Before kiddos I was a 3rd grade teacher for six years. I miss teaching. I miss the “a-ha!” moments and the creativity to constructing a lesson. There’s plenty I don’t miss too (like the smell of a cafeteria lunch room or being thrown up on), but part of me was just meant to teach. I crave it, just like I do being behind a camera. Anyhow, I have found a few ways to satisfy the teaching craving. You can find me at the Flower Mound library, where I offer a class on learning your DSLR. And for pro photographers I also offer private mentoring and workshops. At my most recent workshop I incorporated a mini family session into our day. I’m a visual learner, so just reading tips off a powerpoint on interacting with families wouldn’t be enough for me. So I demonstrated the tricks and interaction methods I use with this amazing family. And by amazing, I do mean that. They had an audience of twelve photographers watching their every move!
The workshop, “Consistent and Confident Family Sessions,” was a success! I think everyone walked away with new knowledge and goals for their business – tricks to interact with families in a playful manner, ways to efficiently edit photos, and tips on getting consistency with sessions and edits.
I loved this quote from PeachPine Photography about her experience:
“If you are looking for ways to step up your family portraiture, this workshop is for you. Its not always about the pose, but the expression on your subjects face and how their eyes light up when they are genuinely happy and engaged during a shoot. What I found inspiring about her class was that you could actually watch her work during a live family session and have the ability to ask questions before, during and after. She was willing to share in detail everything from planning, to shooting, all the way through to processing and she asked ahead of time what questions we had so that she could put them into her program. She gave us lots and lots of detailed information and easily executable tips. In addition she has posted several videos for even more learning in her private Facebook group. Very educational and loved the small group. She has a genuine way with children and getting the best natural smiles out of them. I took my kids (3 and 4 years) out on a shoot the next night by myself…and guess what….her tricks worked and now I have hundreds of images to go through and edit because I love them so much. Everyone was having fun and I was able to capture the joy and excitement of childhood. I would definitely recommend Missy’s workshop if you are interested in getting natural, fun smiles from children and families.”
Our workshop ladies: