Life Inside: In-Home Lifestyle Photography
with Danielle Hatcher
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In this fun and informative course you will learn how to incorporate indoor lifestyle photography into your client sessions or while photographing your own family. We will discuss ALL things lifestyle – in the home, backyard and beyond – including light, directing and guiding your subjects, finding your voice, lens choice, staying creative, and much, much more. Whether you already shoot some lifestyle work or you’re looking to shoot lifestyle more often, this is the perfect course for you!
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you are able to obtain proper exposure in your images and that you are somewhat familiar with LR or ACR.
Danielle Hatcher is a natural light, lifestyle family photographer specializing in capturing beautifully honest families. She’s a native Californian, currently living in the burbs of Sacramento. Married to her husband for almost 10 years, they have 3 kids and 12 year old rescue dog. She loves Diet Dr. Pepper, cooking, working out, playing golf, shopping, traveling, binge watching Netflix, and of course spending time with her family. She is truly honored to photograph families in their home (and her own family too!) turning simple everyday moments into ones that won’t soon be forgotten.
Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• Week 1 – Introduction PDF and Website Video
• Week 2 – Composition and Connection PDF and Shooting Video
• Week 3 – Lighting PDF and Shooting Video
• Week 4 – Image Polish and Staying Creative PDF and Shooting/Editing Video
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor and TAs
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 Lifestyle; My Story + Your Story; Documentary vs. In-Home Lifestyle vs. Outdoor; Lifestyle/Portraits; “Selling Lifestyle”; Finding Your Voice
Reading: Purposeful + Impactful Compositions; Owning the Image; “Props” – What to Include vs. Not Include; Working with Multiple Subjects/Creating Connections
Reading: Seeing Light; Types of Indoor Light; Quickly Assessing Light On-Location; Light Flow
Reading: Lens Choice; Shooting Creatively (freelensing, using a prism, purposely OOF images, etc.); Culling and Editing Workflow; Image Delivery; Image Displays and Ideas; Personal Projects
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.