**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’m so excited to share Craftsy’s FREE Professional Family Portrait Class with you today — I think you’ll love it as much as I did.
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that my photography has been a work in progress. When I first started blogging, I didn’t even own a camera!! My husband had a point and shoot and I’d have him take my food photos for me in the evening when he got home from work.
I don’t even know what I was thinking. Ridiculous.
Over the years, I’ve slowly learned more and more about cameras and photography. And although my food photos still have quite a ways to go, there has been a HUGE improvement over the past four years. The one area I’ve still really struggled with though, is photos of people.
I’d love to be able to get great shots of the kiddos, but they are SO much harder to work with than cupcakes! They get bored, don’t want to stay still, and can’t fit on a cute cake stand or get dressed up with an adorable stripey straw.
Humans are like, a whole other deal than food.
Once or twice a year, I pay to have professional photos done, but sometimes it would be really nice to snap some good ones of my own, especially on holidays or as Lucy grows. Toddlers change so quickly and I don’t want to miss any of it waiting on a photographer.
Unfortunately, photography classes are not an option for me right now. I am a stay at home mom, and toddlers don’t want to sit through classes without destroying the place. And paying for a sitter AND a class is more than I’d like to spend right now.
THAT is why I’m excited about this post and what I get to share with you!! It’s not often that I do sponsored posts nowadays — with Lucy underfoot I just don’t have time and I have to be pickier about commitments — but this was something I was genuinely interested in for myself and thought you might be too.
Are you familiar with Craftsy? It’s an awesome website dedicated to all things hobby related, from crocheting to paper crafts and cooking. I’ve downloaded free crochet patterns from them many times, as well as turned to them when I needed to view a tutorial on something I was getting stuck on. And as it turns out, they offer a FREE Professional Family Portraits class!
The greatest thing about this course is that it’s online. If it wasn’t for that, I honestly wouldn’t have even been able to do it. And not only is it COMPLETELY free, but like all Craftsy classes, it is taught by an acclaimed instructor and you can pause, replay, and enjoy on your own schedule.
Are you a person who has questions? Needs feedback? No bigs. You can share photos and have discussions with your classmates or instructor, and get all the help and feedback you need! While I was watching my class I could see lots of discussion in my sidebar and was able to take a look at some of the photos others were sharing. The instructor also indicated he’d like to look into doing a food photography course one day, which I’d really love.
I really enjoyed the class. It lasted a couple of hours, so I watched it over the course of a few days during Lucy’s naps. It went over everything from camera settings, to posing, getting a toddler’s attention (VERY helpful for me) and he even showed how to edit the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop.
I was super excited to put the class to use. The family…not so much, but they humored me. I was really happy with the photos I got, especially considering they were spontaneous. I can’t wait to practice more — Easter is coming up and I want cute pictures of egg hunting!
Lucy just started walking, and I didn’t have any photos of that milestone yet. She’s so cute when she walks too, she gets a devilsh look in her eye and often tries to sneak up on you when you aren’t looking. I happened to have the camera in my hand the other day when I caught her creeping up on me and managed to snag this ONE photo. I was so glad I had taken the course and happened to have all my camera settings correct. I’d have hated if the picture didn’t turn out.
Craftsy’s Free Professional Family Portraits class was DEFINITELY worth my time, and I hope you love it too.
Click here to sign up now for Craftsy’s Free Professional Family Portraits Class. Do it soon so you’ll get lots of good Easter pictures of the fam!!
Have a great day and thanks for reading!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.