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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: Emotive Connections in Harsh Light
Limited Capacity full

Learn to embrace the beauty of harsh light! This shooting demonstration will be held on the beach during midday light where you will learn all of the the shooting techniques that Twyla uses to capture the best moments during a session with a mother and her children. You'll learn how Twyla exposes in hard light to create dramatic images full of authenticity and emotion. She will cover the best settings that will enable you to move quickly and focus even faster in this unique light situation, ensuring that you never miss a moment and that you increase your “keeper” rate. Then you'll get an in-depth look at how Twyla captures authentic moments of the children at play and highlights the emotional connections between mother and child. After Click Away ends, Twyla will share a one hour editing session to show you how she gets the most from her images in post production.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand how to position yourself and your subjects in direct, midday sun to produce dramatic imagery
- Understand the importance of color theory and styling to produce emotive, cinematic images
- Learn how to use emotive prompts to evoke emotion from your subjects
- Learn how to edit images taken in harsh/direct lighting

Instructors
avatar for Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones Photography


Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Beach/Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Honest Heart: A Styled Couples Session with Authentic Emotion
Limited Capacity filling up

Ebony Logins believes that couples are their most beautiful when they’re given a comfortable and safe environment to “just be” together. In this styled shoot, Ebony will share her secrets for drawing out emotion and capturing all types of couples in dreamy and emotional moments. She will discuss her entire strategy for couples photography and how her approach to working with all types of couples has changed her wedding photography business for the better. During the shoot, she will demonstrate the difference between photographing people versus photographing emotion and connection with depth and atmosphere. She will provide all the tips and tricks you need to coach your couples through a moment-driven session, and she will provide the technical and creative tools to implement them in your own business. Attendees will leave with a stronger understanding of how to create both connection and depth in couples sessions (and wedding work!). Expect to shoot a lot as Ebony steps back and coaches the couple through a variety of memorable moments and poses.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to create honest emotional moments that bring out the true heart and soul of your couples
- Learn how to interact with couples in a way that puts them at ease and brings out their confidence
- Become comfortable coaching clients through orchestrated moments and learn when to step back and let moments unfold

Instructors
avatar for Ebony Logins

Ebony Logins

Wedding Photographer, Red Cedar Photography
Hey there, I cannot wait to meet you! Click Away is my favourite event, year after year. Please stop me to say hello if you see me around! Join me over at Instagram! @redcedarphoto


Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Marina (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Letting Go of Perfectionism: Creative Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel stuck? Have all of your images started to look the same? Are you in a creative rut that you simply do not know how to escape?

It is time to embrace your inner IMperfectionist! Learn to move beyond the rut into creative productivity! In this session Jyo will show you how to use creative techniques to start seeing your work with pride rather than frustration. Learn to use readily available tools to create dreamy, emotive images. See how to work on a vision and concept while also learning to be an observant photographer. You'll see Jyo prompt and direct her subjects while still achieving “unposed” results. Along the way, you'll learn how to work with different types of light to create images that speak to you and help you define your style! This unique learning experience will help you experiment and push beyond the rules of traditional photography. Participants will also receive handouts covering the tips and techniques from the class. They will all also receive 1 LR color preset and 1 Black/white preset by Jyo. Students should have experience shooting in manual mode and are encouraged to come with both a portrait lens and a wide angle option.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to get your subjects to naturally interact with the environment and direct without posing
- Learn tips and tricks on lens choices for outdoors.
- Learn on how to capture mood and incorporate texture and movement for storytelling
- Explore what it means to go beyond the rules.
- Learn the following techniques: freelensing, working with a prism, shooting through techniques (using a bubble wrap, fabric etc.), and working with shadows and harsh light creatively

Instructors
avatar for Jyotsna Bhamidipati

Jyotsna Bhamidipati

Sponsored by Lensbaby
Sponsored by LensbabyJyotsna (Jyo) is a mom and an electrical engineer based out in Sacramento, California. While engineering has been her background, photography is her creative outlet and passion. Having lived in and traveled to multiple countries, she loves nature and traveling... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Vue Lawn & Patio (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Lifestyle Family Photography Unveiled
Limited Capacity full

Lifestyle family photography gives the photographer the creative freedom to capture the true essence of any family in a way that satisfies both your clients and the photographer as an artist. Learn what it takes to run a successful family lifestyle shoot during this boutique class as Elena takes you through a lifestyle session. She will teach attendees how to run the session in an organized way and demonstrate the skills necessary to pose and guide the subjects toward genuine emotions. You will see how she breaks down each individual pose and then learn exactly what she says to guide her clients into images that evoke the love of family. Watch and learn as Elena demonstrates how she uses outdoor locations, how she finds and uses light, and how she interacts with clients. You will see exactly how she manages uncooperative children and other tricky, unpredictable situations. Finally, she will show you how she works quickly and efficiently, maximizing each pose so that she can create beautiful, robust, artistic, and diverse galleries for her clients.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to execute a lifestyle family session with Elena’s unique workflow
- Learn how to use an outdoor location to it's fullest potential
- Learn how to use natural light beautifully during a family session
- Understand step-by-step posing formulas
- Gain troubleshooting tips for difficult situations

Instructors
avatar for Elena Blair

Elena Blair

Keynote Presenter, Sponsored by Millers Imaging
Sponsored by Millers ImagingI am an outgoing go getter! I am an absolute people person who lives life with passion. I am a photographer because it allows me to express myself as an artist. I find so much joy in showing families how beautiful they are and making them into art. I am... Read More →


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

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Secrets of the Light and Airy Photographer
Limited Capacity filling up

