SNAP-SHOP Workshop with CLICK-IT



Do you own a big DSLR camera? (aka a big ole camera with a removeable lens) Did you purchase it with the hopes of shootin' out some spectacular photos like the pros, only to discover that though the quality megapixels might be nicer, the images themselves weren't quite up to par?

This SNAP SHOP is what you need! 

If you have invested the money into a DSLR, you probably are getting a good idea of what type of pictures you are attracted too...and they have something to do with the crispness, clarity, bokeh-blurry backgrounds, and countless other things that make an image POP!

It has to do with the settings or "mechanics" of the camera...and although green AUTO is a good place to start, figuring out words like shutterspeed, aperture and ISO can make a HUGE imact in taking your photography to the next level!

However, those settings can be intimidating...I KNOW...I've been there...

But, as a former teacher and someone who regularly uses words like "thingamajig" and "whatsamacallit" I also know how to break it down into everyday language (and probably some other made up words:) and not the scientific mumbo-jumbo that gives some people the jitters...

Also, as a mom, who is passionate about documenting her children's lives through the years, I have made it a priority to learn over time how to capture MOMENTS! It's not just about getting a group shot of everyone saying, "CHEEEEESE"...it's not just about snapping the "event"...

It IS about the personality...the expression...the STORY of their lives...

The SNAP-SHOP workshop is planned for
Saturday, June 4th at 9am - 1pm
In this time we will:
* talk about composition and how to "tell the story" through your image
* de-mystify your camera by learning about all those settings that make an image come to life.
* discuss aperature, depth of field, shutter speed, ISO and how they correspond with the images you want.
* learn about lighting, how to locate and use the best light
* give some lens suggestions
* have some practice time along with some questions & answers

Directly after this workshop, the CLICK-IT workshop is available...it's the very next step to taking your photos, enhancing them to print worthy and also changing some into works of art!


Let's face it...even though I've taken time to learn my camera and it IS my goal to have my SOOC (straight out of camera) photos be perfect...when my girls come running in from outside with something "cool" to show me and I'm up to my elbows in potato peels...I'm not necessarily thinking about correct exposure and I just grab my camera and run! 

It's in these everyday moments of life that I don't want to be anxious and hurried...life is NOT an emergency...it is to be lived and savored...and though I'll always give it my best to get a great photo, I have confidence that even if I'm not quite there, I can usually get it "fixed up" in photoshop:) 

Can I hear an "Amen"?

CLICK-IT is Part 2 of the photography workshop series...This is when you take everything you've learned from the SNAP SHOP, have a bunch of images and choose what and HOW to print them! 

In Click It, we'll follow a basic workflow:

The CLICK IT class is scheduled directly following the Snap Shop on Saturday, June 4th 1:30 -3:30pm
In this class we'll:
*enhance our SOOC images using adjustment layers to brighten, contrast and fix colors
*learn how to crop and make our subjects the focal point of an image using edge burns
*be introduced to the world of brushes, fonts and selective coloring
*discover how to create your own digital scrapbooking page to journal & document family life

***PLEASE NOTE: If you are a hands on learner, it will be in your best interest to come with your laptop loaded with the Photoshop Elements software.  Laptops will not be provided at the class, however, notes can be taken and the "class notes" will be distributed in order to follow along. If you do not own a laptop, and would like to consider private "tutoring" with photoshop, please contact me and I'll do my best to set up a time that we can work together:) (different pricing applies)

***Click It is an introductory class to photoshop...more advanced classes can and will be offered at a later date for those desiring even more in depth knowledge of photoshop elements, such as clipping masks, running actions, texturing images, etc. Please be sure to contact me if interested.

DETAIL SPECIFICS:

Snap Shop:  $100
includes 4 hours of instruction, question & answer time, brunch, full class notes, Ebook quick guide, and a customized camera "goody" (TBS-To Be Surprised)

Click It: $60
includes 2 hours of instruction, question & answer time, CD of already created scrapbook pages/layouts to get you started, class notes with easy direction guide for take home

Attending BOTH combined: $150 ($10 discount:)

Class size for each workshop is limited to a maximum of 14/minimum of 5.  Spots are given on a first come first serve basis. Please email at ctphotomemories@aol.com to save your place and indicate if you are attending one or both classes.  Payment is due by May 28th.  Once Classes are full, a wait list will be created for a future date and/or replaced by emergency cancellations prior to May 28th. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE LAST SNAP SHOP...


***if workshop cancellation is unavoidable, moneys will be refunded in full as long as cancellation happens prior to the day of the class. Should a no-show occur, a $25 fee will be kept back from the refund***

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Remember When???

Moments are fleeting...it is a joy to be present in the wonder of NOW!

Do you remember this little beauty...from about 4 months ago?


It's amazing to me how time just slips by...I am reminded of a quote that "life is carried in the hands of the unhurried"  Those of us who are able to stop and savor...we are able to really live!

