Speaker Interview – Cyrissa Carlson

Cyrissa Carlson has a Masters in Art Education and owns Immerse Photography. She has recently left her full time elementary art position to teach photography workshops and photograph her clients full time. She is known for her Social Media savvy and, drawing from her ten years of classroom experience, her ability to take a technical subject (photography) and make it accessible to everyone.

She has been a featured guest on the CreativeLive stage in San Fransisco, was a guest blogger for Senior Style Guide, and has published work in the Journal for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. Her photographs have been featured in national publications and her photos are currently on numerous local websites and publications.

When she’s not hanging out with her family or teaching, she may be found photographing families, dancers, seniors, weddings, or traveling nationally for branding photoshoots.

Why Do You Use WordPress?
While I previously used WordPress in my classroom, more recently, I have created a site for my brand new online photography courses. The demand for my photography workshops has exceeded my ability to meet everyone face to face. By creating e-courses, I’m able to meet everyone where they are… both in experience and geographical location.

When and How Did You Start Using WordPress?
I was one of the first teachers in our district to begin using WordPress in my elementary art classroom! I featured student artwork, shared exciting art events, and blogged about our daily classroom messes!

What Tips or Resources would you recommend to a new WordPress User?
Ask as many questions as you possibly can and do not underestimate your online resources! YouTube can be a great source training and their are lots of incredible resources out there!

Also, don’t be afraid to be yourself. There are so many cookie cutter companies out there… don’t be afraid to shine online!

What advice would you give someone who’s building a business around WordPress design or development?
Your photographs make just as big of an impact as your content and WordPress site design! Invest in workshops and courses that will train you how to take a better photo! There are two workshops that I’m currently offering that will help you along this journey!

Small Business Photography is geared toward entrepreneurs and focuses on product photography and Social Media basics.

My Beginning Photography Course teaches you basic camera knowledge, beginning composition, techniques I use, and an introduction to the semi-manual modes. Sound like something you need? I’d love to have you join me!

Where can we find you online?
Instagram: immerse
YouTube: Immerse Videos
Facebook: Immerse Photography

“Instagram is my favorite Social Media Platform!

You’ll find lots of training and photography basics on my YouTube channel!

And, of course, Facebook is always a great place to see what’s going on at Immerse Photography!