Learn how to capture the individual beauty and personality of your young subjects

No fake smiles and no flash in this workshop, where students learn how to capture the individual beauty and personality of your young subjects.

Topics include finding the most beautiful and effective natural light and backgrounds, how to engage with your subject, tips for photographing all the age groups from newborn to teenager, and keeping the session fun for the subject (and photographer!). We also cover the fine art world of children’s photography and the commercial aspect, including setting prices and marketing. Weather permitting, students photograph children outdoors.

Students are required to shoot digitally and basic camera skills including shooting in manual mode are required.

Lunch is included, other meals are on your own. Lodging is available on campus, private room & bath.  $75/night


Patrisha McLean

Patrisha McLean has parlayed her love for children into a thriving, 20-year children’s portrait business in Camden, Maine and career as a fine art photographer with numerous books and regular exhibits in museums and galleries around the country.
Her next book features her trademark black and white photographs in a study of children living year-round and summers on three Maine islands. Her last book was the award-winning Maine Street, which documented the people in her hometown.
McLean works exclusively with natural light and her preferred medium is film.

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Course Dates

May 2 to May 3



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