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Friday, February 8
 

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Capturing Fun & Genuine Moments
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating authentic, genuine, heart-felt, drool-worthy images has a lot to do with the interaction between you and your clients. Follow along with Kelley as she shows you how she gets her clients to open up, let loose, have a blast and make their own photo magic during a couple’s session. You will also have a chance to build up your own directing confidence by trying out some of Kelley's fun techniques yourself.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn tips on how to keep clients comfortable throughout the session to create genuine, authentic images
- Learn compositions that assist in telling 'the story'
- Learn to confidently direct a couple to create stunning images

Instructors
avatar for Kelley Raye

Kelley Raye

I'm happily bicoastal, I have a morkie named Martini, I've specialized in weddings and branding for female entrepreneurs since 2013 and The Office is my absolute jam.


Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Beach West (Meet at Instructors Hub)

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Click Pro Rubric Revealed: Small Group Critique
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you put together a strong portfolio set? How do you decide what images to keep and what to cut? When is it okay to break “the rules”? Courtney Larson, Director of Click Pro, will show you exactly how to critically evaluate your work using the standards by which Click Pro applicants are measured, including effective compositions, use of light, processing, intention, and more. She’ll give live critiques of attendee-submitted work, share why creating an evolving portfolio is an important step ANY photographer should take, and provide guidance on specific steps you can take to examine your own work with an objective eye.

Instructors
avatar for Courtney Larson

Courtney Larson

Director of Click Pro
Courtney lives in Phoenix, AZ with her handsome ginger husband and their three children (nope, no gingers yet). She is a documentary photographer and her work has been described as honest, immersive, with a side of daring. She has contributed to three successful Breakouts and teaches... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Doheny Board Room Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Gather at the Table: Styled Food Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Food photography is a wonderful way to stretch creatively while working without time constraints. In this boutique session you'll learn to style and photograph food using natural light and minimal props. Allison will start off with a short discussion about the basics of food photography and jump into a demonstration. You'll see how she creates a styled food photo as she talks through each step and explains all of her decisions, from choosing the background and props to the camera angles and more. You will learn how to choose a background for your food photography, how to style the frame for composition (including tips for using color), how to choose and use props, and how to use natural light effectively. There will also be the opportunity for you to style your own food using backgrounds, props, and food provided or to shoot the setups created by Allison during the demonstrations. It is helpful (but not required) if you have knowledge of shooting in manual mode. This program will take place inside so we can simulate the type of light you'll find in homes and restaurants.

Learning Objectives:

- Practice with different background options for food photography
- Learn what items make great props and why
- Learn how the way the light you choose impacts the final photo
- Learn about the most common camera angles for food photography
- Learn what compositions work well for food photography

Instructors

Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Parlor Suite 3033

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: ​From Start to Finish - How to Maintain Consistent Tones & Style in Every Type of Light
Limited Capacity full

In this processing boutique, Meg Loeks will teach you how to maintain consistent tones that will help you stay true to your style across all different types of light. From high noon sun to golden hour backlight, she will discuss ways to enhance your images and personal voice using both Lightroom and Photoshop. Learn how to dramatically boost color, depth, and light with a minimalistic approach. Study ways to enhance light, highlight dramatic skies, and even create a seamless composite. You will receive several of Meg's Camera Raw images, so feel free to bring your laptop (not required) and edit right alongside her during the program. You'll learn to achieve a complete polished look in this 90-minute intimate workshop. Attendees will also receive a downloadable editing video after Click Away.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to enhance depth for a more dimensional look
- Study ways to boost light and skies to enhance overall mood
- Understand ways to maintain consistent tones no matter the light using color manipulation
- Learn why and how to construct a composite

