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Friday, March 6
 

2:30pm EST

An Introduction to Film Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Want to learn all about film photography? In Kim's outdoor shooting demonstration at Piedmont Park, you will dive into all things film! You will learn about 35mm vs. medium format cameras, film types and characteristics, and how to rate and meter film for the correct exposure (and how it differs from digital). Kim will photograph a model family and demonstrate her tips and tricks while giving students a chance to shoot alongside her. She will answer the most important question - how to photograph a family when you don't have an LCD screen to see you're nailing the shots. Kim will take things one step further and go over the importance of choosing a creative partner, the film lab, to get the final look you want to achieve. Finally, she will give you a solid game plan to use moving forward to develop a strong foundation in film.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn what film gear they need for an outdoor family session
- Learn about film types and characteristics
- Learn how to accurately rate and meter their film for correct exposure
- Learn how to photograph a family on film using key poses, mental checklists, and nailing the shot without an LCD screen
- Learn how to choose a film lab, their creative partner, to get a consistent style

Please bring a film camera and film to this class. A light meter is recommended but optional.

Instructors
avatar for Kim Hildebrand

Kim Hildebrand

Owner/Photographer, Kim Hildebrand Photography
I think that all families have a unique and beautiful story that starts at home. My passion for film photography started at an early age, spurred by my dad’s love for visual storytelling. I think perfection is over-rated, and being able to laugh at yourself in front of your kids... Read More →


2:30pm EST

Glowing, Styled Maternity
Limited Capacity seats available

In this program, attendees will learn how to create a beautifully curated maternity session by shooting alongside Jessica in Piedmont Park. While utilizing the stone pathways and fresh spring blooms, Jessica will be teaching while she shoots, how she picks locations, uses back and side lighting, and prompts and guides clients in a natural way without using forced poses. Jessica will also teach how she places clients and uses specific angles that best compliment the client. Attendees will be able to shoot the model(s) alongside Jessica while also watching and learning from her. There will be a quick teaching portion to this class in addition to shooting alongside Jessica

You are encouraged to be comfortable shooting in manual mode and should bring along a 50mm, 85mm, 100/105mm, or other portrait lenses.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn how curate and style a maternity session to compliment location and clients best
- Learn how to prepare clients before the session by guiding them with wardrobe and styling
- Learn how to analyze the location to pick out the best spots for placing subjects
- Learn how to guide and direct clients into natural poses
- Learn what type of light to look for and placing subjects to be back lit or side lit

Instructors
avatar for Jessica Quinones

Jessica Quinones

Owner/Photographer, Jessica Jane Photography
Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, I've grown up with a passion to create with all things. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls, who inspire my craft and creativity every day. My business, Jessica Jane Photography, started... Read More →


2:30pm EST

Loving Lifestyle: The Art of Families at Home
Limited Capacity full

Photographing the heart and connections of a family is a sacred opportunity. Convincing a family to let go of the poses, and give you something that looks and feels natural, is a skill that cannot be underestimated. Come join Ashley in one of the beautiful lifestyle rooms, and photograph a fun family as she shows you how she makes a family feel comfortable, gently guiding them through places in their home. She will also cover finding the light and telling their story so they have a gallery full of beautiful timeless and natural images to keep forever.

Bring your camera with a wide angle lens and your questions!

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to make your families feel comfortable and allowing them to be themselves in front of your camera
- Learn to find light in the darkest homes
- Learn the art of simplification
- How to manage children/family members who don't want to be a part of the session
- Posing tips for flattering angles that encourage connection

Instructors
avatar for Ashley Marston

Ashley Marston

Photographer, Ashley Marston Photography


Friday March 6, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
RAVINIA

2:30pm EST

Moving Memories: Learning Video
Limited Capacity full

Join Sarah on this video adventure as you learn how to make your own mini movies! Family films are exploding right now, and in this hands-on class you will have the chance to shoot alongside Sarah and make your very first video! You will learn the best settings for a successful shoot, the best camera movements that allow creativity AND stability. You will get to practice shooting both regular and slow motion footage. When paired with the editing course, you will have all the tools you need to shoot, edit, and market your films.

Bring your favorite lens in this hands-on shooting class!

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to set up your camera using correct frame rates and settings
- Learn how to best stabilize your shots without the use of any extra gear
- Learn how to shoot regular footage and in slow motion
- Learn the most successful camera moves for handheld video storytelling

*Pair well with, Editing Video for Emotion*

Instructors
avatar for Sarah Krieg

Sarah Krieg

The Shared Shutter
Momma to 3, filmmaker, photographer, storyteller. A lover of all things lifestyle.


2:30pm EST

Stepping into the Toddler World: Authentically Engaging the Toddler Ages
Limited Capacity seats available

Toddlers can be dynamic and challenging, however when you step into their world to capture their genuine emotion, you'll find pure magic in your work. Join Shiloh as she navigates photographing toddlers with you in this shoot-a-long. She will address concerns and challenges, and share the tools needed to best engage with toddler children and their families. These ages can be unpredictable and sometimes require more energy than most. Shiloh will share prompts, tips, tricks, and games that will help you bring the most genuine connection out of young children during your session. You will be photographing a toddler and his/her family indoors. Please bring a wide angle lens (preferably a 35mm) or a 50mm portrait lens.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn how to approach the toddler ages and the varieties of personalities
- Learn how to deal with shyness, meltdowns and emotional outbursts
- Learn how to keep family members calm in the midst of frustration/stress
- Learn games/prompts to keep toddlers engaged and interactive
- Choosing locations collaboratively with parents to find the most appropriate place for session

Instructors
avatar for Shiloh Colleen

Shiloh Colleen

Shiloh Colleen Photography


Friday March 6, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
PIEDMONT ROOM

5:00pm EST

Fleeting Moments: A Guide to Lifestyle Newborn Photography
Limited Capacity full

Those tiny toes, puckered lips, and flaky pieces of skin all need to be documented. This hands-on course will delve into all of the things related to capturing realistic and timeless portraits of babies. Shoot along with Lindsey Martin as she explains lighting, posing, and capturing the first months of a child’s life. Lindsey will also explain how she uses a macro lens to document the tiny details. As a takeaway, attendees will receive Lindsey's lifestyle newborn prep packet. Please bring your favorite wide angle lens (Lindsey shoots with a 35 and 24mm) and a macro lens (optional).

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn how to capture babies in limited lighting
- Learn natural posing that flatters and enhances family portraits during that first year
- Learn how client preparation and session flow can make for a positive, stress-free shooting environment
- Learn how to effectively capture macro images of tiny baby details

Instructors
avatar for Lindsey Martin

Lindsey Martin

Owner, Lindsey Martin Photography, LLC
I'm a family and newborn photographer in Richmond, VA.


Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
CHASTAIN & TERRACE

5:00pm EST

A Family Walk: Improvising & Building your session as you Go
Limited Capacity full

One of the biggest tools in the photographer's toolbox is improvisation; how to work with unpredictable personalities, varying light, unexpected moments, and unknown scenery. This walk will focus on a styled family in a park setting with a variety of backdrops/locations.This family will be casually dressed with at least three children to allow more shooting opportunities. This shootout will take a lifestyle approach but also capture traditional portraits as attendees explore and see what the walk brings them. From learning how to guide clients on styling and how to engage with children and their varying personalities, to seeing how to improvise and find perfect spots even in unexpected places, Samantha will show you what she’s learned from doing thousands of family and commercial shoots over the years — that every session is different and that makes it so much more creative and fun.

Samantha will photograph the subjects but also give attendees the opportunity to shoot by rotating within groups and also breaking up the models for more access. Lighting, backgrounds and the subjects will guide this walk as you go from lifestyle, to detail, to portrait shots that results in a robust and powerful gallery. This styled shoot will include a guide on how to give styling advice to your client, some of Samantha’s favorite prompts, as well as some post processing tips in terms of presets and approach. For this class, please bring a prime or zoom lens with a focal length between 35-85mm.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn how to utilize the light and scenery at hand to create beautiful portraits
- Explore styling guidance and how to utilize blankets, hats and accessories for interest
- Learn how to set the tone and flow of a session to be fun and natural while making the use of every moment
- Find out how to read your client’s and especially the children’s moods and respond to bring out their best in the session

Instructors
avatar for Samantha McBride

Samantha McBride

Samantha McBride Photography
Samantha is a photographer based in both Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL with a thriving Family Photography business. When shooting, she loves using water and light to illuminate the connections that bind us to one another. A former writer and advertising firm owner, Samantha’s... Read More →


5:00pm EST

Emotional Storytelling: Motherhood Session at Golden Hour
Limited Capacity full

Join Twyla as she photographs a mother and daughter in a styled, emotive photoshoot at golden hour, in Piedmont Park.  She will begin by going over camera settings for directional and backlit images that enable her to capture details to recover dramatic skies in edits. She will also discuss different ways of utilizing the light and posing for the biggest emotional impact. Lastly, she'll discuss the importance of styling and color theory in the clothing she chooses for her sessions and keeping a client closet. For one hour, you will photograph alongside Twyla as she uses emotive prompts with a mother and daughter to create dramatic, storytelling imagery utilizing many different lighting scenarios. You'll receive emotional prompt cards to review prior to the class which can then be utilized in your own shoots. The class will conclude with 15 minutes for any Q&A or additional shooting demonstrations. Twyla recommends bringing a wide angle lens and has also found the 85mm focal length works great in live, group shooting demonstrations.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn to create emotive, creative imagery with compelling backlit sunflares
- Learn to use and successfully deliver emotive prompts
- Learn to style models for impact and emotive imagery

*Pairs well with, Mastering Lightroom: Editing and Workflow for the Emotive Artist*

Instructors
avatar for Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones Photography


Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
MEET ON THE LOEWS TERRACE -- Dockside (Piedmont Park)

5:00pm EST

It's Personal: Cultivating Personal Projects
Limited Capacity full

Are you working on or thinking of starting a personal project? Join Angela in this small group workshop as she helps you develop a project that helps you learn and grow as an artist, and gives you something meaningful to work towards. Personal projects range from taking a picture a day, photographing your relationship with your grandmother, or exploring climate issues in your area. Create something that is purposeful, interesting and personal to you, brainstorm ideas on what you have already started),or refine what you are passionate about. 

Angela will lead a discussion about types of personal projects and examples. As a group you will also brainstorm ideas to help cultivate creative ways to execute projects, and there will be a list of ways to get your mind thinking about what to explore. Attendees will learn how to maintain a project, know when it has failed, and to know when it is completed.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn how to start a personal project
- Learn how to maintain a personal project once it is complete
- Learn how to find patterns within your work to create a personal project
- Learn ways to present your projects once they finish

Instructors

Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
1075 BOARDROOM

5:00pm EST

Naturally Unfolding Moments: Emotive Family Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating natural and heartfelt images at home is about so much more than stylish decor and perfect poses. Laura believes that more than anything we all share a common yearning to be seen and loved, and her goal in her sessions is to give clients images that show their love for one another in a way that feels natural and genuine. To do this, the experience of the photoshoot is just as important as the final result. Clients need to truly feel relaxed and connected to let their authentic love shine through. Join Laura as she shares how she connects with her clients before and during a shoot, and creates experiences that lead to naturally unfolding moments. She'll share all of her best tips and tricks for putting clients at ease (uncooperative kids and cranky dads included), and demonstrates how she finds beauty in every home. Finally, she'll teach you how she brings together composition, light, emotion and storytelling for gorgeous images that feel natural and not forced.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to put clients at ease to capture natural & honest emotion in your sessions
- Learn how to guide clients into beautiful moments that look effortless
- Learn how to make the most of any home
- Learn how to bring light, composition and emotion together to create genuine and beautiful photos


Instructors

Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
RAVINIA

5:00pm EST

Photographing Kids and Families: A Lifestyle Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

Lifestyle photography is a powerful approach to get compelling family images filled with natural expressions and heartwarming, true-to-life interactions. Running a lifestyle family session isn't always as simple as asking your subjects to "simply be natural.” So how do you make it work? How can you capture authentic moments if you are, at the same time, actively trying to make these moments happen? 
Lisa Tichané will teach you how to solve this paradox, while giving you the simple but powerful and actionable tools to run a stress-free, joy-filled lifestyle photography session!

This program is geared towards kids and family photographers eager to streamline their client sessions, or portfolio-building photographers willing to start their family photography adventure on the right foot. No experience of lifestyle photography is required.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the principles, philosophy and ethics behind the lifestyle photography approach
- Learn how lifestyle photography differs from documentary photography and classic portraiture
- Learn how to successfully lead a lifestyle family photography session, understanding what to do (and avoid) before and during the session
- Learn how to find your specific style in order to create unique and compelling images that will make them stand out from the crowd


Instructors

Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
ELLINGTON SALON E

5:00pm EST

The Impactful Film: Mastering Video Techniques to Create Unique, Short Films
Limited Capacity full

