PWPPA - The Art of the Natural Portrait: Lifestyle Photography & Available Light

  • Apr 28, 2011 · 6:30 PM
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6:00 PM: Meet & Greet / Room Setup;
6:30 PM: Program Starts;
8:45 PM: End.

The Art of the Natural Portrait Session: Lifestyle Photography & Available Light
- Pose Clients Naturally Using Simple Cues -

This is a continuation in the series of presentations and workshops by PWPPA and Philip Brasch entitled, "Show Me the Light™! Lifestyle Photography w/Existing Light"

Maximize your use of available / existing light and your environment for Engagement Sessions, Weddings, Seniors, Children, and more...  If we have time, we'll add some finishing touches, "from Smile to Finish™ with Adobe Lightroom 3®"! Have you tried HDR in Lightroom 3?

More Images Coming Soon!  Among other association efforts, I've been preparing for our May 6th speaker, Rick Guidotti of so I know you'll understand :-)...

Spring is the perfect season to promote your outdoor environmental portraiture or lifestyle photography. With the right lens and technique you can render gorgeous backgrounds that resemble fine art paintings. Whether you are a photographer for passion or profit, this lecture will teach you innovative and portable techniques for capturing stunning natural light and breath-taking composition in any situation. Philip will share a career of photography secrets with you... pulling highlights from his highly-rated lectures on 9/29 & 12/29/2010 (see our current Woodbridge Patch announcement and articleand upcoming workshops.  Optimizing available light means that you photograph prior to dawn or through sunset.  My clients and I prefer the latter and sunset is close to 8:30pm for these.  I'm still updating some of the details but you get the topics, titles, dates, and registration here:

The Art of the Natural Portrait: Engagement Sessions & Couples -- Lifestyle Photography & Available Light

Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Children, Lifestyle Photography w/ Available Light! From Smile to Finish™ with Adobe Lightroom 3® Washington DC, MD, VA

Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

'Finishing' Your People Photography as a Key to Success - Use Lightroom 3® Like a Pro! Plus Sunset, Lifestyle Portraiture w/ Your Camera

Saturday, June 04, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Take it to the Country w/ Horses & Teens! STAND OUT w/Something Different; Lifestyle Photography: Learn to Maximize Light and Space

Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 9:30 PM (ET)

SHOW ME THE LIGHT™ Engagement Sessions & Couples -- Lifestyle Photography & Available Light

Sunday, June 19, 2011 from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Here is a quote from a friend and colleague that exemplifies the features of Philip's lifestyle photography trademark style:

On Sunday I participated as a helper for Philip Brasch’s “Children, from Smile to Finish™ with Adobe Lightroom 2®” workshop. Philip is a good friend and an awesome photographer who specializes in portraiture and weddings. The workshop, which took place both in-class and outdoors at “Dolphin Beach” in Montclair, VA was a great opportunity for beginning as well as advanced photographers to learn some Lightroom tweaks, workflow tips and most importantly, capturing beautiful images with all natural light – which is Philip’s specialty. Watching Philip work and interacting with the people he photographs is very inspiring. Four years ago I actually assisted Philip in a few weddings and what really intrigued me was his ability to work in any given lighting situation and maximizing the usage of available light.

-- from Moshe Zusman's blog -- Moshe is an outstanding wedding, portrait, and commercial photographer.

Part II

Part II

Abstract AZ Canyon Landscapes:

Some of the same lighting techniques that I use in my existing light, people photography were used for these landscapes (click on image to go to album):

Title: "Throat of the Dragon"

And this environmental (Don't forget to document the adventure -- You'll be glad you did for that lecture a few years later and to show friends and family :-)!...


More Images here... BIO

Philip Brasch
Philip Brasch Lifestyle!
Gallery no. 252
ShowMe! Pro-Photo Seminars and Workshops

Philip's passion for photography began in his high school years when he purchased his first 35mm film camera, a Pentax ME. 10 years ago Philip developed photography as a profession by studying under and working for a few of the great wedding and portrait photographers on the East coast (including James Roy, Clay Blackmore, and Doug Gordon). Influenced by their styles and techniques, he has developed a new genre of wedding, environmental, and existing light portrait photography now popularly known as Lifestyle Photography: the use of the rules of traditional portrait lighting to maximize consistency in natural, existing light photography combined with the action of photojournalism.

His current endeavors include:

Gallery no. 252 at specializing in weddings, portraits, and commercial photography

ShowMe! Pro-Photo Seminars and Workshops at

• Photography lecturer and instructor (for latest, click here)

• Community service as a public speaker, mentorship of aspiring photographers, and Founder and President of the Prince William Professional Photographers Association (PWPPA) To see examples of Philip's work visit and check out his albums on this site.

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  • Darrell S.

    Phillip is phenomenal, He extremely knowledgeable On the subject " natural lighting ". It was wonderful treat for all present. Thanks Phillip for sharing.

    May 30, 2011

  • Darrell S.

    Philip is phenomenal, he is extremely knowledgeable on the subject "natural lighting". It was a treat for all present. Thanks Phillip for sharing.

