Intro Portrait

Instructor Noelle O'Brien
Saturdays April, 6th,13th, 20th, 27th
Limit 10 participants
$185 + HST

Make beautiful pictures of people your care about.  

Photo by Noelle O'Brien

Level: Beginners

What You Will Learn:
  • Through hands-on work with natural, flash and studio lighting, we will examine face shapes and features to determine the most appropriate lighting strategies and angles to flatter your subject. 
  • Poses, gestures, expressions, and the roles clothing and make-up can play, especially in more formal photography. 
  • Learn to 'see' light and use it to enhance your portraiture.
  • Learn practical tips on how to create a rapport with and generate a response from your subject
  • Formal, informal as well as environmental portraiture—using your subject’s natural “environment,” be it their home, garden, or workspace, to illuminate aspects of their character.  
  • How to communicate, direct and move into a creative space with your subject. 
  • How to pay attention to details, to creatively fill your frame, to anticipate and work with speed and perceptiveness.

Weekly creative assignments and personal feedback will deepen your understanding of the concepts presented and help you to grow as a portrait photographer.  Students are encouraged to work on a personal project through the course to learn the importance of returning to a subject multiple times. By the end of the course you will have a mini-portfolio of portrait images and a deepening awareness of your personal photographic vision.

Instructor: Noelle O'Brien is a TKP wedding photographer, and has been teaching workshops through TKP since 2008.  Students appreciate Noelle's approachable supportive demeanour and creative coaching. To view Noelle's portfolio click here

Requirements: A digital SLR camera.


"Noelle was a great fit as a teacher for this class.  She made the class interesting for all students at varying skill levels and created a supportive environments for those who lacked confidence in their skills."
Kristin Hohenadel- Intro Portrait, Fall 2009

"Overall, very impressed and pleased by the exposure to serious photographers; especially Noelle's encouraging comments and hints."
David Bain- Intro Portrait, Fall 2009