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Environmental Portraits Photography Workshop

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

For a second Saturday in a row, we attended a photography workshop. The first one was on street photography (Saturday Snapshot — Street Photography), the second on environmental portraits.

We learned a lot of secrets that go on behind the scene of a good portrait — and that it helps to have a lot of assistants. Rick took this photo while I was helping to hold the diffuser.

Photographer, subject model, and lots of assistants for portrait

In this one, I’ve just backed out of the frame after making a wardrobe adjustment.

Subject, assistants, and photographer

Rick took several photos of me that I really liked — which was the main purpose of the class for us. With an online presence, it seems like I can never have too many photos of myself around. I put one of the photos in my memoir piece yesterday: Mother and Me, Age 48 — October Memoir Challenge. Here’s another.


My portraiture photography improved with this class, too, but since this post is long already, I’ll post my portraits next week.

Edited to add: Someone asked about details on Twitter. We were at Shaw Nature Reserve which is part of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our terrific instructor was Mark Katzman.

Check out West Metro Mommy Reads for more Saturday Snapshot posts this week.

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