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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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Golden Light Class Open for Registration

Golden Hour Photography Class

Saturday, June 3 (backup June 10)  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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Registration Open

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, May 20 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.

To register, email cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com.  

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Looking for Light and Location Class Registration Open

 

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

Saturday, April 22 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.

Here are some images from the 2 classes I taught last year. 

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Registration Open: Shooting in Manual Class

Shooting in Manual

Saturday, March 18  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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Family Photography Class Registration

Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. 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: working with different ages, making photos fun and engaging, being flexible and making connections, what to do when things go sideways.

  • we'll shoot 3 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!

Kind words from two photographers who attended the last class:

The family photography class really helped me grow, not only with my clients but also with engaging my own kids. I learned the importance of making a personal connection, while at the same time guiding groups into natural poses. It was so helpful to watch Cassandra interact with the families and she showed us some fun sayings, games, questions and tricks that helped to produce natural smiles from the whole group! I highly recommend this class if you are interested in taking your family sessions to the next level.-Michalina

I really appreciated learning about how vital it is to engage with the family and she gave us ideas of key questions that will bring about authentic reactions and smiles. I learned it’s more powerful to capture the story of who the family is rather than how everyone is sitting perfectly posed, hands folded in their laps with the children squealing “CHEESE”. I used a couple of her techniques the last time I had a family photo session and had, in my opinion, great success!-Janna

 

 

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Looking for Light and Location Class- Favorites from the Day

There is a deep place in me that gets filled right up by teaching these photography classes.  Participants who had taken some of my other classes suggested this one, Looking for Light and Location, where we'd find good spaces and good light.  The first class I did in January filled up in a day which was an indication to me that it was a topic worth diving into! I did a round two at the end of February and it was full of talented photographers, ready to go. We had a great day with our first two models, Raelene and Taylor, in Tacoma where we practiced shooting in scenarios with a variety of light and also a range of compositions. The girls were gorgeous and engaging and so fun to work with! Then we headed to the park, which can be tricky. Josh and Jessica were awesome and Josh was an amazing sport with all of us prowling around them for the shot.  I give a gallery of pictures to my models as a thank you so I'd love to share a few favorites of the day!  

Shooting in Manual Class coming up March 19.  

Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR coming up on April 2.

I'll be teaching a family photography class in May and a golden light class in June. SO FUN!

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Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. 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.

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Shooting in Manual- Jessica Modeling Portraits

I teach a Shooting in Manual class for those who have been through my first class and want to learn how to really take control of their cameras.  It’s always very fun for me to talk with them and then spend  several hours shooting with a small group.  This time around I had my sweet friend, Jessica, modeling for us.  It’s not an easy job.  I do a whole lot of talking with everyone and she was super engaging  with me and the class for a few hours.  As a little thank you, I always give my models a little gallery that I take along the way.

Jessica was a cabin leader with me at kids’ camp last summer  and by the end of the week I loved her even more than I did at the beginning. She has a heart for the Lord, loves people and has strong character.  Plus she’s fun and has the best laugh.  The night before the kids came, I quizzed her on all the things her parents obviously did right, wanting to take some mental notes!!  She is clearly a gorgeous girl and that light you see shining in her eyes are not just catch lights (which I talk about!) but also a beautiful heart. Thanks, Jess, for a great morning!

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

The other day I came home from a meeting and about 10 of the kids who were at our house  were sitting all over our living room, paging through our photo books.  It blessed my heart to see all my hard work appreciated and it reminded me again of why I am so passionate to teach others to document the story of their lives.  There is no getting back days and the opportunity to capture memories is a gift. I have taught more than a dozen of these classes and the beautiful documenting of lives from the people who have taken this class has been so rewarding! 01-read albums-6

I am expanding this introductory class by one hour to include some more information and practice together.  I talk fast but even I could not squeeze in all the information into three hours!

Saturday, April 18

9:00 A.M. – 1 P.M.

$120

At my home in Auburn, WA

This class is designed for those who want to get the most out of their d-slr’s and to learn how to photograph their lives with more thought and skill.  People come into this class at a range of ability levels, from shooting in just auto to those who have dabbled in other modes but want a sound foundation of how their camera works and what to do in different situations.

We will 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.

I’ll also feed you snacks (because everything is better with food)!

This is a very fun class and I cover a great volume of material.  I love it when I see those who take the class get inspired and jump right in.  I have been thrilled at the growth and awesome  images I see from students after the class.   We also have an optional Facebook group afterwards where I share articles, photo recipes and others share victories and ask questions.

To register:

1. Contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com.

2. Mail in your check to reserve your seat.

Class size is limited.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I’d LOVE to have your join us and learn how to document your amazing life and all the people in it!

Learning how to photograph your life well is something you will never regret!  It’s why I picked up a camera in the first place and I love having a record of my family’s life!

Here are a few of my favorites from the last few months of our crazies!

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Shooting in Manual With Talia Modeling

I absolutely love teaching photography classes.  It satisfies my need to teach and my need to photograph things.  The Shooting in Manual class also satisfies my (desperate) need for  gnocchi with tomato vodka sauce as I eat a big plate of it at Sorci’s in Sumner with whoever in my class can stay and eat lunch at the end!  I have taught over a dozen intro classes: Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR.  In that class we go over lighting and composition and connecting with subjects.  We also tackle the basic components of exposure and I send out people shooting in Aperture Priority mode.  From my experience and the confirmation of lots of class members that I’ve asked, they are just saturated with new information at that point and need some time to get familiar with how aperture, ISO and shutter speed all work together before taking complete control of all of them in manual.

A couple years ago, some of the people who had taken the first class asked for more and that’s where my Shooting in Manual class started.  Designed the teach students how to technically nail shots in challenging situations like very dark and very light situations, lighting contrasts, and with varying shutter speeds, we do an hour of sit down teaching and then three hours of shooting together.  It’s a small class and the goal is the be able to have the dots connect as we practice these challenging scenarios together.  It’s terribly fun!

I just taught a class and we had a super group of ladies, including Talia.  I met her last year when we were painting sets at the elementary school for the play her mom was directing.  When Sarah and her oldest daughter signed up for the class, I knew Talia would be an awesome model for us to practice with.  She’s got a great personality and is very engaging and beautiful inside and out!  I have some pictures for her from the day of the class and also from a sunnier day so I could give her a few with beautiful light.

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