Learn from Joey L.

Sessions with Joey L (2009 Release)

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Joey shares his unique approach to lighting and Photoshop, and also provides a window into the business of the current photography industry that he broke into at the age of 16. Sessions With Joey L is more than just a tutorial DVD, it is a complete thought process. With educational material spanning nearly 4 hours in length, Joey provides insights into what it's like having gone from the bottom to the top of an exclusive trade, and explains both the technical and personal skills one must develop to arrive there. Detailing experiences ranging from a Forbes assignment in New York, to the jungles of Ethiopia, Sessions gives you the tools necessary to bring out and expose your own style to a wider audience and client base. Through Joey's diverse and extensive lectures and tutorials, Joey shows that circumstance is not a factor and that these skills can be learned by all.

"The only way I can properly teach you is through my own knowledge. Every step in my career has brought me to the place I am now, but it wasn't always easy. I have been working to obtain the success I have now for years of making mistakes and trial and error. This DVD will help you overcome those obstacles and help you reach a new level in your photography, both in artistry and business." — JL

The Overview

Sessions With Joey L

Lighting Theory

A photographer without a vision is simply a mathematician. Yet, a photographer who has a vision cannot release it without a knowledge of technicalities. Photography is technical as much as it is artistic, but both sides must be both fully understood to create memorable images.

This section is like sitting down one on one with Joey and geek talking, dissecting some of his strategy when going into a photo shoot. You'll learn how to fully bring out your creative vision using lighting techniques, featuring both beginner and advanced setups. With real examples and in-depth explanations from a collection of Joey's commercial and personal work... From the Jonas Brothers to the Mursi tribe.

Photo Shoots

Exclusive footage from Joey's photo shoots showing the production, the critical interaction between subject and photographer and techniques of getting the most valuable imagery out of your day. The videos give you a first hand intimate experience from start to finish of a pro photo shoot. Learn what goes into the real advertisements, magazines and CD artwork you see in stores.

Forbes Magazine Assignment / Monty Are I CD Artwork / Music Festival Advertisement / Model test shoot / Band Shoot with "The Strange Familiar"


Learn how Joey got a strong foothold in the industry, and continues to earn a living as a freelance photographer. Joey speaks boldly about what to do, and what to avoid when starting in the industry.

The formula for a successful portfolio based on years of reformatting and tweaking.


Push and fine-tune your lighting to a new plateau with these new home-grown photoshop recipes.

  • Compositing
  • Using Color Curves
  • Swapping Skies
  • Experimenting with Blending Modes
  • Custom Black and White Conversion
  • Tonal Colorizing
  • Fixing Blown Highlights


Sit down with Joey as he goes over some stories from Ethiopia of photographing in rugged conditions, and how to best prepare yourself for a trip of your own. The DVD features both a spoken lecture and travel footage. Go on the road with Joey and learn the key to success in travel portraiture. Whether in a foreign land or at home, it's always difficult to get subjects to trust you as a photographer.

"We take a lot from somebody when we take their picture. If not done carefully, we can take their dignity as well. The relationship between photographer and subject is crucial. You have one frame, one small impression, to represent everything that person is." — JL

What people are saying

"I'm 22 now and have recently started to pick up my camera again and go out shooting. I read David Hobby's review of your DVD on Strobist and after watching the preview and the PhaseOne section on YouTube, thought I'd enjoy this dvd and gain a lot from it. I bought it a couple of days ago and have not stopped watching it. Because I'd been out of it for so long, I felt like I didn't know where to start and thought I'd forget all the basics if I arranged a proper shoot but your enthusiasm and openness have really kick started me into actually going out and doing shoots. I've already called a few old contacts to catch up and I'm twitching to get out shooting more."

James from the UK

"Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded and have watched the Sessions videos…several times! In fact I have converted the videos to watch on my iPod - kinda like joey on the go! When watching I don't get the commercialized standard feeling, it's more sincere. The way that you describe the technique or the situation opens up a sense of imagination instead of watching and listening to some hum-drum tutorial that I usually stop 1/2 way through. I guess what I am saying is that the video exceeded my expectations in a way that yes I did pick some great techniques but it also taught me to expand and open my mind."

Joe Joyce, Just Memories Photography

"Hey Joey, congrats on the release of your new tutorial, it was worth every penny to me, in fact there's so much info that usually get's safe guarded, that makes the price seem like a steal."

Freddy from the US

"In this tutorial, Joey stresses the importance of vision & artistry, and he teaches you how he translates his vision to his imagery, using a variety of tools & techniques. While the technical side of photography is important, Joey stresses that it should never get in the way of your vision. As he says, "it's the eye behind the camera, not the camera itself" that's important"

Alim Kassim

What the blogs are saying

Strobist - David Hobby Strobist - David Hobby "Joey Lawrence is one of the smartest, most focused, centered and talented people I have ever met. And the fact that he is all of this at 19 years old just pisses me off. …my constant feeling during the entire series was that he appears to be holding nothing back. What you see is what you get. It is a full and sincere attempt to help people to see how he thinks and works, and to aspire to that level." Read full review
Scott Kelly Scott Kelly "I've been going through the DVD myself this past week (it's available as a DVD or direct download), and I have to say - it's very cool seeing how he puts these shoots together (he's got a really cool job, and get some amazing gigs)... Luckily, the disc lives up to the hype." Read full review
Blogcritics.org Blogcritics.org Sessions With Joey L is for the person who is looking to take the next step in their professional career and is looking for information on how others handle situations especially working with more famous personalities. It is perfect for someone who does not have that mentor available, but wants to learn more about the business of photography." Read full review

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