I am so, so, SO excited about this. I LOVE leading workshops. My passion for teaching is off the hook. I spend hours on the phone with mom photographers all over the country mentoring them on their photography and businesses. I can’t help it. I know my life is already totally overbooked, but other moms helped ME when I was first starting out and one of my greatest pleasures in life is helping another mom find her confidence, her artistic soul-when that spark in her belly gets LIT up and everything is full speed ahead from there. And one of the best parts? They realize they can get PAID for doing what they love. And paid well. And from there on is the never-ending journey of how to nurture that passion, create a solid, worthwhile income for the family, AND be the super mom that we have always dreamed of being. I am still figuring that last part out, but believe me, when I do (and I WILL), I will share it relentlessly on my blog.
About the WORKSHOP
Get ready-This is going to be the most fabulous, most interesting, FUN workshop you have taken in a long time. It is ALL about how to envision, create, collaborate, and BOOK those baby and children product jobs that are so interesting and fulfilling to do.
What I have found is that there are “product photographers” out there. They are represented by agencies and agents and start their services at like $10,000 and offer services that I would not even want to do (like working alongside a stager and stylist to get that one shot dreamed up by some man in an office at their corporate ad agency:). But I love MOM owned companies-and up until now I have always just done product baby, children, and maternity lifestyle photography in Boulder as people have asked-I have never set out to make it one of my main things. Usually it is a friend of the product’s creator that recommends me and we go from there. I make about $2000-$4000 on shoots like this, and I love it!
Really, nothing is better than a product shoot. Yes, I love capturing just who my 1 year old client is in that very moment of his life, but when that photo is printed by the thousands and shown to mothers around the world, I feel a special kind of connection and pride with my art.
The mothers viewing the photograph are drawn to that bright expression the baby is making, but they are also taking in the soft, warm, fuzzy blanket that he is snuggling in as well. So it is a win-win. You produce a photograph that brightens up some one’s day, and then your client’s product is sold! It is a really rewarding, fun, interesting, and lucrative subset of the baby and family photography industry.
I have been getting a lot of emails from new as well as already-established photographers lately wanting to learn how to get these kinds of jobs and how to exactly go about it.
So… I am going to have a weekend where we shoot multiple awesome products at several very different locations with different types of light and models. The weekend will be jam packed with shooting for real baby product companies, having fun and getting to know other local women photographers, and just having a lot of giggles out of tickling, pinching, and googling over all the sweet, fat, squishy babies we will be photographing:). You may even find that one of your own photos from the weekend ends up in a national ad or magazine:)
Overall, this weekend is meant to give you a solid introduction into the how-to’s of baby product photography. We will also go into detail on how to find these jobs and, most importantly, how to choose the right products to photograph for YOU to enhance your portfolio.
We will be shooting such a wide range of products, you will definitely be able to build a complete portfolio from just this one weekend. I have so many great companies for this first workshop-Baby Hawk, GoGreen Baby Diapers, Belle Baby Carriers, JP LIzzy Diaper Bags, Toofeze Teethers, maternity wear, high end children’s fashion, etc… It will be a great product portfolio for any baby photographer.
Here’s the tentative schedule (the much more detailed one will be sent out a few days before the workshop).
Saturday, April 28th
8am-9am Boulder Farmer’s Market-Baby Hawk Baby Carriers-plan on shooting at every shoot-practice makes it more fun and you will produce amazing portfolio shots in the end. We will just jump straight in to this one!
9am-10:30am Meet in the park and we will provide coffee, tea and a light breakfast-picnic style. I will teach on the basic outline of a product shoot and answer any questions about that morning’s shoot. Go over the plan for noon shoot and lighting.
12pm-1pm Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, Co- Designer Diaper Bag shoot. Follow me around as I point out why certain locations/poses/angles look best for this type of product and how I choose the locations during such a bright time of day. Then disperse on your own or together to find some yummy lunch on Pearl Street.
6pm-7pm Wonderland Lake, Boulder, Co. Variety of smaller of baby products-blankets, pacifiers, changing pads, hats, burp clothes, etc… This is a beautiful location and big enough for us to set down a little gaggle of babies in different spots and be able to rotate-each getting a good amount of time with every baby and product. Great opportunity to learn how to shoot into the setting sun as well.
7pm-8pm Wrap up talk and picnic style catered dinner. I will speak about what we learned today and outline certain necessary points in planning, organizing, and pulling off a successful baby product shoot.
Sunday, April 29th
8am-9am Chautauqua Park, Boulder Co, East Side above the theater. Children and toddler high-end fashion shoots. During shooting, we will discuss the different poses and backdrops that work for the branding of each clothing company. We will also focus in on how important expression is for fashion shoots and I will show you my tricks and tips to get certain looks.
9am-10:30am Meet in the park and we will provide coffee and a light breakfast-picnic style. This morning’s talk will be on choosing and sourcing models and locations, the importance of stylizing your photographs to the exact branding of each company, and how to create a flow of photographs for a fashion shoot that tells a story.
3pm-5pm Scott Carpenter Park Pavilion-One on one sessions with Stacey to be scheduled. 20 minutes each.
5pm-6pm Scott Carpenter Park, Boulder Colorado. We will meet at the pavilion for a catered dinner and talk. I will go over how to begin booking products sessions, how to communicate best with your clients to ultimately produce for them images they will love, and how to refine your style and portfolio to attract the kinds of companies that fit well with YOUR branding and what YOU love to shoot.
6pm-Sunset Skate Park at Scott Carpenter Park. We will be shooting high end boys clothing as well as a few baby products. There are great angles here and a lot of fun graffiti to play around with.
Investment: Normally $795, but since this is my first baby product workshop (which makes it even better since it will be a lot more fun and laid back), I am offering this session for only $375. This includes catered meals, snacks, extensive teachings, and an opportunity to build a COMPLETE product portfolio so that you can begin shooting on your own right away. It also includes 1 one-one session where we can review your images or you can feel free to ask me just about anything about anything-no holds bar-I like to be an open book:)
The fine print:
-There will be a limit of 6-8 participants per weekend.
-Must have a DSLR or SLR camera and be able to shoot on manual or Aperture Priority-(contact me first if this is a problem and I can help).
-No need to be in business or plan on being in business-if you are doing this just for a fun weekend, OR hoping to get stellar images and become Boulder’s #1 baby product photographer, either is fine. Even if you are a mom entrepreneur yourself and want to learn and get some great shots of your own product, I am down with that!
-We will try to work with the Boulder weather as it comes-but certain shoots may need to be rescheduled if there is rain. Rescheduling should be fairly easy with such a small group.
-Payment is due in full to secure your spot and can be paypaled to ($375) email@example.com or a check mailed to Stacey Potter Photography, 4734 Hampshire St, Boulder, CO 80301. To pay by credit card, please call my office manager, Kellie, with your info and she can process it for you over the phone- (720) 352-8665. This is non-refundable but can be transferred to another photographer or credited towards a later workshop or session.
-Each participant must submit 8-10 photos from the weekend within 2 weeks with a copyright release for all the companies to be able to use your images if they would like to.
-Please register by Monday, April 9th to secure your spot.
Thanks everyone and I am so excited to meet and get to know all these new, amazing photographers! Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions, or if you just want to chat! 720-310-0336. Oh yes, and if you want to registar please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office manager, Kellie, at (720) 352-8665. Thanks!!!