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Saturday, February 9 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Free to Explore: Telling the Carefree Stories of Childhood LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

What if we photographed children just as they are, as the adventurous, curious, free spirits that so many of us wish we could be again. The stories of childhood are priceless and it’s our job to preserve them as authentically as possible. Join Melissa Haugen as she runs a carefree, hands-on, outdoor session with some adorable preschool and school-aged siblings. Whether playing in the water, flying kites, building in the sand, or climbing around a play structure, you will focus on capturing both the authentic moments of children at play and the connections they have with their siblings. Melissa will show you the shooting techniques she uses to capture great moments during a fast-paced session with kids. She'll teach you how she exposes quickly in a variety of lighting situations. She will share how she is able to quickly focus in a fast-paced session, and what settings she uses to increase the accuracy of shots so that she never misses a moment. You'll cover lens & perspective choices, and utilize framing, layering, & lines to to help create stronger imagery. Finally, Melissa will cover creative compositions and how to capture beautiful environmental portraits. Between shooting demonstrations and explanations, participants will be invited to shoot along with Melissa and practice the settings and perspectives she suggests as well as contribute their own ideas!

Attendees should have an understanding of the exposure triangle and be comfortable shooting in manual. Attendees should bring gear they are comfortable shooting with. Instructor will be demonstrating shooting with 15mm, 35mm and 85mm lenses.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to work in varied lighting situations based on the shoot location and which lenses lend themselves best to creating a strong environmental portrait
- Create beautiful imagery with proper gear choices and subject positioning
- Gain a better understanding of your focus system and what works best for a fast paced session with children
- Discover how perspective and the use of elements like lines, shadows, framing and layering can elevate your imagery & change the feeling of the story
- Experiment with creative compositions and creative lens choices to enhance the storyline

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Melissa Haugen

Melissa is based in Roseville, California. She lives on her little piece of country in the middle of the city and spends her days chasing after three wild kids, some chickens and a dog, alongside her husband of 16 years. She is a natural light photographer, who loves photographing... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Beach/Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa