Natural Light Workshop with Mike Kirwan featuring Eleanor Rose and Gwendolyn

For this 6 hour intensive workshop, we welcome Mike Kirwan to the LIGHTHOUSE for the first installment of a fine art nude series aimed at exploring the techniques in creating fine art images of the female form.   

Mike is both a Commercial and Fine art photographer based in Walnut Creek.  He has honed his skills as an artist, learning from another local great, Kim Weston.  For Mike's fine art nude work, Mike prefers to shoot in natural light using his preferred tools, large and medium format film cameras.  His work is shown and sold nationally and internationally. 

"Photographing the human body provides both variety and a great challenge.   The naked body can be very uninpiring and can easily become a person without clothes.  However, the right lighting and environment the female form can be shown as a thing of beauty as well as a masterpiece of engineering".  ~Mike Kirwan "The Gentle Figure"

 For more of his amazing work:

Mike will go into detail of his philosphy for creating fine art nudes.
Through this workshop you will discover how to take an image beyond a simple snapshot of the female form, and create a dynamic photograph conveying the message you want to convey to your audience. Every photographer will have a unique vision of the world around them, including their vision of the female form.

This is an opportunity to spend a day in the studio photographing as a private learning experience with two wonderful models. Mike Kirwan will be leading the workshop, providing hands-on guidance as well as demonstrations using the natural light of the studio which includes a lovely outdoor area. Attendees will be able to work both indepenently as well as in groups challenging themselves to create the images they have envisaged in their minds eye.

Workshop Topics
• Why shoot nudes
• Mike’s Philosophy regarding shooting nudes 
• What are your goals for photographing nudes
• Model etiquette and studio rules
• Working with a model
• Nude photography genres
• Finding pleasing light for the model
• Posing and composition

Workshop Agenda
9-9:15 AM  Welcome attendees and introductions
9:15 -9:30 AM  Roundtable and outline for the day
9:30-10:00 AM  Posing and lighting - Mike Kirwan
10:00-12:00 PM  Break into two groups and begin photographing 

12:00-12:30 PM  Break --Please bring food or snacks.  We will provide light fare.

12:30-2:15 PM  Groups switch models and continue shooting
2:15-2:50 PM   Shooting with two modles
2:50-3:00 PM  Wrap up session

We have scheduled two excellent and experienced models for this workshop.  This will focus on natural and available light so please bring tripods!  Film and digital cameras welcome.

we do have cameras available for rent: 25$ fee 

Hasselblad 500- 2 available, Mamiya C330, Mamiya RB67, Pentax 67- please bring your own film :)

Our talent for this workshop includes Eleanor Rose.  She is a professional model based in Santa Rosa and has joined us at the lighthouse several times now and is always a treat!  She excels in the fine art realm and will be a welcomed edition to this course.

 Check out more of her variety at:

Our second model for this workshop is Gwendolyn Nymph.  We've been waiting for Gwendolyn to join us and this will be here first of many appearances at the Lighthouse.  Gwen is a chameleon in front of the camera and an outstanding poser, a welcomed addition to this course.  More of her work at:

Date and Time: April 19th- 9am-3pm (6HRS)

Fee: $300

PLEASE NOTE: includes model and studio fees plus limited model release, and education from Mike Kirwan; A TREMENDOUS DISCOUNT!

$150 for 12:15-3pm to shoot with the models with support and guidance if needed.

Location: The LIGHTHOUSE Berkeley: 

1310 9th st. Berkeley, CA[masked]


About The LIGHTHOUSE Berkeley:

The Lighthouse is a photo studio/event space in Berkeley, that runs events, workshops and meet ups for people interested in creating art. The content ranges from fashion shoots to hanging from a Lyra to fine art nudes and filling all the gaps in between. We are affiliated with amazingly talented photographers eager to share their knowledge in lighting; professional models that carefully instruct the female form in providing posing techniques for up and coming talent; and hair, make-up artists and stylists interested in making your ideas come to life. The Lighthouse is available for private bookings hourly, half days or full day rates. We have professional, internationally published models coming through monthly and also widely publicized, amazingly talented photographers on board to teach our groups on various topics. This is intended to be more of a coop of artists of various forms coming together in a common space. We are continually growing and building. You can check out the website for rates and more info. We invite you to join us!

Want to Teach? The LIGHTHOUSE is always looking for partners that want to give back to the community and help our members grow and learn. If you have exceptional knowledge on any photography related topics, we want you! We are looking to build a community of artists seeking to enhance their skills and master their craft. Contact Candace at [masked] Thanks!

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  • Keith H.

    Ok. A little long. Too many breaks. But thanks for the loan of the gear.

    April 28, 2014

  • John W.

