Because of the way it accurately represents the world,
documentary images have the power to serve as platforms for honest conversation
about all facets of life.
The Documentary Approach is a primer for a
photojournalistic approach to family photography and everyday life. We dive
deep not only into the compositional and structural approaches to documentary
photography, but also encourage students to ask important, honest and
thought-provoking questions of themselves along the way.
What You'll Learn
About The Guides
Felicia Chang is a documentary photographer and educator based in Vancouver, Canada. She is drawn to the nuances of human emotions and how photographs have the power to shape peopleʼs narratives. She believes that all versions of life stories deserve visual space and her photographs reflect an intersection of complex frames and emotions.
Felicia joined The Documentary Approach as a co-instructor in 2016 and for the last few years, has been mentoring photographers for their business and personal projects. She has been the recipient of multiple awards within the family genre and served as a guest judge for the Documentary Family Awards. Her work has been published in photography magazines, including Photo Life Canada and exhibited at the Capture Photo Festival. Within her community, she works with local children’s hospitals and hospices to document end of life journeys. Current photo projects include the exploration of the idea of “identity” and documenting the fertility challenges and chosen single parenthood of a Jewish woman in her mid-40s.
Lauren Mitchell is a Graphic Designer and Photographer who received her BA in Design and Art History from San Diego State. She was born in 1984 to a woman who commuted two hours each day to work in a cubicle and took her daughter to McDonalds so much that she got Happy Meal toys for free. Lauren spends much of her time figuring out just what it means to live in Florida -- to be in this beautiful, strange place where reality and illusion exist side by side. Her photographic work has been featured in numerous galleries across the United States. She has a forthcoming exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art in May 2020. Lauren currently resides in Orlando with her husband and daughter where are surrounded by swans and highway overpasses.
Jessica Thomason is a Documentary photographer located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She views the world through the lens of humor and finds inspiration in the darker aspects of parenthood. Both her personal and professional work and tutorials have been featured in Click Magazine. Jessica was the founding instructor of The Documentary Approach at Click Photo School and has been teaching photography courses and mentorships online and in person since 2014.
How Does It Work?
INSTANT ACCESS & SELF-PACED
Upon purchase, you will receive instant access to this self-paced program + access to a private Facebook group
CONTENT RICH MATERIALS Students will be able to access content and complete assignments at their own pace. The Documentary Approach is broken down into 4 chapters, with the idea that, students will work on one chapter and assignment per week. This course includes written content as well as 2 bonus videos.
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR SUPPORT A closed, private Facebook group will be created for students of this course. This group is for students to ask questions, discuss topics from the lessons, post images for feedback & carry on discussions with your peers.
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