Learning just got a Glowup.

If you’re anything like us, we were tired of signing up for courses from other educators and not actually learning anything. That’s why we created the Glowup challenges—a deep dive into one topic at a time, allowing you to walk away an expert, ready to make real changes in your life and business. We make photography education FUN, actionable, and interactive—no more fluff and no more hidden secrets—and bring along a community that feels like home.

This is education for real people, with real results, so you can find success faster than we did with the knowledge we’re going to teach you. With a combined 25+ years of experience running multiple successful photography businesses, our purpose is to change the photography industry, one Glowup at a time.


John Dolan is a pioneer in contemporary wedding photography.

For over 30 years, he has redefined the genre, blending the honesty of documentary with the grace and beauty of fashion photography.

John has seen wedding trends of every kind come through the industry, time and time again, but he has found a way to create images that speak to both his unique style and who he is as a person and an artist.

With well-known clients like Jerry Seinfeld and Gwyneth Paltrow—and a certain White House wedding you may have seen recently (a.k.a. the only White House wedding of our generation, Naomi Biden!)— just to name a few.

Despite being a superstar photographer, John Dolan is humble, kind, and in love with his craft, which says everything about what it's like to work with him!

We just want to make sure you really read this... The John Dolan is going to share 30+ years of experience on how to have longevity and sustainability in your craft.

Oftentimes, we allow the market to dictate our actions, between how we photograph, who we photograph, what we decide to share on social media, and who we desire to work with. The truth is, that’s not the key to success for longevity. It is, however, the key to getting stuck, feeling uninspired, and burnt out.

Join us as we learn from one of the industry's best how to create exactly what you love, despite what the obvious trends are in the industry.

We are going to teach you the best way to create work that speaks to you and will stand the test of time, the test of trends, and the truest test—good ole boredom. Never feel lost in your creativity again after these two days with Develope Academy and John Dolan!

Learn the mistakes to avoid so you’re not stuck in trends, burnt out, and over your art!


John Dolan

John Dolan has woven a career of advertising, editorial and fine art photography. He is the author of The Perfect Imperfect: The Wedding Photographs of John Dolan, published by Damiani Books.

“What I love about John’s pictures is how his lovely soul comes through in the moments he sees in other people. John has photographed our family for 20 years. It is, to us, a priceless view of who we are and wouldn’t exist without his gifted shutter, lens and eye.”  – Jerry Seinfeld

The Lesson Plan

The Lesson Plan


  • What working as a small team looks like and what it's all about
  • Why creating art that inspires you matters so much 
  • How to handle trends that come and go in the industry 
  • The role and part you play in the equation
  • Why it's okay to skip the obvious photo


  • How to master creating your signature vibe
  • The keys to longevity and sustainability in your brand and career 
  • Best practices to anticipate moments and emotions and how to best document them 
  • All the tips and tricks John has to share from being a superstar leading photographer for over 30+ years 
  • What you don’t realize comes along with photographing weddings long-term

Join us and learn to move beyond the industry norms and step into your signature style. Create creative sustainability for a long a happy career!

It’s about so much more than working through a shot list—we’re there to tell a client's story! Learn how to avoid the obvious photo and challenge yourself to anticipate and see moments play out before you. Capture the true emotions and moments of the day, and keep yourself inspired to creating images are that compelling and dynamic! It's about a balance between what you must get and what you need to get.

John is KING at this and will be sharing all he has learned to live and showcase this balance his entire career. Sometimes the perfectly imperfect is the best way to love what you do and what you’re creating!

In this this Glowup with John Dolan and Develope Academy, we will dive into story telling, stepping outside the box, and staying around as long as you want over this two days.



Glowups are mini classes that Develope Academy hosts once a month. We figured, instead of teaching with big, grand gestures and catch-all courses for everything, maybe some topics needed a little more nuance. Consider a Glowup to be your first, second, and third date with whatever topic we are covering. We find that these bite-sized education opportunities help our students to learn more efficiently, more quickly, and with more intention. You can expect each day of education to last 1-2 hours and to have fun while you learn!

Meet Charla + Jenn

Honestly. We were just tired of educators not actually teaching people. So...here we are, and we complement each other well. Our combined 25+ years and variety of expertise and experience gives us a unique approach that can affect change for most people in a very impactful way.

Education shouldn't be boring either. We believe that teleprompters and scripts make for a very distant learning experience. So our laid-back but pointed approach to teaching has been said to be "like hanging out with besties with a glass of wine." We are relatable while maintaining the fact that we are successful businesswomen in our industry.

Join us for Charla's world-renowned, film-shooting as she slams you with facts and rap rhymes while changing your life. Jennefer will be backing her up with her Kindred Preset prowess and inspiring ability to make everyone understand their individual importance.

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The Creative Sustainability Glowup with John Dolan 

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Lifetime Access

  • Immediate access to The Creative Sustainability Glowup with John Dolan
  • Two modules
  • 4+ hours of education
  • Lifetime access
  • Access to our exclusive Facebook group for the Glowup
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