Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Moms With Cameras

Moms With Cameras

Take your MOMtography to the next level!

Childhood is fleeting. This class is for anyone interested in understanding the features of their cameras and using them to capture everything from the fleeting spontaneous moments of childhood to beautiful, professional looking portraits. It is perfect for beginners, but is also suited to hobbyists or enthusiasts who want to learn more and conquer the obstacles they struggle with when photographing their children.

(Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends are welcome. This class is not limited to just Moms.)

Topics Include:

  • Understanding the Aperture and Shutter priority modes which aid in creativity  
  • Understanding exposure and how the concepts of ISO, shutter speed and aperture affect it  
  • Understanding your camera’s Auto shooting modes
  • Understanding natural light and how to harness and control it in everyday situations
  • Understanding lens choices; which lens to use in what situation
  • Tips and techniques for prompting children in order to capture beautiful moments
  • Relevant stages and ages and how to approach photographing each stage of life
  • Composition tips to turn your snapshots into works of art
  • And so much more...

This class is appropriate for any camera but note that we will cover how to control the exposure settings and those might not be offered on all cameras. If that is the case, participants will still benefit from the many other settings, tips and techniques that are covered. So bring your camera, any lenses you have, a fully charged battery and a memory card and get ready for a fun afternoon learning how to take better pictures of your children.

Class Limit: 10

Instructor: Catherine Simmons

Catherine Simmons

Catherine is both photographer and mom to six children ranging in ages from 8-20. She began her photographic journey learning and shooting family environmental portraiture but gradually transitioned to studio portraiture upon discovering its magical possibilities. As a master of both natural and studio lighting, photographing people of all ages has become her passion. In addition to creating portraiture, Catherine loves to teach.  Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has homeschooled four of her six children in years past, tutored students at her local community college, and has taught beginner's workshops through the United Nations Photography Club in Vienna, Austria where she spent a year living abroad with her family.

In addition to portraiture, living abroad and traveling Europe offered her the opportunity to shoot some travel work. Finding the aesthetic in everyday life is what Catherine is drawn to. Whether photographing a place or a person, every person has the potential to take great pictures with the right amount of knowledge and learned skills. It is Catherine's mission to equip others with the skill set to create beautiful imagery and to document the people and places that mean the most to us throughout life.

Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography. She also currently helps out in the photography department at her local community college tutoring students, overseeing studio operations, and assisting anywhere help is needed.

Date: April 08 2018

Time: 11:30 AM - 3:30PM




8130 Porter Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.