In this boutique program, photographers will learn how to successfully achieve that sought after light and airy style with a perfectly styled outdoor family beach session. You will shoot alongside Jessica as she also shares how she planned for the session by coordinating outfits and styling the family, where and how she’s shooting and using light during the session, and editing tips to properly get the light and airy style. Attendees will learn all of the secret elements that go into properly achieving this style without solely relying on an expensive preset. Prerequisites: Students should have experience with shooting in manual mode.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to work with the light and location, placing subjects specific ways in the light, and choosing specific locations and times
- Learn how to help guide clients on styling sessions
- Learn the quick tools Jessica uses when editing to help achieve the light and airy look

Instructors
avatar for Jessica Quinones

Jessica Quinones

Owner/Photographer, Jessica Jane Photography
Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, I've grown up with a passion to create with all things. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls, who inspire my craft and creativity every day. My business, Jessica Jane Photography, started... Read More →


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

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: A Cultural Journey: Lifestyle Travel Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

The world is a culturally rich and diverse place yet most of our portfolios reflect what we see in the mirror or the small communities in which we live. Karthika Gupta knows that while there is a sense of comfort in sticking to what we know best, stepping out of our comfort zone brings understanding and appreciation of the world around us in countless ways. In this shooting demonstration, Karthika will show you the world. Take a journey with her as she explores a lifestyle approach to travel photography and shows you how to incorporate the diversity of the world around you into your portfolio. Learn how to turn everyday moments in a new environment into a compelling lifestyle travel story.

During this shooting demonstration, Karthika will work with culturally diverse models and photograph them within the environment. This boutique will take place in the Dana Point Harbor, providing a rich landscape against which attendees can learn the art of focusing and shooting in a foreign environment while learning how to interact with clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn to change into a lifestyle mindset when traveling
- Learn how to Identify cultural narratives and create a story from travel images
- Learn to look for everyday moments that give a lifestyle appeal
- Learn how to interact with clients of different cultural backgrounds

Instructors

Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Marina (Meet at Instructors Hub) 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: Love & Light
Limited Capacity full

Join D’Ann Boal of Smitten & Swoon Photography for a family sunset session on the beach where love and light are the main focus. Practice and shoot alongside your fellow photographers as D’Ann shows you how to connect with your subjects so they feel comfortable and beautiful. D’Ann will teach you how to pose confidently and reveal her secret to creating a magical, memorable photo session for her clients with images that tell a story of this moment in their lives. You will learn how to find the light and use the sun to enhance your storytelling. You will also learn how to include sun-flares, soft sun-glows, big skies, and silhouettes to create images that are works of art.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to keep clients feeling comfortable and beautiful throughout their photo session
- Learn how to use light to influence your story
- Learn how to create dramatic sun-flare and soft sun glow
- Learn how to create creative silhouettes
- Learn how to make beautiful reflections
- Learn to pose your subjects for connection and love

Instructors
avatar for D'Ann Boal

D'Ann Boal

Photographer, Smitten & Swoon Photography


Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Beach/Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: The Toolbox to Beach Photography
Limited Capacity full

Do you love the beach? This boutique session will give you with a toolbox full of tips and tricks for shooting successfully on the beach. Join Marcie Reif and learn how to shoot in different light at the beach, what lenses to use for the look you are trying to achieve, and how to get creative with your subject and the beautiful landscape all around you. She will teach you how to preserve the landscape while properly exposing for your subject and the scene. She will also cover how to use all elements of the beach and how they can strengthen your images. Marcie will show you how to capture beauitful images of children at play, capturing both movement and connection.You'll do a mix of talking and shooting in small groups, and you can expect to shoot alongside Marcie as you work with children on the beach.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to shoot in different types of light on the beach
- Learn how to use the elements around you and where to place subjects for the strongest images
- Learn how to open your mind and be creative on the beach
- Utilize different lenses that will give your image a creative look
- Practice and discuss landscape photography as well as working with subjects on the beach

Instructors

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

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: What Lies Beneath: An Underwater Photography Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into the world of underwater photography with Elizabeth Blank. Utilizing the beautiful heated outdoor Del Mar pool located on the grounds of Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Elizabeth will discuss in detail her underwater photography process. Hear all about the specific gear that she uses to create underwater images as well as the gear she uses to optimize her personal endurance under the water. She will review how she begins each session, from dialing in her manual settings to assembling everything she needs before diving in. She'll cover the different lighting scenarios you might encounter under and around the water and will show you how to find the best light in the pool and place your subjects to create beautiful images. Finally, you'll see all of these pieces come together as you watch Elizabeth in action photographing two different subjects. Students are welcome (and encouraged!) to enter the pool to photograph the models as well. Bring your underwater gear if you have it (whether it's the latest-and-greatest underwater housing or just your iPhone in a waterproof case) and join Elizabeth in the pool to photograph the models, or stay dry and observe the session poolside if you prefer.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn about current underwater cameras on the market and the gear needed to succeed
- Learn how a housing unit is assembled to ensure you keep your gear safe and prevent water damage
- Learn how to identify the best light available within the pool and how to guide your subjects towards the best light
- Understand how to prepare your body to ensure stabilization once under the water

Instructors

Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Laguna Pool (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Whimsical Senior Shoot
Limited Capacity full

Join True for a whimsical styled senior shootout. First, you'll learn how she prepares her seniors for their sessions, what equipment she uses, and how she turns a not-so-glamorous space into a magical backdrop! Then she'll cover posing and natural light, showing you how she uses her reflector to get beautiful, straight-out-of-camera shots. Finally, True will talk about the different lenses she uses and show you why she needs more than one. Attendees will be divided into groups and given time to photograph the models with True's assistance and guidance. We recommend that attendees know how to shoot in manual mode, however, all levels of photography are welcome to sign up for the class. (For the program held at the beach, True will show attendees how she incorporates water and the beach environment into her portraits).

