capture the photos that show the true magic of your everyday moments

Stop settling for low image quality, and iPhone photos that will only ever stay on your phone's camera roll. Finally master your big girl camera so you can create beautiful photos that are not only Instagram worthy, but also printed and hanging on the wall worthy.

Dust off that camera IT'S TIME TO 

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When you sit down scrolling through images on your phone thinking about just how fast time flies, you get a little nostalgic looking over old photographs. You wish these photos were good enough to print. 

You have a camera, you got it when your first kiddo was born. You messed with it a few times but there were just so many buttons, and trying to read a camera user manual might as well be like trying to build a rocket ship from blueprints written in Latin. That camera sits in the back of a closet somewhere collecting dust. 

You’re creative at heart, and you deserve to have that creativity reflected in the images you're capturing of those you love.

It doesn't have to be complicated

'As a self-proclaimed non-creative, it's really helped me get comfy behind the camera and let those creative juices flow. "

- Alex

Whether you’re a…

a Mom 

who wants to capture your new baby’s first smile.

A creative at heart

drawing or painting never really let you express yourself the way you wanted to


Interested in starting a photography business

who wants to take better photos for work. 

 and you want to master your gear

A comprehensive course for understanding your camera settings, finding good light, and documenting the everyday memories for your family. 
Learn the three fundamentals of camera settings, so you can finally use your camera to its fullest potential -- so you can beautifully capture the fleeting everyday moments. 



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Module One

We dig in right away with your camera seeing how only three things you need to know to take an amazing photo with your camera. I will give you exercises to do in your own home so that you can see see exactly how implementing these three things changes your  photo.  

Course breakdown:

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Module Two

Understand how different lenses enhance your photos

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Module Three

You've heard how important lighting is but what does that actually mean? In module three we will dive into the difference in good light and bad light.  You will learn my number one trick to finding great light, meaning inside or out your photos will turn out amazing. 

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Module Four

At this point you have learned a lot! Module four is where you will start to kick the creativity up a notch, by learning how you can use creative compositions to create artistic and dynamic images. 

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Module Five

Learn how to adjust your approach based on specific situations including quick moving subjects like kids or pets, getting authentic reactions from kids,  and mixed lighting situations. 






The results you're going to get:

How does this sound?


THE CONFIDENCE TO use your big girl camera anywhere.

The ability to find great light inside and outside.

Understanding how to finally create images that look like your favorite instagram account.

7 Implementation Modules showing you literally everything you need to know to capture breathe taking photos. 


Choose the payment option that fits your situation best.


Open your email to log into the course


Join the members only Facebook group and shake the dust off your big girl camera!


How it works

Think of all the photos you will take of your kids in the next year

Let's make sure you love every photo! 

“If you're on the fence, let me just say this is the absolute best decision you can make.”

- melissa

Enrollment is Open!

Instant Access to all 7 modules

Go at your own pace

create beautiful images of your growing family

enroll now $149

see you soon!

Join today!

Bonus: how to get real smiles from kids

I'm a small-town, North Dakota Wedding photographer and educator who believes I was made for more. I'm a farm wife and mom of two, and I've become the crazy plant lady. I'm a total introvert, but I know my message is important to share, so I'm stepping outside the box. 

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I got my first camera when my daughter Skyler was born.

Everyone told me to hold on the the moments, they flew by fast.  It wasn't until I became a mom that I really understood what that meant.  I picked up my camera to start documenting my kids lives.  I wanted to do it beautifully, but it took years to finally figure my camera out. I spent countless hours piecing together youtube videos, and digging through forums, and there may have been a few tears too! 

It took me years to finally be able to capture on camera what I saw in my mind. I don't want you to have to struggle like I did. 

i can help because i've been there

but nowI know how to help!


Grab your seat today and get my camera setting cheat sheet!

Join today and get a printable camera settings cheat sheet to take with you, so you always know where to start with your camera settings.


Have the confidence to pull out your camera at  your birthday party

Know how to avoid blurry photos of your kids sporting events

Know the tricks the pros use to capture real smiles of your kids

Not be afraid of breaking your camera by clicking the wrong button

Create photos with blurry backgrounds like you see on Pintrest

Know how to create a photo story

By the end of Mastering Manual, you will...


This  course is the only one of its kind because...

updated Live Q&A sessions inside a members only FB group

An active and highly supportive Facebook community with fellow students Alumni and Team Weisz to make sure you get unstuck in a matter of minutes instead of weeks. 

Lifetime Access to the course including any updates 

Equipment changes and gets updated this we know to be true. As the photography industry evolves so will this course. We plan to include detailed videos featuring multiple camera models and makes. 

The ability to go at your own pass. In the past when I taught this course in person you had to take really good notes because you couldn’t simply rewind it and watch it again, or go back later if you forgot something. Lifetime access means you can retake the course or re-watch a certain video you need anytime you want! 

