FREE Photography classes in Spartanburg SC

A free photography class is being hosted by the Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters in downtown Spartanburg SC.  Michael Lamb Photography is excited to be a part of this class as a start to our summer 2011 photography class series.  The class will be held at the library’s headquarters on Church St on Thursday June 16 from 6:30-8:30PM.  No SLR required.  This class is designed for anyone who wants to take better pictures with their digital camera.  Proper use of your camera, composition, flash, major icons and features, creative modes and more will be discussed.  Seating is limited and registration is required at

Trash the prom dress.

The reactions I get when we use the term “trash the dress” are funny.  Most people have heard of these sessions.  Many of them have seen examples of the images on Facebook or a wedding photographer’s web site and think the images are really cool, but suggest they trash their own dress and they look at you like you’re crazy. 

These sessions should be called “you’re never going to use the dress again, so use the opportunity of owning such a cool gown to get some once-in-a-lifetime portraits”, though I realize it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. 

I think the big idea is that these sessions don’t begin with the purpose of ruining anything beyond what a dry cleaner can make right, but allow us to take a gown into situations that we otherwise wouldn’t.  Obviously a photographer has to be very careful with a client’s wedding dress when doing a traditional bridal portrait before the ceremony, but the client and photographer can be much more relaxed with it if they are doing a “day after” session.

Trash the dress sessions for wedding dresses have been popular for years.  What about prom or other formal dresses? 

We had the opportunity to do a “trash the prom dress” session a year ago with one of our senior models.  Seniors, consider using your dress as part of your senior portrait session or even an additional session after your portraits.   Make your senior portraits unlike anything your school has ever seen.  We are currently looking for senior models from many high schools in the Spartanburg & Greenville areas.   Our senior models get an absolutely free session in exchange for promoting our senior portrait services.  Please visit our Facebook page to see our most recent senior sessions and shoot us a message or call us for full details on becoming a senior model.

Megan, a senior portrait session.

I have been lucky enough to have photographed Megan twice now.  Our first session was her senior portraits last year.  These are some of my favorite images from our last session a few months ago.

New Spartanburg Photography Class Series!

New classes!!  We are launching our latest series of photography classes with a free compact camera/entry-level SLR class hosted by the Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters and ending the series with 3 new classes.  The new classes are:

  • Flash
  • Nikon system
  • Canon system

The library class is Thursday June 16, 2011.  The remainder of the classes will start one week later at our studio, in the West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg.  Classes will continue every Thursday evening 6:30-8:30PM through August 4th. 

We hope to see a lot of new faces at these classes and that our attendants of previous classes will take advantage of our newest additions.  Click on the link to the right of the page for information and registration.  Of course you can contact me at or 864-497-3093.

Spartanburg Portrait Workshop November 6, 2011

A new portrait workshop in Spartanburg SC on Nov 6, 2011 has been announced as part of Michael Lamb Photography’s photography class series.

We are at it again.  This will be out third portrait workshop as part of our on-going Spartanburg photography class series.  This is the only hands-on class in our series.  I will assist and guide attendants through shooting a model in a real-life enviromental portrait session.  If you like our style of portraiture please check this workshop out.  I have invited one of our high school senior models to sit for us and I will teach attendants while demonstrating the use of reflectors and flashes.  Below are images from one of our last workshops.  The workshop will be held from 2:00-4:30PM on Sunday Nov 6, 2011.  The cost is $75.00.  Registration and information can be found on our site.