CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Master how to find, photograph and pitch powerful conservation stories without the overwhelm of where to start, the stifling insecurity about getting the “right” images, or frustrating confusion over how to connect with editors.

Anne Readel

    I enrolled in the course in June, submitted my first pitch in September, and the story was published in Audubon Magazine in November.

And it was a story happening literally outside my front door! Sure, there are many ways to learn the photography part of this work, but there's a whole hidden world that unless you are in it, you don't know how it works. This course pulls back the veil.

This course has been invaluable.

Make an Impact Starting Today

 

You have big dreams for making a real difference with your images. Your photography has the power to educate, to show people the amazing world we live in and what we stand to lose.

Getting your work into publications is a massive opportunity to reach a bigger audience…. but…

Does this sound familiar…?

I know how to make beautiful photographs. I just don’t know how to make them into a story.

I just have NO IDEA where to start to get published. The whole process feels daunting and makes my palms sweat.

I want to photograph a story, but I have zero focus. I never seem to make progress toward that goal.

I’m comfortable with animals and landscapes – it’s photographing the people part that freaks me out.

I want to make a difference with my images, but I’m totally lost as to how. Whenever I start to think about it, I get overwhelmed.

I’ve tried pitching to editors, but no one ever answers my emails. I’m so frustrated and discouraged.

Whether you’re brand new to the scene or want to take your skills to the next level, you need a system for discovering and photographing fresh stories and a strategy to get them into the hands of editors.

That's because…

✔️ Changing minds and attitudes is done through powerful visual stories

(which means building your skills beyond using a camera's buttons)

 

✔️ The stand-alone images you're used to capturing aren’t enough to spark the big changes you want to see

(nor are they the ticket to getting noticed by publications)

 

✔️ Photographing your story ideas in fits and starts hasn’t worked

(and has left you feeling unsure about your next right move)

 

✔️ Getting laser-focused about a single story, and having a step-by-step strategy to shoot and pitch it, is the surefire way to get an editor to notice you

(and say “YES!” to publishing your work!)

Crafting a complete conservation photo story from START to FINISH, and getting it seen by an editor will…

>> Catapult your photography to incredible new levels

It’s all about focus and clarity. That’s what is required to see a story through from concept to pitch. You’re pushing yourself past old comfort zones, pushing past limits in your existing skills, and taking on a whole exciting range of new skills. 

When you can envision all the shots you need to tell a story, you get energized and eager to throw yourself into new strategies and approaches. You’re pushing past limits with your gear and exploring fresh styles with zero second-guessing or self-doubt.

You’re so focused on your story and you’re so clear on what you need to photograph in order to tell it, that suddenly you become a master of surprising new skills. 

 

>>  Open doors for more opportunities

You already know the power of relationships and connections in daily life. It's just as critical in conservation photography.

The trust you build with your subjects as you photograph your stories, the relationships you develop with key characters and collaborators, and the connections you make with editors all lead to more opportunities practically falling into your lap. 

People see what you’re capable of accomplishing through your passion, drive and creative visual storytelling skills. And that means the next story is even easier to grab.

 

>>  Establish you as a serious conservation photographer

You’re capable of extraordinary things. It’s time to move beyond donating images here and there to nonprofit groups. Ramp up to the next level, reach a bigger audience, and make a name for yourself as a conservation photographer.

This is not about ego. It’s about being effective. 

What sets dabblers and skilled photographers apart is the ability to recognize and create a complete story. When you know how to photograph complete stories, you step up your game as a volunteer and as a professional. 

You become known as someone whose images are influential, as someone who is the go-to photographer for everyone from local nonprofits to nationwide publications. And that means your photography truly makes an impact.

 

>>  Generate unstoppable momentum

The satisfaction and excitement of seeing your work in print is unparalleled, as is the confidence that comes with it. After your first byline is published, you’ll be chomping at the bit to start in on your next story.

Work your way through the entire story-crafting process, and your experiences build up energy and momentum that rolls you right into your next story, and the next, and the next. Small successes build to big accomplishments, and your work increases in quality and reach.

And you know what? The world needs exactly that.

Your skills and talents in photography are incredibly powerful, and when you apply them to conservation issues, you’re helping us all benefit.

 

>>  Build a cash flow so your passion work pays for itself

It doesn’t matter if this is your hobby, a side-hustle, or something you want to get serious about as a career. Fact is, you need to earn an income to offset the costs of creating stories – from camera gear to travel to permits and more.

This work can lead to paychecks. And incoming paychecks means your ongoing ability to get out there, camera in hand, and accomplish amazing things! 

The reasons to become a published conservation photographer are obvious.

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Yet, the path to doing it successfully is anything but clear.

No more considering.

It’s time to create!

 

There it is again, that dissatisfied feeling and the thought nagging at the back of your brain: “I want to do something bigger. I want to photograph a story. How do I even get started?” 

You’ve watched the world unravel, lately. You’ve seen worrying issues pop up close to home, all while knowing that your skills in photography could drive the direction of that very problem toward a solution.

You’ve thought about how you might photograph it, you’ve even headed out a time or two to gather images. But then uncertainty about the best way to tell the story builds. You’re unsure of what images you actually need or how to get them.

