Ideally, every family would have a group mug shot to display above the mantelpiece; unfortunately, many of today's families are too busy to commit crime together. Eschew tradition and create legal memories with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a 90-minute Candid Kids Photo Safari workshop at New York City Photo Safari (a $160 value).
The experienced photogs at New York City Photo Safari sharpen the photography skills of beginners and advanced hobbyists in small groups with hands-on instruction through workshops, or "photo safaris." The Candid Kids Photo Safari, designed for families with children younger than 3, teaches parents to take frame-worthy still photos of their kids without the help of a professional. Participants must have a DSLR camera, which they will use as they learn to frame a shot without the help of a tripod, compose a photo with natural light, and freeze time around children, entrapping them in a moment of ice-cream consumption or puppy play for all eternity. Enjoy a complimentary 8''x10'' print of the best workshop shot. Each workshop focuses on a different age group, so check the calendar to begin photographing your child in his or her natural city-state. This Groupon ensures a spot for one adult and one child; a second adult may come along for $35 extra.
New York City Photo Safari
New York City Photo Safari coordinates year-round educational excursions that blend hands-on photography lessons with tours of NYC's most famous locales. Owner Diem "Zim" Pham—who works as a travel photographer, a position that often requires the skills to create compelling images in less-than-ideal conditions—and Zim’s team of instructors are all professional photographers currently working in the industry. Safari sizes stay cozy at no more than eight people, allowing for a wealth of personalized feedback and troubleshooting advice for each apprentice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art safari employs the lauded museum halls as a setting for lessons in the use of light and how to overcome difficult lighting challenges, whereas the avant-garde High Line Elevated Park course instructs eyes in the art of composition. Aspiring politicos can embark on the City Hall safari, which fills memory cards with crisp shots of neo-classic architecture and caped superheroes flying to and from the mayor’s office.