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Photographing newborns is always such a pleasure!  And this little guy made it so easy!  Slept through the entire photo shoot!  What a cutie!!

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All images shot on a Contax 645 with Fuji 400h and Acros 100

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Holy-Moly!!  This little guys is such a great example of why I love to photograph babies!!  Such a cutie!!

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These photos were shot on a Contax 645, with Fuji 400h and strobes.  Processed and scanned Richard Photo Lab.

To learn more about shooting film with studio strobes follow this link.

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Have you ever felt frustrated with the pictures you take?  

Are they ever too dark, or too bright, or blurry or just plain boring?  Do you ever wish that someone could just show you an easy way to make them better?

Well guess what?!  I can!!

I believe that every one who owns a camera has the ability to take amazing photos!  Join me on May 23rd at my Greenwood studio and let me show you how!

In my Photography 101 class you can expect to learn:

  • All about your DSLR so that you can get out of auto-mode and expand your photographic horizons.
  • The basic rules of good composition so that you can get amazing photos with any camera, even your phone.
  • An understanding of light, and how best to use it.
  • Tips and tricks for getting great photos of your kids.  It can be done!

As part of the class you will also get:

  • Lots of practice! Yes, we will have models of all ages for you to work with!
  • Access to a private Facebook Group where you can share your photos, ask questions and learn from others in the group.  I’ll also be on the Facebook page to answer questions and give feedback well after the class is over!
  • And I’ll feed you. Woohoo!


  • Class will be held at my Greenwood studio on May 23rd  from 10:00 to 2:30.
  • Enrollment fee: $250 (a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration)


Click here to sign up today!


Please note, this class was designed for beginners.  If you are an aspiring professional photographer, this may not be the class for you.  For information on one-on-one mentoring or professional portfolio reviews, please give me a call (206.841.2260) or send me an email (

And, if you are interested in learning how to shoot film, please check out my class, Film for the Studio Photographer.


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I always love working on location!  Especially when the location is a gorgeous bedroom with the most amazing wall paper I’ve ever seen!

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Images captured with a Contax 645 on Fuji 400h with strobes.  Processed at Richard Photo Lab

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  • Kel Ward - Ack! I’m going to just keel over, looking at all the chubby cuteness! Fantastic photos, Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsy McCartney - What a gorgeous session, Sandra! Beautiful images and a gorgeous little family!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie Lynn - Those little chubs are just too cute to handle! And, I agree, that wall paper is beautiful. Lovely pictures of this cute family.ReplyCancel

  • melanie - such a sweet little face!! <3 i love the ones of her chewing on her mamas necklace!ReplyCancel

Most film photographers believe that in order to shoot film 100% of the time they need to shoot outside.

They struggle when the weather turns cold or rainy or when they are asked to photograph a subject indoors.

They believe the only solution to this problem is to push their film and pray for good results or go back to their digital camera and embrace hybrid shooting.

I know because that was my story too.

I struggled with not enough light.  I pushed my film which resulted in contrasty and muddy images that didn’t fit my brand, and I resigned myself to hybrid shooting, thinking that was my only choice.

What I know now, however, is that it is possible to shoot film 100% of the time – even inside, even on super dark days.  

It is possible create soft, luminous images at every single session regardless of the weather.  And it is possible to do it without pushing your film or relying on your digital gear.

How?  By shooting with strobes.

sandra coan film with strobesPINIMAGE

I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who have struggled with not having enough natural light to work with.  It is an all too common problem for us film photographers.  But so many of us shy away from using strobes.



Many feel that strobes are complicated, techy and hard to use.

Others prefer the soft airy images they get with natural light and fear that strobes will look too “flashy”.

And some just don’t know where to begin!

There are so many choices out there.  What do you buy?  How do you set it up?  How do you meter?  And more importantly, how will strobes work with vintage film gear?

All are valid concerns.

But here’s the thing, once you know how to use strobes you’ll see that not only are they super easy and convenient, they are also the key to being able to create beautiful , consistent work all year long!  And they will absolutely work with your film gear!

Let me show you how.

The Missing Link: A Film Photographer’s Guide to Studio Strobes is a workshop style, interactive PDF designed get you shooting film 100% of the time, regardless of the weather.

Here is what you can expect in the guide:

  • Detailed equipment list.
  • Instruction on how to set everything up and get it working seamlessly with your film cameras.
  • Metering with strobes for both B&W and color.
  • My one light, one light-modifier approach to creating luminous, natural-light looking photos.
  • Detailed descriptions, photos AND instructional videos throughout.
  • Continued support in The Missing Link Facebook group where you can share and ask questions of myself and others.

Just  think of all of the money you will save when you are not wasting your film on bad light!

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The image on the left was shot with a strobe.  The image on the right was shot with natural light.

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Order your copy by March 26th you’ll receive my bonus video on using strobe mixed with natural light AND my five film comparison chart!

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This image was shot using a mix of natural light and strobe light.

So why wait?  Start shooting film on your own terms today.

It’s time to be unstoppable!

The Missing Link: A Film Photographer's Guide to Studio Strobes
The Missing Link: A Film Photographer's Guide to Studio Strobes is an workshop style PDF designed specifically for the film photographer to get you shooting film 100% of the time!
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