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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!)



Family Portraits by Davis CA photographer

Posted on: August 17th, 2014

Last week I held a small group class on family portrait photography and was able to photograph my friend McKinley’s family that evening. Summer nights in California are perfect for outdoor portraits, and these beautiful shots taken around sunset at the UC Davis arboretum are just what I am talking about….

For more information on portraits or photography workshops, email


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


Digital Photography class ~ Davis, CA ~ beginning level

Posted on: January 21st, 2014

It’s that time of year again!  New D-SLR owners who have had a chance to test out their Christmas gifts.  If you are anything like me, then you soon realized there was a lot more to these kind of cameras than you originally thought.  I remember buying my Nikon D5000, looking at the back of it and thinking … “well, maybe I can find a class …”

This class is a hands-on, intro course to teach shooting in manual mode.  We will cover the other modes on your camera, what they do, and how you can change the settings on your camera to get the images you are dreaming about.

You can’t learn everything about photography in just 2 and a half hours, but my goal is to give you the tools to be more confident in using your camera, and a good understanding of the terminology for the technical side of things.  And I will be there with you to help answer questions!

We will also talk about composition and natural lighting, and tips for taking portraits outdoors.

Your camera was likely a big investment.  Spending a little time in a class is a great way to get the most out of your new gear!  Hope you can make it on Sunday, Feb 16th!

To register, just email me at

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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!

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 workshop

Posted on: February 7th, 2013

We’re back with another intro class for people who would like to learn how to shoot in manual, learn the basic elements of camera exposure, and become more comfortable using their cameras.  For this workshop, the activities will be focused on macro and product photography.  Each participant will be asked to bring an object from home to photograph in class.

The techniques you learn in class can be applied to all different kinds of photography, since the basic lesson is how to adjust settings on your camera to get the exposure you want.  We will also be paying attention to the direction of light and how it bounces off objects.

Space is limited, so email today to reserve your space!  Only $30 per person.

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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.



Photography Workshop Series #1, Davis, CA

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

Last week was the first photography class I held, and I couldn’t have been happier with the result!  We had a great turnout, great people, and a great time.  After the class I was thrilled to find out that people wanted to learn more, and that there were also people contacting me from facebook who missed the class and wanted to come to another…

Those of you who know me may know that I am just as passionate about teaching as I am about my art.  My favorite thing to do?  Teach art.  For years I have taught drama and dance classes and directed plays and theatre workshops and love it.  As I have been studying and practicing with photography I had in the back on my mind the idea that I would love to teach that, too.  Thank you for letting me do something I enjoy so much, and for sharing that joy with all of you!

After the first class I came home and immediately started planning the next one, and here is what I came up with:


These classes are geared for beginning photographers, or people who have been taking pictures, but haven’t taken formal training.  I have had my photography business for a little over a year and consider myself a lifelong learner.  In the classes I will share with you things I wish I had known when I first picked up my camera, and help you by sharing tips that will help with your everyday portraits.  The workshops are a mix of lecture and activity so that you can practice and learn together.  Since the same group will meet for 3 weeks, you will be able to contact me and ask questions between classes, and I will also send out resources and info through email that you may find helpful.  Here is the breakdown on topics:

8/14: Natural Lighting for Outdoor Portraits
8/21: Composition Elements and Exposure
8/28: Posing

If you want a fun activity to do this last month of summer, or if you want to move towards shooting in manual mode without fear, this could be your class.  Enroll early, because space is limited.  To sign up, email me at


Hope to see you there!




P.S. Stay tuned for a 3 class series in September related to post-processing (editing) photos!