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A little earlier this month I told you all about a fun class for kids called Summer Photography Camp. Both of our girls have been working their way through the lessons in the first session over the past few weeks and are having a BLAST practicing the different techniques they are learning.

And the fact that they can use MOMMY’S camera doesn’t hurt either. {grins}

They are going back and forth using my camera and the small point and shoot that we also have, seeing if they can capture the same images and better their picture-taking skills. In short, they are having a blast.

About the Summer Photography Camp for Kids

The Summer Photography Camp is a 3 week long photography camps for kids {ages 8-13} that teaches basic photography skills and camera techniques. You don’t need a fancy camera to join ~ any point-and-shoot or even a cell phone camera will do. We’ve actually been using two different cameras so the girls can learn techniques with both, including how to properly hold a camera and position the cameras based on their size.

The class is taught by Candice Stringham, an editorial photographer turned scrapbooker. Candice works at JessicaSprague.com, has a BFA in Photography and has even taught classes at the collegiate level.

The first session is already in progress, but Jessica Sprague is offering a second session from July 9 – 27 {Click here to register for the July Session}. The session fee is $36 and if you have multiple children, you only need to add $10 for each additional sibling taking the class {instead of the entire $36}.

Each day of the class we receive an email that includes a new photography technique {that is also a printable} along with a daily assignment. We’ve been printing off the lessons, hole-punching them, and putting them into a 3-ring binder to refer to during the day. The class also includes videos, a class gallery and a place where they can ask questions and get help. On Fridays, the kids get an email with a fun weekend scavenger hunt.

Some Hands-on Examples from the Girls

The girls have been learning some FABULOUS things in the past few weeks. Laurianna recently took a day trip with a friend and I was excited when I downloaded the pictures from the point-and-shoot and saw that she had implemented one of the techniques covered in the class {framing a picture}.

Here are just a few key things {with picture examples} of what the girls have  covered in the class. Unfortunately a little boy got his hands on the camera and deleted some of the shots before I had a chance to put them onto the laptop.

Watching vertical/horizontal lines in the background and frame…


Framing a shot….



Close vs. Far shots…


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The rule of thirds…


The importance of how light hits a subject…


and just plain silliness…


So What Do We Think?

In all honesty, I know a lot of adults that could benefit from this class. While this isn’t a ‘live’ class, I am SO beyond impressed with the quality of the lessons, videos and all that is included in the 3 week class. At $36 for the class {and $10 for each additional child}, it is a great way to introduce your child to photography and have him learn skills that many adults haven’t yet mastered!

The classes are also available in your account at JessicaSprague.com for life ~ meaning you can go back into your files later if you need to reprint a lesson, watch a video clip or review anything. A few years ago I had registered for a class and completely forgotten about it ~ and all of the lessons are still there for me to review {LOVE THAT!!!}.

We haven’t participated in the online forums, although they are available, mainly because we have been traveling sporadically and also had a few other things keeping us busy. I do appreciate that the forums are monitored {making a momma’s heart happy}.

This has also been a great ‘boredom buster’ this summer. Having the lessons printed off and in our binder is handy since the girls can grab it and head outside to practice the lessons. The weekly scavenger hunts have been a lot of fun as well.

Be sure to check out the classes that JessicaSprague.com offers for moms as well ~ there are some great ones coming up in the next few months!!

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  1. me ;-) Loved what I saw last night!

  2. I would love to win this for my daughter!

  3. Andrea Curtis says

    My 9 year old would LOVE this!!

  4. my girls would love this

  5. My 10 year would be taking the class.

  6. My oldest girls would love this!!

  7. AnnMarie says

    I think after your review, I would join my 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son. LOL. I can’t wait to sign up for the next session. Thanks for posting and the great review.

    • I’m telling ya ~ I showed a friend last night what the girls have been learning and SHE entered to win today {grins}.

  8. My soon to be 12 year old son would LOVE this!

  9. joyfullyinhim says

    Love this! My son would be so excited in his passion for photography ;)

  10. My daughter got a camera for her birthday and it would be great for her to learn how to use it.

  11. My daughter would love an excuse to use Mama’s camera!

  12. My daughter just bought her own camera and would love this!

  13. My 10yo son would take the class…and I’m sure he’d love it :)

  14. my daughter who is 6, but loves taking photos.

  15. What fun! My DD would love this!

  16. This is such a neat idea! My children enjoy photography.

  17. My youngest daughter (12) has been asking me about photography classes, so this comes at a great time!

  18. Is it wrong to admit that I would benefit from taking this class? My almost 6 year old daughter I think would love it though!

    • not wrong at all!! :) She does a FABULOUS job explaining things too ~ with picture examples along the way. Definitely worth the class fee!

  19. AdventuresinHomeEducating says

    My 12 year old daughter!

  20. My half-brother. (He’s 9 and yes, I’m a LOT older than he is.)

  21. I would love for my son to take this class!

  22. My daughter would absolutely love this!

  23. my 13-year old daughter and I would have a lot of fun with this. Thanks :)

  24. I have an 11 year old boy that is so excited about this!

  25. I have 2 daughters, 9 and 10, that would LOVE to take this class.

  26. My son and daughter would definitely take the class,I also would like to take it!

  27. My daughter has been wanting to learn more about photography – she would LOVE this!

  28. Laura Hoggard says

    My nine-year-old daughter would love a class like this!

  29. My boys would love this. we don’t have any photgraphy classes available in our area so this would be perfect!

  30. Elijah (10) would take the class. :)

  31. I’m hoping to win this one for my little brother. He’s 13, so he’s barely in the age range, but he spends so much time playing video games, it would be nice for him to develop a new interest.

  32. Shannon S says

    My 11 yo son would be taking this course. If I hear “Im bored” one more time…

  33. This looks great! Perfect for my son!

  34. Melinda T says

    My 6yr old daughter.

  35. Sheahna W. says

    My 11 year old son would love this!!

  36. Cristina says

    My 9yo son would love this!

  37. My 7 year old son constantly grabs my camera for some random snap shots. I would love to get him in this class.

  38. I would love to win this for Sir N. He is really keen to take lots of photo’s and I am in the process of learning too. I am hoping this can become a hobby the two of us can grow in together and enjoy together for life. Here is hoping and thanks for hosting this give away.

  39. Sarah Howell says

    My 13 yr old son.

  40. My 10 year old son would be taking this class. He loves to take pictures, but I lack the skills to teach him anything past “point and shoot!”. :)

  41. This would be great! My daughter would love this! Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. My daughter would just love this because I’m not patient enough to teach her photography. lol

  43. Colleen Sherlock says

    my 9 year old daughter would love this!

  44. My 8 year old son! He loves to take pictures!

  45. My son LOVES to use a camera! He has his own. Its one of those freeze, shock, water and dust proof cameras! But he would LOVE to get his hands on my huge Nikon! It would be great for him to win this class!

  46. Our grand daughter has just discovered photography. I would love for her to win this lesson. Thanks for giving me a chance.

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