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The Everyday Life Workshop is for you if:

  • You have invested a lot of money in a DSLR camera and still don’t feel like you are getting great photos of your kids.
  • You have looked at all the buttons on your camera and decided it would just be easier to stick to Auto mode.
  • You feel like you sometimes get a “lucky shot” and would like to make that happen more often.
  • It is important to you to document the lives of your children, especially while they are young.
  • You need a day just for YOU to learn and be inspired!

everyday life workshop

Here is what a past participant had to say about the Everyday Life Workshop:

“I highly recommend the Everyday Life Workshop! Megan is so knowledgeable & patient that she made it a breeze to not be afraid of my DSLR camera. I had my Canon for several years and never once changed the setting off “auto”. This awesome 1-day course allowed me to now take dramatically better photos by learning the basic principles of my DSLR camera. It was a great atmosphere with nice reference material, fun photo subjects, awesome food – just wonderful! I am now enjoying my kids activities and love of photography on the “manual” setting!”

workshop description

Since the day I became a mom, always having a camera by my side has been important to me. I’ve tried to capture not just the big events, but the small moments, too. By capturing those small moments with my camera, I look back and I see the beauty that our everyday life holds. The photographs of moments that seemed mundane and simple at the time are the ones I treasure the most.  Now that my children are getting older, their lives are so different, yet I am capturing their moments much in the same way; the activities they love, the first day of school, losing the first tooth, reading their favorite book.  One day, I will have the story of their childhood captured for them to share with their children and grandchildren.  That is an incredible thought!

This workshop is for beginner DSLR users who do not have a good understanding of how to use their camera in the manual setting, and it is for those who want to learn how to tell a story of their child’s everyday life through their photographs.

workshop date & time

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

workshop location

Downtown Bismarck, North Dakota

what we will learn

The basics of shooting in manual mode: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture

Identifying what is correct exposure

How to work with the natural light you have available

General rules for composition and how it can improve your photo

How to tell a story with your photographs

Tips for getting more natural and candid shots of your children

what’s included

50+ page workbook that details the lessons learned at the workshop for you to keep and refer to afterward

Shooting time with children for hands-on learning and Q&A with Megan

Lunch and drinks

A swag bag and drawings for some fun photography related items

what you need

A DSLR camera

Your camera’s user manual, if possible.

Any lens. You can bring the kit lens that came with your camera, but I highly encourage you to invest in a 50mm lens PRIOR to attending the workshop. The 50mm f/1.8 lens is very affordable (just over $100) and it will allow you to do so much more with it’s lower aperture capabilities, like getting the coveted blurry background everyone wants to achieve! It is a great lens for taking photos of children, as well, and I promise it will be well worth the investment.  You can find them here: CANON | NIKON AF | NIKON AF-S  (Nikon shooters…see following note!)

Nikon cameras – some body styles do not have auto focus built in.  For this reason, you will have to purchase lenses that have the auto focus motor (the AF-S model).  If you have a Nikon camera and need help determining what auto focus capabilities your camera body has, I’m happy to help you!

workshop cost

$260, due in-full at the time of registration. The workshop will be limited to ten participants. Your registration fee is not refundable, but if you are unable to attend, your seat may be sold to someone else.

what this workshop is not

This workshop is not for professional photographers or those with to the desire to have a photography business in the future. Photoshop and editing will not be covered in this class, and there will be no business discussions.

how to sign up

Email Megan Milbradt at everydayartphoto@gmail.com and I will send you the information to pay for your registration. Your seat will be reserved only after payment is made and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  I recommend registering as soon as possible because seats are limited.

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I want to share this personal project I did in 2017. I talk a lot in my Everyday Life Workshop about the importance of capturing your children in their everyday lives (hence, the name of my class). I teach parents how to do just that, and do it well, using their DSLR cameras. But I also talk about embracing imperfection. Often times, just capturing the moment is more important than creating a technically perfect image.

At last year’s workshop, I was only a few weeks into this project and starting something in the dark and seemingly uneventful days in the middle of a North Dakota winter just wasn’t all that fun at first. It was at that workshop where I found myself eating my own words! I realized that the things I was worried about most in starting it, like awful lighting and poor iPhone video quality didn’t mean a thing to me in the end. Those imperfect, uneventful days are the beauty of our life. The things we do day in and day out that seem ordinary now are the things we’ll never want to forget.

This notion is exactly why I started the Everyday Life Workshop five years ago. Tomorrow, I will be opening up registration for the next workshop which will be held Saturday, February 10 in downtown Bismarck. (Details can be found here.) Whether you attend or not, I hope this inspires you to challenge yourself to capture more of your family’s everyday moments in 2018.

1 second every day | the milbradt family | 2017 from Everyday Art Photography on Vimeo.

I created this video by using an app called 1 second everyday.  We all have our phones within reach nearly 24/7, so taking a video clip of your life each day is a very achievable task.  Set yourself a reminder on your phone if you need to so you don’t forget, especially when you first start.  There were plenty of days when I didn’t remember to capture it until my children’s bedtime or even after, but I was still able to capture something for that day.  To be fair, I did totally miss 4 days, too!

This genius app allows you to easily import your videos from each day and trim them down to exactly one second.  It stores each clip for you and puts the date stamp on it. (Often times, once I have my videos uploaded to the app, I just delete them from my phone, but the app only keeps the 1 second clip, not your entire video.) When you’re ready to view the full video, it mashes them all together and the outcome is magical, especially 365 days later! I exported my 2017 video and used some video editing software to add in some title frames as well as the music.  If I can give you one tip from the start it is to remember to always only HORIZONTAL videos!  In the beginning, I had to scrap a couple of great clips because I took them vertically with my phone.

 

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With each passing year, I’m continually reminded of the blessing it is to photograph so many incredible families.  Your continued support of my business allows me to do what I love!  I can’t thank you each of my clients and those who follow my work enough for allowing me to be a part of your life in this way; past, present and future!

Many thanks and best wishes for 2018!

Megan

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For Thanksgiving this year our family had the opportunity to travel to Big Sky, Montana and spend several days with my family.  What a wonderful time we had!  It’s amazing how a few days with those you love in a beautiful place will refresh your mind and restore your spirit.  There were so many great memories made, and I’m especially thankful that we were able to capture some photos of our family to remember our time there.

From my family to yours, I wish you the merriest Christmas filled with love and blessings!

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