Kind Words From Students

Below are examples of kind words I hear from my students every semester:


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"I enjoyed taking your Photo 180 class this semester and I learned a lot about using Photoshop and Lightroom but I think my creativity improved as well.  I look forward to taking more of your classes in the future." ~ JR in Photo 180, Spring 2016

"Thank you for a great semester! I really enjoyed this class and I feel like I have learned a lot. The suggestions that you gave for every assignment  were really helpful. I have taken multiple online classes and they have never been very helpful-some just gave the grade and nothing else, others have had a T.A. grade everything so the teacher would be kind of lost if you asked a question- but this class was great in that category smile the videos that you posted also helped a lot." ~JT in Photo 180, Spring 2016

"At the beginning of the class, I had no knowledge of photography. I was also unable to use manual without getting all black photos as a result. You were kind and caring, and allowed me the opportunity to correct this wrong without penalty.
This is exactly what a photography class should be like. It encourages the learning of photography. The re-submission allowance encouraged me to keep trying, whereas otherwise I may not have.
The work load was manageable. I would not change anything about this class. 
Thank you so much for everything!" ~ LM in Photo 109, Summer 2015

"The huge success of this class is the manner in which it was taught. No matter how messed up or what mistakes were made, there was always support and encouragement to do better next time!! This is the way it should be, especially with beginners. Our spirits weren't broken, curiosity peaked, and we were always guided on HOW to work something in a different way.

Say, I really appreciate your attitude and supportiveness..and prompt email feedback! It made this class a positive experience, and I thank you for that." ~ GP in Photo 109, Summer 2015

"Before taking this class I was nervous and anxious. I thought it would be difficult to learn photography though an online class but I have learned so much and I am so glad that I took this class. What I found the most helpful was the teacher because through her posts and responses, I felt that she genuinely wanted us to become the best photographers we could be and I no longer felt that I was alone in the class. Thank you for such a great class."  Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Summer 2015

"What a fabulous class this was. I have to admit that I was nervous at the beginning of this session, having never taken an online class before. However, I absolutely loved it! I love how interactive it was. The assignments were fun but still allowed me to demonstrate the information that I had learned in the lessons. The work load was completely manageable and the feedback really helped me to improve my skills.
I have learned so much more than I thought I would and I think this is because of Say's willingness to help us and the passion she brings to teaching. 
Overall, this was the perfect online summer class!" Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Summer 2015


"Thanks for a great quarter. Your organization, flow, and hard work made this class useful and interesting. I sincerely appreciate your time, dedication, and consideration. And I wish you the best going forward - the rest of the summer and beyond!" ~HP in Photo 109, Summer 2015

"This class was wonderfully managed. I thank you for encouraging creativity, enthusiastically helping, and being very reachable even in an online class. 

At the beginning of the class, I had no knowledge of photography. I was also unable to use manual without getting all black photos as a result. You were kind and caring, and allowed me the opportunity to correct this wrong without penalty.

This is exactly what a photography class should be like. It encourages the learning of photography. The re-submission allowance encouraged me to keep trying, whereas otherwise I may not have.

The work load was manageable. I would not change anything about this class. 

Thank you so much for everything!" ~ LM in Photo 109, Summer 2015


"I have had a really great time learning about photography and what goes into the art and science of it in this class. Thank you so much for explaining things clearly when I did not understand as well as allowing us to resubmit when we did not get the grades we wanted. I hope to take more photography classes in the future."  Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Summer 2015

"Thank you so much for all of your help. You really are an amazingly gifted teacher, all your efforts show in this class. You are always quick to respond and give amazing feedback. Your dedication to teaching really shows, it was an honor to have been in your class with such positive feedback and great re-direction for work.   Again Thank you for a wonderful semester. Do you teach other online classes? I would love to sign up for more classes with you. " ~ CHD in Photo 150, Fall 2014

"I learned quite a bit- GREAT TEACHER!! Energy comes right through online.  Thank you Say!"  Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 150, Fall 2014

"Thank you for all your insightful tips and great content. I feel l've learned a great deal, not just about trends in stock houses, but how to push my photography to be the best it can be, free of noise and distraction, focused on the correct things, and all around more polished.  You are clearly engaged in this class and interested in the success of your students and it shows. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this class!" ~ Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 150, Fall 2014

