It’s that time of the intern season again! Time to teach the current interns everything I know about children’s portraiture. I have been photographing children full time for the past 3 years. If you would have told me in school that I would have speciality in this area of photography – I would have laughed at you. But, today, I couldn’t see my professional life without it!
In the workshop I discussed topics like how to make the most out of the photo shoot, appropriate poses for different ages, and equipment. The children in this workshop were 4, 5, 7, and 10 years of age!
Here are a few shots I took during the workshop in demonstration!
Here are a few images from the interns – make sure you look out for their blog posts THIS FRIDAY about their experiences!
Read a little more about my past children’s portraiture workshop here!
And watch a video of the workshop here!
For the past two Sundays I led a Children’s Portraiture workshop at Piedmont Park for the current interns, my first workshop ever. When trying to come up with a workshop to lead the interns in I came to realize just how many children I have photographed in the last couple years. Who would have thought back when I was in photography school that I would end up with a specialization in children’s portraiture and actually love it?! Not me or my instructors.
I kind of “fell into” the field. It all started with photographing children’s headshots for an Atlanta talent agency and took flight from there. When I first started I didn’t think that I would actually enjoy photographing children. I was use to photographing adults and being able to get what I wanted out of each session. With children it is SO not like that, which I learned the hard way. Children have a super short attention span and tire easily. Emotions run deep and most of the time they are going to do what they want to do. So, how do I get a successful session out of a 5 year old?
This is what I wanted to show the current interns. I wanted to show how I interact with the kids, tips and tricks. What I do when it’s freezing cold out or the sun isn’t shinning or the kid doesn’t want to smile. How to take one area and get 5 different backdrops out of it. How to make the kid my new best friend. I wanted to show how I can go through 4-6 different outfits in an hour and a half and have each one look completely different. So, I introduce the models.
Meet Claire. 12 years old.
Meet Kane. 2 1/2 years old.
Meet Jewlee. 5 years old.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the interns or myself as a leader. I know in a past blog I went on and on about how I enjoyed leading the interns at introduction night and this is still true. But, with the workshop it was just me and the interns. No one else. My models, my rules, my name. If the models didn’t show, it was on me. If the interns didn’t learn a thing, it was on me. If this didn’t go well, it was on me. From the looks of the current intern blogs I would say it the Children’s Portraiture workshop was a SUCCESS!
I am glad I had the opportunity to lead this workshop and want to thank all the interns who participated. A major thanks to the models and parents of our models. You all did amazing.
Friends are hard to come by. Not acquaintances- those are easy: sitting next to you at work, standing in front of you in the grocery store check-out, living next door and sharing a fence line and carpool duties- but FRIENDS. Real, fun, enriching friendships… the soulmate variety who make you laugh (and laugh alongside with you). And I have a confession- whenever The Husband and I meet new friends- people who are nice and awesome and seem like the kind of people who’d get excited about our annual Halloween parties- well, we take them to this little place called Whole World Improv Theatre. It’s like an audition. And call me judgemental, but if (and only if) these new friends laugh their asses off, tears running down their cheeks and appreciating Whole World for the awesomeness that it is (and that noplace else can replicate), well. THOSE are the friends we keep around. Simple as that.
When I was younger, I was pretty down on Atlanta- the city in general just underwhelmed me. (Total snob that I am, I compare every city to New York and thus never will love another place quite like it.) BUT. Atlanta is actually not bad. In fact, it’s awesome. You just have to know where to look and how to explore the city. And in a city that’s home to places like Piedmont Park, the Plaza Theatre, and art on the Beltline, all perfect and unique to a city that does chicken and waffles like nobody’s business, a place like Whole World just… fits. They’re a nonprofit theatre that’s done amazing things around the city- from Improv in the Park every year to Improv In Dialysis in conjucture with Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta- and most importantly, they’re funny. Hilarious. Laugh-til-you-cry… or pee-yourself funny. And they’re also awesome. Really, really [really] awesome.