Do you want to engage an audience and hold their attention while you take them through a short story about your family? Do you want to learn how to utilize storytelling and be able to get your point across in less than 2 minutes? Then this class is for you! While family films are great and such keepsakes, Catherine wants to teach and challenge you to be able to come up with a narrative and theme to shoot effectively and to tell a story in a 2 minute or less film. Catherine will take you step by step from pre-production to execution while shooting along with you in a lifestyle room setting. She will take you through her process on how to cut the "filler" and keep your film fast-moving and audience engaged. Join Catherine in experimenting and videoing with unique camera angles, and learn the process of her shooting style and how she uses these unique camera angles to enhance her storytelling. During the shoot, Catherine will explain basic rules of composition, light and the importance of not only multiple takes, but multiple angles. She will also go over basic camera movements that work with your story and not distract. Not only does this process help shooting be successful, it makes editing your sequence a breeze.
Lens preference: A medium prime (35-50mm) or a standard zoom (24-70mm) is preferred. Some basic experience in shooting video and stabilizing your camera is helpful, however the instructor will go over basic stabilization techniques for beginners.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to storyboard and get prepared to film their own narrative/theme
- Learn how to cut the "filler" b-roll and use only narrative rich clips that will enhance their story and keep their audience engaged
- Learn how to use music and audio to enhance their film- not distract
- Learn how to engage and direct their "talent" in order tell their narratives
- Learn different camera angles and in-camera movements/transitions that help deliver their story

*Pairs well with, Beyond Basic: The Video Edit that Stands Out*


Instructors
avatar for Catherine Lubbat

Catherine Lubbat

Photographer, Catherine Lubbat Photography
Mama to three headstrong and brave little girls. Photographer and film maker.


Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
DUNWOODY

5:00pm EST

The In- beTWEEN Years: Preserving Authenticity With Older Children
Limited Capacity filling up

Photographing small children seems to come easily. They’re happily unaware of our presence, and usually give us moments effortlessly. But as children grow older, their awareness of the lens can make capturing authentic moments more challenging. With each passing day, children grow older, wiser, and more independent. 
During this hands-on shooting class we will delve into what intimacy with older children looks like. Through the stages of childhood and adolescence, their means of affection subtly change. While a 5 year old will unabashedly shower you with kisses, the 10 year old may reluctantly hug you, and the tween may briefly lay their head on your shoulder. Each stage can have it’s own love language and level of affection, and parents relish in whatever is handed out.
We will walk through step-by-step how to navigate sessions with older children, from pre-session questionnaires, to putting them at ease before and during shooting.
This hands-on class will reproduce an in-home setting, utilizing available light. Attendees are welcome to bring a flash as well, if time allows to cover fill flash. Lens preferences: 35mm Prime, or 24-70mm. Experience shooting in manual is preferred, but the instructor will call out settings to help assist beginners.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn how interact, disarm, and bond with older children and their families for authentic emotions
- Learn how to utilize window light during in-home sessions: Positioning subjects in relation to window for best light and composition
- Learn how to investigate family dynamics ahead of time via questionnaires, to best understand optimal poses and family dynamics
- Learn how to control and minimize mixed light during in-home sessions

Instructors
avatar for Neely Ker-Fox

Neely Ker-Fox

Owner, Ker-Fox Photography


Friday March 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
PIEDMONT ROOM
 
Saturday, March 7
 

10:30am EST

Authentic Self: Unleashing Your Creative Voice
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want to feel more? Get to know the you you have always wanted to be, and the clients you have always wanted will follow. Join Yan Palmer as she decodes how to tap into your authentic self to photograph humans in their most authentically loving state. Learn to create the kind of photos that remind the people in them how beautiful life is even when it hurts. In this class, Yan will help you map out a plan to run family photo sessions smoothly, meaningfully and strategically, to build a portfolio that is an extension of all your best parts. She will help you help clients that make your job easy and trust you to do what you do! Yan is the master of giving your creativity a voice, so let her inspire a new era in your photography career in this photography class.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn a firm framework for identifying your authentic voice
- Learn strategies that will help you develop your existing style toward a more meaning filled body of work
- Learn to understand why you love what you love and why you make what you make, renewing your passion for your work and making you a super attractor


Instructors

Saturday March 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
ELLINGTON SALON A/B

10:30am EST

Couples Posing Made Fun and Easy
Limited Capacity full

If you’ve ever struggled with posing couples, this is the class for you. During this session you will shoot alongside Bre as you photograph a real couple, in an outdoor setting, working through the flow of a real engagement session. The methods learned in this shoot along can be applied to any couple whether during a wedding, at an engagement shoot, or during a family session. Adults can be especially challenging to photograph because they easily put up barriers, have self confidence issues, or feel awkward in front of the camera. It doesn’t have to be that way! Our goal is for every couple to leave the session feeling like they had a great time. How do we do this? Bre will show you how she connects with her clients through conversation, sets expectations, directs the posing, keeps things flowing, and creates an enjoyable experience for the couple.

Bre will direct the couple and then attendees will be able to try their hand at shooting each pose. Attendees should bring one wide lens and one long lens.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn a realistic flow to a couples shoot
- Learn how to transition between poses
- Learn how to direct vs pose
- Learn how to get several shots/variety from one pose
- Learn how to keep the mood light and fun when shooting adults

Instructors

Saturday March 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
MEET ON THE LOEWS TERRACE -- High Museum

10:30am EST

Family Affair: Posing Families Effortlessly
Limited Capacity filling up

You've booked a family client session; now what? How can you create fun, relaxed family portraits with minimal stress? Join Megan as she takes you through her steps from preparation to session day. She will show you how she preps a family ahead of time so that the session is as relaxed as possible. Then she will show you her go-to poses for a successful family session, as well as how she reads her clients to keep the session flowing smoothly from start to finish. Lens preference: almost any lens is acceptable for this class, but a medium prime (35-85 mm) is the instructor's lens of choice. Experience shooting in manual mode is not necessary, but preferred.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to prepare clients for a session so they know exactly what to expect
- Learn how to pose multiple family members for a sense of togetherness and love
- Learn how to put a family at ease during a session so their poses and expressions look natural
- Learn how to read your clients to determine how a session should flow

Instructors

10:30am EST

Loving Lifestyle: The Art of Families at Home
Limited Capacity full

Photographing the heart and connections of a family is a sacred opportunity. Convincing a family to let go of the poses, and give you something that looks and feels natural, is a skill that cannot be underestimated. Come join Ashley in one of the beautiful lifestyle rooms, and photograph a fun family as she shows you how she makes a family feel comfortable, gently guiding them through places in their home. She will also cover finding the light and telling their story so they have a gallery full of beautiful timeless and natural images to keep forever.

Bring your camera with a wide angle lens and your questions!

