On Location

The Editorial Portrait

with Sebastian Kim

Course Description

Photographing portraits on assignment is an exciting endeavor that can lend itself to many challenges. A range of technical and interpersonal skills are necessary to transform an artistic vision into reality, and over the course of four days in May, Sebastian Kim imparts all the tools participants need to become versatile portrait photographers.

Sebastian shares his approach to communicating with portrait subjects, offering tips and techniques for building trust and creating a safe and enjoyable photographic experience. He also details the different lighting techniques he uses, both in the studio and in natural environments, to bring the inner life of a subject to the surface. He examines the dynamics of working with a publication, from pitching ideas to collaborating with a team of creative directors, stylists, hair, make up and prop stylists to bring the vision together. Sebastian also discusses the business side of being an editorial and advertising photographer and reviews some of the key factors to fostering relationships with magazines and clients.

Based in Brooklyn at Robert Clark’s Ten Ton Studio on Thursday and Friday and in Sebastian’s studio on Saturday and Sunday, this hands-on workshop offers daily assignments and critiques of the resulting images by Sebastian. His input and feedback lead to insights and growth for each workshop participant.

You finish our time together with the inspiration and concrete skills to further your career as an editorial portrait photographer. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with one of today’s leading portrait masters.

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).

Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Proficient in digital workflow and custom functions on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera, and a working knowledge of artificial lighting.

Portfolio Required:

Please see the Portfolio Section of Registration Information for guidelines on your submission of recent portraits, including examples that show your use of both natural and artificial lighting.

Package Price INFO:

$2,295 includes instruction, model fees, four group lunches, and a group dinner on Sunday evening. Does not include other meals, local transportation, or accommodations (if needed).

Pop-Ups, Portraiture, Studio & Commercial
Sebastian Kim

Sebastian Kim is an American fashion and portrait photographer based in Brooklyn. Born in Vietnam and raised in Iran, France, and Southern California, he began his career assisting Richard Avedon where he was introduced to portraiture and learned the significance of connecting with the subject to tell their unique story. Furthering his training, Sebastian assisted the renowned Steven Meisel before embarking on his own in 2007. Focusing on both fashion and portraiture, his work has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Vanity Fair, Interview, Time, The New York Times as well as advertising clients including Calvin Klein, Armani, Gap, Uniqlo, H&M, Michael Kors.

Instagram: @sebkimstudio

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