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Documentary Photography: Creating a Life in Storytelling

with Amanda Lucidon

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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About The Class

How to push through creative challenges for personal & professional growth

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Identify what stories you’re drawn to photograph
  • Trust your instincts when documenting real-world scenarios
  • Approach subjects creatively when capturing a story
  • Understand how to pursue a career in documentary photography
  • See all sides of a situation through empathy to improve your photos

ABOUT AMANDA'S CLASS:

Documentary photography allows you to tell a story and give an inside look at a variety of situations. If it’s to serve as a memory for a family, or to inform the public- it is a powerful medium used by photographers daily. Former Official White House Photographer, Amanda Lucidon, inspires and guides a beginning audience into a career as a documentarian.

Utilizing her untraditional path and experiences, Amanda will discuss how to improve your photography through creative storytelling and how to grow professionally.

As one of only a few female White House Photographers, Amanda will talk through how creativity, resilience, and community helped her land a role documenting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from 2013-2017.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Photojournalist
  • Documentary photographers
  • Beginner and Intermediate

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Amanda Lucidon is an award-winning documentarian, filmmaker, teaching artist, public speaker and New York Times best-selling author. Lucidon served as an Official White House Photographer responsible for documenting First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. She is one of only a few female White House Photographers in history. Lucidon is the author of Chasing Light and Reach Higher. In 2018, the John F. Kennedy Center appointed Lucidon as a Turnaround Artist, highlighting the importance of the arts in underserved schools. Currently, Lucidon is working with her husband Alan Spearman and a team of artists on implementing a pilot program that introduces arts and mindfulness practices to at-risk youth in Memphis, Tennessee. Amanda’s work has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association, among others.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    13:29
  2. 02

    Learning to Leap

    11:46
  3. 03

    Making Time for Creativity

    08:44
  4. 04

    Creating Your Own Path

    24:18
  5. 05

    Budgeting

    10:10
  6. 06

    Staying Grounded & Generating Confidence

    09:26
  7. 07

    Multiplatform Storytelling

    13:41
  8. 08

    Thinking Creatively

    09:53
  9. 09

    Embracing Emotion

    14:29
  10. 10

    Building Community

    08:27
  11. 11

    Defining Your Pillars

    06:56
  12. 12

    Writing the Next Chapter

    05:18
  13. 13

    Q&A

    20:49

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Amanda Lucidon

AMANDA LUCIDON is an award-winning documentarian, filmmaker, public speaker and New York Times best-selling author. Lucidon served as an Official White House photographer responsible for documenting First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. She is one of only a few female White House photographers in history.

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89% of students recommend this class.
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  • ROBIN

    October 2019

    I feel the class was a great honor to witness through Amanda’s eyes, as the journey of one of the most beautiful First Ladies of our time and to be able to capture the most personal moments of stillness. the class was so inspiring and I think it will be future lifetimes to come before we realize how important the Obamas were To our growth as a nation and evolution of humanity! thank you Amanda for your vision to capture the moments of stillness and sharing with us I loved this class In Gratitude ROBIN

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    Creativelive Student

    May 2019

    Amanda is an inspiration. Her hard work, dedication to her craft and in all the ways she pays it forward. This class will help you get beyond your creative blocks, see and create your own opportunities. All the while being reminded to BE KIND to yourself. With stunning images and fabulous stories, you'll learn from this class each time you watch it!

  • Ann

    May 2019

    Thanks Amanda and CreativeLive. Great class. I'm studying photography and just finding my feet as a documentary photographer at 58yo. It's a wonderful thing to be able to record those moments. I may never be a White House tog, but thank you for the inspiration. ☺

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