Craftsy Free Professional Family Portraits Class

Photography is a skill that most any blogger should have. Although I manage okay, thanks to extensive photo editing, I have to admit that I am far from being a professional photographer. But more importantly than blogging, as a Mom and Grandma, I want to capture the precious moments of my family’s life on film. I am so excited to tell you about a FREE Professional Family Portraits Class that I just took from Craftsy. It’s usually my son or daughter who takes our family pics, but thanks to some of the things I learned from my Craftsy online course, that’s all about to change.

Are you one of those people who drags the family down to the portrait studio at the mall once a year for a family portrait, and is never quite happy with the results? I need to dig out some of my old family portraits to share with you sometime. They are good for a laugh. I think you might just be surprised by how simple it is to achieve your own professional family portraits.

You can bring out the best in your subjects and environment with tips from Craftsy instructor and professional photographer Kirk Tuck. Learn how to transform any room into a portrait studio with Kirk’s quick tips on improving your setting, and easily create ideal lighting indoors and out with the use of bounce flash, umbrellas and affordable materials like foam core.

I am one of those people who always seems to be in a rush, which is not a trait that is conducive to good photographs. One of my biggest takeaways from the class, was the importance of setting the stage. By that I mean things like finding the right lighting, covering colored walls, setting up a neutral backdrop, and adjusting camera settings. Taking a few minutes to prepare can make a world of difference.

While taking the Free Professional Family Portraits Class, I got an hour and a half of close-up instruction and was very impressed by the feedback from the instructor as well as other students. You can even share a picture with the group for feedback. A fantastic perk of this Craftsy free course is that the 4 HD video lessons can be taken anytime, from anywhere, at your own pace.

Parents of young children will appreciate Kirk’s techniques for photographing kids who won’t sit still. He discusses how having the right shutter speed can help you get a clear shot of a child in motion. This was an epiphany for me, since I have never adjusted the shutter speed on my camera.

One of the things I really appreciate about this class is that you don’t have to have an expensive camera or fancy equipment, to implement most of the lessons taught in the course. I am in need of a DSLR camera upgrade, currently using a Sony CyberShot, and have no problem using what I have learned from the course, although I will probably re-watch some of the class topics after I get my new camera. Kirk gives great advice on adjusting the white balance and various other settings on your camera which will come in handy when I upgrade. You can even download a list of his preferred gear.

Here’s what you can expect from a Craftsy Class:

  • Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses
  • Participate in discussions with your classmates
  • Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks
  • Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

My granddaughter, Maddie, was nice enough to be my model while I played around with lighting and some of the settings on my camera. I asked her to stay in motion which of course resulted in her zombie walk and crab dance. She might be a little angry that I share these pictures, so please don’t tell. Shhh. Adjusting the shutter speed and opening some blinds in the adjoining room made such a difference.

Can you see the progression?

I still have a ways to go with my photography skills, but am so much improved thanks to Craftsy’s Free Professional Family Portrait Class. With 2 birthdays later this month, and my granddaughter’s prom next month, I am feeling very prepared to capture those special moments on film.

Learn how to take beautiful, professional-looking photos of your own family with Craftsy’s free Professional Family Portraits class. Sign up now for this free Professional Family Portraits class!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I have always wanted to take a class like this. The thing is, around me, most classes like this are in the city (Boston) and sometimes it is such a hassle to get in there.

  2. I really want to try their classes. That portrait one sounds really fun! Haha love the pictures!

  3. I didn’t realize craftsy did photography courses as well!!

  4. What a fantastic class. My husband (a graphics person) does my photo editing for me but he keeps telling me “garbage in, garbage out” and that he can’t make something look nice if the starting photo is horrible. I’m hoping to take a photography class one of these days.

  5. I need use all the photography tips I can get! This sounds like a really great class.

  6. I would love to learn how to take better pictures, this class is right up my alley!

  7. This Craftsy class sounds awesome. I agree that phytography skillls truly are very useful for a blogger, or actaully just about anyone to have.

