Snap & Chat Beginner Photography Workshop, Michelle Ma Belle Photography

Snap & Chat Beginner Photography Workshop, Michelle Ma Belle Photography

Christmas is coming and I’m sure someone is getting a new camera that they will have no idea how to use! Or maybe you already have that fancy camera and resolve to actually use it in 2019. Let me help.

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Who Am I?

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My name is Michelle. I’m a mother of three boys, a public servant by day and a business-owner-slash-professional-photographer by night (and day too, I suppose), a bit of a health nut, definitely a fitness junkie, oil obsessed, an addicted online shopper, and the wife to a very patient and supportive man. 

 Like many “momtogs”, my interest in photography was sparked after my first child was born. What could possibly be more inspiring than that? I started off with a standard compact camera, quickly upgraded to something more advanced, and purchased my first DSLR in 2008. Wow, I just realized that was 10 years ago! I learned so much during that time by taking a plethora of courses, workshops, having an incredible mentor, and most importantly, with lots and lots of practice. 

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The days are long but the years are short”. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly children grow and how quickly years fly by, even when you’re awake 23 hours of the day. This is why I love photography so much. It gives me the superpower to freeze time; the ability to cherish baby toes forever or to relive that feeling of pure excitement at a birthday party. All those little details, events, and emotions make up your family story and I hope to teach you how to be the story teller through photographs.

What's It All About?

The Snap & Chat Workshop is designed for moms/parents who want to learn how to take more meaningful and creative photos of their family and daily life. This CONDENSED course is an in-person 2-hour class with a 4-1 student/teacher ratio. We will cover some camera basics to help you achieve certain looks and styles, as well as how light impacts the mood and quality of your images. You will learn how to create moments, how best to capture them, and how to engage your children and inspire natural interaction with genuine emotion. 
NOTE: The CONDENSED COURSE does not include post-processing techniques.

What Do I Need?

We do recommend that students have an advanced compact camera (with the ability to set manual exposure) or a DSLR, however it is not mandatory. The course is not specific to any brand of camera; we will briefly discuss using a smartphone camera as well. Classes will take place at our office in Ottawa South in an intimate setting where students can feel comfortable to share and connect. Students will have access to download a copy of the Workshop E-book which includes all material covered during the workshop.

Course Content

What's Included?

The course content will include topics such as Camera Basics, Creative Composition, and Light. If time allows we will also discuss how to best engage your children in photos to achieve authentic smiles and genuine interaction.

The condensed course fee includes ONE 2-hr classes in a 4-to-1 student/teacher ratio and an E-book of all material covered during the course.
The course fee is $99+HST. Keep an eye out for coupon codes to save yourself a bit of coin.


Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. You will receive a confirmation of your registration (or tentative registration if placed on waiting list) within 24 hours. An invoice will be provided and payment is required within 3 days to confirm your spot.  If payment is not received or arranged within that time, your spot will be released to the waiting list.
Additional course information will be provided to those registered one week prior to the course date.

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