Do I see you nodding?

You invested in (or “borrowed” your mom’s) fancy camera, and you have no clue how to use it?

You've gone to YouTube to help you learn to use your camera. Yep, you left more confused and defeated than when you started?

You grabbed a beginner's photography book. It left you feeling that you need a Ph.D. to understand what they were talking about?

You've felt this ache because moments/milestones are passing by undocumented?

With all the effort to learn, you can't seem to get a clear roadmap to mastering your camera?

I bet it might.

sound familiar?

Noone. That's who.

Hear me on this: your camera is only as good as your knowledge of how to use it. Auto mode on your camera is pretty much the same as your phone. Yet it has a higher-quality - meaning you could blow it up and put it on your wall and the clarity *might* look good. But who wants a dark and boring photo on their wall?! 


You want higher-quality photos than an iPhone takes. And you thought a better camera would be your solution.

You could beautifully capture the everyday moments of life.

You finally understood what all those numbers were on your lens.

You know exactly what all those button do.

picture this...

And, oh, you can finally start using that huge investment (the camera) to its full potential?

(pun intended)

Mastering Manual Mode is the ONLY photography program of its kind that:

breaks the lessons up into time-manageable pieces. Not only do you understand more easily in these smaller lessons, but it will also take you way less time.

gives you a step-by-step guide that will keep you from feeling overwhelmed. You will know exactly what to do, where you are going, and what you need to do next. 

A step-by-step guide to learning to use your camera in manual mode.


Setting a good foundation of camera knowledge is key to being able to use your camera with ease - and not be confused by it.

Learn exactly what all those buttons are on your camera.

Above all else, the most important factor in photography is light. We will unpack the different kinds of light and why they are important.

With my guidance, you will set up your camera so that it is ready for you to learn to use it.  



In module 2, we start diving deep into learning our cameras with The Exposure Triangle. Most likely, this is something you’re not very familiar with - and that’s ok! While it is a complex and in-depth subject, I will break it down piece-by-piece. Each lesson in this module is followed by a tried-and-true assignment. These assignments will have you shooting with your camera in manual mode in no time. 

The Exposure Triangle is made up of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. We dive deep into what each of those elements are, what they do, and why they are so important.

The Exposure Triangle 


 there are only two major ways to royally mess up a photo? Yes, only TWO. The bad news is that getting them wrong can be super easy if you don’t understand. I unpack each of these in module 2.

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Did you know

Lenses are quite a mystery to a lot of people. What do they do? How do they work? Why are some better than others? All those questions, plus so much more, will be answered in Lesson 2.

This is where the magic happens. You will now take everything you learn and piece it together. The result: getting the photo you want every single time! 

Implement everything you’ve learned in this course and put it together with what is called metering. I will explain what it is and how it works.

Use my proven system (MMM Workflow), which breaks down the exact process I use both professionally and personally, to ensure you get your perfect shot.



Your final assignment will be your favorite: gorgeous photos you will be 

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proud to share!

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How it Works

Simply... it works simply, promise!

Once you purchase you’ll immediately get an email with your login info, and you can get started!


Login and you will see each lesson ready and waiting for you to get started.


Watch the video and then do the assignment to make magic happen.

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With the course, you will also be getting The Handbook. This will be your aid during your assignments. Print it out and take it with you when you are taking photos! You don’t have to worry about remembering everything you learned during the course. The Handbook will be there to remind you until it becomes second nature.

And did someone say BONUS?


- Tara Murray

I have been able to capture amazing photos of them doing everyday things, and they are hang-on-the-wall kind of photos. One of the best things about Mastering Manual Mode is you are NEVER behind. No matter how busy your life is, you can take it at your own pace.”

“I have been able to take professional quality photos of my boys! 

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Before & After taking Mastering Manual Mode

Student work

Jessica Jenkins

Tara Murray





you could just stick with YouTube to learn how to use your camera. Or maybe that beginner photography book you bought will do the trick if you study it for weeks on end? 

OR you could join me in MMM to learn exactly how to use your camera step-by-step - without the stress and without the dreaded “What do I do next?” syndrome!

