Portrait Photography Class

As the sun set over Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood, a beautiful model posed amid tips and tricks from the great folks at Glazer’s Camera. A portrait photography class. Great weather, great camaraderie, and great fun!

If you’d like to see behind the scenes of our class, keep reading!

As you can see, we used reflectors. They have their place for sure! But most of my photos are done with natural light. Maybe I don’t use reflectors because I don’t have a team of people like this to follow me around and stage things. It was quite the process getting them positioned just right. Or maybe it’s because my photos are meant to capture movement and fun. Who knows? Maybe I will use reflectors when the summer ends and I find myself doing more indoor photo sessions. They definitely brighten things up.

Well, whatever the future holds, I wanted to learn. Can you ever learn too much? Is that a thing?

Kiara, our beautiful and patient model, smiled away as white, silver, gold and black reflectors directed the sunlight onto her face. From the front, from the side, and even behind her head when we needed to use them as diffusers. If you ever get the chance to take a class about reflectors, in person, I’d recommend it!

We all lined up to take a picture of her with this setup, while Kate Hailey and John Cornicello explained how to angle the sun, and gave opinions on different cameras and lenses.

Kate led the group, and off to the side, John was quiet, patient and helpful. He sidled up to each of us at some point throughout the evening to show us a tip or two, and worked with me on using my flash later on when the sun began to set. He also posed as our second model, and I took this picture of him within moments of meeting him! Can you see his expression? He’s just one of those people who makes you feel at ease.

Our group continued to chat and shuffle over to new spots, and we each took turns “getting a frame” in those locations.

The people who attended were kind and polite and it was great fun to be out there shuffling around with them amid the frisbee games, yoga classes and kids at the playground all out to enjoy one of Seattle’s first warm evenings of the spring.

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like from the model’s end, I swung around at one point and snapped this photo of our group. If I was last night’s model, I’d be quite intimidated!

We finished the evening down by the water, and talked about framing, composition and lighting. If you’re ever in the Seattle area, visiting Green Lake should be on your list! And if you’re a photographer, be sure to check out all the classes, meet-ups and photo walks over at Glazer’s.

What a great way to spend the evening! Now I have new tips, new friends and even more inspiration to continue learning.

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2 thoughts on “Portrait Photography Class

    1. Thank you so much! It’s fun to learn, and to connect with other photographers. When I was writing, that’s what I liked most, my writer’s group. There’s so much energy, tips and inspiration.

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