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New Addition // Lexington Newborn Photographer

Doing a little catchup on the blog now that summer is winding down and little ones are back in school!  I loved getting to see this sweet family again and meeting the newest addition.   He did great for his newborn photo session and I think he looks just like his big brother!

Lexington Newborn Photographer

Dates You Should Know

Summer is here!  School is out and so is the sun!   Here are all the important dates in one place! 

June:  Fully booked for sessions

June 28: Next in-person Beginners Photography Class (limited seats // Lexington, KY)

July:  Almost fully booked for sessions

July 19:  Beginners Photography Class 2.0 (*pre-requisite is taking the 1.0 class either in person or online)


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Photography Classes in Lexington, KY

How To Improve Your Photography In One Day!

It’s time for another in-person class.  Registration is now open for the June 28th Beginners Photography Class!

Each year, in addition to our online photography classes that can be taken 24/7, we have a handful of in-person photography classes in Lexington, KY. These in-person classes are where I fell in love with teaching photography.  It’s so fun to teach these classes, watch the lightbulbs come on and witness the “aha moments.”   It’s not long after the class that I hear everyones excitement as they’ve been practicing and feeling great because they are immediately taking better photos.  Such a great feeling as a teacher!

  • Is your fancy digital camera still on auto, just like it was when you took it out of the box?
  • Are you feeling frustrated trying to get better photos, yet you lack the time and patience to learn how?
  • Does trying to read the techno-jargon in your camera’s manual make you want to pull your hair out?

If you thrive in a casual learning environment with time to ask questions and receive personal feedback, then you would be an ideal fit for the in-person Beginners Photography Class in Lexington, KY on June 28, 2014.

I know what it’s like…

My first digital camera was a Christmas gift from my husband. I imagined taking beautiful portraits of our kids and family, documenting so many important and exciting events, and creating stores of treasured memories, framed in perfect compositions and, of course, impeccably lit and focused. The excitement of receiving such a great gift was soon trumped by the realization that I didn’t have a clue how to use it! Like you, I had a dream of taking amazing pictures and just wanted someone to tell me what camera settings to use. My frustration quickly turned to obsession, as I poured countless hours of myself into learning photography. (I’m pretty sure my well-intentioned husband regretted giving me the camera at this point – I was attached to it 24-7!)  Today, I not only have a passion for taking portraits and creating art for my clients and our family, but also a passion for teaching others how to capture better photos for their loved ones too.

The Class

This five hour small group class is focused on learning how to get more from your camera and take better pictures. The class size is limited to 20 students so everyone will have an opportunity to ask specific questions. Enjoy the casual class atmosphere as you sip on a Mimosa, make new friends and take in all the class information.

“This is a must take for anyone who has a camera and doesn’t know how to use it, or wants to figure out how to take great pictures!”


The class is broken down into 4 main topics:

What is included?
  • Five hours of interactive teaching and learning
  • Hands on shooting
  • A yummy lunch and drinks during the class
  • A class workbook
  • Swag bag filled with goodies
  • Full access to ask me anything
  • Lifetime access to a private Facebook Group where you can continue to grow with a community of fellow photographers
  • Confidence and tools to take your photography to the next level
What you can expect to learn from the Beginners Photography Class
  • How to get that sparkle in the eyes of your subjects
  • How to know which camera settings to use in different situations
  • How to take sharp pictures with a beautiful blur in the background
  • How to improve your images exposure (not too bright, not too dark)
  • How to get more engaged and genuine expressions
  • How to shoot at any time of day in a variety of natural lighting situations
  • How to take your camera off auto and begin shooting 100% in manual
  • Lens types and how to know if you need a new one

PLUS! As an awesome bonus, you will also become part of a network of fabulous like-minded individuals where you will be able to continue to learn from each other, long after the class is over!

This class is for you if …
  • You are a parent who wants to take better pictures of your children
  • You are a Blogger who would like to improve the quality of the photos in your posts
  • You want better product pictures for your boutique, etsy shop or business
  • You are an aspiring professional photographer
This class is probably NOT for you if …
  • You are a professional photographer. For mentoring information, please email me.
  • You are a dude (Sorry fellas; in person classes are only for my ladies! Feel free to check out our online classes!)
  • You don’t enjoy chatting and learning in an intimate and casual setting
  • You are only looking to learn how to edit your pictures (although I will recommend software and training resources)

The Details

The in-person Beginners Photography Class will take place Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Lexington, KY. The class will run from 10am to 3pm at Greenbrier Country Club.      

You can reserve your spot to the in-person Beginners Photography Class for $250.   We also have a new bundle option to get both the in-person and online class for an additional $85!  That is 63% off the the price of online class access (regularly $229)!

Why bundle?
  • Instant access to the class so you can take your time and watch the videos as many times as you need to fully understand each concept
  • Downloadable homework and resources like cheat sheets, tips and tricks, and more, to reinforce what you’ve learned
  • Lifetime access. This means you will also get access to an new content or videos added in the future!
  • Crazy low price!  Save 63% off the the price of online class access!

“I love how hands on the in-person class was and having online course access is great because it lets me go back and forth and review each concept as many times as I need, long after the class is over.”

