The Stories that Make Us: Be the Author of Your Family’s Story & Create Heirloom Images

with Andrea Moffatt | June 20-30

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If you’ve ever experienced a swell of happy tears followed by a fervent wish that you could press pause on your life as it is in this very moment, this is the breakout for you. Life, in all its vibrance of colors, sounds, and smells, is heartbreakingly beautiful, but sometimes our images fail to fully encapsulate the memories and emotions associated with the moment. Andrea Moffatt will show you how, like masterfully written literature, our photo stories need fully developed character, setting, and theme in order to have staying power. She will give you explicit instruction and concrete examples around the development of character, setting, and theme so that each of your images will forever carry with it the feeling of what it meant to be alive on that day. Growing photographers will find valuable exercises around uncovering hidden themes of their work as well as their personal style, while advanced photographers will find an in-depth, thoughtful guide to turning their artistic eyes and hearts onto their own stories in order to make more meaningful personal images that sing.

Every little story you tell has the potential to become a small contributing piece to who your child will someday become, as well as an important part of your family’s shared history. So what do you want those stories to say? “You were kind.” “You were curious.” “You were brave.” These are the stories that make us. So let’s make them count!

If you’ve ever experienced a swell of happy tears followed by a fervent wish that you could press pause on your life as it is in this very moment, this is the breakout for you.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

• How to breathe life into your personal images so that, years later, holding them will evoke long buried memories, emotions, smells, and sounds
• How shooting in the gray (that is- between documentary and lifestyle photography) is warranted, and how to fully embrace this middle ground
• How to paint true-to-life, memorable pictures of your subjects, your story’s characters, by making a character sketch like an author
• How to use the story setting as a living “third character” that holds just as much meaning and memory as your human subjects
• How to figure out what story themes (such as change, joy, childhood, balance, etc…) are most prominent in your work currently. You’ll be given exercises to help you do this!
• How to intentionally grow the present themes of your work through composition choices
• How to plan and shoot longterm character, setting, or theme-based projects ( called “heirloom stories”) that your children will cherish forever
• How to develop a workflow to easily and regularly curate & print your images so that your stories surround your family and become a part of your shared history

“You were kind.” “You were curious.” “You were brave.” These are the stories that make us.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Andrea Moffatt is a stay at home mom, part time family and stock photographer, elementary school teacher on extended break, and literacy advocate who lives a happy, crayon & picture-book fueled life outside Pittsburgh PA with her husband and 2 young sons. Since her own childhood, Story has been a unifying theme threading its way (sometimes unexpectedly) throughout her life. From her early love of reading and writing, to her Masters in Children’s Literature, to her literacy outreach work, her love of Story goes beyond photography. Andrea wholeheartedly agrees with one of her favorite children’s authors, Kate DiCamillo: “Stories are light.” Our world NEEDS more listeners, more storytellers, more stories. She hopes you’ll join in- let’s make some light!



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