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Hey all,

I am excited about fall coming soon… excited about all the upcoming photo sessions, excited about Fall Break, and excited to be able to take my baby boys to the park.    Last night I attempted some park play after the sun was out of the sky, and it didn’t matter, we were all still dripping with sweat and it was 7 pm… ugh!  I wish I’d had my camera with me because Jack went down the big slide with a neighbor girl and face planted into the sand, when I ran to the rescue his face looked like a snickerdoodle cookie – completely covered in sand – eyes, nose, mouth it was like a sand mask!  I was laughing so hard, and wiping it all down, and the little boy never even cried.  Little boys are amazing that way – they just love the outdoors and are happy as long as they are outside…. oh, and if they are making lots of noise too… can’t forget that!

Here is a line up of my fall classes

Photographing Children

Come learn how to capture great images of your kids! Whether it’s a classic portrait, a candid day-in-the-life image, or an action/sports shot. We’ll learn about how to find the best lighting, how to work with wiggly toddlers, and how to get crisp images and avoid getting blurry shots. Only 12 spots available, must register to attend at

Thursday, September 19th

9:00 – 11:30 , in Chandler

Photography 101 and 102

Come and learn in person how to create amazing images, and how to use all the functions on your camera!  These 2 classes are 3 hours each and held one week apart from each other.  During the class, we will learn a concept, and then step outside with our cameras and actually shoot using that concept, then we’ll come back inside for more learning! Be prepared to learn things you never knew your camera could do. Both classes are packed with information! All of the concepts are based on using natural light only.

$150 for both classes

Class 101:  $75
Thursday, Sept. 22nd
9:00 – 12:00

Composition, lighting, creativity, toddler tricks, clarity and focus, using the Creative modes (not Auto), aperature priority, shutter priority,

Class 102:  $75
Thursday, Sept. 29th
9:00 – 12:00

Lenses – why, which, when,
depth of field, white balance, focus points – toggling, exposure, ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode,

The classes are designed to go together.  To register, email me at  to let me know your interested and we will get you registered!

Can’t wait to meet ya!

Oh my goodness, with spring break, kids basketball and other activities, and my upcoming trip to Africa, it was a bit crazy trying to get these classes to fit in the calendar!

But they are back!  Missing shooting, still feeling like you need that extra tip or advice to really help you shoot better?  I love that these are not online classes, or something you have to figure out from a book.  I love learning from someone standing right in front of me, and so I love these classes!

Here is the class line-up for Spring:

Photography 101 and 102: $190

Thursdays March 1st and 8th from 9 am – 12 noon

details are here

Photoshop CS3, CS4, and CS5: $250

Thursday, March 29th 8:30 – 3:30 lunch will be served

details are here

Creative Lighting Class: $125

Saturday, March 10th 3:30 – 6:30

details are here

Is Santa bringing you a new camera for Christmas?  Then let’s get together and figure that thing out so that you can be taking amazing pictures of your kids and family!

These classes will be held in January, and will make the perfect Christmas gift for that photographer who is ready to really get to know her camera!

Photography 101 and 102 – $190

Class 101 – Thursday Jan 19th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.




Toddler tricks

Clarity and focus

Using the Creative modes (not Auto); aperature priority, shutter priority


Class 102 – Thursday Jan 26th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Lenses – why, which, when

Depth of field

White balance

Focus points – toggling

Exposure = ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode

I am also offering another Lightroom class, I myself have been using more and more of Lightroom lately and I am love, love, loving it!  The tools are so great and you can get through many many pictures in a small amount of time!

To register, email me at  I will send you a paypal link, your payment reserves your spot!

Phoenix photography classes

Hey there everyone, with summer fast approaching, the weather is beautiful, and I’ve had many requests for this class, so I am finally getting it out there.  This is open to anyone in the Phoenix area that loves photography, knows how to shoot in Manual mode, or has been through my Photography 101 and 102 classes!

Here is the details for the next class:

Creative Lighting Class/Understanding Lighting
Photo Shoot included!!
This is a 3 hour class – we will spend the first 1/2 of the class learning about all the different types of lighting, how to make the best of them, and when to try what. We’ll spend the second 1/2 of this class shooting with models, trying all of the concepts that we’ve just learned. We’ll have at least 2 models, so you’ll also gain some insight on posing. You must be able to shoot in Manual Mode to attend this class or have attended my basic photography classes before! All lighting techniques will be done with natural light.

