5/2/21 Pennhurst Asylum - Building and Models/Dancers - Photography Workshop

Thunderbolt Photographics  - Photography by Tom Holding
Thunderbolt Photographics - Photography by Tom Holding
Public group

Pennhurst Asylum Photography Workshop

250 Commonwealth Drive Spring City · Pennsylvania, pa

How to find us

Meet in front of the Mayflower building by 8:45AM for waiver signing

Location image of event venue


Revised date 5/2/21 Registration is open.

This is a great opportunity to combine two photographic opportunities.
For those that enjoy "abandoned" buildings, we will have 9AM to 3PM access to photograph the Mayflower's rooms that are currently in various stages of disrepair. From 9AM to approximately noon, we will be photographing the interior rooms of the Mayflower building. From 12 to 3PM , we will be adding several models/dancers on a rotating basis for static poses utilizing the character of Pennhurst'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

Pennhurst Asylum First opened in 1908 housing mentally handicapped patients. It is a large campus with stately brick structures that closed in 1987.

We will have access to all 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 location. Participants will gain an understanding for working with the existing light. They will explore posing the model/dancer taking advantage of the light, and discuss the posing for mood and story. After she is done the demonstration, participants will split up into 3 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 if needed.

As soon as we have the specific models confirmed, we will add their photos to this meetup. The models will be fully styled in a fashion that suits this location.

Admission includes partial grounds access, the Mayflower interior, and photographic 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.

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 provide supplemental reflector and fill light. The facility 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, 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 participants to allow for photographic elbow room. A minimum number of participants are required to conduct the event.

RSVP early - this workshop will fill up.

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