To be able to walk into Whole World on a random Wednesday night and um, HAVE THE RUN OF THE PLACE was crazy. I’ve been going there for ten years, so to talk (and direct) the actors that I’ve watched (and laughed at) for such a long time was kind of like meeting a gaggle of celebrities and then having to boss them around. At first, I felt ridiculously shy… until Creative Director Chip readied himself for his close-up with spray of cherry Binaca and I realized that these people were just funny. We (myself + Interns Haley and Krisandra) laughed from behind our cameras the. entire. time.
Thank you to Chip and Eric and Emily and the whole WWIT family for welcoming us so warmly. And for making us laugh- for the ten years since I first discovered Whole World and to the next ten, twenty, fifty. You. Are. Awesome.
Atlanta. Photographer. Improv. Whole. World. Theatre.
One of the greatest compliments a photographer can ever receive is a recommendation. It’s huge, really. To go out on a limb and vouch for someone, with enough faith in someone’s talent or ability and about something so personal as art, is just awesome… and humbling. I’ve been lucky enough, in my journey as a photographer, to have met such incredible people that turn into clients- fun, funny, kind- and then those clients’ friends become my clients too. AWESOME. To anyone who has ever gone out on that limb for me, thank you. So much.
Alex and Brett are freaking adorable. And they’re having a baby! Alex has the most perfect basketball belly, the two of them are seriously cute as a button together, and when I suggested a sunrise session for their maternity photos (SUNRISE. As in leaving the house when it’s still dark out and readying yourself for photos at six o’clock in the morning.), they were ALL OVER IT. It was actually the first time I ever even suggested a sunrise session to any client, ever, and Alex and Brett set the precedent by being game for anything. And because it was sunrise, the lighting was some of the most gorgeous I’ve worked with in the history of Ever.
Maternity sessions are so interesting to me- especially for first babies. Every couple has a certain dynamic all their own, and when you add a baby, everything shifts. Your whole life- your entire existence, really- is about to change, and in so many bigger ways than just who has diaper duty. For a lot of couples, it’s your first big adventure together. And even if you’ve been adventuring together already- first homes and new careers and travels abroad- parenthood is undoubtedly the biggest, craziest adventure you two will ever tackle. (Really. Even getting out of the house somewhere in the neighborhood of being on time is an adventure. But worth it. Because babies are cute.) I love watching the giddiness of couples who are about to have a baby. It’s this nervous energy, tripping over baby clothes and baby shoes and big decisions. You’re savoring the last few weeks or months of it being just the two of you… and [im]patiently waiting for the biggest, most symbolic marker of your relationship: your baby. I remember those days. And watching the person you love become a mother or a father often brings back that flood of dizzying new love that you first felt way back Before Baby: in the very beginning. It’s kind of cool. You get to fall in love all over again, only multiplied by about a million. (And with extra pints of Häagen-Dazs. Very important.)
Alex and Brett, thank you for trusting me with something so important as capturing the last few weeks while your sweet girl is still cozied up on the inside. Don’t forget to pack a fan for your hospital stay, guys. ðŸ™‚ You. Are. Awesome.
I have always considered myself a night owl. I tend to stay up until the wee hours of the morning. I find myself most productive during the middle of the night. In college, I pulled my fair share of all nighters especially during finals week. I remember taking study breaks to watch the sunrise. There is something so majestic about watching the light spill over the landscape. So when Maria first approached me about doing a sunrise engagement session I was thrilled!
I made sure to go to bed at a semi-decent hour the night before so when my alarm went off I was raring to go! If you’ve never been to Piedmont Park at 6 am I would highly recommend it. It is quiet, serene and of course beautiful. We saw a few joggers and cyclist, but for the most part it felt like we had the park to ourselves.
Maria and Sean are amazing! I knew from my initial meeting with Maria that they had a special bond. Maria’s eyes light up when she talks about Sean. That bond was even more evident when I saw them together. You can tell by the way they look at each other they truly belong together.
Thank you, Maria and Sean for spending the early morning with me. You are awesome. I can’t wait for your wedding!
Also a special thanks to Intern Christine for waking up early and braving a mound of ants to get the shot! Check out her blog here.
– Posted by Mark
You might remember Allison & Chris from when we posted their engagement session photos a few months ago! It was really great to finally be able to photograph their wedding – because I knew it would be crazy amounts of fun, lots of cool, and more awesome than most people can handle. And it was all of that.
Also. Have I mentioned how great it was to hangout with some folks from New Jersey? ha. Yes. The best.
Allison & Chris. You. Are. Awesome.
And thank you very much.
Atlanta. Wedding. Photographer. LeahAndMark.com Piedmont Park. Tavern. Georgian Terrace Hotel.
– Posted by Mark
We’re about to photograph a string of weddings – going from Maine, to Florida, to California, to Michigan, and then back up to New Jersey.
This is Lindsay & Sean – and as always – it was nice to have a wedding here in Atlanta. Leah and I have only ever attended two Superbowl parties in our lives. We met Lindsay and Sean at one of them. We were just starting out as photographers at the time, so we were all over the place, standing on chairs, falling off of furniture – everywhere with our big cameras in a tiny 800 square foot apartment with 30 people squeezed together to watch a football game. We’d never met any of these people before but we definitely stuck our cameras in their faces. Hey. That’s one way to get clients right? Well, lucky for us – all of those people at the party were too nice to tell us to stop.
Wedding days are crazy, and busy, and crazy. Somehow – in between the scheduled things that happen, other things just happen. Small things. The in-betweens. Looks, glances, gestures – and beyond simply making shots or giving a wedding a specific look – sometimes you just have to watch and shoot. And watch and shoot some more. No matter what happens. Just keep shooting, and working, and smiling – because really, if you’re a wedding photographer and you’re working a wedding – it’s always a great day.
Thank you Lindsay & Sean.
– Posted by Mark
Jamie and Max are incredible. I still think that perhaps they have figured out how to clone themselves, because I don’t know how they manage to do everything they do. Grad school, jobs, planning Pride events around the world, an active social life, traveling, cooking, taking care of pets. Anytime I start to feel overwhelmed with how busy Mark and I are, I just check out Jamie or Max’s Facebook page for some inspiration and motivation.
We photographed their engagement session waaaaay back in March of this year – so we were both really excited that the big day had finally arrived!
One of my favourite things about photography is getting to know people I might not otherwise have met. I don’t think Jamie and Max realize how cool they are – which kinda makes them even more cool – but these are two people who are really and truly making a difference in the world. And I admire that to no end. Plus, they are some of the nicest people ever. I’m so glad to know them now. It just makes my heart smile to know that Jamie and Max are in the world, making it better for other people.
Ok, but this is about their wedding. Which was so much fun, and totally made me cry like 50 times, from the moment Jamie stepped into her dress, to Max choking back tears of his own as he said his vows. The whole day was amazing. First the bride and groom and their awesome wedding party all got ready at the W, cuz Jamie and Max’s friends had pitched in to get them a few nights there. So cool. The W is one of those places where I feel like I’m not dressed right, but it didn’t matter because I had my camera. See? I’m working! I don’t have to look like I’m out on the town. Jamie and Max and their awesome wedding party all looked the part, though. So we traipsed around the hotel and got some neat shots of everyone.
The reception took place in the same room as the ceremony, and the transformation was truly magical. Jamie and Max are lucky to have friends who plan events much larger than weddings, so they made it the transition look easy. I’m sure it wasn’t, but I was too busy taking pictures to notice. I must note that, as a voracious reader, I absolutely LOVED that the table centerpieces included books. Books galore! How awesome is that? And the food? Breakfast! For dinner! My fave.
And then there was cake. A dozen or more! Each one different and each one delicious. (Ok, I only managed to try…. 6 of them. But between me, Mark, and the interns we got each cake covered. I think the caramel was my fave.)
And THEN there was dancing. YES! I love dancing. Apparently, so do Jamie and Max’s friends. Fun times were had.
Jamie and Max – congrats to you! And thanks so much for letting us be a part of your wonderful wedding. It was an honor… and a blast!
Atlanta. Wedding. Photographer. LeahAndMark.com Park. Tavern.