beginner photography workshop in ottawa

Hosting a workshop has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I thought it might be for professional photographers who were just starting out, with a focus on business, editing, and marketing to brides. And then a friend asked me if I would teach her how to use her camera. She was a blogger, a small business owner, a traveller, and a soon to be mom. 

And it hit me. Pretty much everyone in my network could fit into one of those categories. I seem to surround myself with ladies who are smart, outgoing, creative go-getters. I would create a workshop for them...  

I get asked all the time about what camera I would recommend for beautiful photos, and I've always answered the same way: 

Don't get a new camera, 
just learn to use the one you already have.

I wanted this workshop to be for beginners. It would start with a simple understanding of terms, not from a technical perspective, but from a practical one.

It has been close to a year since we moved into our home in Stittsville, and since then I've been dreaming of turning this room into a space where I could share some of my knowledge.

Ikea chairs & personalized notebooks...

In order to accommodate the moms in the room, I planned the workshop for 10:00am. Mimosas would naturally be served, along with mini muffins, fresh fruit, and coffee. 

A few minutes after the workshop started, my sweet friend Charlotte Northrope came by to take a few photos for me. I am so grateful to have this part of the day captured! Everything from this point on was taken by her <3

"Your camera has a hole and a door." Proof that my workshop literally starts with the basics...

The small group setting allowed me to spend some one-on-one time with each attendee.

The girls were encouraged to shoot throughout the whole morning. I was so happy to see them playing with different settings while I explained them :)

My favourite part of the day: shooting practise. We photographed these flowers in a few different ways, playing with our settings as a way to understand HOW the camera works. 

Shooting backlit! So proud of these girls.

I am officially counting down to workshop number two! 

Check out the workshop site if you're interested in signing up. They fill up fast, but I will try my best to find a seat for you and if there's enough demand, I'll add another date to the list <3


  1. Your space is beautiful, Laura! And I'll have to check out your upcoming workshop dates.. I would totally benefit from learning from you!

    1. thank you SO much stephanie!! I just added two new dates, so come visit :) you're lovely.

  2. this makes me so much more excited for the workshop I will be attending in May! looks like so much fun!


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