Filming Families: The Modern Family Video


Filming Families: The Modern Family Video


Class Description

Portrait photographers capture moments in time for families, parents, and children. But in order to tell the whole story, you need to switch your camera to video mode, and become the storyteller behind the camera. Join Courtney Holmes, family photographer, filmmaker, and founder of FilmingLife Academy as she empowers you to add video to your photography business.

In this class, Courtney takes you on location to a home in Seattle to see how she organizes a family shoot from start to finish. You will learn in a unique way how Courtney works to capture authentic family moments on video and how to stay flexible in a new home environment that you’ve never filmed in before. 

Courtney will teach you:

  • How to change your mindset from photographer to videographer
  • How to add videography to your brand
  • Pricing and marketing tips
  • What to ask in order to capture the best story for your clients
  • The technical skills you’ll need for video
  • Post-processing using Adobe® Premiere Pro®
  • How to choose music, import, organize, create, and polish the final product

Courtney has learned how to make filmmaking into a viable business, and is going to give you the tools to move forward and tell the stories that families will treasure for a lifetime.



Courtney’s course completes me! I have storytelling “holes” in my film previously, but this course helped fill those holes to create a flow and a film with emotion. Not only is the course wonderful (and well worth every penny) but Courtney is wonderful as well! I had such an amazing experience at Creative Live!!!!


Courtney Holmes is fantastic. She knows her stuff and shares it clearly. Her work is technically sophisticated enough and done with heart, and she never uses emotion as an excuse to not produce refined work. Even though the gear is kept simple, she keeps it professional, on a high level. She is not busy promoting herself, but promoting quality work. Her style of teaching is great. I would watch this again readily, knowing I could never achieve what she is doing easily.

Amy Catherine

I cannot wait to try making family videos after watching Courtney's class. She makes it easy to start. She runs her business with heart. She creates these beautiful videos with very little gear and that's the most inspiring part of all. I learned practical skills (like a fast way to "cull" through videos in Premier Pro). My mind was blown when she showed the final video of the family she recorded for CL. Storytelling is her superpower and I am excited to have her nuggets of information to bring to my next session. I recommend this class for anyone who wants to learn how to pull at heartstrings with video.