// A Flourish Fellowship Course //
The ART of SELF PORTRAITURE
with Laura Wood
How to create meaningful self portraits in everyday life.
Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist photographer I’m sure you’ve had many moments of wishing people would capture beautiful and authentic moments of you as you do for those you love. I reached a point where I realized that I wasn’t in any photographs with my own family and that my children wouldn’t have any authentic moments of them with their mother to cherish as they grew older – something needed to change. I began my self-portraiture journey over a year ago and am here to tell you everything I’ve learned because I believe so much that this is an important journey to undertake. I will cover everything from equipment and setting up, concepts and styling, getting into character and letting go, how to encourage children into the frame with you and finally, how I select images and edit.
The course curriculum:
- Learn how to recognize moments from your everyday life as art and to photograph them as such.
- Learn how to tap into emotion and self to tell your story through images.
- Learn how to engage with the camera and to be authentic as well as how to engage children and keep them interested throughout.
- Learn about a successful set up and shooting process for self-portraiture.
- Learn how to make time for self-portraiture and to recognize its importance.
- Learn how to edit in a way that transforms everyday images into works of art.
- Have the ability to use a DSLR in Manual Mode.
- Have a basic understanding of Lightroom and Photoshop.
- Laura advises that participants should consider purchasing a remote (to trigger shutter).
The downloadable material (that's yours to keep):
- PDF covering all areas of the course.
- Four interviews where I talk in detail about my approach.
- Three behind the scenes videos.
- Four editing videos.
- A recorded Q&A video from questions received during the course.
Laura lives in Yorkshire, England with her partner and two sons aged three and four months. She is a full-time photographer specializing in family and wedding photography. She is drawn to all things vintage and nostalgic and aims to create images which are timeless and draw the viewer in to her story. She is inspired by the beautiful English landscape, movies, art and the magic of childhood and family life.
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