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Guided Photoshoot: Photographing People in a Landscape


In the beautiful spring light on Westerbeke Ranch we will discuss and select locations based on lighting, composition, scenic content, and the relationship between the landscape and our subjects. We will play with LensBaby lenses to expand our experience. Laurie will teach you the art of photographing nature she learned from Ansel Adams, how to pose people in that landscape and how to work with models. You will also get hands on time with special lenses and take your turn directing the model and story. You will leave with a better understanding of how to combine the beauty of the natural world and your human subjects so that each enhances the other. 

  • You will learn how to capture the relationship between nature and the human spirit in your photography. How use of specialized equipment (Lensbaby lenses and Infrared cameras) can heighten the look of your images.

  • Hands-on work will include on-location photographing and working with human subjects (other campers) in a landscape photograph. You may choose to play with available specialized equipment - or shoot with your favorite camera as is.

  • Bring to class your camera, thumb drive, and notebook.


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Laurie is recognized worldwide for her arresting infrared photography. Her work embodies a soft passionate style that very often depicts the feminine experience, relationships and natural landscapes. She was a protégé of the iconic photographer Ansel Adams. She teaches her craft and mentors students of all ages including fine art students and professional photographers throughout the world. Her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and she is the published author of three critically acclaimed books. Laurie is also an accomplished motivational speaker and spiritual guide who conducts workshops for women in transition.

She received her M.F.A. from Ohio University and her B.F.A. from R.I.T.