with lisa tichané
may 8, 2016
june 5, 2017
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In this workshop, you will learn how to embrace joy in lifestyle family photography. Whether you shoot client sessions or photograph your own on a daily basis, you will learn how to produce images that exude happiness. Interacting with your subjects to create joyful moments and expressions, capturing parent/child interaction filled with laughter and complicity, using light and composition to enhance the emotional impact of your images, creating storytelling series that will make you smile–these are a few of the many topics covered in this 4-week course. Find out more about the course here.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
All students should have a solid understanding of exposure and a good level of comfort with your camera of choice.
Lisa Tichané is a natural light photographer located in Marseille, France. Her favorite things to photograph are movement, laughter, and carefree behavior (with a bit of mischief!). She has a passion for wild toddlers and capturing parent/child interaction. Her style is playful, clean and true-to-life with a definite cheeky side. She is a published author in France and her work has been featured in many leading national and international books and magazines. You can view her work here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Melissa Stottmann, Jodi Arego and Kellie Bieser
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• 4 Weekly Printable Lesson Downloads with Assignments (outlined in syllabus)
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor & TAs
• Intro PDF (and prassignment): 19 pages
• Week 1 PDF: 82 pages
• Week 2 PDF: 94 pages + an Add-on PDF of 6 pages
• Week 3 PDF: 69 pages
• Week 4 PDF: 38 pages
• A set of 1 B&W preset + 1 B&W action + 1 color pop action
• A full set of inspiration cards for their photoshoots.
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: Why photograph Joy? Understanding the triptych: Subject, Viewer, Photographer.
Assignment (optional): Your joy bucket list.
Reading: How our technical and artistic choices affect the way emotion is perceived in an image. Featured artist: Liz Labianca.
Assignment: Combining technical and/or artistic elements in an image to enhance a joyful mood.
Reading: Working with each age group – Location and activities – Real smiles and belly laughs. Featured artist: Kate T. Parker.
Assignment: Creating joy for both subject and photographer.
Reading: Joyful connections between parents and children (client sessions and/or self-portraits with kids). Featured artist: Laura Morita.
Assignment: Infusing joy in a parent/child moment.
Reading: Breaking down a movement – Using repetition – Lifestyle series – Documentary/storytelling series – Props. Featured artist: Kelly Garvey.
Assignment: Creating a series of images that features/creates joy.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.