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Kirsten Lewis

Conference + Workshop

Documentary photographer


Kirsten Lewis

Conference + Workshop

Documentary photographer

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90 Minute Talk, simultaneous translation English / French / Spanish

Nothing is better than real life and because of that pictures of real life moments make the viewer connect to the subjects and to the photograph.

The catch is that making great moment pictures is hard, really really hard. Documentary family photography is not just about “capturing everyday life” but it’s about making deliberate, well thought out pictures that will elicit an emotional response from the viewer all while not controlling or influencing the environment in any way. Additionally, the more personally connected the photographer is to their own point of view as well as their subjects the stronger the end result will be.

Kirsten will share how she applies her degree in child psychology and background in elementary education to help her photograph families around the world with empathy, reliability and a big sense of humor.


SATURDAY  18 APRIL  /  09 AM – 07 PM. This workshop is in English and translated into Spanish

Documentary Family Photography

During this class, Kirsten will share real life pictures from her Day In The Life sessions.

She will discuss the difference between an action and a moment, compositional storytelling, subject point of view, using light to enhance a mood and creating pictures that are read quickly and easily. She will also provide critique for each student in the class from pictures submitted ahead of time. The class schedule will be flexible enough to allow for unlimited Q&A as well as providing some contact sheets to show you how she works a scene to get the right pictures.

Kirsten is a photographer based in Denver, Colorado however her work brings her all over the world, from New Zealand to Dubai, Brazil to Canada, Italy to Hawaii.

Although she has been shooting for over twenty two 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. She has been mentoring photographers internationally not only within family photography, but a coach guiding them to find their own unique voice by embracing their personal experiences and encouraging them develop a personal point of view.

Kirsten’s talks are known to make you laugh one minute and tear up the next, inspiring her listeners to go confront their fears, identify their insecurities and push forward. Despite the many accomplishments including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, interviews around the world and listed as one of the top 100 photographers on Fearless Photographers, 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.