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Kirsten Lewis: Nothing is Better than Real Life

In this 6-week series, let go of all control over the environment around you and listen to your instinct to get the pictures you want to make.
Upcoming Series

This 6-week class series begins on Saturday, October 10 from 10am-11:30am CDT. All classes will be held online via Zoom.
Early registration: $325- Late registration: $400

Photographic moments can be found everywhere at any time, from lunch prep with with four kids all under the age of 8 to an empty house with nothing but the afternoon light coming through west side of your summer cottage. With documentary photography, it’s learning to let go of all control over the environment around you and listening to your instinct and intuition to help guide you to the pictures that you want to make. Attention to details, deliberate technical decisions and, most importantly, unwavering patience are all important skills to develop when creating visual stories.

This 6-week class will introduce you to documentary photography, specifically narratives found in your own home, your own back yard. Each week you will be given techniques and tools to help strengthen your ability to tell visual stories that matter to you, that mean something to you. For students with families at home, you will be encouraged to make pictures that depict your real life with them rather than a perfectly curated version of it. For students who might live alone, you will be guided to find pictures that represent who you are. This class, it’s content and instruction, will be centered around the participants and their work through assignments and critique.

The goal of the workshop is to walk away with some printable, wall-worthy pictures.

All photos featured on this workshop page are credited to Kirsten Lewis.

  • Cost per person is $325 early registration and $400 late registration.
  • Classes will be online from 10:00am-11:30am CDT.
  • This workshop consists of six classes. When you register, you are registering for the complete six-week class series. You cannot purchase the classes individually.
  • These classes will be held ONLINE using Zoom. Log in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15, minimum for the series to make is 8.


Introduction to Documentary Photography in the Home
Kirsten will share her own work and talk through her process of making pictures of her own life as well as the lives of her clients. She will provide you with some essential light and compositional tips that will carry you through the 5 weeks of assignments. Your first assignment will be explained.

We will be reviewing the pictures made based on the prompt “Everyday Routine.” Your second assignment will be explained.

We will be reviewing the pictures made based on the prompt “If You Can See, There Is Light.” Your third assignment will be explained.

We will be reviewing the pictures made based on the prompt “How Does This Make You Feel?” Your fourth assignment will be explained.

IN AN HOUR – Critique 4
We will be reviewing the pictures made based on the prompt “In An Hour.” Your final assignment will be explained.

FINAL REVIEW- Critique 5
We will be looking at a collection of pictures made during the 6 weeks from each student, both reviewed and new work. Each student will receive a final review, editing down their collection to the strongest pictures.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
A: Like in the classroom, the instructor will present content and welcome discussion from the class. Using Zoom, she will share her screen so that participants will see her presentation and able to ask questions and interact with the instructor and their peers.

Participants will need a microphone to be able to be heard in the Zoom session. Most computers have a built-in microphone already.

We encourage you to use a webcam to join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged, even though we aren’t all in one place. It’s so much better to see your fellow photographers than just a list of names. Also, getting ready to show up for an online class like you’d get ready to drive to a classroom helps to break out of the isolation of social distancing.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. It’s recommended that you’ve already taken the DCP’s Beginner Digital Photography series or equivalent training.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Kirsten Lewis

Kirsten is a documentary family photographer based in Denver, Colorado. However her work takes her all over the world, from New Zealand to Dubai, Brazil to Canada, Italy to Hawaii. Although she has been shooting for more than 20 years, it was teaching on Creative Live that really brought her approach to documentary family photography to the forefront as a desirable alternative to the traditional family portrait.

Currently, she divides her time between mentoring, private commissioned shoots, commercial work and personal projects. Despite the many accomplishments including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, it is her role as a mother and wife to her daughter Byrdie Mae and husband street photographer Gregory Bethmann that brings her the most pride and joy. Well that and any Scrabble victory, which are countless.

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