FOUNDER, CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, TEACHER

ERIKA HATFIELD

I have a BA in Elementary education and an MS in Special education and will begin a PhD program in Education in fall 2021. I am both a certified teacher in the state of Pennsylvania and a Certified Professional Photographer with Professional Photographers of America. I have worked as a photographer for over 13 years and began teaching photography in my home studio in 2018. Now, I mentor aspiring photographers and teach photography online. I have worked in regular public school classrooms and taught English as a second language online.

My goal for all of my students is for them to find their own unique path with photography. Children and teenagers are so creative and I love showing them how to use photography to express themselves. My classes are all focused on hands-on learning and students will spend a lot of time taking and sharing their photos in class if they want to share.

What I didn't anticipate when I began teaching photography was how much my students would inspire my work. I enjoy seeing the risks they take as they explore the art and when my students can learn from observing their peers' photos. If you take any of my classes, I would love to see the photos that you take even days and weeks after class!

I believe we all have our own unique learning styles so my courses include many different ways to work with and understand each concept. I look forward to helping your child take better photos or learn how to use the manual settings on their cameras. 

KIDS & TEENS CLASSES 

with erika

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS SERIES
These live and interactive courses for ages 6-18 build on one another as students learn to create more interesting photographs. No camera is required – students can use any device that takes photos! You can click any button below to get more info or sign up for a class. All 3 courses together are an 18 week semester-long course. FLEX courses are the same class series with No live Zoom meetings – Students watch the video & post photos in the Outschool classroom any time during the week.
Level 1: 
Subject, Light, Composition

In this 4 week course, students learn how to choose subjects, think about lighting, and use rules of composition to make creative photographs.

Level 2: 
Film, Variety, Editing

Over 6 weeks, students learn to discuss photographs, experience the history of photography, create visual variety, and begin editing photos.

Level 3: 
Great Light Everywhere

In this 8 week course, students will learn more advanced lighting techniques working in all different environments and will be able to take great photos anywhere. 

LEARN HOW TO USE DSLR OR MIRRORLESS CAMERA SETTINGS
Set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in full manual mode to get photos that look exactly how you want in this 6 week class for 
ages 10-15!

THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES
Students must know how to take photographs in manual mode before taking this course. Students in these courses would have experience photographing through practice or other photography classes as this is a more serious photography track. The Creative Photography teen photography class series is also a good way to learn the fundamentals of photography for any students who think they may want to pursue it in the future as a career or for part time work. 
Level 1: 
Choosing a  Specialty
Level 2: 
Plan your Business
Level 3: 
Marketing to Launch
Level 4: 
Mastermind

one-time classes

Pet Photo 1: Sit, stay click
Pet Photo 2: Pets & people
Pet Photo 3: Costumes & themes
Pet Photo 4: Pets in motion

photography tutoring

ONE-ON-ONE & GROUPS

Students of any experience level can share photos weekly to identify areas for further exploration & take their photography skills to the next level. Topics of exploration will vary with student goals, prior experience, and upon image reviews.

REACH OUT

We are preparing new courses for adult hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and professional photographers. If you'd like to suggest a new class for any age or have a question about which class to take, click below and send me a message anytime!