Piping Bags and DSLRs

I'm an ambitious girl, sometimes to a fault. Always have been. I love, love, LOVE trying (with the full intent of mastering) new things. Among the attempts I've made, here are some of the biggies:

flower arranging
cake decorating
oil painting


A few of these turned into more than just hobbies. In fact, I had a small wedding cake business when I was in college and in the few years afterwards (Cakes by Amy, lol), and I was absolutely obsessed with it. For years, I was chin-deep in the world of fondant, icing tips, buttercream, color tints, spatulas, piping bags, and flower nails. 

Bet you didn't know that, did ya? ;)

My career as a second grade teacher, followed by that as a stay-at-home mom, slowly replaced this passion, but one lesson I learned through the experience remains with me to this day:

Better decorating tools does not, by default, mean better cakes.

Seems obvious, right? I mean... if you know how to pipe a buttercream rose onto a flower nail, a nicer flower nail may produce a nicer rose. But if you don't know how to pipe a buttercream rose in the first place, even a flower nail made of pure gold can't give you the result you're going for.

Guess what? It's the same with flower arranging. And with calligraphy. And with running, cooking, oil painting, and, yes, with photography.

Your camera will only take you as far as your knowledge and skills will let you.


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I've taught my in-person Sweet Shots classes for over seven years now, and if there's one thing I hear more than anything else it's this:

"I've bought this DSLR but can't seem to get the pictures I thought I'd be getting. The background isn't blurry, my action shots aren't in focus, the flash always goes off..." and on and on...

There's a lot of frustration due to the fact that these parents truly believed that a nicer camera would produce nicer pictures. Which, of course, I get. Because I've been there.

Through this class, I've taught more than two thousand parents the step-by-step process of taking stunning pictures of their children with their DSLRs. 


We are SO excited to announce that our first Sweet Shots e-class
will be released this October!

Because your DSLR can only take as good of pictures as your skills allow...


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