Learning Objectives:

- How to create a market and value for day in the life session in your area
- Learn ways you can be shooting at home to help build your documentary and storytelling skills
- Learn the type gear and practical tips to make for a successful session
- Gain a better understanding of documentary photography including mixed lightening, shooting in any environment, creative composition, layers, and storytelling

Instructors
avatar for Ashley Marston

Ashley Marston

Photographer, Ashley Marston Photography


Saturday March 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
RAVINIA

10:30am EST

Stepping into the Toddler World: Authentically Engaging the Toddler Ages
Limited Capacity seats available

Toddlers can be dynamic and challenging, however when you step into their world to capture their genuine emotion, you'll find pure magic in your work. Join Shiloh as she navigates photographing toddlers with you in this shoot-a-long. She will address concerns and challenges, and share the tools needed to best engage with toddler children and their families. These ages can be unpredictable and sometimes require more energy than most. Shiloh will share prompts, tips, tricks, and games that will help you bring the most genuine connection out of young children during your session. You will be photographing a toddler and his/her family indoors. Please bring a wide angle lens (preferably a 35mm) or a 50mm portrait lens.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to approach the toddler ages and the varieties of personalities
- Learn how to deal with shyness, meltdowns and emotional outbursts
- Learn how to keep family members calm in the midst of frustration/stress
- Learn games/prompts to keep toddlers engaged and interactive
- Choosing locations collaboratively with parents to find the most appropriate place for session

Instructors
avatar for Shiloh Colleen

Shiloh Colleen

Shiloh Colleen Photography


Saturday March 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
PIEDMONT ROOM

10:30am EST

The Sum Of The Parts: Photographing Details To Tell A Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Family photography can be so much more than pretty pictures when we care deeply about seeing our clients and telling their unique story. But how do you do that? By incorporating intimate close-ups and thoughtful details, we can create a more meaningful story out of our family sessions that leave our clients feeling truly seen. Learn how to find the details that matter, compose thoughtfully, and use light to enhance the story for even more emotional impact.

Laura will share her process, tools and techniques for uncovering the details that matter and demonstrate how she photographs them during a lifestyle session. She'll give her best tips and tricks for getting gorgeous, storytelling close-up images with a model family. You will have a chance to shoot and create your own detail images, and will walk away feeling inspired to dig deeper in your sessions and tell more meaningful stories through details.

A 35mm or 50mm lens will be ideal.

Learning Objectives: 

- Learn to uncover the details that matter through pre-session prep and seeing with storytelling eyes
- Learn compositional techniques that draw the eye in and help tell the story
- Learn how to utilize light for more emotional impact when photographing details
- Learn what gear and settings create beautiful detail images

Instructors

Saturday March 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
CENTENNIAL

2:30pm EST

A Family Walk: Improvising & Building Your Session as you Go
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the biggest tools in the photographer's toolbox is improvisation; how to work with unpredictable personalities, varying light, unexpected moments, and unknown scenery. This walk will focus on a styled family in a park setting with a variety of backdrops/locations.This family will be casually dressed with at least three children to allow more shooting opportunities. This shootout will take a lifestyle approach but also capture traditional portraits as attendees explore and see what the walk brings them. From learning how to guide clients on styling and how to engage with children and their varying personalities, to seeing how to improvise and find perfect spots even in unexpected places, Samantha will show you what she’s learned from doing thousands of family and commercial shoots over the years — that every session is different and that makes it so much more creative and fun.
Samantha will photograph the subjects but also give attendees the opportunity to shoot by rotating within groups and also breaking up the models for more access. Lighting, backgrounds and the subjects will guide this walk as you go from lifestyle, to detail, to portrait shots that results in a robust and powerful gallery. This styled shoot will include a guide on how to give styling advice to your client, some of Samantha’s favorite prompts, as well as some post processing tips in terms of presets and approach. For this class, please bring a prime or zoom lens with a focal length between 35-85mm.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to utilize the light and scenery at hand to create beautiful portraits
- Explore styling guidance and how to utilize blankets, hats and accessories for interest
- Learn how to set the tone and flow of a session to be fun and natural while making the use of every moment
- Find out how to read your client’s and especially the children’s moods and respond to bring out their best in the session

Instructors
avatar for Samantha McBride

Samantha McBride

Samantha McBride Photography
Samantha is a photographer based in both Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL with a thriving Family Photography business. When shooting, she loves using water and light to illuminate the connections that bind us to one another. A former writer and advertising firm owner, Samantha’s... Read More →


2:30pm EST

Capturing Bold & Beautiful Connections
Limited Capacity full

This class will teach you how to beautifully and boldly capture connection within a family. You will learn how to refine your shooting approach to transform your work into emotive and authentic art that truly captures the depth and feeling of each moment. Transform everyday locations into stunning backdrops for capturing human connection using a variety of photographic devices including light, contrast, and movement. Learn how to bring out the emotion within the moment through visualization, exposure choices and gentle facilitation. Understand how you can successfully maximize what you capture in-camera, truly making the most of the moment before you. Learn how to boldly and beautifully capture the love and connection your subjects' share.

Jen uses a 35mm for her work but recommends bringing anything 85mm and below.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to maximize locations to enhance the moment
- Learn how to work your camera to ensure it is set up to artistically capture the moment before them in a beautiful and bold fashion
- Learn how to facilitate your subjects to capture emotive connection

Instructors
avatar for Jen Bilodeau

Jen Bilodeau

owner, Jen Bilodeau Photography
Jen is an awarded Massachusetts-based, family, wedding and commercial photographer. Through her artistic use of light and shadow, and her commitment to capturing authentic moments, Jen creates beautifully timeless and powerful imagery. Jen is also a CPA and enjoys coaching fellow... Read More →


2:30pm EST

Fleeting Moments: A Guide to Lifestyle Newborn Photography
Limited Capacity full

Those tiny toes, puckered lips, and flaky pieces of skin all need to be documented. This hands-on course will delve into all of the things related to capturing realistic and timeless portraits of babies. Shoot along with Lindsey Martin as she explains lighting, posing, and capturing the first months of a child’s life. Lindsey will also explain how she uses a macro lens to document the tiny details. As a takeaway, attendees will receive Lindsey's lifestyle newborn prep packet. Please bring your favorite wide angle lens (Lindsey shoots with a 35 and 24mm) and a macro lens (optional).

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to capture babies in limited lighting
- Learn natural posing that flatters and enhances family portraits during that first year
- Learn how client preparation and session flow can make for a positive, stress-free shooting environment
- Learn how to effectively capture macro images of tiny baby details

Instructors
avatar for Lindsey Martin

Lindsey Martin

Owner, Lindsey Martin Photography, LLC
I'm a family and newborn photographer in Richmond, VA.


Saturday March 7, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
RAVINIA

2:30pm EST

Foundational Expression: Creating Stronger Photographs
Limited Capacity seats available

A deep dive into the world's most iconic images, why they are so powerful, and how we can apply the same ideas and logic to our own work to create portfolio worthy and impactful art. Emotions are so personal and are shaped by our worldview, upbringing, likes and dislikes. How we view art will always be subjective leaning on our humanity, however, there can be LOGIC to EMOTION. We can learn to understand ourselves, and those around us, and harness what we find to create images that will remain a critical part of our being or that of our clients for a lifetime. In this class, Courtney will walk you through the foundation for creating powerful images. Come expecting to be lead on an introspective journey into your WHY!

