The Family Story Keeper

with Andrea Moffatt


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Photographing a spark of potential in your child is one way to cup your hands around that warm little ember and say, “I see you. Now, grow!”

As mothers and photographers, we have a gift that enables us to capture the beautiful inner souls of our children and then offer it up to them as a mirror. We can use our photography to nurture our daughter’s budding talents as well as to communicate our most dearly held hopes and dreams for our sons. Our photos stand for our values. From every wall and from every photo album, they proclaim: “Here is what we’re about in this house.”

The Family Story Keeper is your guide to taking all those stories piling up on your hard drive as well as all the stories you’ll take in the future and putting them to work building a narrative of your family life. It’s more than printing for printing’s sake. It’s about…

1. Photographing your stories mindfully, in a way that evokes memories.
2. Using light and composition intentionally to express your biggest ideas.
3. Giving life to your photos so that as you and your family live with them and talk about them, they’ll become a part of your shared history.

Because when a story is collectively remembered, it stays, grows, and becomes part of us. You already have a gift as a photographer; now learn to multiply the bounty of that gift by using it to be the best parent you can be. This workshop is more than a photography course. In addition to helping you strengthen your personal storytelling images, it aims to give you a brand new and powerful tool in your parenting toolkit… your photos!


Photographers should either shoot in manual or be comfortable making their exposures in aperture or shutter priority mode.

what you’ll get

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5 Instructional PDFs

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

Custom audios/videos based on student Q&A

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal audio critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


4 Instructional Videos, including an introduction to making simple home movies

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Lesson One


Understand stories as “memory containers,” and acknowledge the imperative role of family ownership and conversation around your photo stories.

Shoot images with your mind full of ideas and details, in the same way a writer uses detail to expand their story.

Create Storytelling Still Life images or everyday vignettes that, despite being devoid of people, still evoke memory.

Employ Memory Gateways (smell, sound, music, light, etc…) to create powerful memory-laden images.


Use Memory Gateways to make two photos “that stick” and submit for feedback.

Lesson Two


Examine personal schema, values, and hopes and dreams for your child.

Dig deeply into your body of work to find reocurring themes. (With help from fellow students and the instructor, of course!)

Grapple with the question “What am I about?”


Submit a representative set of photos and a visual sketch of what you’re about for community and instructor feedback.


Lesson Three


Practice mindfulness as it pertains to photography.

Rethink your go-to camera settings.

Re-envision the ways in which you use light.

Apply tools of composition with purpose to help you express your stories.

Challenge the method by which you capture a moment unfolding before you. (Micro-composing)


Submit a photo series for feedback and write a short reflection pertaining to the ways in which you are attempting to change ingrained habits and mindsets.

Lesson Four


Make a plan for regular culling and printing preparation to be a part of your daily or weekly routine.

Explore all possible shapes your photos might take in order to get them into the hands of loved ones.

Plan and execute at least one printing project and/or make a simple home movie.


Build your good thing!

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about your instructor

Andrea is a photographer, former elementary school teacher, champion for libraries, and mom to two curious, spirited little boys in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. Since her time as a literacy teacher, she has been passionate about storytelling in all forms: photos, paintings, text, music, crayon drawings, etc. Andrea believes everyone has a story to tell, and everyone can unlock the ability to tell it beautifully. When she isn’t out taking photos, you can find her gardening, exploring new places with her sons, writing in her attic library, or with her nose buried deep in a book. (Shhhh- do not disturb!) But more than anything, Andrea loves capturing her sons’ childhoods and in doing so, teaching them to see beauty and wonder in all things.

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.