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Sunday, February 18 • 9:30am - 11:00am
The Terribly Terrifying Two Year Old: Learning to Embrace the Chaos (Brekke Johnson)
Limited Capacity seats available

This energetic, interactive program is designed to give you a behind the scenes view of how I approach sessions with toddlers. I will give you some of my favorite tips for working with this sometimes terrifying age group! By learning to speak their language, manage your clients' expectations for the session, and being respectful of the desires of the toddlers that you are shooting, you will learn to make beautiful, joy-filled images that the parents will love!

In this boutique session, I will begin with a short presentation on the learning objectives listed below, then you will watch as I shoot one of the model families in an abbreviated session. After the shooting demo, we'll break into smaller groups and each group will have their own model family to work with. I will answer questions and shoot alongside the attendees during this portion of the program. At the end of this boutique, you will have learned new tricks and inspiration for working with toddlers and you will be able to add fun, family photographs to your portfolio!

This will be a very interactive program between the attendees and myself and also between the attendees and the models! Please bring your camera, as we will have lots of shooting time. I primarily shoot with a 24-70 mm lens at family sessions but recommend you bring both a wide and long lens if you have them.

This outdoor boutique program will take place on the grounds of the plantation.

Learning Objective:
1) You will learn to speak ""toddler."" Effectively communicating with the toddlers you are working with will make everyone's lives SO much easier!
2) You will learn how to manage your clients' expectations. We all know that toddlers will do the opposite of what we want them to! It's important to make sure that your clients are aware that sometimes ""Pinterest shots"" don't happen, and that's okay.
3) You will learn how to work with (and around) the toddler who wants NO part of the camera and also with the toddler that is TOO into the session (you know, the ones who are grabbing your lens, sitting in your lap, holding onto your legs, etc.).
4) You will learn how to look for and capture the in between moments. These are the moments that are truly representative of the family's life and often the images that will be most meaningful to your client.
5) You will learn how lens choice is important depending on the mood (yes, mood!) of the child that you are working with and also the final image that you are wanting to create.

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Brekke Johnson

Owner/Photographer, Wagon Wheel Photo
Hi! I'm a family photographer based in North Alabama. My work centers around young families who are in the trenches of sleepless nights, temper tantrums, goldfish crackers, and giggles. I strive to capture the essence of young childhood and the smiles (and sometimes tears) of the... Read More →

Sunday February 18, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Outdoor - Plantation Grounds (Meets at Magnolia Garden West) Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort