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Learn all about family lifestyle photography and learn the important aspects of photography that are essential in order to learn to set you apart in your market.

Lifestyle photography is something that families will look back on generationally and remember. Join Emily and learn how she books, sets up, shoots, edits and markets lifestyle sessions.  Having coined the term “life inspired” while on Creative Live, Emily will help you  infuse life inspired moments to create galleries your clients will cherish forever.

2018 Workshop Locations 
Chicago • Austin • Boston • Denver • Scottsdale (Jan 2019) • More coming soon


$400   non- refundable required to hold your spot with remainder due 1 month prior to the workshop. Workshop is limited to 7 photographers

CHICAGO: Aug 4-5

BOSTON: Sept 29-30

AUSTIN:  Nov 17-18

DENVER: July (dates TBD soon)

SCOTTSDALE: Jan 2019, dates will open later in the year. Email us to get on a waiting list.

what we will be doing

Photographing a real family in their own home. Learn all you need to know in order to prep your parents for an amazing lifestyle session. See what I do when I first get to a house. Learn to plan and see my workflow. Learn to let go off some of the rules and embrace a photojournalist type of vision for a session while still planning and gently directing your client.

This class is meant for those who shoot in manual mode confidently. Please know your camera before you come so we can jump in and learn strategies for dealing with low light, small moving children, dads who don’t like to take photos, etc.   This year we will just be doing family lifestyle, not newborn.  If you are a photographer and would like me to come to your city, please specify which workshop you would like.

I will go over all of my camera settings, how to let go of using equipment to use natural light only and learn to shoot for the family.

Day 1: 9am-sunset (lunch included)

Day 1 is MORE than a full day. We start our day going over all you need to know about prepping, planning, etc,.  We then shoot a family in their home.  We all get to shoot each set up and you are allowed to use all of the images in your portfolio. After lunch (which is included) and at the end of the day, we will now take a family on location! I started this last year and it’s SO much fun how to take life inspired techniques out on the town.  Each city has something different to offer so locations will vary.

Day 2: 9am-12pm

Day two is a half day and we spend it going over everything business and editing.  We talk about how to manage a successful business and still be a mom. Super important. All pricing modules are not for everyone. I let all those out there go and created my own. I will show and teach you what has worked for me, and I have tried it all.  We edit in both Lightroom and Photoshop.  All of my Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions are included.

what you will learn

Leave the props at home and capture a family as they are, doing what they do. Learn how to use light creatively, create emotion in kids and capture details they will look back on and cherish for generations. Learn how to shoot siblings and parents and how to grab all of those random shots typically only seen by parents.

We will go over how to plan for a session,  yet  keep it looking natural while we shoot. After our full day of shooting and learning, we edit. You will learn exactly step by step what I do for each type of situation. Dramatic back and whites? Lets do it. Learn my editing workflow. You will also receive all of my lifestyle Photoshop actions and presets. I get a ton of requests to learn how to shoot into the light to achieve that hazy backlit images. We will be going over that a ton until you all master it. I will look in everyone’s cameras and help you every step of the way.

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what you will need to bring

  1. A DSLR Camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode. This is not a how to use your camera class but we will work on advanced techniques.
  2. A good prime lens. I use the 50 1.4 Sigma Art lens as well as the Nikon 35mm 1.4. If you have a fish eye or an ultra wide lens, bring it! You can get crazy creative with those lenses. I love my fisheye.
  3. A basic understanding of Photoshop or Lightroom or both!
  4. The ability to relax and have fun. Im super fun (well I tend to think haha) and don’t like to rule follow TOO much in the photography world. You will need to learn to let go a bit to get to a different level. Day 1 is very fast paced. SO much do! Get ready to have fun!
  5. Feel free to bring your laptop to edit along on. You don’t need it, but you are welcome to bring one if you like

what’s included

  • Lunch
  • A prep guide for parents
  • A booklet with lots of fun info and room to take notes
  • Emily’s Lifestyle Photoshop Actions /LR Presets
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Everything Emily knows you will learn; everything!
  • All images you take you can use for your portfolio

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