Instructors
avatar for Meg Loeks

Meg Loeks

Meg Loeks Photography
Meg lives remotely in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, three boys and saint bernard. She is drawn to timeless environmental portraiture, lifestyle photography, landscapes, low light, creative storytelling and color. She loves to find ways to merge different photography... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
PacLearning Center Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Dreamy Seascapes
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Kristen Ryan and capture creative seascapes with filters, intentional camera setting choices, and perspective. You will begin with a discussion of basic settings for beach photography. Surveying the environment, you will consider how you can use foreground, shoreline, and perspective to add depth to seascapes. Kristen will then demonstrate ways to capture the entire dynamic range of the scene including using a graduated filter, multiple exposures or exposing for the best possible single exposure. She'll talk about the various shutter speed options for capturing the ocean and kind of image you will achieve with each. Finally, you'll see Kristen demonstrate the use of a neutral density filter to capture long exposures. Following the demonstration and discussion of these concepts, there will be time for questions, discussion, and student shooting. Those with tripods and filters can experiment with long exposures and those without can focus on composition and dialing-in the ideal exposure. It is recommended that students have experience shooting in manual mode. It is also recommended that highlight warnings are turned on in-camera and that students know how to turn on bracketing in camera. If bringing a neutral density filter, a Little Stopper (6 stops) or Big Stopper (10 stops) is recommended. Tripods and filters are recommended for trying the various techniques but are not required to attend the session. All attendees are welcome to observe and learn for later practice if they don’t have a tripod or filters accessible.

Learning Objectives:
- Learn basic settings for seascapes and how to compose for depth at the beach
- Learn how to capture the dynamic range using a graduated filter, multiple exposures, and histogram evaluation
- Experiment with shutter speed creativity and using neutral density filters for longer exposures

Instructors
avatar for Kristen Ryan

Kristen Ryan

Talk to me about landscape & nature photography. I am obsessed with the clouds, mountains and ocean. I love my morning coffee and a glass of red wine at night. I am a former freelance harpist and marathon runner. I play tennis, love to hike, and enjoy reading and cooking. I went to... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Beach West (Meet at Instructors Hub)

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Shooting Your Everyday 100 Ways
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Ashley in a lifestyle suite and observe how she uses elements of light, composition, movement and emotion to tell a different story with each frame, within the confinements of the same space. Attendees are welcome to shoot alongside Ashley and ask questions as she goes. She will discuss workflow, set backs, motivation, and how she turns images into precious keepsakes. If you are feeling intimidated and uninspired and want tips and tricks to keep the momentum going, day in and day out, she will demonstrate how year after year she continues to tell her family’s story in the same place with fresh eyes, and fresh images.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to shoot in the same space, with the same children all while creating a story and a memory
- Learn to use light, composition, movement and emotion to tell a different story with each frame
- Learn Ashley's workflow and best practices

Instructors
avatar for Ashley Marston

Ashley Marston

Photographer, Ashley Marston Photography


Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Parlor Suite 3033

4:00pm PST

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: Photographing a Feeling: How to get emotive images from any session
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever been to a photography talk where you were super inspired but left with no tangible ways to implement what you learned? Yeah, this talk hates that talk. This talk wants to inspire you but also not leave you hanging. This talk wants to give you all the tools to take interesting photos that you don’t hate. You don’t have to have naturally candid clients to take emotive images-- that process begins and ends with you.

In this talk you will learn how to get emotive images from every single session. Yep you heard that right --Chloe will cover how to do this for families, couples, weddings. You will go through the importance of connecting with your clients on a deeper level pre-shoot so that you will know the best ways to photograph them. You will learn ways to foster an environment that gives your clients the confidence to be who they are. Chloe will break down exactly how to direct (instead of posing) to achieve more natural-looking images. She will demonstrate how she creates the mood she wants through a method she calls """"mirroring the mood"""" as she works with a real couple on stage. Finally, you will look at composition as a tool and how to use the environment you are in to create photos that are more dynamic. Chloe will help you create photos that make you proud as an artist at every single session.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, Chloe will cry (because she has feelings, too), and you'll learn honest ways to take emotive images at every session.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to connect with your subject pre shoot (a free copy of Chloe's couples questionnaire to use)
- Learn how to foster an environment during your shoot that allows your clients to open up
- Learn how to use directing over posing/mirroring the mood/composition to help ease your subjects into natural images

Instructors
avatar for Chloe Ramirez

Chloe Ramirez

Breakout Presenter
Chloe Ramirez is a lifestyle photographer who loves to photograph deep and meaningful relationships. Real human connection makes her heart sing and she strives to have love oozing out of every pore of her work. Chloe resides in Sacramento California and there is nowhere she would... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
HD 6,7,8 Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
 
Saturday, February 9
 

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Beginner Photographer Shoot Along & Walk
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Kristin Dokoza in an informal beginner-friendly photography class. We will discuss use of light and the elements around you to create a strong composition. You will have the opportunity to practice and shoot alongside fellow photographers while Kristin is available to answer any questions you might have! Kristin will talk about how to see and use the best light, backlight, and where to place your subjects (along with what settings work best!). There will be plenty of one-on-one time, so be sure to bring all of your questions because Kristin is an open book!

