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Family Photography Workshops

Child and Family Photography Workshops

Let us be 100% honest with you. When we started photographing families years ago, we dreaded it. We were uninspired with each session trying to “pose” families, and either it was completely unoriginal or our plan just didn’t work out. We knew we had to reinvent ourselves if we were going to continue down this path. So, we did. We mastered the art of unposing, which is a way to create natural expressions in very photographable scenarios. Kids leave sessions with smiles and hugs, and parents are relaxed after spending quality time with their families. It’s such a different way to create authentic portraits of very real people. In our time together, we’re going to teach you exactly how to achieve this. We’ll start our workshop learning about how you can be successful in your children and family photography business. Much will be shared in ways to help your target client find you, including leveraging social media platforms, styling for your brand, and using software effectively to track and book clients. We also discuss ways to simplify your gear decisions and how different settings and lenses affect the image you produce. Next, we’ll meet our model families on location and begin by showing how we can create a calm environment for parents and one where kids feel safe to be themselves. We will be working through various authentic poses, interactive compositions, and intelligent frames that you can fold into your existing brand. You’ll see how we create layered setups with props and are able to shoot variety from a single unpose. Every participant will have a chance to work with our families directly, though we’ll do so in a way that our younger models feel safe. When we’re done with shooting, we’ll share everything we’ve learned on our ingesting, culling, and editing workflows to produce consistent and beautiful images. We’ll open to any questions throughout the workshop and leave nothing out because we truly want everyone at the workshop to succeed. Migrating from traditional, posed photography to spontaneous, unposed photography isn’t easy, but every photographer can find success with it. There are old habits to let go, and demanding understandings of subject and gear to learn. We love it, and it bring us happiness and satisfaction with every session we produce. Join us and let us share that with you.

Cost: $695 

Child and Family Workshop Schedule 

  • August 5, 2019 | Boston, Massachusetts (sold out)
  • August 19, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • March 26, 2020 | Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • May 26, 2020 | Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • July 10, 2020 | Prague, Czech Republic
  • August 10, 2020 | Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • January 8, 2021 | Dubai, UAE

Newborns are just the most wonderful subjects to photograph – and perhaps the most challenging! It’s physically demanding work that requires attention to detail with a keen eye towards composition and, of course, safety. Join us as we share everything on how to create a successful baby-led newborn session for both child and parents alike. We place a special emphasis on the product, covering every nuance and trick we’ve mastered and offer that to our attendees. We’ll go into depth on topics involving baby’s safety, layering sets and how to build them, best soothing techniques, framing and composition for flattering angles, and how gear choices affect the final results. Every person at the workshop will have an opportunity to photograph baby models that we pose and gain immediate feedback for each frame. Posing will happen in the studio and, weather permitting, we’ll head outdoors for some beautiful textures to use as well. Our day will wrap up with us sharing how we cull, edit, and create a beautiful portraits and products for our clients. Newborn photography is demanding and truly rewarding. We don’t hold anything back because we want you to be completely prepared to create something truly wonderful for your clients. Whether you’re new to the industry or looking to improve your existing product, join us at this fantastic learning opportunity. Why can’t your clients have the best products and the very best experiences while you have things run efficiently and seamlessly? It’s the Holy Grail for any business. Taking this workshop have us help you get you there.

Cost: $1250 

Newborn Workshop Schedule

  • August 15, 2019 | Madison, Wisconsin
  • August 4, 2020 | Madison, Wisconsin

The question we are asked the most is, “how do you create a unique experience for every wedding couple?” There is simply no way to answer that in a few sentences or a five-minute conversation because there is SO MUCH that goes into it. These clients will be with you long before their wedding, and hopefully long after. That creates many opportunities to impress … or fail. In this workshop, every detail is covered on how to create an amazing experience for your wedding clients before, during, and after their wedding day. We focus on the three pillars of any successful company: sound business practices, created product, and the client experience. Topics will include how to create a successful brand, guiding a client from inquiry to the album, gear considerations, editing and editing workflow, and best business practices. We’ll also setup a beautiful stylized shoot, complete with gorgeous setups and spectacular models to work with directly! We will be demonstrating various poses, compositions, and frames to push your creativity to new heights and help your build your portfolio. We’re an open book during our time together, and we’ll share our own successes and failures as we continue to become better photographers every day. If you’ve been shooting weddings for years or are looking to add them for your clients, attendees can expect to come away with heads full of ideas and efficiencies to improve their success in the demanding wedding industry.

Cost: $695 

Wedding Workshop Schedule 

  • April 10, 2020 | San Francisco, California
  • November 12, 2020 | Orlando, Florida

Online Photography Workshops

These are simply the most complete online photography workshops available to help to advance your skills with photography, editing, creating an experience, managing clients, running your business, and just so much more. We designed these to be more than just a couple of videos and a posing guide. Included are valuable contracts, guides, templates, videos, and just about everything you’ll need to start or improve your photography business. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already!

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