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Golden Light Class

Golden Hour Photography Class

Saturday, June 2 (backup June 9)  from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

Golden light is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in and is a favorite of photographers for good reason. 

In this class we cover:

  • challenges of shooting in golden light like inaccurately exposed images, positioning of people, finding spots that work well.  
  • the benefits of the golden hour: warmth, back lighting, dimension.
  • I run you through edits of a color and a black and white golden hour image in Lightroom.
  • we'll shoot together in a gorgeous location using several spots to play with the light. With our model, I'll talk about positioning, interaction and lighting techniques. We'll finish by shooting silhouettes at sunset together.

I think you will get much more out of the class if you are shooting in manual mode.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

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Family Photography Class Spring 2018

Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

 

Family photography is so rewarding but can be challenging!  Nobody wants stiff and stressful family portraits and as a photographer, you can set the tone and have plans to engage with a variety of families to capture their relationships.  Light and love is where it's at!

In this class we will:

  • talk about solutions to challenges with family photography, including: making photos fun and engaging, being flexible and making connections.
  • discuss how I connect with different ages and personality types for engaging portraits.
  • we'll shoot 3-4 different family mini sessions with varying ages and dynamics.
  • I'll share how I think through and approach a session from beginning to end. A game plan helps a ton and there's a reason why I shoot in the pattern that I do.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

 

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Josh and Rebecca Engaged

I couldn't be happier to be photographing the wedding of Josh and Rebecca next month!  They were both in a class I taught at my church this past winter and seeing the hearts that they have for the Lord, for each other and for others has been a real blessing. They are a great fit for each other.

We met up for a few engagement pictures last week...so glad we were able to use these cherry blossoms as a backdrop.

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Looking for Light and Locations Class Open

I'm so thrilled to offer another Looking for Light and Locations class!

Saturday, April 14 from 9-1.  Price $150. Tacoma, WA.

All light is not created equal! We are going to look for the light that will illuminate our subjects for the vision that we have.  We'll also be hunting down locations that add to the composition and visual interest to take portraits to the next level. I'll be teaching this class in an urban environment with a wide span of options for shooting as well as in a natural environment at a local park.

In this class we will be covering:

  • How to find spaces with great light for subjects, even on days which can be grey and overcast.  Natural reflectors and open space are so important!
  • How to look for great places to compose shots with visual interest (framing, rule of thirds, symmetry, leading lines, negative space, using depth of field).
  • Positioning and engaging with subjects in a variety of settings....no one wants to look awkward, starchy or super posed.

We will start the class at Anthem in Tacoma and your drinks will be my treat as we talk for the first hour. Then we'll spend the rest of our class time shooting together. You'll be able to translate what you learn into whatever photography subjects are your favorite.

To register, email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com.

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Photographing Your Life- First Steps with a D-SLR {Spring 2017 Class}

Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

Please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography if you'd like to sign up. Your class fee will hold your place.

Here are a few of my own family!

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Shooting in Manual Class Registration Open

Shooting in Manual

Saturday, February 17  from 9:00-1:00. Taught in Auburn  $150.

This class is for those who have a working knowledge of the components of exposure and who are shooting in aperture priority, or manual and want to learn how to take total control of their camera. It is exciting to see participants learn how to photograph in challenging environments to achieve their creative vision!

We cover and practice:

  • shooting in challenging situations that are difficult to do in any other mode: low lighting, high contrast, backlighting,  moving objects at high speeds, everything in focus except for movement (varying shutter speeds).

  • finding the “sweet spot” of optimal exposure to achieve your creative vision.

  • working with a model so I can talk through lighting, positioning, interacting, spacing, composition.

To register for a seat, please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com and once I add your name to my class list, I'll give you my address to send in your payment.  I'd also really like for you to have a prime lens for those low light shots.  Thank you!

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Baby Cora Joins the Family

I had a lovely time with my beautiful friend, Shannon, and her wonderful family. They are overwhelmed by the love they have for their new baby, who fits seamlessly and perfectly into their family. Sarah and Emma are the most enthusiastic big sisters-bonus mommies and little Cora Rose is a gem. 

We created a mini family film HERE and these are a few of my favorite images.

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Editing in Lightroom Class

Saturday, January 20 from 9 A.M.-1 P.M.

Auburn, Wa.

$150

email cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

A good, clean edit can make an enormous difference in digital photography and I'd love to take you through the editing tools in Lightroom and show you what I do to bring a consistent look to my images.