    May 30, 2011

  • Julie S.

    Philip's lecture was very inspiring and informative. I was able to take the techniques I learned in this meet and apply them to my photography. I noticed a positive difference in my portraiture also. looking forward to more.

    May 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Philip did such a great job I knew that I had to take one of his weekend workshops. The information at the meeting was great, but working with Philip to put the theory to practice was incredible. See the effects of his techniques in my pictures is awe inspiring. Philip is the master when it comes to available light portraiture. His passion shows in the pictures of those who took his Engagement seminar. I can't wait to continue practicing his techniques. Thanks, Philip for working with Kelvin, Sally and me.

    May 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Philip Brasch provided a list of techniques to use for taking portraits. Several of these I was never aware of before. Now when I look at magazine pictures I can see these techniques in action. I have been able to use some of these in my pictures and it is amazing the difference.
    Thanks Philip for putting on this presentation!

    May 13, 2011

  • sharon de L.

    It was inspiring and truly informative. It was definitely eye opening and made me more aware of what to look for during a shoot. Made me look at my past photos to see if I had some of the important tips he had shared.

    May 2, 2011

  • Randy B.

    I viewed this experience as a workshop. Some of what Philip brought to his presentation was a refresher to what I have learned that I was not using and there were a lot of new information that taught me how to bring out the new ways to get light into your subjects eyes or how to create a different angle in your photo without using software tools. I enjoyed the meetup and look forward to others.

    May 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Philip provided some great tips on available light photography. I am ready to go out with my tip sheet at hand and practice what I have learned; especially some short light portraits. Thank you Philip! Great lecture!

    April 30, 2011

  • Philip B.

    I want to thank all of our Gold Members for attending as well as the 6 new ones. Over the last few days & leading up to this workshop, we've increased our Meetup membership by 14 pro-path & pro photographers. We're fortunate to have all of you that have recently joined our group. I feel it's a privilege to lecture & teach you so thank you for the feedback & all those 5-star reviews! PWPPA gives high value for your investment -- We're growing fast in size & knowledge. I & the rest of the board & committee-members appreciate your continued support! If you didn't attend, you missed a valuable hand-out on Available Light Portrait Tips & a ***FREE*** Workshop Giveaway from (Darrel won!)!

    April 30, 2011

  • Sandy B.

    Using nature light is the best way to take pictures and Philip has a great way to explain how and why you need to learn to take nature light portraits.

    April 29, 2011

  • Mark G.

    Philip made a great presentation and presented that information in a way that helped me absorb it so I knew what he was doing before he ever showed us photographic examples.

    April 29, 2011

  • Michael P.


    You did a great job with the seminar. I definitely want
    to attend more seminars like this. I am just so busy with school.
    I liked your discussion of lighting techniques.

    Talk to you later.


    April 29, 2011

  • Rose M. V.

    The "Lifestyle Workshop" presented by Phillip was inspiring, it moved along in a smooth rhythm that seem to hold the interest of the audience, it certainly held mind. Phillip was so knowledgeable of his subject matter that he presenting it with such ease. The hand out "TipsLifestyle" was most informative, and his explanation of each item on the list was given in a way that it was easily understood. There were something's on this list that I knew, but did not know how to put it to use in a practicable way, after this workshop the dots were connected, now all I have to do is go out a practice.

    April 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the helpful tips, Philip!

    April 29, 2011

  • Joe C.

    Philip did a great job of explaining and showing examples of shooting with available light.

    April 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Phillip gave us a very informative advice on how to apply lighting, both natural and artificial that will ensure the capture of our subjects with eye chatching appeal. Thanks Phillip for advice that will enhance any photo session I attempt.

    April 29, 2011

  • Mike G.

    Very good presentation, I am always looking for ways to learn. Philip had some good points to keep in mind when using available light for your portrait sessions.

    April 29, 2011

  • Rob B.

    Very good experience. The meeting was well organized and the atmosphere was great

    April 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent discussion on short lighting and how to take the best advantage of it. It makes me think more about what is beyond the subject to eliminate distracting elements in the image.

    April 29, 2011

  • Michael W.

    Great session, very thought provoking.
    Philip really sees the light, searches for the light, and works with it.

    April 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very knowledgeable presenter in Philip. Very informative. Picked up some very useful tips. I went out and took some pictures, trying to include as many elements that Phillip recommended, in each shot. I notice a marked improvement on the quality of the image. Phillip, thank you.

    April 28, 2011

  • Sally W.

    Great to see so many new photograhers. Philip Brasch did a great job of speaking to how to pose for available light, showed us photos to demonstrate and gave a great handout of tips!

    April 28, 2011

  • Sally W.

    Not only does Philip know the art of available light photography like the back of his hand, but he is a patient and energetic teacher. Come and you will learn!

    April 23, 2011

  • Sherrie H.

    Our past attendees learned about how to see the natural light, informal posing techniques and where to stand in relation to the subject to capture the best shot possible. Join us for this information-packed presentation by Philip Brasch.

    April 23, 2011

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