Photo tips

Photography has been a treasure in my life. When I pick up my camera, the world slows down and the beauty in the mundane is revealed. Photography has been a way for me to slow down life. When looking through my camera, I often find myself noticing things I would have otherwise overlooked. There was a time I worked as a photographer, shooting client sessions and weddings.

In 2008, I stepped back from the professional side of photography. Now my subjects rarely sit still and almost never want to pose. Around the same time I stopped offering client sessions, I began teaching a one day intro to photography course in my home. In 2011, I took that course, SnapShop, and moved it online. Eventually, I began teaching two courses online: SnapShop DSLR and SnapShop Phone. After teaching over 3,000 students through my online courses, in 2016 I created  SnapShop – an online, subscription based website.

SnapShop has all of my DSLR course content, my Phone course content, and additional lessons.  New lessons are added each month on a range of topics.  My biggest request from past students has been for longer access to the content. The SnapShop site provides unlimited access for members, but also new content added monthly (giving me the opportunity to continue teaching!).

You can find out more details on how the new format works, pricing, what is included, etc. on the FAQ page of the SnapShop site.

SnapShops were born out of a desire to enable others not only to grasp the basics of photography with a dslr camera, but also learn how to capture the beauty in their every days. I would be thrilled to come alongside you in your photography journey!


What photography equipment do you use?

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 5D(these are a thing of the past, the new model is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II )

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM– this is the lens I use 90% of the time. It gives me great aperture settings, but also works for wide angle and portraits.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM– my favorite portrait lens

Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM

Canon 30D

Canon 28mm USM f/1.8

Canon Speedlight 580 EX

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

Totally Rad Actions & RadLab

Below you can find some of my random photography tip related posts from the past!


I am often asked about what camera equipment I recommend. Click on the icons below for my phone & DSLR gift guides.