Personalized Photography Coaching

(Beyond AUTO Mode!)

1 on 1 Custom Designed Learning

INVEST in YOUR Photography!

  • Get comfortable with your camera, improve your photography and make photos that stand out in the crowd
  • Confidently craft beautiful images
  • Truly understand the mechanics AND artistry behind compelling imagery 
  • Fearlessly create a variety of photographic styles and techniques

You'll get hands on personal training at beautiful, often "hidden", locations. You'll get comfortable with your camera, improve your photography and start to make notable photos that stand out!

  • Landscape and Fine Art Photography: Developing the Eye. The Craft of Seeing and how to create what you envision
  • Portrait Photography: Adults, Pets and Children
  • Try out / practice and learn on equipment that I provide
  • Post production image processing: Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, MacPhun software
  • Photo critiques and image coaching designed to bring your images to the next level
  • How to take control of your camera and master all of it's features. Beyond Auto Mode!
  • Compositional Techniques for Artistic Imagery
  • Understanding Light: Adjusting and Compensating for Various Situations
  • What you need to know to put you in charge of your camera and create the images you'll be proud of

I'll provide personal photography coaching, and will custom design a learning program tailored to YOUR specific needs

Personal coaching is for you if...

    • You want personalized, step by step, one on one training
    • You learn best by HANDS ON training in REAL situations
    • You're ready to REALLY understand photography and take your skills to the next level

Your Instructor:

Sonny Portacio

Sonny can be described as a Creative who loves to explore, loves to learn and loves to teach. A born educator, Sonny has an M.A. in Educational Technology and has taught at a California University for over 10 years.

A native San Diegan, Sonny has been capturing memorable images for over 30 years. From his early days developing prints in darkrooms to the mastery of digital tools, he’s always had a passion to bring out the best from every image.

A professional working photographer, Sonny is the owner of Captured Vision Photography, a local San Diego business that specializes in event, wedding, portrait and landscape photography. Sonny is also the owner of Pocket Lenses, a website devoted to teaching photography techniques and skills.


"Well-organized and presented in a manner that simplifies learning ..."


"Sonny is an experienced educator. Photography is his passion. Put those together and you get a photography course that is well-organized and presented in a manner that simplifies learning."

Larry Taylor

"I have learned simple techniques from him that have literally changed my pictures from average snapshots to well-balanced, artistic and professional looking photography ..."


"Sonny’s enthusiasm for photography is contagious! Learning how to take amazing pictures is fun with Sonny’s easy teaching style and perspective. He has extensive knowledge of cameras, equipment, and an artistic eye. I have learned simple techniques from him that have literally changed my pictures from average snapshots to well-balanced, artistic and professional looking photography."

Lori Graham

Sonny is a natural teacher ...


It is very clear that Sonny has deep technical knowledge about how the camera works, however he took the time to understand my technical level, and geared his tutoring to speak to me on my own personal level. He presented the information in a manner that was easy for me to understand and apply to my own photography.

Dave DeBaeremaeker

Sonny was the first one I thought to seek advice from ...


"Sonny thoroughly schooled me on the mechanics of indoor photography. After 30 minutes of soaking up his teaching and lots off practice I am truly surprised at how easily I can take a decent indoor people shot now. Thank you so much Sonny for your patience and skills. You are my master and I am your grasshopper."

Mark Wilcoxson

Sign Up Today!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me:

(760) 896-4437

sonny@pocketlenses.com​