Saturday, June 6th I co-hosted a photography class, Snap Happy, in Menlo Park. It was an item a fellow parent and I donated to the Las Lomitas Education Foundation. This is the third year I’ve gotten the chance to work with some moms from school to teach them some photography skills. The goal of the class is to help them learn tips to improve their photography no matter what camera they own. I also share some iPhone photography tips as well.
The class started with a delicious brunch and coffee, followed by a class presentation, demonstration, hands on learning along with Q & A. We raised over $1,100 for the morning and had a terrific time! Plus I got to photograph the attendees, bonus!
We talked a lot about what it feels like to be in front of the camera. I think sometimes we forget how much direction and feedback people need to get comfortable while being photographed. My preferred method is using the Beloved Technique to help people be their most photogenic. My style is natural, honest and authentic so it’s important that people look like themselves while showing real emotion.
Working together in pairs helped the attendees remind each other the new tips they learned. There was lots of chimping to see how they did. Some even shared their “old way” of photographing a person versus the “new way” and the results were fantastic!
Thankfully each attendee was willing to be photographed. I feel it’s important to be on both sides of the camera to learn how to photograph people. You have to be willing to do what you ask of the person you’re photographing.
We ended the morning with a group photos.[caption id="attachment_2122" align="aligncenter" width="980"] photo courtesy of christine arnould of me photographing some of the attendees[/caption]
If you are looking to improve your photography skills I offer one on one mentoring and small workshops for groups. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more at 415. 518. 8880.
Anna Dobrenski Photography is a boutique studio offering lifestyle portraits for modern families. Areas serviced include San Francisco, Hillsborough, Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and beyond.