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Studio Portraits 3-part Series - Light, Pose, m/f MODELS, Headshots, HANDS-ON!
Studio Portrait Workshop 3-part Series - Lighting, Posing Male/Female MODELS, Headshots & More... * MAXIMUM of 4 STUDENTS * HANDS-ON * INDIVIDUAL Direction/Instruction We have a 3-part studio series (register for 2 get 1 FREE!) held on Sundays at 3pm in Alexandria: 1. Studio Portrait Workshop Series - FUNDAMENTALS Sunday 1 - 3:30pm to 7:30pm; 4900 Leesburg Pike, Alexandria, VA 2. Studio Portrait Workshop Series - INTERMEDIATE Sunday 2 - 3:30pm to 7:30pm; 4900 Leesburg Pike, Alexandria, VA 3. Studio Portrait EDITING Workshop using Lr & Ps (Regular $89) Thursday - 6:00pm to 9:00pm; FREE! w/above 2 sessions paid; Panera, Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, VA TAKE ONE OR TAKE ALL THREE! REGISTRATION REQUIRED: PLEASE COMPLETE this short and secure Registration & Contact Information FORM. We will then email you a very convenient PayPal invoice: QUESTIONS: [masked] INVESTMENT: The first two sessions are $155 each; $10 OFF (each) if you sign up today! If you invest in both portrait workshop sessions today, the editing workshop is FREE ($89 Regular). Maximum 4 students and from 1 - 3 models each session. TESTIMONIALS: "Outstanding session. Philip provides outstanding hands-on lessons which are invaluable to enhancing one's photographic skills. Highly recommend!" —Kym J. “Philip's course was one of the most beneficial I have ever taken..." "The 'Lifestyle Workshop' presented by Philip was inspiring, it moved along in a smooth rhythm that seemed to hold the interest of the audience; it certainly held mine. Philip was so knowledgeable of his subject matter that he presented it with such ease. After this workshop the dots were connected, now all I have to do is go out and practice!" —R. Virgil, Photographer Description for: 1. Studio Portrait Workshop Part 1 - Fundamentals (Create Stunning One-Light Portraits w/fill; Window-Light too) Whatever your portrait style or whomever you photograph (studio, weddings, headshots, families, children, natural light outdoors), you need to know these fundamentals of Portrait Lighting. Professional studio portrait photography is about light direction and lighting patterns. As a matter of fact, all photography is about light direction. Learn the details on how to setup your own portrait lighting system and use a light meter to nail the exposure in the first frame. This is your chance to experiment in an instructor-led and instructor-mentored professional class… This course will prepare you to make money with your imagery photographing anyone, not just taking photos of beautiful models. Beginning to intermediate studio portraits, lighting setup, posing, and light metering with a male and/or female model. Take stunning one-light portraits. Learn to move your lights to maintain a professional lighting pattern and maintain the common portrait positions of the face (part of PPA's CPP exam and image submissions). Learn multiple options for fill light and why it's necessary. Use a second strobe for a hair light, rim light, or fill light. Learn to see the light and then add a reflector or fill when necessary. One-light portraits and consider how ambient light is really two lights. HANDS-ON. One light portrait refinement (advanced). Maximum amount of time will be directing and taking portraits of the male and female models. Given the few students, everyone will have plenty of HANDS-ON shooting time with the models, instructor-interaction & feedback, and PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION. 2. Studio Portrait Workshop Part 2 - Intermediate This session will review and affirm what we learned in the first session. We then will use different configurations of 2, 3, and 4 lights along with reflectors to create even more dynamic portraits. You will have more opportunities to direct and work with models posing as potential clients. Models, lighting, and posing will all be included. We may also try window light for some too!

Philip Brasch Photography Workshops (Studio)

4900 Leesburg Pike, Suite 300 · Alexandria, va

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NVPPA: Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association | VA DC

If you're a potential client that needs professional wedding photography, event photography, studio portrait photography, profile headshots, lifestyle photography, senior portraits, real estate photography, beauty, fine art photography, and commercial photography, how do you find the best professional photographers in Northern Virginia? Ask NVPPA! NVPPA's members are constantly honing their technique and artistic acumen by attending lectures, workshops, and juried competition to reach levels that exceed their non-member peers. Many are members of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and have achieved international, industry-respected degrees and numerous international awards in competition with other professionals.

If you're a photographer, are you interested in the art and business of photography? Welcome and congratulations on visiting the newest and only pro-path to professional photography group located in Northern VA focused on wedding, studio portrait, fine art, and commercial photography! We focus on the type of photography that will excel your work and if you wish, produce an income.

NVPPA's consistent monthly speaker lineup is unmatched and without question, NVPPA has hosted the best, award-winning, professional photographers in the MD, DC, and VA area! We are the most highly-rated photography group located on Meetup in the Metro DC area -- just check all our ratings and member-written reviews under the Past tab. Meetup is a great tool but we are a professional, non-profit, educational and business association that gives ongoing benefits to our invested members.

When you're ready to join and support us, please go to our Membership Application and Dues ( page to join as a professional Gold Member.

Studio Memberships are available for additional persons from the same studio. These additional employee memberships are 33% off the regular one-year membership rate.

We offer a special Student Membership rate at 50% off the regular one-year membership that includes both teens 16 and older and college students enrolled in a degree program. Please contact our membership chair for more information and joining as a student.


Philip Brasch, President & Founder
NVPPA: Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association (

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