Interview & Contest with Jessica Grieves of Photographer’s Kickstart

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Jessica Grieves, of Bubblegum Tree Photography, and the author/designer of the new Photographer’s Kickstart program. And as a BONUS - we also have a contest where you can win the Kickstart Training Module. Scroll to the end of the interview for contest details and your chance to win. If you have ever dreamed of teaching photography, now is your chance to make an impact and money at the same time.

Jessica, tell us about your photography studio? How long in business?  What type of photography?

  • I started my photography business just about four years ago when I was pregnant for my second child.  I had not gone back to work after the birth of my son and was looking for something creative I could do stay active.  I specialize in newborn and preschool age casual outdoor photography although I will occasionally pick up an engagement session or band photo just to mix things up.  About three years ago I also added in teaching beginner’s photography classes which has been great fun!  I am currently working mainly on-location although I do share a loft space downtown with some other businesses for times I need to meet with clients or need a starting point for urban photo shoots.

What was the moment you knew you were meant to be a photographer?

  • I never really had an “ah-ha” moment where suddenly I knew.  After the birth of my son photography was so much more important to me and like everything I do, I did it 110%.  I went to workshops and classes and studied online so that I could improve my technique and my technical know-how.  I started out really just wanting to take better pictures of my own family and stumbled into a photography business.  There are few things I can think of that are as important as having photographs of your family – both portraits and candid – that can be reflected upon as time marches on.

How did you get started teaching photography classes to moms?

  • A few years ago I was asked to be a guest speaker at a mother’s share group in my area to talk about taking better pictures of your own children.  For that talk I developed my “10 Tips for Photographing Your Kids” which worked out to be about a one hour talk.  Perfect for a mom’s group.  After I gave that talk to a couple of other moms groups, I started getting email requests to offer a more detailed class that went over how to use their cameras too.  Given the explosion in DSLRs and that the price to attain one keeps going down, more and more moms have these “fancy” camera and use them essentially like a point and shoot.  I met with a few moms that were interested in learning more about how to use their camera as a focus group to find out what they really wanted to know, and built a class around that.
  • I make between $250-$800 for every three hour class I teach – and the best part is that now that my materials are created, I spend almost no time outside of the class doing prep work which means my hourly rate for a class runs from $60-$200/hr depending on the number of participants in a class and including travel time.  Figure out your hourly rate for a portrait session and for most of us, this is a GREAT add-on income (I usually consider $45/hr my “take home” from a portrait session so I love the classes because it works out to a higher hourly rate in most cases).

How long have you been teaching and how has the class changed?

  • Back before I was a photographer, I actually traveled the country teaching a programming class and then started working internally for another company teaching their staff how to use new software we were implementing so the teaching part comes naturally to me.  I’ve been teaching this beginner’s photography class in some form for the last 3 years.  I’ve updated the slides over time as I see areas where I get a lot of questions or that are topics that are harder to understand.  I also recently added in some more advanced topics for those moms that are maybe a little ahead of the pack.

What is the Photographer’s Kick Start: Training module?

  • Over time I had a number of photographers contact me to ask me questions about my training materials and formula for pricing my classes. When it got to a the point where I had multiple photographers asking me in the same week, I knew there was a need for a product to help get them started in creating their own training program. To be honest, I think the biggest hurdle in creating a beginner’s photography class is putting together the class materials.  I know I spent considerable time coming up with an outline and building a presentation.  It is much easier to customize something to use for yourself, than to start from scratch.   There was a huge trend in photographer’s offering classes to moms as a way to generate extra revenue – especially during those months where portrait sessions are light.  January was a HUGE month for me for photography classes because it seemed everyone got a new camera for Christmas.  So I went back and took a hard look at my training materials, and from there built a full product that photographers could purchase to use as a foundation to offer photography classes.

Who is the Photographer’s Kick Start: Training module designed for?

  • The package is designed for photographers who want to start teaching photography classes to moms in their market.  The materials include a 55+ slide Powerpoint (and Keynote) presentation with detailed speaker notes covering tips for photographing your children, the elements of exposure, the basic camera modes, and lenses in addition to the advanced material covering shooting in Av mode, manual mode, and changing your focus point (the three areas I am most frequently asked to cover when I teach advanced classes).  In addition, all the PSD files for the slide background and all the diagrams are included so you can customize them to match your branding.  And there are additional materials to help you with pricing, marketing, and customizing the materials for different audiences.  The materials can be completely used as they come but I recommend that you personalize them with your own family photos to make it easier for you to talk about the photos.

What is the price of the Photographer’s Kick Start: Training module?

  • The retail price for the materials is $299 and includes a one year listing in our online photographer’s directory at iwanttoshootmykids.  The directory is already sending potential customers to photographers offering classes.  However, readers of the MCP Actions site can use the discount code “mcpactions50″ to save $50 off the retail price.  You should be able to make back the purchase price with your first class.

And now for your chance to win! CONTEST DETAILS!!!

To enter: Add your comment to this interview post (not on Facebook) and let us know why you might want to teach basic photography skills to new camera users in your area. The winner will be picked at random on Sunday. If you decide to buy now, and you win, your purchase price will be refunded!

Plus get bonus contest entries:

How to get extra entries in the MCP Actions Photoshop Contest

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    Jennie Good says:

    What a wonderful contest! Why would I love to teach new camera owners how to use their equipment!??!? Simply because I know how much joy a great photo brings to me, I would love to share that with the world!

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    Chelsea LaVere says:

    I’m an art/Digital Photography teacher along with being a photographer, and a lot of people have asked me to teach them about their cameras. I have it for younger students, but really need something to address adults! This would be really wonderfully helpful. <3

    Chelsea :)

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    Michelle Hockman says:

    I get lots of questions from people who are buying or have bought a DSLR and I would love to help them take better pictures and add that offering to my business.

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    I enjoy teaching others what I learn about post editing. I think so many people are intimidated by Photoshop, but I like to simplify things to help others out.

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    Donna says:

    I have my certification in art ed as well as being a photographer and I am always being asked to “teach me, teach me”. I would definitely love to combine the 2 areas and maybe get people that can assist me along the way in my business.

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    Donna says:

    I was a preschool teacher for 10 years and a Preschool Director for 5 years. I know many new mom’s with new cameras that would love this information. I have taught training classes in the Field of Early Childhood and teaching was my first love. Photography is my second. My youngest son graduated from High School two weeks ago and times they are a changing for me. This is just what I need to take the leap. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

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    Jenessa Evans says:

    I LOVE Jessica… Everything she put out is awesome… I follow her Hey girl nice shot blog…I would want to teach teenagers and young adults who will mold our future and may take photography to whole new level…

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    apryl says:

    there are many people in my area who are wanting to take better photos of their families & this is a way i could use what i know to help other & add to my income when i’m not shooting sessions!

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    Donna says:

    I have been following MCP and just ordered my first action set last Sunday. Love it!

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    apryl says:

    just added the mcp banner/link to my blog!

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    Dawn says:

    I would love, love, love to start teaching classes in my area. I get questioned all the time about how to use cameras and take better pictures. I have a background in education so teaching classes would be pretty easy for me. I just don’t have the time to put all the materials together myself. I have been drooling over this Kick Start package ever since it came out!

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    apryl says:

    already a fan of the mcp page on facebook & also already subscribe to the email updates:)

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    Dawn says:

    I am a fan on Facebook!

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    Hayley Hines says:

    I have extensive background in art, just about every format and have found photography to be my true passion. To be able to spread the word and help others find their vision is a dream of mine. This would be very helpful and much appreciated :) Good luck everyone!

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    Dawn says:

    I follow on Twitter! :)

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    I have actually considered this in a couple ways so Im interested in the product. I see alot of moms get a “fancy” camera and then ignore the basic rules of photography which is sad

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    Toniette says:

    Wow, this is amazing! I’ve been planning on purchasing this program over the summer, what a great prize it would be! Thanks so much!

