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2013 Workshops

December 1st, 2012 , Posted in News, Photography Workshops

Here are the dates and info for my 2013 workshops! After taking 2 years off to be home with our little Lilly, it was so fun to get back into teaching in 2012. Next year is going to be even better!

2012 Workshops

April 25th, 2012 , Posted in MiaBella Phtoshop Products, Photography Workshops



Arte Bella

An artistic workshop for beginners


The Arte Bella workshop is specifically designed to teach those who are pursuing the art of beautiful portrait photography. Focusing as much on the technical aspects of shooting in manual as the art of creating a visually striking portrait, this class is for the beginner and intermediate photographer wishing to develop their skills.

The Arte Bella class is an intense course with the goal of giving you the information you need to become a confident photographer. Whether your desire is to be a hobbyist photographer, to better photograph your own children or to start your own business, this class will give you the skills you need to create beautiful photographic art. While this is not a business course, there will be brief discussions on starting your own portrait business and how to compete fairly and ethically.

Please visit this link for more details. ArteBella Workshop.

Workshops and Mentorships

February 9th, 2011 , Posted in Bella, Photography Workshops

I have received several emails lately asking if I was planning on conducting any workshops or mentorships this year. I do not plan on holding any workshops in 2011 as of right now. I really would love to stay home and enjoy my family and our new baby during her first year. The workshops take an enormous amount of time to plan and conduct so as much as I miss the opportunity to meet you all I am taking 2011 off.

As far as the mentorships go, I will be conducting those this year. I love teaching one-on-one and feel it’s a great way for photographers to take their work to the next level. No worries about being lost in a crowd or wondering if you’ll get the shot you want. And the best part is that the learning is based 100% on what you want to focus on.

I am taking reservations for mentorships now so check out my teaching site here and shoot me an email if you’re interested.


April 28th, 2010 , Posted in my family, Photography Workshops

Last week during a private mentorship I took Christian out for a fun session. I just love urban backgrounds with fun and funky colors for boys his age and we had a blast exploring my favorite spots with him in my hometown. I don’t know what happened to this kid of mine, but over the last year he went from hating being photographed to being my most cooperative model. He actually asks me to do sessions with him. And that big, sweet, dimpled grin of his just melts this momma’s heart…sigh. Okay, so I know I’m biased, but I just can’t help it.









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And two from the country part of the shoot…



Mentorship Openings for 2010

April 17th, 2010 , Posted in Photography Workshops

I’ve had quite a few requests to mentor photographers this spring and summer and since I only have 2.5 more months before my maternity leave begins I wanted to post the openings I have left.

April 28-30

May-I have 2 openings in May. One the week of May 16 and one the week of May 23. Dates within those weeks are somewhat flexible.

June-One opening the first week of June.

After that I’m booked until my leave starts and I likely won’t be doing any mentorships until fall of 2011.

Email me to find out more or visit .

And a quick note, I do offer discounts if you would like to set up a mentorship for you and another photographer. Limit of 4 photographers. Contact me for discounted rates.


Workshop Openings and Some BIG news

January 20th, 2010 , Posted in Indianapolis Children's Photographer, Indianapolis Photographer, MiaBella Phtoshop Products, News, Photography Workshops

I’m so excited to be heading out to San Luis Obispo, CA in just a few weeks to teach a workshop with Joy Vertz and a guest appearance from a dear friend of mine, Amanda Elkins.

Joy is going to be teaching you how to take your business to a whole new level of success and profitability. Which we all know is a huge issue in this economy. I’ve known Joy for years through the photography community and had the opportunity to meet with her last year when she helped me develop an incredible plan of action to take my business to the next level.  If you want to learn how to market more efficiently, increase your bottom line and stay on top in this competitive market, Joy is your lady.

