Learn photography from anywhere in the world – including your hospital bed!

What you'll learn

introduction to photography

This course is designed to provide distraction and creative outlet for kids and teens currently undergoing treatment.

The introduction to photography course is an out-of-hospital program offered to patients ages 6-18. On the first day of class, each student receives their own digital camera kit, which is theirs to keep after the program ends. Students learn key photography concepts including: perspective, light and shadow, and storytelling as a form of self-expression. This program culminates with a gallery show where the community celebrates their accomplishments in a professional gallery setting.

Pablove Shutterbugs kit includes a tshirt, camera, gorilla pod tripod, camera case, memory card and everything the student needs to participate

example Pablove Shutterbugs camera kit

Teaching Artists

The teaching artist is responsible for leading our virtual photography courses for youth ages 6-18 across the country. They have a strong background in photography and know the ins and outs of teaching children and teens living with cancer.

  • Ana Murphy

    Ana is one of Pablove’s Master Teaching Artists representing New York City. She has been a photographer since 2012 and focuses on portraits, weddings and lifestyle work. She enjoys sharing her passion for photography and storytelling with the Shutterbugs and loves seeing their ideas come to life. Ana is originally from Mexico, and when she’s not photographing, you can find her trying out new brunch spots, walking her dog Ro, and taking care of her plants.

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  • Brandon Xuereb

    After two sessions as a Pablove Shutterbugs Teacher’s Assistant, Brandon Xuereb has now stepped into the role of  Local Teaching Artist for New Orleans. Brandon enjoys sharing his love of photography with our Shutterbugs students. When he’s not behind the camera, you can find him drinking coffee, hanging out with his dogs, and eating all of the amazing food New Orleans has to offer.

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  • Darlene DeVita

    Darlene DeVita is an award-winning photographer, living in her loft/studio in Chelsea MA. Darlene is committed to her community of Chelsea, she is co-founder of CHARCOLL (Chelsea Artist Collaborative) and the Chelsea Art Walk. She also served 3 years on the Chelsea Cultural Council and was co-director of the Gallery@Spencer Lofts in Chelsea for over 13 years. Dar is noted for her fine-art wedding and portrait work. Presently, she teaches photography to adults and kids with disabilities for MABVI (Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired) in Brookline, MA and is a MTA (Master Teaching Artist) for the Pablove Shutterbugs in Boston, MA.

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  • Della Chen

    Della is Pablove’s Master Teaching Artist representing the 206.  Della has been a documentary photographer since 2004 and photographs weddings, families and editorial assignments. Della loves sharing her passion for photography with kids and is constantly inspired by their perspective. She enjoys traveling the world and being at home with her family.

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    Sarah Wells

    Sarah M. Wells, herself a childhood cancer survivor, has served as a Teaching Artist for Pablove Shutterbugs since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from San Jose State University and has extensive teaching experience in the arts community. She was a commercial photographer and documentary photographer for 5 years until transitioning fully into teaching. She has worked as an Arts Specialist in the Palo Alto Union School District, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and at the Palo Alto Arts Center. She holds a Masters in Educational Psychology and is currently working towards obtaining her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests are in the effects of participatory arts on pediatric patient quality of life. In her free time, she likes to climb mountains, photograph and support her community in outdoor adventure sports.

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example student work

Through the virtual photography program, students learn a variety of fundamental photography techniques and how to express themselves while exploring the world from new perspectives.

“Cup of Me”, by Ciara, Age 13

“Prince In Action”, by Camille, Age 9

“Light Tunnel”, by Tessa, Age 8


“Mr. Ant”, by Jasia, Age 14

“Focus”, by Jeffrey, Age 12


“Las Rosas De Guadalupe”, by Diego, Age 19

“A Jungle through the Looking Glass”, by Simone, Age 10

“Jen”, by Ndubuisi, Age 11


“Andy’s Coming”, by Dafne, Age 17

Virtual programming is here to stay

The Pablove Foundation pivoted to add virtual programming to our Shutterbugs offerings in Summer 2020. As part of our evaluation program, we asked parents and Shutterbugs if they would be interested in a virtual option if there was also an in-person class in our program cities. We were astonished that   95% of respondents   said that they would definitely, probably, or maybe be interested in a virtual class even if an in-person option was available at the same time. As excited as we are to have the opportunity to offer in-person programming again, we learned the value of virtual programming to our community, so it is here to stay!