Photographing families and children can be both meaningful and artistically rewarding as well as financially beneficial. Family portraiture is a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of togetherness, strengthen relational bonds, build self-esteem in children, and document the family unit.
Whether photographing children for the family album or creating timeless portraits for future generations to enjoy, this class will help you build the skills necessary to achieve your goals.
Topics covered will include:
- Creating aesthetic interest through camera exposure techniques such as choice of aperture to create varying depths of field.
- Understanding lens choices; which lens to use in what situation
- Tips for shooting large families and multiple children
- How to gain the cooperation of children within the ages and stages of development
- Composition tips to turn your snapshots into works of art
- Brief discussion of how to get started shooting family portraiture for income (ie: equipment needs on a budget, locations, marketing, etc.)
Come prepared to learn through lecture and image discussions. Participants are welcome to bring a few images for discussion with the group.
Class Limit: 10
Instructor: Catherine Simmons
Catherine is both photographer and mom to six children ranging in ages from 8-20. She began her photographic journey learning and shooting family environmental portraiture but gradually transitioned to studio portraiture upon discovering its magical possibilities. As a master of both natural and studio lighting, photographing people of all ages has become her passion. In addition to creating portraiture, Catherine loves to teach. Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has homeschooled four of her six children in years past, tutored students at her local community college, and has taught beginner's workshops through the United Nations Photography Club in Vienna, Austria where she spent a year living abroad with her family.
In addition to portraiture, living abroad and traveling Europe offered her the opportunity to shoot some travel work. Finding the aesthetic in everyday life is what Catherine is drawn to. Whether photographing a place or a person, every person has the potential to take great pictures with the right amount of knowledge and learned skills. It is Catherine's mission to equip others with the skill set to create beautiful imagery and to document the people and places that mean the most to us throughout life.
Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography. She also currently helps out in the photography department at her local community college tutoring students, overseeing studio operations, and assisting anywhere help is needed.