The Essential Photographer – (Also a Challenge-Giveaway)



I’m in this mode of giving so far this year.

I’ve been giving away that which I have lots of … Pictures. So I’ve been turning it into a game on my facebook fan page. Mainly a lot of guessing games.

Here’s a big one and it’s a prize that doesn’t go to just one person. But to the first 15-20 ppl that make it happen.

Blogger Mom

I know sometimes you people laugh when they’re applying the title of soccer mom or now days blogger mom. I’m not a mom, I’ve never even been married and my own mom doesn’t even have a blog (she does have facebook)

I believe strongly in:

  • family
  • memories
  • art
  • photography
  • developing relationships



You’ll have to excuse the many people in my profession that sometimes give you a bad rap or just don’t understand.

You want the best pictures that portray the best memories that which you can put on your wall and be proud of and stir up the best emotions.

There’s many reasons you get your cameras out yourselves, and I support them.

There’s many reasons you buy a nice camera like mine, and I support them.

Because you do, you find yourselves taking pictures for other people, and I understand how and why.

Now I know what my work with photography, specially in the area of Family Lifestyle and portraits is able to do.

But I know that I can’t be there all the time with every amazing thing that happens in the family.

But you will be there!

So document it… and then try to get always better at that documenting.


I’ve taught lots of photographers wanting to get better at photography and probably a majority of them wanting to turn it into a career.

This next class I want to be for you guys… the ones documenting the lives of your own families.

Photography is very very expensive and so can good classes be pretty expensive.

But this should be free.

The Class

I am going to be gone much of the last part of the month and again in February. So I should do this soon.

Jan 13th – 7:00 (because your spouse should be home by then and we can do a 90 minute class and get you home so you are in bed early enough to get up when they get up)

SUBJECT: All the basics you need to know about taking a good picture, for instance what a good picture should look like.

What to bring: Something to take notes on. Whatever camera big or small.

Posts should be written by lets say Monday Night (Think FHE, heck have your kid write it, if they’re old enough, or youtube them)

This is your first lesson in photography: BE CREATIVE – Think outside the norm

If you follow the options below you are invited. Bring some treats or even real food. It’s gonna be relaxed.

Lehi Utah – Hit me up on FB for the address.

To qualify?

Be a parent who loves taking pictures of your children

Step One:

Write a blog post talking about why photography is important to your family. (If you don’t have a blog I can post a write up for you on mine or you can do it as a FB note)

Subjects to consider for writing.

An important moment in your own life related to photography.

Why photography is an important aspect in the raising of your own children.

Philosophize about the connections of memories and pictures.

What you think these pictures will mean to your kids when they’re older.

Why do you take pictures?

Why do you have pictures taken of your families?

Why do you have family pictures on your wall?


Link back to this post so that others can read about it and have the chance. If it becomes popular I might do it again.


Post a link to your write up in the comment section of this post so I can give you credit for the free class


Of the Many Thoughts

Though I have many many more reasons why I think photography is important, but I’ll hold off on most of them and allow you to be creative and write your own ideas.

However I will say my memory is such that I don’t remember 99% of my childhood. I don’t remember any of the early years until almost 8. And what few memories I have are usually because there is a picture associated with it… so you can understand how it fits me.

What you’re doing in raising your children is so very important, I love seeing great pictures that document the personalities and the memories.
I love taking those pictures though I understand for many families taking their own pictures is the only economic route they know.

If there were 5 of me (without 5 of me to support) I’d be over there in a jiff to take pictures for everyone :)


These were taken of one of my favorite families while visiting Klamath Falls Oregon for christmas.

Just thought I’d offer some free pics… which just goes to show, good things come to those who are good to me.

It’s just a teaser until i get time to finish the rest… it was a bunch because I just hung out in their living room and had dinner and was around to get the kids mostly candidly interacting.


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  1. erin says

    Darn it Scott, this is perfect for me but there is no way I can be in Utah that day. Also I do realize I never wrote up anything for our time together in October. Hope you don’t hate me for it, life just got busy.

  2. Chance says

    Kudos to you! I’m always impressed by your photography, but I’m always more impressed by the ways you find to give back. Bravo.

  3. Kimbrey says

    Re: the “Mommy-Photographer” paragraph.
    Thank you for being one who understands.

  4. Kimbrey says A link to my write up, although my blog is set to private. I’ll send you an invite in case you want to read it.

  5. Laurel Parker says

    Hi Scott. I would love to participate in your class on Thursday evening if you have enough space to include me. Thanks for doing something so nice to help others improve their skills. I am very interested in photography and have recently been trying to do more with it and learn as much as I can. Your blog is one that I enjoy following. I have left a comment on my blog ( Thanks!!!

  6. Annie says

    I am a long time admirer of your work and this workshop would be perfect for me! Too bad I live in California… Thanks for understanding us “blogger moms” and being willing to give back!

  7. Brittany Roscheck says

    Just discovered your blog and LOVE reading your advice and looking at your pictures. I’m so sorry that I missed the class. I’ll keep checking in though.

  8. Angela says

    Just found your blog and just CAN’T BELIEVE I missed the class! Please do another one? I love my child and feel like taking great picture of him and our family is a way to keep a good record of our family! Please another class!

  9. Eric Quinney says

    For me this is the main reason why I am learning to take pictures and that is to document the lives of my kids and thier sports mainly. I love doing it and this was an awesome oportunity to learn.

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