4-Day Portrait Photography Workshop

Portrait Photography Classes

Photographing people is one of the most difficult things to do and yet one of the most common subject matters.

Our portrait photography workshop is presented through an intensive 4 day workshop format that will cover many aspects of portrait photography and leave you with the knowledge and skills to create more flattering, creative and well lit portrait photographs.

Posing individuals, couples, children and groups is a main focus of this Edmonton portrait photography class.  You will learn how to guide your subject into classic and casual poses to suit the mood and background of the image.  We will also discuss how and why to select certain locations for your photographs so that the photograph will convey the message that you or your subject want it to.

What good is a great pose and background if the people in the photograph are not well lit? In our portrait photography classes, you will learn and practise lighting techniques using natural light, window light, reflected light, subtractive light and flash photography.

The 4 Day Portrait photography workshop from the Burwell School of Photography is the best course I have ever taken in portrait photography. I highly recommend it. Chris Stambaugh is an outstanding instructor. Classroom instruction was balanced with lots of hands-on practice. Since the groups are small, I received plenty of individual advice and had ample access to the models during our practice sessions. I am now very confident in taking any type of portraits, groups, children, or adults. Providence Centre is an excellent location as it has beautiful gardens with fountains, flowers, and trees to photograph in. – Irena V

Event Venue Date
4-Day Portrait Photography Workshop | July 29 - August 1, 2017 Providence Renewal Centre
  • July 29, 2017 9:00 am

Please read above and if the class you are interested in sold out, please click here to add your name to the wait list

Your Instructor for the 4-day Portrait Photography workshop

Chris Stambaugh - Photography Instructor BSOPYour instructor for the class will be Chris Stambaugh.

Chris is the former president of the Professional Photographer’s of Canada and has been a professional photographer for over two decades.

Chris holds the designations of “Master of Photographic Arts” and “Honorary Lifetime Member” by the PPOC and has won numerous awards for his work including being a finalist in the Alberta and Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Chris runs his own photography business Imagine That Photography where he specializes in portrait photography, commercial and school photos / graduation photography as well as teaching photography at NAIT and the U of A Faculty of Extension.

Along with this 4 day portrait photography workshop here at the Burwell School of Photography, Chris also teaches the Digital Camera Fundamentals class, the Photographic Composition class, the Posing Families and Children class and our Portrait Photography class.

I recommend this portrait photography workshop to anybody with basic knowledge of DSLR and computer based on the following (not necessarily in order of importance) eight points: 1. personality of the instructor – funny, respectful, easy going, unpretentious. 2. methodology of instruction – examples/counter-examples, theory/practice, immediate feedback. 3. unheard-of tricks of trade. 4. pointers to business of photography. 5. effective and flexible handling of student body (splitting into groups). 6. invitation to instructor’s own studio. 7. short, but interesting trips down the memory lane of portrait photography. 8. personal example of time management during a fast portrait shoot on location (Friday evening).-Josef V

The instructors enthusiasm about photography made for a great learning environment and was easier for him to share his knowledge – Blaine M

What You Will Learn

  • Camera Equipment for Portrait Photography
  • Studio Photography Equipment
  • Portrait Lighting Techniques
  • Classic Posing Techniques
  • Digital Darkroom Considerations


What to Expect

  • 1 Day of Portrait Photography instruction with demonstrations of posing and lighting
  • 2 Days of hands-on portrait photography with a minimum of four models
    • Maximum of four students per model
  • 1 Day of portrait image processing and critique
  • Hot lunch on all days
  • Certificate of completion
  • Small group size, limited to 12 participants

Equipment Required

  • DSLR camera
  • external flash (recommended)
  • A sturdy tripod

Class Location


  • $650 Canadian Dollars (plus tax).
    • Current currency exchange information between the Canadian dollar and your local currency is available here.

More Information

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For additional information about our Portrait Photography classes, please contact us at:
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Phone: 780-669-1261

Event Venue Date
4-Day Portrait Photography Workshop | July 29 - August 1, 2017 Providence Renewal Centre
  • July 29, 2017 9:00 am

Please read above and if the class you are interested in sold out, please click here to add your name to the wait list