Summer 2020, 9-3pm, ages 11-15

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Tentative plans to protect safety:

MASKS: Students MUST bring their own mask to class.  Masks will be worn in the van and on field trips that require us to be close to people, and inside the teaching space.  Masks are not required outside at the teaching space or field trips where we spread out, but we will stay apart.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:  We will do our best to stay 6 feet apart in the teaching space and spend more of our downtime activities outside in the yard. ALL VAN RIDES WE WILL HAVE 8 PEOPLE IN THE CAR DRIVING TO AND FROM FIELD TRIPS.

MORE TIME OUTSIDE:  We will be spending more time outside both on field trips and in the yard doing games and activities during downtimes like corn hole, frisbee, football, large jenga.

LIABILITY WAIVER: Parents will NEED to sign a waiver before class starts accepting the program as outlined and releasing Big Picture from liability if their student contracts Covid-19.  We will also have you fill out a health questionnaire on Monday of class.

SANITIZE: Students and staff will assist in wiping down the van and work stations.  We will have sanitizer here and students are encouraged to bring small bottle for themselves.

OVERNIGHT CLASS: Masks are not required in the house or property and we will not be going to any other places.  However, a health questionnaire is required at the start of the week to make sure students have no symptoms and have not been exposed.


Our program is a boutique learning experience that is part camp/part art class. 2/3rds of the time is "on the go" shooting around Boston, the other 1/3rd editing & relaxing at the home teaching space near the Franklin Park Zoo. Downtime: Wii, boardgames, basketball hoop, Netflix, cards. Classes are for 7 students, ages 11-15 (see course description for alternate age ranges).  No phone use during class for any reason other than to communicate with family regarding pick up.

  • Classes are MONDAY-FRIDAY from 9-3pm, $465, for ages 11-15.
  • Agendas with field trip and lunch spots sent the Thursday before class. Summer 2020 will be mostly lunch boxes.
  • All teaching takes place at Jenny's house in Dorchester, 2 miles from the meeting spot in JP.
  • The lead teacher picks up the group at 9am and drops them at the end of the day at 3pm at the Soldier's Memorial ("the monument"), 1 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130). MAP YOU CANNOT BE LATE!
  • We supply Nikon DSLR cameras. Editing lessons in Lightroom.
  • Students bring lunch or lunch money daily. Water bottle suggested.
  • Bring a flash drive on the last day of class or buy one for $10.
  • There is a cat at the HOE TEACHING SPACE and a dog that is kept separate.
  • Class FULL? Email Jenny to go on the waiting list,


  • DISCOUNT CODES: BOSTONPUBLIC $25 off if you go to BPS 
  • Final payments due 2 weeks before class. 
  • Credit card payments Checks preferred: to Jennifer Connelly 136 Ruthven Street Boston 02121.
  • Refunds: A full refund will be given if your spot can be filled.

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Home Teaching Space and On-the-Go!


Class full? Email Jenny to go on the waiting list


Aug 3-7: Coastal Boston with Stephanie full This week we appreciate the beauty of NE waterways, the unique lighting, character and history.  Students will be taught foundation photo lessons while traveling to places like marina walk by the North End, taking the ferry boat from ICA to East Boston Marina, Revere Beach, Fort Revere in Nantasket and Caste Island.

Aug 3-7: Summer in the City with Jenny  full We will explore all the hot spots in Boston capturing both locals and tourists.  Lessons will be in journalism, composition, decisive moment and symbolism in photography.  Sample field trips to North End, Castle Island, Boston Common & Charlestown.

Aug 10-14: Surprise Surprise - We are going to kick it Old School like we did when Big Picture first started in 2012. And NOT PLAN AHEAD. Technical and aesthetic tools used to express ourselves with our work will be explored.  All lessons and trips will be decided on the spot each day in order to keep creative juices open and flowing and not restricted.  We will only go places we all agree on. 

Aug 10-14: Surprise Surprise 2 with second teacher- See above for description 2 left

Aug 17-21: Simmer Down with Jenny & Shamus class holds 12 students 1 left Our vibe is reflection and winding down our summer.  The pace will be slower and field trips will be to peaceful spots like Nantucket Beach, 40 Steps Nahant and the Public Garden.  Each day will have a core lesson such as 2/3 rule, perspective, lighting, framing and foreground/middleground/background. 

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Contact: Jennifer Connelly

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ABOUT TEACHER/OWNER JENNY: She has four kids, 3 in BPS, 1 in college.  She has been a photographer since 1994, see JenniferConnellyPhoto, & has her own school portrait company, Photo Charm.  

ABOUT YOUR TEACHER STEPHANIE:  Stephanie is a dance instructor, co-founder of her own dance company We B Dancin and professional photographer also working in video media since 2001.

ABOUT TEACHER JEPH ELLIS:  Jeph is an actor, photographer & muralist with two children making their home in Rockport, MA.  He is a FT art teacher at the Clark School in Rowley, MA.


Pick up/drop off in Jamaica Plain at the Soldier's Memorial, 1 South Street. Editing, lessons, downtime are at the Big Picture Home Teaching Space.