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presents -

an advanced course for beginners to photography

Photography Camp 2023

Beyond the basics:


More than just the basics - this comprehensive curriculum covers how to create emotional images that tell your story

Beyond the Basics teen camp is the most fun after-school program for frum teen girls! Learn photography in a spectacular program that incorporates outdoor activity like wading in the creek and through the woods to get to shoot locations. Gain new skills, new friends, and newfound confidence in a supportive group of teens just like you!

*By application only. Limited slots available.

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Photography Camp 2023 covers art foundations like mood, tone, and proper composition, technical skills on how to use your DSLR, the exposure triangle, how to set your camera to gain the look you want; beyond basic lighting skills, posing and angles, and how to put all these together to capture authentic emotion and tell your story.​


Classes will take place on location at the Peppermint Studio and surrounding grounds in our Chestnut Ridge Location, and will incorporate outdoor activity like wading through the creek and scouting the woods to get to locations for field work and shootouts.


Entire Program is in-person for a fun and wholesome hands-on experience


Active fieldwork and shootouts to apply new techniques on


Incorporate and master your skills with daily practice projects.

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Get a Peppermint Swag Bag!


Referral Program: With
each friend you bring, get
$100 cash back for both
of you!


Runs weekly on Mondays

April 24 - May 22

5:45 - 8:15 pm

Graduate with a Peppermint Photography Camp Certificate

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Limited slots available!

Apply early to avoid disappointment


Stories and successes from Beyond the Basics graduates

Week 1: Foundation

(April 24, 5:45 - 8:15 pm)


  • Discovering theme, tone, and mood - how to bring out the emotions you want in any scene.

  • Focus - 5 ways to eliminate distractions and pull the eye to the subject.

  • Three things to plan before every single shot

  • Composition: Rule of thirds, Leading Lines, how to (and how not to) crop your image.

  • Studio Work


Week 2: How to use your DSLR

(May 1, 5:45 - 8:15 pm)


  • The Exposure Triangle

  • Creating soft, creamy backgrounds

  • Capturing movement​

  • Field Trip - Exposure Triangle Experiments


Week 3: Writing with Light

(May 8, 5:45 - 8:15 pm)


  • Basic Lighting skills:

  • Understanding light and shadow

  • Understanding hard and soft light

  • Understanding Direction

  • Shooting indoors or outdoors with natural or ambient light


  • Field trip and Model Shoot: Natural Light Outdoors

  • Learning how to spot and use beautiful pockets of light




Week 4: Telling an authentic story

(May 15, 5:45 - 8:15 pm)


  • Posing and Angles

  • Understanding the significance of different angles and how they affect the emotion conveyed in your image.

  • How to work with kids: Capturing Genuine Moments

Week 5: Bonus Meet - Graduation!

(May 22, 5:45 - 8:15 pm)

Homework review, Graduation, and Camp Certificates

Plus, some bonus extras:

  • How to work with people and lead your sessions with confidence

  • Be a confident business owner

  • Effective Pricing Strategies and common business modules

  • Where to print: a list of professional photo labs and the secrets of who does what best


Please click one of the links above to submit your online application.

For any further questions or to request to have an application emailed to you, please reach out to me via, or call me at (845) 533-2270‬

I hope you join and can't wait to watch you discover your talent!

With love,

Fraidy Shimon

about peppermint photography camp

In the years since I've launched my website, I've gotten request after request from women and teenagers wanting to learn photography to document their families or to better their craft.

For years I've just been too busy to do it - work, family, and other obligations.

In 2019, I finally felt it's time to give back, and teach others what I've learned along the way.

I decided to run a photography camp, rather than a generic course.


What's the difference, you ask?

Well, it's all in the fun and spirit of it.

My goal for this camp was for us to learn in a very hands-on, very fun and supportive environment. 

I wanted to create a magical program, where women and teens can experience nature, get active outdoors, and create lasting friendships along the way.

The women's photography camp is structured around real life sets so you can learn to get spectacular images of your kids, and timed during the day when the kids are in school.

Teen camp is timed for late afternoons, during the golden hour, so high-schoolers and working teens get to join, too. Plus, it incorporates traipsing through the woods, wading the creek, and having good, wholesome fun while learning these valuable skills. (I wish I could have joined this program as a teen!)

In the years since we first started our photography camps, they've b"H become a smashing success and our students have succeeded beyond our fondest expectations! Teens, especially, love the Beyond the Basics in-person program. Many of our Beyond the Basics campers have come back for The Editing Bootcamp and are now doing spectacular work; some are doing photography professionally. It sure does beat babysitting for pocket cash!


I am so very proud of our graduates, and I know they are, too!

If you love photography and think you would enjoy Beyond the Basics Photography Camp, I'd like to invite you to apply and join our incredible group of students.

If you have any additional questions or concerns before signing up, please feel free to reach out to me at 845-533-2270‬.

I hope you join and can't wait to watch you discover your talent!

With so much love,


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