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Self-taught photographer April Nienhuis is located in the Tulsa OK area (central time).  April’s camera of choice is the Canon 5D Mark II, and she primarily uses her 100mm macro, 45mm tilt-shift, and 35mm lenses.  She loves capturing her everyday life when not second shooting weddings.  She begins all her editing in Lightroom 3 and pulls them into Photoshop CS5 for any finishing  touches.  She also has experience with Photoshop Elements.  To view April’s work please visit www.aprilnienhuis.com.

“Open Book” Q&A
Start-to-Finish Editing
Edit My Images
Portfolio Review
Website Review
Customized One-on-One Mentoring Session

Weekdays and Weekends

Email april@clickinmoms.com to request online mentoring with April.

Please confirm April’s availability and type of session requested, then purchase your session HERE.



  • Picking a mentor was hard. CM has so many fantastic choices. I knew that I wanted it to be someones’ work that I admired, someone that had a great personable approach on the boards with a teaching style I underdstood. It was a big investment emotionally, and I am so happy that I picked April.
    We did have a few re-scheduling issues. But, it was due to weather (tornado season!). I only mention it because, April was on top of sending me emails and giving me details…. when I would have just been worried about getting into hiding!! She was prompt and professional and never left me wondering.
    I knew that I wanted help with weddings. While April only does second shooting, I knew that she would have seen more than enough to help me and answer my questions. I wasn’t even sure what to ask! She was fantastic in looking over my work, guiding me through what I was missing and helping me improve what was already there. She spent as long as I needed on a certain questions and answered ones I didn’t even know I had. Even though I hadn’t had much contact with April before, it felt like friends chatting. She immediately put me at ease…. which allowed me to open up about my work, and participate without feeling defensive. She never made me feel like she was watching a clock (and to be honest she spent far to long with me!!) It was my first mentor ship and it was fantastic!! I am incredibly grateful for the time and energy and effort she put into helping me with my work. I’ve only done 1 wedding since the session but have already seen a big improvement using her suggestions.

  • Julia Tulley says:

    I was lucky enough to have an in person portfolio review with April at the end of January while attending Imaging USA. I had known for awhile that I wanted April to review my portfolio- I adore her style and think her work is incredible. She was a TA in the CM website design class I took over the summer (WordPress 101) and I knew, based on that class, that she would do a wonderful job in any sort of mentoring role. (At one point during the class, I asked her how she created a specific layout in PSE that I had seen on her site, and within a day, she posted a full tutorial on the boards very clearly walking us through the process. This was not really something even directly related to the class and yet she still provided this great, in-depth explanation!) Fast forward several months- when I heard that she would be at Imaging, as I would be, I knew it was finally time to approach her for a port review! I wasn’t sure that she would have the time to meet up in person (Imaging can be action packed scheduled-wise) but she was very accommodating about finding a time when we could meet AND I would like to mention that she was always super prompt at responding to all of my emails.
    The first thing I have to say about April is that she is such a sweetheart, totally approachable, and very thoughtful. We went through my portfolio and she offered constructive points on each image- I literally have PAGES of notes on what she said. Some points were specific to the individual image while some were larger, more technical points to think about while shooting. It was amazing to see some of things that she pointed out, things that despite looking at a million times, I had somehow not seen in my own images… which goes to show the importance of having another set of eyes critically review your work! April really took her time going over each image and at no point did I feel rushed or like she was watching the clock… it truly felt like a casual conversation. She made sure to ask if I had questions and urged me to contact her afterwards if any questions came up down the road. She even emailed me a few screen shots afterwards of items we had talked about during the session.
    Really, I can’t recommend her highly enough- if you are considering having a portfolio review with April, don’t wait! Usually these sessions are done over Skype and I believe you will have just as great of an experience Skyping as I did meeting her in person. You will absolutely walk away with new knowledge, a stronger portfolio, and quite likely, a new friend too! :) Thank you April!