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to prepare seniors for their sessions
- Learn how to get beautiful straight out of camera shots
- Learn how to turn a simple space into a magical backdrop
- Learn how to use different natural light sources to execute the right mood
- Walk away ready to tackle your senior session with a new perspective

Instructors
avatar for True Moua

True Moua

True Moua LLC
True is a creator, educator, and lover of natural light. In addition to photography, she is a dedicated mother and artist and loves sharing her creativity with fellow industry photographers. She believes in capturing not what the camera sees but what she sees an artist through her... Read More →


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

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Why We Play: Creating Lasting Moments & Imagery
Limited Capacity seats available

As photographers, we are charged with the incredibly important task of creating a visual legacy for those who are in front of our cameras. We want our photos to capture not only how our subjects looked, but how they lived and how they loved. Join Virgina in this shooting boutique, as you reframe your approach and using play-based, moment-driven, child-centered methods, can help your subjects be who they truly are. This shift allows the photographer to capture the unique connections, love, silliness, quirks, and imperfect perfectness of the people in front of the camera. When you create opportunities for children and families to play together, you can not only give your subjects images that they will cherish, but memories that will last forever. In these photo sessions, the experience matters just as much as the photos that you create.

This shooting class will examine not only how to lead a play-based, moment-driven family photography session, but will explore why Virginia feels it’s such a vital perspective to use throughout both your professional and personal photography. Watch Virginia conduct a family photography session using her play-based methods and have opportunities to shoot in groups to get real-time practice using the tools from class. Virginia is an open book and will answer any questions candidly and honestly throughout the boutique session and in a Q&A period at the end.

Focal lengths between 24mm and 85mm will be useful for this type of session - Virginia will use a 24-70mm to capture both wide and tight shots that can tell a full story. Experience shooting in manual mode is a bonus, but not required.


Learning Objectives:

- Learn to establish trust with the people you are photographing
- Learn to incorporate a play-based, child-centered approach to photography through connection games and prompts
- Gain tips and tools to encourage playfulness and genuine connections with your subjects
- Get ideas on how to train yourself to shift your perspective and trust yourself
- Understand why the experience of the photo taking matters as much as the photos themselves

Instructors

Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Ampitheatre (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
 
Saturday, February 9
 

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: A Cultural Journey: Lifestyle Travel Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

The world is a culturally rich and diverse place yet most of our portfolios reflect what we see in the mirror or the small communities in which we live. Karthika Gupta knows that while there is a sense of comfort in sticking to what we know best, stepping out of our comfort zone brings understanding and appreciation of the world around us in countless ways. In this shooting demonstration, Karthika will show you the world. Take a journey with her as she explores a lifestyle approach to travel photography and shows you how to incorporate the diversity of the world around you into your portfolio. Learn how to turn everyday moments in a new environment into a compelling lifestyle travel story.

During this shooting demonstration, Karthika will work with culturally diverse models and photograph them within the environment. This boutique will take place in the Dana Point Harbor, providing a rich landscape against which attendees can learn the art of focusing and shooting in a foreign environment while learning how to interact with clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn to change into a lifestyle mindset when traveling
- Learn how to Identify cultural narratives and create a story from travel images
- Learn to look for everyday moments that give a lifestyle appeal
- Learn how to interact with clients of different cultural backgrounds

Instructors

Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Marina Shops (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Capturing the Connection: Emotive Family Photographs
Limited Capacity full

Go behind the scenes with Tarah Sweeney as she shows you how to create beautiful, emotive family photographs. as she shares all of the elements that make her work special. Tarah will show you how she consistently captures connections in her images, while sharing how to effectively use light and environment, recognizing the times and places that will let her subjects shine. Then she will show you how she fosters connections: both between the subjects themselves and between the subjects and her camera. It is this focus on emotion that allows Tarah to create memorable, timeless work and she is sharing all of her secrets in this class! Students should be comfortable shooting in manual mode and have a basic understanding of light. Both hobbyists and professionals are welcome.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to create connections utilizing the environment
- Explore how to create variety with different light
- Experience how to bring out the best in your subjects

Instructors

Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Del Mar Lawn (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Honest Heart: A Styled Couples Session with Authentic Emotion
Limited Capacity filling up

Ebony Logins believes that couples are their most beautiful when they’re given a comfortable and safe environment to “just be” together. In this styled shoot, Ebony will share her secrets for drawing out emotion and capturing all types of couples in dreamy and emotional moments. She will discuss her entire strategy for couples photography and how her approach to working with all types of couples has changed her wedding photography business for the better. During the shoot, she will demonstrate the difference between photographing people versus photographing emotion and connection with depth and atmosphere. She will provide all the tips and tricks you need to coach your couples through a moment-driven session, and she will provide the technical and creative tools to implement them in your own business. Attendees will leave with a stronger understanding of how to create both connection and depth in couples sessions (and wedding work!). Expect to shoot a lot as Ebony steps back and coaches the couple through a variety of memorable moments and poses.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to create honest emotional moments that bring out the true heart and soul of your couples
- Learn how to interact with couples in a way that puts them at ease and brings out their confidence
- Become comfortable coaching clients through orchestrated moments and learn when to step back and let moments unfold

Instructors
avatar for Ebony Logins

Ebony Logins

Wedding Photographer, Red Cedar Photography
Hey there, I cannot wait to meet you! Click Away is my favourite event, year after year. Please stop me to say hello if you see me around! Join me over at Instagram! @redcedarphoto


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Vue Lawn & Patio (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Lifestyle Family Photography Unveiled
Limited Capacity full

