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

Laura Pineda

Laura earned her B.A. in Photography and Women’s Studies from Antioch College, before attending NESOP and graduating with honors in portraiture. Laura is the owner of Alternate Angles, a nationally known wedding and portrait business in Newport, RI. Alternate Angles has become a dominating force in the industry, with work and interviews appearing in numerous publications, including Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Southern New England Weddings, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Destination I Do, Photo District News, Wedding Bells, Elegant Wedding, The Knot, Gala Weddings, The Learning Channel‘s A Wedding Story, Newport Life, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, PDN, Studio Photography and Shutterbug. Winner of countless local and national photographic awards, Laura has become a sought after voice in the wedding industry and is a leader in the market. She is a member of several national wedding and portrait organizations, which keeps her abreast of ongoing change and growth in the industry. She remains true to her passion—documenting the wedding story and sharing her knowledge and expertise with students. To see Laura's work, go to: www.alternateangles.com