The Art of Lifestyle Family Photography
with elena s. blair
April 10, 2017
May 15, 2017
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Lifestyle photography has gained a lot of popularity in the industry, specifically family lifestyle photography. Family lifestyle photography is full of life and connection, going far beyond stiff and unnatural poses and instead focusing on the unique relationship within each individual family. Lifestyle photography takes a lot of direction and control and you will leave this class ready to direct any lifestyle session. You will learn to create lifestyle photographs that have depth and meaning for both you and the subjects you are photographing. You will gain a solid session flow, skills on guiding and directing all subjects that may be present in a family grouping including specifics on the parents as a couple and newborn family sessions. You will also get tips on running a successful lifestyle family photography business, however even a photographer who is not in business would benefit from this course. (Are you an alum of Elena’s old course, Going Beyond the Pose? If so please contact us before signing up to find out more about overlap between the old course and the new course.)
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
Students need a good understanding of exposure.
Elena Blair is a Seattle photographer and NICU/Labor and Delivery nurse. With a Canon 5d mark II and a few choice lenses in hand, Elena began working with film about ten years ago and then dipped her toes in the digital pool in 2010. Often described as fine art documentary, her photography is natural, organic, and emotive which is an extension of her family and their lifestyle. Elena, her husband, and two children (baby number 3 is on the way) are an active family that enjoys biking, hiking, and skiing. Elena’s portfolio is available here.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: We will define what lifestyle photography is and how it differs from traditional and documentary photography. Specifics of vision and shooting with intention. Important considerations within lifestyle photography including composition, light, environment and location, and most importantly, connection.
Assignment: UKeeping all of the lifestyle considerations in mind, create a lifestyle portrait using a human subject. Tell me what your vision was, what preparations you made, and why you chose the subject you chose. Tell me why you included or excluded any elements in the frame. Tell me how you connected to the subject(s) and why.
Reading: A solid family session flow. Creating diversity in galleries. Specifics on newborn lifestyle sessions. This week we will go into specific guiding and directing for babies, children, siblings, and newborns (not posed, lifestyle). You will learn specific “poses,” guiding techniques, and skills to create deep and emotive lifestyle images for this age group.
Assignment: Submit a baby, newborn, child, or children together (sibling) lifestyle image. Tell me why you chose this subject(s), how you chose the location, and what guiding you did to execute this image.
Reading: Guiding and directing mother and child, father and child, parents as a couple, parents alone, and the whole family. You will learn specific “poses,” guiding techniques, and skills to create deep and emotive lifestyle images for all the groupings and subjects listed above.
Assignment: Submit a lifestyle image of a mother and child, father and child, a couple, a whole family or an adult alone.
Reading: You will do some soul searching in this week, extracting what it is that you want to capture when photographing a human. Staying true to yourself as an artist and how to attract dream clients who appreciate your art. Specifics of preparing families for their sessions, including wardrobe preparations, preparing the children and specifics on preparing dad. Business of lifestyle family photography including email templates, online presence and marketing, gallery delivery, and business models and products that suit this specific genre of photography. Difficult situations such as an uninterested dad, unruly children, fussy newborns and kids, and suboptimal locations.
Assignment: Submit an entire family session gallery.
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.