Lifestyle family photography gives the photographer the creative freedom to capture the true essence of any family in a way that satisfies both your clients and the photographer as an artist. Learn what it takes to run a successful family lifestyle shoot during this boutique class as Elena takes you through a lifestyle session. She will teach attendees how to run the session in an organized way and demonstrate the skills necessary to pose and guide the subjects toward genuine emotions. You will see how she breaks down each individual pose and then learn exactly what she says to guide her clients into images that evoke the love of family. Watch and learn as Elena demonstrates how she uses outdoor locations, how she finds and uses light, and how she interacts with clients. You will see exactly how she manages uncooperative children and other tricky, unpredictable situations. Finally, she will show you how she works quickly and efficiently, maximizing each pose so that she can create beautiful, robust, artistic, and diverse galleries for her clients.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to execute a lifestyle family session with Elena’s unique workflow
- Learn how to use an outdoor location to it's fullest potential
- Learn how to use natural light beautifully during a family session
- Understand step-by-step posing formulas
- Gain troubleshooting tips for difficult situations

Instructors
avatar for Elena Blair

Elena Blair

Keynote Presenter, Sponsored by Millers Imaging
Sponsored by Millers ImagingI am an outgoing go getter! I am an absolute people person who lives life with passion. I am a photographer because it allows me to express myself as an artist. I find so much joy in showing families how beautiful they are and making them into art. I am... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Kids Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Surf's Up!: An Adventurous Maternity Shoot
Limited Capacity full

Surf's Up! California is the ultimate place when it comes to beach vibes! Join Sophia for a surf-inspired maternity shoot at the beach with a young couple. She will show you how she uses the beach and ocean as the "prop" for her sessions and how to naturally (and minimally) incorporate props.. We will go over how she guides her expecting couples with gentle direction and lots of fun in order to capture authentic images. This is no boring maternity shootout, and you'll learn how to ensure that the father-to-be is an active participant for most of the session. If the conditions permit, Sophia will also show you how she uses the ocean to create images that are unique and out-of-the-box by using her underwater housing as well as how she creates over/under images by the shore.

Participants will be invited to shoot along in small groups, so bring your camera and a couple of favorite lenses. Shooting in manual and being able to change your settings on the fly are highly recommended but not required.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to gently direct instead of posing and how to nail those moments that happen in the blink of an eye
- Learn how to infuse fun/emotion into a shoot that most husbands find boring
- Learn how I use the environment and the light as main source of inspiration and how to very minimally style a shoot in a way that will not take away from the life-like experience
- Experience how Sophia edits a few images from the shoot in an exclusive video for participants that will be delivered after the shoot

Instructors
avatar for Sophia Costa

Sophia Costa

Photographer and filmmaker, Three Plus Photography - Hawaii Birth & Real Life Photographer


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

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: The Not So Corporate Headshot
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Sarah Deragon for a not so corporate headshot session in and around the hotel. Sarah will walk you around the property and show you how she tackles outdoor natural light situations and together you will identify a variety of super interesting backgrounds to shoot on. She will talk to you about how to immediately build rapport with your clients because let's be honest most people hate having their photo taken. You'll leave this class feeling empowered to lead a headshot session and you'll feel fully armed with tons of posing advice to help you get truly authentic portraits. You'll never again feel unprepared when a client asks you, "What do I do with my hands?

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to make any subject comfortable in front of the camera
- Learn tips and tricks for posing that look natural and authentic
- Learn how to work with natural light for headshots

Instructors
avatar for Sarah Deragon

Sarah Deragon

Owner, Portraits To The People
I'm a professional portrait photographer living in the Bay Area. My company is called Portraits To The People.


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

1:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: What Lies Beneath: An Underwater Photography Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into the world of underwater photography with Elizabeth Blank. Utilizing the beautiful heated outdoor Del Mar pool located on the grounds of Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Elizabeth will discuss in detail her underwater photography process. Hear all about the specific gear that she uses to create underwater images as well as the gear she uses to optimize her personal endurance under the water. She will review how she begins each session, from dialing in her manual settings to assembling everything she needs before diving in. She'll cover the different lighting scenarios you might encounter under and around the water and will show you how to find the best light in the pool and place your subjects to create beautiful images. Finally, you'll see all of these pieces come together as you watch Elizabeth in action photographing two different subjects. Students are welcome (and encouraged!) to enter the pool to photograph the models as well. Bring your underwater gear if you have it (whether it's the latest-and-greatest underwater housing or just your iPhone in a waterproof case) and join Elizabeth in the pool to photograph the models, or stay dry and observe the session poolside if you prefer.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn about current underwater cameras on the market and the gear needed to succeed
- Learn how a housing unit is assembled to ensure you keep your gear safe and prevent water damage
- Learn how to identify the best light available within the pool and how to guide your subjects towards the best light
- Understand how to prepare your body to ensure stabilization once under the water

Instructors

Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST
Laguna Pool (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

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: Secrets of the Light and Airy Photographer
Limited Capacity filling up

In this boutique program, photographers will learn how to successfully achieve that sought after light and airy style with a perfectly styled outdoor family beach session. You will shoot alongside Jessica as she also shares how she planned for the session by coordinating outfits and styling the family, where and how she’s shooting and using light during the session, and editing tips to properly get the light and airy style. Attendees will learn all of the secret elements that go into properly achieving this style without solely relying on an expensive preset. Prerequisites: Students should have experience with shooting in manual mode.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to work with the light and location, placing subjects specific ways in the light, and choosing specific locations and times
- Learn how to help guide clients on styling sessions
- Learn the quick tools Jessica uses when editing to help achieve the light and airy look

