"Ashley's photo course is worth every penny. Her instruction and materials are professional and easy to understand. She takes her time with her students and provides detailed feedback to improve. I can't recommend her class enough. Before I took photos with my iPhone, now my camera is always at my side and I'm amazed at the results." - Laurie
Why I teach...
Six years ago, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, Madison. I did not own a DSLR camera at the time, but I knew it was one of those items I was "supposed" to have. I quickly purchased an entry-level Nikon DSLR camera and put that baby in "Auto" mode for about one year, until I began to get really frustrated with how my images were turning out. In my head, I wanted them to look one way, but I was quickly disappointed when I peeked at the image on the back of my LCD. WHY did it not look like how I actually saw the scene? Why was it so blurry? Why was her face so dark? Why was the beautiful blue sky white? WHAT WAS GOING ON?
I assumed I needed to upgrade my camera, but then a dear friend convinced me to try shooting a 365 (one photo per day) -- in manual! This lovely person took it upon herself to critique every picture I took for almost one year, and I am forever grateful for her. I quickly realized my camera wasn't the problem, the problem was I wasn't using my camera to it's full potential.
I'm here to teach you that you DON'T need a new camera to take great pictures, you just need to know how to use the gear you own! I'd love for you to be a part of my course. I know first-hand how amazing it feels to be able to document my children growing up, and it's such a pleasure to teach other mothers to do the same!
What You'll Learn
In my four-week mentoring series, students will gain the knowledge and confidence to take their camera out of "Auto" mode.
My material is broken up into four segments, the first is ALL about shooting in manual mode and taking control of the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The next week we talk about focus, I go into detail on all of the different focus modes and focus areas and guide my students on how to achieve the sharpest image possible. The third week is all about the light, and how to use natural light in multiple ways to enhance your images (both indoors and outdoors) and finally I touch on compositional basics in week four. All of this material is delivered through a private online group forum (with tons of one-on-one attention). At the end of each week, I deliver a personalized feedback video per student with individual critiques on the photos submitted.
A DSLR camera and lens. If you are still shopping, I recommend skipping the kit lens (the lens that comes with your camera) and suggest that you buy a camera body and lens separately. A prime lens (35 or 50mm 1.8) is recommended, but not required.
Next group session starts April 30! Fill out the details below to get in touch with me to learn more and reserve your spot!