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I like teaching photography to big groups of people! It’s a rush for sure, but there’s something really special about showing someone how to use a camera to capture their most precious moments, one-on-one. It’s definitely my jam. Today I met with Susan, in her own home. She gave me a tour of her beautiful old farmhouse (where her husband’s grandparents used to live!) and we found beautiful light through old wavy glass and let Casen play with his tractors and books while I taught her about exposure and how to capture his days with her Nikon. Every camera is different, and everyone has different goals of what they are trying to capture with their camera. Susan’s goal is to capture her sweet blue-eyed boy with the blondest hair and the orneriest smile, who sometimes runs very quickly on his short legs past her camera.

The “little years”, as I like to refer to them as, are so very fleeting. I was exactly where Susan is with a new camera and a toddler about 12 years ago. I wanted to capture every detail, and I wanted to learn how to do it well… My deepest desire to create was so fulfilled when I “got the shot” and could freeze those memories to look back on later. I may have gotten a little teary-eyed remembering the old days with my littles after I left Susan and Casen today. I absolutely love the phase we are in now, but those were some pretty special years, and I’m glad I took the time to learn how to capture them well. I know Susan won’t regret it either. My kids love looking at the photos of themselves and reading my captions. They don’t remember being babies or toddlers, so photos are their personal stories, from my perspective. Cason will have that too. I’m so excited to watch Susan grow in her hobby as she documents her days well. What a sweet, priceless gift.

You can’t pick up a fancy-schmancy camera at the camera store or Amazon and expect it to do exactly what you want… it takes some time and practice to figure it out. I always tell people, “Cameras are so smart, but you are so much smarter!”  It’s not as hard as you might think either! (Psstt… we can help!)

Maybe your kids are little like Susan’s, or teens and tweens in all kinds of activities, like mine, it’s always a great time to learn how to use your camera. Maybe you like bird or nature photography or want to photograph your pooch! We can help you with that as well. Every single person has stories to tell, and I believe that God made us in His very likeness to be creative and to create! Photography is a fun artistic outlet and hobby. If you’d like a one-on-one, contact us! Currently, I can meet during the day, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Evenings and weekends are tight, but Kim or I can work with you and find a time that works well for your schedule.  E-mail us at thewildchildphotography@gmail.com.

Check out our shop for our beginner camera guides as well! If you like to learn at your own pace, these are perfect for you! Check them out!

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