Instructors
avatar for Jessica Quinones

Jessica Quinones

Owner/Photographer, Jessica Jane Photography
Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, I've grown up with a passion to create with all things. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls, who inspire my craft and creativity every day. My business, Jessica Jane Photography, started... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Beach West (Meet at Instructors Hub)

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Silver Screen Portraits
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring back the drama of Hollywood's golden age and learn the basics of portraits from posing and composition to lighting. Creating a timeless portrait is an art. Go behind the scenes and learn how Kate develops her classic-with-a-twist black and white portraits using both natural and artificial light. Learn light setups and poses that flatter a variety of subjects. Bring your flash and learn about bounced flash, ice lights or continuous light, and even simple window light and how manipulating curtains can dramatically change the final look of the image. Kate will even cover wardrobe and makeup tips!! Learn how to top it off with the perfect black and white edit for a classic, timeless image. For the sake of time, an editing demonstration will not take place live, but Kate will provide an editing video leading up to the conference for you to arrive with any questions and she will send out an additional editing video of an image taken during the boutique.

Attendees will take also home a lighting guide with classic light setups and Kate's custom black and white action for timeless silver screen portraits.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn basic portrait lighting setups using a single window and reflector as well as affordable lighting options like a flash and ice light
- Learn posing tips and tricks for glamour portraits
- Learn clean processing, basic retouching, and black and white processing in videos sent prior to the boutique as well as videos sent after

Instructors
avatar for Kate Luber

Kate Luber

Kate Luber is a Clickin Moms Mentor and has been a member of Clickin Moms since 2012. A central Oklahoma portrait, wedding, and dance photographer, Kate draws her inspiration from the drama and elegance of the ballet, classic Hollywood, and the pages of Vogue magazine. Kate’s other... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Parlor Suite 2033

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: The Toolbox to Beach Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you love the beach? This boutique session will give you with a toolbox full of tips and tricks for shooting successfully on the beach. Join Marcie Reif and learn how to shoot in different light at the beach, what lenses to use for the look you are trying to achieve, and how to get creative with your subject and the beautiful landscape all around you. She will teach you how to preserve the landscape while properly exposing for your subject and the scene. She will also cover how to use all elements of the beach and how they can strengthen your images. Marcie will show you how to capture beauitful images of children at play, capturing both movement and connection.You'll do a mix of talking and shooting in small groups, and you can expect to shoot alongside Marcie as you work with children on the beach.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to shoot in different types of light on the beach
- Learn how to use the elements around you and where to place subjects for the strongest images
- Learn how to open your mind and be creative on the beach
- Utilize different lenses that will give your image a creative look
- Practice and discuss landscape photography as well as working with subjects on the beach

Instructors

Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Beach East (Meet at Instructors Hub)

4:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Whimsical Senior Shoot
Limited Capacity full

Join True for a whimsical styled senior shootout. First, you'll learn how she prepares her seniors for their sessions, what equipment she uses, and how she turns a not-so-glamorous space into a magical backdrop! Then she'll cover posing and natural light, showing you how she uses her reflector to get beautiful, straight-out-of-camera shots. Finally, True will talk about the different lenses she uses and show you why she needs more than one. Attendees will be divided into groups and given time to photograph the models with True's assistance and guidance. We recommend that attendees know how to shoot in manual mode, however, all levels of photography are welcome to sign up for the class. (For the program held at the beach, True will show attendees how she incorporates water and the beach environment into her portraits).

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to prepare seniors for their sessions
- Learn how to get beautiful straight out of camera shots
- Learn how to turn a simple space into a magical backdrop
- Learn how to use different natural light sources to execute the right mood
- Walk away ready to tackle your senior session with a new perspective

Instructors
avatar for True Moua

True Moua

True Moua LLC
True is a creator, educator, and lover of natural light. In addition to photography, she is a dedicated mother and artist and loves sharing her creativity with fellow industry photographers. She believes in capturing not what the camera sees but what she sees an artist through her... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Del Mar Lawn (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
 
Sunday, February 10
 

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Capturing the Connection: Emotive Family Photographs
Limited Capacity full

Go behind the scenes with Tarah Sweeney as she shows you how to create beautiful, emotive family photographs. as she shares all of the elements that make her work special. Tarah will show you how she consistently captures connections in her images, while sharing how to effectively use light and environment, recognizing the times and places that will let her subjects shine. Then she will show you how she fosters connections: both between the subjects themselves and between the subjects and her camera. It is this focus on emotion that allows Tarah to create memorable, timeless work and she is sharing all of her secrets in this class! Students should be comfortable shooting in manual mode and have a basic understanding of light. Both hobbyists and professionals are welcome.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to create connections utilizing the environment
- Explore how to create variety with different light
- Experience how to bring out the best in your subjects

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Vue Lawn & Patio (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

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: Emotive Connections in Harsh Light
Limited Capacity full

Learn to embrace the beauty of harsh light! This shooting demonstration will be held on the beach during midday light where you will learn all of the the shooting techniques that Twyla uses to capture the best moments during a session with a mother and her children. You'll learn how Twyla exposes in hard light to create dramatic images full of authenticity and emotion. She will cover the best settings that will enable you to move quickly and focus even faster in this unique light situation, ensuring that you never miss a moment and that you increase your “keeper” rate. Then you'll get an in-depth look at how Twyla captures authentic moments of the children at play and highlights the emotional connections between mother and child. After Click Away ends, Twyla will share a one hour editing session to show you how she gets the most from her images in post production.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand how to position yourself and your subjects in direct, midday sun to produce dramatic imagery
- Understand the importance of color theory and styling to produce emotive, cinematic images
- Learn how to use emotive prompts to evoke emotion from your subjects
- Learn how to edit images taken in harsh/direct lighting

Instructors
avatar for Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones Photography


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

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Family Connections: The Heart and Soul of Family Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you want to re-ignite your passion for family photography? Join Stevie Cruz in this family shoot-out and bring your photography to life! As a mom, Stevie aims to capture the connection of family in her images. While she captures the "all eyes at camera" moments, her heart is drawn to the other in-between moments. She'll give you an inside look at her creative process and her session flow as she poses, directs, styles and shoots a family session, all while sharing her favorite tips and tools to help you achieve results you will love. From location scouting to camera settings, styling to camera angles, we'll cover everything you need for a creative, successful session! You'll gain the confidence that you need to achieve consistent family sessions the focus on connections within the family setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to photograph the models along with Stevie during the session.

Learning Objectives:

- Gain confidence in location scouting
- Learn how to achieve effortless styling for clients
- Learn how to achieve consistent white balance
- Gain a deeper knowledge of 'ideal' camera angles
- Learn tips to achieving engaging images and connection during sessions

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Room 146

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: Letting Go of Perfectionism: Creative Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel stuck? Have all of your images started to look the same? Are you in a creative rut that you simply do not know how to escape?

It is time to embrace your inner IMperfectionist! Learn to move beyond the rut into creative productivity! In this session Jyo will show you how to use creative techniques to start seeing your work with pride rather than frustration. Learn to use readily available tools to create dreamy, emotive images. See how to work on a vision and concept while also learning to be an observant photographer. You'll see Jyo prompt and direct her subjects while still achieving “unposed” results. Along the way, you'll learn how to work with different types of light to create images that speak to you and help you define your style! This unique learning experience will help you experiment and push beyond the rules of traditional photography. Participants will also receive handouts covering the tips and techniques from the class. They will all also receive 1 LR color preset and 1 Black/white preset by Jyo. Students should have experience shooting in manual mode and are encouraged to come with both a portrait lens and a wide angle option.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to get your subjects to naturally interact with the environment and direct without posing
- Learn tips and tricks on lens choices for outdoors.
- Learn on how to capture mood and incorporate texture and movement for storytelling
- Explore what it means to go beyond the rules.
- Learn the following techniques: freelensing, working with a prism, shooting through techniques (using a bubble wrap, fabric etc.), and working with shadows and harsh light creatively

Instructors
avatar for Jyotsna Bhamidipati

Jyotsna Bhamidipati

Sponsored by Lensbaby
Sponsored by LensbabyJyotsna (Jyo) is a mom and an electrical engineer based out in Sacramento, California. While engineering has been her background, photography is her creative outlet and passion. Having lived in and traveled to multiple countries, she loves nature and traveling... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Breezeway Between Spa Suites on Level 3

9:30am PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Why We Play: Creating Lasting Moments & Imagery
Limited Capacity seats available

As photographers, we are charged with the incredibly important task of creating a visual legacy for those who are in front of our cameras. We want our photos to capture not only how our subjects looked, but how they lived and how they loved. Join Virgina in this shooting boutique, as you reframe your approach and using play-based, moment-driven, child-centered methods, can help your subjects be who they truly are. This shift allows the photographer to capture the unique connections, love, silliness, quirks, and imperfect perfectness of the people in front of the camera. When you create opportunities for children and families to play together, you can not only give your subjects images that they will cherish, but memories that will last forever. In these photo sessions, the experience matters just as much as the photos that you create.

This shooting class will examine not only how to lead a play-based, moment-driven family photography session, but will explore why Virginia feels it’s such a vital perspective to use throughout both your professional and personal photography. Watch Virginia conduct a family photography session using her play-based methods and have opportunities to shoot in groups to get real-time practice using the tools from class. Virginia is an open book and will answer any questions candidly and honestly throughout the boutique session and in a Q&A period at the end.

Focal lengths between 24mm and 85mm will be useful for this type of session - Virginia will use a 24-70mm to capture both wide and tight shots that can tell a full story. Experience shooting in manual mode is a bonus, but not required.


Learning Objectives:

- Learn to establish trust with the people you are photographing
- Learn to incorporate a play-based, child-centered approach to photography through connection games and prompts
- Gain tips and tools to encourage playfulness and genuine connections with your subjects
- Get ideas on how to train yourself to shift your perspective and trust yourself
- Understand why the experience of the photo taking matters as much as the photos themselves

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am PST
Kids Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: A Cultural Journey: Lifestyle Travel Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

The world is a culturally rich and diverse place yet most of our portfolios reflect what we see in the mirror or the small communities in which we live. Karthika Gupta knows that while there is a sense of comfort in sticking to what we know best, stepping out of our comfort zone brings understanding and appreciation of the world around us in countless ways. In this shooting demonstration, Karthika will show you the world. Take a journey with her as she explores a lifestyle approach to travel photography and shows you how to incorporate the diversity of the world around you into your portfolio. Learn how to turn everyday moments in a new environment into a compelling lifestyle travel story.

