Earlier this month, I had the privilege of spending two jam-packed days with six incredible women, during my latest photography workshop for moms. Each one had their own reasons for wanting to gain more confidence with their DSLR camera. By the end of the second day, those boxes had been checked, in addition to all the other new pieces of knowledge that they can begin putting into practice.
I’m finding that teaching workshops is a natural extension of who I am and what I’m really about — creating meaningful connections when you walk through my door and empowering you to capture life as you see it. As artists each of us brings a unique perspective to the table, and I’m grateful to be able to give you the tools, through these photography workshops for moms, to celebrate those authentic voices. Susie, one of the attendees, mentioned how much she loved that each woman in the workshop was able to shine in her own unique way. Talk about a confidence booster, to know you can capture the story how YOU see it! 🙂
During the first day of the workshop, we were able to dive deep into camera basics! Everyone was able to understand the mysterious buttons at the back of their cameras, and that they really do mean something. 🙂 (it’s true!) Then, day two was a creative fireworks show, as we discussed elements of lighting, composing storytelling photos, and then having the opportunity to put it all into practice with models!
And a very special, huge thanks to our amazing models for their time and willingness to participate. I’m so excited to share with you some of the wonderful images that our attendees created! We had two models to practice with — both moms and daughters, which gave everyone an opportunity to work on the balance of technical and creative elements of making great photographs.
First up, we used the studio at Wolfe’s to talk about indoor lighting, along with situations you might run across while photographing in your own home. It gave the women some awesome practice to get comfortable photographing in Manual. If that wasn’t enough awesomeness, we had the sweetest baby and mama to photograph!
Lydia captured this beautiful moment between the two of them. I love how she used a low aperture, so that our attention goes right to their hands!
Aren’t these expressions the cutest? Susie photographed this fun moment!
Mama’s smile is so bright in this photograph Susan created. Lovely!
Ruth Ann filled the frame beautifully with a sweet capture of this little girl. Look at those adorable eyes!
Tummy time was all fun and games with this image by Cathy.
Behind the scenes:
Having two models was a great learning opportunity for everyone! It was a huge contrast to go from indoor lighting to an outdoor session of a mama and older daughter. Lighting changes so much between indoor and outdoor locations, not to mention how the environment can affect shadows, color and so much more. We used the streetscape in front of the store and the alley behind to talk about how those conditions can affect lighting and ways to use it to our advantage when creating photographs.
And then we have our gorgeous models! Look at those leading lines Ruth Ann used to draw us right to the subject’s eyes. Beautiful!
Cathy caught this great perspective of the two of them in the alley. Again, leading lines draw us in so gracefully!
Lydia captured this amazing image in the alley — I love that some moments can be quiet and serene.
Susie highlights both of their beautiful smiles in this portrait.
(So is it me or do they practically look like sisters? 🙂 Gorgeous!!)
Susan featured the stunning architecture around us to draw us into the image. I love this perspective!
Lydia made my heart swell when she said,
I’m honored to have been able to share my gifts and love of photography with this group of women. They were definitely challenged and stretched at times throughout the workshop. And as they worked through those obstacles, each woman’s grace and courage is a beacon of light in their individual journey to greater CONFIDENCE with their camera.
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