The Portraits For Patriots® Academy 

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Portraits For Patriots® is proud to announce The Portraits For Patriots® Academy, a comprehensive training curriculum designed and presented by renowned photographer and educator, John Gress. 

Developed for those that serve in what has been called the most difficult job in the military—the military spouse. 

With our training academy, we are helping to develop a transportable skillset that a spouse can easily take from base-to-base if their duty station changes.

What The Portraits For Patriots® Academy Teaches

  • How to produce high-quality portraits 
  • Skills needed to be active, professional Portraits For Patriots® photographers
  • Business Financial know-how, thanks to Navy Federal Credit Union

If you are an active duty spouses, then pre-register for this amazing opportunity!

Portraits For Patriots® Academy Perks:
  • You’ll have the skills for a great “side-hustle” that fits your schedule or even a full-time career! Any way you decide to do it.
  • Select students will be provided with an official Portraits For Patriots® Mobile Studio Unit (MSU) – a complete mobile portrait photography kit containing all of the lighting, hardware and accessories used in the Portraits For Patriots® Academy training program so you can work anywhere your mission takes you.
  • Navy Federal Credit Union will be providing world-class financial education assistance and advice to ensure you business success.
  • Linq will assist you with creating your profile and provide you with digital business cards and accessories for a modern networking experience. The Linq app makes it easy network, digitally exchange contacts to connect with clients, show-off your work with an image gallery and grow your business with just a tap!
Portraits For Patriots® Academy applicants should meet the following criteria to be considered for placement in the program:
  1. If your spouse is separating or retiring from service soon, and you will not be able to effectively volunteer, we are unable to accept your application, at this time.
  2. You must be an active-duty spouse living on, or near a US military installation with a love of photography and a desire to become a working, professional photographer.
  3. You will need a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a suitable portrait lens. (50mm – 100mm) The camera does not need to be the latest-and-greatest model—most modern cameras are capable of producing high-quality images with a thorough understanding of your camera’s operation and controls.
  4. You will need a laptop computer with a current operating system capable of running our photographic software. Your computer is just as important as your camera and it is important that you have a working knowledge of your computer and how different settings will affect its performance. We do not provide hardware support.