"Photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees." - Paul Strand
"Art is not a thing. It is a way." - Elbert Hubbard
"Photography helps people to see." - Berenice Abbott
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” - Marc Riboud
“There is one thing the photograph must contain: the humanity of the moment.” - Robert Frank
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I’m Jerred, a photographer and educator.


I help people learn photography in a positive, uplifting way by using a camera to tell stories about the world around them.

I believe in the power of photography to make the world a more beautiful place and that we can, through photography, lead more meaningful lives. I have helped thousands of students learn to gain their artistic voice through the years, and now I want to expand my classroom to the online world to help as many as possible.

I’d love to see you at my community site, called “Cameras and Coffee Cups.” Just click here to visit the free, uplifting gathering place!

We are all photographers!

Storytelling is in our soul.

Photography has been a gift to me.

It’s just one of those things. You are a photographer. I’m a photographer. We all are. While we live in the Instagram age where hundreds and thousands come across our screen in a matter of hours, some people only consider a select few “real photographers.” That’s not true! We all have the ability to become photographers and we all have to start somewhere.

Storytelling through the creative control of a camera has been a defining aspect of my life for decades. It’s given me the ability to tell stories of the land I’ve grown up in, and to share the unbelievable beauty found all around us. I truly want others to feel the same way I have and learn how to speak to the world with a camera. 

I want to pay it back to others. When my photography students “get it” for the first time, the feeling is priceless. When they finally understand how to control the camera and tell meaningful stories about the world, they start to see the world in a different, more powerful way.

Photography Articles, Interviews and Tutorials

The Hunger (A Short Story)

Photography is a creative act, and there are times when I’m more creative than others. Fall is one of those times and Halloween specifically fills

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