Learning Objectives:

- Understand how to emotionally engage your audience
- Discover tools to apply your personal point of view to your work
- Gain a greater sense of your WHY
- Learn how to create more impactful art

Instructors
avatar for Courtney Larson

Courtney Larson

Director of Click Pro
Courtney lives in Phoenix, AZ with her handsome ginger husband and their three children (nope, no gingers yet). She is a documentary photographer and her work has been described as honest, immersive, with a side of daring. She has contributed to three successful Breakouts and teaches... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
ELLINGTON SALON E

2:30pm EST

Glowing, Styled Maternity
Limited Capacity seats available

In this program, attendees will learn how to create a beautifully curated maternity session by shooting alongside Jessica in Piedmont Park. While utilizing the stone pathways and fresh spring blooms, Jessica will be teaching while she shoots, how she picks locations, uses back and side lighting, and prompts and guides clients in a natural way without using forced poses. Jessica will also teach how she places clients and uses specific angles that best compliment the client. Attendees will be able to shoot the model(s) alongside Jessica while also watching and learning from her. There will be a quick teaching portion to this class in addition to shooting alongside Jessica
You are encouraged to be comfortable shooting in manual mode and should bring along a 50mm, 85mm, 100/105mm, or other portrait lenses.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how curate and style a maternity session to compliment location and clients best
- Learn how to prepare clients before the session by guiding them with wardrobe and styling
- Learn how to analyze the location to pick out the best spots for placing subjects
- Learn how to guide and direct clients into natural poses
- Learn what type of light to look for and placing subjects to be back lit or side lit

Instructors
avatar for Jessica Quinones

Jessica Quinones

Owner/Photographer, Jessica Jane Photography
Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, I've grown up with a passion to create with all things. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls, who inspire my craft and creativity every day. My business, Jessica Jane Photography, started... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
MEET ON THE LOEWS TERRACE -- Dockside (Piedmont Park)

2:30pm EST

The In- beTWEEN Years: Preserving Authenticity With Older Children
Limited Capacity full

Photographing small children seems to come easily. They’re happily unaware of our presence, and usually give us moments effortlessly. But as children grow older, their awareness of the lens can make capturing authentic moments more challenging. With each passing day, children grow older, wiser, and more independent. 
During this hands-on shooting class we will delve into what intimacy with older children looks like. Through the stages of childhood and adolescence, their means of affection subtly change. While a 5 year old will unabashedly shower you with kisses, the 10 year old may reluctantly hug you, and the tween may briefly lay their head on your shoulder. Each stage can have it’s own love language and level of affection, and parents relish in whatever is handed out.
We will walk through step-by-step how to navigate sessions with older children, from pre-session questionnaires, to putting them at ease before and during shooting.
This hands-on class will reproduce an in-home setting, utilizing available light. Attendees are welcome to bring a flash as well, if time allows to cover fill flash. Lens preferences: 35mm Prime, or 24-70mm. Experience shooting in manual is preferred, but the instructor will call out settings to help assist beginners.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how interact, disarm, and bond with older children and their families for authentic emotions
- Learn how to utilize window light during in-home sessions: Positioning subjects in relation to window for best light and composition
- Learn how to investigate family dynamics ahead of time via questionnaires, to best understand optimal poses and family dynamics
- Learn how to control and minimize mixed light during in-home sessions

Instructors
avatar for Neely Ker-Fox

Neely Ker-Fox

Owner, Ker-Fox Photography


Saturday March 7, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
DUNWOODY

5:00pm EST

Capturing Joy: Infusing Kids and Family Photography with Happiness
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Lisa Tichané as she shares the methods and techniques to infuse your work with happy faces and infectious giggles to create images that have a stronger emotional impact on the viewer. These images capture the true, authentic, bursting joy.

Whether you are a working pro or a passionate hobbyist photographing your own kids, you will learn all of Lisa's tricks to get images that simply ooze happiness.Learn how to prepare the session (and yourself!) with capturing joy in mind, the best activities and games for each age group, as well as how to successfully include the parents in the image and create happy memories!

This class is focused on photographing young kids from 0 to 10-year-old.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand how your technical and artistic choices affect the way emotion is perceived in an image and how to successfully use them to convey joyful feelings
- Learn how to get joyful images with each age group (from babies to tweens) and what the best games and activities are to get real smiles and belly laughs
- Learn how to create joyful connections between family members (including parents!) during a lifestyle photo session

Instructors

Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
ELLINGTON SALON A/B

5:00pm EST

Clearing Space for Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Yan for this emotive family session and work with a family to create emotional portraits that will become family heirlooms. Shoot right alongside Yan as she teaches you how to bring out beautiful emotions and connections from your subjects as you photograph a family. Watch as she demonstrates how she works with all kinds of lighting, decor and personalities, yet manages to get beautiful imagery. Learn to plan and direct your subjects in an organic way. Plan to bring your camera and a wide angle lens for this emotive family session.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn at least five strategies for directing emotionally evocative imagery
- Learn how to design your shoot map (i.e. personalize your photographic flow to get consistent results from your sessions)
- Learn how to push your creative boundaries every time you shoot



Instructors

Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
DUNWOODY

5:00pm EST

Emotional Storytelling: Motherhood Session at Golden Hour
Limited Capacity full

Join Twyla as she photographs a mother and daughter in a styled, emotive photoshoot at golden hour, in Piedmont Park.  She will begin by going over camera settings for directional and backlit images that enable her to capture details to recover dramatic skies in edits. She will also discuss different ways of utilizing the light and posing for the biggest emotional impact. Lastly, she'll discuss the importance of styling and color theory in the clothing she chooses for her sessions and keeping a client closet. For one hour, you will photograph alongside Twyla as she uses emotive prompts with a mother and daughter to create dramatic, storytelling imagery utilizing many different lighting scenarios. You'll receive emotional prompt cards to review prior to the class which can then be utilized in your own shoots. The class will conclude with 15 minutes for any Q&A or additional shooting demonstrations. Twyla recommends bringing a wide angle lens and has also found the 85mm focal length works great in live, group shooting demonstrations.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn to create emotive, creative imagery with compelling backlit sunflares
- Learn to use and successfully deliver emotive prompts
- Learn to style models for impact and emotive imagery

*Pairs well with, Mastering Lightroom: Editing and Workflow for the Emotive Artist*

Instructors
avatar for Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones Photography


5:00pm EST

Family Is Home
Limited Capacity seats available

Photographing a family in their home environment while getting natural, emotive connection can be tricky. In this shoot along, attendees will watch, then practice Kim's techniques for shooting a lifestyle family session indoors from start to finish. This includes how Kim goes into a home for the first time and decides which rooms to shoot in, and how she chooses what elements of the house are interesting to add to their story of family. Attendees will learn where to place their subjects based on limited directional light, how to pose families in areas with unique architectural or design elements, and most importantly, how to foster genuine connection and emotion between subjects using games, play, patience, and more.

