Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Photography Coaching Sessions {Now Available} Marin, Napa, Sonoma County Portrait & Wedding Photographer...Shelley Hohe

After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area (where I grew up), I have had the wonderful opportunity of reconnecting with a friend I went to school with from elementary to high school.  Since moving back I have had the pleasure of photographing her family twice.  The first time I photographed her family she asked me if I have ever thought about teaching other moms or new photographers on how to use their cameras.  At first I thought I was not qualified to be able to teach others, but after really thinking about it  I thought why not.  I love to teach...I have been homeschooling and teaching our twins from kindergarten to junior high and I love photography!

I remember what it was like when I first became a mom and wanted to take a ton of photos of our kids or even more when I first became a photographer.  I didn't know anything about my big dslr camera, lighting or how to pose our kids or new clients.  Everything in the beginning was so intimidating...from all the buttons on my camera and all the photography terms, I didn't know where to begin.  I did take a few workshops which definitely helped me out but to be able to sit down with someone 1 on 1 and ask all sorts of questions about photography would be so helpful and less intimidating.

With all this being said I just taught my very first photography coaching session to my friend, who was the one who asked me in the very beginning if this is something I would start offering.   It went very well and she told me she is now understanding her camera's setting, lighting and posing.   Mission accomplished!

I will now be offering photography coaching sessions for moms and new photographers.
Each coaching session I will be going over camera settings such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure, Composition and how to capture the best photos using natural light.  There will also be time for questions, followed by lunch in which it will be my treat and ending with a photo session.  The photo session can be just for you, maybe you are needing some new profile photos for your business or if I am teaching a mom I can do a photo session with your children.

Each coaching session will be a total of 5 hours in which you can choose either a morning or afternoon session.
Here is a detailed timeline...
9am-12pm- Teaching and Questions (morning coaching session)
12pm-1pm- Lunch ~ My treat!  (This would include morning and afternoon coaching sessions)
1pm-2pm- Photo Session (This would be for both morning and afternoon coaching sessions)
2pm-5pm- Teaching and Questions (afternoon coaching session)

Coaching Sessions will be held 1 Monday a month.  Here are the dates...
August 12th - Morning/Afternoon
September 9th - Morning/Afternoon
October 7th- Morning/Afternoon
November 4th- Morning/Afternoon
December 2nd- Morning/Afternoon

Cost - $500 which includes coaching session, lunch,  photo session and digital files of photos taken.

Please contact me for more information or questions you may have here

Here are some photos I took of my friend.  This was around noon when the sun was very bright, so I taught my friend some tricks on how to still take photos even when the lighting is harsh.

Isn't my friend beautiful!  
I can't believe we are the same age....she looks the same as when we were in school.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Classic & Timeless Images {Black & White} Wedding Photography | Marin, Napa, Sonoma County Wedding Photographer...Shelley Hohe

Ever since opening up my photography business over 5 years ago, I knew the photos I wanted to capture would be in color.  I love photographs in color especially when you have a beautiful scenic background and since most of my photo sessions and weddings take place outdoors I always shoot in color and I always share my images in color.  I wonder if that is why I am so drawn to the movie Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy walks out her front door for the first time after her house lands in Munchkinland and everything around her is filled with beautiful vibrant color!

Although I love to shoot and share colored images, there is something oh so wonderful about black and white images.  I always let my clients know that if there are any portraits they would like to view in black and white, I can easily edit any photo. Black and white photos are classic and timeless.  Editing photos to black and white are perfect for images that are filled with emotion.  Instead of your eye seeing the beautiful colors, you are drawn in by the emotion instead and I love that.  Black and white images are perfect for telling a story whether it's birth photography or a wedding.  Having images in black and white are a must!!

Even though shooting in color is what I do, I look forward and can't wait to share more black and white images with my clients. Below are some photos I edited to black and white from a recent wedding I shared in color over a month ago. {you can view colored images and entire wedding post here}

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