a love like ours: emotive family photography
with chloe ramirez
January 8, 2018
February 19, 2018
register now >
Full Participation sold out.
We’ve all been there before. Scrolling through other peoples work and wondering how they get such a strong connections with their families. Maybe you thought you had to have the right kind of client to be able to produce emotive family images? Maybe you thought you had to be a certain type of person yourself to capture that kind of connection. Over 4 weeks Chloe Ramirez will share how she gets emotion and connection from every family session. She starts with pre session emails and explains how she fosters a space where families feel free to be themselves. You’ll go over getting to know your families pre session, expectations, posing, direction, shooting to create mood, editing a cohesive gallery and more. Join Chloe in her class and start photographing with feeling!
daily shooting encouraged
6-8 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
To receive the most out of this course it is recommended that all student be able to shoot in manual, and have a good understanding of the exposure triangle. Some knowledge of Lightroom or ACR is recommended for this course.
Chloe Ramirez is a lifestyle photographer who loves to photograph deep and meaningful relationships. Real human connection makes her heart sing and she strives to have love oozing out of every pore of her work. Chloe resides in Sacramento California and there is nowhere she would rather be than spending time with her husband, 3 girls and silly Bernese Mountain dog. When not photographing families she enjoys cold brew coffee, good music, adventures with her family and her Madewell leather tote. She has been featured in both print and magazine her most recent being: Capture the Moment, Popular Photography Magazine, Click Magazine, The Village Magazine etc. In 2017 she received an honorable mention for her self portrait in the VOICE Image Collection. Her portfolio is available here.
• Introduction PDF
• 4 PDF Lessons
• 6 Videos (1 welcome, week 1 case studies discussion, 2 behind the scenes during the shoot, 2 editing videos)
• Instructor led Q&A for each lesson.
• 4 Weekly checking in live chats with Instructor (will be recorded for later viewing as well)
• Weekly personal video critiques and feedback of assignments
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
Lesson One: Pre Session Connections
Reading/Class Activities: The importance of getting to know your clients, Developing a pre session questionnaire
Assignment: Students will give their questionnaires to their subjects to help guide them into capturing emotive images
Lesson Two: Capturing Natural, Effortless Images
Reading/Class Activities: Setting parent expectations, fostering a space for families to open up. Posing, direction and anticipating moments. Case Study on two photographers.
Assignment: Photograph a family or subject using the techniques taught in week 2.
Lesson Three: Setting the Tone
Reading: Setting the tone by using light, location, details and composition.
Assignment: Photograph the same subject using different light, location, details and composition to convey different moods in your work.
Lesson Four: Post-Session Workflow
Reading: Culling and editing images to create a strong, dynamic emotive gallery.
Assignment: Photograph a family using the information from weeks 1-4. Present a strong cohesive gallery.
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 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 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.