Self-Portraiture Spring Intensive with Kate Inglis

May 13-15, 2016

Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada

This workshop, following on the fundamentals retreats of 2013, 2014, and 2015, will teach composition and photographic mechanics through one of the most rewarding lenses: self-portaiture.

This theatrical, fun, and emotive weekend will feature a short lecture component followed by a rich array of shooting assignments, all closely guided and coached. Participants will use their own past and present to inspire tableaus, working with light, setting, and styling to tell wordless stories—and to simply master a great shot. The intensive workshop day—Saturday—will feature intensive collaboration, shooting, journaling, plus the springtime energy of incredible and healthy food, enlivening guest speakers, and body-loving yoga.

  • Integrate technical understanding like never before by applying photographic theory to self-portraiture—a practice that requires but affords plenty of patience and rich rewards.
  • Surround yourself with women who share the same hesitations, insecurities, and moments of courage that you'll have as well. Together, we laugh and celebrate it all.
  • Apply theories of interaction, posing, and composition to the self, changing and caring for your own narrative.
  • Learn how to approach and master a self-portrait concept shoot, from location and positioning to styling.

Bring your SLR camera and its manual (if you have it) as well as any other photography equipment—tripod, remote, or additional lenses. External flashes not required. Prior to the workshop, have a basic knowledge of your camera's functions—don't feel like you have to study up, but the more aware you are of your camera's main controls, the better.

Since our focus this year will once again incorporate shooting, editing, and sharing, please bring download cables and/or laptops as well as a clean USB thumb drive.

the weekend workshop experience

Shed Workshops are a somewhat crowd-sourced teeny-tiny creative ashram—you'll be comfortable and well-fed, and you will spend your time learning, contemplating, and shooting intensively. The result will be a weekend that will make you feel more capable, more passionately engaged, and more instinctive with your camera in-hand.

Setting:  A few steps from the Atlantic ocean along the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Kate's wooden shed by a bubbling creek. Outside fires and good food and big pillows. Banjos and musical surprises. Peek at the inaugural Shed workshop of 2013, and at the Shed II workshop of 2014.

Travel:  The nearest airport is the Halifax International Airport, a one-hour drive away. Car rental is available. Almost all long-distance or travelling participants connect up to ride-share.

Accommodations:  We will accommodate everyone either on-site, or at a village estate nearby. We will get everyone sorted and comfortable and we'll probably eat too much.

Cost:  $325.00 includes one and a half days of instruction, two nights of accommodation, all meals, and real maple syrup.

Schedule:  Let's gather by the fire pit at 5 PM on Friday, May 13, 2016. We will spend all day Saturday shooting and learning, continuing on Sunday morning and wrapping up in the early afternoon.

Register here by February 15, 2016, or contact me with any questions. It's an intimate, highly hands-on, and super-dreamy weekend—to keep it this way, spaces are limited, with a cancellation policy and a waiting list. To guarantee your spot, register soon!

As a founding contributor to Shutter Sisters, Kate Inglis co-authored Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters Guide To Shooting From The Heart (2010). Her photography is featured throughout Cheryl Arkison's books A Month Of Sundays (2013) and You Inspire Me To Quilt (2015). For several years, when not writing YA novels and monster poetry for little witches and goblins, she has photographed families, portraits, and weddings, and has led photography workshops at Pen & Paper in Manzanita, Oregon; Serendipity and Squam-by-the-Sea retreats along the Outer Banks of North Carolina; for the Halifax-based Atlantic Photographic Education Group; and at her own seaside shed in Nova Scotia.