"Thank you for this semester, you have been such an inspiring teacher & I have learned a lot!" ~ EP Photo 109, Fall 2013

"I was a student in your photo 109 last fall (2012). First I want to tell you how grateful I am to have had you as a teacher. The course was great and I learned a lot, a lot more than I first expected. Thank you and keep up the good work. You are by far the most inspiring and dedicated teacher that I know." ~ LF emailed this to me August 2013

"My friend who is a printer was impressed with my work as well thanks to all you have learned me this semester, so really Say, thank you so much, wish I could talk another class with you!!" ~ CE in Photo 285, Spring 2013

"After I left the first class, I thought I was lucky to have Say as a teacher.  You really took the mystery out of photography.  You're very entertaining and you make the material interesting.  Considering it's a long class session, your teaching style definitely makes the evening go by quicker." ~ Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Spring 2013

"I really liked this class and you're a great teacher! You made me want to learn and I did." Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 150, Spring 2013

"The teacher, Say, is a wonderful teacher. She has so much energy and she is funny too. She teaches in a great way and she gives good feedback on the assignments." ~ Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 150, Spring 2013

"I’m stoked to be in your class, I love your energy!!" ~ AM in Photo 150, Spring 2013

"BTW, you're an awesome teacher. I enjoy listening to you in class. Your relaxation, makes me feel comfortable and you keep me interested with your way to talk. Also, I'm learning by watching, not numbers, but how to actually do it. You do it well by mixing the styles. Thank you for that." ~ SB in Photo 150, Spring 2013.

"Thanks for all your help this semester. Your class was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. It definitely put me in the mood I wanted when I first started the class and I will continue to learn as much as I can. smile" ~ MR in Photo 109, Fall 2012

"Thanks again for everything this semester! I have had my d5000 for five years or so and have taken cool shots in auto but in the 15 weeks of this class I gained a greater understanding of my camera than all five years. thanks." ~ AC in Photo 109, Fall 2012

"I have taken on-line classes for awhile and I can say that you are one of the best ones that I have had. Thank you!" ~ Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Fall 2012

"Say, ... I got my first Director of Photography credit this summer. The movie premiered in September. I'm taking a big step to continue to find the life I want. Thank you for the work you did that kept me taking pictures. I hope you are well!" ~ DJ sent this to me in an email October 2012.  He was a student of mine in I believe in 2007.

"Thank you so much for you email. How  thoughtful and giving you are.. thank you for you kind and wise words.. you made me smile and laugh and almost cry.I so appreciate your time, expertise, energy and passion. You give so much to us students. I continue to be impressed( but no pressure.) ( I would always be happy to write you an evaluation if you ever need it- just saying- again no pressure)." ~ AV in Photo 109, Fall 2012

"i just wanted to say...thank you!!!! You are soooooo patient. I have learned so much already in this class and it is so exciting to think about how much more there is to learn. I would have never learned any of this if I were left to my own devices. I have taken a lot of on-line classes and have had a lot of different experiences with different teachers,  and I really appreciate how involved and responsive you are to your students.....thank you." ~ BW in Photo 109 in Fall 2012

"Overall, I had a lot of fun with this course! I want to thank you for being so helpful and kind. It's hard to find teachers that genuinely care about their students, and I feel you definitely do. I hope to one day be your student again."  ~ Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Spring 2012

"I think that you covered everything wonderfully and I loved that you are very efficient at answering e-mails, this class was one of the most helpful and organized online classes that I have ever taken. " ~ Anonymous* post in discussion board in Photo 109, Spring 2012

"Thank you, Say!  You definitely have bragging rights, as you had a great influence on my photography.  You're a fantastic instructor, and I mean that sincerely.  I was ready to give up on the class, but you encouraged me and convinced to continue.  It was the first online class I took, so that was also a challenge; I'm grateful I stayed with it.  I enjoyed the creative assignments in your class that helped me to improve. I'm still learning!"  ~ BM in an email to me regarding her upcoming solo photography show of April 2012.  She was a student of mine in 2008.

