On Location
Santa Fe

Editorial Portraits in Natural Light

with Celeste Sloman

July 10 – 14, 2023

  • Tuition $1,895.00
  • Model and Location Fee $450.00
  • Standard Deposit $400.00

Sorry, this workshop is full. Now accepting sign-ups for waitlist.

Course Description

Being a working portrait photographer today requires a strong vision, sense of self, and an ability to quickly react and adapt to your surroundings. Building and nurturing relationships and connections is equally vital. It is extremely important for photographers to develop trusting and empowering relationships, not only with those who we portray, but also with our assistants, editors, and clients.

In this five-day workshop in Santa Fe, photographer Celeste Sloman shares a variety of techniques and lessons she learned throughout her career as a commercial and editorial photographer. Celeste guides the participants through her process—from conceptualizing an idea to executing that idea in a photograph, and from building relationships with talent to finishing jobs—encouraging each participant to develop their own vision through the medium of portraiture.

During this engaging week we work together and focus on making portraits on location with natural light, using shapers and modifiers to achieve our lighting goals. We work with models on location, making considered decisions about the lighting, tone, and composition of our portraits. We treat our assignments as actual editorial assignments and work together through the entire process of a photoshoot from pre-production to post-production.

You leave Santa Fe with a new community of like-minded friends and a better understanding of your own practice after honing your skills and learning new techniques from Celeste and the group.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).


This workshop is for Advanced Amateur and Professional photographers with natural light portrait experience.

What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions. This workshop is not for beginning photographers; participants need to have portrait experience.

Portfolio Required:

Please see the Portfolio Section of Registration Information for guidelines on your submission of recent portraits pertinent to this class.


Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.

Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations, and daily beverage service.
© Marian Sell
Celeste Sloman

Celeste Sloman is an American photographer and director born and raised in New York City. After completing a degree in Art History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Celeste returned to New York to pursue photography. Celeste’s work has been published nationally and internationally in publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, Elle Magazine, and more. Celeste’s corporate clients include Universal Pictures, HBO, MasterClass, Foot Locker, L’Oreal, A&E Networks, Marriott International, Swatch, and more.

Instagram: @celestesloman

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