Before They Grow Up
with Kellie Bieser
4 WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS JUN 25
$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
Learn how to thoughtfully capture childhood in a way that embodies the emotion and experience of what it is to be a kid…before they grow up.
Dive into what it means to shoot with emotional intention while capturing the magical, fleeting moments of childhood. By tapping into our own personal connections with childhood…both in our own memories and in our experiences as parents/grandparents/caretakers…and allowing those to guide the technical choices we make behind the camera, we can create images that speak clearly to our unique experiences and document childhood in a way that is more closely aligned with our memories.
Be comfortable with the basics of the exposure triangle and shooting in manual mode.
what you’ll get
4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
4 Weekly shooting/editing videos as well as extra videos made throughout the course to meet the specific needs of each class.
Bonus mid-week mini lesson PDFs
Welcome and Pre-Assignment
Manual shooting refresher
Studying the role of children in art throughout history
Defining our own associations with childhood
Using portraiture to convey emotions to a wider audience
Artist interview with Caroline Jensen
Video: how to evoke emotions from a child subject
Create a child portrait that embodies one or more parts of your personal definition of childhood.
Studying the art of the traditional portrait
Defining traditional portraiture and discussing various aspects that enable success in this genre
Artist interview with Allison McSorley
Video: basic retouching in Photoshop
Create a traditional child portrait and share the aspects of the frame that you considered thoughtfully in your process.
Studying the art of the lifestyle portrait
Defining lifestyle portraiture and discussing various aspects that enable success in this genre
Artist interview with Lisa Tichané
Video: How to help a child relax in a controlled setting
Create a lifestyle child portrait and share the aspects of the frame that you considered thoughtfully in your process.
Studying the art of the documentary portrait
Defining documentary portraiture and discussing various aspects that enable success in this genre
Artist interview with Erika Ray
Video: Waiting for the moment
Create a documentary child portrait and share the aspects of the frame that you considered in your process.
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"Whether you have a baby, a teenager, grandkids, nieces and nephews – you will take better shots of them. I am so thankful to have taken the course and cannot recommend it enough!"
about your instructor
Kellie Bieser is a full-time photographer living in Ohio with her four (soon to be five!) kids, dog, cat, three chickens, and very patient husband. Fueled by an endless cup of black coffee, she works to document her days in a way that doesn’t just capture the scene but also captures the way it felt to be there.
how it works
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
study & ask questions
Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 critique 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.