Momtography™ LIVE is the 4 hour jumpstart DSLR photography class designed with moms in mind. Meet Heather Carson, your Detroit, Michigan local instructor!   See class schedule below


Heather Carson

Detroit, Michigan

Hi I’m Heather and I am exited to be your Momtography™ teacher here in Southeast Michigan. I am a part-time photographer, native plants landscaper, and mom to two amazing elementary school kids, two crazy sister tabby cats, and the recently added, slightly obsessive German Shepherd.  We’ve recently relocated to Michigan from the West Coast and are really happy to be closer to family.  Maybe someday I will live in a peaceful and serene environment, but right now I always seem to have at least two renovation projects ongoing in my home at any given time.  When I have some free time, I’ll probably be found reading a book or getting outside to squeeze in a run.

Keep on scrolling to get details about my next class (and register!), learn a bit more about me, and how I became involved in Momtography™!


NEXT CLASS DATES:

Sunday November 4, 2018 or Sunday January 27, 2019

New Baltimore, MI Location

Class Location: New Baltimore, MI

Exact address will be given upon registration

1-5 pm

Cost: $199 (price increases to $249 on October 27th) 

Saturday October 20, 2018 or Saturday January 12, 2019 – Birmingham, MI Location

Class Location

Birmingham, MI

Exact address will be given upon registration

1-5 pm

Cost: $199 (price increases to $249 on October 13th)

Are you ready to take control of your camera and shoot the beautiful pictures you’ve been waiting to capture? Register now by clicking the button below.

Sunday November 4th, 1pm-5pm

New Baltimore, MI

 

Saturday October 20th, 1pm-5pm

Birmingham, MI

 

If these dates don’t work for you and you are interested in other classes or small group and one-on-one options, please send me an email at momtographydetroit@gmail.com or sign up for my mailing list to be the first to know about upcoming classes, discounts, giveaways, photography tips and a free booklet with tips on how to get more natural expressions from kids in photos.

 


MY WHY

My photography journey goes back to High School.  I didn’t grow up in a time when everyone had a camera in their pocket, but I enrolled in an elective photography class to have a creative outlet. I still remember saving up for my first SLR and going into the camera shop.  It still wasn’t digital, but certainly had more whistles and bells than my Dad’s old manual camera.  That went with me on many travels for years before I made the switch to a digital point-and-shoot that I was initially pretty happy with.  After all, I could take as many photos as I wanted as long as I had a memory card or computer to transfer them too!  And I didn’t need to have film developed or use a darkroom.

But something was missing…  When my sister visited with her new DSLR, and I saw the quality of the photos I could take with it, I realized that I was missing the connection with the photographs the DSLR could offer.  I was pregnant with my first child, and I knew at that point I was going to get a DSLR to attempt to fulfill my desire to document everything.  I was sure I would have plenty of free time with a new baby.  That wasn’t at all true!  But that was when I fell in love with photography all over again.  I could take many photos and then edit them in the new “digital darkroom” on my laptop – It was so exciting!

There have been ups and downs and lots of things learn, but the journey has been a joy. Over time, I found myself spontaneously teaching others how to use their camera controls, how compose photos better, and how to look for special light, so when I saw there was an opportunity to teach this class, I knew it was a great fit for me.

My goal is to help make the picture you are imagining in your mind become the one actually captured by your camera.  I also hope to be able to impart a little of that enthusiasm of the young – the feeling of having a camera for the first time and everything is new and the whole world is there for exploration.  For me, photography has the power to really open your eyes and make everything seem new again!

   

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I’m looking forward to hearing amazing things about YOU, but for now here are a few fun facts about me!

I’ve had a passion for the environment since I was young, and eventually went into an environmental profession.  I ended up on an emergency response team that had some interesting projects.  I  once spent all night fully-suited up and sampling congressional offices in the Capital building for anthrax.  Another time I spent a week driving around East Texas escorted by a Texas Ranger as to recover pieces of the Columbia Shuttle.  Some days that sure seems like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away!

 

Throughout my life I’ve always liked to travel, but I didn’t realized how much traveling I’ve done until I was recently reflecting on the different places I’ve lived in response to a question someone asked me. West Coast, East Coast, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, Rockies – If you can name a region I’ve probably lived (or at least worked) there!  Living on the West coast and having family in the Midwest, my kids were both airport pros by the time they started school, so I won’t be surprised if they follow in my footsteps.

Although my education and degree were heavy in the math and sciences, I’ve always enjoyed having a creative outlet or three.  The year my son was a baby I took two pottery courses and 4 cake decorating courses.  If I’m being honest, it may have also been an excuse to get out of the house without kids and have a little me time, even if it was only once a week!

 

 


My Next Class

MOMTOGRAPHY™ IS THE BEGINNER DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS DESIGNED WITH MOMS IN MIND.

Designed for the busy parent, grandparent, or family member on the go, this 4 hour jumpstart course will deliver the basics to get that camera out of AUTO mode and working for you in any situation.

During your 4 hour Momtography™ class we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Top 10 Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Kids
  • Basic Photo Composition Rules
  • Introduction to Exposure (why are my pictures from outside so bright and why are there so many shadows on faces?)
  • ISO (why are all my pictures from inside the house so dark and grainy?)
  • Shutter Speed (my baby is on the move and all of my photos are blurry!)
  • Aperture (how can I take pictures when my kitchen is such a mess?!)
  • Camera Settings
  • Basic Lens Overview
  • Backup, Printing, & Processing Overview

 YOUR REGISTRATION ALSO INCLUDES:

  • An afternoon away from the kids with the opportunity to meet and mingle with others who want to learn about their camera, just like you.
  • PDF quick guides of all course materials, notebook and pen so you’ll be able to recall what you’ve been taught long after Momtography™ is over.
  • Snacks and drinks to keep you energized and re-fueled for an afternoon of learning.
  • Access to a private Facebook group after class is over to connect with other Momtography™ students and photo lovers so you’ll be able to keep in touch, share, learn and grow together as you continue practicing what you’ve learned.

Keep in mind: if you’re hoping to learn how to effectively use flash equipment to take take photos at your cousin’s wedding next month, this might not be the class for you.

In 4 hours we only have time to touch on technical basics, and I personally take 99.9% of my own photos without flash. All that extra equipment is bulky, and requires time and patience to set up and use properly which isn’t always the best option when you’re a mom on the go.

Not to worry though, that tips and techniques shared during class will have you taking photos far more crisp, clear, bright, and beautiful than you imagined possible after 4 hours of learning!

NEXT CLASS DATE:

Sunday November 4th, 2018 – New Baltimore, MI Location

Class Location

New Baltimore, MI

Exact address will be given upon registration

1-5 pm

Cost: $199 (price increases to $249 on October 27th) 

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 – Birmingham, MI Location

Birmingham, MI

Exact address will be given upon registration

1-5 pm

Cost: $199 (price increases to $249 on October 13th)

Are you ready to take control of your camera and shoot the beautiful pictures you’ve been waiting to capture? Register now by clicking the button below.

Sunday September 16th, 1pm-5pm

New Baltimore, MI

 

Saturday October 20th, 1pm-5pm

Birmingham, MI

 

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