Learning Objectives:

- Learn camera settings for properly exposed images using backlight & open shade
- Nail focus and distance from subject and subject to background
- Learn how to incorporate environmental elements and create beautiful compositions

Instructors
avatar for Kristin Dokoza

Kristin Dokoza

Kristin is a child and family photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, known for her unique abilities in capturing light and mood. She believes in the wonder of connection, laughter and love in everyone.


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Gift Shop & Spa Patio (Meet at Instructors Hub)
  Classes, Boutique Program

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Long Exposure & Time Lapse
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Kristen on the beach for a creative experience shooting long exposures and time lapses. Attendees will get creative using a Neutral Density filter to vary shutter speed for creative effects. Kristen will share her process for setting exposure, programming the remote, and other tips for successful creative images. Next she will discuss the process in setting up your camera and remote to shoot a successful time lapse with proper exposure. She will demonstrate how she sets her camera to achieve the best exposure and how to set up the remote intervalometer to capture the series of images for the time lapse. After demonstrating both of these creative processes, there will be plenty of time for participants to experiment and ask questions as Kristen walks around to assist and discuss these techniques. This program is for those with a solid understanding of shooting in manual mode. You should also understand how to change exposure compensation on your particular model of camera. Tripods are required for both time lapse and long exposure work. Neutral Density filters needed for long exposures but not time lapse. A remote is needed for exposures over 30 seconds and helpful for time lapses as well (unless planning to manually trigger the shutter or using in camera intervalometer).

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to set up your camera for a long exposure using a 10 stop Neutral Density filter
- Learn how to set exposure for a time lapse
- Learn how to set up an intervalometer remote to shoot a series of images for a time lapse

Instructors
avatar for Kristen Ryan

Kristen Ryan

Talk to me about landscape & nature photography. I am obsessed with the clouds, mountains and ocean. I love my morning coffee and a glass of red wine at night. I am a former freelance harpist and marathon runner. I play tennis, love to hike, and enjoy reading and cooking. I went to... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Beach West (Meet at Instructors Hub)

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Confidence & Composition: The Art of Street Photography
Limited Capacity full

Join Denise in an amazing boutique session that will immerse you world of street photography. Equal parts inspirational and practical, Denise will lead a discussion on the master street photographers and what makes their work great. She is digging into how composition, use of light, patience, and confidence are essential to successful street photography and how you can incorporate all of these elements into your own work. Denise will show you how to use street photography to create a story within a photo essay. She will talk about the gear that will help you create your own street photography masterpieces and everything you should do before setting out on the streets. Camera settings, lens choices, researching laws and customs, and how to approach strangers successfully are all on the agenda. Finally, go out together to the nearby marina and shops to capture a feel for the place and the people within it. Denise will be there with you to guide you to interesting locations and how she would approach them with her camera. You will get to see her in action using mindful artistic practices and work alongside her to create visual stories of the scene.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn camera settings and lens choices specific to street photography
- Experience why moving with your feet (vs changing lenses) is the way to go to catch fleeting moments
- Learn how to get in the mindset to "see" moments and places before you
- Learn how to shoot a stranger
- Learn composition techniques for street  
- Learn how to microcompose and how to include environment  to further deepen stories
-Gather the necessary “shots” and details required in order to create a photo essay

Instructors

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

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Free to Explore: Telling the Carefree Stories of Childhood
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

Instructors
avatar for Melissa Haugen

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

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Shooting Your Everyday 100 Ways
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Ashley in a lifestyle suite and observe how she uses elements of light, composition, movement and emotion to tell a different story with each frame, within the confinements of the same space. Attendees are welcome to shoot alongside Ashley and ask questions as she goes. She will discuss workflow, set backs, motivation, and how she turns images into precious keepsakes. If you are feeling intimidated and uninspired and want tips and tricks to keep the momentum going, day in and day out, she will demonstrate how year after year she continues to tell her family’s story in the same place with fresh eyes, and fresh images.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to shoot in the same space, with the same children all while creating a story and a memory
- Learn to use light, composition, movement and emotion to tell a different story with each frame
- Learn Ashley's workflow and best practices

