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Beyond [Auto] – a DSLR Camera Class in Los Angeles

Do you own a DSLR camera but haven’t moved it off the [Auto] setting?
All those dials & symbols make you break into a sweat?

Fear & uncertainty be gone! Learn how to make your camera work for you & get amazing images of your own family!


Join me on Sunday, January 13 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  The 4-hour class covers exposure–what it is and how to control it, camera modes, finding the light, composition, and more. It’s a hands-on class, so be sure to bring your camera (with the batteries charged!). There will be plenty of time for individual questions and practice shooting. You’ll be off [Auto] in no time!

The $129 class fee includes instruction and practice shooting time along with an AWESOME 46-page workbook full of the info covered, which will be a great reference once you get home. You’ll get yummy snacks and a fab goody bag to take home and I’m going to raffle off some fun photography gear.

You won’t want to miss it! Class size is limited so don’t delay — book your spot today!


Click HERE to register!



Lorena Mora - January 14, 2013 - 2:41 pm

I wish I could’ve attended this so bad, but I’ve been so sick, gallstones are no fun! Will you be having more of these classes? What about editing classes? I use Elements, well actually I should say I have Elements 8 but I am terrified of using it so it just sits on my laptop unused.

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Fine Art Friday: Sunset on 2012 {Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer}

As 2012 wraps up, it’s a time to clean up, finish up, and get organized.  It’s also a time to reflect on the year that is ending and look forward to the year ahead.  And there’s no better place to do that than on the beach.  I’ve always been a mountain girl at heart, but I must confess that living so close to the ocean for the last year and a half has really brought me to appreciate the beauty of the sea.

A few days ago, my husband and I took our kids and my visiting parents down to the beach.  While the kids played with their grandparents in the sand, my husband and I went for a run.  It was pretty brisk, so when we finished the run, everyone was ready to head back home and warm up.  But as we drove up the hill toward our house (we live a little over 1 mile from the beach), I noticed the sky was getting this gorgeous glow.  We pulled in our driveway, the family unloaded and I pulled right back out, camera in tow to race back down for sunset.  And am I ever glad I did!

A colorful winter sunset in Los Angeles.

A perfect end to 2012!

Now head on over to see Pensacola Florida Photographer, Tracy Tisdale and her final piece of Fine Art for 2012.


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Kay Pickens - December 28, 2012 - 6:18 pm

That is so peaceful and beautiful!! Love that!

Tracy - December 29, 2012 - 8:56 am

By far, the most gorgeous sunset! I LOVE all the colors and the depth of this image. So glad you ran back to the beach!

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10 on 10: It’s a Zoo {Los Angeles Photographer}

This is the last 10 on 10 installment for 2012!  It was such a great project, I may just continue for 2013.  But, before I get ahead of myself, I have some fantastic images to share from our recent trip to the L.A. Zoo.  Our first visit to the zoo was about a year ago and I had decided not to bother with my “big” camera.  I regretted it the moment we stumbled upon the tiger habitat and found 2 babies playing and wrestling together!  Ahhhhhh!  The next time we were at the zoo, I was solo with my 2 young boys.  There was no way I could manage them and my expensive camera.  So, finally on our third trip to the zoo, we had grandparents with us, so the adults outnumbered the kids and I felt comfortable bringing along my other baby, complete with my 70-200mm zoom lens!

I must have been quite a sight, because the animals couldn’t get enough of me. . . eye contact from almost every single one of them (except for my own two little monkeys, of course, they wouldn’t even glance my way!)!

First stop was the meerkats, where one stoic pup stood sentinel and my two boys hoped to catch some meerkat silliness.  

A meerkat stands guard at the zoo.


The flamingos were housed right next door.  A large flock was huddles on one side but this particular bird, who kept diving for a snack, really stood out against the dark green foliage.

Pink flamingo looks for his next snack at the zoo.

The orangutans are so soulful. . .

An orangutan gazes into the camera lens from behind a chain link fence at the zoo.

And Mr. Giraffe was curious about me, but not so much to stop eating.  He just kept chewing and chewing and chewing.

A giraffe at the zoo.

I’ve always loved the elephants, who seem to possess a certain grace, despite their size.

An elephant walks through her habitat the Los Angeles Zoo.

The chimpanzees were a bit feisty on the day of our visit.  We’d hear a loud ruckus with hoots and hollers from quite a distance away.  When we were close enough to see them, they had worked out their differences, but I bet they’d make quite the reality show!

Chimpanzees sit on the rocks at the zoo.

My youngest and his grandfather sure thought so. . .

The baby tigers aren’t quite so “baby” as a year ago, but impressive none the less.

Tiger siblings relax together as one licks the other

Mr. Bear was having a relaxing little siesta.  Since it’s hibernation season, that didn’t surprise me too much.

The California Condor’s size is as impressive as his facial coloring.  He was nearly 3 feet tall!

And this little guy gives me the shivers just looking at the picture again!  Green mamba has such beautiful coloring, but I would not like to run across him anywhere other than safely behind this 1″ thick glass!

Green mambo snake at the zoo.

My youngest son took a spin on the carousel, which gives riders their choice of transportation.  Benjamin chose a dolphin, but he could have picked a peacock, cheetah, bear, butterfly, tapir, okapi or one of 40 other animals!

Now, go check out that last 10 on 10 for 2012 of Spokane Childrens Photographer, Creatively Yours!

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Los Angeles at Night {L.A. Photographer}

This month’s installment of “Fine Art Friday” is something a little different for me — night photography.  We had an unusually clear, crisp day in Los Angeles one Saturday and I knew that I had to get somewhere with a great vantage point for sunset.  There are very few smog-free days here, so I convinced my husband to load up the kids and we headed to The Getty Center to take in some art and what we knew was going to be an amazing sunset.

The sunset was impressive, but I was even more drawn in by the night scene. . . cars racing by on the 405, airplane lights streaking through the sky as they head in for landing at LAX, twinkling lights of downtown sky scrapers.

With 2 kids under the age of 5, I’ll admit, I don’t get out much at night.  Perhaps that’s why this scene is so mesmerizing to me!  The best part is, since the time change to Daylight Savings, this was taken at 6:00 p.m., a perfectly decent and normal hour to be out!  No matter the hour, I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Now, head on over to Albuquerque New Mexico Family Photographer Laura Meeks page to see her Fine Art piece for this month!

Kay Pickens - November 30, 2012 - 7:02 am

Wow, that is so cool!! I love it!! What a view.

Christie - November 30, 2012 - 7:03 am

So lovely! We don’t have a hilltop here in Houston to capture something as lovely as this. You’re very lucky!

Leigh Ann Hines - December 2, 2012 - 7:26 am

Very nice. Sometimes I miss the city scape. Here I’m always surrounded surrounded by forest.

laura - December 2, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Awesome shot!!

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Delightful {Los Angeles Family Photographer}

I met this wonderful family on the Redondo Beach Pier a little over a week ago.  They hadn’t done family pictures since the addition of their newest member, a handsome little now-4-month-old boy.  Not that you need more reason than that, but Grandma was in town visiting, too, and it was a fun morning to get some pictures in the Southern California sunshine by the beach!  We may not get the colorful foliage you find in other parts of the country during autumn, but when we have a good fall day, it’s downright delightful.  And this day definitely goes into that category!

A beautiful family with 2 handsome little boys. . .

. . . just so much goodness to soak up!

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