From golden sunsets to window-lit homes to the bright lights of a hospital room, Courtney Larson has learned to adapt and embrace every scenario she’s faced. In this breakout, she will take you through what she has learned along the way and challenge you to let go of fear, perfection, and the rules that bind you to something other than who you really are. You will learn the importance of shadows and how they can impact an image, ways to use unflattering light, and you’ll see a behind-the-scenes video of Courtney shooting a newborn session in the hospital. Finally, Courtney will share her editing techniques, emulating film and drawing out the emotion in each image.
• The art of storytelling and how you can incorporate it into your work
• How to create a story in a single image as well as in a series
• Ways shadows can impact an image
• Shooting in challenging environments– from a client’s home to a hospital
• How to embrace and love “imperfection”
• Ways to create an emotive couple sessions
• Editing Techniques
Mae Burke’s passion for motherhood is evident in every image that she takes personally and professionally. In this breakout, Mae shares how she creates images for herself and her clients that tell authentic stories about mothers, for mothers, through Motherhood Portraiture. You will learn the art of capturing motherhood in a way that gives you galleries full of reflections of a mother’s heart. You will learn how she approaches maternity, birth, newborn, breastfeeding, baby, child, and family photography to bring the spotlight on mama, and not just her babies. You will learn how to plan for any session involving a mother, how to build a portfolio that attracts clients looking to memorialize deep connection over props and outfits, and how to tell the story of motherhood that encourages, empowers and brings together your audience.
• The Art of Motherhood Portraiture
• Natural Posing for Maternity, Newborn, Breastfeeding, and Family photography putting focus on the mother (or through the mother’s lens)
• How to use your camera and natural light to capture emotion — even at a birth
• Three exercises that will build your storytelling skills
• How to connect with your audience by sharing client stories and your own stories