Portraiture and Wedding

Portraiture and Wedding

This program encourages students to dive into the ever-changing world of professional portrait and wedding photography. After developing a solid foundation in the technical aspects of portrait photography, students are encouraged to push the limits of their creativity and discover their unique personal style within the field. A strong emphasis on the creation of technically solid, dynamic images, professionalism and progressive business and marketing skills provides a comprehensive education for students seeking success in this exciting, consumer-driven field.

Portraiture and Wedding Courses

Portraiture I: Traditional Portrait Techniques | 5 units

Students in this course begin by mastering the base technical skills essential to every portrait and wedding photographer. Weekly lectures and demonstrations provide a thorough understanding of controlling light in the studio and on location, utilizing traditional lighting patterns and styles, posing and subject direction. Course assignments emphasize technical skill and aesthetic considerations. Regular discussion and analysis of contemporary portrait and wedding photography help students discover and understand the current styles and trends within the field.

Portraiture II: Contemporary Experiential Portraiture | 5 units

Throughout this course, students are exposed to a wide array of portrait subjects both within the studio and on location. From children and babies, families and groups to brides and couples, students explore these subjects and discover the challenges that each present. Course lectures and assignments emphasize developing an effective workflow during the shoot, efficient editing and image processing and working with professional print laboratories. Weekly critiques encourage students to hone their personal vision and further develop their unique style.

Portraiture III: Creating the Portrait and Wedding Portfolio | 5 units

The final course in this program is dedicated to the production of a dynamic, cohesive professional portfolio that enables students to enter the field of portrait and wedding photography upon graduating. Students are challenged to develop a creative body of work that showcases their signature style, which sets them apart from other professional photographers in the industry. Design and presentation options are addressed as students continue to evolve their portfolios throughout the term. Weekly discussions on self-promotion, pricing, contracts, working with clients and identifying and understanding different markets complete this program.

Faculty Spotlight

Ben Wight

Ben Wight is a Boston-based wedding and portrait photographer. The day after graduating from NESOP in 2007, he and a fellow graduate photographed their first wedding together; and thus Hitched Studios was started. He has spent the last ten years building his studio’s brand and bringing his unique style to weddings, working with clients locally, nationally and internationally. Committed to staying relevant in an ever-changing industry, Ben attends workshops around the country with some of the world’s top wedding and portrait photographers. After receiving his own accolades with PDN’s Top Knots award in 2010, he went on to receive Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston in 2011 and has received The Knot’s Best of Weddings five times. He has had photographs featured in magazines such as Boston Weddings, PDN, The Knot, Seacoast Bride, and Newport Weddings, to name a few. Outside of weddings, Ben works with a variety of clients ranging from local artists and small businesses, to larger companies like Gazelle and Converse. Inspired by the mentors and professionals from whom he learned, in 2012, he began teaching workshops at his studio in Somerville, MA. In 2017, he returned to NESOP to continue following his passion for education by sharing his real world experience with the next generation of professional photographers. To see Ben’s work, go to: www.HitchedStudios.com