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It’s time for another round of Photo Basics Workshops! We’ve got two classes available on February 23, 2019 — Cell Phone Photography and Manual Photography with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. 

These small photography classes have a relaxed atmosphere for light-hearted but effective learning of photography basics. We cover a lot of ground, but aim to keep it approachable. 

Wondering if these classes are for you?

If you want your photos of your kids, your lunch, your work projects, your date night, or your day-to-day to improve, this is for you. If you take pictures for your blog, this is for you. If you want to take pictures of that pretty tree or breathtaking landscape on your family adventure, this is for you. If your boss wants you take pictures for that next project, this is for you. If you take too many pictures of your kids standing in front of that tree at that special place you went to and none of them shine, this is for you. If you take vacations, this is for you.

What equipment do I need?

For the cell phone class, all you need is a cell phone. You could probably even take this class with a point and shoot camera and get alone just fine.  It can be old and imperfect. (Mine is.) It can be new and fancy. Principles are the same.

For the DSLR/Mirrorless class, you can have any camera that has manual settings.  It will be easiest to follow along with a camera that has visible settings on a dial on the top or back of the camera (rather than all inside in the camera’s menus), but you can still get a lot out of the class without that style. 

What will we learn?

In the cell phone class, we talk about how to use your cell phone as a tool to photograph your daily life.  A cell phone has limits, though, so we address how to use light, timing, and composition to increase, rather than decrease, the quality of your pictures. We do some light hands-on work and demos to help you make sense of it all. 

Sample from one of my recent students, Timothy, taken during practice at the cell phone photography workshop. 

Photo of thread spools taken during 2018 photo basics workshop in St. John, MO

In the DSLR/Mirrorless class, we walk through the camera’s basic functions, and consider how light, composition, and timing affect the photos we take.  Though similar topics, they are covered differently in this class, with more depth and specifics for manual adjustments. This photo class also has time for hands-on work and demos. 

Both classes are lightly customized to the people in the class and the subjects you photograph, so come with questions and problems to solve and brainstorm together. 

Other practical details: 

This is in the Saint Louis area. It will likely be in our home studio, but class size will determine final location.

For those attending both classes, there is a break for lunch, but it is not provided. You can bring a lunch or zip out to get something. 

To sign up: email nikki@purplelemonphotography.com

If you are interested in personal classes or mentorship, please send me an email and we can create a custom class just for you.

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Summertime is a common time for weddings with easier breaks from work or school and warm weather.  Though a favorite wedding time, the hot weather can cause its own challenges. I’ve seen my fair share of sweaty grooms and melting brides. In fact, I was one myself.

I was one of those brides who had an outdoor reception in August. Some people like to remind me of that tragic fact, but I remember it as all sunshine, daisies, and happiness.

Summer wedding bouquet

Here are my best tips to a pleasant and prepared warm weather wedding.

Hydration.  Be sure that all members of the wedding party have enough water to drink.  It might be tempting to fill your cooler with beer, soda, or lemonade, but water is best. I’ve seen my fair share of events when the water ran out.

Bride and groom giving high five outside on a sunny, warm day

Air. Hand-held paper or electric fans are so valuable.  My favorite tip from when I worked for another photographer in college was to lay a fan on the ground under the bride’s skirt when she is standing still for a while (such as during family portraits).  If she has a lot of layers to her dress, it can be really hot.

Sweat is real, and so is the midwestern humidity. Menswear on a wedding day has a lot of layers and is often black.  The materials of women’s dresses are also delicate and show wetness easily.  Packing a stack of washcloths and hankies can be helpful to blot sweat and stay fresh. You can even freeze a few in a baggie and keep it in the cooler to help cool down fast.

Playful bridal party in sunglasses

Change of clothes.  I like to encourage summer brides and grooms to consider packing an extra set of undergarments for a midday change.  An extra undershirt, bra, or panties can go a long way to feeling like you can handle your reception with grace.  You’ll be hugging a lot of people on your wedding day and doing so in a sweat-soaked undershirt holds a lot less appeal than feeling fresh for the party.

Staying fresh- in your bag for the day along with lipstick and Advil, throw in your deodorant! Reapplying before the receiving line or the reception is probably a good idea.

Handsome groom in sun

As I plan the wedding day schedule with my couples, I make sure that weddings during hot weather seasons don’t have long stretches outside.  Consider multiple, short stops so there are breaks in the car or party bus to cool off, or stick to your venue and step inside to cool off as needed. Coordinate with your photographer to make sure your schedule is appropriate for the weather.

Smiling summer bridal couple

Check out what I keep in my wedding day emergency kit for my wedding couples.