If you are a Seattle-area mama who loves to take photos, and you want to build and share your passion for photography with fellow women in a fun and supportive environment, then you’ve found the right place! Take a look around the site, check out our Facebook page, see what we are shooting on our Instagram feed, and join the fun. We hope to see you soon at one of our meetups, events or workshops!
Mamas with Cameras is lead by co-founders Mary Balmaceda and Wenmei Hill, and we are passionate about making digital photography fun and accessible. We all want memorable photos of our lives, but sometimes the technology behind today’s digital cameras can feel overwhelming. Our fun, hands-on workshops cut through the technical jargon and give practical settings and tips that will help you instantly take better pictures of the things (and people) that matter to you. We also host free monthly meetups and photo walks with fun speakers and exercises to help take your photography to the next level!
What sets a Mamas with Cameras workshop apart from the rest?
- We are professional photographers who specialize in child, family and event photography. This means that we have a ton of tips and tricks specific to capturing those special moments with your children and families!
- Did you notice we said “instructors”? Yep, you get TWO of us, which means twice the knowledge, twice the experience, twice the amount of personal attention, and twice the fun! (It also means you have an alternative if one of our personalities or teaching styles doesn’t work for you.)
- We have a deep wealth of knowledge and experience covering the major digital camera brands and can give you insight into the particulars of each brand. We also make sure we’re current on the technology of all the brands, so it doesn’t matter if you shoot Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, or even Leica — we can help you!
- We’re both local mamas (between us, we have five children). We know where you’re coming from as a mama, we know the challenges you face when you photograph your families, and we know what it’s like to photograph in Seattle (with our unique light, weather, and topography). We also carry wipes in our bags in case there are any spills during class.
We currently offer three workshops: Introduction to Digital Photography, Working with Natural Light in Manual (M) Mode, and Introduction to Post-Processing: Lightroom. See the workshop descriptions below to find out more and check out our calendar to see when the next workshops will be offered!
Note: We plan to add more workshop topics, including lighting, composition, and editing. Please let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like us to offer!
Do you have a question about Mamas with Cameras? Want to find out about our next meeting, workshop, or event? Are you a photographer who would like to show your work and share your knowledge with a fabulous group of ladies? Or do you know of a photographer or someone in the photo industry would might be interested in speaking to our group? Please email us at
We’d love to hear from you!