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A professional photographer with over 20 years of experience, I love sharing my  enthusiasm and knowledge of photography -- in particular street photography and visual storytelling. 

My work has been exhibited & published in newspapers, magazines, & books. I teach photo classes at LA Valley College, SMC, & organize my own street photo workshops. I work with teens in after school programs at Culver City Middle School  &  mentored at Venice Arts. 

I'm available for private lessons, judging, and assignments. For notification of photo news & events, follow me on Facebook  and  @nancykayephotography on Instagram

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Summary of 2018 classes. NEXT CLASS STARTS 11/13. Scroll for descriptions

OUTDOOR PORTRAIT PHOTO (LAVC 9/22) • BEGINNING PHOTO (LAVC 9/25 to 10/23) • INTERMEDIATE PHOTO BEYOND SNAPSHOTS (LAVC 11/13 to 12/11)SHOOT & REVIEW  (TBD fall 2018)  •  Hand Coloring Photos  (TBD) Creating a Photo Essay  (TBD)                          If a class isn't currently scheduled, please contact me if you want a small group lesson

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OUTDOOR PORTRAIT PHOTO (LAVC  one day workshop / check back for next session)

Learn to make beautiful outdoor portraits in daylight, with and without using flash. Workshop will focus on posing your subject, picking locations, observing ambient light, and enhancing it. We’ll start in the classroom to discuss fundamental principles of light, flash exposure, and good portraiture, followed by hands on practice where students will create portraits that look professional—with flattering light and a blurred background. Nice portraits can be made with any camera, though DSLRs & cameras with manual options are recommended for this class. Phone: 818-947-2577 ext. 4172  LAVC Community Services Dept 5800 Fulton Ave Valley Glen  91401

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY  (LAVC  check back for next session)

Learn fundamental concepts to understand your camera and manual exposure mode. Ideal refresher or overview of SLR cameras. Topics include auto vs. manual settings, the exposure triangle (how ISO, shutter speed, and f-stop work together), and more. Camera practice and review of photos at workshop. Saturday 8/4 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


6 week class covers skills needed to master control of your camera—film or digital.  Step-by-step instruction to learn photo fundamentals with an emphasis on manual exposure mode, avoiding problems of auto modes, shutter speeds to stop or blur motion, ISO, white balance, controlling focus, using flash, and more. Camera practice assignments & review of photos using a projector in class.  Informative handouts and individual attention. 

Register: 818-947-2577 ext. 4172  LAVC Community Services Dept 5800 Fulton Ave Valley Glen  91401 (Online registration starts in the fall)

SCHEDULE (6 meetings) 5 TUESDAYS Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 • PLUS a Saturday 10/3 tentative

TIME:  Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 PM            FEE: $110 (includes all handouts and materials) 

INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY/Moving Beyond Snapshots (LAVC 11/13-12/11/18) 

This class is about creativity and making dynamic images beyond snapshots. The emphasis is on seeing, composition, light and,  bringing meaning to images. We'll cover camera angle, lens choice, creative use of f-stop and shutter speed, filters, using flash outdoors, and more.

You'll learn about various genres of photography and develop your own individual style.  There will be a Saturday daytime meeting to go out shooting. Whether wanting to improve your photos, get helpful feedback, or do more photography this class is sure to inspire you. 

SCHEDULE: (6 meetings) 5 Tuesdays • PLUS a Saturday (12/1 tentative)

TIME:  7:00-9:30 PM                   FEE: $110

Register: 818-947-2577 ext. 4172  LAVC Community Services Dept 5800 Fulton Ave Valley Glen  91401 (Online registration now open)

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DESCRIPTION OF S&R: Street photo walks and more!  Independent photo walks and reviews!  S&R consists of 6 meetings. Three meetings are SHOOTING excursions & 3 are REVIEW meetings. Sunday afternoon excursions are at various interesting locations, and participants explore in groups or on their own with me. REVIEWS give everyone a chance to show photos from the excursions, discuss experiences, get supportive feedback, and see the variety of ways others handled the same photo ops.