The very idea of contacting an editor is big… and scary. You start to question if your story idea is “worthy” of publication. Aren’t “real” conservation stories about places far away, or saving creatures no one has heard of?

The overwhelm and swirl of questions gets to you, and you loop back around to the beginning: You can’t claim to be a conservation photographer until you’ve been published.

And you don’t know how to get there.

But here’s the thing. You can claim that title RIGHT NOW. 

 

You are already more, much more than an amateur nature photographer with a desire to do good.

Imagine what it'll feel like to have a roadmap in hand, one that gets you to that printed story and a byline to post proudly on your website, and an instructor who guides you along the route.

Good News!

There’s a system for getting from idea to published. A step-by-step map that keeps you focused and on track. A system that keeps your confidence level high because you know what your next move is and how to make it.

Introducing…

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Kyle Gerner

   The course has paid for itself in less than a year!

Before taking Conservation Photography 101, I had no previously published work – text or photo.
I didn’t have fancy equipment.
I had no website.
I also didn't have any photo editing software.
I had no network.
I don't know anyone in any sort of editorial or wildlife biology field.

I thought, how does somebody with zero experience and a full-time job get started in this?

I’d only taken one virtual photography workshop. It was nice…But it didn’t show anything about how you do them.

Then I came across Conservation Photography 101.

All of the resources are very articulate, very thorough and most importantly, the how is emphasized.

It’s connecting me to my community. I’m meeting people, volunteering, and making connections – all something I never really thought I’d need to do as a photographer. And I’m writing now! I didn’t think I’d ever write anything!

And now I have my first conservation photo story accepted for publication.

The course has paid for itself in less than a year!

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Shari Romar

   This course has been the best investment I've made in photography.

I've been into nature photography for 25 years or so. I’ve gotten a few pictures and a couple of articles published. But I was having trouble with two main things: organization and feedback.

And I wanted to work on deeper stories, instead of just doing a couple of random off-hand pieces here and there.

When I joined Conservation Photography 101, it exceeded every expectation.

I’ve taken lots of online classes. I even did my master's degree many years ago through a distance learning program. So I’ve had a lot of experiences with online courses – some good, some forgettable.

This course has blown-my mind. Every element is spectacular.

Jaymi is so active in it. It's not like you just do the course and then good luck to you. Jaymi is responding to every single person's comments and questions. And the depth of feedback is beyond what I ever expected.

I've learned so much that’s helped not only improve my photography, but also really build up my confidence.

With the frameworks from the course, I’m more clear on what I want to photograph when I’m out, and how I’ll approach it. I know what my next step is, and I’m now confident that I know what I'm doing.

This course has been the best investment I've made in photography, aside from my gear. I highly recommend it to any photographer who wants to grow their skills.

Susan Winfree

I’ve seen a huge growth in my photography skills.

I've done a lot of photography trips the last few years and the more I got out, the more I saw the impact people have in wild places. From bear jams in the Tetons, to balloons floating in the ocean on whale trips, it all started bothering me, making me feel like I needed to do something.

Then a friend recommended Conservation Photography 101 so I could learn to use my photos to highlight important stories.

Now I feel such joy in my photography, like I have a new box of tools to play with. I’m experiencing a lot more fun in my photography and at a deeper level which I didn’t have before, and am finding more and more to be curious about.

Conservation Photography 101 is amazingly well-created. It’s wonderful to get supportive and expert feedback on your work as you go through the course.

Jaymi has a high level of experience, and is so upbeat, offering smart ideas and solutions to students. I might be focused on one thing and she shifts my perspective to a new way of seeing things. I’ve grown to think more creatively with my photography by really planning out the shots I want to make and why.

Because of Conservation Photography 101, I’ve seen a huge growth in my photography skills and an increase in my confidence and comfort level when meeting other people in my community who are involved in some kind of conservation. I’m much more motivated to make those connections, and the people I meet embrace what I’m doing and love to talk and share their ideas.

It’s been incredible. The course has opened up all these possibilities for me and gives my photography a purpose I’m super excited about!

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

LEARN FROM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER & PHOTO EDITOR

Hi, I'm Jaymi Heimbuch

I’ve been a professional wildlife conservation photographer for over a decade, and am a freelance photo editor for conservation-focused publications. Equal to my passion of pursuing stories is my joy of teaching others and helping YOU attain your greatest goals.

I know how difficult it can feel to get started in your conservation photography journey. Trust me, I've been there! And every day I see pitches for photo stories, so I know what gets attention and Yes answers.

I am all about building strategies that minimize overwhelm, spiraling, and stagnation so you can gain momentum. Because what you do with your photography talents means the world to us all (literally).

I've had the honor of watching my students tackle the challenges and break through barriers in how they approach a story, how they approach their image creation, and importantly, how they think about themselves as conservation photographers.

Pulling from my love of structure and organization, and my passion for teaching conservation storytelling, I’ve crafted a system that will help you get out of the thought spiral and into the field making waves.

So if you’re ready to finally shoot and pitch a complete conservation story without the overwhelm, intimidation or confusion here’s how we’ll get you there…

Conservation Photography 101 is the only program of its kind in this field.

