When I created the Capturing Joy photography workshop, I was expecting it to be a joyful experience in itself. Of course we were going to work (sometimes hard!) on how to make these authentic happy pictures happen, but the very first goal of this workshop was to reconnect to our inner joy, in order to ooze happiness so irresistibly that our subjects simply couldn’t resist.

I was both exicted and scared when the first run started – excited to spend 4 weeks teaching my favorite subject in this world, but scared that my vision might not work as planned.

How stupid of me to be even remotely scared! I couldn’t have dreamt of a better group to inaugurate the workshop! These ladies were crazy talented, enthousiastic, friendly, funny… they worked incredibly hard and simply rocked my world every single week. I woke up every morning with this wonderful feeling of excitement in my stomach, knowing how big I would smile when opening the workshop forum and discovering the eye candy waiting for me.

Among other topics, we discussed how movement, color and body language could suggest positive feelings in an image:

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Kellie Bieser of Shutter & Glass Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Carri Peterson of Sunlit Moments Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Sarah Hodges

Then we talked about how to use light, composition and angles to enhance the perception of joy in our photographs:

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Judy Whitmore

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Carri Peterson of Sunlit Moments Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Heather R. Hiner of Story Moon Photography

Week 2 was entirely focused on how to get those authentic belly laughs and fun expressions when photographing children:

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Chavi Malka

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Jacquie Meisenheimer

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Alex Rickard

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Taylor Groneck of Simply You Photography

We also discussed how to create joyful images with 2 or more siblings involved (if you have more than one kid at home, you know how tricky that can be!!):

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Ashley Matteo

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Heather R. Hiner of Story Moon Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Meg Ruffing of Sugar Bird Photography

Week 3 covered one of my favorite subjects: parent/child interaction, and how to capture happy moments between them:

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Ashley Matteo

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Kristy Harrison of Full Heart Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Kelley K Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Laura Dos Santos of Dos Studios

We also practiced on ourselves, with a challenging assignment: including ourself in the frame with our kid(s) to get joyful images of us all together!

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Terri Collins

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Kellie Bieser of Shutter & Glass Photography

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Kristy Dooley

Last but not least, week 4 was the perfect ending for this class… we worked on how creating a series of images can enhance the feeling of joy perceived by the viewer. We had so much FUN!

Capturing Joy online photography workshop alumni photo
image by Terri Collins

I wish I could share ALL the images created during this workshop, I swear it would be the best anti-depressant ever…

A big thank you to all of these talented ladies for allowing me to share their work here. You made this first run such a special moment, I will never thank you enough for that!

Here are a few testimonials from the workshop students:

“This was a fabulous class! This was my first CM workshop, and I chose this class because I was struggling in my attempts to capture emotions and connections in my portrait photography. Lisa’s PDFs have so many examples and tricks and tools to use to get those joyful moments to happen throughout a portrait session; it’s a wealth of information. I had a family session last weekend, at the end of the third week of this workshop; I had previously photographed this family three times. After showing the mom the images from the session this afternoon, she told me that after seeing the feelings and the happiness I captured in the photographs, it felt like it was Mother’s Day to her — my most memorable compliment yet! Awesome class — I cannot recommend it enough!” -Sheila Clapperton

“When I saw Capturing Joy in the class list last year, I knew I would sign up. I loved Lisa’s style and knew from her helpful tutorials and posts on the forum that she would be a fantastic instructor. In addition, I have been struggling with capturing my own kids. My four-year-old daughter was actively resisting having her picture taken, even if I was encouraging her to ignore me (which made styled shoots all but impossible).
Lisa did not disappoint. It was a shooting workshop, but also so much more. We studied the technical and creative side of capturing joyful photos, but the part that made the difference for me was the philosophy of interaction she taught, as well as loads of ideas and examples. It has revolutionized how I capture my own kids and how I work with clients. I wanted to get everything I could from the course, and it was so valuable to take it full participation and have Lisa’s feedback and that of the teaching assistants. The group was especially active and supportive, and it really was a pleasure to check the forum every day to see what was going on. My older daughter is not running from the camera anymore. She’s even coming up with ideas of her own and tolerating my big camera and Instagram shots. That alone may make the investment worthwhile.” -Kristy Harrison

“This was such a FUN class! My children have voted this the best class CM has to offer, since they had so much fun with it. It was perfect for the winter photographic slump. I highly recommend anyone taking it who is finding their photography in a rut, or who wants to have the push to take lots and lots of fun photos with their children!” -Carri Peterson

“This course is a winner! If you’re looking to infuse some love and laughter into your work, this is the course to take. Lisa is a very encouraging instructor. She provides thorough feedback and is always available to students even between assignments. The course materials are full of information. Not just theories but effective ideas ready to be put into practice. I have nothing but high praise for this course and Lisa as a teacher.” -Meg

The second run of the Capturing Joy workshop is starting on May 19th and registration is open… don’t miss out! The first run sold out, so grab your seat while you still can!

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