Please bring a lens with a focal length of 24-50mm (preferably) to this class.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to quickly make a unique, yet consistent, shot list for an indoor family session by doing a pre-session walk-through
- Learn where to place subjects based on the quality and direction of light
- Learn some key family poses to use inside and when to use them to maximize session flow
- Learn new games and tricks  to foster a genuine, emotional connection between family members

Instructors
avatar for Kim Hildebrand

Kim Hildebrand

Owner/Photographer, Kim Hildebrand Photography
I think that all families have a unique and beautiful story that starts at home. My passion for film photography started at an early age, spurred by my dad’s love for visual storytelling. I think perfection is over-rated, and being able to laugh at yourself in front of your kids... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
CHASTAIN & TERRACE

5:00pm EST

Magical Light: A Boho Family Session
Limited Capacity full

In this Boho shootout by Samantha McBride, she will feature a beautifully styled family in a flowing and bohemian wardrobe paired with the stunning park settings that Atlanta offers. This will take place at the most magical time for light -- Golden Hour , and include a variety of scenes and ample opportunity for shooting. You will learn about light, how to find it and use it for beautiful impact. You will see how to coordinate a session for a natural and playful flow that brings out the best in the subjects.

Posing will be a major topic covered as well as how to build on poses and deviate from them easily for a natural, lifestyle result. This styled shoot will include a guide on how to give styling advice to your client, some of Samantha’s favorite prompts, as well as some post processing tips in terms of presets and steps. Samantha will photograph the subjects but also give you the opportunity to shoot. She will break up the models for more access with the end goal of everyone walking away with beautiful photos. For this class, please bring a prime or zoom lens with a focal length between 35-85mm.

Learning Objectives:

- Discover the flow and steps Samantha takes to make clients comfortable and get a variety of shots from fine art and portraiture to lifestyle
- Find out the flow and steps Samantha takes to make clients comfortable and get a variety of shots from fine art to portraiture to lifestyle
- Discover the best light and how to build the session around it and what to look for in terms of settings and background
- Learn the secrets to backlight and what processing steps can be used to maximize your captures in editing
- Learn the steps to posing that reveals a family's bond and love for each other

Instructors
avatar for Samantha McBride

Samantha McBride

Samantha McBride Photography
Samantha is a photographer based in both Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL with a thriving Family Photography business. When shooting, she loves using water and light to illuminate the connections that bind us to one another. A former writer and advertising firm owner, Samantha’s... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
MEET ON THE LOEWS TERRACE -- Ansley Park & City Walk

5:00pm EST

Telling Your Story: Documentary Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Stories are the basis of our society, and have been used for thousands of years to entertain, teach, and communicate ideas. Join Angela as she photographs a family and covers one of our most important traditions: storytelling. You and Angela will photograph a family in home setting to tell a story of their laughter, joy and even their sadness. You will learn what images to take to anchor and what elements are needed to tell a story. You should have an understanding of manual mode before taking this class. You should bring a wide angle lens.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn the elements of storytelling in documentary photography
- Learn composition elements that are needed to bring out the story of an image
- Learn which images are needed to anchor the story
- Learn how to bring out the emotions of a family so that they can help tell their compelling story

Instructors

Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
CENTENNIAL

5:00pm EST

The Impactful Film: Mastering Video Techniques to Create Unique, Short Films
Limited Capacity full

Do you want to engage an audience and hold their attention while you take them through a short story about your family? Do you want to learn how to utilize storytelling and be able to get your point across in less than 2 minutes? Then this class is for you! While family films are great and such keepsakes, Catherine wants to teach and challenge you to be able to come up with a narrative and theme to shoot effectively and to tell a story in a 2 minute or less film. Catherine will take you step by step from pre-production to execution while shooting along with you in a lifestyle room setting. She will take you through her process on how to cut the "filler" and keep your film fast-moving and audience engaged. Join Catherine in experimenting and videoing with unique camera angles, and learn the process of her shooting style and how she uses these unique camera angles to enhance her storytelling. During the shoot, Catherine will explain basic rules of composition, light and the importance of not only multiple takes, but multiple angles. She will also go over basic camera movements that work with your story and not distract. Not only does this process help shooting be successful, it makes editing your sequence a breeze.
Lens preference: A medium prime (35-50mm) or a standard zoom (24-70mm) is preferred. Some basic experience in shooting video and stabilizing your camera is helpful, however the instructor will go over basic stabilization techniques for beginners.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to storyboard and get prepared to film their own narrative/theme
- Learn how to cut the "filler" b-roll and use only narrative rich clips that will enhance their story and keep their audience engaged
- Learn how to use music and audio to enhance their film- not distract
- Learn how to engage and direct their "talent" in order tell their narratives
- Learn different camera angles and in-camera movements/transitions that help deliver their story

*Pairs well with, Beyond Basic: The Video Edit that Stands Out*


Instructors
avatar for Catherine Lubbat

Catherine Lubbat

Photographer, Catherine Lubbat Photography
Mama to three headstrong and brave little girls. Photographer and film maker.


Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
RAVINIA
 
Sunday, March 8
 

10:30am EDT

Capturing Your Everyday, With a Creative Twist
Limited Capacity filling up

Shake up your traditional portraits and join Divya in infusing creativity into your photography. Divya will cover how to use your everyday as inspiration to come up with creative concepts and successfully execute your vision. Go behind the scenes as Divya shows you ways to shoot personal, meaningful portraits. Learn how to create your own creative portraits using techniques like forced perspective, shutter speed, shifts in focal planes, and how to easily shoot multiple subjects and props individually to later seamlessly composite together. After sharing her approach, join her for an opportunity to shoot indoors in small groups to get real-time practice of the techniques covered in the class and create your own creative image. Wide focal lengths are encouraged for this session. Divya will use and show how she uses an intervalometer and tripod, but they are not required.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn brainstorming techniques to come up with creative concepts
- Explore ways to take day to day emotions and items, and infuse them into your photography
- Understand how shooting with composites in mind can take the stress out of multi-subject portraits
- Learn tips and tricks from camera settings, setup, and understanding the role of light to successfully capture images that tell your story
- Learn how to shoot individual components to create simple composites

Instructors

Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
PIEDMONT ROOM

10:30am EDT

Family Is Home
Limited Capacity seats available

Photographing a family in their home environment while getting natural, emotive connection can be tricky. In this shoot along, attendees will watch, then practice Kim's techniques for shooting a lifestyle family session indoors from start to finish. This includes how Kim goes into a home for the first time and decides which rooms to shoot in, and how she chooses what elements of the house are interesting to add to their story of family. Attendees will learn where to place their subjects based on limited directional light, how to pose families in areas with unique architectural or design elements, and most importantly, how to foster genuine connection and emotion between subjects using games, play, patience, and more.

