Most of my clients and readers know I was out of town last week. Nope, not a end of summer vacation. It was a business trip. I am super lucky that for me a business trip is the most fun thing in the world because I get to do what I love. No, I wasn’t shooting a wedding in some super cool place. I was taking time out to exercise my brain, learn from some fantastic photographers and shoot some kids and families! I am a firm believer that education can never end and that in order to continue loving what I do and ensuring that you love it too I have to continuously learn new things.
Weddings are most definitely the cornerstone of Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography but we also love to do portraits. This year I fell in love with photographing families because my husband and I had our first baby. It has thrown an entire new dynamic into my life and into the way that I see children and parents. This workshop in Atlanta allowed me to see portraits in some new lights with some great photographers including: Liana Lehman, Amber Horlitz, Heather Essian, Garrett Nudd & Alice Park. Each were so different, some very far from what I do and others really close to how I approach my clients. We had some classroom time and then the best part, shooting! We had “models” that were real life families from all over the city. They came to one house with 30 photographers and these kids did great. I don’t do well with one camera pointed at me so I was super impressed with them and their parents. Here are some favorite photos from the model sessions.