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Do you teach a photoshop class? I know the department does, but I really like you style of teaching and was hoping that I could take the class from you." ~NC in Photo 109, Spring 2012

I'm not saying this to "kiss up" but I just have to tell you that your follow through and teaching style is great. I come from a family of teachers (except for myself) so I appreciate a good one when I see it. Thank you!”  ~ AR in Photo 109 Spring 2012

And thank you for a really great class, Im sorry I haven't written anything in the forum about evaluation but I loved this class. You are a great teacher and you really give to your students, and you give honest and giving critique. So thank you, you gave me a lot during these weeks.

Take care now, and I wish well in the future!”  ~ CE in Photo 150, Spring 2012

Thank you for taking the time to explain things to me and to offer great advice for improving my people pics.  It is nice to learn how to take them and I'm sure I'll be learning a lot more when I take 209.

I'm going to miss this class.  It was great having you for an instructor again.

Will you be teaching any classes in person in the Fall?

Thanks for a very informative and enjoyable class.”  ~ AL in Photo 150, Spring 2012

i have a feeling with your devotion to students and my passion for creativity i think i mite just be able to pass this class! “ ~ KD in Photo 109, Spring 2012

I want to take this time to thank you for your hard work on teaching us and the patience you have had.  You are a wonderful Instructor and I do wish our paths cross again. Have a very Merry Christ-mas and a wonderful New Year!!” ~ SH in PH124, Fall 2011

Overall I think you’ve done a very good job with this class. I like how you make us feel comfortable about any mistakes we may make and give honest and thoughtfully constructive criticism on the assignments. Thanks for a great semester!’ ~ Anonymous
* in Photo 109, Fall 2011

Say, I would like to thank you for going the extra step to help me grow as a future photographer, it has been a pleasure working and learning with you.” ~ DAQ in PH124, Fall 2011

“Thank you so much, for being a fantastic teacher, as you have made me see how to make my images look breath taking to others, and finally to myself. “ ~ BM in PH124, Fall 2011

“I honestly really enjoyed the class. I have learned a lot. Thank you for being so thorough in all of the lessons!!! You're a great teacher!” ~ TK in Photo 109, Fall 2011

“Thanks - you are a really good (engaging and dynamic) instructor.  This class has definitely been worth my time!” ~  AT in Photo 150, Spring 2010

"Thank you for a wonderful class!" ~ EB Summer 2006

"Thanks again for all of your critique and teaching!" ~ JP Spring 2006

"Thank you Say! I want to let you know how much I learned and thank you for your guidance.I started not knowing a thing about digital and I feel like I can grasp it now. I am signing up for photoshop next semester and would like to request a Photo 209 class online (if that counts for anything!)I hope that I use my film camera again one day but truthfully,I only see that happening if the digital needs to be fixed. Thank you once again for opening my eyes to everything : so many new tools and possibilities in photography, Muchas gracias!Have a great break!" ~ KJ Fall 2005

"Thank you so much for a great semester. I really enjoyed taking this on line and learned a ton ... Thank you for all your help this semester. I'll hopefully be taking more classes with you. Thanks for the feedback re: on line photoshop. Take care and happy holidays!" ~ JN Fall 2005

"I really enjoyed this class, and I wish I could move on to take Photo 209, but I just do not have the time to take a class on campus. Thanks for everything, I learned a ton!" ~ CN Fall 2005

"I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure this class has been for me--for years I have wanted to learn how to use an SLR camera--and now I have at least a beginning even though I know I still have a lot to learn. My darling husband gave me a new Canon Rebel XT for my birthday!!! I'm so excited!! I Know I am going to have a lot of fun with it!

Because of this class, I will also enjoy using my little digital Minolta point and shoot more, as I will take better pictures with that, even though it is all automatic. I often carry the little one when I am on trips(working).

Thank you so much for your patience and all your constructive comments--I've learned so much--and I want to learn more! This has been a great class for me--even my family members have learned more about photography indirectly from you and this class!

Have a wonderful rest of your summer (take a break!!)

Take care and best of everything to you and your family,"

~ LR in Photo 109, Summer 2005 


*As I am always working to improve my classes, I have a discussion board that allows students to post any comments they would like with suggestions.  I am able to get wonderful feedback from this board and some nice comments on my teaching style.


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