Terms Of Service

By taking a class with Lightbox Photo Academy (Lightbox), you agree to the policies set forth below. Please take time to read these policies, as it is important for both of us that you understand our contractual relationship relating to your participation in Lightbox classes.


A paid in full registration will secure your reservation for any photography Workshop or Course (herein referred to as “Workshop”) or Private Lesson, based on availability. Workshop payments may be made via our registration system (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex). All monies must be received by the first day of your prospective Workshop. Workshop fees may vary based on length and location of the Workshop, fees, instructor fees, model fees, and, in some cases, taxes and gratuities. Workshop fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in same. If any required payments are not made, we reserve the right to treat your reservation as cancelled (see cancellations below). Registrations for private lessons are valid for a period of 1 year.  After 1 year private lesson registrations can no longer be redeemed.

Missed Workshop Sessions

If a student misses a class session, it may be made up within a 3-month period on a space available basis, at no additional charge. Make-up sessions are limited to one per student per class or workshop. Arrangements can be made for one-on-one make-up sessions, priced as a 2-hour private lesson.

Private Lesson Changes/Cancellations

All Private Lesson cancellations and changes must be made at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled Lesson time. No refunds are given for Private Lesson cancellations or changes within 48 hours of appointment. Cancellations made within 48 hours of a scheduled Private Lesson appointment will be charged $50. If a student cancels their lesson within 48 hours of the scheduled Private Lesson, the remaining balance of fees paid can be applied to a future Private Lesson or or Workshop date in the 6 month period following the original appointment. If a student fails to appear for a scheduled Private Lesson, the appointment will be treated like a cancellation. Sessions cancelled by the instructor will be made up at no additional charge, including one-on-one make-ups.

Lightbox Cancellations

Cancellations may be made resulting from certain foreboding circumstances beyond the control of Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC, including but not limited to inclement weather. We also retain the right to cancel or reschedule any Workshop when inadequate enrollment makes the Workshop economically unfeasible for our company. In those rare cases, participants will be notified via email or phone. If a class cannot be rescheduled to a later date, an offer for a private lesson covering the same content or we can apply deposits or other monies to another Workshop in the 12-month period following the original booking.  A full refund made by credit card will only be granted when Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC deems it appropriate under extenuating circumstances.  However, Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC will not be responsible for additional loss or expense incurred by the Workshop participant. Please be assured, however, that it is with the utmost consideration that Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC ever considers such cancellations.


With a membership you are entitled to 1 registration per month.  That registration can be used for any class, workshop, or private lesson.  The membership also entitles you to 1 free digital critique per month.  Gift Certificates cannot be used in the purchase or payment of membership dues.  Memberships are non-transferable.  Membership offerings are auto-renewable.  At the end of the initial term of membership, your monthly dues will automatically renew on a month-to-month basis.  You have the entire length of your membership to use your membership services as long as your account is not canceled and in good standing.  Any unused services will rollover to the next month so long as the account remains active.  At the time of cancelation, any unused services will expire 90 days from the date of cancelation.  Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC reserves the right to cancel any membership and any active registrations related to that membership at any time.


You agree not to set up a business as a direct competitor of Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC within a radius of 100 miles of Indianapolis for a period of 24 months following the completion of your most recent Lightbox Photo Academy class. Furthermore, during this period, you agree not to accept employment with or render any services as an instructor, consultant or otherwise, directly or indirectly, to any person or firm in connection with the teaching of photography and digital photo editing courses without prior written consent of Lightbox Photo Academy. You also agree not to re-sell or re-package Lightbox Photo Academy workbooks or develop other commercial materials based on the workbooks and hand-outs that you receive while taking Lightbox Photo Academy classes.

Introductory Private Lesson Promotion

When offered as a promotion, Introductory private lessons are available on a one-time basis and cannot be combined with any other special offer. Students may take ONE Fundamentals of Photography introductory private lesson, either as an individual or with a group of up to four total students. The additional charge of $20 per person will apply.

Model Release

By participating in a Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC Workshop or Private Lesson you consent that any and all photographs and/or video tapes of you or that include your property may be used by Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC and/or its assigns in promotional and/or advertising efforts for no fee and/or compensation.

Right to Use of Creative Works

By participating in a Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC Workshop or Private Lesson and signing the provided waivers, you consent that any and all creative works that you share with Lightbox including but not limited to: photographs, digital files, hard copy photos, video, Flickr postings, and multimedia works, created by you or that include your property may be used by Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC and/or its assigns in newsletter, promotional and/or advertising efforts for no fee and/or compensation other than visible, written credit being cited to you as the creator in the following format: “Photo by (your name)”.

Special Terms and Conditions

Whether the Workshop in which you are participating is held on private, public, or government lands, you agree to abide by all rules, restrictions, and ordinances governing such lands and property. You also agree to respect the rights of other Workshop participants, instructors, leaders, and those providing services to or for said Workshop. Failure to comply with any governing rules or authority may result in the removal of the participant from said Workshop or related activity with no provisions for refund. Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC reserves the right to stop a Workshop or remove individuals at any time it is felt a participant is a danger to other members or him/herself. It is the responsibility of Workshop participants to be in good physical condition and to notify Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC of any medical, dietary, or physical needs.

All Workshop itineraries are tentative (subjects, events, times). Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to weather and other environmental conditions, direct or indirect logistical arrangements, health conditions of Workshop participants and/or instructors, employees, guides, or assigns, and/or any other factors deemed to be relevant by Lightbox Photo Academy, LLC. However, we will make every effort to relocate the Workshop or substitute activities of equal value, if possible.

Release of Liability

By participating in an Lightbox Class, Workshop or Private Lesson, the student acknowledges the terms and conditions of this agreement and agrees that the involvement of Lightbox Photo Academy (Lightbox) and its representatives is solely for the purpose of instructing and advising as to the appropriate use of photography equipment and art of photography. Therefore, the student agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Lightbox Photo Academy and instructor (DBA Lightbox/Lightbox Photo Academy), including their representatives or agents, from any and all claims or actions of personal injury, damages that are incurred during a class, workshop, or event, or liability including attorneys’ fees, and or costs.

Tobacco-Free Environment

We are a tobacco-free organization and ask that you refrain from smoking or using tobacco products during class sessions.

We reserve the right to update these policies at anytime.


Return Policy

Cancellations, Changes and Refunds for Workshops

Cancellations on the part of the student must received by our office by email per the schedule listed below unless otherwise stated in the Workshop description.  Cancellation fees/dates are as follows on all workshops:

Cancellation of a Workshop more than 7 days prior to the start date will receive a full refund of the Workshop charge or credit to a future Workshop. If student chooses to cancel, versus receive a credit.

Due to our small class sizes, no refunds are given for cancellations within 7 days of Workshop’s start date. If a student cancels their participation within 7 days prior to the start of the Workshop, the fees paid can be applied to a future Workshop date within the 6 month period following the original Workshop start date. No refunds or changes will be made on or after the Workshop start date. Sessions cancelled by the instructor will be made up at no additional charge, including one-on-one make-ups.

Cancellation within 15 days of specialty and Third Level Workshops (Wedding Experience, et. al.) will result in full forfeiture of payment. There is no exception to this policy, as specialty and Third Level Workshop participants are not able to be transferred to future classes on late notice due to scheduling and demand.

Privacy Policy

We're regular people like you, and we know you're privacy is important.  We won't do anything crazy like sell your name, email, license plate number, dog's name, passport photo...you get the point.  So don't worry.