Instructors
avatar for Ashley Marston

Ashley Marston

Photographer, Ashley Marston Photography


Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Parlor Suite 3033

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Storytelling: The Heart of Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Storytelling isn’t just for documentary photographers--storytelling is at the heart of all photography. The unique gift of photography is that it documents a moment that will never happen again. In this program, Neely will discuss the parallels between the 7 literary components of a good novel and the ways in which they can be applied to tell a story photographically. Learn to be an effective visual storyteller by using things like environment, light, composition, movement, color theory, and the connection between subjects to piece their stories together. Neely will take some time discussing telling a story in a single frame or through a series of images and how to do both. She’ll discuss the significance of empathy and keen observation as the driving forces behind impactful storytelling. Attendees will learn how to see light and use it as an integral storytelling tool. Finally, Neely will share a live edit to show how she further emphasizes light and uses depth to draw the eye to the subject. This diverse course will be packed with concrete information regarding technique as well as abstract concepts designed to spark your heart with inspiration!

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to observe and connect with clients to authentically tell their stories with compassion and truth
- Learn how to utilize light to create depth, drama, and emotional effect in an image, whether it be through available light, artificial light, or emphasized in post
- Understand the significance of a hand edit, and how to edit an image for greatest emotional impact, including a variety of editing techniques in Photoshop and LR

Instructors
avatar for Neely Ker-Fox

Neely Ker-Fox

Owner, Ker-Fox Photography


Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
PacLearning Center Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
 
Sunday, February 10
 

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Confidence & Composition: The Art of Street Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Denise in an amazing boutique session that will immerse you world of street photography. Equal parts inspirational and practical, Denise will lead a discussion on the master street photographers and what makes their work great. She is digging into how composition, use of light, patience, and confidence are essential to successful street photography and how you can incorporate all of these elements into your own work. Denise will show you how to use street photography to create a story within a photo essay. She will talk about the gear that will help you create your own street photography masterpieces and everything you should do before setting out on the streets. Camera settings, lens choices, researching laws and customs, and how to approach strangers successfully are all on the agenda. Finally, go out together to the nearby marina and shops to capture a feel for the place and the people within it. Denise will be there with you to guide you to interesting locations and how she would approach them with her camera. You will get to see her in action using mindful artistic practices and work alongside her to create visual stories of the scene.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn camera settings and lens choices specific to street photography
- Experience why moving with your feet (vs changing lenses) is the way to go to catch fleeting moments
- Learn how to get in the mindset to "see" moments and places before you
- Learn how to shoot a stranger
- Learn composition techniques for street  
- Learn how to microcompose and how to include environment  to further deepen stories
-Gather the necessary “shots” and details required in order to create a photo essay

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Meet in Lobby

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Free to Explore: Telling the Carefree Stories of Childhood
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

Instructors
avatar for Melissa Haugen

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 →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Beach West (Meet at Instructors Hub)

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Small Worlds: Macro Photography as a Peaceful Retreat from the Chaotic World
Limited Capacity filling up

Experience macro therapy-- a relaxed, macro experience without props, with minimal gear, and in absolutely any environment. Join Caroline and shoot macro images in a relaxed way with one camera, one lens, available light, and a shallow depth of field. Take whatever free moments you have to shoot a few frames---just you, your camera, and any subject you can find. Get an inside look at how Caroline works WITH nature instead of against it. She'll show you how to expand your macro work into larger scenes, known as micro-landscapes, while tapping into the therapeutic benefits of macro work. Allow yourself to get lost in the moment and seek sanctuary from the chaos of life; your macro lens will never be lonely again!

Students should feel comfortable shooting in manual, but guidance will be offered for settings. A macro lens (or close focusing lens) is required. Participants will shoot alongside the instructor and collaborate to problem solve to use creating images as a form of relaxation.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to get into macro inexpensively; macro photography can fit any budget
- Learn how imperfection in focus and unconventional techniques can fuel creativity
- Understand how a macro lens can also expand into the exciting genre of micro landscapes---scenes that go beyond 1:1 closeness
- Learn how you can benefit from this way of shooting no matter where you are, no matter what the season may be
- Experience how macro is an effective stress reduction tool and can enhance your practice of gratitude

