Guest Speakers

Emma Collins

Family photojournalist

Family photojournalism – reinventing the family photograph

Join Emma for a discussion about documentary family photography. Learn how she arrived at documentary photography, how to be flexible, stay curious and allow yourself to evolve. Learn why Emma finds documentary photography important and inspiring, why it is different from lifestyle and how she reads, understands and predicts behaviour. As a part of this interactive discussion, Emma will also provide you with a live critique of pre-submitted images from your portfolio.

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After years of building a successful lifestyle business thing’s started to feel “Meh” for Emma – the pretty family photos taken in pretty light started blending into one… So, she went back to the drawing board, poured over her personal and client portfolios to identify what it was that made her feel excited. She had increasingly let her sessions run very freely, but looking with new eyes she could see it was the completely unplanned shots that told the real story. That made her heart sing, made her laugh, made her cry. That’s when she realised she was a documentary photographer.