Meet Ingrid

Ingrid Owens, owner of CameraShy Hey there! Thanks for stopping by.  I’m Ingrid and I’m the one on a mission to help you (and anyone else who will listen) how to figure out your camera and start taking the types of photos that will knock your socks off!

I’ve been involved in the photo industry since my dad opened our shop back home in Monaghan, Ireland in 1989.  At the young age of 16, I was catapulted into this fascinating world of lenses, darkrooms, shutter speeds and f stops, and I love it! Although I’ve tried to move away from this industry on more than one occasion –  a brief flirtation with finance post college (zzzz) and in corporate America when I first moved here (zzz x 10), I keep getting pulled back.  And there have been several reasons why…

1. I am obsessed with cameras and photography and it bugs me that so many people have these awesome pieces of equipment and they don’t know how to use them.

2. I’m a bit of a gleek and I just love messing around with technology, my range of Apple products and of course my Canon gear.

3. If it weren’t for working alongside my dad I wouldn’t have such an awesome relationship with one of the coolest guys around or have been inspired and encouraged to be an entrepreneur.

4. That little shop taught me everything I know about business and marketing – the 4 years of university was just a rehash.  (That plus about 60 million hours of chatting to my coach/sister/bestie)

5. One day when I was working behind the counter a fine young American man who was spending the summer in Ireland, walked in with a camera he didn’t know how to work. 13 years and 2 little girls later, here I am, living on the other side of the ocean, still talking about photography and cameras to anyone who will listen (on this blog), shop to my dad (on Facetime) and being a full-time mom to boot.

So you see, me and cameras – we go waaaaaay back.

I’ve put together this blog to help people just like you, beginners in photography.  My aim is to make the camera less intimidating and to teach you the good stuff that will really make a difference to your pictures.  You won’t hear any tech speak or jargon here and if you do you have my full permission to slap my wrists!

I’m not a Professional portrait photographer, a wedding photographer or nor do I have any of my photos published in the glossy magazines. Most of the photography you’ll see on here is of my family, both here and there.

I just love photography and I just know cameras. AND I know how you want to get the most from yours and what the main sticking points are that you have. I want to help you 🙂

When I’m not chasing around after two crazy kids or skyping my mom and my sister (what did people do without skype?) I teach in-person classes here in Atlanta and run my online photography courses at CameraShy – Your Photo Tutor

I drink tea – hot not iced, I love chocolate and I’ve recently started – don’t laugh –  yoga, and I love it!

Please feel free to shoot me an email to ingrid [at] camerashy [dot] info with any questions or just to say hi.  I’d love to hear from ya!

And if your questions include what is my recommendation for camera/lens/bag/etc.etc., then go ahead and sign up for my latest eBook –

“Ingrid’s Favorite Things: A Resource Guide for the Beginner Photographer”


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