Nothing is better than real life and pictures of real-life moments make the viewer connect to the subjects and the photograph. The catch is that making great real-life moment pictures is hard…really, really hard. Documentary family photography is not just about “capturing everyday life”– it’s about making deliberate, well-thought-out photographs that will elicit an emotional response from the viewer, all while not controlling or inﬂuencing the environment in any way. Additionally, the more personally connected the photographer is to their own point of view, the stronger the end result will be. This Breakout is an introduction to making moment-driven pictures and embracing the art of real-life photography.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
• Applying The Ethics of Photojournalism to Family Photography Technical Tips for Storytelling
• Create A Goal’s List For Every Session
• Approaching A Scene With Purpose
• Point of View
• Tight vs. Wide Shots
• Shooting For The Future
• Shooting Through A Scene
• Action and Reaction
• Action vs. Moment
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Kirsten Lewis is a documentary family photographer based in Denver, Colorado, although her work brings her all over the world– from New Zealand to Dubai, Brazil to Canada, Italy to Hawaii. She is a professional educator who teaches documentary family photography as a desirable alternative to the traditional family portrait. Kirsten’s talks are known to make you laugh one minute and tear up the next, inspiring her listeners to go confront their fears, identify their insecurities and push forward. She is regularly featured on the Huﬃngton Post, gives interviews around the world and is listed as one of the top 100 photographers on Fearless Photographers, but it is her role as a mother to Byrdie Mae and wife to street photographer Gregory Bethmann that brings her the most pride and joy. Well, that and any Scrabble victory, which are countless.