From the moment I began my photography journey, I knew I wanted to share the information I was learning with others. Educating…no facilitating is at the core of who I am as a person. With this, one of my biggest beliefs in life is in transparency. Hence, whenever I learn something potentially useful or insightful– I don’t want to simply hoard the information to myself. Rather, I want to share it with as large of an audience as humanly possible.
Thus, when starting my business, I truly evaluated this desire to teach and felt a strong passion towards hosting workshops. The first concept was that the workshops might be geared towards professional photographers who were just starting out, with a focus on business, editing, and marketing to brides. And while these concepts are still on the horizon, an interaction with a friend caused me to take a step back and reevaluate what my first workshop would entail. This friend asked me if I would teach her how to use her camera. She was a blogger, a small business owner, and a soon to be mom.
And it hit me. Pretty much everyone in my network could fit into one of those categories. I seem to surround myself with people who are smart, outgoing, creative go-getters. I would create a workshop for them… My wheels started turning, and the course was brewing in my head faster then I could define it on paper.
It has been a few years since we moved into our home in Chester, and since then I had been dreaming of utilizing this room as a space where I could share some of my knowledge.
I planned the workshop for 1:00pm. Coffee would naturally be served, along with other assorted beverages, and snacks.
The small group setting allowed me to spend some one-on-one time with each attendee.
My favorite part of the day: shooting practice. We photographed several scenarios, while playing with our settings as a way to understand HOW the camera works.
I get asked all the time about what camera I would recommend for beautiful photos, and I’ve always answered the same way:
Don’t get a new camera,
just learn to use the one you already have.
I wanted this workshop to be for beginners. It would start with a simple understanding of terms, not from a technical perspective, but from a practical one.
Thank goodness Olivia came home…she is a much better (and cuter) model!!!
My sweet friend Caiti Garter came by to take a few photos for me. I am so grateful to have this workshop captured! Everything was taken by her <3
Have a camera but don’t know how to use it? Or better yet, have a vision in your head of what your photo will look like, but find yourself constantly disappointed by the outcome? Whether you’re a food blogger, a cake designer, a stay at home mom, or the owner of a budding new Etsy shop, taking better photos can help leverage your talents.
Your life is beautiful, it deserves to be documented.
In a small group setting, I’ll help you navigate your camera, answer all of your questions, and share some of my best tips for creating beautiful photos.
Currently, the workshops are held at my home in Chester, Virginia.
The Beginner Photography Workshop is for those who are new to their cameras (or just picking them back up again). We go over the basics of how to take beautiful photos without using auto.
This 3 hour workshop will be the perfect foundation for a newbie, with less talk about the technical things that tend to be confusing, and more talk of practical tips for documenting your life. This class has a limited number of attendees so that there’s time for hands-on help!
The most important thing I want you to know is that workshop is fun and stress free.
We will start the day by learning the functions of all of those fancy buttons.
We will discuss APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED and ISO. Elements of Exposure, Finding the best light, and lens overview.
Best of all, I will share tips on how to candidly photograph your kiddos and capture that beautiful light.