By the time you finish this course, you'll be able to

So many photo stories are happening all around you, right now.
Learn step-by-step how to capture them and get them in front of audiences

What You'll Learn

   Module 1: Create

This module is all about crafting the foundations of your story project.

You’ll discover ways to find story leads, the key features that make a story worth pursuing, and the essentials for setting up a structure for how you’ll move from first image to polished pitch.

This module sets you up for success in the rest of the course.

You’ll learn:

✅ How to find (and keep track of!) great photo story ideas and leads

✅ The 5 Cs that are embedded inside every great conservation story, and how to identify and include them in your conservation photo story

✅ Strategies for approaching characters and experts for your story

✅ The one core tool that keeps you on track and confidently contacting key players

✅ The proven system for planning out your story creation process so you can see the finish line before you even take your first shot

   Module 2: Shoot

Your solid story idea is done and it’s time to get into action.

Dive into the details of the must-have images for a conservation photo essay, how to get them, and how to stretch your creative, storytelling muscles when you're feeling stuck.

Master smart strategies for planning your shoots, capturing compelling images in the field, and hone your eye-catching portfolio.

You'll Learn

✅ Exercises for how to study published stories for insights and dramatically ramp up your creative thinking skills

✅ The BBRB strategy for capturing all the critical images for your story

✅ Techniques for staying calm, cool and creative in the field even in the midst of swirling activity

✅ How to plan out your photo shoots so you maximize your field time without the stress, overwhelm or missed shot opportunities

How to edit a pitch-perfect portfolio with a photo story that reads like a novel

   Module 3: Pitch

With that amazing portfolio in hand, you’ll tackle writing an equally amazing pitch and sending it off to an editor.

Get into that can-do mindset for finding and connecting with editors, and the strategies for maximizing your chance of a “yes” answer.

You’ll learn:

✅ The tools for finding publications that are a perfect match for your story

✅ The secret to building quality connections with editors (hint: this has nothing to do with pitching!)

✅ The 7 key elements of an eye-catching pitch and how to write them with the clear, concise copy that editors love

✅ Surprisingly effective strategies for getting your pitch email opened and read

✅ The time-tested strategy for maximizing YES answers from editors

Time Sensitive Bonuses

When you enroll now, you'll also receive these value-packed bonuses

PLUS…

Value: $397

Scale Your Story into a Project

How to transform a story idea into a full-scale conservation visual storytelling project.

When you dig into a story, often there's much, much more there than can be contained in a single article… and you want to explore it all! This is when your story becomes a project – which quickly becomes overwhelming.

This course shows you the steps to transition your story into a project without the overwhelm or getting lost in the weeds. 

Whether it's a short-term project or a long-term endeavor, you'll have the tools you need to stay clear and reach your goals.

You'll Learn:

  • Clarity on what makes a project different from a story, and how to know what you're really working on
  • The 3 most common project structures and how to choose the right one for your idea
  • Building your project's rock-solid foundation for success
  • What to consider when deciding to work with collaborators
  • Fundraising strategies for projects of any kind
  • Smart methods for rolling out your project's content for maximum effect
  • Workbooks and templates to guide you through the material

Value: $197

Photography Website Essentials

How to create a Portfolio website that impresses visitors and attracts editors.

When editors land on your website, are they impressed with what they see? Having a streamlined, easy-to-navigate website that clearly expresses who you are as a photography is critical.

Through video lessons packed with information and examples, you'll learn what goes into crafting a simple, elegant website that has visitors falling in love with your images.

You'll Learn:

  • The four essential components every portfolio website must include
  • Strategies for curating impressive galleries that highlight your work
  • How to select images and order those images into a gallery that stops the scroll
  • How to create a viewing experience that keep editors exploring your site
  • Tips and tricks for optimizing your website for Google searches
  • How to write image-centric articles that attract visitors (and photo editors!)

The total value of these 2 bonus trainings alone is nearly $600.

Right now they're yours for FREE with your enrollment.

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

Student Successes

Kathy Lichtendahl

Bill McFarland

Jules Jacobs

    I am not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life.

Since I could walk I've loved animals, and I have been very worried about conservation. I always thought there wasn't really a path to being a conservation photographer outside of being a Nat Geo staff photographer. 

So I wondered, Where does my work go? There’s a frustration that you want to do this work and you want to make a difference, and yet how do you gain an outlet?

I found Conservation Photography 101 and thought, “This is what I've been looking for all this time!”

The growth that I've seen out of myself and my work has been huge. Storytelling was not even in my vocabulary before Conservation Photography 101. I was looking for just the wildlife aspects. But now I'm looking for those elements that make it different and make it a story. 

Having access to Jaymi, a professional in the field, and having her feedback is so helpful because then I can go and do the work in a much better way. 

And our student group, The Quad, is a network of superstars. It's such a diverse meeting of the minds and a great group to spitball off of. Having that accountability component is great because when you're taking the course, it might be hard to keep going if you're not constantly checking in.

With this course, you learn how to make these amazing stories and take them to the next level. And when it's coupled with this group of people that's also pushing the same direction, you really make it happen.

I definitely wouldn't have pursued my early story ideas without the course because I wouldn't have known where to start.

