Teddy Bear Portraits Photographer Profile: Jonathan Talley

Jonathan Talley, training and development specialist for Teddy Bear Portraits, helps professional photographers perfect their skills and unique abilities to photograph children under the age of 5.

Four years ago, he decided to shift from photographing children, to helping other photographers capture each child’s unique smile and personality. This career shift allowed him to discover the many rewards in developing a team of exceptional portrait photographers.

With 8 years in account and territory management, photography, portrait consulting and training and over 22 years of experience in the portrait industry, Johnathan Talley is exceptionally qualified to train Teddy Bear Portraits professional photographers in local communities across 46 states.

Jonathan explains why he enjoys teaching the special techniques needed to photograph children at their daycare center or preschool, “I am rewarded every time I see a photographer, child, parent, or director light up when they see the portraits we have created.”

He states, “We have the privilege and responsibility to our clients to preserve precious memories of their children. Who could ask for better work than perfecting the skill required to capture smiles? Teaching the steps involved, providing tools, and cultivating a person’s abilities to provide a quality product while attaining their personal goals makes my training classes especially rewarding.”

Teddy Bear Portraits photographers are specially trained to work with young children. Jonathan elaborates on the training process, “Our photographers are trained to capture real smiles with dynamic posing and prop usage. Through sharing our knowledge and learning from each other, we place each of our photographers on the fast track to success.” Jonathan emphasizes, “Our team works hard and utilizes their experience to provide unmatched quality portraits for our customers.”

By experiencing different positions within the company Jonathan has gained expertise to successfully train photographers not only to evoke smiles but also to recognize what sets Teddy Bear Portraits apart.

“I believe we are providing a service that no other company provides. We develop new backgrounds and constantly improve to meet the needs of our customers. We work very hard to create images with genuine expressions and structured posing. We hold ourselves to high standards.” Jonathan continues, “I am certain this practice of sharing experiences, talent building and enhancing quality sets us apart from the competition.”

Jonathan says it best, “Children are precious and childhood is fleeting. Nothing reaffirms your faith, brightens your day, and strengthens hope like the laughter of a child.”


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