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Max… {littleton photography instruction}

Max has an insatiable desire for learning.  He loves photography.  And he has one of the coolest and most unique families I’ve ever known.  (I’ve been honored to photograph them for many years now.)  All of this was a terrific recipe for our day together this week.

His mom contacted me at Christmas to purchase  gift certificates for some one-on-one time with me to learn photography.  She decided to redeem one on his birthday this past week.

Great gift idea!  (Such an honor to spend some of your 11th birthday with you!)

We met for breakfast and went over the plan for the day together.  Then we set out for a few hours in the park learning some of the basics of photography.  We included some time to practice what we learned.

We learned about the tools the camera offers for capturing portraits (my passion) especially aperture as a means to isolate your background.  Max loves nature photography so we were able to translate it to his passion as well.

He loved playing with my 70-200mm f/2.8 but quickly realized it’s a monster to hold!  (I’ve had carpal tunnel surgery in BOTH hands due to my profession as a photographer).  We talked about using prime lenses and your FEET as a zoom lens instead!

Max listened so well and took notes on the outline I provided.  His interest and intense focus really impressed me.

And while he was taking notes I got some great portraits of him as a way to further explain aperture.

It was a perfect day…and the clouds acted as a natural light diffuser for our session together–a very important part of portrait photography.

His shots were put into a gallery with comments on the composition, aperture choice, backgrounds etc.  I added comments for him and encouraged him to do the same.

His mom sent me a photo of him reviewing all of the technical information this morning!  What a thrill for me to see!


I shared screen shots with him about the editing process and how the camera information is available (how was able to share it with him).  Next session we will talk about shutter speed, color temperature and editing.

And as our parting shots he got one of me and I got one of him!

(I’d like to start offering more sessions like this…message me if you are interested and please share this post with anyone who may be as well!)

I am already looking forward to our second session coming up Max.  Thank you for spending the day learning!



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