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Making consistently great portraits for magazines and clients takes “on demand” creativity, confidence in your techniques and strong communication skills. From initial client contact to developing a concept to essential production decisions, Jeff shares his technical skills and offers real-life advice about situations that can arise when photographing people, for people (aka clients).
During this five-day workshop in the beautiful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, you learn how to read and shape natural light, which is Jeff’s favorite to work with. Time is dedicated to reviewing how to interact not only with your clients but with your subject, be they a celebrity or a “real” person. Jeff leads us through the typical daylight studio shoot on our campus, and also takes us out on location three afternoons in and around San Manuel to perfect the use natural light modifiers. Daily assignments focus on creating beautiful photographs for magazine covers, editorial spreads and portrait stories. Jeff reviews the images created for these assignments the following day.
Time is devoted to discussing the emotional and political delicacies often required for this particular line of work. Jeff freely dispenses tips on “the rest of the job,” including scouting locations, collaborating with and directing a photographic team (assistants, hair and makeup, and digital techs), the process of self-promotion (directed toward magazine clients), and how to look for an agent.
Join Jeff and learn the skills needed to draw the best out of your subjects, keep your clients happy, and keep you employed – all against the stunning backdrop of one of the world great cities, San Miguel de Allende, in the central highlands of Mexico.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Please see the Portfolios section of General Information for guidelines on your submission of recent portraits.
Enrollment for this San Miguel workshop is limited to 12 participants. Visit the San Miguel General Information on our website for details on accommodations, meals, transportation, and more.
View updated Payment, Refund, Withdrawal, and Transfer Policies for this 2021 International Program.
For participants wanting to stay at Hotel Posada de la Aldea, double accommodations are $415 per person for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday, (for couples taking workshops and friends traveling together) or $830 per person, single accommodations for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday. Additional nights at the hotel can be arranged for participants; please discuss needs with the Administration Office in Santa Fe. If you DO NOT want Santa Fe Workshops to book accommodations at Hotel Posada de la Aldea for you, please use the "Comments or other information" field on the registration form to let us know.
$3,095 (USD) includes tuition, breakfast Thursday through Tuesday, lunch Thursday through Monday, final dinner on Monday, and model/location/materials fees if applicable to the class. Hotel accommodations are not included in the package price; see details above.
Jeff Lipsky is an editorial and advertising photographer based in Los Angeles. He has been photographing celebrities, athletes, models and people of interest since 2003, and his celebrity portraits and lifestyle images can be regularly seen in Vogue, Glamour, Outside, Women’s Heatlh, Men’s Health, and Vanity Fair. His advertising clients include Roxy, J Brand Jeans, Eddie Bauer, Warner Bros, Jim Beam, and HBO.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.