  8. A FREE Professional Family Portraits Class?! I’m so there! This sounds like just what I need!

  9. I will have to take that class! My photography skills are somewhat lacking and I can’t blame it all on my point and shoot camera.

  10. How wonderful that there is a free class!

  11. I could use this! I’m still learning the intricacies that are on my camera setting. I’m doing better but every little tip helps!

  12. I had no idea they offered this. I need to take this class too!

  13. How wonderful, I’ll check it out!

  14. Craftsy is such a great resource!! I love the variety they have on their site.

  15. This sounds like a great class. Your pictures are great!!!

  16. How fun!! I love photography :)

  17. So fun to read this and to see the progression of your pics. I love having great photos and could really use a class like this to improve my skills!

  18. I am always ready to learn how to improve my pictures! Thanks.

  19. This sounds like a great class. Would be fun to take this.

  20. I don’t do family photography really, but it would still be helpful to learn! I think you really can’t ever know TOO much!

  21. I am really excited about this class! I just saw how expansive their site is WOW!! I am in heaven.

  22. I need a photography class. I also need a new camera. I don’t use the techniques I already know and employing some great lighting techniques would improve my pictures sooo much!

  23. This is great! I didn’t know about these classes. I am ready to learn!

  24. Oh I wish I could take a class like this – I could REALLY use it!

  25. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Id love to take this class so I could save money on portraits from studios!

  26. I would love to take a photography class with crafty! I didn’t realize they had photo classes!!

  27. That is awesome! I will definitely have to check this out. Thank you for sharing.

  28. great shots, they look so professional! My husband bought me a tripod for Christmas I so need to take a family picture!

  29. How neat! I have heard of Craftsy before, but I love seeing that it’s worked so wonderful for you! Beautiful pictures!

  30. That would be such an interesting and helpful class to take!! Having a blog as made me so much more into photography!

  31. Craftsy Great So Many Different Classes!

  32. Photography classes are always a great investment. It can take a simple class like this from Craftsy to help take you to the next level.

  33. I need this class, I take alright portraits but, need more tips.

  34. Thanks for the heads up on this because I could totally use the help. This will come in handy for my blog and for family photos.

  35. I love Craftsy classes! So wonderful that they are offering the family portrait one for free…thanks for sharing this!

  36. I would love to take this class. Sounds like Craftsy has something for everyone.

  37. Oh I would love to take a photography class!

  38. I didn’t know Craftsy had photography classes! I’m impatient too when I want a picture I want it right then not have to set things up, wait for the right moment. lol

  39. I love photography, but still portraits are definitely the hardest to capture.

  40. I want to take both a photography and photoshop class. I know basics in photoshop but want to learn so much more

  41. I might have to take that. I’ve been trying forever to better use the settings on my camera but keep going back to ‘auto’.

  42. I definitely need a photography class or two. I’m looking to step up the photos on my blog soon!

  43. I love Craftsy! I took a photography class from them and it improved my blog pictures by 100%!!! I can’t wait to take more!

  44. I so wish I had the time to really learn photography.

  45. I have got to take a great photography course too. Unless it’s a cupcake sitting still in perfect light, I’m clueless.

  46. Oh my — I would love this!

  47. I’d love to take a class like this. Definitely important for your blog.

  48. I could definitely use some tips and tricks to getting my kids to sit still. That’s my biggest problem with photography!

  49. this reminds me to get an updated photo taken with the grandparents!!!!

  50. Great shots! I love the variety of classes Craftsy offers, I need to find time to take one.

  51. I have been wanting to take a class like this. Thanks for the heads up!

  52. I love that you can take this class online, when you really have the time to devote to it. It is nice that is isn’t a ‘starts at this time’ kind of class.

  53. I would love to take this class! I’ve always been into photography!

  54. I would love to take a course I have a SLR camera and I dont know how to use it

  55. I think this photography class is a great idea, the fact that it’s free is totally awesome. Congrats on your improved photography skills. Thank you for sharing this review.

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