JULY 25-26


The Transformational Portrait:

Produce story-driven, dynamic images that maintain your signature style and create professional opportunities

Tuition: $600 (+$25 model fee)


Stay true to your identity across all aspects of your projects. These days photographers are asked to occupy multiple different roles and take on diverse assignments in order to maintain consistent work. Building and preserving a particular visual identity across multiple mediums is a must in order to create striking and memorable imagery that sets you apart.


As a photographer, Tutes has established himself through numerous forms: film and digital photography, videography, shoot-production, portraiture, and lifestyle imagery. What gives his work cohesion is his commitment to his own visual identity as a creator - incorporating elements of his individual style and life experiences while translating them to fit within the bounds of his commercial work and well-defined personal projects. 


In this course, you will be taught how to nurture relationships with subjects and clients for repeat work, while establishing clarity and vision in your imagery. Through lecture and daily shoots, you will learn how to work within dynamic settings, creating variation through scenes, props, and lighting to establish a singular style. This workshop is for photographers of all skill levels who wish to mobilize their creative impulses into concrete practices.


Each day, you will be asked to produce three separate environmental portraits with a critique at the end of the day. Each assignment will be directed by a specific element: a  mood board, treatment, or short description. The goal is to create dynamic portraits that each feel distinctive and evoke specific moods while maintaining  your personal vision and style. These are hard lines to walk, but with Tutes' expert guidance, these exercises will be incredibly helpful in exploring a personal analysis of what style, themes, and narratives are developing in your work, and how to harness them. You will  have the opportunity to experiment, create compelling work for your portfolio, and gain valuable insight and mentorship from a prolific career-photographer.


•How to quickly establish trust with your subjects in fast-paced professional settings

•How to build and maintain relationships with clients and establish repeat work

•How to use the tools you are given in order to execute a specific vision

•How to deliver dynamic work with a cohesive style

•How to market yourself through well-defined storytelling and imagery

Students will partner with one another and with models to shoot and deliver three separate environmental portrait sets each day. Edited final images will be reviewed in a group critique led by Tutes.    


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)


Please bring your camera, lenses, laptop computer with editing software, a thumb drive or external hard drive, and five images you've taken recently, or that others have taken, that you find inspiring and representative of your developing style.

Skill level

This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels who are wanting to build on, expand, or create a photography business. Students should know how to use the camera they bring with them and know how to pull the images they shoot into their editing software to deliver final images for critique. The best camera is the camera you have with you, you won't be held back if you have a point and shoot or iPhone.  


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. 



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




(JOSE Tutiven)

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Born in Ecuador and raised in NYC, Jose Tutiven "Tutes" is a Bronx based portrait and lifestyle photographer, videographer and producer. Known for his intimate, warm, and energetic captures, Tutes has mastered the art of quickly establishing trust with his subjects. That trust enables him create portrait and lifestyle imagery with a sense of familiarity and authenticity. The "perfect" image is not his goal but rather to create a memorable experience and pictures that feel personal and genuine.

An enthusiastic and energetic creative force, he has leveraged his portrait and personal work to build a thriving career in photography and videography. He has worked with numerous brands, agencies, prestige personalities and pioneered the use of digital content as a medium for creative expression in branding, marketing and documentation. His clients include Land Rover, Nissan, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Lexus, Coach, Beats, Nike and many others. In addition to his commercial work, Tutes continues working on personal projects, traveling and collaborating with people, brands and non-profits for greater causes.