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Ready to join the fun?

Choose your favorite class option below, fill out the registration form and complete payment online.  You will receive a confirmation email from the BPC Team to let you know that you are all set to go!  I look forward to meeting you!

The not so fine print: Please note the registration fee is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend the class, you may give away or sell your seat.




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Can I still come to the class if I don’t have a fancy digital camera?

Yes! This class will teach you how to take better pictures regardless of the camera you are using. However, focus will be on DSLRs, so they are recommended for maximum class impact. Not sure what kind of camera or lens to get?  Check out my go-to equipment formula for a beginner photographer here. 

What should I bring with me to class?

All you need to bring is your lenses and camera with the manual … if you can find it! Most camera manuals can be found online and are easily downloadable to your computer, tablet or phone.

Will there be time to practice taking pictures?

Yes! This is new for 2014!  Talking, learning and practicing are the best ways to pick up the material quickly.  We will have hands on shooting and instruction.

I have a question that’s not here …

Just ask! Write and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

 I can’t make this class, will you have others?

Yes, I teach several in-person classes throughout the year as my shooting schedule allows.  These classes typically fill up very quickly.  By joining our email list, you will be sure to hear about local class dates as soon as they are announced.  We also have online classes are available year round with instant access.  More information about online classes can be found here.

Read Testimonials from Past Students Below!

“It’s so worth it! It forces you to sit down and learn the basics because we all know if it was up to us we would never read the manual on our own. The class was a great condensed summary of all the important things it would take hours and hours to research on your own. It was also great to hear the answers to other participant’s questions that you don’t necessarily think about but would be sure to run into sooner or later. Kristin is a great teacher who will take the time to make sure you know it before you leave the room!”

“It was great to simply learn what all the buttons and meters on my camera are since I’ve never bothered to read the manual. It was also useful to learn that certain lenses are only capable of so much. Learning aperture has changed my whole world of photography.”

“I loved how laid back the class was. Being able to ask questions throughout made it so easy to really understand all of the information. I also loved the booklet that we went through step by step!”

“That it is a must take for anyone who has a camera and doesn’t know how to use it, or wants to figure out how to take great pictures!”

“You did an excellent job covering the basics….perfect for beginners to understand. Just learning what the “thing a majigs” on my camera are for has made a huge difference. Yes, I could have read my manual, but you put it in simple terms.” 

“I loved the presentation and how we were given a packet along with her powerpoint presentation.  It was very organized and easy to follow.  I also didn’t have to worry about taking notes feverishly.  She had the pertinent points written out for us so we didn’t need to do that.”

“Dear Kristin,  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!  The Beginners Photography Class was excellent!  It was fun and engaging and I learned so much.  My girls *may* be getting tired of me taking pictures of them already,  but I can’t resist because the photos are so much prettier now that my camera is off auto.  I so enjoyed the class and meeting you.  You have a talent for making complicated concepts seem simple and I appreciate you making this Momma able to preserve some little, big moments.  Thanks again!  Warmly, Jennifer M”

Published // Tops In Lex // Lexington Fashion Photographer

Did you do anything exciting to celebrate the Kentucky Derby?  Although I’ve lived here all my life, I have still yet to go to the Derby!  I think  I need to add that one to my bucket list!

In preparation for Spring and everything “horse” here in the Bluegrass, I was honored to shoot another fashion issue for Tops in Lex in April (see previous shoots here and here!) Love love love working with Tops and as usual we had a great team, including a beautiful horse!  You can read the full issue here.  To shop these looks, the featured stores are mentioned below the post! 

Lexington Commercial Photographer Fashion Shoot

Peppermint Palm  // Dillard’s  // Morton James // Shelia Bays Fine Jewelers  // House // L.V. Harkness // Olive You // Keeneland Gift Shop // Bella Rose // Cotton Patch // Monkee’s // Omar + Elsie // Howard & Miller

I should have listened to my own advice // Our Vacation Pictures

I should have listened to my own advice.  A few weeks ago, I shared my list of photography essentials to take on vacation over on the Beginners Photography Class Blog.  Tip 4 was Coordinating outfits for the kids .  Unfortunately, as our Watercolor, Fl vacation rolled closer and closer to a close, I still had not taken my kids out for “official” pictures.  I thought for sure I had packed at least something I could pull together for the kids to wear – heck, thanks to my cousin Markey,  I had a big bag of The Beaufort Bonnet Company options ready for Baby Brinley!  Sadly, I did not. No worries though, the crewcuts outlet is only 20 minutes away! I decided to go with The Beaufort Bonnet Company Bloomer Set for Brinley as my “starter” piece and pick everyone else’s outfits to coordinate around it.  I wanted to make sure the kids looked good as a whole, but also in pairs.  I always lay everything out on a bed and mix and match until everyone looks perfectly coordinated!   Thankfully, after a tiny bit of rain, we had gorgeous light, my kids had fun and we got some great images.   I know I will be creating a gallery wall with these images, I just can’t decide if I want to do a wall of matted and framed prints or of canvas.  It’s so much easier to help my clients decide that to pick my own art!   Do you love canvas or framed pictures more?

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