If you don't want to engage in the greatest fight that humanity's ever faced, if you don't want to be on the frontlines of telling the story of humanity, then yeah, don't sign up. If you want to be here, and if you want to be in the action, and if you want to be inspiring others, this course will change your life if you let it.

I am not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life.

Sarah Killingsworth

    I’ve absolutely gotten a return on my investment in CP101. It’s probably the best investment I made in 2020. 

Coming to conservation visual storytelling as a second professional chapter in my life, it was difficult for me to find resources for support and training. It was overwhelming to try to envision the path forward, wondering “How do I build the necessary skills? Is it classes? Is it reading books? How do I go about building the network?”

What I needed was a roadmap of how to take a group of images or an idea for a story and transform it into something that had a broader audience.

When CP101 came out, my immediate thought was, “How did the universe know exactly what I needed when I was feeling so stuck!?” Literally!

For someone who likes to be organized and was just starting out, not knowing how to prioritize different tasks or how much I had to get done on a particular step before I could consider the next step was frustrating. It was incredibly helpful to finally have a really concrete roadmap that answers these questions.

The publications I had in 2021 were a direct result of the work I did in Conservation Photography 101 in 2020, including the cover story in a regional magazine which was the story I workshopped while taking the course.

I’ve absolutely gotten a return on my investment in CP101. It’s probably the best investment I made in 2020. It has helped me build a strong foundation.

Remembering where I was a couple of years ago, I can say without doubt that you will grow by leaps and bounds as a conservation storyteller in taking this course.

Anne Readel

    I enrolled in the course in June, submitted my first pitch in September, and the story was published in Audubon Magazine in November.

I picked up a camera for the first time in 2019. I love sharing the wonder of nature, but I also want to share it in a way that can impact conservation. A lot of my interests are local as well. So I thought, “How can I combine those interests with photography?”

I saw photo-driven articles come out, and knew I wanted to create published photo stories, too… but I had no idea how.

You can learn a lot by just trial and error, but you can learn a lot quicker by working with people that know what to do. I started reading articles online, I took a couple shorter duration workshops that were helpful, but I knew I needed a course to help me understand really the nuts and bolts of what it takes to get something done.

That's what I was really struggling with.

Then I found Conservation Photography 101.

Having steps laid out really clearly of exactly how to get from point A to point Z made everything feel doable.

I enrolled in the course in June, submitted my first pitch in September, and the story was published in Audubon Magazine in November.

I was thrilled about it, and this was actually a story that I hadn't entirely thought out beforehand. But thanks to the course, I recognized how I could shoot it, develop a story from it, and ultimately pitch it. And it was a story happening literally outside my front door.

If I had to describe Conservation Photography 101, it would be “How to Get S**t Done 101.” Sure, there are many ways to learn the photography part of this work, but there's a whole hidden world that unless you are in it, you don't know how it works. This course pulls back the veil.

A valuable unexpected gain from this course is the discussions that other students have, and learning from other people. It builds confidence. You hear other people discuss what they're going through and working on, and you recognize you’re not alone in this.

This course helped me realize how many local stories there actually are. There are stories all around us that anybody could document – it's liberating! And Conservation Photography 101 shows you how to recognize, shape and photograph those stories.

I think a lot of us are probably perfectionists or we're very driven, and we want to produce the best work we possibly can. But at some point, you need to just pull the trigger. Jaymi helps you see when you can do that, when to get out of your own way to get your story into the world.

This course has been invaluable.

Anthony Ochieng

   The program is like the back bone of my conservation photography professional career.

As a professional conservation visual storyteller, I want to be an inspiration to the next generation of African Conservation Photographers. But it’s very difficult to make a career in this field, and I wanted training to help me achieve my goals.

There was no structured program before, and all I could do was look at other photographers’ work and imagine the steps of what they did to get their conservation photo stories and be impactful in the process.

When I found CP101, it helped me realize the importance of having a step to step approach in doing a conservation photo story and this has come a long way in designing all my photography assignments.

I have been applying everything I have learned from the course on all my assignments so far and I am forever grateful. I have seen a lot of changes too. The program is like the back bone of my conservation photography professional career.

Jennifer Leigh Warner

  You learn so much more in this than you would in a college

I am a conservation photographer primarily focused on human-wildlife coexistence stories. 

When I was pitching stories to editors, it was crickets. I wasn't hearing anything back. And that made me doubt myself. I was second guessing what I was doing. First impressions are really important in an industry like this, and I was afraid that I was going to develop a bad reputation of somebody who doesn't know what they're doing. 

I was hearing a lot of people who are taking Conservation Photography 101 talk about all the amazing things that they were getting out of it. I believe in investing in education so I went for it. 

This course has been absolutely worth the investment. When you have an actual step-by-step course that teaches you everything you need to know, and have a support system to show you you're on the right track, it's absolutely worth it. 

Thanks to CP 101, I've had success with getting the attention of the people I'm trying to pitch to. I’m having open conversations with editors as opposed to hearing nothing back. 

And when I completed a story and sent it to an editor, that editor’s response was probably the most encouraging thing I had ever heard. He said that the combination of story woven in with the narrative was one of the best story narratives he's ever seen. And that's an editor who's been around for 25 years!

