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I’m really excited to announce TWO photography workshops coming up this spring at Wolfe’s Camera in Topeka, Kansas! Wouldn’t it be awesome to receive the gift of a photography workshop this holiday season? If you’ve asked for a new DSLR camera for Christmas, these photography workshops are a great opportunity to learn more about your new gear and how it all works. What good is a fancy-schmancy new camera if you don’t know what any of the buttons mean, amiright? 😛

These photography workshops are ALL FUN! We’ll break down photography basics so you can have confidence in capturing daily moments for your family. You’ll learn about composition, using natural light, and building your ShutterStory to create a captivating photograph!

Do you love photographing with their smartphone or point-and-shoot camera? ShutterStory 101 is just for you! Learn the best apps to use for your phone, how to compose a great photograph, and awesome ways to get your photos off your phone and into your hands.

Are you wanting to learn more about your DSLR? Confused by the amount of buttons and menus and find yourself photographing in Auto? Join me for the Capture your ShutterStory class! During this two-evening photography workshop we’ll break down the overwhelming and give you confidence in how to use your camera to its fullest potential. You’ll learn about photographing with manual settings, using light to tell your story, and how to create photographs you’ll love!

Here’s the details:

ShutterStory 101: Photography Basics
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 • Wolfe’s Camera, Topeka, Kansas
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Capture Your ShutterStory: Intro to DSLR Photography
Wednesday & Thursday, April 20-21, 2016 • Wolfe’s Camera, Topeka, Kansas
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And because today I’m dreaming of warmer climates… 😉
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I can’t wait to see you at one of these photography workshops this spring! Cheers!

I feel like the pace of life lately says “go, go, go”… when all I want to do is stop, look, listen, and observe. Being behind the camera gives me that pause. It gives me a sense of peace and a quiet moment of serenity when everything else is constantly whirring by.

A couple of weeks ago, it was a total delight to host a few amazing women at my home for my latest ShutterStory workshop. They had their own reasons for attending a DSLR photography workshop for beginners. Specifics aside, they wanted to learn to take back the control of their camera so that they could tell the story for their family. And how to find a-ha moments within their daily crazy busy lives — the ones that are worth remembering forever. Those are the images that make us pause and reflect, especially while we might feel one way about the world (ohmygoshwhendoesiteverstop), our children have an entirely different perspective — one that’s perhaps a little slower, filled with freedom and joy. And that’s worth remembering.

Learning photography, or any new medium, takes courage — and they dove in, feet first, with open hearts and minds. We talked about technical elements all morning, from ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture to equipment and lenses, and then we started to put the pedal to the metal. In between playing outside with dad, Parker was a great helper and offered to model for us while we practiced working with settings and indoor light.

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The afternoon’s segment was creative storytelling with your camera — using composition, lighting, and more to create authentic images that feel like real life. We had huge creative sparks as we brainstormed about the images we could create with our children! It was so inspiring! 🙂

A couple of special models joined us later in the day so we could put everything into practice, and the cool overcast skies gave us a beautiful opportunity to apply new techniques to photographing in natural light. It was great fun to spend a little time behind the camera in between teaching moments. The bright colors of the grass made everything pop, and this little man was full of awesome expressions!

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At the end of the day it’s fun to hear what the women have to say about attending the workshop. Jamie warmed my heart with what she said:

“I am walking away with a whole new understanding of my camera and photography. I am excited to practice all my new skills!”

Amber followed up with this; it’s always what I hope for, in your experience at one of my workshops:

“The time flies by, and by the end, you are rewarded with being able to finally capture what you see.”

If you’re ready to take the control back from your DSLR, join me for one of my next beginning photography workshops! You’ll be inspired to capture the story and know how to do it with confidence. Learn more in the workshops tab above! Cheers!



Moms, get ready to treat yo’self! 🙂

You deserve a day among friends to learn something new! Imagine surrounding yourself in a room filled with laughter and encouragement, as you gain greater confidence with your DSLR. You’ll build friendships as you learn to savor the moment and capture sweet memories for your family to cherish as your children grow up. Your DSLR will no longer be a box of mystery, but rather a way to create a memory of your life. And — it’s so fun!


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The early bird discount for my April 25 DSLR photography workshop expires on April 10! Only TWO SEATS remain  (perfect for you + a friend!) — grab one while you can, and enjoy a special early Mother’s Day gift for yourself! Check out the behind the scenes from one of my recent workshops, or click the Workshops tab above to learn more!

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I can’t wait to see you then! Cheers!

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Be confident with your camera & learn how to rock your DSLR at a spring workshop — early bird discounts end soon! Learn more here!

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To learn more about booking your family portrait session or a workshop, contact me via the website, or email me directly at Cathy is located in Manhattan, Kansas, and frequently travels to her clients around the Midwest. To find out details regarding upcoming travel dates, or to book a custom travel session, please contact for more information and availability.