Instructors
avatar for Caroline Jensen

Caroline Jensen

Instructor, Creative Photography Network
Caroline Jensen, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is an award-winning photographic artist that lives on the wild prairie. Her passion for storytelling and creating art from the world around her has led her to photograph a wide range of subjects in her signature artistic style. She finds... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Meet in the Lobby

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Storytelling: The Heart of Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Storytelling isn’t just for documentary photographers--storytelling is at the heart of all photography. The unique gift of photography is that it documents a moment that will never happen again. In this program, Neely will discuss the parallels between the 7 literary components of a good novel and the ways in which they can be applied to tell a story photographically. Learn to be an effective visual storyteller by using things like environment, light, composition, movement, color theory, and the connection between subjects to piece their stories together. Neely will take some time discussing telling a story in a single frame or through a series of images and how to do both. She’ll discuss the significance of empathy and keen observation as the driving forces behind impactful storytelling. Attendees will learn how to see light and use it as an integral storytelling tool. Finally, Neely will share a live edit to show how she further emphasizes light and uses depth to draw the eye to the subject. This diverse course will be packed with concrete information regarding technique as well as abstract concepts designed to spark your heart with inspiration!

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to observe and connect with clients to authentically tell their stories with compassion and truth
- Learn how to utilize light to create depth, drama, and emotional effect in an image, whether it be through available light, artificial light, or emphasized in post
- Understand the significance of a hand edit, and how to edit an image for greatest emotional impact, including a variety of editing techniques in Photoshop and LR

Instructors
avatar for Neely Ker-Fox

Neely Ker-Fox

Owner, Ker-Fox Photography


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
PacLearning Center Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Dreamy Seascapes
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Kristen Ryan and capture creative seascapes with filters, intentional camera setting choices, and perspective. You will begin with a discussion of basic settings for beach photography. Surveying the environment, you will consider how you can use foreground, shoreline, and perspective to add depth to seascapes. Kristen will then demonstrate ways to capture the entire dynamic range of the scene including using a graduated filter, multiple exposures or exposing for the best possible single exposure. She'll talk about the various shutter speed options for capturing the ocean and kind of image you will achieve with each. Finally, you'll see Kristen demonstrate the use of a neutral density filter to capture long exposures. Following the demonstration and discussion of these concepts, there will be time for questions, discussion, and student shooting. Those with tripods and filters can experiment with long exposures and those without can focus on composition and dialing-in the ideal exposure. It is recommended that students have experience shooting in manual mode. It is also recommended that highlight warnings are turned on in-camera and that students know how to turn on bracketing in camera. If bringing a neutral density filter, a Little Stopper (6 stops) or Big Stopper (10 stops) is recommended. Tripods and filters are recommended for trying the various techniques but are not required to attend the session. All attendees are welcome to observe and learn for later practice if they don’t have a tripod or filters accessible.

Learning Objectives:
- Learn basic settings for seascapes and how to compose for depth at the beach
- Learn how to capture the dynamic range using a graduated filter, multiple exposures, and histogram evaluation
- Experiment with shutter speed creativity and using neutral density filters for longer exposures

Instructors
avatar for Kristen Ryan

Kristen Ryan

Talk to me about landscape & nature photography. I am obsessed with the clouds, mountains and ocean. I love my morning coffee and a glass of red wine at night. I am a former freelance harpist and marathon runner. I play tennis, love to hike, and enjoy reading and cooking. I went to... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST
Beach West (Meet at Instructors Hub)

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Free to Explore: Telling the Carefree Stories of Childhood
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

Instructors
avatar for Melissa Haugen

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 →


Sunday February 10, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST
Beach/Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Gather at the Table: Styled Food Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Food photography is a wonderful way to stretch creatively while working without time constraints. In this boutique session you'll learn to style and photograph food using natural light and minimal props. Allison will start off with a short discussion about the basics of food photography and jump into a demonstration. You'll see how she creates a styled food photo as she talks through each step and explains all of her decisions, from choosing the background and props to the camera angles and more. You will learn how to choose a background for your food photography, how to style the frame for composition (including tips for using color), how to choose and use props, and how to use natural light effectively. There will also be the opportunity for you to style your own food using backgrounds, props, and food provided or to shoot the setups created by Allison during the demonstrations. It is helpful (but not required) if you have knowledge of shooting in manual mode. This program will take place inside so we can simulate the type of light you'll find in homes and restaurants.

