Tonia’s Take. Beginner’s Photography Class

Beginner’s Photography Class.

A few months ago, Crystal Jo asked me to help with her first ever photography class. I was excited! Working meant I’d be picking up lunch for all the students and helping Crystal Jo with anything she needed. As if that wasn’t awesome enough already, I’d also get to hear some of Crystal Jo’s nuggets of wisdom. I love photography but my DSLR camera, with all its functions, has always intimidated me. A few days before the class, Crystal Jo suggested I bring along my camera. This was going to be even better than I thought.

The class took place on February 3rd and it was awesome! Crystal Jo had so many tips. She really knows her stuff and she’s an excellent teacher. So many things clicked once Crystal Jo explained them. The relationship between ISO, shutter speed, and aperture finally made sense. You could see light bulbs turning on in everyone’s head. After lunch, we were all shooting in manual mode and two beautiful toddlers arrived just in time for us to practice our new skills. We had full control over our cameras and we had real models to shoot. I was in heaven!

Chipotle for lunch. YUM!
Crystal Jo showed us her baby magic with beautiful Brynleigh. Brynleigh’s mom, Amanda, was also a student.
Crystal’s daughter, Pixie, in action. Shooting toddlers was challenging but so much fun.
Do we look like the paparazzi?
What a beauty!

Crystal Jo, thank you for letting me particpate in this class. I learned so much and I’m gaining confidence behind the lens. I have a long way to go but I feel blessed to have such a great teacher in my life. XOXO Tonia

Great News! Crystal Jo Foto is offering another session of the Beginner’s Photography Class on April 21st. Email for more deets!


Crystal Jo

Crystal Jo is an Ohio-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, dreamer, believer and lover of life.


  1. light girl on February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    She is an awesome teacher!! I have learned first hand!! xoxo

  2. Jill A Stonecipher Skulich on December 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    i love you guys!

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