    Time well spent! Mike did an outstanding job running the work shop. Both models were talanted and enjoyable to work with. My complements to Candace and Lighthouse for another learning packed meetup session!

    2 · April 21, 2014

    • Eleanor

      Not sure why I can't leave a comment on it from my phone but I adore that first image of me!

      April 22, 2014

  • Mike K.

    The two models were amazing - big thanks to Eleanor and Gwendolyn for making this a fun event


    3 · April 20, 2014

  • Beverly

    Excellent! Mike did an outstanding job running the workshop and working with each participant as needed. And...of course the models were fabulous. Both Eleanor and Gwen gave us stunning poses throughout the day. Thank you Candace for hosting such a great workshop and thank you Mike for giving us the opportunity to learn from a master.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Richard R.

    Fantastic. Two spectacular models and great instruction rom Mike.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Deejai

    Gwen and Eleanor are both great models. You will not be disappointed.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Tom U.

    Be nice to see Mikes nude work. His portraits link on his site yields a 404 error. All I can see is real estate photos...does he have a blog or somethin?

    March 27, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Tom you can see some examples at­

      I have picky clients and try not to mix my personal work with business - feel free to get back to me if you have additional questions - cheers Mike

      March 28, 2014

    • Gwendolyn

      Oh wow. It sounds like Mike and I will get along splendidly =)

      April 14, 2014

  • Richard R.


    I no longer have a darkroom or any of the darkroom "equipment." Sold or gave it all away. If I shoot film that day do you have a place you can recommend for processing?

    March 20, 2014

    • Eleanor

      Richard, I would love to see those if you come Saturday! I adore silver gelatin prints. :)

      2 · April 12, 2014

    • Richard R.

      Some of them are adorning a wall of my living room, but I will bring some with me.

      1 · April 13, 2014

  • Keith H.

    I just got some film developed and scanned at: they did a good job but were still somewhat pricy.

    March 21, 2014

    • Richard R.

      Thanks, I'll look into it. I wonder if this is the same Darkroom that used to be in San Carlos. They did a fair bit of printing for me back in the film days.

      March 21, 2014

  • Keith H.

    I'm almost there as well based on the models. I worked with Gwen the other week. She is a excellent model who I would love to shoot again. I started shooting film again. I know the exposure numbers for your natural light studio. What film is he recommending and are we talking long exposures with tripods?

    1 · March 17, 2014

    • Mike K.

      I would recommend using a tripod to even if you went with a 400 speed film like HP5/Tri-X etc. Feel free to get back to me if you have additional questions....

      1 · March 18, 2014

    • Candace

      We would love to have you Keith! and i will reiterate that our lovely ladies are available in the studio after the workshop as well with lightning gear available. Contact me for more info!

      March 19, 2014

  • Keith H.

    I resurrected my hasselblad just recently. I just purchased a 4 of Fuji. This meetup comes at a good time. Im looking forward to hearing what you have to say about film with nudes in natural light.

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Keith, film is my favorite media for shooting in natural light. While I shoot digital for the majority of my commercial work, film gives me a quality that I prefer over digital; especially for long exposures (0.5-1 second). I do not like the shadow noise I see with digital, especially when making large prints. With film, you get a constant grain structure across the whole spectrum. Fuji Acros is a great choice of film, fine grain, great reciprocity characteristics and produces a wonderful image. I use two developers for this type of work. If I am going to print in the darkroom as well as scanning the negatives for digital printing I use PMK Pyro - this developer gives great highlight detail. If I am going the digital route I use Divided D-23 - which produces a lower contrast negative ideal for scanning.

      March 19, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Feel free to get back to me if you have more questions - Mike

      March 19, 2014

  • Danny V.

    I'm almost there based upon the models you are bringing in. Do we have any idea how this workshop will be run? Has Mike taught a workshop like this before? Is this only going to be natural light?

    March 12, 2014

    • Candace

      HI Dan, mike has taught several workshops similar to this. it will be a combination of lecture and shooting time with the focus on making great images. You will have time to work with both models of course and we are also offering one on one time with one or both of them afterwards. first come first serve! contact me now.

      March 15, 2014

  • Candace

    For all those that notice the fee before the value, please note that we have TWO of my favorite, incredible models as well as a 6 hour session which is double the normal length of workshop time. This event is still a steal and Mike Kirwan will not disappoint.

    March 12, 2014

  • Danny V.

    Can we see some samples of Mike's fine art nude work somewhere? Followed the link to the commercial site and didn't see any links, also all the pages from the home page seem to be broke anyway at this time.

    March 11, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Sorry I can't make this. I've photographed Gwendolyn twice and she's truly awesome to shoot.

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Greg S.

    Would love to know more about this event please. Thank you

    March 10, 2014

    • Candace

      ask and ye shall receive!

      March 10, 2014

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