During this shooting demonstration, Karthika will work with culturally diverse models and photograph them within the environment. This boutique will take place in the Dana Point Harbor, providing a rich landscape against which attendees can learn the art of focusing and shooting in a foreign environment while learning how to interact with clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn to change into a lifestyle mindset when traveling
- Learn how to Identify cultural narratives and create a story from travel images
- Learn to look for everyday moments that give a lifestyle appeal
- Learn how to interact with clients of different cultural backgrounds

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST
Marina Shops (Meet at Instructors Hub) 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: Honest Heart: A Styled Couples Session with Authentic Emotion
Limited Capacity seats available

Ebony Logins believes that couples are their most beautiful when they’re given a comfortable and safe environment to “just be” together. In this styled shoot, Ebony will share her secrets for drawing out emotion and capturing all types of couples in dreamy and emotional moments. She will discuss her entire strategy for couples photography and how her approach to working with all types of couples has changed her wedding photography business for the better. During the shoot, she will demonstrate the difference between photographing people versus photographing emotion and connection with depth and atmosphere. She will provide all the tips and tricks you need to coach your couples through a moment-driven session, and she will provide the technical and creative tools to implement them in your own business. Attendees will leave with a stronger understanding of how to create both connection and depth in couples sessions (and wedding work!). Expect to shoot a lot as Ebony steps back and coaches the couple through a variety of memorable moments and poses.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to create honest emotional moments that bring out the true heart and soul of your couples
- Learn how to interact with couples in a way that puts them at ease and brings out their confidence
- Become comfortable coaching clients through orchestrated moments and learn when to step back and let moments unfold

Instructors
avatar for Ebony Logins

Ebony Logins

Wedding Photographer, Red Cedar Photography
Hey there, I cannot wait to meet you! Click Away is my favourite event, year after year. Please stop me to say hello if you see me around! Join me over at Instagram! @redcedarphoto


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

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Lifestyle Family Photography Unveiled
Limited Capacity filling up

Lifestyle family photography gives the photographer the creative freedom to capture the true essence of any family in a way that satisfies both your clients and the photographer as an artist. Learn what it takes to run a successful family lifestyle shoot during this boutique class as Elena takes you through a lifestyle session. She will teach attendees how to run the session in an organized way and demonstrate the skills necessary to pose and guide the subjects toward genuine emotions. You will see how she breaks down each individual pose and then learn exactly what she says to guide her clients into images that evoke the love of family. Watch and learn as Elena demonstrates how she uses outdoor locations, how she finds and uses light, and how she interacts with clients. You will see exactly how she manages uncooperative children and other tricky, unpredictable situations. Finally, she will show you how she works quickly and efficiently, maximizing each pose so that she can create beautiful, robust, artistic, and diverse galleries for her clients.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to execute a lifestyle family session with Elena’s unique workflow
- Learn how to use an outdoor location to it's fullest potential
- Learn how to use natural light beautifully during a family session
- Understand step-by-step posing formulas
- Gain troubleshooting tips for difficult situations

Instructors
avatar for Elena Blair

Elena Blair

Keynote Presenter, Sponsored by Millers Imaging
Sponsored by Millers ImagingI am an outgoing go getter! I am an absolute people person who lives life with passion. I am a photographer because it allows me to express myself as an artist. I find so much joy in showing families how beautiful they are and making them into art. I am... Read More →


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

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: What Lies Beneath: An Underwater Photography Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into the world of underwater photography with Elizabeth Blank. Utilizing the beautiful heated outdoor Del Mar pool located on the grounds of Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Elizabeth will discuss in detail her underwater photography process. Hear all about the specific gear that she uses to create underwater images as well as the gear she uses to optimize her personal endurance under the water. She will review how she begins each session, from dialing in her manual settings to assembling everything she needs before diving in. She'll cover the different lighting scenarios you might encounter under and around the water and will show you how to find the best light in the pool and place your subjects to create beautiful images. Finally, you'll see all of these pieces come together as you watch Elizabeth in action photographing two different subjects. Students are welcome (and encouraged!) to enter the pool to photograph the models as well. Bring your underwater gear if you have it (whether it's the latest-and-greatest underwater housing or just your iPhone in a waterproof case) and join Elizabeth in the pool to photograph the models, or stay dry and observe the session poolside if you prefer.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn about current underwater cameras on the market and the gear needed to succeed
- Learn how a housing unit is assembled to ensure you keep your gear safe and prevent water damage
- Learn how to identify the best light available within the pool and how to guide your subjects towards the best light
- Understand how to prepare your body to ensure stabilization once under the water

Instructors

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

12:30pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Whimsical Senior Shoot
Limited Capacity filling up

Join True for a whimsical styled senior shootout. First, you'll learn how she prepares her seniors for their sessions, what equipment she uses, and how she turns a not-so-glamorous space into a magical backdrop! Then she'll cover posing and natural light, showing you how she uses her reflector to get beautiful, straight-out-of-camera shots. Finally, True will talk about the different lenses she uses and show you why she needs more than one. Attendees will be divided into groups and given time to photograph the models with True's assistance and guidance. We recommend that attendees know how to shoot in manual mode, however, all levels of photography are welcome to sign up for the class. (For the program held at the beach, True will show attendees how she incorporates water and the beach environment into her portraits).

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to prepare seniors for their sessions
- Learn how to get beautiful straight out of camera shots
- Learn how to turn a simple space into a magical backdrop
- Learn how to use different natural light sources to execute the right mood
- Walk away ready to tackle your senior session with a new perspective

Instructors
avatar for True Moua

True Moua

True Moua LLC
True is a creator, educator, and lover of natural light. In addition to photography, she is a dedicated mother and artist and loves sharing her creativity with fellow industry photographers. She believes in capturing not what the camera sees but what she sees an artist through her... Read More →


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

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Family Connections: The Heart and Soul of Family Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want to re-ignite your passion for family photography? Join Stevie Cruz in this family shoot-out and bring your photography to life! As a mom, Stevie aims to capture the connection of family in her images. While she captures the "all eyes at camera" moments, her heart is drawn to the other in-between moments. She'll give you an inside look at her creative process and her session flow as she poses, directs, styles and shoots a family session, all while sharing her favorite tips and tools to help you achieve results you will love. From location scouting to camera settings, styling to camera angles, we'll cover everything you need for a creative, successful session! You'll gain the confidence that you need to achieve consistent family sessions the focus on connections within the family setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to photograph the models along with Stevie during the session.