Not only will you gain the knowledge to use your camera, but also those YouTube videos and books will finally start to make some sense too.


Mastering Manual Mode Course valued at $350

with Mastering Manual Mode.


Here's what you get


Bonus: MMM Handbook valued at $75

5 Modules with tried and true assignments to get photography FAST

Newly added lesson all about lenses so you finally understand what all those numbers mean.

This is a limited time offer. Price is subject to go up at any time.

Don’t let this deal pass you by!


Yes, you can get started today for only $125/ month! $125 will be charged to your account for 3 consecutive months.

for 3 months



Three Payments


Only $275 and you're on your way to finally learning your camera in manual mode.

one time payment



one time payment


Yes, you can get started today for only $165! $165 will be charged to your account today and next month as well.

for 2 months



Two Payments

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You can start today!

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 I waited until right before she closed registration and bit the bullet, and boy am I so glad I did! I love that the class is working at your own pace, and it does not take time away from my family. I can watch the videos on my lunch or even after I put the kids to bed.” - 

My camera literally collected dust for years until I just couldn’t take it any more. 

- Jessica Caskey

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Mastering Manual Mode course is the most comprehensive, step-by-step program for those who are excited and COMMITTED to learning their DSLR or Mirrorless Camera.

Here’s the kicker:
If you don’t feel confident and excited on your journey, simply reach out during the 14 days after you enroll. Show me you’ve put in the work by providing your workbook and completed assignments, and I’ll refund your investment. 

Let me say this upfront.

If it has to do with a camera, I’m your girl! (I’m also your girl if you need a good Starbucks drink recommendation in the morning and a good red wine recommendation in evening. I got you, sister.)
With two teaching certifications under my belt, I have taken the complicated subject of using a camera and broken it down into parts that you can actually understand - unlike that basic photography book you purchased. (Yeah, no. It’s awful. And it can make even a seasoned photographer say, “What?!”) 

I believe in family. #boymom

I believe it all starts and ends with family and that moms have a front-row seat. (The driver’s seat, that is.) I believe the slow and mundane of the family’s rhythm is beautiful and worthy of documentation. I believe in the sisterhood of motherhood and sharing wisdom with each other.

Motherhood photographer, educator, founder of mom photography School

I'm Kayla.

hey, y'all!

I believe every family has a story worth capturing. Let's capture yours.

You have a mirrorless or DSLR camera and want to use it to its full potential. Don’t know if yours is or not? Google the following: “What type of camera is my [make and model of camera]? Example: Nikon D3200)

- You're thinking of purchasing a DSLR but don’t want to do it until you know exactly how to use one. (Just borrow someone’s for this course!)

- You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and figure out exactly how to take full control of your camera. 

Ready to learn?

How to know if MMM is right for you:



frequently asked

I’m always so happy to hear this question because I can so relate. This course is designed to not add to your already busy schedule but to seamlessly fit into it. I know one thing for SURE if you are reading this: you’re most likely a mom. The assignments were created to complement your family time together, not to take away from it. You will be taking photos of your kids. You can complete each lesson in less time than it takes to watch one episode of Gilmore Girls, and most weeks you’ll only be doing one lesson. 

Can you take the lens off and on on your camera? And is there some sort of screen on the back that lets you preview the photo? Then you are good! A good camera does NOT make a good photographer. Only because I am a professional photographer and my camera literally helps my family pay bills, I have a super expensive fancy camera. If I were to hand that camera to my husband, it would be worthless to him. He cannot use it, just as he cannot use a $400 camera from Target. The best camera is the one you have in your hand!

If you don’t feel confident and excited on your journey, simply reach out during the 14 days after you enroll. Show me you’ve put in the work by providing your workbook and completed assignments, and I’ll refund your investment.

Yes, I'm ready! Sign me up!

Sure, you could stick to YouTube for guidance or that beginner photographer you bought will do the trick. (Maybe, but I highly doubt it.)

Or you could join me in MMM to learn exactly how to use your camera step-by-step!

Don’t let another milestone pass you by without documenting it beautifully!