Rachel Brandt || Indianapolis Family Photographer » Indianapolis Family, Child, and Event Photographer

Who: I will be teaching an 8 week long online photography 101 class for anyone who wants to get out of auto and into manual and learn the photography basics. This class in intended for DSLR owners who are interested in establishing a basic knowledge of their camera and the mechanics of digital photography which can be built on in the future.If you do not have a DSLR, there are large portions of this class which will be beneficial but you will undoubtedly get more from it if you are using a DSLR.

What: Each participant will receive weekly PDFs with layman’s term breakdowns of the week’s assigned photography principles with visual examples and aids when applicable. Each week there will be assignments to be completed by a certain date. Upon each participant’s submission, I will gently critique your photography and provide tips for improvement. The pictures will also be in an open forum so you can interact with your classmates via a discussion board and you will also have the opportunity to comment on each others photos. At the end of the class you will have an opportunity to have one of your photographs fully critiqued. One week before class starts you will receive an welcome packet with everything you need to know before class starts.

When: This session begins April 1st and runs for eight weeks with a two week grace period on the final portfolio.

Where: Online. We will be using a couple of different easy to use platforms. More information will go out in the introduction email for all registered participants.

How & How Much: The class is $60 if you sign up before March 15th and $65 starting March 16th. To sign up please use the buy now button below and include the following information in the note box : name, location, camera make and model, and reason for participating. You do not need to have a Paypal account to use this feature. After receiving your payment, you will receive an email confirming your payment. There are a limited number of seats for this class and they are first come first serve. If I’ve removed the enrollment button the class is full.

Photography 101


Will you be offering this class in the future? Honest answer. I’m not sure. I depends on how much time I have in the future.

What if I need a refund? Because of the limited number of seats in the course, refunds are not available. If you cannot participate you can transfer the class to someone else or you have the option to wait for a future class with the knowledge that this may be the only session of Photography 101.

Can I give this class as a gift? Yes. Please email me at [email protected] for gifting instructions.

Why are you teaching this class? I am teaching this class because so many people buy a DSLR thinking that they are going to be able to take beautiful photographs straight out of the box. The truth is fancy equipment is only 10% of the equation. This is one of quite a few online photography classes, but many of them do not feature the one on one feedback I feel is integral to learning and looking at your photographs objectively.

I still have a question. Email any questions, comments, or concerns to [email protected]

  • September 9, 2014 - 3:11 am

    Abby of Baby Birds Farm - That’s a smoking deal, Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Haley - This sounds like a great, informative class!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    Alicia - Sounds like a great class! I am sure they will learn tonsReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2016 - 8:40 pm

    Laura Lohr - This is awesome! Love this! Totally interested!ReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2016 - 11:35 pm

    Jo Ginsberg - Nikon DX something else. I don’t know. Is that all? Look at it tonight.ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2016 - 9:22 pm

    BriGeeski - This sounds like just what I need! I’ll be signing up when I get home. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

Girl runs along the shore in San Diego
Sundays like this are rare for me. Open Sundays with nothing to dictate my time but a sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. Most weekends are packed full of work for me. Thursdays are my Mondays because I focus primarily on family photography and most families are together on the weekends. I love my job. I do. It’s more than a job, its a gift but it also eats into the time when the three of us are awake and occupying the same space. My husband works 9 to 5 Monday through Friday with a heavy dose of overtime sprinkled in. So this, this glorious Sunday was very special, just like these two people are very very special to me. The weather was stunning, even light sparkling and bouncing off the calm side of Fiesta Island. San Diego weather, I don’t know if I could survive anywhere else now.  The water was warm enough to play in and we were able to pull the Jeep right onto the beach for a picnic. Sun, food, and a happy tired not so baby who falls asleep on the way home even though all the windows are on.


LIttle girl and her reflection in the Pacific OceanDaugher tests the water with her foot at the beachlittle girl child laughing and playing on the sand at Fiesta Island in San DiegochilsFather and daughter play on Fiests IslandFamily exploring the ocean in San DiegoFather and daughter hold handsFather and daughter swimming at Fiesta Island in San Diegochild holding shells in her handchildblack and white little girl with crazy hair laughing at the beachchild laughing at Mission Beach in San DiegoBird footprints at the beach in San DiegoYellow flowers growing through a fence at Mission Beach in San DiegoFather and daughter explore as a familyDaughter looks out over the ocean in San Diego

All photography copyright of San Diego Family Photographer, Rachel Brandt

  • June 3, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    Corey - Beautiful captures! Looks like a perfect day at the beach!ReplyCancel

I love a good portrait session in an unfamiliar land.  This is Ryan Deasley of Ryan Deasley Photography. This ever dapper gentleman hails from the frigid white north, AKA Canada where he is a portrait, concert, and lifestyle photographer.  He is also a willing model when he’s needs some updates portraits and is surrounded by the snowy wonder of the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. We went out and flounced in the snow and he decided to be stoic and this is what resulted.

winter senior portraits in the snowyoung man smoking in the snowyoung adult smokinghandsome ginger man in a beaniesenior portrait in a beanieyoung man posing for senior portraits


Every once in a while I get a chance to spend a day with my mom and my daughter. Three generations of just the girls. This was just such a day. Cloudy and a little cool for San Diego, we spent a day orbiting the Ocean Beach Pier and decided to finally try the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe after talking about it for the past ten years (for those of you who were wondering, everything we tried was really good; the chowder was a little thick for my liking but I would probably order it again).  We strolled through the farmer’s market and munched on fresh strawberries, fled from the cold waves creeping up the beach as the tide came in and watched the surfers do what can only described as dance. And this was that day.

Girl looks out over the Pacific Ocean in San Diego CaliforniaLittle girl smiles for her momSassy girl poses for an unconvential portrait in Ocean BeachView of the San Diego coastline from OB PierSurfer catching waves under OB pierGirl watching surfers from Ocean Beach PierSurfer catching waves under the ocean Beach pierGrandmother and Granddaughter walking down a pier in San Diegoblue stools lined on on the OB PierHot Chocolate Stand at Ocean Beach Pier CafeChild waiting for food at Ocean Beach Pier Cafe in San DiegoMom smiles for a portrait at Ocean Beach Pier CafeView through the window at Ocean Beach Pier CafeLittle Girl Running down the Ocean Beach PierLittle Girl Running down the OB PierPelican on a pier in San DiegoLittle Girl sitting on a wall in OBLittle Girl Posing in From of HodadLittle Girl Eating Strawberries at the Ocean Beach FarmerLittle Blond Girl in Sunglasses Eating Strawberries at the OB FarmerSmiley face mural at Ocean Beach International Backpackers Hostel

All Photographs Copyright of San Diego Family Lifestyle Photographer Rachel Brandt

  • June 3, 2015 - 12:26 pm

    Alicia - This looks like it was such a fun day!! I love all the different images you captured throughout your day together. Lovely work.ReplyCancel

While I was in Gatlinburg learning and making new photographer friends, I also took a few minutes to shoot some couples and this is one of those couples. Tim and Ginette made my day by deciding to embrace the frigid weather and climb up a mountain in about two feet of snow so we could find some untapped wilderness. This fun-loving couple didn’t let that super cold wind stop them from throwing a few snowballs and even used it as an excuse to get a little closer. For all the San Diegans, this is what snow really looks like.

couple hiking in the snow of Gatlinburg Tennesseecouple hugging engagement shootcouple kissing in the snow of tennesseeCouple snuggling mountain snow photoshootcouple getting close in the snowhusband kissing wifewife kisses husband