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Produced by: Hessler Creative & Urban Exodus

august 11 & 25, 2021

Mastering Spaces & Faces
Learn the art of capturing interior spaces and making captivating environmental portraits 



This is a two-day workshop - Day 1 is on Wednesday, August 11th and Day 2 is on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021. The instruction each day will run approximately 4 hours, with a 2-hour morning session beginning at 10:00am and an afternoon session starting at 1:30pm. Depending on lecture, discussion and critique times, each day will run approximately 3-5 hours.   



Is photography a great passion in your life but you don’t know how to push further, build a strong portfolio and establish a thriving career in this illusive and competitive industry? You won’t make it far in the creative world if you just wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. Taking your ideas and running with them is a key component of building and honing your photographic style, portfolio and client base.


In this technical and energetic course, celebrated editorial and commercial photographer Erin Little will share the technical and compositional basics of capturing spaces and faces for clients such as magazines, book publishers, interior designers, furniture makers, kitchen designers, and architects.


Students will learn how to create professional interior and environmental portraits using a variety of tools - including lenses, software, tethers, etc. Erin will discuss maximizing ambient light and also how to provide fill, and tools of the trade for reducing glare, reflections, and hot spots. The next step is composition; deciding on orientation of image and framing, what to include in your shot, and how to accurately capture light and colors. From there we will discuss styling, editing back your shot or adding more, and finding the perfect balance between reality and a publishable image and we simple editing techniques to perfect your final images using Lightroom and Photoshop.


Erin will also discuss how to create compelling environmental portraits. Environmental portraiture puts equal importance on the subject and the space the subject is in. We will explore how to connect with your subjects, selecting the appropriate space, lighting techniques, how to put your subject at ease to capture a more authentic and natural shot, posing suggestions, and framing.

In addition, Erin will go over all things necessary to building a successful business. These include topics such as creating a strong portfolio, your online presence, curating a successful Instagram account, designing and printing promos to send to prospective clients, collaborations to make your work stronger, how to reach out to editors, art directors, and more, establishing prices and working up estimates, and personal projects to round out your portfolio and gain attention from clients.

Get ready to learn a lot and jump start your professional photography career!

Wednesday, AUGUST 11, 2021

Morning Session - 10:00am - 12:30pm ET

• Meet & Greet/ Introductions

• Lecture - Mastering interior spaces


Afternoon Session - 1:30pm

• Lecture - Mastering environmental portraits


Students will be given an interior and environmental portrait assignment that can easily be completed at home using their own space (and themselves or someone else!). This assignment will be critiqued in the second session.


Wednesday, AUGUST 25, 2021

Morning Session - 10:00am - 12:30pm ET

• Group critique - Erin will lead a critique where students present their assignments


Afternoon Session - 1:30pm ET

• Lecture - Building a photography business




Skill level

This workshop is designed for photographers of all skill levels who are interested in pursuing or advancing their technical skills and/or their career in photography. Sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Once you have completed registration we will send you your Zoom login information for the course. You do not need to download Zoom to participate on a desktop or laptop computer. You do need to download the Zoom app if accessing from a phone or tablet.


There will be two days of instruction - with a morning and afternoon session. Each day will run roughly 3-5 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. The morning session will begin at 10am and the afternoon session will begin at 1:30pm.


A maximum of 15 students, and a minimum of 8* 


*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 7 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. 


$375*per person (+$15 processing fee)

*Erin Little is a professional photographer working in Portland, Maine. Interior photography is a highly competitive and saturated industry in Maine. In exchange for Erin sharing her extensive knowledge and tips to her students in this course, we request that former students abstain from poaching Erin's existing clientele. By registering, you are making an acknowledgement that you will not willingly or knowingly compete with Erin or reach out to her current client roster. 



Click the pink registration button to pay your tuition via credit card or Paypal. You will receive an email with your Zoom login several days before the workshop.

Erin Online Bio



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Erin Little is a sought-after interior and environmental portrait photographer who specializes in capturing the beauty in the ordinary. She works with numerous brands and businesses, including campaign work for Airbnb, Apple, Ace & Jig, Kohler, and Yakima.


Her editorial assignments have been published in print and online publications, including the New York Times, GQ, Dwell, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Food & Wine, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy and Domino Magazine. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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