Young Fashion and Commercial Photographers

An advanced workshop for photographers looking to break into the commercial and editorial industry

Young Fashion and Commercial Photographers is for individuals ready to think about and explore light for a variety of subjects and circumstances. Students will be introduced to a professional studio and through the process of direct instruction and creative liberty, gain knowledge for the various lights and modifiers available to them. This exposure will be utilized and reinforced via unique solutions to complex lighting environments, both in the studio and on location throughout Maine’s midcoast. Students will learn how to lead and manage an idea from sketch to completion by both working together as a crew on big group projects, and with distinctively unique individual topics. Workshop participants will work with models to create highly stylized images that emphasize concepts through color and texture, props and makeup. Imaginative still life ideas will be built and approached with a range of visual possibilities and solutions. Both large and small lighting patterns will be featured, and students will be motivated to try out a multitude of approaches in search of the unique. Newly acquired technical skills will fuse with wild and ambitious ideas to create powerful portfolio images ready for a wide range of college photography program applications.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop, personal props and items for incorporation into imagery, and big aspirations for photographic ideas ready to try out over the span of two weeks.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board.

Instructors

Andy Bloxham

Photo by: Nate PalmerGrowing up, Andy Bloxham turned to his imagination for activity. This playful, creative approach to life extended into Andy's adulthood, where it took form in photography, video, and writing. Receiving an MFA in photography from Louisiana Tech University, his images have appeared throughout the world in group and solo exhibitions, publications, and online media. His photography centers around fictional situations and events, told through the slight hint of a smirking camera. He is an assistant professor of photography at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and a faculty member at the Maine Media Workshops.