Photography Classes Coming Soon!

by SomeGirl on August 17, 2013 · 6 comments


Wow, time flies! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since I last posted… but what a sweet year it’s been.

My little one (who’s not so little anymore) and I had some great “just us” days while my oldest was off at school.

My oldest progressed greatly with his reading and was deemed no longer needing vision support with prism glasses.

I learned lots of new recipes as we found out our food allergies/sensitivities through an iGG blood test. Unfortunately we found egg both boys are highly sensitive to eggs (yolk and whites) so we sold our sweet chickens. :(

Btw, once we took all of our sensitive foods out of our diets aches and pains we didn’t even realize we had disappeared! I had no idea my little one was having headaches most days and my oldest one’s eyes were burning near continually. Thanks be to God for this new found information!

And to top everything off we went on a wonderful journey around the midwest this summer… 6 weeks exploring Estes Park, The Black Hills in South Dakota, Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Moab (which was HOT, HOT, HOT), and Gunnison, Colorado. One of these days I’ll get on here and share vacation photos, but if you’re interested to see some now check out my instagram account and scroll down just a bit. :)

Now… both of my boys have started back to school and left me at home wondering what to do with all of my free time (other than dishes, laundry, errands, and cooking). I contemplated coming back to blogging on a regular basis (and I still might do that). But, God has laid upon my heart to use my giftedness (teaching) and my interest (photography) to serve the Thirsty and further His kindgom.

So, I’ve decided to offer private or small group lessons on “How to move out of Auto on your DSLR” in and around the DFW area in an effort to raise money for Living Water International (you know how much I love their work of providing clean water and sharing the Gospel all over the globe, right?).

If you know anyone who might be interested, send them this post!

I also wouldn’t be opposed to video chat lessons, if you’re interested in that or know someone else who might be. :)

Thanks for helping spread the word!

I haven’t determined a price yet (suggestions are welcome), but I do know that all proceeds from my lessons will go directly to Living Water International.

I’m super excited about spending an hour or two doing what I love in order for others to hear the Good News and have life-giving water for generations!


Here are a couple of referrals I’ve received from former students (more to come soon…):


“Michelle makes complicated photography jargon simple and easy to understand.  She gives clear, useful directions and encourages you to practice what you’re learning while she teaches you in a conversational, hands-on style.  Friendly, helpful, and eager to teach, I highly recommend Michelle Debenport as a fantastic photography teacher for both beginners and more advanced photographers alike.” – Michelle from Intentional.Me


“Michelle patiently explained the exposure triangle in a way I could understand while giving me some rules of thumb to remember for different settings. Her quick, easily absorbed tutorials changed my photography game, as evidenced by immediate results!” – Michelle from So, I Married a Mennonite


Yeah, Michelle is a pretty popular name. ;)


“When my camera was so new, and my skills so poor, it was Michelle who first took me under her wing. She made complicated concepts easily understandable, empowering me to capture pictures with light and beauty in a way I hadn’t been able to before.” – Jacque from Mercy Found Me



Turning my passion for teaching AND others’ desire for learning how to use their DSLR camera INTO clean water and The Gospel message being shared around the world!

Let me know if you’re interested in a “How to move out of Auto” DSLR class. All proceeds will go directly to Living Water International – providing clean water in the name of Jesus. || Private lessons offered in and around the DFW area.






stumbled on your site. interested in class ….DFW = dallas ft worth right :)


Hi Alicia! Yes, Dallas Ft. Worth. Email me at somegirlswebsite {at} gmail {dot} com and we can set up a class. I look forward to possibly meeting you and helping you learn your camera more! :) – Michelle


Im interested in your camera classes and I was wondering if you still do edit critiques for istock? Im almost ready to send my first 3 in. Thanks, Jamie


Hi Jamie! I’d love to set up a class with you. Maybe we could look over your photos at the time of the class. I don’t really do critiques anymore, but I’d be happy to look over them with you on a laptop or tablet if you can bring one. Email me at Michelle (at) and let’s set up a class date. With enough notice I can make most days and/or evenings work. Email me a few days/times that work for you and I’ll let you know which of them work for me. :) Michelle

Norma Whalen

Thanks for all the info on stock photography, including the photo critiques. I would love to see more. I’m afraid I can’t afford lessons, so I get what I can from the internet. If you know of good sources, I would love to know about them. I have applied to Shutterstock, and after four submissions, I have seven photos approved. They require 7 approved photos out of 10. So my next step is to resubmit the seven they approved along with three new ones. Hopefully, a different reviewer won’t reject them. My dilemma is whether to go with Shutterstock or to try to get into iStock. They seem harder to get into, but you seem very happy with them. Are you still with them? How many photos would make a good portfolio? I am 72, on Social Security, and really need an additional source of income. I have been studying photography on my own for about three years. I have a Canon EOS 60D DSLR with two IS lenses, one 300 mm non-IS lens, and a 55 mm prime lens. I hope to purchase a remote shutter release, a light meter and a flash diffuser soon. I have read about half of iStock’s required reading and want to apply to them soon. I am not sure about being exclusive with them for two reasons. One, I like to use my pictures to create paintings and I understand that I might not be able to do that with iStock. Second, I like the idea of being able to list my photos with more than one agency…it seems that this would offer more exposure and more orders. Please let me know what you think.


Hi Norma! We are still with iStock and are exclusive. We actually live quite comfortable off of my husband’s sales there. We tried non-exclusive in the past and it was too much work. But in your situation, just getting started, I think I’d try several different sites and see which one works best for you. Congratulations on getting accepted! That’s the hardest part. Now, learning what sales will be your next big endeavor. Look at magazine photos, billboards, blog posts, and current buzz topics for ideas. I hope you have great success!

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