll reach out to you privately in the first instance to resolve any issues. 

We do not store any card details or payment information on this website. 

Can I cancel before 3 months is complete?

No, you can’t cancel this subscription early because it’s a payment plan for an item that will already have already been delivered in the form of a course (and maybe a Book!). 

I can see a "subscription" for 3 months - what is this?

Two terms are visible in your Account if you have opted to pay monthly, these are Subscription and Membership. Everyone signed up for this course has a membership, but not everyone has a subscription. Your membership handles your access to the course content (6 months) whereas your subscription handles your payment plan (3 months). The two systems work closely but are not directly linked.

About The Book:

Why does The Book exist?
Why does The Book exist?

The Book, a 76-page landscape paperback book, was first created as a summary and reference guide of the content delivered on the in-person workshops. It was so well received that we felt it would be good to also provide an optional Book with the online version of these lessons.

The book was re-written and extended in its second edition, the one available in 2021, and is now made up of 142 pages split into 3 sections on theory, shooting and editing.

What is in The Book?

The Book contains supporting notes, examples and guides for the online course, including the original Sample Workflow. It is also linked via codes to the online lessons for interactive learning. 

It is available for purchase separately, but we think it works best with the course content.

I live in <country>, can I still have a copy of The Book?

Yes of course – we can ship to any country in the world, including Antarctica! So if you are living with the Polar Bears, we can get a Book out to you in less than 10 days.

Why is The Book heavily discounted with the course?

2 reasons. Firstly, the two were created together, so Jess feels that they should be received together. To make this as viable as possible for you, we’ve discounted it heavily if you bundle it with the course lessons. Secondly, if you’re already signing up for the course content, you will have paid for access to the secrets it contains so there is no reason for us to charge you twice for this information – and so we don’t! 

About the Student Support Group:

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The Student Support Group is sold out, how is this possible?

Facebook groups don’t have limits, you’re correct, but sadly time is a limited resource and there is only one of Jess. If the Group is sold out, it means that we’re at the capacity of students that Jess can realistically support in any given week. As an example, if there are 50 students in the group, and each posts for feedback once per week, Jess needs to allocate close to 2 full days every week to purely provide written feedback, not including breaks or time for cups of tea. 

It’s a time thing, not a you thing!

How do I access the Support Group?

If you have Student Support Group access on your account, you’ll find it listed in your Course section within your Account page. Click into it there and follow the instructions provided. 

How does the Support Group work?

The Support Group is a space for you to post questions and images related to the course content for direct feedback from Jess. Each student is permitted to post 1 image per week for direct feedback, and students must not comment on other images until Jess has provided her comments. 

Jess checks and feeds back into this group most days of the week, including weekends and bank holidays, so if you have submitted an image for feedback, you won’t be waiting long to get it!

Can I email Jess my photos or questions instead?

No, this comes back to the “sold out” point listed above. It is impossible to provide feedback to every person who emails requesting it – there is not enough time for this even if it was all Jess does. There are a few ways to secure feedback though, firstly through the course Student Support Group, secondly through a portfolio review online one to one and finally through a Critique & Tweak submission. You could also enter the monthly challenges, but feedback here will be very brief and is not guaranteed.  

What happens at the end of the access period?

At the end of the access period, we will offer an option to re-subscribe to the group in most cases. If you opt to not renew, you will be removed as a member of the group on Facebook. You can still be a member of the freely open Critique & Tips group instead though!

What others said about the in-person version of this course:

I joined this workshop to learn more about photo’ editing, but I learned so much more than this. I learned that the editing is like the candle on your birthday cake. It finishes it off well, but it’s really not that important. Jess is a very talented teacher with so much knowledge & a great way of delivering that knowledge. If anyone is in two minds about whether this workshop is worth the money, then my answer would be yes. Every single penny & then some.

The workshop was very well organised and it was very obvious how much time and effort had been put in to make sure everything ran smoothly. Jess was super helpful and made sure that everyone got as much out of the weekend as possible. I particularly liked book as it will be great to use as a reference point going forward.

I had a great couple of days, learning so much from Jess both in terms of looking at potential locations as well as a full editing workflow. As part of the workshop we were given a very professionally put together book covering all topics of the workshop, this was a very welcome surprise. All in all the workshop was extremely good value for money and I will be attending more of Jess’s workshops in the future.

If anyone is thinking about a workshop with Jess – do it!  Jess gave us lots of technical information but explained it in a simple and easy to understand way. The shoot in the afternoon was a learning experience in itself, learning what to look for and how to look for shoot locations.  Jess gave support and feedback throughout the shoot, helping us develop and learn.  The editing day was very informative, with Jess always on hand to give advice, explain techniques and help us learn what to look for in our images.  It was an excellent weekend, thank you Jess!

Anyone considering taking a step into dog photography should absolutely consider this course. I have been on many courses but this is by far and away been the best. Jess is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and keen to ensure you come away with the techniques to take you up a level.

Even though I thought I was competent at dog photography there is no doubt that this weekend course has lifted my standard up quite a few notches. To standards higher than I knew existed. The course is 10x more helpful than YouTube and we all know how good they are!

All I can say if you do not attend this you are missing out!

Not only is Jess an incredibly talented photographer, she’s also a phenomenal teacher! The workshop was challenging but Jess and her team walk you through every step of the way – the amount I’ve learnt from it is incredible! I was nervous about attending an advanced workshop because I don’t think of myself as ‘advanced’ but it was one of the best decisions I made. Such a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to put everything I’ve been taught into practice! Thank you 😀

I would highly recommend this workshop for any photographer as the hands-on experience is invaluable and after attending 4 workshops with Jess over 6 years, this has been my favourite and has helped me to continue my photography journey into a new direction 🙂

I would highly recommend the Advanced Portrait Workshop. Jess is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced in dog photography, but is also a great teacher who explains content clearly. The workshop book that was provided is a really valuable resource to refer back to, covering shoot theory and a step-by-step editing flowchart. My dog photography shooting and editing skills improved significantly over the weekend. Thanks Jess!

What a wonderful weekend! Jess covered everything from the very beginning making us think about things differently. The shoot afternoon was a big learning curve, as was the editing day. Be prepared to learn lots, and be absolutely shattered but raring to go after the 2 days.

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Student Gallery:

Images from participants.

Participants of the course submit an image at the start of the online course, which is used as a reference for their starting point. They then submit a second image at the very end of the online course. Those end images are displayed here:

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