  • Dew says:

    I have to echo everyone else who has left really good feedback on April’s session. It was such an eye opening session for me as i have never had my photos critiqued professionally & been provided with very helpful suggestions, tips & techniques on how to improve my editing & composing skills. One of my challenges is finding different but creative ways to shoot photos. April shared her stories on how to achieve her creative shots which inspires me to go out & experiment without feeling scared. She showed me two different photos that creates two different emotions. It’s amazing what our camera can do & knowing how to achieve this through shooting. I feel more confident shooting using different focus point now. In terms of editing, April took her time & care to make sure that i understand each edits & what it does to the photos that i have provided her prior to our session. She left plenty of room for me to ask questions. There was no silly questions & that’s how April made me feel. :) I could have paid massive amount of money to learn photo editing in Lightroom but i believe the one-on-one session with April gets me a more customised & intimate session plus i learnt even more in 60 minutes than i would in a whole day workshop! On top of this, April is a warm & friendly mentor – so glad to have you as my mentor!

  • Annie says:

    I was fortunate to be the winner of an “open-book” Q&A with April. I chose to have her review my portfolio and answer some questions I had about shooting and processing. Since I’m not in business, I had to put together a portfolio in advance of our conversation. That alone was a very helpful exercise! When I talked to April, it was clear that she had made an effort to thoroughly review my photos and shared some general observations about my work. We also walked through each image and she pointed out ways to improve each photo. It was surprising and eye-opening to hear the things she spotted in my photos that I hadn’t noticed. I also asked several questions on shooting and processing topics with which I had been struggling. April generously shared her knowledge and gave me several tips and ideas to work on. I took a ton of notes throughout the conversation! It was very helpful to be able to view April’s screen during our discussion. For example, she showed me a couple Photoshop techniques on her own screen to improve my processing. I would highly recommend signing up for a mentoring session with April! Thanks for all your help, April!

  • Courtney says:

    I’m always hesitant when it comes to signing up for mentoring sessions with seasoned professional photographers. While I know my way around my camera, Photoshop and Lightroom, I always worry that their superior skill level will be intimidating. But, I knew that I loved April’s work and was willing to risk it for the chance to talk with her and watch her work her magic on a few images. I was excited and anxious about my session for the weeks leading up to it and even second guessed whether I had made the right choice by investing in a mentoring session with someone I had never met. It didn’t take but a few minutes to realize that I had a made a GREAT choice by choosing to work with April. Right from the moment that we signed into our session, I knew that she was someone I could see myself sitting down with over coffee and chatting with. April is extremely knowledgable in both Photoshop and Lightroom and her images speak for themselves in terms of her quality of work. Despite knowing my way around Photoshop & Lightroom, I walked away from April’s Mentoring Session with a bag full of useful new tricks and tips for getting the most out of my images. I highly recommend April’s mentoring sessions to anyone looking for someone who is knowledgeable and friendly to give you the extra push you need in your work. Thanks so much, April! I look forward to working with you again!

  • Mary says:

    I had a great editing session with April. Over the course of our hour, she really helped me to see color and edits in a different way and gave me some tools and suggestions to enhance my images. She’s also very easy to talk to and very experienced in the software packages I use for editing. I’ve spent a lot of time and money on other types of sessions and this was the greatest bang for the buck yet. If you are a fan of April’s style you will definitely be pleased with all of the information she has to help you grow. I plan to take further mentoring sessions with April.

  • Amy says:

    I was looking forward to being mentored by April for a long time, and when the time came I was both anxious and nervous. But after only a few minutes of chatting with her, I knew that I had made a great choice in a mentor. April is not only very knowledgeable and talented, but she is also very thoughtful and kind about how she made suggestions for improving my blogsite and how she critiqued my work. She is extremely easy to talk to and answered all my questions. April had obviously reviewed my work and my site prior to our meeting because from the very start she provided great suggestions and feedback. She thoroughly reviewed my blogsite and pointed out so many things I could do to improve upon what I had — changes that will not only make my site easier to navigate, more professional in appearance, and more aesthetically appealing, but also changes that will bring me more business in the long run. I left our mentoring session feeling invigorated and excited to make changes and begin looking at my work in a new way. April really is one-of-a-kind, and I cannot recommend her mentoring enough. I think at some point all photographers get to a point when they wonder “What is my next step? What can I do to improve upon the work I’m producing? How can I generate more interest in my business?” If any of those questions apply to you, then choosing a mentoring session with April is a very wise decision and a great investment that will take your photography and your business to the next level.

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