Love Your Photos 101

Master Your Camera and Confidently Capture Beautiful Memories

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Does This Sound Familiar?

You have a nice digital camera, but you’re afraid to pick it up. It’s all so overwhelming – the buttons, the dials, the photography terms that sound like a foreign language.

You see amazing photos online and wish you could take pictures like that, but it feels too daunting and time-consuming to even start.

You search online for tutorials and advice but end up feeling paralyzed, not knowing where to start or what to do next, or whether the advice you’re getting is sound.

So you keep your camera in auto mode, or just use your camera phone. It’s easier that way, but your pictures never capture the beauty you see in your mind’s eye. I believe it can be different.

I believe you can master your digital camera and confidently capture beautiful memories.

Ever wish someone could show you how to use your camera step-by-step and be there to answer your questions?

Yes?  Then you’re in the right place!


feeling confident every time you pick up your camera and knowing exactly how to dial in your settings

capturing gorgeous photos you feel proud of and love to share

having the shooting process broken down for you in simple language step by step so you don’t have to struggle with holding all the information in your head

receiving personal guidance and helpful, constructive feedback on your images (each time the course opens to a limited number of students so you can receive personalized help as you learn!)

having a positive and supportive place to go to get your photography questions answered without judgement for being new

Introducing Love Your Photos 101

The digital photography course for beginners that will get you shooting confidently in manual mode.

“I’ve always wanted to learn how to use my camera in manual mode, but every time I tried to learn myself, I would give up. The information I’d find was confusing and overwhelming. I was hesitant to spend the money on Brea’s course for fear it would be the same.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Love Your Photos 101 is broken down into small, easy to understand steps.

The videos were especially helpful to me as a visual learner. By watching the setup videos, I was able to quickly find the settings on my camera and make the right adjustments.

The demonstration videos helped me grasp the exposure triangle as Brea took pictures and discussed what settings she used and why.  She also includes some great visuals to help you remember the information.

Brea was so helpful during the course! She gave me great input and encouraged me along the way. She critiqued some of my photos and helped me see where I could improve.”

-Heidi, Love Your Photos 101 Student

Heidi put everything she learned in Love Your Photos 101 into practice, and she’s gone from taking snapshots in auto mode…

…to taking control of her camera settings and capturing beautiful memories she’s proud to share!

“I found that Love Your Photos 101 was broken up in a way that was manageable, so I could feel success at each point.  Going through the exercises helped me to see how much I was learning.  It was good to see my own progress.

Since taking the course I’ve grown in my confidence to use my camera.  I’ve used it more since the course and it was in my closet for years.

And all those confusing photography terms are no longer a mystery to me. 

Now I understand them!”

-Erica, Love Your Photos 101 Student

I’m Brea, and I’ve been where you are.

I bought a great camera before my kids were born in hopes of capturing amazing photos.  But my photos were a huge disappointment.  I tried to learn photography but it felt too overwhelming.  I fumbled with my camera settings and was afraid of missing moments, so more often than not, I reverted to auto mode.

But the turning point came when I slowed down and decided to learn the basics before hoping to take great photos of my kids.  While they napped, I practiced my camera skills for about 10 minutes per day, without the pressure of trying to capture a “perfect moment.”

Each time I practiced I got a little better, and before long it all clicked!  My photos went from flat, boring snapshots to the beautiful works of art I always wanted to make.

I love helping others confidently capture beautiful memories with their digital cameras.

What’s Included?

Love Your Photos 101 is designed for the photography beginner.  You’ll learn how to take control of your camera settings and start shooting in manual mode with confidence!

18 lessons designed to get you shooting in manual mode one step at a time.  Topics covered include:

7 key camera settings you must change before you can start shooting in manual mode, with detailed instructions on how to change each one on your camera.


Understanding how ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed affect your image and how to adjust each setting on your camera

How to use and read your in-camera meter to get your exposure right and how to get best results from your specific camera

Learn what a histogram is and what it can tell you about your photo

How to use the one camera setting that will help you get the most accurate exposure in any lighting situation

The best focus mode to use for capturing moving subjects (like kids)!