Please bring a lens with a focal length of 24-50mm (preferably) to this class.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to quickly make a unique, yet consistent, shot list for an indoor family session by doing a pre-session walk-through
- Learn where to place subjects based on the quality and direction of light
- Learn some key family poses to use inside and when to use them to maximize session flow
- Learn new games and tricks to foster a genuine, emotional connection between family members

Instructors
avatar for Kim Hildebrand

Kim Hildebrand

Owner/Photographer, Kim Hildebrand Photography
I think that all families have a unique and beautiful story that starts at home. My passion for film photography started at an early age, spurred by my dad’s love for visual storytelling. I think perfection is over-rated, and being able to laugh at yourself in front of your kids... Read More →


Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
CHASTAIN & TERRACE

10:30am EDT

Fresh 48: Shooting Hospital Newborn Sessions with Ease
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to tackle Fresh 48 newborn sessions from all different angles. This course will cover everything from scheduling and marketing Fresh 48 sessions, to using limited hospital lighting and posing parents hours after their child’s birth. Lindsey Martin will dissect how she makes hospital lighting work for her when she’s capturing tiny details and raw emotions of those fleeting first two days. As a bonus, learn how shooting video with your DSLR can help you capture and market Fresh 48 sessions while providing an invaluable gift for clients. You will receive the Fresh 48 prep packet Lindsey sends all clients, as well as a link to a video of her quick and easy editing process for Fresh 48.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to use limited hospital lighting to capture timeless newborn images
- Learn how to prep, schedule and market Fresh 48 sessions
- Learn how place and pose parents and siblings
- Learn how to use a DSLR to capture short Fresh 48 videos
- Learn how simple post-processing can enhance Fresh 48 images

Instructors
avatar for Lindsey Martin

Lindsey Martin

Owner, Lindsey Martin Photography, LLC
I'm a family and newborn photographer in Richmond, VA.


Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
MERCER SALON H

10:30am EDT

Launching A Successful, Satisfying & Sustainable Photography Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the guesswork out of launching your photography business with a step-by-step approach covering legalities, contracts, workflow, marketing, value proposition, taxes, and more. In this class, Jen will also dive into pricing and her 10 critical components for business success. Learn how you can set yourself apart in a crowded industry, set the stage for long-term success, and turn your love of photography into your dream job.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn the necessary steps to successfully launch a photography business
- Learn the 10 critical components for photography business success
- Learn pricing basics to ensure you price and position your work for long-term success

Instructors
avatar for Jen Bilodeau

Jen Bilodeau

owner, Jen Bilodeau Photography
Jen is an awarded Massachusetts-based, family, wedding and commercial photographer. Through her artistic use of light and shadow, and her commitment to capturing authentic moments, Jen creates beautifully timeless and powerful imagery. Jen is also a CPA and enjoys coaching fellow... Read More →


Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
ELLINGTON SALON E

10:30am EDT

Mastering Lightroom: Editing and Workflow for the Emotive Artist
Limited Capacity filling up

In this live editing demonstration, Twyla will share how she edits from scratch in Lightroom. She will go over settings to speed up your Lightroom, modules, and editing workflow from start to finish. With emphasis on skin tones, utilizing brushes and range masking to create dramatic skies for added impact. You will edit an array of images including harsh light, low light and backlight. You will receive the raw images Twyla is editing beforehand to edit alongside. You are encouraged to bring a laptop with raw images downloaded and the most recent version of Lightroom Classic CC installed (not required).

Learning Objectives:

- Learn to nail your skin tones
- Learn to edit for beautiful images in harsh light
- Learn how to increase impact of emotive images in any light
- Learn to recover dramatic skies from underexposed images
- Learn to master range masking
- Learn how to increase the  speed and performance of Lightroom

Instructors
avatar for Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones Photography


Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
MERCER SALON G

10:30am EDT

Moving Memories: Learning Video
Limited Capacity full

Join Sarah on this video adventure as you learn how to make your own mini movies! Family films are exploding right now, and in this hands-on class you will have the chance to shoot alongside Sarah and make your very first video! You will learn the best settings for a successful shoot, the best camera movements that allow creativity AND stability. You will get to practice shooting both regular and slow motion footage. When paired with the editing course, you will have all the tools you need to shoot, edit, and market your films.

Bring your favorite lens in this hands-on shooting class!

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to set up your camera using correct frame rates and settings
- Learn how to best stabilize your shots without the use of any extra gear
- Learn how to shoot regular footage and in slow motion
- Learn the most successful camera moves for handheld video storytelling

*Pair well with, Editing Video for Emotion*

Instructors
avatar for Sarah Krieg

Sarah Krieg

The Shared Shutter
Momma to 3, filmmaker, photographer, storyteller. A lover of all things lifestyle.


Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
MEET ON THE LOEWS TERRACE -- Ansley Park & City Walk

10:30am EDT

The Ties That Bond: Photographing Authentic Family Connections
Limited Capacity filling up

Capturing authentic moments within families is truly a gift. It is a way to freeze time and document a feeling. Join Shiloh in creating authentic family moments, and digging deeper into the emotional work/art you create with your clients. By approaching family sessions with the basis of deep human connection and love, Shiloh navigates family sessions using methods of prompting and directing to elicit profound emotion. In this class, you will be photographing a family interacting together outdoors, so a wide focal length, such as a 35mm- 50mm focal length, is best.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn emotional intelligence and how to read clients
- Learn how to engage with different personalities including unwilling/difficult participants
- Learn how to give direction during a session to elicit emotion
- Learn how to merge light/location and clients to tell the story

Instructors
avatar for Shiloh Colleen

Shiloh Colleen

Shiloh Colleen Photography


2:00pm EDT

Capturing Bold & Beautiful Connections
Limited Capacity full

This class will teach you how to beautifully and boldly capture connection within a family. You will learn how to refine your shooting approach to transform your work into emotive and authentic art that truly captures the depth and feeling of each moment. Transform everyday locations into stunning backdrops for capturing human connection using a variety of photographic devices including light, contrast, and movement. Learn how to bring out the emotion within the moment through visualization, exposure choices and gentle facilitation. Understand how you can successfully maximize what you capture in-camera, truly making the most of the moment before you. Learn how to boldly and beautifully capture the love and connection your subjects' share.