It's friendly, informal, & fun. Great opportunity to gain confidence with "street photography" and enjoy a common interest with other photographers! SHOOTS are on Sundays (about 3:00 to 5:30) REVIEWS are on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:30 (Location on the Westside / occasionally in SFV).

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S&R sign-up is directly with me.  Pay per pair / discount for multiples or registering with a friend

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You can also 'snail mail' payment to Nancy Kaye, PO Box 641721, LA, CA 90064


One day  TEEN/ADULT WORKSHOPS • 12-17 yrs / Adults attend free! 

WHO CAN ATTEND? All students age 12 to 17 have the option of attending this LAVC workshop with an adult (at no charge). However, students age15 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult for  entire workshop. NOTE: Bring camera, user manual, something for note-taking, and a sack lunch (30 min. lunch break). 


Workshop-style class introduces the basic principles of photography and camera operation. Explore your creative potential with a camera. With hands-on camera practice learn how motion, light, and focus can be used in creative ways. Class covers the key elements of exposure--shutter speed, f-stops, and ISO. Activities help students apply their new skills to photographic self-expression. No prior photo knowledge is required. Bring to class a camera with manual exposure options.

All students have the option of attending this workshop with one parent  (no charge for adult). However, students ages 15 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent for entire workshop.
•SCHEDULE TBD (Usually a 5 hr. workshop on a Saturday) Adult accompanying teen attends free


Building on basic camera skills participants learn to make creative pictures that have your personal point of view. This workshop-style class is all about the photograph and basic principles of visual composition. We’ll see how light, angle, and basic camera techniques help to make photos beyond snapshots. Hands-on photo activities guide student to apply the new concepts and make photos that communicate their vision.

•SCHEDULE: TBD (Usually a 5 hr. workshop on a Saturday) Adult accompanying teen attends free  • INFO 818-947-2577 ext. 4172  LAVC Community Services Dept 5800 Fulton Ave Valley Glen  91401

HAND COLORING PHOTOS at SMC (See Facebook page for examples) Learn the art of hand-tinting photographs --- adding color to black-and-white photography with paints & pencils. In this hands-on class, we'll cover this mid-19th century art as well as how to paint on digital prints. Whether you choose to add color to an entire image or selective portions, the result will be a unique piece of art!

SCHEDULE:  2 Saturdays  9:00 to Noon (dates TBD) SMC Community Education /Offered again Winter session

CREATING A PHOTO ESSAY  (To Be Scheduled)    

Learn about personal projects & grouping photos by theme or subject to take your photography to a greater level of communication. We define your project and select meaningful images that work together. Whether wanting to organize travel photos or work on a personal photo essay, this class provides feedback in a small group setting. Create a cohesive body of work with a visual narrative, using an artist’s statement, learn how to create meaningful images, choose images for presentation, and more! All levels of photography skills welcome, and any camera may be used. Repeat students welcome. This is a great opportunity to share your photography, get feedback, & start or further ongoing projects.

I'm open to any photo class ideas and I'm available if you have a group wanting your own class.


"I can already tell, taking this class right away was a good decision! I'm really looking forward to it."  Tracy B.

"I wanted to thank you again for being such a patient and gentle teacher. I really am grateful for invaluable, personal time you take to help me learn the art of photography. The outings have been extremely beneficial...Again and again, A Million thanks~  Sue B.

"I enjoyed the classes very much and have been recommending them to my [High School] students when they express interest in photography...Thanks again. I'm still enjoying working on what I learned on your class! " Alaina K.

"Just want to say "thank you" for a wonderful workshop. It was a great opportunity to practice as well as receive input from others. Please keep me posted when you have other classes." Tracie B.

"Thanks again for a very enjoyable and informative class! It was a lot of fun." Bob G.


SHOOT & REVIEW photo workshop

My independent photo workshop consists of group photo shooting excursions & a chance to review everyone's photography. Open to all levels and any camera may be used.  Please contact me for details.

Next SHOOT & REVIEW  to be scheduled


Sunday afternoon SHOOTS

Mid week evening REVIEWS

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