Johanna graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta in 2004. Since that time, she has taught and mentored students from preschool to adulthood in various settings from traditional and alternative schools, to adult workshops and retreats. Her passions include theatre and film, literature, travel and of course, photography.


Introduction to Photography for Homeschoolers Part 1 (Pilot) 
6 Weeks starting November 3, 2021
Wednesdays 2:15PM-3:15PM
Enrollment: Min-6 Max-15

Fee: $65 per student plus a $5 materials fee

This 6 week long pilot program will introduce homeschoolers to the fundamentals behind photography. We will explore some of the history and science of photography including qualities of light and shadow, colour theory and the mechanics of a camera (both analog and digital formats). Once these basics have been covered, we will move into the concepts of the "exposure triangle" and look a bit in-depth at how Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work to create an image. Finally, we will look at some basic composition theory such as focus, depth-of-field, perspective, leading lines, rule of thirds and more. All lessons will be adapted as-needed to students' abilities and interests but note that this course is geared towards students ages 8 and up. Students will learn through various demonstrations, hands-on activities, and mini assignments. A device such as a camera phone, ipad or digital camera will be useful in the second half of the classes, however if you do not have one, we may have extras available. 


Introduction to Photography for Homeschoolers Part 2 (Pilot)
6 Weeks starting January 5, 2022
Wednesdays 2:15PM-3:15PM
Enrollment: Min-6 Max-15

Fee: $65 per student plus a $5 materials fee

In this continuation from Part 1, each week we will explore one or two of the various genres of photography including: Portraits, Landscape, Macro, Product/Commercial and Street Photography will be explored as well as some more creative and experimental photography such as light painting and long exposure. A basic digital camera is recommended. Students who reside in the same household will be able to share the same camera. If one is not available, please discuss with me and I may be able to lend out a camera for in-class.


Parent-ographer Series

This series is perfect for parents (moms AND dads) who want to get the most out of their digital camera so they can capture the best photos of their ever-growing kiddos! Each session will cover a single topic at length and there will be plenty of time for Q & A's. Each session is $25 per person for pre-registered participants. Drop in rate is $35 and is subject to availability. The same topics will be covered on each date of the same session type in the class description. Multiple dates are posted to allow flexibility in schedules. Breastfeeding and babes in arms are welcome to join us in the studio, but we ask you to leave anyone else at home for these sess
ions, unless otherwise indicated.

To register for any or all of these sessions, please CLICK HERE.

Introduction to DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras
If you already have a camera with an interchangeable lens system, but are still shooting in Auto, this workshop will get you started in understanding basic camera settings and start exploring how aperture, ISO and shutter speed work together to create an image. Bring your camera, accessories, and your manual if available (most are available online from the manufacturer).
Dates: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:00PM-9:30PM
           Sunday, October 3, 2021 10AM-11:30AM
           Thursday, October 7, 2021 7PM-8:30PM

Step into the light
Once you have had an opportunity to get a feel for how your camera operates, and are somewhat familiar with the lingo, next it's time to play with light! Learn tips and tricks for how use your exposure settings to get the best shots of your kids and family using natural and available light. We will do some experimenting with everyday items you can use to modify different lighting situations to your creative advantage. Bring your camera bag along!
            Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:30AM-12:30PM
            Tuesday, October 5, 2021 8PM-9PM
            Thursday, October 7, 2021 8:30PM-9:30PM

Say Cheese! (get the best portraits of your kids)
This session will talk all about how to get the best angles, expressions and exposure settings to compose beautiful snapshots of your children in some typical family-oriented scenarios from playing at the park, going to the zoo, jumping on the bed, jumping in leaves, blowing bubbles in the backyard and more! Tips and tricks to help get the most out of those truly candid moments in life. Bring your camera bag along!
            Sunday, October 3, 2021 1PM-2PM
            Saturday, October 9, 2021 10AM-11AM

Saturday in the Park
This is it! Bring the kids along to Cardiff Park to practice the skills you've been learning about! Johanna will be on-hand to provide support (by giving you pointers and feedback if requested), technical assistance if needed and to facilitate some fun, candid photo ops of your kiddos! Dress for Alberta weather, we go rain or shine!
            Saturday October 9, 2021 12PM-2PM (Come for as long or as little as you like during this time)