Already 4 months have passed...she can lift her head and stretch her legs strong...she is learning to sit up supported...she "talks" and coos...she smiles and giggles...

all this in just a few months time...

how precious to be able to capture the moments...it won't always be like this...I know, in the middle of the night with feedings and teething, it "feels" like it will never end...


but it will...and the little chubby legs will be gone...the drool, a thing of the past...staring into your eyes with pure delight for moments on end, well, time just keeps sweeping away...


I am just loving watching these little ones grow...thank you sweet family for allowing me to be a part of the process of remembering...

***please stop over at the facebook site to see more photos from this session along with some storyboards and collages*** 

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Longevity


I have so appreciated Cranel, Inc....not only for their integrity and drive for excellence, but also for their ability to go the distance.  They also make sure that they honor those that have those qualities in their "person" as well.  Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph their gathering to honor and award those that had been with the company for 5, 10 or more years. 

There is ALWAYS a good spread when you come to one of their functions:
The Vision was presented and awards handed out...
the people at the office are always so friendly and encouraging...I love to capture their faces as they sit intently listening:)

Thank you Cranel for allowing me the opportunity to once again come and capture the moments...I appreciate your company and it's many hard working employees!

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Snap-shop March Success

I woke up Saturday morning completely psyched for the day!  I think I ran on pure adreneline from the moment I awoke to the second I passed out in bed around 10:30 that night:) 

I LOVE savoring the moments...and when I encounter other people who have that same passion...I am...well, I'm just giddy!  Photography is just ONE tool...one tool used in order to capture time and be able to savor and remember a bit more...it doesn't have to be daunting or overwhelming...and I was excited to help other people (moms in particular) get over the "looming metal piece of equipment" and begin to be empowered...to learn the basics so that, IN the moment, they can not only learn to capture it, but they can ENJOY and SAVOR at the same time...

it takes some teaching, some learning, some practicing and then just getting out there and doing it...

My darling husband spent the few morning hours just getting everything ready for me...and when I started setting up, I couldn't help but snap a few pictures for me to "savor" later!

My girls were begging me to save them some treats...


Once everyone arrived and we had a little time to get to know one another...I was able to quickly share my "purpose" and then dive into the photography session...

The ladies had notes and a slideshow to watch and crazy ME to lead them through it...

good grief...

My "peep" aka BFF, AnneMarie helped me out tremendously with her Canon background and her quick shots of me in action...I'm not sure whether to thank her...

Or strangle her?...what in the world am I doing?  did I always look this scary? 

let's just change subject...say...bellybuttons???  (total inside Snap-shop joke folks...sorry)

I was so proud of all the participants...I loved their questions, their enthusiasm, their ability to hang in there with me through all the information and processing!!!



We had the opportunity to get outside a little bit...I won't lie...it WAS a challenge with the rain..but what better place to practice, when you have your most difficult lighting challenges, than in a class situation with people that can help you through it...when the sun starts peepin' out this spring, the "light" literally will go on...and I KNOW these ladies are going to knock out some incredible images of their kiddos and moments that they will cherish!!!
At each segment, we had alittle fun with sorting through and getting to choose camera straps...everyone, always so gracious with my sewing skills!!
We were able to spend time talking through ideas and walking around looking at other ways to not only display but treasure all the images that they will soon have storing up space on their hard drives...

We touched on some basic editing tools in photoshop...I've already got a class presentation in the works for this spring/summer with regards to photoshop...things like clipping masks and scrapbooking...switching heads (OH MY) and fixing blemishes...finding templates and making images into art!

At the end of the class...everyone received not only all the notes, in detail of what we covered, along with their camera strap of course, but they also received my E-book on CD to print out in 4 x 6 pages to have as a quick-guide reference...here are just a few of the 20 page booklet...it runs through all the basics in using an SLR camera (reminders from the Snap-shop) and a few pages on photoshop elements and how to enhance your photos just a bit more:) I've included photo recipes and outdoor/indoor situations to help trigger ways to start figuring out your own camera settings...
All in all it was a GREAT day.  I had such fun with everyone and was beyond honored to have them in my home...Thank you for hearing my heart and for giving me your afternoon...I am looking forward to watching your images come to life...and I'd love to hear how you are learning to savor your moments!!!

Stay tuned...as I will be scheduling another Snap-shop session in the late spring/early summer...

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Only 2 more days...

Until our Snap-Shop aka Photography/photoshop Workshop...

I'm sooo excited to see everyone!  I've been working diligently putting together lots and I do mean LOTS of information....hopefully in some easy to understand ways...so that when y'all get home you can put it to good use!

I'm looking forward to working one on one with all the participants and teaching them how to get the most out of that big piece of equipment!!!  I'm also excited to hang out with some pretty awesome women, while we talk and take pictures and EAT!

Here's a sneak peek at the E-book that everyone will be getting on disc...I printed mine out so that everyone would have an opportunity to look through it while they are here...

See you soon!  There may be a spot or 2 left, so if there are any last minute decisions, please let me know asap! 

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I can't wait to hear from you!
"Teach us to number our days, (savor the moments) so that we may gain a heart of wisdom" ~Psalm 90:12

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