Our May 2017 Portrait Photography Experience at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre was sold out and we had the best day for it – weather wise – model wise and eager delegates!

As with all of our beginners photography courses, we started with the theory aspect of camera control as a refresher and and talked through the wonderful aspects of portrait photography along with the challenges with our 10 delegates.

We recommend that the Portrait delegates have been on our beginners photography course – the Complete Photography Experience as this is a great grounding in all things camera control up to full manual control. This is preferable as it is such a fast moving course and important to have some familiarity with your camera before you start photographing models / families.

The Summers Photography courses are based at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, a beautiful Victorian mansion in the heart of Berkshire – Bracknell/ Wokingham border.  It is wonderful for weddings as well as events and courses and we are lucky enough to photograph a lot there. As we know the location so well, we chose the location of a hidden bluebell meadow for our first portrait challenge.

Our first set of models arrived for the day with the eldest leading the way to warm up the little ones! The kids were so well behaved on the day and are super stars in the photographs!

Here you will see a few images from the day with completely different editing styles to give our delegates an idea on how they could edit each of the images!

The day wouldn’t be complete with some fun behind the scenes images too!

In order for our delegates to photograph in as many locations as possible, we moved onto a more tricky area – plain grass verge in the shade which could be any park or garden – perfect for practice for their own families or even clients later down the line.

The strong pink rhododendron and azaleas were incredibly striking and wanted to use this as a natural framing. As you can see there a number of different editing styles too that can be used to emphasise the colours.

Next it was backlight challenge and achieving great connections with the little ones.

After the fun and hilarity of photographing 3 little ones, we slowed down our photography shoot and welcomed our teen model for the rest of the afternoon photography time. She was an absolute natural considering this was the first time she has been photographed professionally; never mind having 12 cameras pointing at her!

We moved back over to the azaleas and used a series of reflectors to bounce or block the light depending on the looks we were after:

Our last stop was in open areas to practise different settings and the obligatory group photograph!

It was such a fantastic class with the best atmosphere. Out of the 10 delegates; 8 of them had been on our beginners photography course and was an absolute pleasure to welcome old and new friends to the course.

Our next Portrait Photography Experience is in the Autumn and you can secure your space here: https://www.summers-photography.co.uk/courses/

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