In this class we will cover:

  • a very brief overview of why Lightroom is a great tool, creating a file structure and your library module. I'll give you some good notes but we won't spend a ton of time here. 
  • the tools in the develop module and when to use them to get the effect you want.
  • how to edit challenging images and we'll work through several together.
  • creating your own presets to give your work continuity and cohesiveness.
  • how to keep your workflow streamlined as you work on a gallery.  I'll take you through my thought processes as I review, cull, edit and export a gallery.

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Emily and Jerad Tie the Knot

There's no way I'd have predicted that they'd one day get married when they were both a part of my Mighty Monkeys preschool class! How amazing it is that Emily and Jerad have literally grown up together and now are starting this new season of married life!

It was a pure joy for me to photograph their wedding. So much love and laughter, lots of friends, and many blankets and jackets being passed around as we had a sudden drop in temperatures the day of their wedding. Emily was beaming and full of joy and Jerad has his eyes on his beautiful bride all evening. 

I want to say a big thank you to Light Chasing Photography who jumped in and shot with me. Here are a few of my favorites.... p.s. Emily's mama made her dreamy dress.

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In the Fall Color

This session was pure joy and I found myself gushing pretty much the whole time over little Owen who is so filled with happiness. We lucked out with gorgeous color and light. Pretty soon a little lady will join this three and they can't wait to get their hands on her. I always love to take maternity photos within the context of family love and there's a lot of love in this wonderful family!

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In the Sunshine and Flowers

It was a treat to meet up with Mina, Jeff, Jackie and Camille. The girls just sparkled from the moment we met and we didn't need a lot of warm-up time. We lucked out with a sunshiny night at the Pt. Defiance garden and I was soaking up all the gorgeous light on the dahlias and roses.  Here are some favorites of our time together!

 

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Good Times with Joe, Kari and the Kids

There's a big, warm, soft spot in my heart for this family.  We met Joe and Kari when they came on staff at our church and a couple years ago they were sent over to be lead pastors in Gig Harbor. Even though we don't get to see them weekly, we do sure love the week that we serve on their team at kids' camp each summer. They are the real deal, as fun as they look and with the faith, character and integrity that we have seen faithfully displayed in their lives. Their kids are so fun too and I had a blast with them taking some family portraits recently. Here are a few favorites!

 

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Together {Auburn Family Photography}

Loved my time taking family portraits with Jen, Greg, Mara and Seth. I found myself grinning at my computer screen as I was editing the kids' laughing faces. It's always a treat photographing families like this. Here are some favorites!

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Joe's Senior Portraits

We had a gorgeous night of light at the marina taking Joe's senior portraits. I had a blast playing with composition and the light and Joe was easygoing and let me shoot away.  It was so fun walking and talking with the whole family as we went.  I loved hearing about the classes and leadership that Joe's involved in this year and know it's going to be a good one for him.

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Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR Class

 

Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

Please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography if you'd like to sign up. Your class fee will hold your place.

Here are a few summer favorites of our life!

 

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Seerat's Smile {Auburn Senior Portraits}

Oh my goodness, I had the best time with Seerat taking her senior portraits. She's a smart, sparkly, beautiful girl and it was a treat to document this season for her. She had my creative juices flowing and I loved the variety we got.  Seerat, I hope you have such a great senior year....

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Big Smiles

I so enjoyed all the personality going on with Bo, Lux and Troy! These three are busy and funny and warm and I hope that the pictures we took together will always help their parents remember the joy of this season!  We did two locations, some dressier at a church and then in a field with beautiful evening light. Here are a few favorites!

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Charlee in the Golden Light {Auburn Newborn Photography}

It's no secret that I'm a lover of golden light. The creamy warmth just seems to highlight each subject. It's been a while since I've done a newborn session in the evening light but Miss Charlee slept through the whole thing without a peep, which gave her family the perfect opportunity to cuddle up and snuggle her in the warmth. I'm loving what we got! High fives to big brother Izzy who is such an affectionate fellow and to Daizy and Jacob who are very easygoing and so fun to work with!

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Three Girls in Their Nest {Auburn Family Photography}

I was so thrilled to hear that Shannon and John are going to be adding another beautiful girl to their nest. Sarah and Emma are so ready to love up their baby and this wee girl is already growing in all their hearts!  I'm so thankful for Shannon and her friendship which has come out of photography but now extends to life and family in our conversations. I'm so happy for the gift that's coming their way and can't wait to meet her in a few months!

I hope these maternity portraits will always be a reminder of this sweet season of anticipation...

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