every time i do this i have to smush out all the fear inside my heart, and try to replace it with all the love in the world instead. because this isn’t about me, its about you.
come spend a day with me learning a lifestyle approach to family sessions that will help you create those relaxed, love soaked portraits you’ve always envisioned. in addition to a completely personalized portfolio review you will receive before the workshop, topics include: using film with fast moving subjects, at home portraits no matter the home, strategic portfolio building, extracting love from every family dynamic, finding the light in and outside the home, workflow, standing out in a saturated market, staying inspired, finding your own unique family photography style, interacting with families to make shoots fun, posing that is natural and flattering, and so.much. more…
how long is this thing?
the workshop is one day only from 9-6 and includes a one hour shooting period in the afternoon. usually the day is wrapped with a non mandatory, informal dinner which spouses are welcome, dare i say encouraged to attend. i will proceed to ask over personal questions about how you met, fell in love, and what your love languages are.
what do i bring?
a laptop, or digital device to take notes with, or just a good old fashioned notebook—i meeeaaannn, i’m not fancy. a workbook with the workshop information will be provided. its full of prety pictures, made by my friends at artifact uprising and good for taking notes in. bring any camera gear you plan on shooting with during the day, and all of the questions you can think of. i find it helps to write them down ahead of time because they tend to escape the mind in the moment. silly things.
do we eat?
lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day are complimentary, but if you’re gonna hang with us at dinner, its every (wo)man for her/himself!
okay but where exactly?
the melbourne location is at the beach home of good friend of mine, melanie leighton, and is located a little over an hour outside of melbourne – don’t say i didn’t warn ya! sydney is to be determined, and london is being hosted in the lovely home of another dear friend, kjrsten madsen. i haven’t been there but i hear its pretty nice: read: its very nice and you’re gonna like it a bunch.
does it matter if i shoot film or digital?
in short, no. i don’t believe in medium discrimination! but we will spend some time discussing film, so don’t hesitate with all your film questions.
but seriously yan, what makes this workshop different?
i’m gonna have to say the time and attention i spend on getting to know YOU and making sure you walk away from the workshop with what you came for. and that’s on top of teaching you everything i’ve ever learned about family photography in one too short day. every participant gets a question sheet before they come to help me achieve this. i also clock a lot of hours pouring over each attendees portfolio to give them targeted feedback, also pre game day. i even give an assignment to be completed BEFORE the workshop tailored to specific areas of needed growth for each participant. are you getting the picture? this isn’t about coming to hang for a day so you can learn how to do exactly what i do exactly how i do it, though i don’t hold any of that back. rather, there is a huge emphasis on you and your own personal strengths and journey. because i care and because i want to see YOU succeed.
is this just a feeling fest?
okay okay, you caught me, there’s some of that because i’m not gonna lie—i have found that life success, artistic success, even monetary success in best case scenarios is tied to honoring one’s core self, and letting that drive one’s endeavors. figuring out what or who the crap that is can take some work and be a little emotionally uncomfortable. but please believe me when i say that i’m not in the business of selling feelings. this workshop is an intense mix of inspiration, time tested strategy, and tangible tools that have the ability to transform your entire approach to photography and the way you run your business. my goal is to send each attendee away with at the very least, a personalized plan that makes sense for THEM.
can i get my money back?
ohhhh, the most uncomfortable question ever. i would offer refunds if i could, but its a logistical mess on my end! so, all seats once claimed are non refundable. i know, i know, life happens, things come up, we get poor, i get it. that’s why i have no problem with you finding someone to “sell,” your seat to, or if you are unable to attend, using your payment as a credit toward a future workshop.
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