DogTalk Pet Photography One-on-One Mentorships 

Welcome!  I am now offering a great opportunity for aspiring and experienced dog photographers.  Instead of teaching a workshop group as a whole,  I will be instructing each student in a more in-depth individual environment.  Our one-on-one mentorships focus on the technical and artistry of dog photography.  I am so excited to going in this new direction.

The DogTalk Mentorship is perfect for the photographer who wants a more hands-on, individual experience.  Barbara personally structures each mentoring seminar to suit your needs and skill level.  It's ALL ABOUT YOU!  Scroll down to see mentorship availability and dates.   


The Topics We Can Cover Are:

  creating innovative, dynamic images that can set you apart from your competitors and clients.

  how to shoot in manual mode, camera settings – shutter speed, aperture, ISO, bracketing

  the keys to great composition

  quality of light – ambient (natural), classic lighting patterns for portraits, studio strobe, off camera flash, using light modifiers.

  defining your style

  capturing natural lifestyle dog portraits

  the art of timeless posed portraits

  posing single dog subjects, multiple dogs and dogs with the people they love.

  creating stunning Big Sky portraits

  using props, architectural, nature & visual elements.

  working with dogs and the people they love.

  my tricks of the trade how to capture expression and action.

  working with challenging dogs.

  post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop.

  marketing & branding

  developing a signature product line that will showcase your style & branding best.

  your lifeline – offering excellent customer service

2015 -2016 Pet Photography Mentorships


Long Grove, Illinois – May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct  -- BOOKED-NO MENTORSHIPS AVAILABLE   


San Francisco/Bay Area, California  -- October 2015 --  


Long Grove, Illinois -- May - October 2016 

2016 pricing

In 2016 we will only be offering one-on-one intensive 2.5 or 3 day mentorships.

2.5 Day Mentorship - $1900
Day One:  
8am - 6:30pm
Day Two:  
8am - 6:30pm
Day Three:  8am - 12pm

3-Day Mentorship $2300
Day One:  8am - 6:30pm
Day Two:  
8am - 6:30pm
Day Three:  
8am - 6:30pm 

Please contact Barbara at 847.989.6591 or at for inquiries and availability.

Since 2002 Barbara has worked as a professional photographer.  Barbara had a store-front retail studio for many years, photographing families, children, corporate and dogs.  Presently she is working out of her home studio, which has allowed Barbara to focus only on dog photography and teaching.

Barbara is a national speaker, was a co-founder of Paw Print Divas Workshops and Unleashed Fine Art Pet Photography Workshops.  In February 2015, Barbara was one of the platform speakers at Professional Photographer of America PPA national convention, IMAGING USA. Barbara co-instructed a seminar at PPA Imaging USA, national convention on pet photography, January 2011.  Barbara is a 2015 PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year and a two-time PPA Platinum Photographer of the Year.  Her work was on the cover and she had the feature article in Professional Photographer Magazine, August 2014.  Having taught several pet photography workshops, Barbara is dedicated and experienced instructing students on the creative process and building a successful pet photography business.

Poppyblue Photography is located outside of Chicago in scenic Long Grove.  Barbara’s home studio is the perfect location for sessions outdoors or in the comfort of her barn studio located on the property.  The mentoring seminars take place at Barbara's home studio and on-location sites. Close by there are forest preserves with open fields with tall prairie grasses and the historic, charming town of Long Grove.  All are great locations for photographing and portfolio building.