Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photography Tips Workshop: Girls' Night Out

Girls' Nights Out are something I look forward to once or twice a month. I love the standard dinner and a movie throw-back, but sometimes it's fun to come up with a new event idea. My sister-in-law (SuSu) and I co-hosted a moms' night out recently that was so cool, I just had to share the idea with you all today. Our Photography Workshop Night Out was a blast!
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now

When I mentioned that it might be fun to have a photographer speak to our MOPS group, SuSu thought that her photographer friend might be willing to work with us. After some chatting, we decided that a Photography Workshop as a Moms' Night Out might work best for our group. Sarah from Kitt Creative opened her gorgeous "Olde Towne" loft studio up to some of the ladies from our MOPS group.
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now

We plugged the event as a "Family Photo Tips and How-To Session" and Sarah promised to do a fun "photo booth" shoot for the moms who attended. Most events we do are potluck style, making it easier for SuSu and I to plan (and not spend a ton of money on food and drinks).

The studio itself is just gorgeous; beautifully styled, great windows, and very comfortable. I secretly pretended like I was in Monica and Rachel's apartment. Sarah and her husband did a great job of displaying their work without being all "Hi, we're photographers, LOOK AT OUR WORK!"
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now

We used the long, rustic table for food and the moms mixed and mingled before we started up the photo booth!
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now

Conversations were going so well that SuSu and I hated to tear the ladies away for the presentation, but it was getting late. Sarah offered some excellent suggestions for lighting and composition. She even used some iPhone shots to show that you can use a point and shoot or phone to get some cute photos if a DSLR isn't in your budget.
Girls' Night Out Idea: Photography Workshop, from Serenity Now

Judging by the amount of questions everyone had for Sarah and the fact that we sort of had to push people out the door so our poor photographer friend could get home to feed her baby, I'd say the night was a hit!

Getting out a few times a month to relax and talk with other women is so important. It helps me decompress enough to come home recharged and ready to take on my job as a mom.

Have you been on a Girls' Night lately? What's your favorite thing to do?

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pictures, Amanda! It was such a fun night :) Big thanks to Kitt Creative!

-Susu

Richella Parham said...

I love this, Amanda! I want to come to one of your Girls' Nights Out!!

Kelli W said...

This is such a fun idea Amanda! I wish I could find someone around here to do something like that! And I'm with Richella...I want to come to your GNO:)

How to Nest for Less said...

Ohmigoodness, this is SO COOL!! Such a great idea for getting all the girls together. So much fun!!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

What an amazing idea for a girls night. I'm a sucker for workshops and training so I'd have been there in a heartbeat.

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