Convention Photography Team

Learn the ins and outs of event photography.
Due government restrictions, the 37th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention has been canceled.
This difficult decision was not made lightly, but with drastic, new restrictions in place, there is simply no other choice.

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Learn, Practice, and Master the Principles of Successful Event Photography

Love photography? Want to learn how to make the most of your SLR or increase your photojournalism skills at a live event? 

Love photography? Want to learn how to make the most of your camera or increase your photography skills at a live event?

Under the guidance and instruction of an experienced event photographer, the HEAV Convention Photography Team will give photography enthusiasts the opportunity to learn and practice hands-on, the skills needed to cover a big event!

Through classroom instruction, self-guided assignments and professional photo critique, you will learn how to:

  • effectively capture the moment,
  • create consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations,
  • and expedite the post-processing workflow to meet time-sensitive deadlines.

It doesn’t get more hands on than this! Hone skills in photography etiquette, learn the balance between boldness and discretion, and develop a biblical perspective on the art of photography.


$69/participant registered for the convention
$99/participant not registered for the convention


Orientation: Thursday, June 11,  at 1 p.m.
Conclusion: Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.


15 and Up

Registration will open on January 13, 2020!

Sign up when you register for the convention.
Already registered for the convention? Add “Photography Team” to your registration through the Help Desk.


  • Room B22 is where Orientation, team meetings, classroom trainings and Conclusion will take place
  • The Lenspiration booth in the Exhibit Hall will be set up to accomodate Photography Team activities (such as photo editing, photo critique and one-on-one coaching) when no team meetings are taking place, as well as serving as a place for team members to store their belongings.


  • 15 years or older
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera (No film SLR, hybrid DSLR, point and shoot, or mobile device cameras accepted)
  • Laptop computer (Mac or PC, for editing photos)
  • Pre-installed photo editing software (Adobe Lightroom is highly recommended and is the program from which all post-processing instruction will be presented.)


Schedule is subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be provided at Orientation.


  • 1:00pm – Orientation
  • 2:00pm – Classroom training
  • 4:30pm – Dinner break
  • 6:00pm – Classroom training
  • 7:00pm – Booth open
  • 8:00pm – End of day


  • 8:00am – Team Meeting
  • 10:00am – Booth open
  • 12:00pm – Lunch break
  • 1:30pm – Classroom training
  • 2:30pm – Booth open
  • 5:30pm – Classroom training
  • 6:30pm – Dinner break
  • 8:30pm – End of day


  • 8:00am – Team Meeting
  • 9:00am – Team Photo
  • 9:30am – Booth Open
  • 10:30am – Conclusion
  • 11:30am – Lunch break
  • 1:00pm – Booth open
  • 6:00pm – End of day

How to Add Events

Add your choice of events when you register for the convention.
Already registered for the convention? Add an event for yourself or a family member easily by calling the HEAV office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 804-278-9200.


The Photography Team is designed to train photographers to go beyond the basics of photography and develop a deeper understanding of how to artistically cover an event.

First, consider the prerequisites. Do you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that you can bring? Will you be able to bring a laptop with pre-installed photo editing software? Secondly, you should be familiar with your camera and how to use it. Are you always shooting in the automatic modes (like, the green box, or little running guy, etc.)? Are you clueless about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to get proper exposure? If so, consider yourself a beginner and take Lenspiration’s Foundations of Photography Course before attending. You can take the course for free by joining the Lenspiration membership, which is free for the first month. However, if you have had your camera for a while, are moving beyond shooting in the automatic modes, or want to learn how to effectively cover an event, then signing up for the Photography Team is definitely for you!

Lenspiration has equipment available that you can rent for the entire Photography Team on a first come, first served basis. A DSLR camera plus lenses, accessories and a bag can be rented for $30. Send a request via Lenspiration’s Contact page as soon as possible after you have registered for the event. Payment due at Orientation.

Students will listen to photography training presentations, experiment with buttons and settings on their cameras, practice taking pictures in Manual mode, shoot assignments in the Exhibit Hall and around the Convention, edit their photos on their computers and watch professional critique of their photos.

Yes, but it depends on how much you want to be involved with the Photography Team. Orientation and Conclusion are required and each session typically builds on itself. However, if there are other aspects of the Convention you want to attend, then you have the freedom to do them.

While having one camera and one laptop per person provides the greatest flexibility, you can certainly make one camera and one laptop work between two people if they are willing to share and work together. The rate per person stays the same.

No. Though there will be an adult at the Lenspiration booth at all times, adult supervision is not always possible between sessions when students are free to fulfil assignments.

In addition to the required items, bring your typical photography gear and accessories like memory cards, batteries, battery chargers, camera bag, etc. You do not need to bring a tripod. It is recommended that you bring snacks and water (consumed as permitted by Exhibit Hall rules).

Business-casual is expected for the role of event photographer. Modest dress is required—no tight clothing, midriff tops, mini-skirts, plunging necklines, or bare shoulders. Casual business attire is always appropriate. Knee-length or longer hemlines are recommended for ladies. Wear comfortable shoes, as photographers will be walking a lot.

Yes! After registering for the Photography Team, a special password will be provided in your registration confirmation email to Lenspiration’s Photography Team Preparation page. Instructions and suggestions for how to prepare for the Photograph Team will be clearly outlined there.
You will receive an email from James with details on the first-day activities.

Register for the Convention first, then head to the Photography Team classroom for Orientation. If you have questions, ask at registration or at the Lenspiration booth.

Yes. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend Conclusion so they can see the best work of each student who submitted pictures.

By registering for the Photography Team, you grant Lenspiration and HEAV the perpetual right to use, print, and publish for any purpose all images you submit during the Photography Team.

Yes. As the photographer, you retain the copyright to all photos you take during the Photography Team, but like everyone else, you are under obligation to abide by commercial use publishing laws. To be safe, you will want to get written permission from all recognizable individuals and owners of recognizable property in a photo to use that photo beyond personal or artistic use.

More Questions?

Visit Lenspiration’s Photography Team Details page for more information.
Ask questions or contact James directly on Lenspiration’s Contact page.

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