get snappy | houston photography classes

Do you have a nice big fancy and expensive camera. Maybe it was given to you as a gift, maybe you bought it with intentions of taking more and better photos of your kiddos. And then you opened it up, thinking your photos would turn out noticeably better. But when you finally put it up to your eye, it just wasn’t so. And you’re frustrated because you have this awesome tool and just don’t know where to go from here. And so there it sits, in the bag, in the corner.

That was me 6 years ago. I spent a bunch of money on this great big camera. And the second I opened it, I became intimidated and frustrated. I mean, it should work better! I spent a lot of money to get a camera that would work better. Luckily, I had some awesome people who helped me along the way.

So here I am, to help you! After a few years of friends and clients asking,  I’m happy to offer new workshops for people just like you who want to just take better photos of their kids. I want to help you capture the memories that really matter to you in a way that you’ll be proud to show off to your family and friends, but also keep beautiful photos for your kids when they’re grown!

This workshop is designed for the beginner photographer. Introducing you to the basics of photography, you’ll walk away from this workshop with a good understanding of exposure, creative picture taking and a couple tips and tricks to get you practicing and executing the skills you’ve learned. I can’t wait to see your transformation!

Our next Beginner’s Photography Course in Cypress, TX will be September 8th, 2012 and November 10th 2012.

With a few of these under my belt, I’ve decided to evolve some of the class material and the way the class flows. Typically, you’ll find that a photography class will try to cram in as much as possible into a short amount of time. I’ve found this isn’t the best solution to teaching something as technical as photography. So instead, I’ve decided to break the class up into two parts: Creativity & Light and Exposure. This is in effort to provide each class attendee the proper amount of time to really sink in and allow the information to be understood.  See below for a more thorough outline.

This photography class is designed for the beginner photographer. Introducing you to the basics of photography, you’ll walk away from this workshop with a good understanding of exposure,
creative picture taking and a couple tips and tricks to get you practicing. Light refreshments and cupcakes are provided!


Creativity & Light | $200

The creativity & light portions of the class will be approximately 3 hours total time. Depending on class aptitude and interest, one portion may take longer than the other. The third hour will be designated for shooting and applying the things that you learn during these portions. The Creativity & Light class is perfect for the scrapbooker, the mom who just wants better photos, or someone who’s dappling with photography but doesn’t really want to learn exposure.

In the creativity section, you will be learning rules on composition, how to think creatively, the best techniques for creating an interesting composition. I’ll also teach you things you’ll want to stay away from, what to look out for and more.

You’ll walk away from the class knowing the following:

  • How to compose an image properly using the Rule of Thirds.

In the lighting portion of the class, you’ll learn about available light and how to use it in your favor, different lighting conditions and how to use them to achieve great photos and more.

Specifically, you’ll learn the following:

  • Available light, Natural light; the best time to shoot.
  • Indoor light, window light
  • Shade vs sun
  • Different lighting directions
  • Basic flash, how to diffuse, when to use and when it’s okay to turn it off.


Exposure | $250

The exposure portion will teach you the fundamentals of the exposure equation. This part of the class will take approximately 2 hours with an additional 1 hour application/shooting time.

  • How to use your DSLR camera and it’s main modes of shooting. (what do those symbols mean, when should you use them?)
  • Auto Focus: one-shot, AI focus, AI servo…what do they mean? when should you use them?
  • Intro to Exposure: Aperture (f-stop), Shutter Speed, ISO, and how they all work to make up the equation of exposure.
  • White Balance: Adjusting, getting a manual reading, using in-camera auto.
  • Metering: In-camera metering; spot, center, matrix/evaluative modes
  • Over/Under Exposing, why?


Interested in both portions of the Beginner’s Photography class? Purchase a seat to both and receive $50 off (a total of 6 hours of instruction for $400).


To be very clear, I wanted to list exactly what this workshop is not:

  • This is not a business workshop. If you are familiar with your DSLR camera and are well on your way to creating your own business, this workshop is not for you.
  • We won’t go over editing images at this time. It’s always been my goal to get it right in the camera first so that your editing time is as little as possible. So we’ll focus on photography and getting the best images without editing. It’s possible that there will be an intermediate level workshop in the future where this will be addressed.
  • A photographing frenzy! This workshop is limited to only 12 people per workshop, so we won’t have the inconvenience of having too many people and too many voices. Limiting the workshop allows you to feel comfortable in having your questions answered and the opportunity to have a bit of one-on-one time.
  • This workshop is not an advanced intense workshop on learning advanced lighting techniques, posing strategies, etc.
  • A class about your camera. While we’ll be learning how to use your camera to take better photos, we won’t go into great detail about each individual camera! Please be sure to read and bring your manuals!

To book your session, please log-in to our store and select ‘The Shoppe’ > Get SNAPPY! > and select the date in which you are interested.

Please understand these seats are first-come, first-serve. Once filled, this information will be removed.

payment plans are available  by request!

  • When to break this rule.
  • What it looks like to center focus an image.
  • Using negative space.
  • What it means to get closer, further and when to use each.
  • Portrait and landscape images
  • When to tilt creatively, when it’s too much.