Capturing What Matters: A Photography Workshop For Parents

You’ve got a big fancy camera, but chances are, you’re not using it as well as you could and your pictures aren’t quite what you had hoped for. Get out of auto mode and into awesome picture mode! In this workshop, you'll learn the technical and artistic basics of using your DSLR in a relaxed setting with plenty of hands on instruction and practice. Bring your camera, your camera manual, and fully charged batteries.

The workshop fee includes a booklet of settings "cheat sheets" and access to a private Facebook group where you can continue to ask questions, seek feedback on your images, and participate in fun photo challenges.

Click here to register for the next class (July 11 at 7 p.m. at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport, CT), or gather your friends and host a workshop in your home on a date and time of your choosing. Just contact me to set it up!

Dead Funny: Finding Humor and Composition Among The Chaos

This course is taught through Documentary Family Photographers Worldwide and is geared towards photographers. Next run starting October 22, 2018! Contact me for a discount code!

Life with kids is tough. It’s chaotic and messy and sticky, oh so sticky. There’s crying and fighting and screaming and stepping on Legos and running out of the only food your toddler will eat and homework and carpool. You know what helps parents get through the long days and nights, aside from the intermittent magical moments and caffeine and alcohol? Laughter! Luckily, life with kids is also really darn funny. 

Parents and kids alike love looking at images of funny moments, whether the moments were funny when they happened or images that make the subjects laugh only after the fact when seeing it from someone else’s perspective. People who are drawn to documentary family photography—both clients and photographers—tend to be people who can laugh at themselves. As a parent in the trenches, I lean on humor to keep from losing my mind in the chaos of raising young children. As documentary family photographers, we can all appreciate an image that makes us laugh out loud. There’s nothing like the feeling of knowing you’ve absolutely captured an amazing moment. But how often do you see the tail end of a funny moment and try to make an image of it only to find that what you caught with your camera falls short of what you observed and isn't readable to anyone who wasn’t there?

This crash course is about getting in touch with your photographic sense of humor, learning to better anticipate funny moments, and composing intentionally to clearly convey the humor. We all find different things funny. We’ll do some deep digging to give you a clearer understanding of how your sense of humor plays into your overall photographic voice. We’ll work on slowing down, learning to find the humor in different situations, and getting better at anticipating moments instead of chasing them. We’ll delve into why composition is crucial to making a good picture of a funny moment. Composition can make all the difference in whether a funny moment translates and having some general rules of thumb in mind when shooting will help take your work to the next level.