One of the few images I have of me with my dad. I so wish I had more.

One of the few images I have of me with my dad. I so wish I had more.

Do you have photos from your childhood?  If you’re like me, you have a few, but you wish there were more.  I wish I had more photos with my dad, since he passed away many years ago.  I wish I had photos of my childhood friends, because my memories of them are faded.  I wish I had photos of my mom when she was pregnant with me, because she always talks about how huge her belly was, but I wish I could see for myself.  There are a lot of photos I wish I had.  Memories that are becoming fuzzy around the edges that I wish I had photos around to bring back some clarity.  There are also lots of stories that I have heard since I was little, but without photos I have to create the scenes in my mind. Suffice it to say, I really wish my parents had made a bigger effort to document my childhood.  As my children grow and move through the various stages of their childhoods, I am becoming more acutely aware of the pressure to be the family historian.  My husband and I are responsible for keeping memories alive, reminding our children of the times they’re unable to remember, and documenting their journeys.  Of course this realization came after our 4th child was born, so I’ve already lost quite a bit of time, but there’s no time like the present!  So this class was born out of the deep desire I have to be the family photojournalist – and to help you do the same for your family.

Remember the floating head photos from back in the 80s and 90s?

Remember the floating head photos from back in the 80s and 90s?

In this class I will be teaching you the same techniques I use both in my own home and during my Unscripted documentary sessions.  We will cover the basics of choosing gear, shooting in manual, balancing exposure, and composition, but the meat and potatoes of the class will be teaching you how to creatively and beautifully document real life.  Not posing, not “say cheese” (never.ever.say.cheese), just real, raw, unscripted life.  Because let’s be real here, while we all love a good, well composed, color coordinated family photo with everyone looking at the camera and smiling, what memories is that going to bring up in 20 years? Probably just memories of that photo session.  But here we aren’t creating memories, we are capturing them.  So the photos we take should evoke real memories and emotions for our children and ourselves.  There’s certainly a place for posed family photos, but we are aiming to preserve real life.

This is a special photo for me. My "Whitney Wonder Horse" was possibly my favorite toy of all time when I was younger.

This is a special photo for me. My “Whitney Wonder Horse” was possibly my favorite toy of all time when I was younger.

For the Family Photojournalist class you will need the following:

  • A camera that has the option to shoot in manual.  Whether that’s a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, this class is designed to teach you how to shoot in manual – so you need manual mode.  If you’re not sure if your camera has a manual mode you can just message me and I’ll find out for you.
  • Your camera’s user manual
  • Note taking devices – pen and paper, phone, laptop, whatever you prefer.
  • A desire to learn how to capture better real life images of your family.
Another of the posey photos from when I was little. The only memories this image brings back to me is the memory of how mad I was that my mom made me wear a turtleneck to picture day!

Another of the posey photos from when I was little. The only memories this image brings back to me is the memory of how mad I was that my mom made me wear a turtleneck to picture day!

The class will be structured as follows:

  • Intro & Gear:  First we will go over some gear basics and talk about the Why behind you taking this class.  I will be providing a short questionnaire that needs to be filled out before the class and we will discuss some of those answers.
  • Technical stuff:  Here is where we go over balancing exposure, shooting modes, and all that jazz.  I’ll be providing you with some cool little cheat sheets for learning how to take control of your camera’s capabilities.
  • The good stuff:  This is the part everyone’s really waiting for.  This is where we talk about how to document your life in a creative and beautiful way.  We go over some prompts, come up with ideas that will work best for YOUR family, talk about how to get kids to relax in front of the camera, and so much more.  You will also receive some worksheets that can help you figure out what it is you want to photograph.
  • Hands on Instruction & Shooting:  Here we will break away from the classroom and put some of our newly learned skills to use.  We will have a couple models come in for you to practice with and I will be there to offer guidance, tips, and constructive criticism.
  • Q&A and Wrap Up:  During this time we will munch on yummy treats while you ask questions and we all discuss what we have learned.  This is a great time to listen to other student’s takeaways as well.
  • Private FB Group Access:  After the class you will be added to my private Facebook group where you’ll be able to chat with other students, get tips and pointers, participate in challenges, and ask questions.  It’s kind of like a continuing education group for the class.
  • Exclusive First Chance Offers:  Once you’ve completed the class you will be put on the list to receive special offers on future classes (like editing, advanced classes, etc) before anyone else as well as exclusive deals on Unscripted sessions.

The cost for this class is $175.  The class will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 1pm-4pm at my office/studio in downtown Myrtle Beach.  To sign up and secure your spot in the class you just need to make payment below.  Classes are kept small, so space is limited.




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