Even outside of pitching stories, I'm seeing a greater success in working with organizations that I've been partnered with. I can now see what the needs are of the organization and I'm using the storytelling skills I’ve gained. I’ve experienced an immense change in everything that I'm doing. 

To be honest, I studied photography in college. I feel like you learn so much more in this than you would in a college. And if you do a one-week workshop you're probably going to spend at least $3000-$4000 to be in person. But with CP101, you don't have that investment and you can do it at your leisure. You can't beat the price for what you're gonna learn in this course.

I think it's 100% worth it.

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

This course is designed for your ongoing success.

Unlike most programs that have an end date, this course keeps on going. And, with the bonuses, you get 9 MONTHS of extra help! Enjoy an hour with me each month for live coaching and feedback, plus 9 MONTHS of daily access to the student-only group where you can get encouragement, connection and help from both your peers and me.

This ongoing educational support is something you can't find with any other workshop or training program.

Learn on YOUR Terms

  • Work at your own pace.

  • Revisit lessons as often as you'd like. The materials are yours for life.

  • Mobile and tablet friendly content.

  • Get your questions answered. If you need to miss a monthly live Q&A, submit your questions ahead of time & watch the recording of the session later.

What's Inside

Here's what's immediately available inside your student portal.

All Lessons

Dive in right away with all the course videos at your fingertips.

PDF Worksheets

Download and print out worksheets to help you implement what you learn

Streaming Videos

Watch your course lessons on the go. No downloading needed.

Student Group

Join your peers for 9 months of troubleshooting, feedback and creative conversation

Templates & Tools

Get past any sticking point thanks to templates, checklists, and more.

  • All Lessons

    Dive in right away with all the course videos at your fingertips.

  • PDF Worksheets

    Download and print out worksheets to help you implement what you learn

  • Streaming Videos

    Watch your course lessons on the go. No downloading needed.

  • Student Group

    Join your peers for 9 months of troubleshooting, feedback and creative conversation

  • Templates & Tools

    Get past any sticking point thanks to templates, checklists, and more.

More Student Stories

Colleen Taggart

   With so much information to inspire and challenge, you can't help but grow your expertise.

I love to be outside with my camera but I struggled with a drifting lack of focus. I wasn’t pushing my photography skills. I felt confused and discouraged about how to make a real difference, and how to contribute in a way that also generates some income.

This course was a perfect fit and I just jumped in head first. This is such a strong, cohesive program and Jaymi’s encouragement for large and small gains really pushed me to try harder and be better. I have way more options to choose from when shooting, and I find myself looking for story-telling photos more consistently now.

One of the richest things about this course has been the access to Jaymi and the student group. I learned so much from everyone. With so much information to inspire and challenge, you can't help but grow your expertise. Jaymi's connections and wealth of information along with the diverse experience of group participants is priceless.

Now I feel like I have all the tools, and know what direction to go in.

Bill MacFarland

    And, one of the stories I worked on during this course has been accepted for publication by a national magazine! WOOOHOOO! That's what we're talkin' about!

I had no idea how to package my work to present it to others and nobody…would…return…my ….emails….nobody! I was pretty frustrated. I really wanted to learn how to pitch my work to editors and get responses.

This course has changed my approach to my photo storytelling. I now know a good story when I see it and I know when one of my story ideas isn't quite there yet.

And, one of the stories I worked on during this course has been accepted for publication by a national magazine! WOOOHOOO! That's what we're talkin' about!

Being part of the student group and taking part in the Q&As really accelerated my learning. It was so helpful to hear other students’ frustrations and watch Jaymi coach them into practical next steps. Now I have more tools when I have those same frustrations.

You can study all sorts of information and practice hard to become a good photographer. And in time, you can probably also learn to put together nice photo essays that convey an idea. Until the Conservation Photography 101 course came along, I'm not sure you could learn to do conservation photography without spending a decade developing the contacts, learning what works, and having plenty of luck along the way. After taking this course, I feel I've learned the fundamentals and have success pitching stories, doing fundraisers and building collaborations with conservation organizations.

As a matter of fact, within four months from the start of this course, I went from being frustrated that I couldn't get prospective clients and collaborators to return my calls and emails, to a national magazine editor telling me that they wanted to publish the story I pitched. I can't think of a better result than that!

Lisa Alvarez

   Here, you get the “nuts and bolts” on how to move forward.

I want to be a conservation photographer but I didn’t have the storytelling skills to really get started. I was insecure about how to move forward, and I hadn't seen a class that taught the skills I would need. You probably don't want to know what I was saying to myself – suffice it to say, it wasn't positive!

I've read articles on how to become a Conservation Photographer, but that does not even begin to compare with what you learn in this course. Here, you get the “nuts and bolts” on how to move forward with the goal to enter this field that you won't get anywhere else. I now know how to research conservation stories and to better plan my images so that they tell a story.

When I saw CP101, I didn’t have any hesitation about enrolling. And now, I’m on my way! I have a specific goal to get published and more importantly, I have a plan and resources to accomplish it.

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

YOUR RISK-FREE EDUCATION

14-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Conservation Photography 101 is a course designed specifically with you in mind. The system has been crafted out of my on-the-ground experience as a full-time conservation photographer and my experience in teaching conservation photography.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’ll get results from this course. But it doesn't come magically – it requires effort on your part and truly putting in the work that leads to results.

