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Photographing Children: In Studio & On the Beach
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Course #VA03
Joan Walker, CPP

Ah, children's portraiture – beautiful images, but creating these can cause stress and headaches for the photographer! In this course, Instructor Joan Walker takes you through the basics of child portraits, both on location and in studio, for an easy, breezy experience.

You'll discuss lens choices, key equipment, guaranteed studio set-ups and difference styles of child photography. You'll learn how to achieve various looks that parents will love – Classic, Whimsical, Fun and more!  Joan teaches you how to set up studio lights for fast-moving children and how to handle on location lighting, specifically for beach portraits.  

The day will combine live shoots, in studio, as well as at the beach and on the bay at sunset. Explore natural light and flash as well as how to handle lighting issues on location. When it's all said and done, you'll know everything from set-ups and troubleshooting, posing to post-processing! This is a fun-filled, information-packed day designed to take the headache out of child portraiture while you create images families will love!

Course Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Course Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Items to Bring: note-taking materials, DSLR, favorite lens (recommended 70-200 for beach, 24-70 for in studio), sack lunch or money for lunch (on-site delivery from local sandwich shop)

Joan H. Walker Photography LLC Studio
9645 23rd Bay Street
Norfolk, VA 23518

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Intro to Newborn Lighting and Posing
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Course #VA04
Anne Companion, CPP

If you're looking to start newborn photography, you've come to the right place! This is an introductory course, focused on lighting and posing that will increase your skills and your comfort level.  Instructor Anne Companion will walk you through how to prepare for a newborn session, both as the photographer and for the parents and baby. You'll discuss lighting and posing, safety and comfort, even working with siblings and parents.

Before you're done, you'll participate in a live photoshoot as you practice posing and lighting a baby on a beanbag. End with a discussion on Photoshop retouching, and explore how to put the finishing touches on these beautiful images.  

Whether you're just beginning or looking to improve how you do it, this is a great way to gain confidence and experience in newborn photography!

Course Date: Monday, October 12, 2015

Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Items to Bring: note-taking materials. Students will observing, not photographing.

Anne Companion Photography
112 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669

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Creating Environmental Senior Portraits
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Course #VA05
Deborah Schmitz
Barbi Barnum, CPP

Senior portraits can be tough enough, but add in on location challenges and that's enough to drive a photographer crazy! In this class, Deborah Schmitz and Barbi Barnum show you how to manage the process so that you have everything you need to create great photos – without the headache.  

Explore the concept of the pre-shoot consultation, the importance of managing client expectations and how to create and build excitement that can translate into sales. You'll discuss a profitable business model, how to be creative and innovative with backdrops and settings. Explore the ever-important element of lighting – how to work with additive lighting outdoors and show your clients in the most flattering light. End the day on a gorgeous, 4-acre outdoor shooting oasis as you watch everything put into practice during a live demonstration.

Make your environmental portraits the envy of all!  

Course Date: Monday, October 12, 2015

Course Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Items to Bring:
note-taking materials, money for lunch

Windsong Portraits
73 Hoovler Lane
Stafford, VA 22556

Instructor Contact:
540-538-3530 (Deborah)
540-850-7590 (Barbi)

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Pets and Their People
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Course #VA06
David Michaels, CPP
Melissa Morgan

There are few things more touching than the pet-person bond. As a photographer, you've learned that owners love their fur children as much as their actual kids, and there's nothing like a portrait to celebrate that love.  

David Michaels and Melissa Morgan are here to show you how to use your skills to create amazing images that will melt your clients' hearts – and open their wallets! They will demystify the handling of OPP (Other People's Pets) and give you the confidence you need to work with any situation. Discover how to handle pet sessions with ease and control to capture the photos you want. You'll even discuss processing and how to compose and sell portraits that your clients will love to display on their walls.

Bring your camera, meet some furry, four-legged model and learn everything you need to know about pet portraiture! Fido, Felix – and their families – will love you for it!

Course Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (NEW DATE)

Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Items to Bring: camera, note-taking materials, readiness to have fun!

David Lee Michaels Photography
905 Winona Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24015

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