Although poor lighting makes for fun haunted houses, it tends to make for unflattering photographs and disastrous archery tournaments. Kids can learn how to take pictures that say more than 1,000 words with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a 2.5-hour children's photography class for kids age 9–14 from Jimmy Loyd Photography (a $150 value), which meets at the LaQuinta Inns & Suites Houston Galleria Area. Classes start at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; click here to see available dates.
When not freelancing for the Houston Chronicle or snapping shots in his studio, professional shutterbug Jimmy Loyd shares essential tricks and tips with aspiring photographers from his 25 years of camera-commanding. Approximately 35 pintsize pupils meet at the LaQuinta Inns & Suites Houston Galleria Area on West Loop South and sit in on a 2.5-hour photo-taking tutorial, practicing taking still lifes as well as portraits of a live model playing a musical instrument. With Jimmy Loyd’s cheerful, camera-savvy instruction, kiddie kodachrome junkies are made privy to the secrets of how to compose, light, and frame a photograph as effortlessly as Ansel Adams opened his breakfast cereal. Digital point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras are both welcome, but students must bring their own. Tiny ones will tote home two matted prints of their photos, along with a DVD slideshow.
Jimmy Loyd Photography
Over his 25-year career in snapshottery, Jimmy Loyd has accumulated an impressive list of skills as freelance photojournalist for the Houston Chronicle, portraitist, and studio owner. An early adapter to the digital-camera revolution, he can capture digital or analog family portraits, professional headshots, and in-the-moment sports images with ease. Loyd also employs his expertise in intermittently scheduled classes and photo tours, which might occur on-location at the Houston Zoo or, for more candid shots, out in the wilderness where animals don't have access to stylists.