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Intro to Digital Photography Class, Davis, CA workshop

Posted on: January 21st, 2015

Got a cool camera and not sure how to use it?  Not sure why you aren’t getting the images you want?…  Join us for an afternoon learning how to shoot in manual mode, and learning the basics about our D-SLR cameras! The class will help you to be more confident in your photography and give you some tips to take better images. We will cover exposure elements and composition basics.

A great class for a new D-SLR owner, or someone who has been shooting for awhile, but usually in Auto mode.

Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
3pm to 5:30pm
Davis, CA
Tuition: $50 (button to register is below!)



Digital Photography Classes in Davis, CA

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014

Summer is a great time to get outside and learn how to use your camera!  Practice portrait techniques in preparation for you family get-togethers and vacations.  We start with an intro class on how to shoot in manual mode, then explore outdoor lighting and portrait photography in more depth.  We will meet Tuesday nights in Davis, CA from 6:30 to 8:30pm and each class will build on the next. Dates of each class are listed in the flier below.

This class is perfect for people who own D-SLR cameras, have started testing them out a bit, but want to learn more.  Learn settings and techniques through this hands-on workshop, and have the opportunity to ask questions as we go along.


3 class Series July 2014


Photography Workshop: Intro to Off Camera Flash – Woodland, CA

Posted on: October 22nd, 2013


Been doing photography for a while now, but ready to add another level to your photos?  Been wanting to invest in a flash, and trying to use it off of your camera for creative effects?  Ever tried to shoot an indoor evening event without a flash and felt like it was impossible?  Ever had to use that awful pop-up flash that is part of your camera as a last resort?  Wish there was a class that would just purchase the gear you need for you and then show you how to use it?  Well, you have come to the right place!!

I started working with off camera flash about 2 and a half years ago, and loved the flexibility it gave me to add drama and depth to my photos.  I love that when I have a flash with me, I am not limited by the natural lighting conditions.  I would love to share some of what I have learned with you in this intro class.

We will start the day with a short talk on the idea behind lighting and some lighting basics, and then we move into the bulk of this hands-on workshop.  We will have models available (probably dressed up like brides) to photograph as they get hair and makeup done and then move around an indoor facility with very little ambient light.  I will lead you through different types of setups and you can practice live in class with your very own manual flash and transmitter and receiver!

Best part?  You get to KEEP the flash, transmitter AND receiver once the class is over!  I know what you are thinking… “What’s the catch?  How can she offer such a great class AND the gear for just $375?  Will I have to listen to a timeshare speech??”  And the answer is “No.  You won’t have to listen to any timeshare speeches.”  But I WILL introduce you to the lighting system I use and I think you will love it.  Oh, and you can use the images you create in the class for your portfolios, too! (Just keeps getting better, right?!)

Space is limited, so email me today to book your spot (  The class will be held in Woodland, CA on Sunday, November 24 from 1pm – 5pm (that is the Sunday before Thanksgiving week).  Tuition is $375.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for a hands-on introduction to off camera flash!

NOTE:  This class is geared toward photographers who shoot with a D-SLR camera (Nikon, Canon, or Sony) and are already relatively comfortable with shooting in manual mode.  A basic understanding of exposure settings will be very useful.  No experience with flash required.

Hope you can join us!

1950s themed photo shoot by Sacramento Portrait Photographer, Woodland CA

Posted on: June 29th, 2013

My good friend (and first photography teacher!) Joerg Lehmann was going to be in the country for a few days from Australia, so I set to work on styling a shoot for us to collaborate on during his trip. Growing up in Woodland, CA, I had always wanted to check out Reiff’s gas station, and decided that this shoot was a perfect opportunity to discover it. No 1950s shoot is complete without decade appropriate hair and make-up, and that’s where our fabulous team came in! In these shots you will see hair by Amanda Walker (of Salon Jewel) and Dana Lyle (of Maribou Spa Salon), as well as makeup by Veronica Marshall (Dolce Vita Artistry Pro) and Dana Lyle. As luck would have it, I was able to borrow some vintage 50s wardrobe (special thanks to costume designers Jesse Larrosa and Denise Miles!). Jesse styled the shoot on site and helped create the looks you see. Meanwhile, Jason Spyres was on set assisting with set up and coordination, and I am so grateful he was there! Jason also helped by taking some behind the scenes photos for us that evening. Big thanks to all our models for the evening, as well: Kara Stoller, Quentin Carbajal, Danielle DeBow, Kendra Evans, Jordan Waldron, and Nick Hammang.

I must also send a thank you to Jordan for showing up in her grandpa’s classic car! It added so much to our shoot, as you will see below…



Digital Photography Class, Davis CA Workshop

Posted on: March 23rd, 2013

Excited to announce the next digital photography class, to be held in Davis, CA!  I just returned from a week-long photography conference (WPPI) in Las Vegas, and am eager to share some of that knowledge with all of you!  The last few photo classes have been a lot of fun, but I always feel like we run out of time.  To help remedy that, I am scheduling the April workshop for 4 full hours.  It will be a small group, so I can really have time to answer everyone’s questions, and also give you plenty of time to try out the different techniques.

