Everyday Films Family Films Workshop Review

I am a workshop addict.  Ever since picking up my dslr and starting my first Project 365, I’ve taken more than a few online workshops from Clickin Moms, The Define School, the Bloom Forum and one in person workshop.  I just love to learn all that I can.  I’m still trying to figure it all out.  I have no idea what my style is.  I just love documenting my family.

I’ve formed close friendships with other classmates from the workshops that I’ve taken.  For a while, we’ve encouraged (you could say enabled) each other’s investments in our expensive hobby/career.  The most recent encouragement was to sign up for a video workshop.  Now, I’ve tried signing up for a video workshop last year, but it wasn’t structured enough for me, and the information was kind of all over the place, hard to search for, and I lost motivation pretty quickly.  I admire the artist very much, but her workshop was a waste of money for me.  I’m hoping I can revisit her information, and now that I’m in the right frame of mind, learn more.

But this isn’t a review about my previous attempt into videos.  This blog post is about Emily with Everyday Films and her workshop DSLR Video Storytelling Workshop.  This workshop has been eye opening.  It’s about 4 weeks with 12 lessons about your dslr settings for video, what lens works best for video, gear, styling your shoot, watching Emily shoot video during a family session, go behind the scenes to watch Emily edit in Lightroom and put it all together in Adobe Premier Pro.  It was amazing.

Now, I’m just a hobbyist that loves to document my family, and I hope to make this a regular thing.  Perhaps a video a month.  But with the baby coming next month, I may have to give myself a break in January.  I don’t know, we’ll see.  But I could see this being the next big thing.  Photos are wonderful, amazing ways to document life, but videos show  life as it happens in real time (for the moment anyway). My daughters voice, her mannerisms, her interactions with me and her father, our pets, our extended family.  I want to remember these moments forever.

Here’s my final assignment, all that I’ve learned from this workshop.


10 on 10 – November 2015

I’ve officially ended my 2nd Project 365 on October 31st, and have taken a break from taking photos for a while.  Going from one 365 straight to the next was a recipe for burn out and that’s what happened to me.  I did complete an amazing video workshop, which I’ll blog about later.  But when the 10th rolled around, a friend of mine in our blog circle reminded us, and I had to do it.  Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately), I took too many photos.  It was a dreary depressing rainy day, brightened by a visit with a good friend and her baby girl.  Since we’re expecting a baby girl in December, I wanted to see how my daughter would interact with a little baby.  And my friend, a fellow hobbyist photographer, has amazing windows in her house, and awesome light.  So at least I had a few decent pictures with natural light.  But for the rest of the evening, it was dark dark dark!  Which gave me a great reason to break out the flash.  Most of my favorite photos are of bath time, the flash made a world of difference!

I hope she always loves to read!


Doing her hair is always a struggler, but when you sit her in front of the tv, it’s not as bad.  DSC_4310

My friend and her beautiful baby girl.


So sweet!


When Ariya gets sick of my camera, I turn to my dogs.  Here’s Charlie!DSC_4350

Dinner time!


That hair!


And the bath time series that I just had to include.DSC_4453 DSC_4455 DSC_4460 DSC_4463 DSC_4464

And good night!  Playing with an easter egg, of course.DSC_4493

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