Kristy Dooley

Available Coaching Types

Business: Business coaching may involve consultations on marketing plans, pricing for photographers, social media expertise, client or competitor identification and analysis, branding, productivity, and more.

Edit My Images: Provide a folder of images to the coach prior to the session and she’ll apply her processing style to those images and walk you through them, step by step. You’ll be able to ask questions along the way.

Freestyle Experience: The freestyle experience is a custom coaching session, mentorship, shooting event, or personalized program custom developed by a coach. Details are available on the individual coach pages.

Portfolio Review: Provide the coach with your portfolio images and she’ll walk you through the images with you with an eye to the cohesiveness of the portfolio, the strength of your composition, the technical merit and the processing.

Problem Solving: Do you have a specific areas that are giving you difficulty? Your coach will address your questions and will give you specific strategies that will help you move beyond your problem spots.

Website Review: You and your coach will give your website a critical examination, paying particular attention to user experience, cohesiveness of the design, structure, and text.

Workflow Walkthrough: Watch while your coach takes you through her workflow, from how she handles the images straight out of camera to the delivery of the final file.

Coaching Rate: $150/hour. Rate is based on session length and includes a customized intake form and continuing development plan.

My CMU Workshops


Set For Success

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My Portfolio


Q & A

favorite teaching topics

Photographing Families and Children, Starting a Photography Business, Natural Light, Perfecting Your SOOCs, Macro Photography

biggest lesson or piece of advice you want to share:

Shoot Often.  It is only when photographing regularly that your confidence grows and your style evolves.

a location you couldn’t do without:

I photograph often a local family farm.  They have a sugar shack in the spring, blueberries and sunflowers in the summer, pumpkins and a corn maze in the fall, and Christmas trees in the winter.  I love a location with lots of variety, especially one that changes year round.

photographers and artists that inspire you:

Meredith Novario, Jennifer Nobriga, and Velvet Owl Photography (mostly CM of course!)

My Pins



Kristy Dooley lives in Vermont with her husband and two daughters. She shoots natural light photography with a passion for macro photography, portraits, and lifestyle images. She loves focusing on and capturing the details of her family’s daily life and loves photographing similar details and connections for her clients as well. She runs a successful family photography business and enjoys working with children and families in the beautiful surroundings of the Green Mountain State.


families and children
client interaction
food photography
natural light



Canon 5d Mark iii


Favorite Lens



Editing Tools



Business Status

in business


Preferred Light



General Availability

EST, afternoons and evenings!


Hourly rate: $150*

* All sessions include custom intake form and continuing personal development plan in addition to hourly coaching.




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1 Comment

  • Gina Graham says:

    Kristy is thorough, thoughtful, and unbelievably dedicated to the success of those that she mentors and teaches. In four weeks, I have found clarity and purpose for my business in a way that excites and motivates me. So well worth the investment!

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