4/11/21 revised White Hill Mansion Photo Workshop - Building & Models / Dancers


This is a great workshop to combine two photographic opportunities.
For those that enjoy "abandoned" buildings, we will have all day access to photograph the mansion's rooms that are currently in various stages of disrepair. For the afternoon session, we will be adding several
models/dancers on a rotating basis for static poses utilizing the character of the mansion's interior. The afternoon session will be led by Susan of Susan Grace Photography. Susan has received multiple national awards for her portraits of young women and also specializes in dance photography. For more information on Susan, please visit Susan Grace Photography at susangracephotography.com

The White Hills Mansion is in the registry of historic places in New Jersey. It is currently in the hands of The Friends of White Hill Mansion who are stabilizing the mansion for future preservation.

We will have access to all 3 main floors, and also the basement. The rooms are very interesting and allow for creative compositions. The light coming through the windows, both morning and afternoon, is wonderful.

In the afternoon session Susan will demonstrate how she works with a model/dancer. Her models will be fully styled in a fashion that suits this historic mansion. Participants will gain an understanding for working with the existing light. They will explore posing the model/dancer in the existing light and discuss posing for mood and story. After she is done the demonstration, participants will split up into groups and be able to work with the models on their own and create their own images. Susan and I will float between the groups to answer any questions you might have and assist as needed. Each photographer is strongly encouraged to submit at least one digital image of each model after you have had time to edit and process.

As soon as we confirm the models/dancers, we will add their photos to this meetup event. The models will be fully styled in a fashion that suits this mansion and emotion. We had a great workshop in the spring of 2019 and photographers came away with terrific images.

Admission includes partial grounds access, all access interior, and instruction. We will be available to offer advice and suggestions on exposure, settings, etc. Some people attend just for access to the location, others to learn, and others to try a new technique or two. We will break at noon for about 20 minutes.

This workshop is open to all skill levels. Knowledge of manual exposures a plus. Equipment needed: camera, wide angle to moderate telephoto, tripod, shutter release, and a flashlight for some supplemental light painting. We will use existing light and we will provide a supplemental reflector and fill light. The mansion is not heated and access to the floors is via one staircase.

This is a rain or shine workshop. Due to the nature of private access with minimums and deposits, refunds are not available but are transferable to another individual. Refunds will be given if we do not meet the minimum number of participants. From your workshop fees, we will be making a significant donation to the preservation project. Transportation and accommodations are not included.

This workshop is limited to 12 photographers to allow for photographic elbow room. This will be a rain or shine event as the vast majority of shots are interior shots. A minimum number of participants are required to conduct the event. You will need to execute a White Hill Mansion waiver prior to entering.

RSVP early - this workshop will fill up.

We will meet in the parking lot of the mansion at 8:45AM for a very brief orientation. Additional specific details will be e mailed to those that register approximately 1 week before the event.