Mentorships with Lee Varis for the Emerging Photographer/Retoucher

In a competitive market, commercial  photographers and retouchers must possess the information that is essential to setting up and growing their business as well as a comprehensive knowledge of creative techniques. If you are looking to make a full or part-time transition to photography and/or retouching, or if you’re just getting into the business, my mentoring program will provide you with the skills needed for digital photography, post processing, and retouching, along with the practical understanding of sound business practices.

Use my experience to your benefit!

I take my mentoring relationships seriously, focusing on your particular needs including: your identity/logo and marketing collateral materials, creating a great website, developing a solid business and marketing plan, understanding job pricing, copyrights, and client negotiations. Together, we will cover all the business basics: setting up bank accounts, bookkeeping, accounting, insurance,
advertising, equipment needs, and more…

I will custom make a program to suit your needs. It can take shape as individual sessions, a series of five or ten, or a full year unlimited access.

Contact me for more information about private, in-person mentoring.

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Florida Birding & Photo Festival

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 04/24/19 - 04/28/19
    The 2019 Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities and more birding in-field programs than ever before. As always, festival participants will benefit from insights and instruction from a collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers — a group that continues to solidify Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest as one of the premier events in North America. And of course, the community of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and all of Florida’s Historic Coast is welcoming bird lovers and photography aficionados with the friendly hospitality you’ve come to expect. More information

Hollywood Lighting in the Hurrell Style

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 04/05/19 - 04/07/19
    Join the dynamic duo of Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis to explore the world of Hollywood glamour, and learn the photographic style of George Hurrell. Bobbi & Lee will teach you how to achieve the look of the classic Hollywood glamour images of the 1930’s & 40’s using modern lighting tools and digital retouching techniques. George Hurrell spent the last 12 years of his life shooting in Bobbi’s studio, during which he experienced a revival of popularity for his classic style. You will be learning from her first-hand experience with George’s creative approach to lighting, styling, and posing! After hands-on shooting, Lee Varis will teach Lightroom and Photoshop retouching techniques that allow you to replicate Hurrell’s classic creamy B&W tones and smooth skin, without the hours of tedious re-illustration that George was famous for. In addition, we will have special guest, Richard Settle, George Hurrell’s personal photographic assistant for the last 10 years of his life. Richard will share his insights into George’s creative process at our Friday evening introduction. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from the masters! More information

Iceland Photo Tour – 2019

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 09/15/19 - 09/22/19
    Iceland is truly the land of fire and ice—one of the reasons it was used for many of the locations in the hit HBO series “The Game of Thrones!” Iceland reaches down into your soul and touches you in a profound and subtle way. There is a quiet drama besides the spectacular glaciers, mountain, and seashore. The soft green cliffs and fields that stretch to the water are speckled with sheep and the multitude of waterfalls adds to the visual delight. This is pristine and primal Earth, fueled by geothermal and absolutely pure water, and is a reminder of the strength and beauty of the planet. More information

Tanzania V.I.P. Photo Safari

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 08/17/19 - 08/26/19
    On this luxury safari photo tour, you will be in a very select group of four guests that will be paired with Bobbi and Lee and your local guide/driver who will treat you to all the inside knowledge that they have of the culture and wildlife of Tanzania. Along the way, you’ll take countless photos and hours of video that will become life-long memories of this epic journey. Learn from professional photographers in the field During our 11-day trip VIP tour, we are allowing a select 4 guests to join us per vehicle. Together we will capture African wildlife in all its glory and experience the incredible wildebeest migration and so much more. Animal highlights include… Witness thousands of wildebeest and zebra in a frenzied stampede across the celebrated Mara river! Photograph the BIG FIVE in their natural habitat – Lions, Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopards! Countless beautiful birds of all colors and sizes Antelope, Hyenas, Jackals, Warthogs, Giraffe, Cheetahs, Mongoose, Gazelles, Hippos, Crocodiles, Impala, Baboons, and many more! Hold on to your safari hats… You’re in for a ride you’ll never forget, for all the best reasons. More information