Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Online

Family and Children Photography

Family and Children Photography

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

NOTE - Students will be required to follow COVID-19 Safety Practices, conduct a Self-Screening Health Assessment and sign a Waiver of Liability prior to attending a class. These items can be reviewed on the class registration page. 

What People Are Saying About Catherine

"Catherine is terrific!  Can't wait to take more of her classes."

"Catherine provided excellent instruction! She was both knowledgeable and very personable. I really enjoyed the class!"

"Catherine is very passionate about the topic and had a lot of great material to share with people."

Instructor: Catherine Simmons

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.

Catherine teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Getting Started In Portraiture
* Family and Children Photography
* Editing for Portraiture

Date: July 11 2020

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30PM

Fee:

$99

Location:

8130 Porter Rd, Falls Church, VA, 22042

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Cancellation Policy for registrations after June 1, 2020

  • When canceling a class, we would prefer and appreciate as much notice as possible.
  • If you are feeling ill, are exposed to a person who has COVID-19, or answer yes to any of the questions on the Self Screening Health Assessment, we ask that you stay home. Our policy for these situations is that you can choose a credit code for the full amount of your purchase which can be applied toward the purchase of any future in-person class.
  • If there is another shutdown due to the Pandemic and a class is canceled due to that, we will issue a credit code for the full amount of your purchase which can be applied toward the purchase of any future class.
  • If we cancel a class due to low registration, you can choose a credit toward a future class or a full refund.
  • Students wishing to switch classes or dates will need to give 5 days notice. At this time there will be no fee to change.