New Online Classes Teach Parents How To Take Great Photos

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Professional photographer and instructor Candace Moss launches a new online photography resource for parents. Mom and Pop Photo School teaches high-impact camera and lighting skills in a way that parents can understand, enjoy, and quickly put to use.

Online Photo Classes, Natural Light, Portraits of Children

Mom and Pop Photo School

“Mom and Pop courses really break down the fundamentals in a way that is easy to understand and execute. I’d say that taking these courses has improved my photography skills 100 times over!” - says Diane Havens, a Mom and Pop customer in Rockwall, Texas.

Every year, millions of Americans buy a Digital SLR camera in the hopes of taking beautiful pictures of their family. But will they know how to use it? Planning to save money by taking their own family photos, they hope for gorgeous baby pictures or the perfect shot for their holiday card. They often come up empty handed, with only awkward photos for their effort. Mom and Pop Photo School hopes to change that.

Professional photographer and mother of two, Candace Moss has spent the past 10 years photographing families, and she continues to hear the same story over and over. Parents put a lot of money into a really nice camera, but then they feel frustrated because they don’t know how to use it. After teaching photography classes at the Dallas Arboretum, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she decided to make her photo classes available online.

On October of 2011, Candace launched Mom and Pop Photo School for Parents ( where parents can purchase and download photography courses in PDF format and use them at their own convenience. Current Mom and Pop courses include Portraits 101 and Camera 101; both courses focus on high-impact lessons that help moms and dads improve their photos in minimal time. Portraits 101 includes five lessons and related practical exercises that will walk a parent step-by-step through several key skills, like finding great natural portrait light and getting their kids to cooperate. The course also comes with a printable Pocket Guide that parents can pack in their camera bag for easy reference. Camera 101 focuses on using a D-SLR. It covers basic settings like Image Quality and ISO and also addresses questions like why are my pictures always blurry?

“Mom and Pop courses really break down the fundamentals in a way that is easy to understand and execute. I’d say that taking these courses has improved my photography skills 100 times over!” - says Diane Havens, a Mom and Pop customer in Rockwall, Texas.

Candace became fascinated with photography after her second daughter was born, and she spent years scouring the internet for tips and tutorials on photographing children. “I am offering parents the resources I wish I had had when my children were young. There’s a lot of scattered information out there on photo forums and blogs, and it’s hard for a beginner to know where to start. I am excited to provide courses that start with the highest-impact lessons so they can see huge improvements in the beginning and add in refinements later. Most online photo classes require you to stick to their schedule, and you only get access to the information for a couple of weeks. With Mom and Pop photo courses, students get to keep the materials forever and they can do the lessons at their own pace,” states Candace Moss, owner of Mom and Pop Photo and a professional photographer.

Mom and Pop Photo, as the name implies, takes a friendly, non-judgmental approach to photography. A mother herself, Candace knows the special challenges of taking pictures of one’s own kids. The courses go way beyond the technical, and even dip into family psychology. They are filled with encouragement and practical advice on how to get authentic family photos while preventing meltdowns.

With the holidays approaching, and fancy cameras under many a tree, Mom and Pop Photo envisions a whole new crop of students. Candace says, “Opening up a new camera is nice, but learning how to use it is the real gift. From newborn baby photos to first birthday parties to soccer games to graduations, being able to take great family pictures is one of the most rewarding skills a parent can have.”

About Mom and Pop Photo - Mom and Pop Photo ( is an online resource for parents who are interested in photography and maximizing the value of their Digital SLR (DSLR) camera. Created by Candace Moss, a professional photographer based in Austin and Dallas, Texas with over 10 years of experience taking beautiful photos of families, children and newborns, Mom and Pop Photo takes the classes that she has taught to hundreds of photography enthusiasts and distills them into downloadable PDFs. The self-paced lessons provide detailed guidance on finding great portrait light, working effortlessly with children, and managing DSLR camera settings. For information please visit


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