Photography Summer Camp for Teens | Asheville NC

2018 Photography Summer Camp for Teens

In the last few months I have been asked quite a bit if I teach photography to teens. In fact my own 16 year old actually expressed an interest in me teaching him photography….me….his own mom! (Needless to say I was THRILLED!!!)

I love teaching. Little known fact: when I first went to college I had thought I wanted to be a teacher. In the end I just couldn’t let go of my infatuation with photography, but I do love teaching. In the past I’ve offered small group and private lessons for moms wanting to learn how to take better pictures of their kids (I still do this btw, email me for details if your interested). I don’t know why I never thought before to offer photography lessons to teenagers.

Well I am remedying that. This summer I am going to be hosting a Teen Photography Camp in my Asheville studio where teens can learn all the basics about photography along with plenty of actual shooting and image review. The details are below.

Hope to see your child this summer!

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Digital Photography – Basics: Learn the skills behind how to take and create digital photographs to share your personal story. Youth will learn the fundamentals of in-camera shooting and composition in order to make beautiful photographs that share what matters most to them.

Dates: Monday, July 9th – Friday July 13th , 9:30am – 12:30pm

Required Equipment: Camera in which the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO has the option to be manually controlled.

Our camps are open to youth 10 – 17 years old and all experience levels. Camps are $300. Click here to register! 10 youth maximum per camp




Eleanor makes nine

On March 26th Eleanor Ann came into the world making her my ninth niece/nephew. She’s the second child, but first daughter  of my youngest brother and his wife. She is such a cutie donning the signature huge cheeks my brother’s family seem to all have.

Newborn Photography Asheville NC

When someone in my own family has babies it’s a special treat because not only do I get to photograph the sweet little baby, but I also get to hold them for extended periods of time. Something I don’t (understandably) get to do during my typical newborn sessions. But man holding a baby – it’s heaven. I get while people who don’t get to do it much are so nervous. These tiny little newborn packages. They seem so breakable and delicate. But after holding 80+ babies a year for over a decade – I’ve gotten quite use to it and I love it.

newborn baby photography asheville

It’s funny really to hold another human like that in your arms. To feel them breathing and moving around, watching them look around. Everything is so brand new to them. A bazillion bits of new information flooding their tiny brains every second. Their lives are unwritten stories full of endless possibilites. What will their personality be like, what will their voice be like, what kind of person will they grow to be? What will their fears be? Their talents? Their interests?

father and newborn baby photography

It’s such a brief period of time when babies are held. A fleeting period to reverie and cherish.  Not necessarily spent soothing them, nursing them, trying to get them to sleep – just holding them for the simple sake of holding them. Put down the phone, turn off the TV, simply just listen, feel, and be in the moment holding your baby for as long as you can and as often as you can.

Unfortunately, my new niece – like the majority of my family – live over 700 miles away in the Chicagoland area. So I’ll just have to look forward to when I can have some extended baby holding time again.

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Love – A Portrait Event Celebrating Motherhood


Far too often mothers are the ones behind the camera and not in front of it.

One day your kids will be grown and they will look for you in pictures with them. The pictures of us snuggling them, smiling, and showing the joy our children give us are too important.

It’s time to get in the photo with them.

Join us for our 4th annual portrait event celebrating motherhood.


Asheville: Friday, April 27, 2018 **NEW DATE Sunday April 29, 2018

Charlotte: Saturday, May 5, 2018 sold out

Charlotte Second Date Added: Sunday, May 6, 2018


Asheville: Studio H, 122 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801 (RAD)

Charlotte: The home studio of Erin McDermott Jewelry


Professional hair and makeup

mini portrait session with mom and her children (sorry no dads, but grandmothers encouraged!)

swag bag with coupons and goodies from local vendors

Book your spot now by clicking on your preferred location: