Testimonials

  • Toni McLellan,
    Creativity Coach, Woodstock, IL

    One workshop with Nancy and my "point and pray" photography days were over--I knew what I was doing! She explained exposure in a way that my creative brain actually understood, then had us practice during class until we had it down. Plus, she's a delight to be with--an engaging and entertaining mentor who really knows her stuff and brings such fun energy to the process.

  • Kari,
    Web Designer+Developer, McHenry, IL

    I LOVE Nancy's workshops! She is an excellent instructor and knows how to give you just enough to take away, rather than overwhelming you with too much information. She creates a fun & comfortable environment for learning and really takes the time to make sure you understand. She is patient and kind. I recommend all of her workshops. They are affordable enough so you can take them and then take them again to reinforce your new skills. I cannot say enough about these workshops! They are wonderful!

  • Margie Bjorkman,
    Learning Photographer+Dabbling Artist McHenry, IL

    What I love most about Nancy is her contagious energy and passion for her work. Her classes have taught me a lot about making my photography better, organizing my goals and continuing to love the learning in any of the arts.

  • Claudia,
    Dentist+Hobbyist Photographer, Richmond, IL

    Nancy was recommended to me by a friend about two years ago. It was one of the best recommendations that I have ever received. I have taken two of Nancy's photography courses ( Simply Learn - Your Camera and Simply Learn - Composition and Black&White ) and I LOVED Nancy's enthusiasm, passion and her incredible knowledge of photography. She knows how to make learning fun!! I enjoyed Nancy's method of teaching so much that a friend of mine and I hired Nancy for a private tutoring session that focused on portrait photography. We learned so much and received such useful tips. In fact, one of the best gifts that I got this Christmas from my friend is another private session with Nancy in which she will go over our photography and give us pointers and review what we are doing well and what we need to work on. I can't wait!! I can honestly say that investing in one of Nancy's workshops will be one of the best investments you will make in your pursuit of photography! I just LOVE learning with Nancy Merkling!!!

  • Giovanni Arroyo,
    Media Specialist+Photographer+Trainer, Lake in the Hills, IL

    Not having to block off a day or more to attend a workshop is a big plus in my book. Nancy's relaxed style of instruction, along with the hands on portion of the workshop really allows you to feel welcomed and comfortable. No matter what your level of experience invest a little to improve your photography!

  • Heidi Allen,
    mother+artist+photographer, Cary, IL

    Nancy is one of the most genuine people I know. The first time I attended one of her classes, I learned so much. The bonus was… She touched my heart too. I walked out of that first class feeling completely energized, inspired, and more knowledgeable than when I walked in. In all honesty, my eyes were opened to look at the world a bit differently... In a good way.
    I would recommend Nancy's classes 100%, hands down, without a doubt. Each class I have attended I have felt it was time very well spent! Even cooler, I keep wanting to go back for more!!! Nancy Merkling is an amazing teacher. I am so glad that someone recommended her to me!

  • Wendie Aull,
    Photographer, Antioch, IL

    In one word Nancy's workshops are INSPIRING!!! Not only do I learn so much about my camera and photography but myself.. She teaches through experience. I definitely recommend the Creative Process workshop you'll leave feeling not only challenged to view ever day differently through your lens but in your life. I love love love her workshops!!

  • Kevin,
    Professional+Amateur Photographer, Crystal Lake, IL

    I have learned so many aspects regarding photography and even my camera that it would be hard to list them all. Nancy really breaks down the material in a clear way with great perspective from her career experiences. The class atmosphere is intimate, open for sharing and asking questions. I’ve learned so much already…I can’t wait to take more classes.

  • Steve,
    Attorney, Crystal Lake, IL

    I have used Nancy Merkling for lifetime milestone events and for business. Nancy brings a high-level of professionalism accompanied by a tempo to get the job done within the creative and time-set parameters. Rising above the environment and the subjects, she always presents a unique final piece of art by incorporating her full-understanding of photography with her laser-like perception of beauty at the scene.

  • Cindy,
    Professional+Photography Enthusiast, McHenry, IL

    Nancy has taught me so much through her workshops and her love for photography! I have repeated most of the workshops several times each time taking away important things to work on and in improve with! I recommend these repeatable workshops and I have grown so much because of them!

  • Nick and Jamielynn Wedoff,
    Photographers, Woodstock, IL

    Inspirational, detailed, insightful, and specific in instruction for your advancement are just a few of the words that describe Nancy Merkling's teaching style. You always leave her workshops or private mentoring sessions filled with knowledge and readiness to take the next step towards your fulfilling your next photography goal.

  • Amber,
    Passionate Aspiring Photographer+Wife+Momma to 3 Beautiful Children, Harvard, IL

    It's hard to put in 3 short sentences exactly how I feel about Nancy's photography workshops. I will say this, Nancy is a wonderfully inspiring person. I have learned and put to use so much from the 3 workshops I have had the pleasure of attending. Not just about photography. But about myself, people, and the importance of relationships. In fact, the very first workshop I experienced, Nancy (unbeknownst to her) has inspired me to pursue my passion. I plan on taking classes in the fall to work on getting a certificate in photography. And I am so looking forward to being present for more of Nancy's teachings in the very near future.

  • Debra Nord,
    Artist, Woodstock, IL

    Nancy engages her students in the artistic process. Her workshops are simultaneously fun and informative. I never fail to have that one "aha" moment when it all clicks into place.

  • Amy Wurtz,
    Woodstock, IL

    Nancy Merkling, thank you so very much for teaching me in 3 short hours today what 20+ photography books, videos and tutorials could not over the years! You are amazing and I can't wait to take another class from you!

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