While Joy covers the business side of running a photography business, I’ll be teaching you how to capture your subjects in a natural and creative manner. All the while using the gorgeous available light that I so adore working with. You’ll learn how to develop connections with the children you photograph so that your portraits show their true spirit. I’ll also talk about and demonstrate how I choose the locations that have become a signature look in my portfolio. I’ll be talking about creativity and composition, utilizing available light, gentle posing, the importance of client clothing and styling and much more. Not to mention we’ll be heading out into that stunning California countryside for some fun shoots.

I’ll also be teaching a class covering the basics of off camera flash and how to use this exciting style of photography in your work. My dear friend, the amazingly talented Amanda Elkins will be working with me at this class posing and prepping our beautiful teen models. Amanda has worked as a model herself and has a knack for posing and photographing teen models that an inspiration to many photographers. So come prepared to learn a lot about off camera flash and how to work with your teen clients.

We do still have a few openings for this February 5-7 workshop and if you’re interested, check out the information on my website.  Contact me for details on a discount.

And since a post isn’t a post without an image of course I have to include one of my favorite subjects, my children.

Which brings me to my big news….we’re having another baby! We’ll be welcoming another sweet Profancik into the world this summer (due date is August 1).  So if it seems like I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit it’s because the morning sickness wiped me off the map for a couple of months. But thankfully I’m feeling good again and ready to get back into the swing of things until this little one arrives.

Our posse of 3-about to be 4. 🙂


Summer Sale for Photographers

June 24th, 2009 , Posted in Indianapolis Photographer, MiaBella Phtoshop Products, News, Photography Workshops

This sale will be for a limited time only so don’t miss your chance to snag one of our products free of charge or at a discounted price.You will be able to use the 25% and lower codes on a workshop seat or a mentorship so check out the dates at to see if one works for your schedule.
You may purchase a mentorship program at anytime, and then call or email to schedule your dates. I do still have a few openings for 2009 (June, late August, September, October dates are available) and then I will begin booking 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: The higher discounts do tend to go very quickly-within minutes. If you add an item to your cart, but do not complete the payment, the discount can still be used by another buyer. No discount is final until your order is submitted and the payment process is complete.***

No additional discounts will be issued once the codes are used up.

We’re giving away 4 sets of actions, plus discounts of all sizes. But you’ll have to move quickly before the discount codes are used up. Here’s the breakdown on the limited number of discounts we’re releasing and the corresponding codes. But don’t wait, there are a set number of orders per discount. Once they’re gone at a certain price, that discount can’t be used anymore. If one code doesn’t work, please try the next one.
Vist to purchase.

The free codes may be used on ONE set only.
We’ll be giving away 4 sets of actions. Code is 2009junefree

The percentage off codes may be used on any size purchase.
4 orders may be placed at 50% off. Code is 2009june50
20 orders may be placed at 30% off. Code is 2009june30
40 orders may be placed at 25% off. Code is 2009june25
50 orders may be placed at 20% off. Code is 2009june20
55 orders may be placed at 15% off. Code is 2009june15

Don’t wait, these prices are first come first serve!!!


All of the images below were edited with my new action set, Summer Skies.











 New Albums






Radio Interview!

June 9th, 2009 , Posted in Commercial, Indianapolis Baby Photographer, Indianapolis Children's Photographer, Indianapolis Photographer, News, Photography Workshops

I’ll be on the Phaunt Forum this afternoon for a radio interview at 2:00! The interview will cover my photography style, where I started in photography, how I grew my bussines and how I currently run my business,  balancing family and work, workshops, and editing. Whew, that’s a lot! I’m super excited about this interview!

This is an online radio interview that you can get to by going to Phaunt Forum and, if you haven’t already, joining the board. The VIPhaunt Speaker section near the bottom of the page is where you can access my interview! Have fun listening!


Photography Workshop Giveaway! – Indianapolis Photographer

June 8th, 2009 , Posted in Indianapolis Photographer, MiaBella Phtoshop Products, Photography Workshops

I love giving things away…it makes me just as happy as the person I give to! And hey, we all love to be happy! So, I’m going to be giving away one seat to my Lake Orion, Michigan workshop. The workshop takes place September 12-13, 2009. Of course you have to be willing and able to get to the workshop in Michigan! And while we’re on the topic, check out Suzi’s studio here! She owns Photo Art by Suzi and is our lovely host for the weekend. It’s going to a blast to shoot there!

