You see your son playing with his dad, or your daughter on the monkey bars, and you think to your self. ” Just look at them. It’s so sweet and adorable? I love them so much, and I’m so proud. I’m going to take a picture of that. This looks awesome” Something is drawing you to this moment, to this scene, and you want to make sure that you will have this immortalized forever in a photograph. So you get your camera or your phone and you start shooting. But it turns out that “the thing” that was making this moment so magical is not in the image. Something is different. It’s just another photo.
Do those seem familiar? ( BDW these are the pictures I use to take when I started 🙂 )
What if I showed you that you could do it differently
What if I could give you the tools to develop “An eye”. That without getting deep into the camera setting you will get the ability to understand the scene that you are trying to photograph. You will learn how to see the photo you are trying to create, to see and use the light to tell a story and to use composition for storytelling. How to work the scene, how to anticipate the shoot, how to position yourself to create the most interest. Recognizing emotional triggers, what to expect, what to avoid, what to watch out for and so much more.
Most importantly you will learn how to shoot deliberately because you will understand how to really “see” your subjects. And your family will thank you for it, as now you will be able to create images that are joyful, authentic and meaningful.
Find out how to apply street and documentary approach in your family pictures. Bring photojournalistic principles into practice and start creating your family history with the art of storytelling through still images. And do that without even looking at your camera setting, without a new lens, camera or any new equipment. It’s all about your head and heart.
I will share with you all the techniques that I use to capture real honest moments. I’ll explain how to approach the scene, what to look for and how to stay present at the moment to capture authentic and timeless images. By giving you a very simple set of guidelines I will give you the tools that you can immediately use to become a master of the art of observation.
Learn how to stop taking the ” Smile! and look at the camera honey.” photos. Leave the posed pictures behind and find out how to capture real, genuine, emotional images of your family. Images that in 40 years will remind you not only how they use to look like, but who they ware at the time.
BTW.. my name is Thomas
I’m a Dublin based documentary photographer. I work very closely with families and professionals and I specialize I creating unposed candid images of love and passion. There is no posing and no fake smiles. Just messy emotions and careful composition.
My passion for real and honest photography took me to covers of magazines, numerous interviews, starting from Huffington post, through photography portals like Petapixels and family magazines all over the world. I have worked with companies like Google and National Irish Cricket Team, been called a person who redefines family photography, shot a government campaign about Positive Parenting for the City of Zurich, have been featured on BBC for The One Shown and I have worked with numerous families and business.
Take their word for it!
HERE'S WHATS INCLUDED
The single most important element of the great photograph. Countless books have been written just about light. You will hear this time and time again. Figuring how to see light, or more importantly how to use it, is the most important part of your photography adventure. So, let’s find out how to do that. How will it affect the mood of the image? How to use it to tell a story. Backlight, window light, hard directional light and so on..
You will learn how to position yourself to make sure that the picture will tell what you ate trying to tell. We will talk how to identify the perfect perspective. Shoot from far to emphasize the contrast between the small child and the big world, or get low to make him appear strong and ad power? Storytelling via composition.
We will talk about how to find a photo in a moment. We know its there but we just need to find it. The first image is almost never the one. I’ll will show you what can you do to bring the best from the scene.
It’s not always about what going on now. It’s sometimes what will happen in a minute. Learn how to identify the picture that is going to happen. Action vs Reaction. Your son scoring a goal is great. You son jumping from happiness 5 seconds later is better.
It’s not always obvious when the moment happens. Find out how to isolate the key decisive moments from the scene that you are photographing. How to translate the whole situation into one picture.
Create emotional closeness in a photo. Learn where to look for the subtle things that will make the photo meaningful. How to find extraordinary in the ordinary.
Find out how to translate the emotions that you feel when you are taking the photo to the actual image. Learn how to clearly understand what are you trying to tell. There is a reason why you are creating that picture. Something is pulling you to this moment. There is something you want to say with it. Learn how to identify it and shoot deliberately. Shoot what you feel not what it looks like.
How to control the frame, telling the proper story, what to expect, what to avoid, how to look for cleanest composition, how to control the mood of the image, cropping, squaring up, and so on..
BOOK AND JOIN ME AT REDEFINE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS
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Is RFPM for me?
I believe that creating a family story through pictures is something that everyone should be doing. There is a reason that a box of pictures is always in the first three items that everyone would save from a fire. It’s just simply enormously important and irreplaceable.