Jen uses a 35mm for her work but recommends bringing anything 85mm and below.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to maximize locations to enhance the moment
- Learn how to work your camera to ensure it is set up to artistically capture the moment before them in a beautiful and bold fashion
- Learn how to facilitate your subjects to capture emotive connection

Instructors
avatar for Jen Bilodeau

Jen Bilodeau

owner, Jen Bilodeau Photography
Jen is an awarded Massachusetts-based, family, wedding and commercial photographer. Through her artistic use of light and shadow, and her commitment to capturing authentic moments, Jen creates beautifully timeless and powerful imagery. Jen is also a CPA and enjoys coaching fellow... Read More →


2:00pm EDT

Capturing Your Everyday, With a Creative Twist
Limited Capacity seats available

Shake up your traditional portraits and join Divya in infusing creativity into your photography. Divya will cover how to use your everyday as inspiration to come up with creative concepts and successfully execute your vision. Go behind the scenes as Divya shows you ways to shoot personal, meaningful portraits. Learn how to create your own creative portraits using techniques like forced perspective, shutter speed, shifts in focal planes, and how to easily shoot multiple subjects and props individually to later seamlessly composite together. After sharing her approach, join her for an opportunity to shoot indoors in small groups to get real-time practice of the techniques covered in the class and create your own creative image. Wide focal lengths are encouraged for this session. Divya will use and show how she uses an intervalometer and tripod, but they are not required.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn brainstorming techniques to come up with creative concepts
- Explore ways to take day to day emotions and items, and infuse them into your photography
- Understand how shooting with composites in mind can take the stress out of multi-subject portraits
- Learn tips and tricks from camera settings, setup, and understanding the role of light to successfully capture images that tell your story
- Learn how to shoot individual components to create simple composites

Instructors

Sunday March 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
CHASTAIN & TERRACE

2:00pm EDT

Couples Posing Made Fun and Easy
Limited Capacity seats available

If you’ve ever struggled with posing couples, this is the class for you. During this session you will shoot alongside Bre as you photograph a real couple, in an outdoor setting, working through the flow of a real engagement session. The methods learned in this shoot along can be applied to any couple whether during a wedding, at an engagement shoot, or during a family session. Adults can be especially challenging to photograph because they easily put up barriers, have self confidence issues, or feel awkward in front of the camera. It doesn’t have to be that way! Our goal is for every couple to leave the session feeling like they had a great time. How do we do this? Bre will show you how she connects with her clients through conversation, sets expectations, directs the posing, keeps things flowing, and creates an enjoyable experience for the couple.

Bre will direct the couple and then attendees will be able to try their hand at shooting each pose. Attendees should bring one wide lens and one long lens.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn a realistic flow to a couples shoot
- Learn how to transition between poses
- Learn how to direct vs pose
- Learn how to get several shots/variety from one pose
- Learn how to keep the mood light and fun when shooting adults

Instructors

2:00pm EDT

Family Affair: Posing Families Effortlessly
Limited Capacity seats available

You've booked a family client session; now what? How can you create fun, relaxed family portraits with minimal stress? Join Megan as she takes you through her steps from preparation to session day. She will show you how she preps a family ahead of time so that the session is as relaxed as possible. Then she will show you her go-to poses for a successful family session, as well as how she reads her clients to keep the session flowing smoothly from start to finish. Lens preference: almost any lens is acceptable for this class, but a medium prime (35-85 mm) is the instructor's lens of choice. Experience shooting in manual mode is not necessary, but preferred.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to prepare clients for a session so they know exactly what to expect
- Learn how to pose multiple family members for a sense of togetherness and love
- Learn how to put a family at ease during a session so their poses and expressions look natural
- Learn how to read your clients to determine how a session should flow

Instructors

Sunday March 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
MEET ON THE LOEWS TERRACE -- Noguchi Park (Piedmont Park)

2:00pm EDT

Keepsakes from the Ordinary: Day In The Life Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Day in the life sessions are a legacy that share honesty and everyday beauty. In this class, Ashley will talk about composition, decisive moments, storytelling, lighting, and how she then creates a cohesive and beautiful story of a families’ 'everyday'. Additionally,  Ashley will share with you how she prepares herself and her clients for the day with her, and all the practical aspects of shooting these sessions. You will also learn about Ashley’s successful marketing strategy.

Learning Objectives:

- How to create a market and value for day in the life sessions in your area
- Learn ways to shoot at home to help build your documentary and storytelling skills
- Learn the type gear and practical tips to make for a successful session
- Gain a better understanding of documentary photography

Instructors
avatar for Ashley Marston

Ashley Marston

Photographer, Ashley Marston Photography


Sunday March 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
CANDLER

2:00pm EDT

Natural Newborns: A Simple Approach to Creating Timeless Images
Limited Capacity seats available

In this course, you will learn how to create timeless newborn images with a simple and natural approach. Jessica Quinones will teach you a successful start to finish workflow when working with a newborn and parents, from prepping the client for the session, to shooting the session. You will learn the best ways to prompt and guide parents to organically create connection while keeping the focus on the newborn. You will also learn soothing and wrapping/swaddling techniques, and tips on styling parents. While shooting with parents and a newborn (doll), Jessica will show you how to find the right light to perfectly highlight your subjects in the most flattering way.

Students should have experience shooting in manual mode. It is recommended to bring a 50mm or 35mm lens.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to prepare your clients before sessions
- Learn how to style the session
- Learn how to wrap/swaddle newborns
- Learn how to guide and prompt parents/siblings without forced poses
- Learn how to use natural light to best compliment subjects

Instructors
avatar for Jessica Quinones

Jessica Quinones

Owner/Photographer, Jessica Jane Photography
Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, I've grown up with a passion to create with all things. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls, who inspire my craft and creativity every day. My business, Jessica Jane Photography, started... Read More →


Sunday March 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
RAVINIA

2:00pm EDT

Naturally Unfolding Moments: Emotive Family Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating natural and heartfelt images at home is about so much more than stylish decor and perfect poses. Laura believes that more than anything we all share a common yearning to be seen and loved, and her goal in her sessions is to give clients images that show their love for one another in a way that feels natural and genuine. To do this, the experience of the photoshoot is just as important as the final result. Clients need to truly feel relaxed and connected to let their authentic love shine through. Join Laura as she shares how she connects with her clients before and during a shoot, and creates experiences that lead to naturally unfolding moments. She'll share all of her best tips and tricks for putting clients at ease (uncooperative kids and cranky dads included), and demonstrates how she finds beauty in every home. Finally, she'll teach you how she brings together composition, light, emotion and storytelling for gorgeous images that feel natural and not forced.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to put clients at ease to capture natural & honest emotion in your sessions
- Learn how to guide clients into beautiful moments that look effortless
- Learn how to make the most of any home
- Learn how to bring light, composition and emotion together to create genuine and beautiful photos


Instructors

Sunday March 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
CENTENNIAL

2:00pm EDT

Telling Your Story: Documentary Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Stories are the basis of our society, and have been used for thousands of years to entertain, teach, and communicate ideas. Join Angela as she photographs a family and covers one of our most important traditions: storytelling. You and Angela will photograph a family in home setting to tell a story of their laughter, joy and even their sadness. You will learn what images to take to anchor and what elements are needed to tell a story. You should have an understanding of manual mode before taking this class. You should bring a wide angle lens.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn the elements of storytelling in documentary photography
- Learn composition elements that are needed to bring out the story of an image
- Learn which images are needed to anchor the story
- Learn how to bring out the emotions of a family so that they can help tell their compelling story

*Offered in ASL*

Instructors

Sunday March 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
PIEDMONT ROOM