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

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**Current refund policy due to Coronavirus: sign ups after March 18th, you may get a credit, refund or take a virtual class if social interaction guidelines prohibit classes in July and August.

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.
  • Agendas with field trip and lunch spots sent the Thursday before class.
  • 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.
  • Class FULL? Email Jenny to go on the waiting list,


  • DISCOUNT CODES: BOSTONPUBLIC $25 off if you go to BPS.
  • 1/2 down required immediately to hold your spot.  
  • Final payments due May 1. 
  • 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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ALL CLASSES ARE $465 and for 11-15 Year Olds unless otherwise noted.

Private Beat-Making classes available-contact us


1 week of programming June 29 in Rowley (North Shore) at The Clark School, overnight camp July 20th in Sebago, Maine for girls, week at Old Town Hall Salem week TBD.



June 22-26: Photo Assignments 1 with Jenny see below

June 29-July 3: Photo Assignments 2  with Jenny Each day students have a different photo assignment while we explore the Hidden Gems of Boston.  Examples are: portraiture, landscape,  journalism, still life, travel, black & white, fashion. Two days will be spent on making proper exposures using our f-stop, shutter speed and ISO.  More advanced students can take it to another level with editing style and subject matter and focussing on technical elements of shutter speed and f-stop.  Newbies can get a grasp of what good photography is and their personal style.  Sample trips are to The Skate Park, Boston Common, The Old Manse, The North End, Salem, Eastie Marina and more.Take both of the above and get $50 off with code "TWOWEEKS" at check out.

CLASS IN ROWLEY, MA AT THE CLARK SCHOOL, June 29-July 3: Photo Essentials with Jeph Ellis, $495 Jeff will review the basic tools for creating strong work by teaching lessons in composition, lighting, focal point, subject matter and foreground/middleground/background. Jeff is a FT art teacher at the Clark School, muralist and photographer.  Field trips to such places as The Crane Estate, Plum Island, Willowdale State Park and more. 

July 6-10: Developing Your Own Sense of Style Using Foundation Photo Tools with Jenny Students will learn to put together images that express their point of view and artistic style using the building blocks of photography.  Foundation lessons like composition, lighting, and foreground/middleground/background as well as lessons in symbolism, close, medium and wide shots, and focal point. We will think about how the images as a group give us a broader, rich story. Sample field trips to Fort Revere/Nantasket beach, Charlestown, 40 Steps. 

July 6-10:  Photo 101 with Stephanie We spend the week focussing on the foundation tools for making great photos like foreground middle ground background, composition, lighting, framing and more.  Sample field trips to Copley Square, Boston Common, Eastie marina and Castle Island.

July 13-17: Class & Culture  with Jenny Students will capture the same things like markets, parks, cars, gas stations, people, families, restaurants in various neighborhoods that are distinct by economic and cultural differences.  This will give us a visual comparison of different communities.  Sample field trips are to Beacon Hill, Eastie, Lynn, North Shore are like Rockport or Gloucester.  We will vote on both locations that deliver the diversity we are looking for but also choose some spots to have fun.

July 20-24: Photo Essentials: Girls Overnight in Sebago Maine 12-15 YO (mature 11 YO) $1075 with Jenny We are keeping it short and sweet this year! 4 nights, M-F in a beautiful spot directly on lake Sebago. Students will depart Monday at noon from Boston with Jenny and return Friday at 1pm with Jenny (no parent long hauls needed).  Each day we will focus on one aspect like Portraiture, Lighting, Landscape and Storytelling.  We will use building block tools to make visual work in those themes.  Downtime will include lake activities like kayaking, swimming, lounging in the hammock, and playing pool in the gameroom.  MUST BE A GOOD SWIMMER OR ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET.  STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED A ROLE EACH DAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SUCCESS, SUCH AS SOUS CHEF, CLEANING UP MEAL SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR.  PHONES: STRICT PHONE POLICY.  15 MINUTES AFTER BREAKFAST, 15 MINUTES AFTER DINNER, 1/2 HOUR BEFORE BED.  Sleeping: six beds in the loft and a bunk bed room on level two.  If 6 or less sign up we will be joined by our cook, Jenny's son Desmond, who was the cook for the last 3 years at overnight (there may not be room for him in the van). Contact Jenny with more specific questions and sleeping requests.  Sidenote:  Must have true interest in photography, be signing up of your own accord, and preferably enjoy lake actvitites (or at least lounging in a hammock!).  POSITIVITY AND FUN VIBES! CLICK HERE TO SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OVERNIGHT 2019

July 20-24: Fashion & Portraiture with Stephanie We will use the street as our background focussing on using natural light, posing, working with subjects and choosing backdrops.  We will also take a couple days to stage and shoot our own fashion sessions around the city and learn how to approach fashion photography. Sample trips to Eastie Marina, Salem, Underground at the Ink Block.

 July 27-31: Working with Natural Light & Choosing Backdrops with Jenny We will explore proper use of light to highlight subjects, create mood and pleasing aesthetics.  We will also look at choosing the right backdrop to frame and enhance your subject.  Sometimes the backdrop comes first and then we wait for the right moment/subject to enter it. Sample field trips to Copley Square and BPL, ICA with boat ride to Eastie and Fort Revere.

July 27-31: Street & Documentary with Stephanie Students will learn to observe and then capture an image which speaks about the location they are in using tools like composition, decisive moment, motion in photos and black and white imagery. Sample trips to the Skate Park, Downtoen Crossing/Boston Common, Castle Island.

Aug 3-7: Summer in the City  with Jenny 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 3-7: Coastal Boston with Stephanie This workshop takes us to waterways around Boston like "40 steps" in Nahant, Revere Beach, Castle Island, boat ride to Eastie from ICA.  Each day will have a photo challenge as we review and reinforce 2/3 rule of composition, black & white imagery, texture & landscape.

Aug 10-14: Surpise Surprise with Jenny  - 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 17-21: Simmer Down 1 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. 

Aug 17-21: Simmer Down 2 see above


Private Beat Making Classes with JJ $25/hr at Teaching Space, $40 at your home JJ, Jenny's son, is a music student at Bunker Hill and a avid beat maker.  Classes are in Garageband and are custom designed to your skill level and interest. Email us to get more information:


Look for T-shirts at check out.  SMALL-XL sizes $20


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.