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.


Jon Canlas’ approach to photographing families and evoking emotion is unmatched.

With over 25 years of experience, Jon is a true master of capturing raw and emotional moments.

Jon’s photography journey began with weddings because he thought that’s what it took to be a successful photographer. Eventually, he found his true passion in family photography, capturing people in a way that evokes emotion and captures their true essence—all while becoming a wildly successful photographer.

Author of the book Film is Not Dead, Jon carried film out of the path to extinction. As a 100% film shooter (seriously…he does not even own a digital camera!) and believer in creating comfort for the people he photographs, he delivers galleries filled with texture, depth, and emotion for all of his clients, all with an editorial touch.

It's no wonder Jon is one of the most impactful photographers of our generation.

He has paved the way for so many of us photographers to exist in this industry. From redefining traditional family photography to cultivating a thriving film community in the digital age, the photography industry simply would not be the same without him.

Not only is Jon an incredibly talented artist, but his technical skills in film photography and strategies for making family photography highly profitable all combine to form his unique approach to capturing memories. He never puts his camera down and is always waiting and watching for the perfect moment.

Tell the authentic stories of families that will be cherished for generations.

Learn how to create space for real emotion during family sessions and make room for the unlikely shots. You'll come away with a new perspective on family photography and the skills to take your work (and business) to the next level.


Jonathan Canlas

Jonathan is a 100% film shooter documenting families wherever the client takes him. As a father of 6, he's got a ton of practice under his belt. He also is the owner of theFINDlab, VP of Instaproofs, and 1/3rd of the Hybrid Collective.

The Lesson Plan

The Lesson Plan


  • How shooting weddings for 20 years made Jon realize he’s a family photographer
  • Jon’s basic game plan and how to pivot when it all goes to shit
  • Posing and not posing


  • How you can make families insanely profitable
  • What are you trying to say?
  • How to be consistent every time and in under an hour
  • Q&A

Join us and learn how following your passion in photography—no matter what that looks like—can create profitability and joy.

In this two-day Glowup, Jon Canlas will share with you his journey from photographing weddings to finding his true passion in family photography. You'll learn his basic game plan for photographing families, how to pivot when things go wrong, and how to pose families in a way that evokes emotion and captures their true essence. Jon will also reveal how to make family photography profitable, how to maintain consistency in your work, and how to get it all done in less than one hour.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Jon and his unique approach to capturing memories that last a lifetime!



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 Ohana Glowup with Jon Canlas 

Join the Glowup


Lifetime Access

  • Immediate access to The Ohana Glowup with Jon Canlas
  • Two modules
  • 4+ hours of education
  • Lifetime access
  • Access to our exclusive Facebook group for the Glowup
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(noun) A highly ambitious person who strives to achieve his or her goals in life, while maintaining a radiant glow both inside and out.

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