The Portfolio Sprint:

Build a portfolio you are proud of by taking risks, experimenting and learning by doing


Tuition: $600 (+$25 model fee)


Practice different ways of seeing and challenge your approach to photography in this hands-on intensive workshop. Designed to be a practical workout for photographers who are looking to build a strong portfolio, expand a current project, or start a new body of work. These two days will focus on portfolio building and image making. Morlet encourages photographers of all levels to take risks, experiment, and bring new ideas to life.


At the core of this workshop is the idea of learning by doing. Both days will be shoot heavy. Students will work together and independently to achieve the best results in their work. The shoots will be paired with critiques and a comprehensive exploration of other established photographers' works. With her enthusiasm and passion for learning and photography, Morlet will help you expand your visual literacy. Bringing greater depth into your image making approach, breaking down what makes a successful images or series, and considering what might be applied within your own practices.


Students will learn the fundamentals of planning a photography shoot. Provided with a set of production constraints, they will be asked to develop their own ideas, with one-on-one support to find their personal approach to actualization. Working on location, and practicing directing models, you will gain confidence controlling your environment and embracing what can’t be controlled. Through this combination of exercises, lectures, fieldwork, and critiques, this hands-on workshop will leave you confident to shoot and continue to develop a portfolio and style you are proud of. 


Day 1

• Writing exercise: Establish your personal goals and get what you need out of the workshop

• Lecture on artists who have a distinct vision in their work

• Breaking down a successful image (light, color, composition, subject matter, meaning)

• Exploring the different between the single frame and a series

• How to find and hone your own visual style

• Shoot/Fieldwork: Working in teams with models and their fellow students, students will work through a list of images. This exercise is designed to challenge the way you would usually approach image making, providing an opportunity to explore, take risks and make mistakes. Students will need to work together and support each other to make the most of the resources.

• Location and model information will be provided for you to take into account when brainstorming ideas for Day 2's shoot


Day 2

• Critique: Students present their three strongest images from Saturday for constructive feedback

• Lecture: Introducing a comprehensive breakdown of the fundamentals of planning a photography shoot irrespective of budget or size (pdf will be shared with students for future reference)

• Production Exercise: Students will prepare a shot list and ideas for the day's fieldwork with Morlet's feedback

• Shoot/Fieldwork: Shooting on location with models  

• Post processing and editing best practices with one-on-one attention to help you cull your strongest images

• Critique 2: Students present images from morning shoot

• Discuss how to continue developing your personal style

• Determining your photographic ambitions and how they can be realized

1. Collaborative shoot with models - Group critique of final edited selects 
2. On-location shoot with models - Group critique of final selects


Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. If you have dietary restrictions or serious allergies, please email us in advance so that we can accommodate. We pride ourselves on offering healthy meals that use as many fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients as possible. Every effort will be made to ensure options are available to students with food limitations.


Accommodations are not included. We recommend booking a local Airbnb, hotel or motel in Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland. Here are links to a few local favorites in the Midcoast Area:

Lincolnville Motel (hip, laid-back, affordable, renovated vintage motor inn)

Drift Oceanside Inn (oceanfront cabins close to the Camden Hills State Park)

Whitehall Inn (boutique hotel within walking distance to downtown Camden)

250 Main (high-end boutique hotel in Rockland Arts District)

Camden Accommodations (vacation rentals in Midcoast area)

Airbnb (Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport and Rockland are all within a 25-minute drive)


Students should bring their camera, lenses, chargers, laptop with editing programs (adobe suite has trial periods, and is $10 a month on subscription), a thumb drive or external hard drive. Students should also bring five images that best represent their portfolio or current direction, and a small selection of images from artists they admire. These images will be shared with the group on Day 1. 

Skill level

This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels. Morlet will meet the needs of students on a student-to-student basis, with camera refreshers where needed. If you don't shoot manually or prefer to shoot with a point and shoot or camera phone you will still be able to participate and learn in this workshop. 


If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 30 days before the start of the workshop. We will refund your tuition, minus a $125 cancellation fee or you may transfer your full tuition amount to another Workshop at Howe Hill Farm within 18 months. Cancellations made after 30 days prior will result in forfeit of the full tuition amount. If you are traveling to attend a workshop we recommend insuring your trip with Travelex insurance so your trip and tuition can be covered in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances. We are monitoring Covid-19 closely and have updated our Terms and Conditions to address this virus directly. We will follow CDC guidelines and make the call 30 days prior to the workshop running. If it is deemed unsafe, we will provide full refunds to every student enrolled. Please read our full Terms & Conditions and Liability Waiver for more information.  


This class will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a 1-hour break for lunch.


A maximum of 12 students, and a minimum of 6* 


*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 30 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. We recommend waiting until you receive our confirmation email that minimum enrollment has been met to make your travel arrangements or investing in travel insurance to reimburse your expenses if the course is canceled. 


$600 (+$25 model fee)

*By registering, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions


Madeleine Morlet is a photographer from London. She studied Classics and English at King's College London. For almost a decade Morlet worked in video production for companies such as Ridley Scott Associates, Vice, i-D and Somesuch. Her photography is cinematic, dark and deeply romantic (Romantics are often failed classicists). Madeleine is the Features Editor for Teeth Magazine and teaches photography at Maine Media Workshops

Morlet's first solo exhibition, I Promise I'll Never Forget, debuted at Dowling Walsh Gallery in September of 2019. The series has been been awarded the 14th Pollux Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award, honorable mention for the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Lucie Foundation Photo Made Scholarship, Ellis-Beaugaurd Studio Residency, and Morlet has been shortlisted for the Lucie Scholarship Chroma X Luxe, Belfast Photo Festival and Felix Schoeller Photo Awards. She lives in Rockport, Maine with her husband and young child.