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Photo Coaching Session… Featuring Lauren and Mark August 7, 2009

This week, I had a “photo coaching” session with Kasie, whose work you’ve seen a little bit of on the blog already! I am super excited to have Kasie in training with the ericamay team. You’re going to hear a LOT more about what she’s going to be doing with us, and you can look forward to seeing much more of her work in the future. More on those details later. :)

For now, I want to share with you a coaching session we did together, where she got to learn how and why I do the things I do and then test them out for herself. It was so much fun to explain (and have to put into words) what I’m thinking when I set up a couple in a specific location or why I choose a certain spot because of the light that’s reflecting there… photography is such a fun art, and the coolest part is that two people can be in the same moment at the same location and still come away with completely different “takes” on the scene. 

Below, you’ll see photos that both Kasie and I took of our fantastic models, Lauren and Mark (thanks for letting us practice on you guys!). I’ll put a photo credit before each photo Kasie took, so you know which are her shots and which ones are mine. Sound good? :) Okay, here we go…

Lauren and Mark were too much fun. They’re dating, after becoming reunited after they finished college at different schools — but they first met as high school students! How adorable are they? :)




We met in downtown Kansas City, and most of these photos were taken in a 2-block radius from the central library location at 10th and Baltimore. Speaking of the library, how awesome is the library parking garage? I love the big book staircases and the book spines on the side of the building.


Here’s my take:


And here’s Kasie’s:


Another one of Kasie’s (I love this one!):


Right across the street was a cool alley, and Kasie switched to the wide angle lens to capture the whole scene in this shot:


In a random event of happenstance, we met the super nice owners of The Sawyer Room (a sweet downtown venue!) on the sidewalk as we were walking around. Eric and Jodie were so kind to point us to an awesome rooftop location that they use during weddings that take place in their venue. How cool is that? Thanks so much for the tip! :) If you’re looking for a great venue in downtown KC, I’m going to bet that Eric and Jodie are just as awesome helping people plan their events as they were helping us find great photo locations — we didn’t even ask! :)

These next few shots are mine, taken on the rooftop area:




The setting sun was giving us some awesome light to work with — both with flare and with shadows! :)




A few of Kasie’s shots on the rooftop:




After we were back safely on the first floor, we stopped at a street corner for a few more close-ups. So much of photography is about the light in the location — not necessarily about the location itself — and this was the perfect example. We were really standing on an very un-cool street corner, but I love how these turned out. :)


This one is Kasie’s view:


And my view (goodness, Lauren, you are just gorgeous!):


A huge thanks to Lauren and Mark for volunteering to participate! :) I hope you both had fun, and maybe learned a few of my “secrets” of photography along the way… I hope you have an awesome rest of the summertime!

Leave a comment here and tell Kasie how awesome you think she is. :) I promise I’ll pass them along… aren’t you excited to see what else she’ll do? I know I am!

Also, if anyone’s interested in participating in any type of photo coaching/group workshops/etc. leave me a comment here, too. I’d love to coordinate some of these in the future for other aspiring photographers — if anyone would show up. :) Let me know if it’s something you’d be interested in doing!


12 Responses to “Photo Coaching Session… Featuring Lauren and Mark”

  1. VL Says:

    My sister is pretty. So glad I could see this FIRST thing this morning!

  2. Chris Says:

    Kasie ROCKS! Can’t wait to see more of her work!!!

    Yes, I would LOVE to attend an aspiring photographer workshop! I’ll be in KC for the weekend of Nov 14th. Can we schedule something then??? :)

  3. Emily Beaty Says:

    Great job, Kasie!!! Looks like y’all had a FUN time! I love the images on the rooftop – so cool. :)

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Great pictures!

    And of course, I’m always interested.

  5. taradyan Says:

    Kasie & Erica–You both did a great job!

  6. Mallory Says:

    Hey Erica!

    You and Kasie both did a fantastic job with these shots! I love the pictures with the sun flare and the shadow :) So cute!! I would absolutely love to have a coaching session with you. I have been meaning to figure out some tricks and things with my camera, and have been wanting to get a new one hah. Let me know if you have time sometime! (I say this in the midst of my wedding planning :)

    Can’t wait to see you on November 7th for my wedding yay!

    -Mallory :)

  7. jenifriend Says:

    great job kasie! many kudos to you for learning more about the fantastic art of photography!

    as i told you months back, erica, i would most definitely be interested in a coaching session/workshop of some sort!!

  8. Lauren Says:

    Yay! Fun! Mark and I got to check them out for the first time this morning at the Apple Store when I delivered him Diet Coke and M & M’s to help him get through tax-free weekend. Can’t wait to see them all!

  9. nz1m Says:

    Very nice, Kasie and Erica!

    I’ve been doing a lot of shopping recently, thinking of doing an upgrade… It would be fun to do a coaching session! It would bring me back to the days of the WWII memorial in DC! :D

  10. Beth Ponnath Says:

    Oooh fun! Love the photos and definitely recognized some of those spots;)

  11. Katie Smith Says:

    Great pictures! I would love to do a coaching session with you and know my mom would too. I’m in no way wanting to be a professional photographer, but would like to learn how to use my camera. Let me know if you do a session and we would love to sign up! Thanks!

  12. Megan N. Says:

    Great use of location and lighting! The library exterior is outstandingly cool!

    Kasie’s second shot on the rooftop took great advantage of the light and I love yours with the sun flare– very neat!

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