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Creating Portraits on Location with Kate Hailey

Creating Portraits on Location with Kate Hailey



May 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115 United States
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Learn to essential techniques to capture creative compelling portraits on location.

This 2-Part workshop blends an online lecture and location shoot, with a goal to provide a well rounded experience and leave attendees feeling more confident in finding and shaping light, posing a subject and more.

Attendees will learn to embrace and utilise available light, seeking out the best light for the person they are photographing. This could be bright sun, finding shade, or creating shade.

Through use of light we can create a mood, tell a story or highlight a face or form.  Using available light can bring us lots of options, but also has limitations.

  • What if you want diffused light on a cloudless day?
  • What if you want bright light on a cloudy day?

This is where learning to add light comes into play. We can create mood, tell a story and simply get more creative when we have more tools available to us!

In the Pacific Northwest we are faced with many an overcast day, if we learn to master available light, add light to available light, and shape that light, we can create a portraits that stand out.

We can always deliver for our clients.


MAY 8, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | LECTURE ONLY

This session will include an overview of using different types of light from available light to using small flash. I will also review a list of recommended gear for working on location. This session will be held via zoom and recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. There will be time for Q&A.

MAY 12, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | IN-PERSON WORKSHOP

During the in-person workshop, Kate will talk through camera and lighting settings, finding interesting locations, and working with talent. This includes:

  • Understanding the gear from lights to wireless remotes
  • Tips for working on location
  • How to add a natural-looking fill light by balancing ambient light and flash
  • How to add in light as available light dissipates
  • Understanding High-Speed Sync (HSS)

Attendees will leave this experience more confident in using off-camera flash and finding great compositions, and backgrounds

This will be a very small group workshop, with only 6 slots available.

There will be a model for attendees to work with and photograph.

Registered attendees will receive specific meeting location and details.

What to Bring to the Location Session

  • Camera with portrait lens (range 50 – 85 or 105 focal lengths)
  • Charged batteries
  • Your Creative Spirit, questions and ideas too!

This workshop is for those who:

  • Want to create better portraits
  • Are interested in taking their lighting skills to the next level
  • Understand working with a client, from posing, creating a story and more.
  • Already have a good understanding of ISO, Aputure, Shutter Speed and how to change these with ease on their camera.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Intermediate to Advanced

LIGHTING – Beginning to Intermediate

Attendees must have an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and how to navigate their camera menus. This session assumes some previous lighting experience.

Mirrorless camera owners must know how to manage flash settings, in their cameras, as well as disable live view and silent shutter modes.


Kate Hailey is a freelance photographer and photography educator based in the Pacific Northwest.

Kate leads workshops, photowalks, and photo tours, focusing on topics she holds dear, from lighting and portraiture, to travel and exploring creative techniques. This includes teaching workshops in collaboration with places like Glazer’s Camera, Photographic Center Northwest, Pro Photo Supply, Gulf Photo Plus, and beyond.

Kate is an ambassador for Lensbaby and a contributor to blogs of brands like Lensbaby and Exposure by Alien Skin, as well as SLR Lounge, Digital Photography School, FujiLove, Glazer’s Camera, and beyond.

If you follow her on Instagram, you will find a journal of stories, from client portraits and editorials to adventures around her city or abroad. Check out her most current work on Instagram: @katehailey or her website.


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This event has limited space, as a result, registration is required for each attendee. If you are on the waitlist for this event, you will receive a notification, via email, if a space becomes available for you.


In the event of a refund, Eventbrite Fees are not refundable. Eventbrite fees are only refunded if an event is cancelled.

Refunds are only available within 24 hours of a planned workshop.

Refunds are unavailable post event date.