The original UNmanual was released three and a half years ago and has sold close to 1000 copies.  It was more wildly successful than I could have ever imagined and hearing that it has helped so many of you capture the memories of your family so easily and effortlessly makes me so happy.  Because that’s how it should be.

It’s been quiet here on the blog not because I have nothing to share with you, but because I have been pouring myself into creating the UNmanual2.


The UNmanual2 is something I’ve been dreaming up for quite some time.  I wanted Mom*togs to be able to see how I interact with my own kids when I shoot, what the environment I shoot in looks like, and how I use light.  My kids, my house.  Nothing special or fancy, but just how I photograph my kids living their lives and doing their thing.

The UNmanual2 consists of 13 video guides and reviews all of the basics from the original UNmanual, so if you did not purchase the original UNmanual don’t worry.  The UNmanual2′s lesson based structure will ensure that you too become a master of DSLR manual shooting.  If you did purchase the original UNmanual, the basics of DSLR manual shooting will be a nice review, but I’ve also added a lot of content for those of you who have mastered the basics and are looking to take your photography to the next level.

To compliment the UNmanual2 I will be releasing the UNmanual Editing Guide next week.  It will consist of video tutorials on how I use Photoshop to enhance my images and get them to look like a better version of everyday life.

For those of you who purchase the UNmanual2 on Black Friday you will receive the UNmanual Editing Guide (priced at $149) for free the second it’s released! No code needed.  It will be added to your course page automatically!  You can register for the UNmanual2 here.

Also, I released a course on how to improve your Phonetography.  It’s completely free.  Just my little gift to you.  You can register for that course here.  

I hope you enjoy the new UNmanual as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Their Thing

When your kid tries soccer and baseball and karate and basketball and it’s just not their thing.  Then they find it and they fall in love and work at it.  It’s a pretty darn cool thing to witness.

Canon 5D Mark II, 35 1.4, F 2.8, 1/160, ISO 500




Little Dreamer

“Dream.  Believe in yourself.  Work hard.  Enjoy the process.  Love the art.  Dance with your heart.  Repeat.”

*** Canon 5D Mark II, 50 1.2,

F 2.8, 1/250, ISO 500


This shot is a good example to always be prepared.  Kennedy was so excited to win a trophy at her dance competition.  So excited that she wouldn’t let it go.  I saw her starting to get sleepy.  I manually set my settings to close what I thought they should be and was ready for her to close her eyes.  Right after I snapped this picture her tired little arms dropped the trophy.  I was a Girl Scout so I’m always prepared ;)



Tiny Dancer

“If you ever feel like giving up just remember there’s a little girl watching who wants to be just like you.”

*** Canon 5D Mark II,

50 1.2, F 2.8, 1/400, ISO 125


35 1.4, F 2.8, 1/3200, ISO 125 momtog.com

50 1.2, F 2.0, 1/250, ISO 125


50 1.2, F 2.8, 1/500, ISO 640momtog.com