Podcast Episode 81

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Learn Photography.
Gain Confidence.

Photography education that won't overwhelm you - instead discover our proven path to become a better photographer.

Do you want to take better images but feel frustrated with everything you need to learn? At the Flourish Academy we will provide you with the most direct training and the support you need to get all of your questions answered and improve your photography.

16 Courses, Coaching Calls, Monthly Challenges, Live Image Critiques and much more!


Which of these applies to you?

▶︎ You love to take photos, but you are afraid to share them.

▶︎ You constantly feel like you need to learn just one more thing before you are ready to move forward with photography.

▶︎ You don't know EVERYTHING about your camera or Lightroom, and you feel overwhelmed with everything there is to learn.

▶︎ You feel like a fraud because you never went to photography school.

▶︎ You get paralyzed by the fear of judgement that comes with self doubt about whether or not your photos are good enough.

Don't Feel Bad, it Isn't Your Fault

Most of those feelings are the result of what you are seeing on social media.

But... are you going to let the dreaded comparison stop you from pursuing your passion?

The FA Isn't Like Most Photography Education Sites

  • You will learn everything you need to master your camera, and become proficient with Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • You will have the support of an encouraging and positive group of photographers.
  • If you decided to start (or grow) your business, you will have the opportunity to master pricing.
  • You'll gain confidence with posing and working with clients.
  • You will learn more about the limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
  • You will embrace our mantra that anything is possible!

Included Courses

  • Learning the Exposure Triangle
  • Complete Lightroom Training
  • Photoshop for Photographers
  • Senior Posing
  • Family Posing
  • Newborn Posing
  • Website Creation
  • Pricing for Profitability
  • Pet Photography with Nicole Begley
  • SEO for Photographers
  • Goal Setting & Time Management for Creatives
  • Getting Started with Facebook Ads

Our Members are THRILLED!

This is just a small sample of the #wins we celebrate on a weekly basis. What would a breakthrough look like for you?

"I'm just a hobbyist, will I benefit from the membership?"

Do you love photography? Do you want to improve? Then, YES!

FA Mobile

Use our convenient mobile app to learn on the go!


Learning the Exposure Triangle

This course will equip you with the knowledge you need to master ISO, Shutter Speed and ISO. The quick, focused video tutorials will explain each setting and look at examples to help you understand how that particular setting impacts the photograph. There are 7 targeted videos to get you results as quickly as possible.

Lightroom Workshop

Would you like to get faster at editing your photos? Learn Lightroom and develop consistency in your images while improving your efficiency.

- 77 videos
- 8 modules
- printable shortcuts

Photoshop for Photographers

This workshop contains a targeted approach to Photoshop in order to accomplish tasks that aren’t possible inside of Lightroom. Because you are busy, this training is extremely targeted: we only cover the techniques that must be performed using Photoshop.

- 43 videos
- 7 modules

Senior Posing


Come along with Soozie Harrison from Photography by Soozie as she demonstrates posing for senior guys and girls. She will explain settings, light and how to get the best out of your clients. These videos were filmed during a real shoot with multiple locations.

- 24 videos
- 2 modules

Family Posing

Come along with Julie Kulbago from Julie Kulbago Photography as she demonstrates posing for families. She will explain settings, light and how to get the best out of your clients.

- 14 videos
- 3 modules

Pricing for Profitability

Create a profitable pricing model for your photography business. This straightforward training will ensure that you understand the art and science of pricing to ensure your profitability. We talk about how hobbyists can make money, too!

- 15 videos
- 3 modules

Website Creation

Create a beautiful, client-friendly Wordpress website! These videos will teach you how to create an online experience that brings your ideal client right through your digital front door! Learn the nitty-gritty details of installing your website, the must-have pages for an awesome website, how to flow your user to ultimately contact you, and how to setup a blog and share your latest photography work. Taught by Leeann Marie Photography.

- 19 videos
- 4 modules

SEO for Photographers

Be found on the web through great SEO techniques! These videos will teach you how to create online content that brings your ideal client right through your digital front door! Learn the nitty-gritty details of search engine optimization, the must-have pieces for an awesome post, how to get users to click on your content in the search results, and how to let Google know you exist. Taught by Leeann Marie Photography.

- 19 videos
- 8 modules

Goal Setting & Time Management for Creatives

Ready to take control of your schedule and accomplish your goals? Imagine what you could achieve if you had more time.

Get unstuck and eliminate stress. Gain clarity on how to move forward with your life and goals. Master TIME MANAGEMENT and become an expert at maximizing your schedule - you can get it all done! Develop a sustainable STRATEGY to unite your life and business in harmony.

- 24 videos
- 5 modules

Photographing Pets with Nicole Begley


Join PPA Certified Master Photographer Nicole Begley as she demonstrates how to work with pets in your shoots. In this video series, you will walk alongside Nicole to see how she gets the best out of her canine friends and their humans.

Newborn Posing with Anne Wilmus


Join accomplished newborn photographer Anne Wilmus in her studio as she demonstrates posing and working with newborns.

