Mommies With Cameras- Photography Class Dates for 2014!

So excited to get some new class dates on the calendar for you!  For those of you who have taken my class, you know how much I enjoy teaching fellow mamas how to use their DSLR cameras to capture beautiful everyday moments in their lives.  I have such passion about helping people who want to get the most out of their camera and learn it in an easy, hands-on way.  I never learned well from reading camera manuals and so instead I spent years doing a lot of trial and error (with loads and loads of errors).  It’s fun to pass along the knowledge those years gave me and watch my participants walk out of class feeling confident about how to shoot in manual and get gorgeous shots themselves.  If you want to know more about the Mommies with Cameras classes, check out my website and click on “photography classes”.

I’m THRILLED to be offering a brand new class all about how to shoot with your iPhone!  Crazy, right?  But after realizing that I photograph my own children 90% of the time with my iPhone and truly how great of a little gadget it is, I decided this was actually a necessary class.  So many of my clients and friends do not own a DSLR camera and so the “Mommies With Cameras” class isn’t an option for them.  In addition, one of my favorite quotes is, “The best camera is the one you have with you”.  Isn’t that the truth?!  As much as I wish I could lug my big fancy camera everywhere I go, it just isn’t always practical.  So, more often that not, I’m snapping some shots with my iPhone and using that to document the daily happenings of the Hernandez fam.

Read about all of the detailed class descriptions, fees, and upcoming dates below.  If you’d like to sign up for a class, just use the link provided and I’ll get you all registered!

iPhone Photography- BRAND NEW!  


Date: Saturday, April 12th from 10:00-11:30 (the next class will be on Saturday, May 17th and will be full price)

Location:  Emily’s home in Lake Zurich (detailed directions given to participants when they register)

Cost:  $60  $35 for this first ever class, enjoy a discounted price for being my “guinea pig class”.  🙂

Description:  This class teaches how to take great photos using your iPhone!  We will cover:

  • all of the camera features the iPhone offers, focal points, adjusting exposure, locking focus and more
  • finding the best natural light and learning why that is so important
  • how to capture your child’s real emotions instead of fake/forced smiles
  • the BEST photo editing apps and how to use them to their fullest potential
  • great photo products that Emily recommends to get iPhone prints in your hands and on display in your home

Requirements: You must own an iPhone (other smart phones may be included in future classes, but I’m starting with just iPhones, sorry!) and I’ll be recommending a few affordable apps to download.  Payment of $60 $35 is due the day of class in either cash or check.

Sign-up here:  Photography Class Registration



Mommies With Cameras ONE

Dates:  Sunday, April 27th from 2:00-5:30

Sunday, July 13th from 2:00-5:30

Saturday, September 13th, 2:00-5:30

Location:  Emily’s home in Lake Zurich (detailed directions given to participants when they register)

Cost:  $150

Description:  The perfect class for all you moms out there who have a digital SLR camera and have no idea how to use it! We start from the very beginning and work together to learn the basics of shooting in the manual setting, adjusting your ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance (don’t let those words scare you, Emily walks you through each step).  Classes have up to 8 participants and lots of one-on-one time with Emily.  We learn the tips and tricks of getting the best shots of your own children using both indoor and outdoor lighting.  Emily goes through her favorite camera equipment including lens recommendations and gives you resources to further your learning.   And then, once class is over, you can join a private Facebook group with other class participants to share ideas, post photos, offer advice and more.  You’ll receive a workbook to take home and leave ready to shoot like the pros!

Requirements: You must own a DSLR camera (meaning the lens is removable).  Class fee of $150 is due in cash or check the day of class.  This class is for women only, however Emily has taught a “mens only” class in the past.  If there are enough men interested, she will add a date for just them. 🙂

Sign-up here:  Photography Class Registration




Mommies With Cameras TWO

Dates:  Saturday, May 24th 5:00-6:30

Saturday, July 26th 5:00-6:30

Location:  Citizen’s Park in Barrington

Cost:  $100

Description:  This class is for those who have already taken the “Mommies With Cameras ONE” course and are ready to learn more.  We will be shooting outside and working with child models.  Emily will guide you as you find the best lighting on location, ways to make the kids give you loads genuine smiles, tips on shooting flattering angles, and more.  We will also have time to review any of the basics we learned in the first class and spend a little time refreshing your memories on shooting in manual.  If we have inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled for a day that works for as many class participants as possible.

Requirements: You must own a DSLR camera (meaning the lens is removable) and have already completed the “Mommies With Cameras ONE” class.  Class fee of $100 is due in cash or check the day of class.

Sign-up here:  Photography Class Registration

So CHEERS to making 2014 the year you learn to take beautiful photographs!  As a mom of four, I’m constantly reminded that these are the “good old days” that someday I’ll look back and remember fondly.  Being able to capture the every day moments in our home is priceless to me.  I’m SO grateful for cameras and all they can do to preserve our memories.  I’m looking forward to helping you capture your family’s history-in-the-making too!

*my sweet Olivia, age 10 months, playing with Daddy, everyday moments I don’t want to forget 🙂