Photo Stories for Nature
Master how to photograph impressive photo stories and share them so they make an impact, all without the overwhelm of where to start, the stifling insecurity about getting the “right” images, or the frustrating confusion of how to get in front of audiences or editors.
Coming in 2025!
By the end of the program, you'll be able to…
Know how to find and shape winning photo story ideas that have clear and unique angles and strong visuals to go with them. You'll also master the steps of mapping your story from concept to publication so you'll know exactly what to do first, then next, all the way to the finished photo story. No more feeling lost or uncertain about your ideas.
Know how to plan the photos you need to illustrate your story fully (this is where most photographers trip up!). Learn how to plan successful photo shoots so you can confidently capture unique shots in the field, how to improve your compositions for the best impact, and how to build rich, well-rounded portfolios.
Know the strategies for sharing your stories with the world. Whether it's a traffic-driving blog post on your website, scroll-stopping social campaigns or writing strong, attention-grabbing pitches that have magazine editors rushing to say, “Yes!” – you'll know how to decide your goals for your story and how to get the results and impact you want.
This course is a fit if…
This course is right for you if you’re a nature photographer eager to learn how to craft engaging photo stories so you can…
✨ Boost your photography skills: Let's turn your hobby into mastery. Crafting photo stories refines your composition and visual storytelling prowess.
✨ Power up your portfolio: Having a collection of stand-alone images is one thing. But a portfolio that shows off complete stories puts you on another level as a photographer. A diverse range of photo stories in your portfolio showcases your creative adaptability.
✨ Spark emotional connections: Photo stories help you connect more deeply with the places and species you love. Plus, photo stories elicit powerful emotions, bringing your audience closer to you and the subjects you capture. It's a win-win for everyone!
✨ Teach the world: Use photo stories to enlighten viewers about our planet's wondrous species, habitats, and phenomena.
✨ Raise awareness, inspire action, and promote conservation: Turn your passion into purpose. Use photo stories to raise awareness about lesser-known species, ecosystems or important community issues. A compelling photo story can inspire viewers to take action towards conservation.
✨ Share your journey: No one wants to keep the amazing scenes and experiences they've had all to themselves! Photo stories allow you to share personal experiences and anecdotes in a way that draws in viewers and keeps them begging for more.
✨ Open doors to publishing and exhibits: Dream of seeing your photos in magazines or on the walls of a gallery? Photo stories catch the eye of publications and exhibitions, opening up avenues you've only dreamed of.
✨ Cash in on creativity: Let your creativity pay off, or at least pay for itself. High-quality photo stories can become an income source through publishing in magazines, exhibitions, book publications, and more.
✨ Leave your mark: Your photo stories can be your enduring legacy, immortalizing the scenes you've captured.
If ANY of that sounds like something you want to accomplish, this course is for you! Hop on our VIP list to get first dibs when enrollment opens!
What My Students Say About Their Learning Experience…
“The growth that I've seen out of myself and my work has been huge. Storytelling was not even in my vocabulary before… I was looking for just the wildlife aspects, but now I'm looking for those elements that make it different and make it a story… I am not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life.” – Jules J
“I had no previously published work – text or photo. I thought, how does somebody with zero experience and a full-time job get started in this? And now I have my first conservation photo story accepted for publication. The course has paid for itself in less than a year!” – Kyle G
“This course has blown-my mind. Every element is spectacular. I've learned so much that’s helped not only improve my photography, but also really build up my confidence. This course has been the best investment I've made in photography, aside from my gear.” – Shari R
“I’m experiencing a lot more fun in my photography and at a deeper level which I didn’t have before, and am finding more and more to be curious about. I’ve grown to think more creatively with my photography. The course has opened up all these possibilities for me and gives my photography a purpose I’m super excited about!” Susan W
Learn from a Professional Photographer & Photo Editor
Hi, I'm Jaymi Heimbuch
I’ve been a professional wildlife conservation photographer for 15+ years, and am senior photo editor for nature-focused publications.
And in my years in the field of nature photography, one thing is crystal clear: The power of photo stories is undeniable. Photo stories can do so much more than a single image, helping you express yourself, connect with your audience, and make a positive impact on the world.
Equal to my passion of pursuing stories is my joy of teaching others and helping YOU attain your greatest goals.
I am all about building strategies that minimize overwhelm, spiraling, and stagnation so you can gain momentum. Because what you do with your photography talents means the world to us all (literally).
I've had the honor of helping my students tackle the challenges and break through barriers in how they approach a story, how they approach their image creation, and importantly, how they think about themselves as purpose-driven nature photographers.
Pulling from my love of structure and organization, and my passion for teaching conservation visual storytelling, I’ve crafted a system that will help you get out of the thought spiral and into the field making waves.
Photo Stories for Nature is a complete system that…
Provides a step-by-step roadmap with everything you need to get from idea → to a polished story portfolio → to a customized plan for publishing your work.
Is built specifically for nature photographers focused on making photo stories, no matter your experience level
Includes a complete toolkit of resource materials so you never feel lost or intimidated in the story creation process
Focuses as much on the nuts and bolts of planning and implementation as on the creative process of photography
Has a go-at your-own-pace structure with 24/7 access to materials for a fraction of the price of in-person workshops
Includes exercises, tools, and templates that keep you crystal clear on what you're working on and how to accomplish each step of the photo storytelling process.
Get the proven roadmap so that you can leapfrog the “how do I do this” and skip straight to the “I'm doing this!!!” part.
This course is perfect for you if…
🌲 You already know how to work a camera, and you're ready to level up your skills, moving from single frames to full stories so you have a skill set that'll translate to any niche you want to explore.
🌲 You've been working in nature photography for awhile but want to gain traction, and you know that photo stories are the leap that opens doors to more opportunities for your budding career.
🌲 You're part of a nonprofit or organization that frequently works with photographers, and you want the skills to share your stories with your audiences and the language to guide photographers in producing the images you need to make that happen.
🌲 You’ve decided this will be the year you stop tinkering and get serious about your photography so you can make a genuine impact with your images and build momentum behind your craft.
🌲 You know that building structure around your creative energy is a weak spot for you, and having a road map that keeps you on track will get you the results you’ve been wanting.
🌲 You've worked on shooting stories, but haphazardly, and you want to finally get laser-focused on how you find, approach, and organize your shooting so you hit the finish line every time.
🌲 You’re ready and excited to embrace the title of visual storyteller, to lay aside some previously held beliefs or habits in favor of new ones that will help you do the hard yet rewarding work of crafting exciting, engaging, impactful photo stories.