Here is what we will be studying in depth:  front light, side light, back light, full sun vs. shade (when and how to use both), window light/indoor light, silhouettes, moody lighting, artistic, lighting, sunsets, and achieving fantastic “sun flare”

Tuesday, June 21st, from 4:30 to 7:30

To register, either email me at

Hey there everyone!

I have new dates for the upcoming classes!  This weather is so beautiful, it is perfect for getting out there and shooting!  In fact, it’s the perfect time to have another Creative Lighting Class and capture some gorgeous sun flare and beautiful silhouettes!

All of the details about the classes are on my website, but here are the basics.  To register, simply email me at

Adobe Lightroom Class:  Thursday, Mar. 10th 8:30 – 2:30, lunch served, $250        details here

Creative Lighting Class:  Friday, Mar. 25th 3:00 – 6:00, $125          details here

Photography 101 and 102:  Thursdays, Apr. 14th and 21st 9:00 – 12:00,   $190         details here

And here are some fun examples showing what you will be able to do after the Creative Lighting/ Understanding Lighting Class.

Everyone is always wondering what to wear to their photo shoot, and while I have some ideas that I love, I have more guidelines of what not to wear!  I thought I would start with blondes.  I always encourage my clients to dress their fair headed children in bright or darker clothes.   When they already have fair skin and fair hair color, then if you dress them in light pink, white, light blue, or anything in the pastel range, they tend to wash out and are not as noticeable.  I prefer contrast on my subjects, and since their natural coloring is low contrast, then they would do well wearing darker and contrasting colors.     My girls are the perfect example, both have that very light blonde hair.  When my oldest was younger, we had our family pictures done, and she was wearing a darling light purple sweater.  I did not think it would be a problem at all.  When we got our pictures back, she looked way too light and washed out compared to everyone else.  Then in the black and white images, she almost disappeared because of the low, low contrast!  So here is how I have my little blondies dress for pictures now:   darker colors, brighter colors, and stay away from white!!

Hey Everyone!!

I’ve had a few of you asking about my classes schedule that is coming up and so I thought I would get it up here.  I know many of you are getting cameras for Christmas, and it is so great to have someone to show you how everything works on the camera and how to create some masterpieces, not just snapshots!  I love teaching, and I would love to work with you and help you really use that camera!!

Here is the upcoming classes schedule, and everything on my site is also updated!  Just click on the link that says “Learn”.

Creative Lighting Class – $125

Dec. 28th from 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Details are here.

Photography 101 and 102 – $95.00 each

Jan. 20th from 9:00am – 12:00am

Details are here.

Photoshop Elements Class – $250

Feb. 3rd from 8:30 am-2:30pm (lunch provided)

Details are here.

Photoshop CS5 Class – $250

Mar. 3rd from 8:30am – 2:30pm (lunch provided)

Details are here.

To register for any of these classes, just email me at

Hey everyone!

I was asked to do a few classes in December, and my initial reaction was “are you crazy???”  However, I have been able to crank out my sessions lately, and so I am up for more than I thought I would be! Yeah!!  I love to teach, and love to show women how many different things that their cameras can really do, like in the photography 101 and 102 class.   And the fabulous crazy sun flare shots are a trick of the trade as well, and I love being able to share and practice those in my Creative Lighting Class!   So, here is the schedule for both, please just email me to get registered:

Here are the two Basic Photography classes…

Class 101 – $95 Tues. Nov. 30th     9:00  – 12:00
Toddler Tricks
Clarity and Focus
Using the Creative modes (not Auto)

Aperature Priority

Shutter Priortiy

Class 102 – $95  Tues. Dec. 7th 9:00 – 12:00
Lenses – why, which, when?
Depth of Field
White Balance
Focus Points – toggling
Shutter Speed
Manual Mode

I recommend that you take both of the photography basics classes.  They are designed to complement each other.

Creative Lighting Class:  This is a 3 hour class – we will spend the first 1/2 of the class learning about all the different types of lighting, how to make the best of them, and when to try what. We’ll spend the second 1/2 of this class shooting, with models, trying all of the concepts that we’ve just learned. We’ll have at least 2 models, so you’ll also gain some insight on posing. You must be able to shoot in Manual Mode to attend this class or have attended my basic photography classes before!  All lighting techniques will be done with natural light.

Creative Lighting Class – $125  Tues., Dec. 28th 2:30 – 5:30

Front light

Side light

Back light

Full Sun vs. Shade (when and how to use both)

Window light/indoor light


Moody Lighting

Artistic Lighting


and achieving fantastic “Sun Flare”

(as seen below)