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Online: Special Guest Series- Storytelling Children and Family Photography, with Paula Swift

June 13, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Below the course description (but before registration) will be a short explanation on how the class will run.

Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., Cr., CPP owner of Paula Swift Photography, a Boston-area portrait photographer, spent 10 years chasing fires and covering news assignments all over Central Massachusetts as a photojournalist at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.(’95-’05) She started a photography business where she could utilize her photojournalistic skills to photograph the relationship children shared in front of her cameras in a natural way: Capturing fleeting moments during a session, when a child thinks no one is watching, the hugs a parent shares with a shy child, or even a toddler running away from the camera giggling. Paula approaches her sessions just like a fire…ready to go at a moments notice, but in a stress-free way for her clients.

In this class, Paula will talk briefly about her experience as a photojournalist and how she implements those skills in capturing beautiful, timeless and storytelling portraits of children in today’s competitive photography world. She will share images and the story behind how she captured them technically and emotionally.
Information that Paula will share during her program will include…
•How to capture those unexpected moments
•How to get shy children to warm up to you
•How to keep children involved in their photography session
•Use of props to keep the session looking natural
•How to incorporate pets
•How to capture children on the go
•How to let children be themselves during a session
•How to sit back and watch a moment happen
•Favorite gear to use at sessions

About Paula:
Paula Swift, M.Photog, Cr., CPP started her portrait photography business in Framingham, MA in 2004 and then moved into a new studio in Sudbury, MA in December 2013. Her work has appeared in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston Globe, New York Times, LA Times, Esquire, Time, Newsweek and internationally via the Associated Press wire service. Paula was a staff photographer at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass from 1995-2005. Three of Paula’s images were part of a Pulitzer nomination and finalist entry in 2000 in feature photography for the photography staff’s coverage of the deadly Worcester warehouse fire that took the lives of six firefighters in 1999. Paula’s portrait work she has won two Kodak Gallery, Hallmark Award, Photographic Degree of Excellence by PPAM, Loan and General Collections at IPC, 2014 Photographer of the Year bronze medalist at PPA’s IPC. In February 2015 Paula received her Master of Photography at the Professional Photographer’s of America Imaging USA in Nashville, TN and her Photographic Craftsman degree in San Antonio, TX in January 2017. 2014, 2018 and 2019 Paula was recognized as a Bronze Medalist for her entries at the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition.
In May 2017, Paula’s released her first book, Storytelling Portrait Photography: How to Document the Lives of Children and Families. She is a native of Longmeadow, Mass where she first learned to develop film in her parents’ basement. She attended Fitchburg State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Communications Media – Photography in 1995. Paula lives in Framingham, Mass. with her husband Chris, their three sons, a yellow lab named Swifty and a cat named Buzz, who are her daily inspirations.

Registering and what is needed
After you register for this class, you will receive a confirmation email that will include information about how to access the online class, including an online ID code that you will need to get into the class. Make sure to save this information. We will also send a reminder email about 48 hours prior to the class time with that same information.

Layout of the class
The class will begin promptly at the time listed. The majority of the class–roughly 1 hour– will be a presentation on the topic, followed by a short Q&A. During the class, you are welcome to type in questions in the Chat box if you have specific questions as they are asked. We will do our best to answer those questions, but if not, feel free to ask them at the end.

“You Are Being Recorded” (And Other Note Related Items)
We will be recording this class! The video will be available for download about 24-hours after the class for all attendees, so don’t worry about taking unending notes. We will send this link attendees to download and rewatch at any time. In addition to this, we will generally send out a PDF of the presentation (when applicable) and handouts on the topic. If handouts and PDFs are included, we will send it out with the link for the video.

Can’t attend the class?
If you can’t attend the class but still want to download the video, no problem: Just sign up for the class! You don’t need to attend and we will send the video link the next day!

Want to get this class after it’s been run?
If you want to purchase this or any other of the classes we have done, you can certainly do so. Just send us an email at classes@huntsphoto.com and we can send you the invoice. (We prefer having folks in our classes, but this option is available as well if you want to see it!)

Please read Hunt’s Terms & Conditions before signing up.


June 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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