Today I had the pleasure of participating in “The Art of Connecting Through Portraiture” workshop organized by PIKTO and led by internationally exhibited portrait photographer V. Tony Hauser. The workshop provided an excellent learning experience and was well worth attending. Although much of the learning came from the workshop leader, individual discussion with the twelve other participants and working with them on the exercises contributed to the learning experience.
The exercises involved taking portraits of individuals, couples and family groups where the participants had the opportunity to be both the subjects and the photographer. My apologies to my wife and two daughters, as I needed a new wife and adopted two daughters and a son to participate in the exercises.
Our homework for the workshop involved selecting some of our best portraits to share with the group. I was pleased I received the best feedback on Julie’s maternity shot and Julie’s backlit profile shot and a special thanks goes to Julie for making it possible for me to attend the workshop. I also received excellent feedback on Jody’s black and white portrait and one of her candle light portraits.
One of the purposes of this blog article is to enable sharing shots taken during the workshop among workshop participants. For example, I would like to see some of the pictures I was in. To facilitate that I created a Flickr (public, invitation only) group “PIKTO October 20 Portrait Workshop” ( http://www.flickr.com/groups/pikto_portrait_workshop/ ) This group can also be used to facilitate discussion among workshop participants. Please ask to join this group so you can upload your pictures to it and download the ones you want.
The photo shown below is a group shot of the workshop participants taken just outside the Toronto Distillery District.
Workshop participants, please acknowledge you have seen this article by commenting on it. I promoted the article on my Bill’s Photography Facebook page. Please visit it and like it if you have a spare moment.