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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!

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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, January 21, 2017 | 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 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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If you’ve followed my blog at all, there’s a chance you may recognize this family.  I’ve had the great pleasure of photographing them for the last five years, and I’ve enjoyed every session we’ve had.  It is such an honor to be chosen time and time again by my clients to capture these moments for them.  I hope you enjoy their photo & film story as much as I did.  Life with three boys has got to be quite an adventure!

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the story of the hovey family from Everyday Art Photography on Vimeo.

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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family since before their little guy was even born.  (If you want a flash back, here you go:  maternity & newborn, 6 months, 1 year and now he’s 2!)  I can’t tell you how much I treasure my return clients.  Having the opportunity to watch their family grow and capturing them from year to year is not just a joy, but a privilege, as well.

outdoor family photo in bismarck, north dakota

Last year, after the busy season was gone and I was taking a much needed break over the holidays, I was jotting down some ideas about where I wanted to take my business in the coming new year.  The thing that I kept coming back to is that I don’t want to just provide digital images that, a few months after they are created, are long forgotten and lumped into the pile of the hundreds from years before.  It’s really important to me that my clients walk away with more than just some more pictures to add to their hard drive.  It’s important to me that my images bring out more than just a photograph of what your child looked like at age 2, but also who your child was at age 2.  I think that last statement is really where my photo & film story idea came to be.

Going through the images and video that I am capturing at my sessions this year to put together these stories has been such an incredible experience.  The feedback from my clients has been amazing, but more than that the process of pulling them together has helped me to learn more about the families that I work with.  I’ve spent countless hours in front of my computer, vision blurred by tears that seem to just sit inside the corners of my eyes.  There is nothing more beautiful than the love between a family, and I love that so much of that beauty can be seen in these stories.

We’re in the full swing of fall, and I have exactly 2 sessions left open for the remainder of 2016.  Soon, all of Bismarck will be covered in snow and family photo season will be complete.  I would love to capture your family in this way, so please contact me today to schedule your own session!

the story of the kastet family from Everyday Art Photography on Vimeo.

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Since I don’t photograph weddings regularly, it’s not often that I get to photograph an engaged couple, but once in awhile a family member or close friend gets engaged, and it is a fun and refreshing challenge to shoot a session that allows me to do something a little more unique and creative.  (It would be a total disaster to take a child on a canoe for a session!)  As soon as I heard the big news about Trevor popping the question to my cousin Lexi, I started brainstorming ideas.

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Imagine if you could watch a 10 minute movie starring your parents or your grandparents when they were only engaged. They’d talk about how they met, how they fell in love, and why they are looking forward to the future with one another. Oh my, the thought of that brings tears to my eyes! And that thought was my inspiration behind this photo & film story.  Enjoy!

the love story of lexi & trevor from Everyday Art Photography on Vimeo.

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I’ve loved every session I had with this sweet girl in the past year.  When you stop and think about the incredible change that happens to a human in that first year of life, it’s a little bit mind blowing!  You’ll have to check back on Elliot’s newborn session and 6 month session to see what I’m talking about!  And here she is, just a couple of days before turning one, celebrating a birthday the way one should…with cake!

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