If you enroll in the course and don’t feel more confident and structured in your photo storytelling skills within the first 14 days, I’ll refund you in full. Simply reach out to me with an email, show me the required coursework you've completed, and I’ll refund your investment. See the risk-free refund details here.

What You Get When You Enroll

Conservation Photography 101 Includes

Full Signature Course with 3 modules of video lessons & a full suite of supplemental materials. Each module includes PDF checklists, worksheets, editable templates, guides, swipe files, and more so you can easily take action and see results.
(Value: $1,997)

Bonus #1:

Lifetime access to the course, including ALL future updates. Every time this course is revised, expanded or improved, you will get those updates free of charge for as long as this courses exists.
(Value: $997)

Bonus #2:

9 Months Inside a Private Student Group Gain access to the online students-only group where you can troubleshoot and brainstorm with peers, get your questions answered, and keep your momentum growing through a supportive community.
(Value: $1,997)

Bonus #3:

9 Months of coaching and live instructor feedback. Get in-depth feedback on your work and your questions answered directly by Jaymi weekly in the student group AND during our monthly live coaching sessions. From critiquing images to clarifying your ideas to mindset coaching, gain extra insights  to put into action.
(Value: $4,997)

Bonus #4:

Scale Your Story Into A Project course. This course shows you the steps to transition your story into a project without the overwhelm or getting lost in the weeds. Whether it's a short-term project or a long-term endeavor, you'll have the tools you need to stay clear and reach your goals.
(Value: $397)

Bonus #5:

Portfolio Website Essentials course. When editors land on your website, are they impressed with what they see? Having a streamlined, easy-to-navigate website that clearly expresses who you are as a photography is critical. Through video lessons packed with information and examples, you'll learn what goes into crafting a simple, elegant website that has visitors falling in love with your images.
(Value: $197)

Bonus #6:

The Implementation Map. This whole course is self-paced, so you can go through it at any speed that works for you. But you might work best when you have some structure and accountability. The Implementation Map breaks down exactly what to complete each week based on how much time you have available in your schedule to work on the course. Whether that’s 1-2 hours a week, 3-6 hours a week or more. Just follow the map and make steady progress to the finish line!
(Value: $47)

Total value of what you receive when you enroll is over $10,500

Your investment is a tiny fraction of that.

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

Rather than getting excited about an idea only to have the joy fizzle out when you get to the hard parts, you’ll know how to structure your ideas, and your actions, to shoot a story confidently from start to finish. That consistency means momentum.

You’ll pitch with confidence because you’ll know exactly what it takes to pull off a story. No more blank spots in your knowledge bank that hold you back.

You’ll become a better storyteller, recognizing the most important elements or images you need and knowing exactly how to capture them on camera.

You're never on your own.


As a special and value-packed bonus, you gain 9 months of live instructor coaching and feedback. Enjoy live Q&A sessions with me. Every. Single. Month. Need to miss a live session? No problem. Catch the recording in your course dashboard, or hop into the student group to get input from your peers. You always have access to help.

You might be wondering…

How long will it take me to finish the course?

This course is completely self-paced. If you’re super ambitious, you can complete the video trainings in a weekend. Or, you can move through the course more slowly, implementing the exercises as you complete each lesson.

The great thing is you have this course for life, and there’s no such thing as falling behind.

If you're wondering, “Do I really have time to do this?” here’s what I can tell you….

It’s a whole lot easier to accomplish big things when you aren’t wasting that beautiful, precious time trying to piece-meal together a DIY how-to plan for your photography goals.

That’s why I built Conservation Photography 101 in the first place. 

So that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time as I did slogging through the “how do I do this??” and instead you get to skip straight to the “I’m really doing this!!!” part.

(Because we all know there’s no time left to waste when it comes to conservation issues!)

And I built CP101 to fit into anyone’s schedule…

  • Even a schedule that shifts around
  • Even if you travel a lot for work
  • Even if you have a family with members who need care

That’s because Conservation Photography 101 has: 

  • 24/7 lifetime access to the training videos and exercises, which you can complete at your own pace (there’s no such thing as “I’m behind” in CP101)
  • Weekly feedback from me on any work you submit for a full 9 months (plenty of time for the average student to complete multiple photo storeis)
  • Monthly group coaching calls for 9 months, which you can attend live or submit your questions ahead and watch the recording when you feel like it

If it’s possible to carve out 1-2 hours per week to dedicate to your photography, then it’s possible to complete this course and get your photo stories published.

Is it possible to wake up extra early one weekend day?

Or is there time in the evenings when you usually watch TV where you can instead work on a photo story?

This can literally make all the difference for you. 

Imagine:

What will you accomplish when you dedicate a bit of spare time each week to work on your photography so that you master how to create compelling conservation photo stories, with support from me at every step?

Your schedule-friendly road map for photographing effective conservation stories + coaching and support from me all along the way is waiting for you inside the course.

What if I don’t have any story ideas, let alone connections with organizations or editors?

That is A-OK, because I teach all about finding stories and making connections. You don’t need to come into this course with any of that in hand. It’s all built into the system I teach!

Will I get lost in confusing jargon and complicated photography concepts?

We check jargon and intimidation at the door! I’m all about providing actionable information that anyone, at any experience level, can understand and implement. This course is designed to ensure you grasp the information as quickly as possible so you can get out there and do big things.

Do I need a fancy camera or special gear?

Nope! It's the photographer, not the camera, that creates photo stories. And you can complete this program with any camera.

So, start with the program first. Get crystal clear on the kind of visual stories you want to make. That’ll inform future equipment decisions.

And if you decide you want something special for a shoot, you can always rent or borrow gear.

Gear is just a tool that helps you build the visual stories you envision. That's a skill no camera will give you (but this course will!)​

How is this different from other photography courses?

I'm so glad you asked! This is the only online education course of its kind designed for photographers wanting to focus on conservation storytelling.

We dive into topics that are specific to the issues you deal with in photographing a conservation story.

No other program focuses on our niche in this way, let alone has the high level of instructor coaching and engagement PLUS peer-to-peer support built into it.

And there's something else that really makes it stand apart.

The price.

Conservation Photography 101 is a fraction of the cost of most photography education programs (and I'm not talking about those $79 catch-all courses that don't actually teach you anything actionable.)

A quick scan of in-person photo workshops shows you'll invest $2,000, $3,000, or far more for a week with an instructor. Once that week is up, you head home and are on your own again. You'll hopefully remember most of what you learn in that week.

Instead…

With Conservation Photography 101, you get a self-paced training program with 9 months of dedicated instructor support for less than 1/4 the cost of that Sony A9 you've been eyeballing.

What if I can’t afford it right now?

Buying gear, taking pictures and doing nothing with them is a negative sum game.

Getting published, however, comes with a paycheck.

Imagine how it will feel when you open the mailbox and see a check with your name on it, thanks to the hard work you put into photographing a story that makes a big, positive impact on this world, and that you put in front of an editor!

As Sarah says:

“The publications I had in 2021 were a direct result of the work I did in Conservation Photography 101 in 2020, including the cover story in a regional magazine which was the story I workshopped while taking the course. I’ve absolutely gotten a return on my investment in CP101. It’s probably the best investment I made in 2020.”

Or as Jennifer says:

I studied photography in college. I feel like you learn so much more in this than you would in a college. If you do a one-week workshop you're probably going to spend at least $3000-$4000 to be in person. But with CP101, you don't have that investment of having to travel somewhere, you can do it at your leisure, and it never really ends. You just keep learning. You can't beat the price for what you're gonna learn in this course.”

How long do I get to be a member of the student group and get live instructor feedback?

As a bonus with your course, you get 9 months of access to Storyteller Accelerator, my group coaching program.

It includes a students-only group where you can talk with peers and troubleshoot together 24/7.

(This is NOT some Facebook group. This is a robust, distraction-free zone where you can get focused feedback from others who are going through the course alongside you.)

AND!

You get me for 9 full months providing weekly feedback to your work plus a monthly live coaching session. I'm all about being with you in the trenches, all the way.

You're not alone in this exciting journey.

Am I guaranteed to get published?

Oh how I'd love to exclaim YES right now. But, there are no guarantees in life. Like everything, the results you achieve at the end of a task are based on the work you put into it.

I'm giving you the entire road map for getting your pitch into the hands of an editor. Success is ultimately up to you.

What if I don’t get results?

Conservation Photography 101 is a course that has been designed specifically with you in mind. The system has been crafted out of my on-the-ground experience as a full-time conservation photographer AND my experience in teaching conservation photography. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’ll get results from this course. If you enroll in the course and put in the work, but don’t feel more confident and structured in your photo storytelling skills within the first 14 days, I’ll refund you in full. Simply reach out to me with an email, show me the required coursework you've completed, and I’ll refund your investment. The details of the risk-free refund is outlined in our Terms of Service.

Sounds amazing - can you remind me what all I get when I enroll?

Absolutely! When you enroll in Conservation Photography 101, you’ll receive 3 modules of training videos and a whole treasure trove of downloadable supplemental resources that go along with each module.

The moment you enroll, you'll have access to the training platform where a welcome guide is waiting for you. It walks you through your first steps as a student, including joining the bonus private student support group where we'll get the party started!

But of course there’s a whole lot more that you’ll get alongside this course right now …. Let’s peruse those bonuses again!

Conservation Photography 101 Includes

Full Signature Course with 3 modules of video lessons & a full suite of supplemental materials. Each module includes PDF checklists, worksheets, editable templates, guides, swipe files, and more so you can easily take action and see results.
(Value: $1,997)

Bonus #1:

Lifetime access to the course, including ALL future updates. Every time this course is revised, expanded or improved, you will get those updates free of charge for as long as this courses exists.
(Value: $997)

Bonus #2:

9 Months Inside a Private Student Group Gain access to the online students-only group where you can troubleshoot and brainstorm with peers, get your questions answered, and keep your momentum growing through a supportive community.
(Value: $1,997)

Bonus #3:

9 Months of coaching and live instructor feedback.Get in-depth feedback on your work and your questions answered directly by Jaymi weekly in the student group AND during our monthly live coaching sessions. From critiquing images to clarifying your ideas to mindset coaching, gain extra insights  to put into action.
(Value: $4,997)

