When she first became a mom, Jessica Svoboda wanted to learn how to document her children better. In the early years of picking up the camera, she would try to pose them on command and create an image of what she thought a flawless portrait might be. But she was never happy with the end result and her kids weren’t all that thrilled about the process either. She knew she needed to go back to what really inspired her picture taking passion in the first place, and so she embarked on a series of personal projects surrounding her everyday life that helped her realize it was the little fleeting moments within the stories of her children’s childhood that mattered big to her: running, jumping, laughing, playing, loving…living. THOSE are the moments that she so desperately wanted to remember.
In this breakout Jessica will take you through the process of shooting her everyday while sharing some of her favorite storytelling images and the steps behind the making of them. She will guide you through how she determines when to pick up the camera, and when to put it down and be present in the moment. She will also help you explore how incorporating personal projects into everyday shooting can grow you as an artist while working through a series of creative exercises to inspire you to capture the stories of your everyday life in a beautiful and honest way.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
• The stories behind making the picture
• Tools to tell your story
• Finding the light in the space you have for the story you want to tell
• What angle or point of view will tell the story in the most powerful or effective way
• How the context included within the frame of the image impacts the story
• Capturing the relationships and connections between the subjects within your everyday life in a natural way
• Knowing when to put the camera down and just be in the moment
• How incorporating personal projects and creative exercises into your everyday shooting to help grow you as an artist
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jessica Svoboda is a wife and mom to six little blessings plus one angel baby. Her passion for photography began with her kids when capturing their youth and documenting the story of their childhood became a much-loved hobby. As her love for the medium continued to grow, so did her passion and inspiration. Today she is an educator and storytelling photographer whose work focuses on the love, joy and emotion of the “everyday”, documenting the real moments as they emerge and recording LIFE as it happens.