We know you own one, or you want to! But do you know how to get that fancy camera off of the “Little green box” or “P” mode? If you have a fancy camera and are tiered of letting it make the decisions on your final exposure (ok, in simple terms, you don’t know why your kids look too dark and the background is so bright, or why your image is out of focus, or the basketball court didn’t look as orange in person as your photos do) WE CAN HELP YOU.:)You made a big purchase, and we want you use your {heavier then a point and shoot} big camera it to the fullest of it’s ability, or you just have a big point and shoot really.



Custom Photography Workshop from Wild Child on Vimeo.

So, are you ready to learn with Amy and Kim? (Yayyyy!!!!) And have fun??:)Here are the details….

Private lessons with us (Kim and Amy) for 2 hours.

We will cover the exposure triangle (knowing all about aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO), semi-manual shooting modes, exposure compensation, ISO, White balance and what ever else we can pack in to two hours. We also take to the busy streets and do everything you just learned to get you used to using these settings and knowing your camera well enough to change them quickly. You can take this mentoring class alone for $160, with a friend for $240 (120 each), or with a couple friends for $300 ($100 each!!) We will be spending a lot of time learning your camera so we decided that it had to be less then three.  We can work with your schedule as well and work out a time that is best for everyone.

Camera Mentoring

*What this class is NOT. We are NOT training professional photographers. Photography is FUN, we want everyone to be able to take great pictures at home as an enjoyable hobby. This is also how we make our living, so if you have a photography business, or are starting a photography business we can’t help ya.  It wouldn’t make sense.

****This is not an editing class. We don’t talk about Photoshop and Lightroom in this class. That would be another bazillion hours… and getting it right in the camera eliminates editing in Photoshop or other editing program for your hobby needs. 

  • July 18, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Gina Depperschmidt - I contacted you a month or so ago. My friend Michelle Renner referred you.
    I have 2 friends and we are very interested in this? Would you come to Topeka or something? Would this include some time using different setting too?
    Very interested, please let me know. thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • July 18, 2014 - 5:10 pm

      cyphers2 - Great! We could do a Topeka date. We will be doing them on Wednesdays mainly during the day. Our summer schedule is filling up but I bet we will have some openings after school starts mid August. We will go over settings, look at your camera to show you how to make adjustments, and talk about the best way to capture what you are most interested in.ReplyCancel

      • July 18, 2014 - 6:02 pm

        Gina Depperschmidt - thanks for getting back to me.
        So there would be no time actually taking a few pictures, trying different settings?
        We would like a little hands on too. :) ReplyCancel

        • July 18, 2014 - 6:10 pm

          cyphers2 - There will be lots of taking pictures and hands on! lots and lots! The workhshop is typically broken into two parts. The first part is learning about your camera and its settings. Then we go out and play! The best way to learn is to do…ReplyCancel

          • July 18, 2014 - 8:23 pm

            Gina Depperschmidt - What do you have available August 6? Can we all pay separate when we have the session?

  • July 21, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    Gina - Still waiting to hear back on the above questions and Aug 6?ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2014 - 2:20 am

      cyphers2 - Sorry Gina for not responding sooner. Yes we are available on the 6th of August. If you send me information about who will attend and their email addresses I can bill each of you individually. Mid morning-early afternoon work best for us on that day. What time works for your group?ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Gina Depperschmidt - Great, can we do 1pm?
    Dawn Rake: 785-213-3719
    Amy McKaskey: 785-969-2517
    and myselfReplyCancel

It amazes me how fast children’s babble turns into real language and even clever language. My youngest is funny and pretty cleaver… I mean really clever.  As we were out walking today she said, ” I will lead you will walk behind me.”. As we set out to explore the forest she has no fear or hesitation. Just straight ahead ambition.  All of my kids are so similar and different at the same time. I see the same mannerisms and sayings. At the same time where one is cautious the other is daring, where one is dramatic the other is laid back. My littlest is daring and tenacious. She has an opinion and wants to make sure you understand it! I love exploring with her.  Our conversations are so funny as she explains the world as she sees it. I fear her teens years…. she might give me a run for my money. I hope one day she needs me to lead her again. Amy and I started The Wild Child so we could capture our kids’ lives and imaginations. I am so blessed to have so many images of and opportunities to see the world through their eyes.