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    subscribed to RSS

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    Dawn says:

    Subscribed to your RSS :)

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    Dawn says:

    Subscribed to RSS :)

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    AimeeJ says:

    I love photography and I love teaching my friends how to better use their cameras. It such a great feeling to share your excitement and knowledge with others.

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    Dawn says:

    Shared you on Facebook!

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    Gina Neary says:

    I get asked all the time by moms as we shoot (and MANY dad’s) how they can shoot their own children better! This would be a great tool fo rme to “kick start” my plans to help families capture memories!

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    evie says:

    I’d love to teach others in my area about their cameras! I’ve done it in an informal setting twice already and think it would be great to have the materials Jessica put together.

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    Kelli T says:

    I think it would be so much fun to share my passion with other people. I am always amazed when someone compliments me on my photos and asks me how I do it. It would be nice to share some of my experiences with other people to help them take better pictures of their life and family!

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    Suzie says:


    I have been asked about this a few times and it would be great not to have to start from scratch :). Thanks for sharing!


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    Kelli T says:

    Retweeted!…BTW I love that first picture of the baby on the stairs. Absolutely beautiful!

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    I would love to do this in my area. I just opened my photography studio here in my small town last October. I think this would be a great way to meet the community. I spent 16 years in retail prior to going back to school for my photography, so even though I have lived here for years I don’t know enough people. It’s amazing the amount of time you miss out on when you spend 16 years working 50+ hours for someone else. I love this idea because I can meet new people and give back to the community mom’s all at the same time. I hope I win this one.

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    Adalia says:

    I would definitely teach a basic skills class in my area because I personally would have loved to have taken one when I started out.

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    rebecca says:

    i have recently had several people ask me if i would consider teaching a hands-on class but don’t know where to start! this would be a great tool to help with that process! :)

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    Krista Stark says:

    I have to say this is quite ironic. I was just talking to a friend 2 days about maybe starting a class on teaching photog basics to Mom’s.
    Even thought I am just starting my business, I have been doing photograpphy for a few years.
    Many of my Moms have come to over the years asking how to better use their new “big point and shoot” :D
    I have always had a passion for helping Mom’s. I used to co-facilatate a parenting class and when I moved to WI I started a “Mom” group in my home as a way to get to know people.
    “Photographers Kick Start:training module” would be a wonderful way to help me get stated on another exciting journey :)

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    Kami F says:

    I wish I could have taken a class like this when I was 1st starting out. Countless moms have asked me to show them how to take better photos of their kids and this sound like the perfect setup!

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    Kami F says:

    fan of MCP on FB

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    Kami F says:

    subscribe to feed

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    Katren says:

    Wow! This training module is something that I believe would take my photography career to the next level! I have only been in business for less than a year and things have been slow, but I feel growth in my business as well as myself as a photographer. I would love to connect with moms and share something that I love as much as photography. Teaching would be a new challenge for me and I am ready!

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    Christa says:

    Having worked in the photography industry for over 9 years. I am now breaking out on my own. I have trained many young girls the policies and procedures of studio photography. It would be great to teach them using our beautiful outdoor settings as well.

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    I live in Hong Kong and everyone and their dog has the best cameras – one trip to Disney or Ocean Park and you will see more 1D Mark IV’s, 7D’s, 5D Mark II’s, D3’s and D700’s than you can shake a stick at. I kid you not. Plus a lot of them have outrageous lenses on. OFTEN if there is an auto setting then the camera is stuck right there and it seems a shame to waste all that great gear! I’m a Mom and I’d love to teach other Mom’s how to take great shots.

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    Shelya says:

    This would be AWESOME in my area. The moms have the money to buy the equipment and the mindset that they don’t need to hire a professional so it would boost both income and education as well as giving me a way to differentiate myself.

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    Shelya says:

    I’m a fan on facebook

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    Shelya says:

    I follow on twitter

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    Wow. What a wonderful thing you are doing. To answer the question as to why I would want to teach camera skills to new users: I believe everyone has an image in their head and some just need that little bit of a push, a nudge, the right information, the opportunity and a safe environment to ask the questions, learn the techniques to creating their images and have that ah-ha moment.

    Some one once did this for me and what you are offering would be a great opportunity to pay it forward and bring in a little extra income. I am a stay at home mom studying photography through trial/error and workshops until I can get my self into school to study the type of photography that is my vision.

    Thank you,

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    Shelly says:

    Having been in the business for nearly 20yrs and having my own kids photography company for the last 3 yrs, i get hints from mums all the time, I’d love to learn how to do what you do, i’d love to take better photos, i’ve got this new dlsr my husband bought me and i don’t know how to use it or how to take nice pictures.
    I have now committed myself to teaching these classes to my client mums, even put it on facebook for interested mums, have around 30 showing interest in couple hours. So i need this program now! help!!!

    Have also posted in Ana Brants forum:)

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    Jennifer says:

    Add your comment to this interview post (not on Facebook) and let us know why you might want to teach basic photography skills to new camera users in your area.

    Well, as an educator, I’m going to make my own class with or without the Kickstart Program. It would be a lot easier with!

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    KellyW says:

    I too get so many questions from new camera owners. They want to know some basics and take better shots of their kids.

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    GayleV says:

    I have started getting several emails asking me if I teach photography classes. I would love to win these materials since I do agree that they would save time in the creation of the class. Thanks Jessica and Jodi!

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    lisa says:

    i would love to teach because mom’s are such natural students to photography. to help them

    savor a moment longer would be a joy.

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    AprilR says:

    Friends and family are always asking for tips and tricks or how I learned to use my camera. I’d love to be able to share that knowledge and have them feel the glee of getting that shot just right :)

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    Wow! I just partnered with a children’s store yesterday. This would be an awesome class to offer the clients!

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    Jennifer C says:

    I have so many friends and family that are always asking me to help them take good pictures. They seem to think I can look at their camera right away and tell them how to take better pictures in 15 minutes. I keep trying to explain that there’s a lot more that goes into in. I would love to start teaching a more structured class so other’s can take better pictures of their kids.

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    Jennifer C says:

    Facebook Fan

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    Mandy Sroka says:

    Awesome interview. Thanks for sharing how you got started. Wish we had a speaker like you in my area!

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    Jo Brazzell says:

    This would be great to start my own class! I already get tons of questions from moms and dads about their camera and various aspects of shooting!!

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    Danielle says:

    I think it would b e fun to teach to others. I feel like I have learned alot and to be able to pass it on the right way would be rewarding.

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    Jennifer C says:

    Follow on twitter

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    Jo Brazzell says:

    Already a Fan On Facebook!!

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    toviah says:

    i have already been asked to teach a few people and have refused simply because i don’t know how to get started! i know it all in my head but to explain it? that’s another story! i’d love to show some people the basics of photography so they can take better photos.

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    Teaching comes naturally to me too! It KILLS me that I’m a photographer, but some mom’s I know have a nicer camera than mine and shoot on auto! (while I drool in envy over their camera body)

    I think there is such a need for these types of classes. I’d love to do this.

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    Leah Manning says:

    I would love to teach people because I believe everyone deserves to know how to take a good picture and capture those special moments.

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    toviah says:

    i subscribed.

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    toviah says:

    im already a fan on fb!

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    Kim S says:

    I would love to teach photography to other moms. I started out shooting my kids and when I first got big digital DSLR I shot in automatic for years…glorified point and shoot! Once I learned how to use my camera it was an AMAZING difference in my photography and my creativity. Now I take pictures for others! These classes specifically geared to moms are priceless! I would LOVE this training material!

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    Kim S says:

    I have already a Facebook Fan!!!

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    Kim S says:

    I am already on the RSS feed!

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    Amy says:

    I love my clients and they often want to show me photos that they have taken of their kids that they love. The bones of the photos are there, and I feel like with just a little instruction, their everyday, around the house photos could be awesome!

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    Amy says:

    Facebook fan!

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    Dawniele Castellanos says:

    I would want to teach some basic skills because I believe that the “older ones” should teach the “younger ones.” Its a biblical practice and important in life.

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    Dawniele Castellanos says:

    I am a FB fan!

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    Dawniele Castellanos says:

    I receive the daily feed.

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    Dawniele Castellanos says:

    I have a banner on my blog!

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    Brandi Liner says:

    I’d love to win this as I have so many friends that have DSLR’s and use them in Auto mode. I also am just starting my business and I am sure I would learn a great deal from this. Thank you for the chance to win this!!

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    Meera A says:

    Learning to shoot and capture moments beautifully has given me pictures that will be a lifetime’s worth of memories, specially of my child’s early days. I want to be able to share this with others so that when they see something that speaks to them, they can photograph it the way they feel about it, and not be at the mercy of their camera’s vagaries!

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    Meera A says:

    I am subscribed via Google Reader to the RSS feed.

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    Heather Embrey says:

    This would be so cool. I teach a 4-H photography group and it is so to come up with Ideas. It would be refreshing to have everything you already need, and thi would be somthing to build off of. It is amazing the stuff kids ask, so I hope I win. HEahter

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    Marla says:

    This would be a fun way to network with other moms in the area. I remember just starting to learn basics on my camera and it was a lot of late nights and computer searches and reading and re-reading my manual – having a lecture specifically geared to this would be fun and make it very easy for all us mom-togs out there.

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    Carla J says:

    People ask me all the time how to use their digital cameras. Having your training module would give an avenue to answer all those questions.

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    Terry says:

    Wow! I’ve been visiting the Kickstart site daily for the past month for just this reason and keep looping back to the “maybe I’m not ready” conversation that runs in my head. I have become the collector of photography information . . . links, articles, experts, samples . . . for my friends and neighbors of all ages when they acquire a new camera but they want more and I would so love to be the guide who learns right along with them! Photography is a lot less expensive than psychiatry for me ;-) Thanks!

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    Kim Bolyard says:

    I would love to start teaching classes in my area. I have actually had several moms and friends request that I teach them how to use their camera and take better photos….I have to agree that owning a nice SLR and shooting in auto makes no sense…you might as well buy a point and shoot…would love to win….what a great tool to have.


    Kim Bolyard

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    Carla J says:

    I’m a fan of mcp actions on facebook.

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    Katie Mosley says:

    I have had SO many people ask me to teach a class and haven’t had the ability to yet. I’d love to be able to offer a class in the off season!

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    This is a great contest! I would like to begin teaching beginning photography classes for two reasons. First, this seems to be a huge market, especially with the price of DSLRs. And second, because I get so excited about photography myself, that I would really love to be able to share it with people who care!

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    This is awesome! I have been looking for a package, kind of like a blueprint that I could use to start teaching classes. I have had several friends and clients that want me to teach them how to use their camera. Until now, I was unable to find anything that could assist me with doing so. I want to teach people how to capture the true beauty of a photo, and not your typical stand up straight and smile shots. I would sooooo love to win this package! Much success to you!

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    natalie lawson says:

    i’m not sure that i have the expertise to teach, but i do have the gift of teaching. it might would be something great for me down the road when i feel that i’m better at photography.

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    Chelsi says:

    I love teaching! Before I had my daughter I was a preschool teacher and I loved every minute of it. I get questions all the time from friends about the technical side of shooting in manual etc. It would really be great to teach a class on something I’m so passionate about. I took a class from a “mom turned photographer” when I first got my DSLR and it was the BEST thing I could have done. It would be great to provide that to others. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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    Chelsi says:

    I am a subscriber!

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    Kelli Williams says:

    I teach scrapbooking classes, and photography and scrapbooking go hand in hand. I have many people ask me about my camera, and even though I know what it is I am doing, I have a hard time putting it into words for them.

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    jayme says:

    I get asked all the time to give a workshop for photography basics but I just don’t have the time to create the materials for the class right now. I have a new baby, my own photography business as well as a 6 yr old son – so my time is very limited for “additional” activities! So
    I would love to win this!!!

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    Bonnie Mac Photography says:

    I have been an advid photographer most of my life. I am also a Elementary School teacher so I know the in’s and out’s of Education.
    In the last couple of years my sister broke into the business and I
    am still doing amateur work for fun. After seeing this, I realize that this would be a good side job for me during the summer months. People are always asking me questions about some of the shot’s I do and I have hundreds of photo’s on flickr. Teaching others is very rewarding and I would love to know more about this opportunity Thank you for this opportunity to teach others about the art and relaxation in photography.

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    Janete says:

    i would love to start teaching basic photography lessons to other moms in my area b/c it would be a great way to earn extra money teaching something i absolutely adore doing! and i know of so many moms here who would really like to learn to take better photos of their families!

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    Lisa says:

    What a great idea! I’ve been asked a thousand times if I could share my photography tips… would be fun to turn it into a class one day!

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    tamara says:

    I would love love to have this resource.

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    tamara says:

    I subscribe to rss feed

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    tamara says:

    mcp facebook fan

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    I’ve been wanting to do something like this!!! Teaching is very natural to me. I’ve been a teacher for the past 10 years and love it! I’m a Navy wife and I attend many play groups and classes with the Navy community. I’ve been thinking about how I can give back. Literally, I just wrote in my journal that I would love to use my talent and what I’ve learned to help others. This would be so amazing!!

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    After learning how to really understand my DSLR equipment, I realized the difference in the photos I was getting. I already know how to capture my own kids as they are, and after understanding the technical aspects, I learned I could make those more impacting. In 50 years, I want my family to look back at those photos and just melt with emotion. Why would I NOT want to share that knowledge with other Moms or Dads.

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    laura says:

    I would love to have this option as an add on to my business. Many, many moms I meet are searching for some basics and one on one seems to be much more their speed than “looking it up in the book”. Thanks!

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    Kelly Garvey says:

    I would love to teach because I am so passionate about learning, that it shows. I LOVE when my friends or other photographers ask questions & I can help, because for so long (and still sometimes I do) I was the one asking ALL the questions! I think I have some street cred b/c I am pretty much a self-taught photographer so I would enjoy teaching others what I have learned & am still learning along the way! Houston, TX

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    Kelli says:

    Great idea! I photograph Babies and Families and think there is huge potential for teaching photography to parents. I teach other workshops through my studio and would love to incorportate this as well.

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    I am starting a photography ministry at our church and this would be an amazing tool to use!

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    Stacey Allison says:

    There is a huge population of scrapbookers an digital scrapbookers in my community who are constantly wanting to know how to make their pictures better. I would love to offer a class to help them.

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    Lori C says:

    I would love to teach… I spend time now with my clients encouraging them to get more out of their camera!

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    Stacey Allison says:

    I already subscribe to the feed here.

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    Stacey Allison says:

    I follow MCP Actions on Twitter … my twitter name is thesimplegal

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    Kelli says:

    Just subscribed to the RSS feed/updates.

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    Lisa says:

    would love to teach…I think everyone is interested in learning about their camera :)

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    amy says:

    I love this. As a new single mom of a 20 month old I find so little time to get all of the editing I need to do for my everyday clients let alone the countless emails, phone calls and random people that walk up to me when I am shooting with their questions. I have been looking for a good resource to be able to give them. This product would be an awesome jumping off point to really get started on teaching.
    Thanks for the opportunity…

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    amy says:

    subscribed to RSS too :-)

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    Yolanda says:

    I used lead a playgroup and know the moms in my group would have loved a class like this. My background in training would make putting on a class like this an ideal fit.

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    Rachael B says:

    I know lots of moms (including my sister and others) who have nice cameras and don’t know how to use them to their full capacity. Would love to share my knowledge with them!

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    Whitnie says:

    I would love to have this kit! I have ladies asking me all the time about my photos and how they can take those pictures with their kids! I would be wonderful!

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    I would love to win this because I am always emailing people and talking to moms at my daughter’s school on tips and techniques for getting better photos! They are always telling me that I should give a class, and with this- I would have all the materials to do just that! :)

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    Lerin says:

    I would love to help my mommy-friends learn how to use their big fancy cameras. :)

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    Stacy Burt says:

    Great contest! I see so many Mom’s and Dad’s on the fields of their children’s sports games with these “prosumer” SLR’s and they have absolutely no idea how to get more out of their cameras than a simple point and shoot! Oh and did I mention I love post processing <3, and would love to share what I know!

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    Liza Jane says:

    I get questions all the time from Moms and fellow photographers about lighting and how to work their DSLRs,and have been thinking about offering a class in our little town. The only thing holding me back from starting a class is deciding what information to cover and having the time to get all the materials together. So for me, this is a great giveaway!

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    Noa says:

    I would love to win this contest because I think training other moms will be able to help me get to the next level. I love interacting with people, teaching and photography – so what an amazing way to combine all three! I’ve actually been contacted before by some people who wanted to pay me for some tutoring – having these materials will be a valuable asset to attain this goal.

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    April Kissinger says:

    I would absolutely love to win this! I can not afford it at the moment but can’t afford not to have it! Thanks!

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    Lori Boynton says:

    I love hanging out with other moms and I love photography! What a great way to combine both:)

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    Diane Munson says:

    Why teach moms? Even a “snapshot” can be made more interesting and visually appealing with a bit of technique. When people learn to tell a story with their pictures – they get so much more pleasure out of it.

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    Diane Munson says:

    fan on facebook – you go girl!

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    Stacey S. says:

    I have people asking me how to work their cameras frequently. I think teaching a class would be an awesome idea. The labor though to put materials together would be daunting. I think every camera owner should learn how to get the most from their equipment and take better pictures. I have a group of high school kids who really want to learn how to take better pictures and it would be fun to offer classes to teens.

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    Yolanda says:

    I am an MCP Actions Facebook Fan.

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    jeanine says:

    I have dabbled in teaching people how to use their dslr and would love to have a boost with my materials and marketing. Once I get talking about photography it’s hard to stop me. This material would help me organize my ramblings and would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

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    Jeanine says:

    This sounds like a great program! Thanks!

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    jeanine krupp says:

    Fan of MCP on Facebook

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    jeanine krupp says:

    Follow on Twitter

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    jeanine krupp says:

    Subscribe to rss feed. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m excited about offering class now that I know I don’t have to start from scratch on my own.

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    cynthia says:

    Would love this gem. :)

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    Just subscribed to the RSS feed by e-mail! Looking forward to the great content! The Photographer’s Kick Start looks fabulous!

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    rachael s says:

    i would love to teach classes because i always have people asking me for tips and advice + i love to share what i have learned!

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    Following MCP on Twitter! Been following Jessica Grieves for a couple of months now. She is truly and inspiration.

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    Michelle M says:

    I would love, love, love to teach new camerea users in my area beginning photography skills so that they may capture the moments in their life that takes the breath away. Something so simple as learning the rule of thirds can change the way memories are captured. It would be such a joy to empower people with the basic concepts of photography. Thank you for the oportunity to win a photography class!

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    rachael s says:

    i am a fan on facebook

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    rachael s says:

    i follow on twitter

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    rachael s says:

    i subscribe to the feed

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    I was actually very excited when I first heard of Photographer’s Kick Start. I put a feeler out to my clients to see if there would be interest in taking such a class and I got a great response. I was ready to get in on the release! But when I proposed it to my business manager he have me a list of reasons to wait. My bubble was popped, but I still think about what a great idea it is. Just yesterday I was asked if I would be teaching that class I mentioned. So I hope I win! If I don’t, I am sure I will pick up the program eventually. It looks awesome!

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    mandi says:

    I would so love this manual. I am frequently asked to teach workshops and havn’t made the leap yet. It is on my list for this summer! I would like to share my love of photography with others.

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    Debra says:

    I’ve been getting lots of ladies asking me how to use their DSLR’s and teach them the basics of photography, so I would love to help them out and share my passion for photography with them. I’m sure there are a lot of moms in my community that would love to learn how to take beautiful photos of their children, so I would be ecstatic, if I won the Kick Start Training Module!

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    Kai says:

    I love to teach and would love to introduce myself to the new city we’re moving to through teaching photography. I’ve met so many people who have a dSLR and are still too afraid to switch to a priority mode, let alone manual.

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    Kai says:

    Also a fan on FB

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    Debra says:

    I just posted this on my facebook….yay another entry for me!

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    Yolanda says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    Erin B says:

    It is the most amazing feeling to capture an amazing shot of a child. I think that is something that all mothers (and fathers) should get to experience!!

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    Erin B says:

    Facebook fan

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    Rhonda says:

    Wow. This is something that has been on my heart to do for a long time now. I even found a place I can do it, I just need to get materials together and a teaching plan :) There are so many scrapbooking moms who are a part of my church that keep asking me to teach them, so I was thinking of starting with them. This would be SOOOOO helpful!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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    tram luu says:

    i love teaching photography because i feel like i’m making a difference in someone’s life. the skills they learn will be taken with them forever. i love watching as the concepts “click” and they get so excited and happy.

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    Rhonda says:

    I subscribe to the MCPactions RSS feed!

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    Rhonda says:

    I’ve joined the MCPactions FB fan page.

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    Rhonda says:

    I follow MCP on twitter!

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    Rhonda says:

    I posted about this contest in the Soar forum.

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    Rhonda says:

    I tweeted about this!!!

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    Maggie says:

    Great interview! I would love to teach other Moms how to better photograph their children because I want to give back to my community. So many photographers have helped me in my journey too, plus I think it’s another opportunity to educate people on the value of portrait photography and the importance of capturing all those little moments of life. I don’t have the extra time to put together all the materials, but Jessica has an incredible product available. Thanks!

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    I enjoy teaching (I am a middle-school computer teacher) as well as photography. I think this would be a great way to combine them both!

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    I joined the MCP fan page on Facebook.

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    I am also now following MCP on Twitter.

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    I’ve also subscribed to the MCP rss feed.

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    I have been pondering these same thoughts and ideas during the past two weeks. Thank you for sharing your life, love and passion. Your article reminded me so much of my wife, who is a photographer, and the current direction she is headed with teaching photography to homeschool kids. Your ideas may be a good compliment to the class. Brian

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    Oh gosh, how I wish I could have had a beginner photography class available to me. There is just not much available in this part of Vermont, so making something like this available would be awesome! Thanks for this opportunity!

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    Debra says:

    I posted about this on my blog and added a link back here, so thanks for another entry!

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    Sarah K says:

    I have done a few sessions in my kitchen helping some of my fellow mommies out with their DSLRs, and I’ve discovered that I love teaching more than I love taking pics of other peoples kids – I still LOVE taking pictures of my own family and I want everyone to understand their camera well enough to have the same love of their camera and the pictures they take.

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    Jessica, this is a brilliant idea!
    It would be nice to have a program to follow for teaching the art of photography to people who can take their
    good photos to great ones!
    I would especially like to teach teens and young people to pass the torch!
    Jodi…thank for another great contest!

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    Becca says:

    I would love this because I’ve already have several people ask me about classes/lessons on photography . . .

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    Erica says:

    I’m not sure I’ll ever get into owning a photography business but I would love to share my knowledge and help others take better photos too.

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    Jennifer says:

    I would love to teach a class like this. I am a teacher & a passionate hobbyist photographer. The two together would be my idea of fun, not work!

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    Erin says:

    This would definitely be a great add-on to my business. I am asked by a lot of moms how to take better pictures of their kids. It would be so much fun!

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    Erin says:

    I am a FB fan!

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    Erin says:

    & a subscriber :)

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    Lara Gopp says:

    I have taught video production in the past and know the rewards of teaching all ages. I would love to each adults who have picked up photography as a new hobby (maybe retirees) Or young kids (through a grant or artist in residence) who may not have he opportunity to learn due to equipment costs: )This would be a great resource for me!

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    Toni Nelson says:

    I would love to win this because there are so many moms out there that need to document EVERY precious moment of their child’s life. I can still remember holding my baby and looking in a mirror and imprinting that into my mind. If I would have been able to use a camera my grandchildren would be able to share all those moments with me! To be able to teach moms and see the looks on their faces as they see the possibilites would be beyond awesome!

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    Victoria says:

    There are many families struggling in my area to make ends meet that will may never have the extra money to have a custom photography session on a yearly basis. I think a lesson on how to use their own camera and capture their memories even better themselves would be very beneficial to them; not just in the present but in the future.

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    kristin says:

    I’d love to start something like this and have been considering ways to bring photography knowledge to our remote community. I know there are a lot of parents here who would really benefit and I adore teaching!

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    Kim Greene says:

    Would love to help others learn about their cameras and how to capture those special memories better. What a great tool to use!

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    Michelle says:

    It would be nice to be able to teach others photography. A few people know that I am interested in photography and ask me questions quite often.

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    Samantha says:

    Before my kids were born I was an elementary school teacher. I love teaching, but I’m not ready right now to give that much energy to other people’s children when I have my own two little ones who need me at home. Teaching photography to other mom’s would be great fun!

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    Shanna says:

    great contest! I would love to teach locally.

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    I am a teacher and a mother and I’d love to share my knowledge with others who want to learn to take better photogpraphs and shoot in manual. Photography is such a passion of mine and this is an amazing way to share something that brings me so much joy!

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    I subscribe to the daily updates!

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    I’m an MCP FB Fan! :)

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    I get so frustrated seeing people use their DSLR’S like a point and shoot. I would love to help just my friends get better and go from there.

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    I have been working on my own curriculum to no avail…this would greatly help!!! I have so many Moms wanting classes!!

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    Elise says:

    This is such a great idea! I have a similar story in that I am a self-taught “mommy photographer.” I kind of stumbled into a photography business as well and would have loved to have a course like this when I first got my camera.

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    Annie says:

    I want to teach new users because so many people who are trying to get in the business rely soley on editing programs to get good photos. They do not try to get it right in camera. For awhile I thought this was lazy but I’m realizing that they just don’t know enough to do this. I want to help them early before those habits and workflow are set in place and become harder to change. I also think it’s nice to have a community of photogs in the area that get together and share. We aren’t at that stage in my comminity because older photogs don’t want to share (although I think they do their fair amount of borrowing ideas from websites). :) If we help each other get better, it just benefits our industry as a whole!

    Moms specifically want to capture photos of their kids and photogs won’t always be around. I have heard so many times, “Wow! Your camera takes great photos.” I think that we are providing a much needed service to our clients (and others) that will help them in their own lives and value more what a photographer does.

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    Oh my! I have been looking at this product. I’m so in love but can’t afford it just now. I have had a lot of local moms come to me on how to take better pictures. I have wanted to develop my own class but just don’t have the time.

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    I am now following on Twitter!

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    I’m now following via RSS feed!

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    I’m a fan on Facebook! I also sent out lots of friend suggestions!

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    Jenn Reno says:

    I would LOVE to teach others. I have even approached our local scrapbook store owner to offer a class. I would love, love, love to win this!

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    april b says:

    I’ve recently decided to team up with a Natural/Eco Parenting Boutique in my area to display some of my work. They teach many parenting classes and also asked me if I was interested in teaching this exact type of class: How Moms can take better photos. This product would be SOOO wonderful as I wouldn’t know where to start structuring a lesson plan!! Would love to win!! :)

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    Susan P. says:

    Following MCP on Twitter! (@susanpeckphoto)

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    Susan P. says:

    Subscriber to RSS feed…

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    Susan P. says:

    I’d love to have a resource like this to help me in teaching a class to momtogs… I tend to be a bit disorganized, myself- one reason I haven’t done anything like this yet.

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    Kelly Knox says:

    What a great idea! I know that we always have speakers at my moms group about this very subject and I think that it could be done better. I would love to teach a class like this!

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    I’m a soccer mom and am ALWAYS getting asked for tips on photography….I really want other moms to be able to get pics they enjoy and that really capture the essence of the excitement at the game and the candid ones they take around the house.

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    I shared on facebook! My ID is Christy Combs~
    thanks for the opportunity…I’ve been eyeing this for a while~

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    AWESOME CONTEST! Taking pictures is a lot of fun and I know many moms who always ask me to teach them how to use their camera! This would give me the jump start I need to make this happen!

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    Gwendolyn Chambers says:

    As a mom and a photographer, I often get asked loads of questions on a range of topics including what camera to purchase ot how to focus on moving kids. I’d love a tool like this to help others. Not necessarily sure if I’m looking to make it a side venture though.

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    I would love to have the information to teach Mommies how to better use their cameras and take better pictures of their kids. I get asked those questions all the time and would love to be able to share

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    Bailey says:

    There is a huge market here for teaching moms w/ cameras. I have had many inquiries from parents and my sons school, and moms in our moms group. I will be doing this at some point, and this is just the ‘kickstart’ I need!

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    Bailey says:

    I am subscribed the Rss :)

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    Bailey says:

    I am follower on Twitter @BaileyAPhoto

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    Bailey says:

    I am a fan on FB too :)

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    Liz says:

    I know a lot of mom’s that would love this class!

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    Linda says:

    If I get a chance to talk photography and help inspire or assist in that “click-able” moment for someone its a feeling that you can’t explain. If I could teach photography classes my heart would be so happy.

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    Liz says:

    I’m a FB fan

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    Liz says:

    I subscribe to RSS feed

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    Jenessa Evans says:

    Added some Link Love on my blog…..

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    Jenessa Evans says:

    Were are friends on FB

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    Cindy says:

    I’d love to win this program so I could teach new camera users locally. I wish there had been a program for me to take when I got my first dSLR.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Kim says:

    What a great contest and prize. Teaching would be so beneficial to so many. I would love to share the joy of photography and capturing all the special moments with others, includes teens and kids.

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    Kim Van Pelt says:

    I am a fan on FB. And really enjoy it. Thanks for all your great work.

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    Tiffany says:

    Doesn’t matter if it is the ball field or park moms always ask if I can help them learn. Would love to do that while kids are in school

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    Jeri says:

    What a great giveaway!! I belong to my local art league and we are starting to form classes for our community. Right now, there are no photography related classes. I would love to change that!

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    Kara Roberts says:

    This would be a great opportunity for me – thanks for the contest!

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    Chasity Weeks says:

    As a military wife I run into many mom’s who don’t know how to use there cameras and are frustrated. They want to be able to send their husbands who are far away beautiful pictures of the kids. I would love to be able to teach them how to do that.

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    Michelle says:

    Ohhh, I so need this! I started teaching about 4 months ago, but I don’t think my curriculum is strong enough and was just thinking that I should scrap it and start over… I would LOVE to win this as I love teaching women/moms and I love seeing those ‘ah-ha, lightbulb’ moments from them! Thanks!

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    sarale kviat says:

    i would love teaching basic photography to new camera owners because i love photography and i think it’s one of the the greatest things to be able to take beautiful pics of our kids, capturing them and the moment, and i’d want everyone to have that oppotunity!

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    Cally Olson says:

    So far all of my mom’s ask me how to take better pictures themselves, I would love to offer a quick class once a quarter on how they can take better pictures themselves no matter the camera they have.

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    Eleni says:

    I am a teacher by profession so teaching photography would be a natural progression!

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    Christina A. says:

    I’ve been thinking of offering something recently. I love teaching others and I’ve had a couple people ask me about learning to use a DSLR. This would be a wonderful way to get started!

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    Christina A. says:

    I’m a FB fan!

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    Christy says:

    Great giveaway! I can see this being a great add-on income, especially for slower months, plus a way to further expand into my target market.

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    Adalia says:

    Just joined your fan page

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    Breanna says:

    As a mom myself, I get how important it is to have photos of my kids. Even though my kids are still young, I love looking through photos of them. It’s so important, I think, to have great photos of your family’s history and I want all women to be able to have that!

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    Jordan says:

    Like Jessica, I have a teaching background and I love using it to help people! I’ve been wanting to offer a course for quite some time – we end up offering miniature ones at weddings all the time when a guest always ends up approaching us with questions….

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    Rebecca Ort says:

    Why? I just spent some time last night emailing a friend answering her questions on how to manually use her slr. After I typed a huge email covering Av-mode, depth of field, shutter speed, focus points….I realized that I should teach a 101 class….it was solidified when she asked if I would do a session with her and a friend to cover everything!! Then I read this post – perfect timing!!!

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    Alison M says:

    I would love to teach other mothers b/c I would love to have had such a class in my area!! I have already had a mother approach me to teach her how to use her own camera!!

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    Alison M says:

    I am already a fan of MCP and Photographers Kick Start on facebook!!

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    In my area, there are a lot of people doing a lot of photography, and no courses. The nearest school teaching photography is nearly two hours away, and I worked hard to be able to attend. Now, I’d love to be able to share with some of my friends what I know, and the module would help a LOT! Really, there’s nothing better than imparting knowledge and allowing people to learn new skills

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    Melissa Sue says:

    I would like to teach moms in my area because I get asked ALL THE TIME about it! Thx!

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    Oh wow – this is so cool! I didn’t know there was anything like this out there! I was just thinking about offering a beginning photography class to moms in my area looking to improve their photography skills. Thanks!

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    MelissaU says:

    I would love to spread the joy of photography to other moms in my area as well as high-school students. Moms have so much passion for their kids and high-school students have so much passion for pretty much anything you point them as and it would be wonderful to help everyone achieve some of the pure joy that being a photographer can bring!

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    Alissa says:

    With the ever growing amount of people with dslr’s in the area, this would be great around here!

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    I would so love to win because I have just started teaching some classes to friends and the referrals are coming in. It would be so fun to get some direction as to how to go about this! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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    Callie says:

    I would just LOVE to be able to help others take BEAUTIFUL photos of their kids!

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    kristin says:

    Additional entry for being a Facebook Fan :) The more I think about this prize, the more ideas I have for getting something started!

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    Rene says:

    I’ve had lots of requests for help with taking better photos and using their camera. I have also been asked to teach a class to a Scout troup. This would be a great contest to win!
    Love MCP and Jessica. I follow both blogs!
    Thanks for a chance to win this!

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    GayleV says:

    I subscribe to the RSS!

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    GayleV says:

    I follow on Twitter! @momandcamera

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    GayleV says:

    I “LIKE” MCP on Facebook!

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    Erica W. says:

    What a great idea! This class would do well in my area as there are many stay at home moms with exactly what you are discussing- expensive DLSRs and no clue how to use them! IT is just a huge point and shoot for them. I get asked quite ofter to “teach” someone to use thier camera, but without materials they tend to forget and revert back. A cheatsheet for clietns would be ideal.

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    Susan says:

    I would really love to win this, as I’m not at all good at putting together this kind of information in a logical, well written manner. I’ve been thinking about doing classes for a while, and this would be great jump start. Thanks for doing this.

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    I often get asked for help from newbies to the digital world. I try to help answer their questions and give tips that have helped me, but having a tool to be able to do this would definitely be great. I feel like I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s hard to bring it back down to the basics.

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    Jada Brock says:

    Awesome giveaaway. I’d LOVE to teach a photography class to new photographers. What better way to capture your families life??

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    cristina says:

    I am a fulltime teacher and recently started my own photography business. This would combine two things i loves.

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    Wow – I have been looking for more ways to GIVE back to my community and relate to people on a personal level. This would be PERFECT! I am so excited about creating images and it would mean so much to share my excitement with others!!!! Pick me, pick me…..this would be perfect!!!! :-)

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    Christine Morrison says:

    subscribed to RSS feed

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    Kelly says:

    I have already committed myself to teaching a basic and advanced photo class at my local scrapbooking store in July and August. Just a tad nervous about it! I’ve been eyeing this program for a week now. Wouldn’t it be awesome to win?!!

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    Jenna says:

    I’ve been thinking of doing this type of class for a while now. I’m def no professional but my friends are constantly asking me on FB how I get good pictures. I think it is encouraging to them that if a regular person like me can take good pictures, then they can probably learn as well. I also tweeted ab this contest @jjstubbs3

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    Tara says:

    I would love to teach camera owners how to use their camera to those in my area. Everyone deserves to expand their horizons! I am a shy person though, so don’t really know where to start!

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    Megan Evans says:

    I really, really, want the Photographer’s Kickstart! I see so many moms who have nice cameras but don’t really know how to use them. I also love the idea of any excuse to bring women together to learn/talk about something they love. What fun! How imspiring!

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    Sarah B R says:

    I would love this kit! I’ve taken photos of my friends’ kids and they all say I should do it for a living. Now I have my own baby and have evenore chances to practice! I feel more confident and ready.

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    Kristen says:

    I would love to win this! Almost bought it already…hoping to win! I’ve had a number of people ask me and I don’t want to spend the time to come up with the materials. Oh how I would love this!

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    I am frequently asked to help moms out with their shots, but just haven’t had the time to put something together.

    Great idea! Something to consider.

    Christy Scheeler

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    I would love to teach beginners how to use their cameras because I think it is such a shame to have a dSLR and never take it off auto! I would love to help people see real results with just a few little changes and also teach the basics of exposure.

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader.

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    I’m a Facebook fan.

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    I am a fan of MCP on Facebook!

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    Joanne Lee says:

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to teach basic photography skills to people in my area. As a former teacher, I have the skills and love of teaching and learning. As a photographer, I want to share how the JOY of photography has changed my life. I would love to combine the two and help aspiring photographers experience the same joy.

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    Michale Crumly says:

    I would love to teach other moms what I know! What mom doesnt want to take better pictures of their children? This would give me an opportunity to give back to my community, just like others have given to me.

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    I would love to be able to help others out in a clear and concise way, not stumbling through as I usually do!!

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    Debbie says:

    I would love to teach other mom’s and those interested in photography in my area. I live in a rural area where there are not many “professional” photographers. Those who claim to be professional really are not. I would love to be able to empower people to take their own photos and to know how to not get ripped off by those pretending to be professional.

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    kathleen says:

    I love teaching other moms how to USE their cameras and CAPTURE the essence of their young families! I believe everyone deserves beautiful images of their own children… and that while it’s an investment in time and money (to learn how) -the payoff is priceless!!

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    Bernell says:

    I am a fan on Facebook! and I just shared this info on my wall…..
    Thanks for the contest….I love to teach others and learn new things along the way!!!!

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    Raquel says:

    This sounds really interesting! I think there may well be a market for this class here in my town!!! Hmmmm….

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    Pam Powell says:

    I have had so many moms and other people come up to me and mention they wished they could take a class, I think it is time to teach one! Problem is, I have no idea of where to start! This would be perfect for me. Thank you for the chance to win it!

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    Pam Powell says:

    Fan on facebook!

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    Pam Powell says:

    Twitter follower too!

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    freia says:

    I am a Belgian teacher and a photographer, and I would love to learn how to teach beginners, to teach young moms how to take beautiful images of their children…

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    I would love to have this to kick start my business! I’m just starting out in my area and it would be great to have this to add onto what I can offer! I love to teach, and I love photography!

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    By the way, I have the banner on my blog (, and I retweeted and posted this on facebook!

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    Dawn says:

    I’d love to inspire and teach others!

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    Christy Bell says:

    Teaching is growth… to teach another person a skill allows for inner development and committment to the art. Each one teach one! Anyone can take a picture…. but ahhh to take a photograph!! Working with a teen in the area gives me pride to witness his growth as a photographer. I’d like a better PLAN.. to build upon to share more information !!

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    Dawn says:

    I follow on twitter

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    Dawn says:

    facebook fan :)

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    Jennifer says:

    …because I wish there was someone out there in my locality to teach me when I first started.

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    Wendy Lopez says:

    I am getting my BA in photography and have been doing photography for years but have taken it to the next level. Teaching others my passion and helping others to learn how to use there camera would be a great opportunity for me. I started doing it because it is therapeutic for me with my MS. I also started taking pictures to capture those moments with my children. My son is Autistic so learning how to capture his moments and go to school was important to me. I would love to start teaching other mothers, or people with disabilities, or anyone who loves to take photography and this contest and winning this package would help me get that part of the business off the ground.

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    Dawn says:

    I subscribed RSS

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    Heidi Lawson says:

    I have already taught one “mini” class and am constantly being asked questions about cameras. It would be very helpful to have the presentation material ready for me if the opportunity to take this further presents itself!

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    Jen Tate says:

    I would love to teach my mommy friends how to use their fab cameras so I am not spending my life at playdates behind the lens all the time. :) I really do have eyes…people just don’t see them very often!

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    Heather Craven says:

    I went to school for education, but didn’t like the atmosphere of the general classroom. This module would enable me to use my teaching skills for a subject and topic I love.

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    Jen Tate says:

    I’m a Facebook fan of MCP!

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    I’d love to win this because I truly believe in the power of taking pictures…all of the time and not just with a “fancy” camera. I’d love to help people become confident in their skills so they can keep a photo diary of their family in the best way possible.

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    Emily says:

    I would love to teach new camera owners about their camera in hopes that it wouldn’t take them as long to learn as I did. Obviously there are things you can only learn with practice, but I would love to teach people about those ah-ha moments that I had all on my own.

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    Love to win this!! I get soooo many requests to teach and just have not had teh time to set this up! A great addition to my business!

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    I’m a fan of MCP.

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    Jenny says:

    I love Photography and would love to share my love for it.

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    I follow MCP on twitter @sweetdaisyphoto

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    Jessica says:

    When I was younger I always wanted to be a teacher – specifically art or reading. Now I create art for others but still have a passion for teaching, it would be great to have something put together I could use to get started as this is an idea I’ve been thinking about for a few months before even hearing about the Kick start training guide.

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    Jessica says:

    Follow on twitter!

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    Jenny D. says:

    I’m a FB fan! Great giveaway, thanks!

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    Deborah says:

    I always have people wanting me to teach them how to use their DSLR. It would be great to have teaching material to help them learn

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    Deborah says:

    I follow on Twitter

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    Thanks for this! You guys rock!!

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    Heather Perry says:

    I help run a Moms group and there are many more in my area. This would be a great way to make some extra cash. Especially with baby #2 on the way.

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    Deborah says:

    I’m a fan on FB

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    Deborah says:

    Already subscribed to the RSS feed

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    I believe that by teaching basic photography skills to people in my area, I’d be able to “show” them why custom photography is so important versus chain stores…and maybe prove to them the reason for the cost that they shy away from.

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    Lauri Glenn says:

    Very interesting interview! I have started teaching Photoshop through my local community education office. During the two classes I have taught so far, most of the attendees have asked me to teach photography classes. Since photography is my passion I would love to integrate teaching how to take better pictures with how to tweak your pictures through editing.

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    Bunny Kramer says:

    I love teaching nearly as much as I love photography! I take special joy in watching people (moms in particular!) feel competent and successful.

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    I would love to start teaching moms to be photographers. We totally have the market here and I love to teach local moms a way to generate extra revenue. Clients have been asking me for pointers and classes already. Would love to experience this class. Thank you

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    Bunny Kramer says:

    and I’m a MCP facebook fan!

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    So many moms ask me photography questions and it would be great to be able to teach them some skills. We live in a rural area, with not many photography resources available to us. Offering a photography class here would be great!

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    Vicki says:

    There is a huge demand for this in my neck of the woods. I would love to have the information to be able to teach a class like this & I would LOVE to win!!

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    Brandi Nunez says:

    i would like to teach basic photography skills because it is such an open form of art and can be interpreted in many different ways. teaching it to others gives room for their interpretation that others may not have experienced.

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    JulieP says:

    What a fabulous idea! I think this course would be perfect for my area!

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    Kipi says:

    Love to teach and always looking for new material!

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    Kipi says:

    Follow you on Twitter!

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    Kipi says:

    Facebook fan!

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    Johanna Burleson says:

    There are so many moms in my area who have no clue how to use their cameras and want so badly to capture family moments. I would love to be able to help them. I know I wish I had had more help when I first got a camera.

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    Kipi says:

    RSS subscriber!

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    Bridgette says:

    Wow…this couldn’t come at a better time. I just spent yesterday at the park with moms telling them about their cameras. It would be great to get paid for it.

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    joshua says:

    Dads need this, too, in this economy.
    I’ve got a “fancy” camera and love learning more about it. I like to shoot my kids.

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    pam mals says:

    I’ve been running into new moms and grandmothers lately that just struggle with poor snapshots of the kids. I have been seriously considering something like this.

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    Christina says:

    I’m just starting my photography business after years of hoping to take this step! I’m looking for ways to diversify my business and teaching photography classes would not only give me an opportunity for another revenue stream, but I’d also like to volunteer my time to some organizations to make sure my company is always giving back to the community.

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    Joanne Thomas says:

    I get so excited about photography–I am always teaching someone something or at least offering. I love to share what I have learned from people like MCP who so graciously give their time and share their knowledge. Check out my flickr page and you will see that I include all the how too’s on how I achieved a certain picture–and talk about my mistakes and shortcomings as a photographer and how to improve. I think there is enough business in the world to support photographers who strive to improve and offer a good product–a creative image. I appreciate all the blogs and school on the net who help me to be better about my passion.

    I have “liked” MCP on facebook for quite a while now as well as flickr and also have the Html code banner ad for MCP on my flickr profile–

    flickr photostream is under the name of Belladoja.

    Thanks so much for all the opportunities you offer. Joanne

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    Jill Ellison says:

    Since becoming a photographer I have had sooo many questions from friends about using my camera. I would love to be able to answer all these in once place like a class. There are tons of moms out there with great cameras just wanting good pics of their kids and the majority know nothing about manual or light or any of that.

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    BruceF says:

    I find myself teaching/helping out people with their photography all the time. Especially when they see the big camera hanging off my neck. I love to see their eyes light up when I give them a tip on how to improve their own photography, regardless of their camera, and it just clicks within them. It would be great if I could do this on a regular, structured basis.

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    Amy McDow says:

    I would love to have the resources to help people in my area further their photography skills. I have taught a few workshops, but learned quickly that organization is key. It sounds like a wonderful program and a great opportunity for us all. Thank you for the interview…wheels are turning!

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    Tami Wilson says:

    I would love to win this! I have so many friends and clients who own DSLRs and would love to know how to take better everyday pics of their families. I’d love to share the love of photography with others.

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    I’ve had people ask me to teach them and there is not a single place ANYWHERE around here in pretty much a 50 mile radius that does anything to do with teaching photography. This wouldn’t just be a fun en devour, but it would be more than welcomed and needed up here for everyone and anyone!

    I’m also a facebook fan. Twitter follower. And an RSS subscriber :)

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    Becky says:

    I have had a lot of requests for this type of class but since I am only starting my second year in business…I have so much more to do for my business and don’t have time to put a class together!