Getting Started with Facebook Ads


Need more clients? Go beyond boosting posts, to making sure your money will result in clients. In this course, we guide you step-by-step on how to use the Facebook Ads Manager.

Private Facebook Group


Get your questions answered, and the support you need in our active Facebook group. We have monthly challenges, coaching calls and live photo critiques to help you improve your photography.

Love Photography?

Don't miss out on all of this amazing content, available for only $29/month!

"Truth time: I signed up for Heather's membership program because I've been interested in her Photoshop online class for a while because I hate always searching through YouTube for Photoshop related things and always forget to bookmark things. Plus I hate all the wasted time talking by these Youtubers. I must say that I am extremely impressed not just with the Photoshop class on here but ALL of the content. I've been using Lightroom now for the past 4 years and am comfortable with most things in the program. I think we fall into things we "already know" and stick with the method that have worked for us and forget to do much exploring of anything else. I have found myself deep inside the Lightroom course right now and it has really helped me get more organized, and explore tools I don't normally touch or did not have a strong understanding about. Such good stuff! There is ALWAYS something to learn. Even in programs you use on a regular basis! Thanks Heather!"

Jessica DeVuono Thomas
Owner, Pittsburgh Born Birth Photography

Meet the Instructor

Heather Lahtinen is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the founder of the award-winning Weddings by Heather and the Flourish Academy, and has been a professional photographer and instructor for 16 years. She holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business, but left her corporate position to pursue her passion for photography.

Heather has photographed hundreds of weddings and her work can be seen in The Knot, Pittsburgh Weddings, and Modern Bride. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Heather has also been teaching and instructing photographers in both Lightroom and Photoshop. She has vast experience and knowledge that spans more than just the technical aspects of photography, she is also a business coach and trusted mentor in the industry.

Heather is driven by an overwhelming desire to see others succeed and, as a result, her workshops do more than just instruct, they inspire.

Meet the Coaches

The FA Coaches are in the private Facebook group to guide, mentor and teach you everything you need to know about photography. Both ladies are full time professional photographers and run extremely successful businesses.

Soozie Harrison

Specializing in senior photography, Soozie’s goal is to infuse confidence and self esteem in her seniors. Offering not just beautiful quality photos, but a superior experience. Unique locations,  styling, and FUN are just a few of the perks of working with Soozie.

Anne Wilmus

Anne is an accomplished newborn photographer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has over 8 years of professional newborn photography experience, having photographed 500+ beautiful new little lives. Her photos have been featured in several print and online publications. When she is not at her newborn portrait studio, she’s juggling life at home with 3 little ones.

Membership Options

There is no commitment to any subscriptions and you may cancel at any time. There is a 7-day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!




16 Complete Training Courses

Private Facebook Group

Monthly Challenges

Coaching Calls

Photo Critiques

Support from Coaches





16 Complete Training Courses

Private Facebook Group

Monthly Challenges

Coaching Calls

Photo Critiques

Support from Coaches





16 Complete Training Courses

Private Facebook Group

Monthly Challenges

Coaching Calls

Photo Critiques

Support from Coaches



When you join the Flourish Academy, you get instant access to 12 complete photography courses, covering the craft of photography as well as pricing and business.

√  Plus you get access to our private Facebook group.

√  Not to mention access to professional photographer coaches.

√  One coaching call per month with Heather and the other members.

√  Live photo critiques - submit your images to improve your photography.

That makes everything you get worth well over $2,000!




You could do nothing.

Ignore your dream and wonder what you could have done. Remain overwhelmed, confused and stuck.

Or you could choose your dream.

Take the simple and straightforward path to move forward using proven strategies.

If you are ready to feel confident calling yourself a photographer, now is your chance. Click the link below.


Frequently Asked Questions

In order to focus all of our energy on serving the membership, enrollment will only open to the Flourish Academy a few times a year. 

No way! At the FA love to work with photographers of all levels to help them improve.

The videos are 100% available now with access as long as you maintain your membership.

No! Photographers of all levels have benefited from these courses. We have many hobbyists that join us to improve their photography.

No. It is entirely up to you if you wish to join the Facebook group or not. However, if you do you’ll find this group to be an incredibly fun and supportive place to get feedback to your challenges, as well as kudos on your wins!  In addition to current members, we will have myself and 2 additional coaches to help you make progress.  It’s a great place to hangout, learn more, share your work, get feedback and lots of inspiration!

Absolutely!  You are free to leave the membership at any time.  Simply email [email protected] and we can help you with anything you need.  If choosing an annual membership, your membership will auto-renew one year from your enrollment date.  If choosing a monthly membership, your membership payments will be debited on the same date each month.  Please note that we do not offer refunds for any payments already made, so please try to give us at least 72 hours notice to cancel your membership before your next billing date to ensure that it’s canceled before the next payment.  You can cancel at any time.  No refunds will be granted for unused months on an annual membership or unused days on a monthly membership. 

Let's chat!

If you still have questions, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a message and let me know your challenges and how I might be able to help. You can also email me directly.


Email: [email protected]

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