LYYP Freeze Ray Basics | Beginner Photography Workshops for Parents

I know you.  You look at your kids and how fast they’re growing – at how fast TIME is going – and you want to document it all, to freeze and keep every moment.  You do your annual photo session, but it’s not enough.  Every day is filled with beautiful moments, and you don’t trust your memory to hold on to them all.  Your iPhone isn’t cutting it.  You bought a fancy camera, but it’s been stuck on AUTO ever since you did.  So many buttons and dials!  You need help so that you can use that fancy camera to freeze the moments that are happening in your home every day, all year long.  To create beautiful photos that do those moments justice — photos that bring you right back.

Enter Freeze Ray Basics : Beginner Photography Workshops for Parents

These workshops cover general photography concepts the can be applied to photographing children of all ages.  I’ll teach you how to use your camera to its full potential.

Who are these workshops for, Jaye?

These are for any parent (or grandparent, really) who wants to capture beautiful photographs of their kids and their everyday lives.

Who are these workshops not for?

If you already know all about the exposure triangle and all the bells and whistles on your camera and can consistently take properly exposed and well-composed photos, you’re probably too advanced for this class.  If you’re thinking about starting your own photography business or are already taking photos of other people’s families for fun or for money, this class is not for you.  I will not be discussing the business of photography.

Where will the workshops be held?

I’ll be teaching the workshops at various locations throughout NYC, Westchester County and Southern Connecticut.  Scroll down for times and locations.  If you’d like to host a workshop for your group, please drop me a line and we’ll chat.

What will we cover?

OK, buckle up.  Freeze Ray Basics will be offered at two levels.

Level I Will Cover:

  • Fundamental DSLR Elements
  • The Exposure Triangle (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO)
  • Depth of Field & Background Blur
  • Camera Modes
  • Lenses and Focal Length
  • Focus
  • Essential Lighting Techniques
  • Compositional Strategies for Exceptional Images

Level II Will Cover:

  • Quick Review of Exposure Triangle and Critique of Homework Images
  • Drive Modes, Metering, and Challenging Light Situations
  • Single Point Focus and Intentional Composition
  • White Balance and Color
  • Working With Light
  • Reflectors
  • Perspective
  • Posing Tips and Compositional Rules
  • Open Question and Answer Period

Each level is three to three and a half hours long and includes snacks and beverages, a workbook filled with notes on what we cover and tons of examples and assignments. Both classes also include access to a private Facebook group where you’ll be able to post photos for critique, get feedback from the group and share resources. (I’ll be active in the group for one week after each workshop, but the group will remain open and you can feel free to continue posting with your classmates).

Each level is $225.  Sign up for both levels for $400. Scroll down and fill out the form below to get started. 🙂



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Jaye McLaughlin


Family Lifestyle Photography in

Westchester, NYC and Southern Connecticut