Learning Objectives:

- Gain confidence in location scouting
- Learn how to achieve effortless styling for clients
- Learn how to achieve consistent white balance
- Gain a deeper knowledge of 'ideal' camera angles
- Learn tips to achieving engaging images and connection during sessions

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Kids Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Letting Go of Perfectionism: Creative Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel stuck? Have all of your images started to look the same? Are you in a creative rut that you simply do not know how to escape?

It is time to embrace your inner IMperfectionist! Learn to move beyond the rut into creative productivity! In this session Jyo will show you how to use creative techniques to start seeing your work with pride rather than frustration. Learn to use readily available tools to create dreamy, emotive images. See how to work on a vision and concept while also learning to be an observant photographer. You'll see Jyo prompt and direct her subjects while still achieving “unposed” results. Along the way, you'll learn how to work with different types of light to create images that speak to you and help you define your style! This unique learning experience will help you experiment and push beyond the rules of traditional photography. Participants will also receive handouts covering the tips and techniques from the class. They will all also receive 1 LR color preset and 1 Black/white preset by Jyo. Students should have experience shooting in manual mode and are encouraged to come with both a portrait lens and a wide angle option.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to get your subjects to naturally interact with the environment and direct without posing
- Learn tips and tricks on lens choices for outdoors.
- Learn on how to capture mood and incorporate texture and movement for storytelling
- Explore what it means to go beyond the rules.
- Learn the following techniques: freelensing, working with a prism, shooting through techniques (using a bubble wrap, fabric etc.), and working with shadows and harsh light creatively

Instructors
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Jyotsna Bhamidipati

Sponsored by Lensbaby
Sponsored by LensbabyJyotsna (Jyo) is a mom and an electrical engineer based out in Sacramento, California. While engineering has been her background, photography is her creative outlet and passion. Having lived in and traveled to multiple countries, she loves nature and traveling... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Ampitheatre (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Love & Light
Limited Capacity full

Join D’Ann Boal of Smitten & Swoon Photography for a family sunset session on the beach where love and light are the main focus. Practice and shoot alongside your fellow photographers as D’Ann shows you how to connect with your subjects so they feel comfortable and beautiful. D’Ann will teach you how to pose confidently and reveal her secret to creating a magical, memorable photo session for her clients with images that tell a story of this moment in their lives. You will learn how to find the light and use the sun to enhance your storytelling. You will also learn how to include sun-flares, soft sun-glows, big skies, and silhouettes to create images that are works of art.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to keep clients feeling comfortable and beautiful throughout their photo session
- Learn how to use light to influence your story
- Learn how to create dramatic sun-flare and soft sun glow
- Learn how to create creative silhouettes
- Learn how to make beautiful reflections
- Learn to pose your subjects for connection and love

Instructors
avatar for D'Ann Boal

D'Ann Boal

Photographer, Smitten & Swoon Photography


Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Beach/Park (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: The Toolbox to Beach Photography
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you love the beach? This boutique session will give you with a toolbox full of tips and tricks for shooting successfully on the beach. Join Marcie Reif and learn how to shoot in different light at the beach, what lenses to use for the look you are trying to achieve, and how to get creative with your subject and the beautiful landscape all around you. She will teach you how to preserve the landscape while properly exposing for your subject and the scene. She will also cover how to use all elements of the beach and how they can strengthen your images. Marcie will show you how to capture beauitful images of children at play, capturing both movement and connection.You'll do a mix of talking and shooting in small groups, and you can expect to shoot alongside Marcie as you work with children on the beach.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to shoot in different types of light on the beach
- Learn how to use the elements around you and where to place subjects for the strongest images
- Learn how to open your mind and be creative on the beach
- Utilize different lenses that will give your image a creative look
- Practice and discuss landscape photography as well as working with subjects on the beach

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Beach East (Meet at Instructors Hub)

3:00pm PST

BOUTIQUE PROGRAM: Why We Play: Creating Lasting Moments & Imagery
Limited Capacity seats available

As photographers, we are charged with the incredibly important task of creating a visual legacy for those who are in front of our cameras. We want our photos to capture not only how our subjects looked, but how they lived and how they loved. Join Virgina in this shooting boutique, as you reframe your approach and using play-based, moment-driven, child-centered methods, can help your subjects be who they truly are. This shift allows the photographer to capture the unique connections, love, silliness, quirks, and imperfect perfectness of the people in front of the camera. When you create opportunities for children and families to play together, you can not only give your subjects images that they will cherish, but memories that will last forever. In these photo sessions, the experience matters just as much as the photos that you create.

This shooting class will examine not only how to lead a play-based, moment-driven family photography session, but will explore why Virginia feels it’s such a vital perspective to use throughout both your professional and personal photography. Watch Virginia conduct a family photography session using her play-based methods and have opportunities to shoot in groups to get real-time practice using the tools from class. Virginia is an open book and will answer any questions candidly and honestly throughout the boutique session and in a Q&A period at the end.

Focal lengths between 24mm and 85mm will be useful for this type of session - Virginia will use a 24-70mm to capture both wide and tight shots that can tell a full story. Experience shooting in manual mode is a bonus, but not required.


Learning Objectives:

- Learn to establish trust with the people you are photographing
- Learn to incorporate a play-based, child-centered approach to photography through connection games and prompts
- Gain tips and tools to encourage playfulness and genuine connections with your subjects
- Get ideas on how to train yourself to shift your perspective and trust yourself
- Understand why the experience of the photo taking matters as much as the photos themselves

Instructors

Sunday February 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Del Mar Lawn (Meet at Instructors Hub) Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa