Beginner Photography Courses


Each Spring & Fall I run a 7 week Beginner Photography Class.  True Beginners go from zero to gallery show in just 7 short weeks.  In this course we touch on Aperture & Shutter Priority, Composition & Available Light, all leading up to a ten page portfolio and fine art piece!  Contact me at for dates & rates.

Michelle is an enthusiastic and generous teacher. Her classes and assignments are thoughtful and creative. She knows how to pare down what you need to learn and critiques you in a way that leaves you feeling inspired to do better.”
— Mimi Liliefeldt - Student
Michelle is a consummate professional and passes that knowledge on to her students. Her teaching style is patient and fun. She goes at the pace of the class and no question is too basic. Michelle uses examples to teach and fun assignments that get you to stretch your bounds. We went from learning “what does this button do?” to showing our works at our first gallery show! I have no hesitation recommending this class to anyone interested in bettering their camera skills.
— Chris Nolan - Student
and Michelle, what can I say? You’re an incredible teacher - what I’ve learned in one beginner class has given me enough knowledge to pull out my camera at any point and shoot with confidence. Your constructive remarks and positive energy rubbed off on everyone… and your dramatic aperture hands and photo rules will be forever engraved in my mind… I will never knowingly chop off anyone’s feet!
— Fred - Student

Intermediate Photography Courses


Once you go Manual, you never go back.

I love taking Michelle’s classes. Her teaching style is very relatable. She’s great at taking technical information and delivering it in a way that makes it easy to understand and put into practice. Before I knew it I was creating images that were better than I ever imagined.
— Linda Figueira

After completing The Beginner Course students are ready for Manual Photography.  The first project is to recreate a fashion ad, considering composition, settings, and light.


We also cover shooting in monochrome & posing people.  

I love the sense of joy and amusement Michelle brings to her class and her shoots. Her delight as she processes her visual world is infectious.
— Judith Taylor

Our final class consists of photographing a group, or family.  Each student works with a group they have never met before.  They direct and photograph their group for one hour.  Students are always on such a high after this assignment and we often wrap the class on the patio at The Balmy Beach Club!

Advanced Photography Courses

Advanced Photography Courses are all about The Photo Field Trip.

Students meet at my gallery and receive their photo assignments for the day.

 We travel as a group via transit and explore different parts of Toronto, finishing up at a favourite restaurant for dinner & drinks.