Beth Kirby is a bit of a Pinterest legend. So much so, that when I first clicked through to her page (after weeks, probably, of pinning food from Local Milk) I thought there was some glitch that was rendering my location in the place where her location should be. Turns out, she's my neighbor - like literally we're in the same neighborhood. I then did what any creative professional living near another creative professional (creative supernova) would do, I followed all of her accounts and combed through her blog until I could get an idea of who she is and if we'd be friends or not, hehe. Because that's kinda what we want to know about our heroes - if they'd like us as much as we like them. (They would, of course.)
Anyway - the workshop was fantastic. She sailed through her theory / practice on what makes a good composition and how to get the shots she's taking. Slideshow, awesome hand gestures, humor, and letting people see her photos pulled up in Lightroom, which is a goldmine of info for anyone who uses Lightroom. I think my favorite thing she said was something like "People always ask me how I get that dark moody light in my photos. You shoot in dark, moody light. That's how you do that." Awesome.
Shooting the workshop was a breezy dream. A ton of pretty girls who aren't camera shy, a variety of wooden bowls and spoons and all the natural light that streams into Society of Work made for the most satisfying documentary filming experience. Which our new editor, (holllaaaa) Jay Sia, then made look incredible.
When Ken moved to Chattanooga this time last year, someone told us that we should pursue artists who need videos of their work and events. At the time I remember thinking that I did not want to work with artists - I don't even really know why. However, that has been the bulk of our work together. Creatives, artists, event stylists and photographers have become our biggest collaborators, most likely because we see them the way we'd want to be seen. We're creators, too.
Ken and Laura will be teaching a photography course at Society of Work on August 23rd! Using the iphone as their camera, they're going to teach creatives, business owners and new parents how to get the best photo of the thing that they love and get it out there on Social Media in such a way that everyone else loves it, too. Laura is a Creative Director and Ken is a Social Media Manager and they both found their design / photography / videography skills increased dramatically when they started taking more deliberate iphone photos. The workshop will be part presentation, part photography with a bunch of vignettes to text-drive your new skills on, and part dinner. Best thing about this workshop: they're teaching design and composition skills that work on ALL cameras, not just iphones. Please come!
Blog post written by Laura Henley for Society Of Work's blog
GIF's by Kenneth Munoz