Bonus #4:

Scale Your Story Into A Project course. This course shows you the steps to transition your story into a project without the overwhelm or getting lost in the weeds.Whether it's a short-term project or a long-term endeavor, you'll have the tools you need to stay clear and reach your goals.
(Value: $397)

Bonus #5:

Portfolio Website Essentials course. When editors land on your website, are they impressed with what they see? Having a streamlined, easy-to-navigate website that clearly expresses who you are as a photography is critical. Through video lessons packed with information and examples, you'll learn what goes into crafting a simple, elegant website that has visitors falling in love with your images.
(Value: $197)

Bonus #6:

The Implementation Map. This whole course is self-paced, so you can go through it at any speed that works for you. But you might work best when you have some structure and accountability. The Implementation Map breaks down exactly what to complete each week based on how much time you have available in your schedule to work on the course. Whether that’s 1-2 hours a week, 3-6 hours a week or more. Just follow the map and make steady progress to the finish line!
(Value: $47)

Total value of what you receive when you enroll is over $10,500

Your investment is a tiny fraction of that.

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

This course is perfect for you if…

   You are new to the world of conservation photography and want to start off on the right path

 

   You've been working in conservation photography for awhile but want to gain traction in how to shoot a full story from start to finish

 

   You’re ready and willing to put in the time and do the tough work, and you’re game to tackle any hiccups you encounter on the journey

 

   You’ve decided this will be the year you stop tinkering and get serious about making a genuine impact with your images, and you know getting serious about publishing a story is the way to do that

 

   You know that building structure around your creative energy is a weak spot for you, and having a road map that keeps you on track will get you the results you’ve been wanting

 

   You've worked on shooting stories, but haphazardly, and you want to finally get laser focused on how you find, approach and organize your shooting so you hit the finish line every time

 

   You’re ready and excited to embrace the title of conservation photographer, to lay aside some previously held beliefs or habits in favor of new ones that will help you do the hard yet rewarding work of completing a conservation photo story

Give yourself the proven roadmap to photographing conservation stories that inspire

Choose the plan that's right for you

MOST FLEXIBLE
6 monthly payments of

$299

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

 

 

BEST VALUE
one payment of

$1599

 

√  Full Signature Course

√  9-Month Membership to Student Group + Coaching

√  BONUS: Scale Your Story into a Project

√  BONUS: Portfolio Website Essentials

√  Save $195

Have more questions?

Ask away! I want you to feel confident in your decision, whether that decision is to register or not.

Tap the chat icon in the lower right corner to ask a question.

Or you can book a 15-minute call with Jaymi for a zero-pressure conversation to see if this course is a fit for you. ⬇️

Michelle Guillermin

   I like to explore conservation issues and bring light to them. But I have really struggled with entering the publishing forum. I didn’t know what the steps were to get to the end, or how to plan out my work. I loved this program because it focuses on the process and helps people put their plan into action.

Jaymi provides a great mix of keeping people on task, but without too much pressure. I came away with so much, both in knowledge and confidence.

As a nonjournalist, a non-professional photographer, this realm can feel intimidating. But I didn’t feel that with Jaymi. She recognizes everyone has a part to play in conservation photography.

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Samantha Stephens

  One of my biggest struggles was getting my head wrapped around all the different elements of a story and how I wanted to tell it. With this workshop, I felt encouraged facing that challenge and figuring out how to piece together a complete story that could be published in a magazine.

To be able to see my portfolio come together felt very rewarding. I now think beyond single images, and feel more comfortable pursuing stories and talking to new people. I didn’t have any idea how to go about writing grants or reaching out to editors. But I feel encouraged now.

I am so impressed by how dedicated Jaymi is to teaching. She’s always going above and beyond. I can tell she really wants to be there as much as the participants, which is a great feeling.

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Christina Selby

  Before taking Conservation Photography 101, I wasn’t feeling confident in pitching photo stories to magazines. My previous experience was in pitching stories as a writer, and I wanted to fill in the gaps of my knowledge so I could land editorial photo assignments.

I kept backing out of sending pitches, as I didn't want to get myself into a situation where I wasn't putting my best self forward.

Now, not only do I have a deeper and more complete understanding of pitching a photo story, but also what it takes to complete an editorial assignment and to design and roll out a larger project. I

had holes in my stories before and now I feel I can more confidently shoot the variety and quality of pictures needed to tell the whole story and offer editors a good selection of images. I feel I am a better storyteller from this experience. I’m also finding my unique style and bringing that out more in my photography.

I have published three stories since I joined the course, and while I had pitched and had these stories accepted before the course started, I feel that the work I am submitting in terms of capturing the whole story is improving each time because of the CP 101 experience.

I am also putting together pitches for two additional stories to national magazines, both ideas were developed and honed in CP 101. Now I have the confidence to actually send the pitches off.

Luciane Coletti

  Before this program, I had a lot of questions. I tried to figure it out by myself, but trial and error takes a lot of time. It was great to have immediate clarification and feedback on the direction I’m going in conservation photography. 

Going through the whole story creation process from start to finish made me feel confident that I can do this again on my own.