How to toggle your focal point so you can focus on exactly what you want to photograph

Simple step by step by step instructions for taking your first photo in manual mode, including a video demonstration on how to set your exposure in manual mode

And more!  When you’re ready, learn more about your camera’s focusing capabilities and how to harness your camera’s semi-auto modes without derailing your progress

$145 Value

Watch Me Shoot!

Peek through my lens and watch a recorded video as I shoot these images in manual mode:

$25 Value

“The watch me shoot videos were so helpful – to see the inside of Brea’s camera and watch her talk through the steps was great.”

-Erica, Love Your Photos 101 Student

Photography Cheat Sheets In Your Pocket

It can be HARD to hold everything you need to remember in your head and its easy to get flustered when you’re trying to shoot.  These downloadable cheatsheets are a life-saver and you’ll be able to save them to your phone for easy reference.  The manual mode shooting procedure reminds you of what to do step-by-step.

$25 Value

Free Bonuses!

Two eBooks and one downloadable PDF are available FREE to course members only!

Bonus 1: The Beginner’s Guide To Buying Your First Camera and Lens

Downloadable eBook
Inside, You’ll Learn:
•how to save money by buying used camera gear
•the best lens for beginners
•important features to look for in a camera and lens
•a list of camera and lens models to consider
Bonus 2: Getting Your Color Right In Camera

Downloadable eBook
Inside, You’ll Learn:
•how to save yourself hours of photo editing by getting your color right while shooting
•how temperature and tint work together to create proper color
•three methods for setting your white balance, with step by step instructions

Bonus 3: How To Take a Silhouette Photo

8 page PDF with Video Demonstration
Inside, You’ll Learn:
•how to set your exposure for silhouette shots
•4 tips for how to shoot successful silhouettes with photo illustrations
•shooting demonstration video

$39 Value

“The course itself is a great value, but I was really impressed with the bonuses she included. I decided to purchase a new camera during the course, and her Guide to Buying Your First Camera helped me find the right camera. I would not have known what to get otherwise. I feel very good about my purchase and she saved me money by suggesting to buy it used.

The Getting Your Color Right bonus has made a huge difference in my pictures! I had no idea that one little setting on the camera could make such a difference in the colors.  Now I can shoot in different situations and know exactly what I need to set my camera on to get the best results.”


Love Your Photos 101 Includes:

•18 Module Course That Will Get You Shooting Confidently in Manual Mode

•Watch Me Shoot Videos

•Manual Mode Shooting Procedure Cheat Sheet

•Exposure Triangle Cheat Sheet

•Camera Settings To Change Checklist

•3 Bonuses –

Beginners’ Guide To Buying Your First Camera

Getting Your Color Right

How To Take A Silhouette Photo

A Value of $234 for


That’s Not All!

In addition to the course material you’ll get…

The Course Pace Mapped Out For You


Ever take a course online and feel overwhelmed by all the information?  Learning something new can be a lot to take in!

That’s why I’ve mapped it out for you with emails delivered to your inbox over the course of one month designed to walk you through the course at a do-able pace.

“For me, Love Your Photos 101 was great because it felt very manageable.  It’s a step by step entry that builds your confidence and is a great starting point.”


A Supportive Learning Community


The Love Your Photos 101 Community will be your life-line for getting your questions answered.

We keep this group small each time we open the course so you can get personalized feedback on your images.

Brea will be available for 30 days during the live run of the course to answer your questions and give you feedback on your photos.

Not only that – you’ll get to stay in the group for future course runs in case you don’t get all your questions answered the first time around, and the entire community will be there to support you and cheer you on!

“The support Brea provided in the course was great.  It was really good to get personalized feedback on my photos. 

Before I joined, I wondered, “Would it be worth my money?  Will I follow through?”  But I wanted to keep moving while the course was live, so that helped keep me motivated.  It helped me keep my camera out and keep practicing.”