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I get these awesome and sometimes strange fashion magazines in the mail. I have no idea why I get them, but I love flipping through their glossy pages just to observe the amazing and sometimes down right creepy/strange photography. After I’ve critiqued and pondered for a bit, I toss them, and move on. Today I received one in the mail and feeling inspired took Charlotte out for a shoot. Anyway, I didn’t go a crazy trying to be weird or different, but I wanted to treat it like a fashion/model shoot in the way I composed my images.

Charlotte is a natural in front of the camera. I honestly couldn’t have had a better muse in a daughter. She loves posing and doesn’t have to be told twice when I ask her to change directions or look a different way. We have a blast shooting together, and she doesn’t turn me down very often when I ask if she wants to go take pictures. These summer nights are just beautiful lately…. I can’t resist not shooting if we don’t have a session scheduled.

This dress is from Vindie Baby. It’s the Gabriella White Lace Dress found HERE. Vindie Baby has beautiful (Photo worthy!) clothing for little girls and babies. Charlotte has nearly outgrown them and that’s so sad because maybe she isn’t gong to be a “little girl”for long. I still refuse to shop at Justice though… for a little while longer at least.:)I like her looking her age… which is almost 8 years old. Not 16.  Give me (and Charlotte) lace, tulle and pastel any day over neon and spandex and we are very content. Vindie Baby is refreshingly feminine and sweet. Just like my girl. Maybe she will slow down her growth so their clothes fit a little longer.

Blackberry (the mini horse) and Red (the Rooster) were happy to be photographed along with the girl in the pretty dress. We love our mini Kansas farmstead.



Have you ever been to a wallpaper or tile store? Maybe you have stared at blank piece of paper with so many ideas? We love choice, but sometimes too many choices is just too much. You know you want something amazing and WOW! but can’t figure out how to create it.  That is a huge reason we believe in helping you through the process of selecting images and wall designs that compliment your images and home.

Wall galleries are like outfits. You many have one or two main pieces and then you wow! them up with accessories. When we create options for you we are selecting one or two killer images and then accessorizing with the details.  When a designer comes into your home they create a polished pulled together look using layers of texture, size, and color. We do the exact same thing.  If you are a client it takes a little more effort on your part to come in to meet with us but we know the benefit of creating a wall gallery you love is well worth the effort. Canvas for you wall is not cheap and we want you to feel confident and excited about the final product. The same is true if you are a fellow takes more time. But imagine how overwhelmed you would be to be handed a CD of images that you don’t have a clear idea how to use.

Our goal when meeting with a client is not to sell them something they don’t want. Obviously clients who have invested time and energy into having their picture taken are not window shopping… they are wanting portraits for their home. The in person consultation is for the clients’ benefit as well as for us.

We will use our good friend Malia as a great example. Malia is a super busy doctor and mom to three four kids! wow..her schedule must be crazy! It is much easier for her to make a decision when we have created some ideas for her and gave her some direction. For the photographers out there reading this… indecision leads to no or low sales. In the past Malia would look at images on line and would become frustrated. So many options…. ahhhhhh. The first time we met in person with her, presented her with display options, and then showed her how those displays would look in her actual room was amazing. Not only did we create amazing WOW! factor displays but we were done in an hour.

Recently we did a photo shoot for her of her youngest son. Below is an example of one of the rooms we showed her. We grouped images that complimented each other and told the story of the morning. For the average session we like to create one to three options for the client. We like to vary the size/cost of the gallery and the spaces you might display the images. We LOVE it when a client sends us an image of the space they are thinking about using. Often we are able to use their images and show them their images arranged in their space! Pretty amazing! Seeing is believing.

OB-PlayroomJust like any large purchase we want to see how the images play together, feel good about the size in the space we are going to place the grouping. Clients often take our initial suggests and use it as a strong starting point. Often during the session we talk about where they might want to display the images and sometimes we offer suggestions for spaces they might not have thought about before.  In the end offering guidance whether in person or on line makes for a much much more confident purchase and sale.


If you are a photographer and interested in learning more about in person sales check out our recent workshop “From Pixels to Profit”.


Sometimes I get lost in ideas, backdrops, wardrobe and stories… when all I need is a simple image. We call these our “safety shots” going into a session because these portraits always sell. They are focused on the eyes, and often have a smile or soft face that looks right at your soul. I am ordering these today for my living room because I go mushy over “safety shots” too! I love their little faces… gap tooth grins, cowlicks and all! They are perfection to me.

The Wild Child Photography is all about storytelling through imagery, but we also strive to capture that simple and timeless portrait because we know mom’s (even me!) just love it. Why wouldn’t we?? It’s our soul too in that precious little face to forever cherish on the wall.


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