A Flashback to 2009

Albuquerque photographer mom camera class

I just knew a fancy camera was going to be the ticket to better photos of our family.

“But you don’t know how to use a DSLR,” my husband oh-so-correctly pointed out.

“That’s what AUTO is for,” I confidently told him.

And it was true. That camera did take much better photos than our old point and shoot, even in AUTO mode.

I know this, because for the first two years we owned it, I refused to learn anything about apertures or shutter speeds.

It’s not that I stuck my fingers in my ears and sang, “LA-LA-LA-LA-LA,” at the top of my lungs, per se. More that, every time my sweet husband sat down to explain exposure and how our amazing new camera worked, I mentally checked out.

(In my defense, we had a two year old and a six month old, so I was pretty worn out from keeping everyone alive day to day.)

In time, though, I became frustrated with our fancy DSLR.

Why didn’t it just KNOW where I wanted the focus to be in my photo? I mean, I’m sure there’s someone out there who’d love a nice photo of their mom’s clear-as-day elbow cradling their completely-out-of-focus baby, but it wasn’t me.

Why wouldn’t my camera make the background blurry and keep my sons’ faces crisp and sharp? Didn’t it know how pretty that would be???

Why was the flash always popping up and giving us all devil eyes? And why were my son’s hands all fuzzy every time I tried to take action shots of him playing?

I thought this was supposed to be a fancy camera, but it sure wasn’t acting like one, at all!

I eventually realized that our DSLR could only work like a fancy camera if I made the time to figure out how to use it.

(My husband didn't even say, "Told you so." He's totally a keeper.)

I was hooked, from my first photography course. Really learning how to use my camera - in manual mode - allowed me to create the photos of our family I'd always dreamed of taking.

Your DSLR can be a fancy camera, too. You just need to learn how to use it.

And I can teach you, in my Remember the Moment: DSLR Workshop for Moms.

March 4, 2017 9am-12noon

NE Albuquerque, NM

Click here to register for the Remember the Moment: DSLR Workshop for Moms now.

In this 3 hour class, I’ll help you learn how to make your camera focus exactly where you want it, and capture the moments that are most important to you, complete with a beautiful, blurry background. (And free of devil eyes and fuzzy hands!)

With loads of hands-on practice time included, we’ll break down exposure, aperture, shutter speed, and how to shoot in manual mode.

You’ll also receive a take home workbook to keep the concepts fresh, and you’ll have access to our private Facebook group as a resource to continue your learning.

This workshop is limited to 6 participants, so register early to save your spot!

Whether your camera is brand new or learning how to use it has been on your list for a long time, invest in yourself and your family's memories by joining us for the Remember the Moment DSLR Workshop for Moms on March 4th.

You’ll have me right beside you the entire morning, with six years of knowledge and experience, to answer all of your questions and help you learn to use YOUR camera.

Remember the Moment

DSLR Workshop for Moms


Register by Feb 14, 2017 and get your spot for just


Even better? Register with a friend, and you'll both receive a free gift!

Click here to register for the Remember the Moment DSLR Workshop for Moms right now, and gain the skills to turn your DSLR into a fancy camera. See you there!

Have questions about the class and whether it's right for you? Email me at stacey@smaphotography.com and ask! I'm always happy to help.

“I’m able to get MUCH better photos with my camera than I ever was before, thanks to your workshop. I learned so very much from you in that 3-hour chunk and haven’t stopped talking about it for the past week and a half. My husband knows that every evening I’m going to sit him down and say “can I show you the photos I took today?”. It was exactly what I was hoping was going to happen! Thank you so much, Stacey!”  -Kaytee