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    Melissa says:

    In my pre-motherhood life, I have taught everything from HR training classes to cooking classes. My journey into photography has me as interested in teaching as it does shooting for clients. I’ve already taught a class for 12 MWCs, but this would be perfect to have the curriculum already road tested. There is CERTAINLY a need for this. When I decided to teach my original group, I sent the invitation to 15 people who have asked about getting better photos with their DSLRs — still on automatic since purchase. Of the 15 invited, 14 signed up. The need is clear.

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    Carrie harrison says:

    Great way to educate those with DSLR’s and help them take better pictures. I get lots of people who ask how to do different things, this would be great!

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    Carrie says:

    I’m a fan on facebook

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    Carrie says:

    I follow on twitter

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    I want to teach photography to others in my area as a way to give back to all the photographers who helped me. Kinda like paying it forward!

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    Danielle says:

    This would be fantastic. I run a mothers group and am a freelance photographer/designer. What a great idea to put the 2 together!

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    becky says:

    I’d love to be able to help people get their cameras of “auto” and start shooting more creatively and being confident at it. However, I don’t see myself as much of a teacher and would love some guidelines on how to do it!

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    linda says:

    I love photography and also love to teach…this would be great thanks for doing this!

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    Sarah Watson says:

    Wonderful contest, and fabulous idea by Jessica.
    I’d love to be in a position to teach beginner photography skills. I have a group of friends, all new mums desperate to learn to take decent photographs of their babies. All new mums are susceptable to post natal depression, and being in a group environment, learning a new skill with the support of others in a similar situation, learning something for them that can get them their confidence back would be PERFECT. What a fantastic way to get through what can be a rough time and ending up with some skillzz!! xxx

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    Sarah Watson says:

    I’m already a FB Fan xxx

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    Sarah says:

    I’m a follower xxx

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    RSS feed subscriber also. :) I love your blog!

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    love to share ideas and want people to have better photos of themselves and their kids, and sharing is good karma and I could always use some of that! :-)

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    I would love to teach people in my area the basics of use of their camera because~ People think because you buy a nice camera it means instant framable artwork…but the green square is just the beginning. I want to teach them that their new camera is capable of so much more:)

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    Sarah Watson says:

    I subscribe to your RSS Feeds xxx
    Fingers crossed, I SO want to win this one!

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    Sarah Watson says:

    I’m a follower, tweet tweet xxx

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    Tweeted: @CatMariePhotog

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    Andrea says:

    i’m a mom to a handicap child and i would love, love to teach other moms with disabled children how to take good pictures of their children. for families like ours it is next to impossible to get a decent family photo taken and actually feel good about it because it’s so difficult and usually an uncomfortable process. plus, most of the time the posed pictures make our disabled children not look very good. so snapshots and candids are usually all we have and what other moms can learn to take better and enjoy more if they are given the opportunity. i want to help my friends with the same issues i have, to get good pictures of their special children too!

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    andrea says:

    i follow MCP on facebook :) thx!

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    Kelly says:

    I NEED the guide because I’m always telling moms I know to just read their camera manuals because I have no idea how much to charge them + how to go about doing what I need to do to teach + have it worth their wile. I’m an Army wife so we move, on average, twice a year. Doing photography AND teaching photography are great gigs to do in a lifestyle like we have as they can go any where.

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    Kelly says:

    I am a fan of MCP on FB!

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    Kelly says:

    And a follower on Twitter!

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    Jen Stephens says:

    I would love to teach basic camera skills to new photographers in my area! I’ve actually had some clients approach me about training them in the basics of using their DSLR’s Photography is my passion and I want to share that passion with as many people as I can. So many new parents and families want to become more proficient with their cameras to capture important memories in their lives and I’m only to happy to help! The Photographer’s Kick Start would be a perfect tool to get me started!

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    Tammy says:

    I was very fortunate to have a coworker take me under his wing and teach me a lot about photography when I got my first SLR about 8 yrs ago. I love being able to give back & I have so many friends asking me for camera advice now that I would love to be able to offer a class like this to moms in my area. I love this idea!

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    Jamie Ronck says:

    I am a yearbook teacher. I would love to do a better job of teaching photography to my yearbook students as well as others in the area.

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    Thanks for doing this!

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    Kim People says:

    I can’t begin to count the times both friends and family have asked me photography questions! I’d love to be able to teach a class but am overwhelmed at the thought of where to begin and what I would need to do so. I would LOVE to win the Photographer’s Kick Start Training Module! This program would definitely help to point me in the right direction and save me alot of headaches.

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    ali b. says:

    I am involved with a lot of military moms through my work as well as social connections (I live in a huge military base area so there are a lot of young moms with young children) and I would love to be able to offer basic photography skills to these moms so they can capture moments of their little ones while their hubands are TDY or off fighting in a different country!

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    I would love to win the how to teach basic photography skills to people in my area. I live in a small rural community and there is not a class like this, not has there ever been. I know there is a need – I have had people ask me already!!! I just am not sure where to start!! :o)

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    Cathy W says:

    This is a great contest. I’m am a total newcomer to the photography business. I’ve been taking pictures for many years, but recently decided to take my love for photography and turn it into a business and I’m trying to do it on a very tight budget. This would be of great help to me and my family.

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    traci says:

    this is so ironic because i was asked by 3 moms in the last week if they could meet with me so i could show them how to use their cameras! seriously, i am not kidding. i’m all for sharing the knowledge but when it’s in my own hometown, i was kind of thinking i don’t want to just give it away. this would be awesome to put together a program to offer and make a little income! wow, i think fate brought me here tonight! :)

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    Rosanna says:

    I always wanted to be a teacher but my passion for photography grew after I had my own children. I now have my own photography business but would LOVE to teach others about their cameras and my love for photography as well!

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    jen says:

    I want people to be able to feel as good as I do when you get the perfect shot.

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    Jacqueline C says:

    I would love the module because I consistently asked for tips from my clients.

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    I have your button on my blog list.

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    Jacqueline C says:

    I am already a fan on fb!

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    I would love to be able to help those who are just getting a new SLR camera. I am a homeschool mom and love teaching. And I would love to be able to help children who are interested in photography, such as 4-H groups, homeschool groups, etc. I have my fingers crossed for a win!

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    Terri says:

    I love being able to pay it forward and teach photography to anyone whoe is interested in learning.

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    Kelly says:

    I would love this little kit!!! I have so many moms in my MOPS group as about vairous photography things this would be a wonderful tool to use to actaully do a presentation on such things!!! How awesome!!! I would love to share my love of photography with others in a helpeful way!

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    Kelly says:

    I follow/like on FB.

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    I think its great to teach others the basics of photography so they can produce stunning images of their everyday lives.
    Its also a fabulous income supplement!

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    Lisa says:

    I might want to because I recently did a one-on-one training at a coffee shop with a mom friend of mine who wanted to know how to use her camera and she said, “You know you could teach this like a class.” Tada!

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    Jeannie says:

    I’ve always had a great love of learning and have always been the “academic type.” I think teaching a small class for moms would be totally suit me.

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    Jeannie says:

    Of course I follow MCP on Twitter!

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    Jeannie says:

    MCP actions FB fan page is the way I get first notice on the latest.

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    Jeannie says:

    I have MCP’s RSS on my reader, too!

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    donnab says:

    What a great idea-what mom doesn’t want to take better pictures of her children!

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    I would love to teach basic photography to others in my area simply because I have a lot of people that ask me to mentor or teach them and I’m always scared because I have a hard time explaining things in a way that someone else would understand so I think this would erally help me overcome my fears and help me to better help others!

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    I’d love to share some of my experiences and “expertise” (this term used very loosely) with some other Moms that want to capture images of their little ones.

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    Johanna B says:

    I would love to start teaching photography! I already have had people requesting I do, however I don’t have a formal ‘course work’ assembled. Please- I would LOVE to try this program :)

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