Community Lead Members-only Facebook group even after the 6 weeks live Q&A’s finish up

Spend time with a group of like-minded photographers (even if you only photograph your own family), share inspiration and get feedback as you work to improve your skills, and refind your style. 

Study at your own pace

Ask questions + get answers


Follow a proven roadmap

This program includes everything
you need to master your camera.

Mastering Manual is the most comprehensive step by step course for women just like you who want to take better photos. No matter if you are wanting better photos of your kids, the ability to up your Instagram feed, or just want to find a new creative outlet.

Try My Program for 14 days. Get your money back if it didn’t serve you.

Mastering Manual is the most comprehensive step by step course for women just like you who want to take better photos. No matter if you are wanting better photos of your kids, the ability to up your Instagram feed, or just want to find a new creative outlet.

Our community is filled with amazing women who are helpful, supportive, and extremely talented. They believe the little moments in life are just as worthy of being documented as the big moments. When you join, you will be part of this special group. 

By the end of 14 days, you have received access to the introduction and the first two modules. Meaning you will have the opportunity to dig into the exposure triangle and understand exactly how lenses work with your camera to create a photo BEFORE making a final commitment. 

If you don’t feel totally confident in your ability to properly expose an image, simply reach out, show us what you’ve put to work, and we’ll refund your investment. Full details here.

money back 


Let me say this upfront. 

Now here is the kicker

This      for you if:

Want to document your children's childhood

Not ready to see the world in a new way

ready to understand your camera

don't want to capture beautiful images

you're ready to have the confidence to use your camera 

It's probably        for you if...




Let's do this thing.


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of camera is this course for? 

You can use any DSLR camera. This is a camera that has interchangeable lenses such as Nikon D5100 or the Canon Rebel t3i. You can use full frame or crop sensor cameras. We will have demonstrations on both Canon and Nikon cameras. 

Will I need to purchase more gear? 

No you can use the DSLR you currently own, you will not need to purchase any additional equipment. You will receive recommendations if you would like to purchase additional lenses, but it is not mandatory, these recommendations are just for those who want to invest wisely. 

Do I need special equipment to access this course? 

What if I’m not on Facebook, can I still access the weekly Q&A videos? 

I’m interested in photography, and maybe starting my own business is this a good course for me?

When I join Mastering Manual do I get immediate access to all the lessons and modules?

What if I don’t want to start a photography business, I just want to take better photos of my kids?

How do I submit questions for the Q&A?

No our course platform is web based you will need internet access but you will not need any other software or hardware. The course can be accessed from your phone computer or a tablet. 

You will not need a Facebook account to access the weekly Q&A videos. They will be recorded and then uploaded to the members only course platform. You will receive an email on Tuesdays to submit any questions you would like answered.  

If you are wanting to finally master your camera so you can consistently produce images you are proud of then this is the spot for you. This is a great course to start your photography career with, and help you to get the most out of the gear you have before investing in more expensive camera bodies or lenses. 

You will have instant access to all the lessons, take it slow, or bindge it all at once! Feel free to come back to the content when every you need a refresher! 

You are in the right place. While my journey as a photographer started with a desire to capture better photos of my kids, you don’t need to be interested in starting a business to take this class. This class covers the basics of how to use your camera, and does not cover any business topics. 

An email to a questions form will be sent out the begining of each month. These questions will be answered first during the call. If there is time for more questions you may ask them live. Videos will be recorded and will be uploaded to the course platform. 

Enrollment is Open!

Instant Access to all 7 modules

Go at your own pace

create beautiful images of your growing family

enroll now $149

see you soon!

Join today!

Bonus: how to get real smiles from kids


year I got my first camera


Number of times i thought I broke my camera that year


number of awesome photos I have this year of my kids


Number of Next Brave Step podcast episodes downloaded

let's work together

I personally can not wait to help you to unlock the power of your camera. Learning how to use my camera started out as just the desire to capture images of my children’s childhood beautifully. My camera has taken me all over the country and has allowed me to meet so many people. 

Photography allows me to express myself in a way other art forms never could. It makes me look at the world around me in a new light. As I look back over the photos I have taken of my kids I am so thankful I took the time early on to learn how to use my camera to capture those moments. The first steps, the messy faces in the high chair, family trips, and school programs. This is the reason I picked up a camera, and these will be the things I continue to photograph as the years roll on.  

If you're a mom, a grandma, or a business owner who has a deep desire to capture the beauty around you, the beauty you see in the everyday moments, you owe it to yourself to take a risk-free plunge to see what you're truly capable of capturing with your camera. 

Finally have the knowledge and confidence to use your big girl camera without the fear of breaking it. 

Should you choose to accept my invitation, I personally guarantee that the next 8 weeks will completely change the way you see the world around you. 

but first

Ready to dust off that camera?

Enroll now!