Here’s the deal…in order to enter the contest I need you to take a photo outdoors. Your photo must have the sky in the shot (the prettier the better) and somewhere in the photo you need to have one word that describes why we should choose you. Creativity counts!
The winner will be chosen by our panel of judges. The judging panel will consist of: other artists from the building my studio is housed in, 2 local photographers, myself and Damian (my husband).

The winner will be featured on our blog. We’ll also choose 3 runner ups who will each receive a 45.00 gift certificate to the MiaBella Boutique.

So get out there and get creative!

All entries are due by June 15th at 12pm EST. One entry per person.  Images must be no larger than 750 pixels high and 880 pixels wide.

Send all entries to

Fresh Twist: Workshop for Photographers

March 31st, 2009 , Posted in Photography Workshops, Uncategorized


Workshop: Fresh Twist with Joy Vertz & Leah Profancik

Nitty Gritty Business information with Joy Vertz
Creativity Inspired by Leah Profancik (includes shooting and photoshop work)

Dates: Friday June 5 – Sunday June 7 (with an optional bonus small group time on Monday June 8, 2009)
Cost: $1500 for Saturday/Sunday workshop (with a social event on Friday June 5) ($150 discount for Early Bird Registrations by 4/15/09)

Optional Workshops on Monday June 8, 2009:
1/2 Day Off Camera Flash with Leah Profancik $450
1/2 Day intensive marketing planning (very hands on) with Joy Vertz $450
9-2pm Sales and Objection Training $575

Registration: Opens April 5, 2009. Early Bird Registration discount of $150 applies when booking by April 15, 2009. Space is limited to 20 per instructor for this highly hands-on intensive workshop so it is advised to
book early. 

Due to the number of inquiries we have already received it is expected to sell out. We advise booking early to ensure a spot. 

Registration includes: Workshop with inspiration, practical ideas and amazing techniques sure to grow your business, Cocktail party on Friday, Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, Lunch on Saturday and Sunday, Party on
Saturday, afternoon snacks, beverages and lots of treats and surprises. We have also prepared several documents to help your business grow as well as an exclusive workshop design set from MiaBella studios. Be prepared for a unique experience. 

Location: Milwaukee , WI

Our two-day Business & Creative Live Workshop focuses half of your time on the business aspects to improve sales, maximize profitability, streamlining costs and the other half of your time on the creative side of your business
to help bring out your true, distinct style to really brand your studio and differentiate you from the competition. Not only will you learn great techniques from this two day workshop, but you will also be able to network with other successful studios to share tips and experiences to move your studio in the right direction. This workshop will be very hands-on and you will leave with tons of ideas on how to maximize profits as well as learning wonderful new shooting and photoshop techniques to bring your portraits to a new level. 

Tentative Schedule:
Friday 5-10pm Meet and Green at Joy Vertz’ House (included)

Saturday :
Introductions and Studio tour
Small Group Breakouts Shooting and Business
Lunch (included)
Small Group Breakouts Shooting and Business
Dinner (on your own)
Sunset shooting
Cocktail party at the studio 8-10pm. (included)

Breakout sessions
Lunch (included)
Final Breakouts
Photoshop and Design

AM Business Marketing
AM Off Camera Flash
9-2 Sales and Objection Handling
Lunch (included in full day and those taking both am/pm sessions)
PM Business Marketing
PM Off Camera Flash

Some of the topics we cover include:
-Business Process Workflow
-Vendors & Profitability
-Add-On Products
-Natural Light Techniques
-Shooting creatively outdoors
-Studio Light Techniques
-Photoshop Techniques
-Effectively using textures in post processing
-Managing Employees
-Business Development
-Managing Finances
-How to Make Sure You Get Bookings
-Planning for Business Growth
-Posing Techniques
And Many More…

Are you interested in hosting a workshop in your area? Please contact Leah with questions: