Photography Classes in Norfolk & Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Want to learn how to use your camera? 

Let's be honest: your "big camera" is stuck in auto mode (you know, the dial is set on that green box because the other dials and buttons look SOOO complicated)??  Most of the time, you just reach for your phone because figuring out how to actually use that big camera just seems so overwhelming, doesn't it? I get it!  I was totally where you are - back when my daughter was first born, I just wanted some decent pictures of her to send to the grandparents!  I'm here to tell you that it's not as complicated as it seems - and I'll prove it. 

Join me in our brand new studio for a day of learning!  I'll be teaching photography for both beginner and intermediate photographers!  During the morning hours, I'll cover the basics for newer photographers who are just learning how to work their cameras.  The afternoon sessions are dedicated to intermediate and hobbyist photographers who are interested in learning more about some of the advanced features of their camera & basic cataloging & editing of images.  I'd love for you to take both classes back to back and enjoy lunch with me in-between classes!  If you invest in the workshop bundle, you get both levels of instruction, lunch, AND access to our online FB group where you get feedback and a place to get questions answered and support when you need it!

These fun hands-on photography for beginners classes will give you the confidence and skills you need to take better photos! Let's discover what all those knobs and buttons on your camera do, learn basic composition, understand light, and begin to unlock the mystery that is your camera!

Camera, NOT Phone: The Workshop

next date:  FEBRUARY 9, 2019

I would definitely recommend this class for anyone who feels overwhelmed by all the buttons on the camera. It was so nice to be able to sit down and a small and intimate setting and learn. My camera is now not as overwhelming and daunting as It seems. Amanda put everything into terms that we could all understand and we walked away with a foundation to help us keep moving along.
— Jen
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How do you pick which class is right for you?  Well, I recommend starting at the beginning, of course, because there are so many little tidbits of information in the beginner class that are assumed knowledge in the later intermediate one. There are so many different modes, buttons, and features hidden in the menus and we'll be going over all of them during the morning session!

Beginner Course will cover:  Basics of camera holds, how to avoid motion blur, different shooting modes, focus modes, depth of field/aperture, shutter speed, composition & lens choice.  We will practice shooting in aperture priority & shutter speed priority modes and will touch on manual!  You must have a DSLR and is best for those who rarely, if ever, move from Auto (the green box) mode on their cameras!

Intermediate Course will cover:  How and when to change camera settings, how light influences your photos (including back light, & adding light via speedlight), white balance, how to get the perfect composition (blurring the background, using negative space, leading lines and changing angles), the exposure triangle, manual mode & a walk through of Lightroom for photo cataloging and basic editing.  You must have a DSLR and be using it in manual (or have taken the beginner course) to get the most from this class!

I was ecstatic to see Amanda offering this class. I have played around in manual mode on my camera for years, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. Some people do well watching YouTube videos and reading a million articles on aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Not me! Amanda met every expectation I could imagine. She is patient and offers a hands on approach for you to soak up every detail you need to begin shooting in manual on your camera. This class was worth every penny.
— Jennifer


Can't make this date work for your schedule?  Never fear, if there are enough people interested, I'll offer another date.  Just click to join the wait list below and send you info as soon as I know the date of the next workshop!



Can't WAIT to see you in class!  

2017 Holiday Cards

This year's holiday card designs are simply stunning!  The newest trend in cards is the script overlays and we have three designs that feature full page photos with script design over the top of the photo.  These are gorgeous, but do require the right spacing to work without having letters over the important part of your family picture!  We have four other script designs that will work with most any image as they are inside a box and the script is outside.  The other type of card we have this year is the Botanical collection which has elements of greenery to make a festive design.  These will be especially perfect for our Xmas Jammies & Santa session images as well as those families who chose to dress in holiday colors for their family minisession!  

Whatever design you choose, know that most of the wording is customizable (with the exception of most of the large script designs).  You'll want to think about how you want your card signed.  There are three common ways - here they are for my family:
 The McGhee Family
 The McGhees
Amanda, Ryan, Ava & Carter

Please pay attention to the direction of the images when choosing your card design.  If your favorite family photo is vertical, it won't work on the horizontal full page script design. The back side of the card is more adjustable with most designs and can accommodate 1-4 images, just ask!

If you purchased the Deluxe Package for your family minisession, you will receive 50 cards and envelopes. If you would like to purchase more sets, they come in packs of 25 (with envelopes) at a discounted price of $50/set.  If you purchased the Standard Package, but would like to add cards, the first set is $65 and then each additional set of 25 is $50/set. 

Christmas Minisessions 2017

Here's the lineup of our KGP Holiday Minisession offerings for 2017!  


Family Minisessions at the Tree Farm

Location: Santa's Forest & Nursery (5151 Carolina Rd/Rte 32 Suffolk, VA 23434) 

Dates:  Sunday, November 12th **SOLD OUT**
 Saturday, November 25th **SOLD OUT**
            Sunday, December 3rd **SOLD OUT**

Standard Package - $300
*20 minute minisession for children or full family
(Contact us to add grandparents/cousins, etc. please!) 
*10 digital images in online gallery with print release within 7 days of session date 

Deluxe Package - $450
*30 minute minisession for children or full family
*15 digital images in online gallery with print release within 7 days of session date
*50 holiday cards
*16x20 mounted print

Christmas Jammies


Location: Our Studio (4500 Pretty Lake Ave Norfolk, VA 23455)

Date: Saturday, December 9th  **ONLY 4 LEFT**

Standard Package - $125
*15 minute minisession for children (best for 1-3 children)
*5 digital images in online gallery with print release within 7 days of session date

Deluxe Package - $175
*30 minute minisession (best for larger families)
*10 digital images in online gallery with print release within 7 days of session date
*Guarantees the jammies set AND a bonus holiday 'twinkle light' set, too!

**Holiday gifts (ornaments, grandparent albums, etc. available as add-ons)


The Santa Experience

Location: Our Studio (4500 Pretty Lake Ave Norfolk, VA 23455)

Dates:  Sunday, November 26th & Saturday, December 2nd

Standard Package - $195
*Scheduled session (no waiting in long lines!)
*10 minute minisession for children of all ages
*Interactive visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
*Custom set (different each year)
*5 digital images in online gallery with print release within 7 days of session date

**Holiday gifts (ornaments, grandparent albums, etc. available as add-ons)