This class is great for beginners, or for people who have been experimenting with their camera on their own but feel stuck.  We will talk about exposure basics, but then spend the bulk of time getting up and trying things out.  Since its Spring and flowers are in bloom, we will spend part of the class outside, too!


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To register, just email me at .  Hope to see you there!



Digital Photography Class Woodland, CA

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  I was very excited to get some cool new camera gear for Christmas which got me thinking… I wonder how many new D-SLR owners are out there trying to get their cameras out of “auto” mode, but feel stuck…

If you are anything like I was when I got my first “serious” camera, you have opened the box, and then stared at the back of it for a few minutes wondering what all the menu options really mean.  You know that you could sit down and read the manual, but wouldn’t it be more fun to try out your camera with a group of people in the same boat?  And best of all, get a chance to ask questions from a pro photographer who can share their experience?

I have designed this course just for you!  Its set up to go over the basic elements of exposure (shutter speed, ISO, and aperture) and also touch on some composition elements and techniques.  Its part lecture, but a lot of the time will be spent actually getting up and trying things out.  I think the best way to really learn is by doing, so this workshop will be interactive and hands-on (once we get past the technical talk… which I will try and keep short!).

Your camera cost hundreds of dollars… why not spend $30 more and gain some confidence about how to use it?

If you are interested, email me to register and secure your spot.  Space is limited.



A little about me:  I shoot with Nikon cameras, but have also worked with Canon.  I love, love, love teaching, and enjoy sharing what I have learned along the way.  I am approaching my second year as a photographer, and have spent the last year and half soaking up as much training as I could.  I would love to share some of that with you through this intro course.

This course is beginning level, and no previous experience is necessary.  Please be prepared to bring your camera along with you to class.



Intro to Photography Class, Davis, CA

Posted on: June 21st, 2012

When people ask me how I got started in photography, I explain that I bought a camera, thought I could just “figure it out” and then promptly enrolled in a formal class when the menus utterly confused me.  I shot in “auto” mode for awhile, or one of the other modes that the camera had set up for me for kids or pets or landscapes… but using those wasn’t giving me the images I wanted, and at the time I did not know why.

Once I took classes, I was much more confident in my photography and started building a business.  I was so humbled when people began to ask me if I would ever teach a class… “just the basics.”  I started thinking about all the things I wished I had known years ago so that the pictures I took of my family or at events would have turned out better. I came up with this concept for a one night workshop to share information that I thought would be most helpful for portraits.

For this workshop, I have narrowed down a list of topics that I think will help you take better day to day portraits, regardless of what camera you are using (even if its mostly an iPhone camera!).

  • Understanding Natural Light:  Direction, quality, time of day, highlights and shadows
  • Composition: Framing your subject, angles, backgrounds
  • Posing: Some quick tips on flattering poses
  • Focus:  What makes images come out blurry?  How can we clear that up?

We will spend the time both in “lecture” and with hands on learning, so bring your camera along.  We will shoot outdoors and get to see first hand different ways to use natural light.  I would love for you to join us on Thursday, August 2nd in Davis, CA from 6pm to 8pm!  Please email me at to register.  Registration is just $30 per person.



The Femme Fatale Part 3: The torture of love just out of reach

Posted on: October 10th, 2011

In social life, the femme fatale tortures her partner by denying confirmation of her affection. She usually drives him to the point of obsession and exhaustion so that he is incapable of making rational decisions.
Jen and Emily really captured the mix of emotion that adds a mystery to this type of character.  Both actresses, they delved into this persona.  I hope you enjoy the final post in this series, but be careful not to stare too long into their eyes; you may get trapped!  
Note: credit for this shoot must be extended and shared with the incredible Joerg Lehmann (lighting), Veronica Marshall of Artistry Pro (makeup) and Christy Hayes of Mojo’s Lounge (location).

The Femme Fatale Part 2: There is no escape

Posted on: October 9th, 2011

The phrase “femme fatale” is French for “deadly woman”. A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, and allure. She may also be (or imply to be) a victim, caught in a situation from which she cannot escape.

In this post we have Sarah as the femme fatale, and Sam as her dapper victim.  These two created such an amazing dramatic look.  And don’t worry: no person was harmed by second hand smoke during this shoot – its just a prop cigarette.

Note: credit for this shoot must be extended and shared with the incredible Joerg Lehmann (lighting), Veronica Marshall of Artistry Pro (makeup), and Christy Hayes of Mojo’s Lounge (location).

The Femme Fatale Part One: Who is that irresistible lady?

Posted on: October 8th, 2011

A femme fatale ( /ˌfɛm fəˈtæl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/) is a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare men in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.

For part 1 of our 3 part series I re-introduce Michelle and Danielle.  They play this part perfectly because when you look like this, its easy to imagine you have a little “femme fatale” going on.  I am so excited about this series, and hope you enjoy the late 40s feel!

Note: credit for this shoot must be extended and shared with the incredible Joerg Lehmann (lighting), Veronica Marshall of Artistry Pro (makeup), Shea Lillard (hair), and Christy Hayes of Mojo’s Lounge (location).