I totally get it. I'm a mom too. I want good pictures of my kids but alas they are not always angels sitting with their hands folded in their laps while I wait for the sun to hit the perfect angle to illuminate their radiant smiles. Sometimes family pictures look like this:

Cousins pictures this past Easter weekend.

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Fighting over the flower bouquet as all two year olds do.

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But then with a little know how and plenty of help I got these:

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I am LOVING teaching these classes to moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles. After my last class, I got some wonderful feedback including these two notes.

Thanks again Cassandra... it all is SO much clearer to me!! I know fully understand how ISO, aperture and the shutter speed all work together. I had read a few books and my photog hubby answered my questions, but you made it so much easier to understand! I was getting so discouraged shooting indoors in my living room. It seemed to have great light with a big bay window and a couple of skylights, but my pictures never turned out as bright as I wanted. I was always relegated to my kitchen eating area for the best light. Today...I took pictures of my daughter at night in the living room, and with your tips, my pictures looked like it was daytime. They looked GREAT!! So encouraged! Linda

I just wanted to tell you that from all the things you taught (take pictures of kids in action not just posed, how to get genuine smiles, using lines, lights, etc... and of course tech details), I was able to take pretty good pictures that I was proud of from the day that I came back from the class. Thank You!!! Julia

Registration is now open for the next class on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30-12:30

  • It will be held at my home in Auburn (where I’ll also have donuts, fruit, French press coffee and tea).
  • This class is open to moms and dads but also aunts, uncles and grandparents who pick up their cameras. Really, if you want to photograph people at all, this workshop will help you a lot.
  • The cost is $75.


During this three hour class, we will cover:

  • How to capture your child with genuine emotion in your everyday life.
  • Setting up your shot (perspective, balance, being aware of your environment).
  • Lighting and how to find and work with the best light in given situations.
  • Displaying your photos.
  • Understanding settings on your D-SLR. (We usually have a range of people who shoot from fully automatic to dabbling in manual). How nice it would be if there was a magic button on d-slr's but a little technical knowledge can go a long ways!
  • We’ll spend the last 45 minutes shooting together using what we’ve learned.
  • I'll send you out with a renewed conviction of how important photographing your family is and how you need to be in pictures too. (Warning: most of us get a little teary at one point).

If you are interested, please contact me. Email cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com, or in the contact form of my website or you can call 253.880.1232. Your $75 registration fee mailed in will save your spot. Class size is limited.