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Exploring Self Portraiture . June 2014 . Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Photographers have often used self portraiture to explore their art and themselves.  This class will focus on using self portraiture to grow and explore not only as an artist but as a human being. You will look at vision, technique and voice.  You need to bring a camera that has a self timer and/or a remote shutter.

Self-portraiture has helped shape me as a photographer and as a woman; it has been a touchstone and a way to find confidence in my work and in myself. Self-portraits are the personal work that keeps my creative engines fed.  I wrote a bit more about what it means to me in my post last week, here,  so on to the details!

I’m so excited to be bringing my self portrait workshop to my art studio downtown Ann Arbor.  Each Wednesday in June from 6pm to 8pm no more then 12 of us will meet for instruction, discussion and to share our work  Our focus will be self portraiture with a camera but artists who work in other mediums and want to explore this genre are more then welcome.  We’ll be working together to explore learning how to not only take an effective self-portrait but how self-portraiture can be used to inspire our art and build confidence.   This will be my third time offering this class and I can’t wait to see what we can learn and create this time!

Enrollment is limited and the cost is $275.00 per person

You can sign up securely here.

 

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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or leave a comment!!

I’ll be rolling out a Photographers Eye I and Photographers Eye II later in the year.  If you are intereseted in hearing more about classes offered in the future and updates only about learning opportunities please :

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Avery turns one . Birthday Photos . Ann Arbor, Michigan

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I love new clients, but there is a special spot in my heart for clients who bring me back again and again to watch their families grow!  Avery turned one not to long ago and I can not believe just barely a year ago I was here photographing her newborn photos!  Her sisters birthday is coming up fast and we’ll be there to help celebrate again!  Here are a few pics from her big 1st birthday party!2014-04-03_00022014-04-08_00022014-04-08_00092014-04-08_00102014-04-08_00032014-04-08_00082014-04-08_00042014-04-08_00052014-04-08_00062014-04-08_0007

self-portrait class . June 2014 . teaser

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Self-portraiture has helped shape me as a photographer and as a woman; it has been a touchstone and a way to find confidence in my work and in myself. Self-portraits are the personal work that keeps my creative engines fed.

Selfie is a new word in the dictionary but artists have been using self-portraiture as a way to look inward at themselves and share their own visions of who they are for hundreds of years.  This  June I am teaching a four week self-portrait workshop  in my studio downtown Ann Arbor.  We’ll be working together to explore learning how to not only take a self-portrait but how self-portraiture can be used to inspire and build confidence.   Classes will include sharing of assigned work so a camera is the only requirement.  I’ll be announcing all the deets next week but I wanted to put it out there and get gears spinning.  If you are interested in being emailed the information as soon as it’s published please don’t hesitate to make a comment down below, your email will not be shared.   If you are just curious you can sign up too OR just check back here next week.

I am so excited to be sharing  an especially meaningful part of my work.  

 

  • Laura Yarckow - This sounds like so much fun and could reallyb help me develop. I’m not sure if the timing will work, but would love to see the art made.April 7, 2014 – 7:16 pm

  • Mary Lou Olds - Please let me know the details about your self portrait class. Thanks, Mary LouApril 7, 2014 – 8:20 pm

  • Annette Haines - I’m interested in your workshop, but I’m a painter, not a photographer although I use photographs as references for painting self portraits.April 7, 2014 – 9:24 pm

  • Rachel - Sign me up!April 7, 2014 – 9:35 pm

  • Amanda - Would love more info!!!!April 7, 2014 – 10:04 pm

  • Katy Vander Sande - Interested in your AA class on potraits.. Price, schedule.. Live near adrian and would be interested in a class out that way. Thank youApril 8, 2014 – 12:25 am

  • Julieen kane - I’m not too sure what camera I have that is working order. I really don’t own a digital camera except my I phone :) I consider myself an artist but not a photographer. A rusty artist with not a lot of confidence my work or myself. This sounds perfect.April 8, 2014 – 6:36 am

Anna and Noah . Dexter, Michigan . engagement session

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So the first thing we talked about was how Noah and Anna didn’t want to do anything scripted… no cheesy poses, no being anything but who they are at the time we took the photos… there were even a few “standard” engagement things that were out, which was fine with me because I rarely do anything cheesy and only to get someone laughing so the next photo will be a real moment :)  We met up just a few days into Spring at Anna’s families cabin, the lake was still solid ice and the snow was still on the ground but the sun was warm and the smiles were genuine.  Here are a few of my favorites.
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