The Story Within : Storytelling Through Portraiture

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Elora Centre For The Arts

75 Melville Street

Elora, ON N0B 1S0


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I am so proud of this workshop! It is all about the art of storytelling in portraiture (details below).

Date: October 16-18, 2020
Location: Elora, ON
Price: $875 plus tax and fees (workshop only)

---The Story Within---

Join me for 3 days in beautiful Elora, ON as we delve into the art of portrait storytelling. This workshop is designed to help you get to know your subject on a deeper level to better tell their story with images and text. These three days will be a combination of classroom learning, hands-on shooting and demonstrations.

Here are just a few of the topics we will cover:
-how I approach subjects and gain their trust
-ethics and responsibilities
-the interview process
-my personal process for forming a written story from a recorded interview
-how I handle traumatic stories on a personal level
-choosing a location that adds to the story
-lighting techniques for conveying mood
-colour tones and the effect on mood and story
-my approach to telling my subject’s story both visually and in writing
-story telling through multiple images vs a single image
… and much more!

I’ll also share examples of my own interviews, the resulting written pieces and accompanying images. You’ll see my thought process and I’ll share various sensitivities to consider and how to form an intriguing story with maximum impact while being true to your subject.

You will come away from this workshop with a newfound confidence in approaching potential subjects, a refined understanding of how to connect with them to tell their story and a deeper skillset in regards to lighting for mood.


(please note that this is subject to change)

Day One (in studio)

10:00 – 10:30 Official Kick-off
- introductions
- housekeeping 

10:30 – 10:45 Break

Talk 1 (10:45 – 11:30)

"Storytelling in Portraiture"

11:30am to 12:30pm Lunch

Talk 2 (12:30 – 1:30)

"The Interview and Writing Process"

1:30-1:45 Break

Talk 3 (1:30 – 2:00)

"Image Breakdown"

2:00 -2:15 Break

(2:15 – 3:15) Studio Demo (lighting for mood and story in a difficult setting)


5:30 pm Optional group dinner (at participant's expense, Location TBD)

Day Two (Location TBD)

9:00am – 9:45am Location shooting demo (indoor/outdoor weather permitting)

9:45 – 10:00 Break

Announcement of group challenge

10:00 – 11:30 Participant shooting time

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-5:00 Participant shooting time

Day 3 (Back in studio)

Editing Demo 9:00-9:45

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00 – 12:00 Open editing time and challenge completion

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Groups share challenge results

2:00-2:15 Break

Talk 4 (2:15-2:45)

(Title TBD)

Group Slideshow

3:15 Fairwells

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