SnapShop {phone photography workshop is here}

I am so excited to share the details on my new SnapShop workshop today! It has been a while in the making and it feels so good to be at this point and opening registration NEXT WEEK! The first course will be in August.

From the introduction of consumer priced digital SLR cameras to advanced camera phones, the photography industry has exploded with change over the last decade. In recent days you are more likely to see someone snapping a photo with a phone than a traditional camera. While I can’t imagine life without my dslr, I often find myself pulling my phone out of my pocket instead to snap a shot. I think that is the direction many are headed regarding photographing day to day lives! For 5 years, I’ve relished the opportunity to teach the basics of photography and learning to shoot in Manual in my original SnapShop workshop. It is just as exciting to dive into a new course that focuses on photography as it relates to using a phone.

There are millions of options regarding using your phone camera – from the type of phone to apps to printing options – in this course you will find my favorites and my personal style for capturing life with my phone. The pictures are of my everyday life – not perfect scenery and posed shots. Every photographer has a different style, this course is simply my approach to capturing everyday life with my phone. This course approaches the basics of photography from the perspective that your phone is your main camera.

What you need to participate:

a smartphone that takes pictures

  • The photos in the course were taken with the basic iPhone 4s & iPhone 5 cameras. I use an iPhone 5 now, but the content is written for any type of phone camera.

What we will cover:

  • General rules for composition
  • My personal tips for telling a story with your photographs
  • How to capture moments, not poses
  • Lighting: how to work with the lighting you have available
  • My personal photography style
  • The process I take for capturing an image & what happens next
  • My favorite apps & accessories
  • My thoughts on sharing photos online
  • Practice suggestions to help what you learn sink in
  • Download pdf highlighting the key points of the course

Course cost:

$100.00, due to the digital nature of the course, registration is non-refundable.

What is the style of the class?
Written in a personal and conversational way, this course contains all my thoughts and approaches to capturing life with a phone camera. It is a very ‘Ashley’ course focused on capturing regular life and is not highly technical. The course is online in a private β€˜classroom’. You will have access to the course for 3 weeks. The course is designed with several main sections and lessons under each section. It is not a video course, instead you log in to read the material and can dialogue with me and other students at your own pace. It is designed to allow you ample time to get through the content and practice. Some students will spend a little time each day, while others might spend chunks of time on the weekends. The course includes numerous photo examples of everyday life for each section. It also includes practical ideas for how to practice each concept taught. While I encourage you to share links to your photos with the class, feedback is optional from students. Unlike the dslr workshop, this course does not include photo feedback from me.

What this class is not:
This is not a class for professional photographers, those wanting tips on creating a photography business or those who already have a good handle on composition and storytelling. If you already know the ins and outs of photography or have taken other workshops, this course will probably be too introductory for you. This is also not a class discussing the pros and cons of various phones or apps. We will touch on editing with apps, but will not go in-depth on every option out there.

If I took the dslr SnapShop, can I take this too?

Yes, but the bulk of the course (composition & storytelling) will be repetitive for you. I do offer a discount for previous DSLR students, just email me.

When is the next course?

Please visit the SnapShop Workshop Website for current dates

How do I register?

To register visit the SnapShop Workshop website

I will still be offering the DSLR version of SnapShops.Β  You can find details on the SnapShop website for both courses.

I also want to give a big “Thank You” to my sister. She created my new logos for both workshops. She’s crazy talented. There have been so many times I’ve asked for her design help and she is always so willing to help me. You should visit her etsy shop Recipe of Crazy, because it is awesome. She recently created a camping font that is the cutest….I need a reason to throw a camping party to use it for invitations!

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  • Lyn - Very excited. Looking forward to taking the course.

  • Ingrid - I can’t wait! I put an alarm on my iPhone-so so hoping to get in!

  • Shelby - I’ve wanted to take one of your SnapShop courses for a couple years now, but always struggle to justify the cost since students only have access to course materials for the length of the course. Have you considered offering access to materials forever? I’m sure there’s more to it than I understand (usually is), but I’d pull the trigger in a heartbeat if I knew I could still take the course even if I couldn’t get through it in 3 weeks. Plus I always like to go back and reference things for tips and tricks.

  • Kari - I took one of your SnapShot classes back in 2011 and it changed my life. You’re such a great teacher. Once I switched to manual I’ve never gone back and I have you to thank for that. I still struggle with composition so I might try your phone photography class later on. But very excited for the people who do get the pleasure of taking it. Way to go!

  • Jeannine - Super exciting! I always catch myself taking pictures with my phone instead of my DSLR.

  • Sarah Wolfe - This class sounds fabulous. Your instagrams are always my favorites. You are amazing at catching moments and love that you put your tricks of the trade in an organized form for the rest of us πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  • hannah singer (@wifeysinger) - ashley, this is awesome!
    you inspire me daily, especially with your gifting in capturing life through your photos. praise jesus for your talent!
    AND lesley’s, of course. love her work and this logo is fab.

    happy friday! xo

  • Maureen - Just to double check since people with iPhones sometimes seem to be of a different world than me: This class will work as well with android phones?

  • Kristin S - The second I saw the logo, I knew it was a Lesley original. Love!

    I can’t take this in August but hope to the next go ’round. Great idea.

  • Jacci - So awesome!!! This is SO great. Sharing on Facebook now πŸ™‚

  • Lex - Ahh! This is so cool. Someday – SOMEDAY – I will have a little cash to take this class!

  • AshleyAnn - Maureen – yes, the course is written for those with any type of smartphone!

  • AshleyAnn - Shelby – the course does include a downloadable pdf of the main notes. The entire course is not available for download, but the pdf includes all the key things to remember.

  • Grace - Hi ashley,

    Just wondering, do you need to be an american to sign up for snap shops?

    I am a singaporean, and I am kinda interested. Does it matter if I learn your content at a different time?


  • Jeannette - Very cool, Ashley! I’m proud of you – God bless your business!!

  • AshleyAnn - Grace – the time difference doesn’t matter since it is self paced. You can be from anywhere!

  • tasha roe - will you be offering the class again in the near future? we are moving this week and i know that i’ll be in over my head if i try and take that on our first week in a new place.

  • Delecta Rollins - Just checking to see how long I have to register for the phone class.

  • AshleyAnn - Delecta – the course has limited spots, so it depends on how quickly those spots fill. The August course is now booked, but I hope to have one in September. Future dates to be announced.

  • AshleyAnn - Tasha – Yes, I hope to offer it regularly like the DSLR version!

  • Jessie O. - Ashley,
    I know you get a lot of compliments on your photos and your blog, and while mine won’t stand out much, I still wanted to add my gratitude to the pile. Your photography and overall creativity are quite inspiring, but more so is your warm and positive outlook on life and family. I am a painter, graphic designer and photographer and now a new mommy (I have a 4 month old little girl) and reading your blog has been one of the things that makes me really appreciate the moments I have with my family. It helps me step back and get some perspective on all the small and wonderful things life has to offer, even during the 2am feedings. Your blog has also helped me find my creative voice, even as a full time, busy Mom. Thank you for hard work, time, generosity of spirit and courage. If you and your family ever find yourselves out in Santa Monica, CA I’d love to host you, just say the word.
    Jessie O.

  • AshleyAnn - Jessie – thank you for that sweet comment. It is hard to remember the good stuff at 2am…I am back in that boat right now too, just not with a newborn! Congrats on becoming a mom, I hope you enjoy the adventure. Thank you for your encouragement!