EXPO: Beautiful Family Portraits Photo Shoot with Laura Hicks (Olympus)

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Creating beautiful portraits of families can seem a bit daunting. What if the kids don't behave? What if the location isn't great? What if dad is grumpy? What if their outfits are horrible?

In this class, you will learn how to educate your clients ahead of the session and learn how to interact with them during the session in order to get images they will love for generations. Preparation is key to getting a session headed in the right direction. Having fun with the kiddos is the secret sauce that makes the parents love their session and come back year after year. Join Laura Hicks and bring your cameras for a hands-on family session that will give you the confidence to make serious money with family portraiture and have your clients hungry for more portraits every year!

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Olympus Visionary LAURA HICKS is a professional portrait and wedding photographer with a personal passion for macro photography. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of photographing hundreds of weddings and thousands of portrait sessions, and of being the official photographer for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" filmed in West Chester, Ohio. Her work has appeared in Professional Photographer Magazine, Click Magazine, Popular Photography Magazine and Shutterbug Magazine. Whether photographing a wedding or a family, her favorite images always include subjects that tell a story. While she was site editor of the popular photography website DigitalCameraReview.com, she reviewed hundreds of camera models. It was during that time that she realized the power of the Olympus camera systems. After 15 years of shooting with another brand, Laura sold her equipment and migrated to the Olympus OM-D interchangeable lens system.

"After 15 years of shooting with a different camera brand, I sold my gear and switched to the Olympus OM-D system. I couldn't be happier with my decision to migrate to mirrorless!"

Laura and her husband are licensed foster parents with a houseful of children who are often Laura’s photo subjects while they play sports, go to the park or travel the country.
Watch the video below for highlights from last year's Expo!

Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our start-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Prudential Center for Seton Hall Men's Basketball, Meadowlands Horse Racetrack, Lakota Wolf Preserve, NJ Jackals Baseball, Rutgers Football, Botanical Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic D-SLR photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlights, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more. 


Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo SuperStore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). 

What should I bring to class? 
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions. 

Will lunch or refreshments be included? 
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted. 

How do I register for a class? 
You can register online, in-store at the concierge, or by phone at either 973-377-6454 or 973-377-2007. Please note that you will need to provide payment information. 

Can I register at the door? 
For most classes, you're free to register at the concierge desk prior to the start of the class. Please note that there are some classes that offer "Early Bird Special" rates and others that have limited seating, so it would be in your best interest to register prior to the dates of such classes. 

I wanted to register for ______ class, but it is now sold out. Is there a waiting list? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or [email protected] with the following information: your name, phone number, email address, and the class name and date. 

My question has not been addressed here. Is there someone I can contact? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or [email protected] with any additional inquiries.

Unique University Class Cancellation Policy
- Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
- Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
- Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
- Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).
** Attention American Express cardholders: If you cancel a registration for a class costing $100 or more, there will be a 3% cancellation fee deducted from your refund or store credit.

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