Photography Summer Camp / June 1-July 31 2020

Week-long photography day camps held in Lafayette, CA and run by credentialed teacher and professional photographer Shelly Hamalian. This camp is ideal for kids ages 10-17 who want to improve their photography skills in a small group setting with hands on experience. 

A $99 deposit is due now to hold your spot, full registration payment due May 1st, 2020.  $250 for half day options and $450 for full day options.

Read below for details then sign up today!

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Summer Camp Details  &  Schedule


Camp is offered at 3 different levels: 


II. Intermediate 

III. Advanced

Each level will be offered at three different times over the summer so you can take one, two or three sessions depending on your schedule and needs. Scroll down for more info on the levels offered.


Basic = June 1-6, June 22-26, July 13 -17

Intermediate = June 8-12, June 29 - July 3, July 20-24

Advanced = June 15-19, July 6-10, July 27 -31 


Full time: 9am - 4pm

Part time: 9am - 1pm OR 12pm - 4pm


This camp is ideal for people ages: 8 - 17 yrs old (3rd to 12th grade)

Admission to camp is based on skill level and will be determined/agreed on before payment is made.

We will meet each day at Shelly's studio and campers will be given a mix of theory and practical assignments that fit their current photographic skill level.  Participants will be given a workbook to use during their time here and materials that cater to their learning style. They will leave knowing a lot more than when they arrived; this will hopefully lead to a greater love of photography and usable skills they can apply immediately, creating beautiful photos, understanding their camera gear, editing software and off-camera flash/lighting. 

Basic Photography Camp

This is for the student who is good at taking pics with their smartphone and wants to begin taking photos with a DSLR camera. Or you already take photos with a DSLR camera and want to get off "auto" mode. Maybe you got a camera as a gift and want to learn to use it. If so, this camp is for you.

At this level you will learn the basics behind how to use your camera, what makes a good photo and how to take one. Taught in small group format, with ample time for 1 on 1 mentoring, students will be given a mix of theory and practical applications, and will work towards building a solid understanding of the foundational elements of photography by the end of the week. The goal will be to take photos no longer using "auto" mode.

$450 full day (9a - 4p), $250 half day (9-1 or 12-4)

Intermediate Photography Camp

This is for the student who understands manual mode or who has completed Basic Photography Camp and wants to take his/her understanding to the next level and sharpen his/her technical and compositional skills.

At this level we will spend time shooting in an area of interest, synthesizing theory and practical knowledge. Basic lighting (off camera flash, reflectors) and editing techniques (Lightroom/Photoshop) will be introduced as well

$450 full day (9a-4p), $250 half day (9a-1p or 12-4p)

Advanced Photography Camp

This is for photographers who fully understand their gear, the basics of the technical & theoretical concepts of photography and would like to spend time working on creating a body of work, building a portfolio of images, using editing software, shooting on location at local parks & sporting venues if desired. We will take trips to locations and have lots of time for 1 on 1 monitoring. Students should identify an area of focus: portraits, sports, landscape, still life, street photography.

$450 full day (9a-4p)  $250 half day (9a-1p or 12p-4p)

One on One coaching/mentoring

Shelly can spend time coaching you on a 1:1 basis if you'd like to learn something new, work out the kinks in a particular area, or spend time focusing on a particular concept in detail. Coaching is priced by the hour.


Are you beginner, intermediate or advanced? 

If after reading the above descriptions you still aren't sure which level of camp is best for your child, please talk to Shelly directly to figure it out. She can be reached by text: 415-235-8600 or email: shutterbug94549@gmail.com.

Camp Location

Camp will be held at Shelly's indoor/outdoor home studio in Lafayette CA. Get in touch for more details: shutterbug94549@gmail.com 

About the Photographer

Shelly grew up with photographer grandparents, who spent summers in the foothills of Lassen National Volcanic Park taking photos of rock formations, waterfalls & flowers, holding reflectors and holding photo gear. And while this was an invaluable education, she longed to photograph people!  So after a 12 year teaching career in Daly City CA, getting married and raising a son with autism, she started and ran a successful portrait and event photography business for 7 years in Lafayette, CA. Now with a son in high school, Shelly has decided to blend her two careers together and begin teaching photography. 

Understanding photographic concepts and learning to use a camera doesn't have to be hard!

Some of the basic concepts we will review and learn during our time together at Photography Summer Camp...

Campers are responsible for bringing a DSLR camera, a data card, owner's manual, a battery for their camera, a strap and a lunch. A snack will be provided for campers.

To see samples of my work, please visit my website or my Instagram account: @shutterbug94549

Camp is limited to 5 campers a week to ensure kids get an individualized experience. So sign up today.

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