Learning Objectives:

- Practice with different background options for food photography
- Learn what items make great props and why
- Learn how the way the light you choose impacts the final photo
- Learn about the most common camera angles for food photography
- Learn what compositions work well for food photography

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST
San Clemente Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Gather at the Table: Styled Food Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Food photography is a wonderful way to stretch creatively while working without time constraints. In this boutique session you'll learn to style and photograph food using natural light and minimal props. Allison will start off with a short discussion about the basics of food photography and jump into a demonstration. You'll see how she creates a styled food photo as she talks through each step and explains all of her decisions, from choosing the background and props to the camera angles and more. You will learn how to choose a background for your food photography, how to style the frame for composition (including tips for using color), how to choose and use props, and how to use natural light effectively. There will also be the opportunity for you to style your own food using backgrounds, props, and food provided or to shoot the setups created by Allison during the demonstrations. It is helpful (but not required) if you have knowledge of shooting in manual mode. This program will take place inside so we can simulate the type of light you'll find in homes and restaurants.

Learning Objectives:

- Practice with different background options for food photography
- Learn what items make great props and why
- Learn how the way the light you choose impacts the final photo
- Learn about the most common camera angles for food photography
- Learn what compositions work well for food photography

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
San Clemente Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
  Classes, Boutique Program

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: ​From Start to Finish - How to Maintain Consistent Tones & Style in Every Type of Light
Limited Capacity filling up

In this processing boutique, Meg Loeks will teach you how to maintain consistent tones that will help you stay true to your style across all different types of light. From high noon sun to golden hour backlight, she will discuss ways to enhance your images and personal voice using both Lightroom and Photoshop. Learn how to dramatically boost color, depth, and light with a minimalistic approach. Study ways to enhance light, highlight dramatic skies, and even create a seamless composite. You will receive several of Meg's Camera Raw images, so feel free to bring your laptop (not required) and edit right alongside her during the program. You'll learn to achieve a complete polished look in this 90-minute intimate workshop. Attendees will also receive a downloadable editing video after Click Away.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to enhance depth for a more dimensional look
- Study ways to boost light and skies to enhance overall mood
- Understand ways to maintain consistent tones no matter the light using color manipulation
- Learn why and how to construct a composite

Instructors
avatar for Meg Loeks

Meg Loeks

Meg Loeks Photography
Meg lives remotely in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, three boys and saint bernard. She is drawn to timeless environmental portraiture, lifestyle photography, landscapes, low light, creative storytelling and color. She loves to find ways to merge different photography... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
PacLearning Center Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

3:00pm PST

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: Photographing a Feeling: How to get emotive images from any session
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever been to a photography talk where you were super inspired but left with no tangible ways to implement what you learned? Yeah, this talk hates that talk. This talk wants to inspire you but also not leave you hanging. This talk wants to give you all the tools to take interesting photos that you don’t hate. You don’t have to have naturally candid clients to take emotive images-- that process begins and ends with you.

In this talk you will learn how to get emotive images from every single session. Yep you heard that right --Chloe will cover how to do this for families, couples, weddings. You will go through the importance of connecting with your clients on a deeper level pre-shoot so that you will know the best ways to photograph them. You will learn ways to foster an environment that gives your clients the confidence to be who they are. Chloe will break down exactly how to direct (instead of posing) to achieve more natural-looking images. She will demonstrate how she creates the mood she wants through a method she calls ""mirroring the mood"" as she works with a real couple on stage. Finally, you will look at composition as a tool and how to use the environment you are in to create photos that are more dynamic. Chloe will help you create photos that make you proud as an artist at every single session.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, Chloe will cry (because she has feelings, too), and you'll learn honest ways to take emotive images at every session.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to connect with your subject pre shoot (a free copy of Chloe's couples questionnaire to use)
- Learn how to foster an environment during your shoot that allows your clients to open up
- Learn how to use directing over posing/mirroring the mood/composition to help ease your subjects into natural images

Instructors
avatar for Chloe Ramirez

Chloe Ramirez

Breakout Presenter
Chloe Ramirez is a lifestyle photographer who loves to photograph deep and meaningful relationships. Real human connection makes her heart sing and she strives to have love oozing out of every pore of her work. Chloe resides in Sacramento California and there is nowhere she would... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
HD 6,7,8 Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa