Brenda Boyd Photography in Menifee/Murrieta, CA, Announces Accreditation by Special Kids Photography of America

Brenda Boyd Photography announces its accreditation by Social Kids Photography of America on August 27, 2019.

Accreditation means a photographer has completed a Special Kids Photography of America workshop, has passed a written test and submitted images that were reviewed and approved by a panel of judges. “Because of this accreditation, I am even more sensitive to the needs of special kids, and I will listen to the parents when they tell me what makes their child amazing,” says Brenda.

“When I became an ‘aunt’ of two special boys, my life changed forever,” says Brenda. “I learned everything I could, and I become a respite provider. My sweet nephews are all grown up now, and they have taught me the invaluable arts of love, slow, laughter, and listening.”

Brenda says, “I’ve heard stories about families who have been turned away by photographers because the photographer didn’t want to work with or photograph that child. Families with special kids enjoy a great photo of their child, just like everyone else.”

Brenda Boyd is a professional photographer serving the Menifee, Murrieta/Temecula, and surrounding areas. She specializes in headshots, people and pet portraits, and special kids photography. She is the only accredited special kids photographer in the San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. She is available by appointment by calling 909-583-3033.



Special Kids Photography of America was founded out of a young Pennsylvania mother’s frustration, humiliation and hurt experienced at a photo studio where she went to commission a portrait of her one-year-old disabled son. The photographer tried to turn her away because her baby did not look like other infants. After her tears dried, she got mad and realized that professional photographers need to be trained with researched knowledge and how to be comfortable with photographing special children. That’s what SKPA does: Train photographers and advocate for special children through beautiful photography.

Since the time of SKPA’s inception in 2000, hundreds of photographers have been trained in the unique understanding of working with various disabilities common in our society. All photographers and interested parties can benefit from the educational books and tools available from this website. Our main mission is to represent parents to photographers, that they might have the training, understanding and tools that equate to improved photographic services to familes of children with special needs.

SKPA photographers are in no way employed by, nor recommended by, Special Kids Photography of America. SKPA photographers are listed on the SKPA website as a courtesy and possible assistance to families seeking photographic services for their special children.

Photoshop World 2019, August 20-23

What a great week in Las Vegas at the 2019 Photoshop World.

There were so many classes to choose from…often 4-6 at one time…so I just had to pick and go.

The biggest take home message was: HAVE FUN! PLAY! BE IN AWE! BE ME!

The photo stages were a blast to photograph…along with 4,000+ other people. Nothing really original…just fun! Totally fun!


Joshua: Now Here’s a Special Kid

I’m getting certified with Special Kids Photography of America. If you have a special kid and you want photos, but have had a terrible experience with other photographers, maybe we can meet to see if I can get you some photos that will make you smile and cry!

See all the top picks from today…


In Los Angeles with Peter Hurley

Big Dream Come True – I’m in Los Angeles for three days with Peter Hurley at the Headshot Intensive/Intensified workshop.

I love this quote from Bruce Lee:

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

Photography Tips

Over the years I have gathered photography tips from some pretty amazing photographers. Here’s a short list of my favorite top tips. Follow them, and your photography will immediately improve.


  1. A SENSE OF PLACE. What do you feel? Be mindful of the story you want to tell in 5-8 pictures. Help the viewer be with you. Slow down. Look around.Get in the moment. Let the photographs find you.
  2. CAPTURE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE PLACE.Photography is your gift back to the world. Let your photography be an expression of the moment you had in that place. Allow yourself to express your feelings and spirituality through photography.
  3. LIGHT. Move toward the light. If there’s no light, there’s no photo. Practice seeing light. Notice the quality of light. See how light changes. It’s all about the light. Light is what gets attention.
  4. ATTENTION. You have to have a focus point, a point of attention, a subject.
  5. GET CLOSE. Walk up to your subject. Get on eye level of your subject. Get closer.
  6. COMPOSE. Apply rule-of-thirds. Be responsible for what is in your picture. Eliminate the background distractions. Choose what is in the frame. Look at your edges. Be intentional.
  7. BE WILLING TO WALK AWAY.If you’re not getting the photo you want, don’t “take it.” Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s a photograph.
  8. EDIT. Only show others your best. Edit. Edit. EDIT. If you took 100, edit down to 10-12. Tell your story of you in your experience.
  9. EXPERIMENT. Take your camera off of manual. Try Aperture preferred to control for depth-of-field (the amount of in focus before and after the focus point).
  10. STORY. Keep your story in mind. Include close-ups, medium views, and wide views, plus people (close-ups, medium-views, wide views).


  1. DON’T TAKE A PICTURE OF NOTHING. Have a subject. Have a story you want to tell.
  2. DON’T TAKE A PICTURE WITHOUT LIGHT.Light brings attention to your subject. The sun will go in and out. Wait for it!
  3. DON’T JUST STAND THERE.Move in. Lay down. Look up.
  4. DON’T TAKE.“Taking” can be selfish and insensitive.
  5. DON’T BE BORING.Don’t post all your photos from a photo excursion on social media.
  6. DON’T HURT PEOPLE.Don’t show other people at their worst.

Rockin’ it at WPPI

The photo expo opened today ( On the show floor is a booth where I rented for free my dream camera and lens. There were five stations with models. Once I was done I got to edit my favorite picture in Lightroom and photoshop. Then I got to have it printed for free on 17×24. This was the result. I took it back to Dustin, the model, to show him. It was a hit with all the models. I’m so excited.


Develop a Photographic Habit

A habit is something you do over and over again. A habit is what you do automatically without thinking.

Author and habit researcher Charles Duhigg wrote a book called: “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change It.”

Duhigg figured out that habits were not just routines, habits actually form because of a loop of three stimuli. He calls the grouping of stimuli a Habit Loop.

What is a habit loop?

a. CUE a trigger – example: wake up

b. ROUTINE a behavior – example: go for a jog

c. REWARD a result – example: loose the weight you want to loose, to feel good, look good, and get noticed in a positive way

Experiments have shown, according to Duhigg, that almost all habitual cues fit into one of five categories: 

  • Location – I am at the refrigerator and triggered to eat 
  • Time – It is 3:30 p.m. and I am triggered to take a nap
  • Emotional State – I am hurt and I am triggered to eat a whole bag of M&Ms
  • Other People – I see my doctor and I am reminded to take my prescriptions
  • Immediately preceding action – I just finished dinner and I am triggered to wash the dishes

What habit do you want to develop in photography?

Maybe it is working on your photography every day, learning something new, or starting a new photography project. Here’s how the cue, routine, reward loop would look:

a. CUE: Determine whether the cue will be a location, time, or an action, such as seeing the camera

b. ROUTINE: Decide what action you want to do. Maybe it is working on a one-photo-a day project with only a 50mm lens. If so, the routine could be to pick up your camera and take a photo using a 50 mm lens.

c. REWARD: The reward could be the thrill of the adventure and challenge, or the satisfaction of developing your portfolio.

What is it that makes a habit stick or not stick?

Once you’ve figured out your habit loop—CUE, ROUTINE, REWARD—you’ve identified the reward driving your behavior, the cue triggering it, and the routine itself—you can begin to shift the behavior. You can change to a better routine by planning for the cue, and choosing a behavior that delivers the reward you are craving. What you need is a plan, and you need to believe in the plan and work the plan.