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                                               June Photo Newsletter

Let's Celebrate!

Our Families, Our Art,  Ourselves!

As part of our June celebration, we celebrate children and babies with some BYOK (Bring-Your-Own-Kid) events.  See photo workshop and field trips for lots of opportunities to learn about photographing the little ones.

June Workshop


Three-Session Photo Workshop

Kids Snaps

Thursdays  10:00 - 11:30  6/13,  6/20,  6/27

There are hundreds of books on how to photograph your child or grandchild, but in this workshop we will hit to the essentials and get you snapping those precious moments with your little ones.  Children make the most endearing subject matter on the planet, but you need a minimal understanding of how to use your camera to really capture the joy.  After completing this workshop you will be delighted  that your pictures look like they were taken by a professional, but even better, since you have  access to all those wonderful, natural moments in your child's day.  All cameras welcome. 

Session 1:  discussion of techniques and tricks

Session 2:  In-the-field at playground in Ardmore (BYOK)

Session 3:  Share your work from the intervening weeks






photo by Owen Biddle



June Photo Field Trips

Linvilla Orchards

Sunday,  6/23  10:00 - 12:00

A kid friendly location that also has plenty of subject matter for the adults.  Get great pictures of the farm animals, as well as deer and beautiful pheasants, the temptingly colorful food stands, and people enjoying the country environment. BYOK








Franklin Square

A fun place for you and your little ones to play and get some great shots in the  process.  There's a fountain, a playground and an old fashioned carrousel that can be a charming setting for your pictures.  BYOK







You are Invited to the

Owen Biddle Photo School Open House

Help us Celebrate 10 wonderful years with the best photographers in the tri-state area

*Do-it-yourself photo booth

 *A light-hearted photo contest

*Food and Fun

Saturday,  6/29  3:00 - 6:00

RSVP (610) 626 - 7854



Looking for a great professional photographer?  We are pleased to recommend Alan Simpson for head shots, portraits, events etc.  He also does printing!

Upcoming DSLR Fundamentals Classes

Please note:  Private individual classes are always another option. Call (610)-626-7854 for details and scheduling.

All classes held in Lansdowne

(click on links for more information)

Fundamentals 1:  Camera Operations   is for students who are just starting out, or want a
good review of the basic camera functions.                  

Tuesdays  7:00 - 8:30  6/4,  6/11,  6/18,  6/25

Saturdays 12:30 - 2:00   6/8, 6/15,  6/22,  6/29

Fundamentals 2:  Applications  is for students who have some comfort with the camera and want to start applying their skills to expand their photographic range.

Saturdays  10:00 - 11:30  6/8,  6/15,  6/22,  6/29

Fundamentals 3:  Composition  takes photography beyond the subject, and encourages you see the artistic and compositional opportunities in everyday life. Here is a chance for your right brain to come out and play!

TBD  Please call  us to discuss dates (610) 626 - 7854

Fundamentals 4:  Lighting Across the Genres is for students who are  ready for the next critical step: lighting.  Explore sophisticated means of controlling both natural and artificial light for portraits, landscape and still life to get just the mood and effects you want.

TBD  Please call us to discuss dates  (610) 626 - 7854

Advanced Photography

TBD  Please call us to discuss dates  (610) 626 - 7854


Upcoming Photo Salon












Sunday 3:00 4:30  June 16

These are very friendly, relaxed get-togethers at my apartment in Lansdowne. Photographers of all levels are welcome to share pictures, get photography tips, and discuss camera equipment. You can also get ideas for entering photography contests, submitting to photography magazines and having photo shows. Feedback from the group provides encouragement and inspiration to go out and take more pictures. These informal photography critiques offer an excellent opportunity to start identifying themes in your work and to get ideas for new directions. Group size is limited, so if you can come an RSVP is required by email or call (610) 626-7854. Cost is $10.  These Salons often fill-up,

so it's best to get your spot early!



Photographers of the Month:

 Kelly Davis and Brooke Wright









Here is what Kelly has to say about herself and the work she does with her sister, Brooke:

I have three young boys that keep me busy most of the time! I fell in love with capturing memories of my first son 6 years ago and it just continued on from there.  When I bought my first DSLR the Nikon 3200 it was great feeling to own my first professional camera. I wanted to do more with what I began learning in the first years through group lessons and self taught google searches so I began offering my photography services out to other moms I knew.  In my home I set up a mini photography studio, not knowing much, but pushed forward with one main confidence and that was loving children.  I had a small clientele of family and friends.  A few years later, my sister Brooke, joined my small venture and with that I went on to buy my Nikon D750.  I realized that with families with multiple children the photography session also needed another hand to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of children's demeanor.  I am slowly teaching Brooke the knowledge behind the camera to become a second shooter.  And with that, we as a team have had one on one lessons with Owen.  It has been a fun experience learning from Owen.  We first met at a beautiful garden, then Swathmore college and then delved into exposure and  architecture.  We recently had a an in-home lesson on studio lighting.  The wealth of knowledge Owen has to offer a striving photographer is never ending. Brooke and I are successfully running a photography business that specializes in portrait, family and newborn photography.


Congratulations, Kelly and Brooke, on your successful photo venture.  As your samples below show, you have really mastered the many challenges of getting great shots of kids and babies.  It's wonderful to see what can be done with some time, patience, determination, and joy of photography.  Your love of children shows in every shot.  Thanks for sharing these charming images.  And thanks for the photo tips below!

Click on thumbnail to see full images.



Thanks to our photographers-of-the-month, Kelly and Brooke, for sharing these great....

Photo Tips for Running a Family Photo Session


1. Time of day -  Working with a family on a time for a session can be the most challenging when booking.  They will be pushing times based on naps and eating schedules and as the photographer you are pushing for the best time of day due to lighting.  Squinting eyes equal bad images. Also dark images make editing difficult. 


2. Keeping it Stress free - Every parent has high expectations of their children and what they want from a session.  However, as the children begin to loose it and the moms get more stressed it's key for the photographer to keep calm and keep the session rolling.  Reward chests of treats are a great incentive to have on hand.


3. Session checklist - Prior to the session have a clear understanding of what the client desires to have captured ie. specific poses with specific family members.  As the photographer be sure to know how many people are in the session and ages.  Have a clear plan on how you will capture the images they requested plus what you want to capture.  It is key to plan the exact spot of the location you are meeting at ie. park or Longwood gardens. 

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