Photograph. Write. Publish.

I am super excited to offer this one-of-a-kind camp for children ages 5-18 this summer. Expanding on my Snap Happy Photo Project, I have added a writing component, which coupled with your child's images, will be made into a hardcover book through the Faerie Treehouse Press. 

Jason Smith, published author and professor of English, will be introducing students to various types of writing, from journaling to poetry. I will be teaching basic photography skills that can be used to effectively tell a visual story. 


We will teach your child how to document this summer through photography, along with a bit of writing to complement each image. By the end of the 5-week camp, your family will have a hardcopy keepsake of this unique time in history.

5-week camp

$250 per camper


Lens & Pens will be delivered using Zoom and Google Classroom, with sections by age. As parents, we are especially cognizant of the importance of privacy and the online activity of children. The classrooms are by invitation only and are continually monitored. 

Lessons are provided both via live Zoom calls and recordings posted on Google Classroom. All camp guides will be available for Q&A/troubleshooting via live Zoom or email. Once a week, both Jason and Meredith will be live, via Zoom, to answer any questions students may have and to provide feedback on each assignment. Mattie joins in on private consultations as needed. 

It is important to us that the lessons and platform work well for all of the students, so we will modify as needed. We will deliver activities in both text and video to accommodate diverse learning styles and use Zoom for live chat with a separate meeting for each age group.

No photographer/writer left behind!



  • Any camera may be used, including mobile phones and iPads/tablets.

  • No significant writing experience is needed for this program as the writing assignments are tailored to each student’s abilities and needs. 

About Your Guides


Meredith Piper Embry is a visual storyteller. Her special vision as a photographer is capturing true moments in time. She uses photography to celebrate your loved ones by creating amazing portrait artwork to display in your home and enjoy for generations. Her instruction in photography focuses on authenticity and historicity—making documentary artwork for the future. Remember "now" forever.

C. Jason Smith, PhD is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy series Body Magick as well as other works. A native Texan, Jason spent quite few years out and about in the Army then as a Professor of Writing and Literature in places like the University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, and The City University of New York. He now divides his time between his home in Richardson, TX and the “Faerie Treehouse” cabin in the woods of Sutton, AR which is near Harmony and just outside of Hope.

Mattie Cummins, LMSW has over 25 years working with people with disabilities and their families, including people with neurological disorders and autism. She understands that everyone's brain is different, and the factors that make a brain work well, and not so well. She is currently a social worker in several neurological rehabilitation programs, and within her counseling private practice assists people to find their way in the journey of life.

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