Photo with Madison

Being a teen has never been easy. And the world being turned upside down has brought a new set of challenges for teens. School and summer programs have been canceled. Teens have been unable to see their friends or interact with many people outside of their immediate family. Having an adult role model who is not a parent is important for teens. 

My summer art teacher when I was a teen was Mrs. Quiroz. She was very encouraging, and she took my art seriously. I also saw what life looked like for an artist. Most of all, she taught me how to be open to experimentation, to play, and to enjoy the process. 

I want to give that kind of support to teen photographers now. I am offering two different photography classes. One will be for teens who have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. The other will be for teens who will use a smartphone to take photos. Each class will run once a week for 5 weeks. 

We will meet virtually for an hour each week and cover these topics:

  • How to use the tools you have (more extensive for manual camera users)

  • How to “see” light and use it creatively

  • Easy ways to make your photos better

  • Help with determining subject matter*

  • Post processing and organizing

The class format will be as follows: introduction or discussion of last weeks’ assignment, interactive lecture on the topic for the week, q&a and discussion, and wrap up.

The class is a comprehensive photo 101 class for teens. It is for students who want to become better photographers and who may see themselves as professionals someday. That being said, I have zero desire to lecture at anyone so this class will also be lighthearted, interactive and fun.

Having a supportive group of peers is crucial for a teen’s development. This class gives students a safe space to learn and be creatively challenged. 

Alongside the weekly meeting, I will be available for virtual office hours 3 times a week. 

Imagination is a fantastic antidote to boredom. This will be a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment for students to challenge themselves creatively. Collaboration among students is encouraged. Upon registration, students will receive an invitation to join a private community group. This group, along with the weekly meeting will give students the opportunity to form friendships and learn from one another. 

By the end of the course, your teen will have a solid foundation of photography knowledge and a framework to continue their artistic journey.

Additional one-on-one time is also available.

Register today for a fun and educational summer!

*subject matter will be discussed only in the smartphone class. Manual class students have the option to add on the subject matter lesson.



What kind of camera does my child need?

For the manual camera class, each student will need access to a manual DSLR or mirrorless camera. If you have any questions about your camera, please email or text me. Each student that signs up for the manual camera class will receive a custom quick guide to their camera.

For the smartphone class, all your child will need is their smartphone!


How old does my child need to be?

This class was designed for students age 14-18. Older students need to have graduated within the last 6 months. In my experience, younger students need a different kind of attention and therefore are not a good fit for this class. If your child is 13 but you think they still might be a good fit, please email me and we can discuss the matter. 


What is included with the class?

Each student will receive an info packet when they register that includes: a welcome letter and information about how and when we will meet,  how to join the community and how to get in touch if they need help. Manual camera class students will also receive a custom quick guide infographic for their camera.


What is the attendance and makeup policy?

Attendance is required at every class. Please let me know as soon as possible if you must miss class. I will do one live makeup class per student per session, if notice is given. Students who miss class without notice will receive all written instruction but no live makeup class. Unexcused absences void the return policy. 


What is the return policy?

I am confident your child will benefit from this class. However, if after completion of the full course, you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me for a full refund. 

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