review & giveaway!

Hey all!  Just wanted to let you know that Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler is doing a review and giveaway of my photography curriculum today!!  If you’re a homeschooler, or know one, Erica is an amazing resource!  She and her 6th grader have been using one of the Foto Finch courses this school year as an art elective.  Check out her blog at to see her thoughts and for a chance to win one of the courses for yourself!  There’s also a discount code for her readers!

The Foto Finch is the teaching branch of Treu Image Photography.  We currently offer two courses, both for middle and high school aged students (more or less :).  Shooting In Manual teaches the more technical side of using your camera, while Composition & Photojournalism talks about  creating visually interesting images and capturing the story.  Both courses have several lessons which cover the photography concepts, as well as 30 hands on shooting assignments to give students the opportunity to learn the concepts in a more practical way!

We are currently working on recreating one of the courses for elementary aged students, so keep an eye out!  If you’d like to receive updates on curriculum and promotions, please send an email to with the word “Notifications” in the title.

For more info, please check out, and don’t forget to head over to Erica’s awesome blog today for a chance to win!

Also, I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve put up a blog post.  Please stay tuned for a new entry :)


workshop announcement!

Hi there!  I know I’ve been really quiet around here.  I’ve been working on a few posts and I hope to have them ready soon, but today I wanted to just make this little announcement :)  As you might know, I recently launched The Foto Finch, the teaching branch of Treu Image Photography!  You can find the new website here!  Right now we are offering 2, one year, independent study photography courses for middle and high school aged students.  I’m so happy with how this curriculum came together and hope that students and families will find them both educational and enjoyable!

And, if you happen to be in the Denver area (or don’t mind driving!), I’ll be holding two photography workshops this summer!!  They will both cover the material in our Composition & Photojournalism course, and every attendee will go home with a copy!  Like I said, this course is geared towards middle and huh school aged students, but truly anyone can benefit from this workshop and material!

If you’re interested in coming or have a student that might be, we would love to have you!  Space is limited, so please don’t wait too long to register.  Here are the workshop details:

Photography Workshop: Composition & Photojournalism

When (Pick one!)

  • Saturday, August 16th, from 9am – 2pm
  • Saturday, September 13th, from 9am – 2pm
Parker, CO
Do you like taking pictures but want to be more creative with your photography?  Do you wish you could capture the story behind your images, the details, even the emotions?  If you want to learn how to go from pointing and clicking to creating art through photography, the Composition & Photojournalism workshop is for you!
Workshops are one day, fill your brain, be inspired, and shoot ’til you drop events for those who are ready to take their photography to the next level!
Now that you know the who (that’s you!), the when and where, here’s the what!  During the workshop we’ll cover:
  • What makes a picture visually interesting? (rule of thirds, lines, framing, etc.)
  • Learning to use light
  • Telling the story of your images
  • Computers, printers, and beyond!
  • Getting set up for the course
  • And much more, including lots of Q&A time!
The Details:
The cost of your workshop seat is $99.  Here’s what’s included:
  • A complete copy of the Composition & Photojournalism photography course by The Foto Finch.  this is an expanded form of the material we’ll cover during the workshop and is broken down into 16 photography lessons and 30 shooting assignments – one full year of fine art curriculum! ($84 value!)
  • A chance to practice your new skills with a live shoot!
  • Two scrumptious meals (yum!)
  • All this, plus tons of photo inspiration and discussion time!
Here’s what you’ll need to bring:
  • Pen or pencil
  • Notebook
  • Water bottle
  • Your camera!  Since this class does not specifically address the technical side of photography, you can use any kind of camera – point and click, DSLR or SLR (what most people call a “nicer” camera), even a phone camera!
  • Cards, batteries, lenses and film if necessary
  • (1) 5 inch, three ring binder
  • (30) tab dividers and labels
  • (150) clear page protectors
Here’s how to sign up:
Send an email to Ernie Treu at with the word “Workshop” in the title.  Be sure to include your name, age, and which workshop date you’d like to attend.  Once your email is received, instructions for completing the payment and registration process will be sent your way as well as details about the workshop day so that you’ll know what to expect!
Want more information about the Foto Finch photography courses?  Please visit or send an email to that same address (  We would love to help answer any questions you might have.
Are you a parent interested in taking the workshop?  We’d love to have you!  Please use the contact information above to register for your workshop seat!
Thinking about registering your younger student?  The workshop is open to all ages!  However please note that, attendees will be taking home a copy of the Composition and Photojournalism course to use throughout the school year, and this version of the course was written with middle and high school aged students in mind.  We know that homeschooled students may be learning at a variety of levels.  Please use your discretion when registering your child in the workshop.
*Please note:  Because of the limited space and the nature of the class, only registered attendees will be able to stay during the workshop.  No childcare is available.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Alright, that’s about it!  I’m really excited for these two events and just getting to teach about this art I love so much!  Please let me know if you have any questions at all.  And please feel free to pass this info along!  Thanks for all your support always :)  Hope to see you soon!
playing with light & a workshop announcement

playing with light & a workshop announcement

Hello!  So until this year, my kiddos (ages 4 and 5) had never done their own fireworks, never seen them up close, never held a sparkler.  Is that not normal?  Does everyone do their own?  Anyways, our sweet friends decided to fix that and made sure we would have our own fireworks to play with on the 4th!

The boys were super excited waiting for it to get dark enough.  Finally, way after bed time, we headed outside for the big event :)  While the men got things set up (yeah, I have a rule about not holding anything that can literally explode in my hand!) I decided to play with the settings on my camera and do some fun things with the boys.  I love how these came out!

There’s so many awesome things you can do with a camera in manual mode!  For these, I slowed down the shutter speed so it would capture the boys’ movement.  If you’re interested, the settings were:

ISO 400, 1.3, f/2.8

Then the fireworks started!

Then we let the boys play with sparklers!  Six boxes of sparklers and only one blister later, it had been a good night :)  Ethan actually cried when we ran out :(

I wanted to capture how dark everything was with only the sparkler to light the picture.

The settings were: ISO 1250, 1/100, f/1.8

Then it was time to draw with light!  So, one of the coolest things about photography is that you are literally freezing time.  When you take a picture, your camera opens the shutter and records everything that happens until the shutter closes.  It captures light over a period of time and gives you a tangible recording of what happened – so cool!

Okay to do this, I slowed down the shutter speed again (the amount of time between the opening and closing of the shutter).

My settings for this one were: ISO 160, 1.3, f/2.8

Then we drew some hearts!  Awww…so sweet :)

First 4th of July with our own fireworks :)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to do cool things with your camera or really just take control of your settings and make the camera work for you, I’d like to invite you to a photography workshop I’ll be doing on September 14th in Aurora, CO.  The workshop will be 4-5 hours long and will cover how to shoot in manual mode, what makes a great picture (composition), and how to go from just pointing and clicking to really capturing the story in your images!  The cost is $125 and includes breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials!

I’m also offering a referral discount!  If you get someone to sign up with you, both your registrations will be $90 instead of $125!    Photography is truly a gift in my life, allowing me to capture my family’s daily life in a real, tangible way.  For any questions and to sign up, please email me at  I’d love to have you there!

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