-Erica, Love Your Photos 101 Student


Q: How much time will I need to devote to this course?

A: Each course module can be read or watched and implemented in 10 to 20 minutes or less, and 5 to 10 minutes per day of practice is encouraged.

Course lessons are delivered by email at a suggested pace that breaks the lessons down into bite-sized amounts to accomplish each day, but you are welcome to work at whatever pace is best for you.

Q: Do I have to log in at a certain time to access the lessons?

A: No.  Log in any time day or night, whenever it’s convenient for you.  

Q: If I already know how to shoot in manual mode will this course help me?

A: This course is designed to get beginners shooting confidently in manual mode.  If you’re already confident in that you may not learn anything new. 

However, if you would benefit from having a place to ask questions, get clarification or feedback on your images, you may find the course community to be of great value.

Q: What kind of camera do I need for this course?

A:  You need a digital slr (dslr) camera that has a manual mode setting.  If you don’t have one yet Bonus 1 will provide invaluable tips for purchasing your first camera and lens affordably.

Q: How long will I have access to this course?

A: You’ll get lifetime access to the course.

Q: What if the lighting in my house is bad or too dark?

A: That’s one of the most important reasons to learn to master your camera settings.  It will allow you to take great photos under a variety of lighting conditions, including low light.  

Q: How much support will I get?

A: Brea will be available inside the course community Facebook group throughout the duration of the 4-week live run of the course.  And you’ll get to stay in the Facebook group and participate in future live runs of the course as well.

Q: Is this course only for moms who want to photograph their kids?

A: Anyone who wants to master their camera is welcome!  The skills used in this course can be applied to any type of photography.  Brea is most familiar with family photography but has a working knowledge of some other genres.

Q: Does this course cover photo editing?

A: No, instruction on photo editing is not included.  This course is designed to help you get the best possible photo straight from your camera so that you won’t need to “fix” your photos in Lightroom or Photoshop.  However, editing can be a great and fun way to enhance your photos and editing tutorials and tips will occasionally be shared inside the course group.

Q: Do I need a computer to access the course?

A: You can access the course on any device with an internet connection including your phone, laptop, tablet or computer.

Q: Do you offer a money-back guarantee?

A: Yes!  If you’re not satisfied for any reason you may request a refund within 30 days of registering for the course.

Imagine, instead of trying to learn photography on your own…

You had a supportive place to get your questions answered…

You could stop all the internet searches and start getting personalized feedback from someone who’s been where you are and mastered her camera…

You could stop feeling disappointed in your photos and start taking photos you’re proud to share with the world!

You could start capturing your family, your daily life and your special moments in a way that’s beautiful and brings you creative fulfillment and enjoyment!

“If you’ve been wanting to get out of auto mode, but are intimidated by all the information there is to learn, Love Your Photos 101 is an excellent place to start! Brea will have you taking photos in no time and comfortable with the settings on your camera. It’s a great beginner’s photography course and am so glad I took a chance on it!”


“If you’re a beginner wanting to learn more about your camera and grow in your photography skill, this is a great course to take.  

I had some experience in reading about photography before, taking a random class here and there, but this course was different because it broke it down step-by-step into bite-sized pieces and I was able to see my progress and growth through each step of the course.  

You could do it yourself and go on the internet to learn on your own, but that always feels overwhelming to me.  This course felt very organized, concise, bite-sized, and manageable in a way that trying to learn on my own wasn’t.”

-Erica, Love Your Photos 101 Student

The only regret I have in my photography journey?  Not starting sooner! 

I wish I’d had these skills when my first child was born.  I missed so many great photos.

But you can start on the road to beautiful photos today.

In six months or a year, I don’t want you to wonder how much better your photos could have been if you’d jumped in sooner.

I believe you can do this!

I believe you can master your camera and confidently capture beautiful memories.

I can’t wait to help you start taking the gorgeous photos you’ve been dreaming of!