The Professional Portraiture Weekend Workshop with Katie Huisman


portraiture workshop description

Photographer Katie Huisman introduces Professional Portraiture, a 2-day Intermediate/Advanced workshop. Building on the basics, Katie invites students (maximum 10 students) to move onto next level techniques with lighting and effective subject direction.

In addition to in-class lecture and demo(s), there will be TWO SHOOTING SESSIONS covering lighting styles in both studio & natural lighting situations. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph interesting subjects in a variety of creative situations with the intention to build a stronger portfolio.

This workshop is suited for students wanting to expand their style as a professional portrait photographer and gain a greater level of confidence both creatively and technically.

Working knowledge of your digital camera, manual exposure controls (Shutter Speed, Aperture, & ISO) and white balance settings will be necessary for students to successfully navigate the practical sections of this course. Students should have basic knowledge of image composition.



10:00am - 12:00pm : Introductions, Weekend Overview and Lecture discussing Portrait styles both technically and creatively
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directing / Posing Demo and Lighting Review - Katie will demonstrate her directing/posing techniques and explain the lighting concepts designed for the afternoon shooting sessions.
2-5pm - Creative Editorial portrait shoot with Business Professionals

10-1pm: Shoot 2 - Creative Headshot shoot with Models / Actors
2-5pm: Retouching Demo Critique and Review - Katie demonstrates her technique for retouching faces for magazine and advertising work followed by a critique and feedback session and weekend wrap up.

Katie Huisman:


Katie Huisman is a photographer, visual artist and educator in Vancouver, BC

Based on her experience in both contemporary art and commercial photography, She has created a series of Workshops and Lectures that she offers at photography festivals, photo clubs, public and private educational institutions in Vancouver.

Katie regularly shows her work in art galleries and artist run centres in Vancouver and curates photography exhibitions that facilitate socially conscious dialogue. She feels that it is important to communicate something viable in a photograph. She encourages this within her students by acknowledging photography as a universal medium that anybody can use to share their vision and perspective.

Commercially, Katie shoot's lifestyle advertising and editorial work for a broad Canadian and International Client base.

Click HERE to "meet" Katie

photo by Ali Matar





Strong Intermediate/ Advanced/ Professional Level.Working knowledge of your DSLR camera, manual exposure controls (Shutter Speed, Aperture, & ISO) and white balance settings will be necessary for students to successfully navigate the practical sections of this workshop. Students should have knowledge of image composition.


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses

We Provide:

All equipment and professional models when shooting in a professional studio setting as part of this course.


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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"Great Workshop - Loved the hands-on shooting time where we could apply our knowledge right away. Thanks for a great day."

"Thanks again for the course...tons of very useful info for a newbie like me. Well worth the time and money!!!"

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The Professional Portraiture Workshop is taught by the following instructor:

Katie Huisman

Please choose your workshop date from the registration table below.

Class Start Date: Time Early-Bird Discount Offer: Location Instructor Registration
SAT + SUN January 23 + 24, 2016 10AM - 5PM N/A Beaumont Studios Katie Huisman SOLD OUT!
SAT + SUN March 14 + 15, 2016 10AM - 5PM N/A Beaumont Studios Katie Huisman SOLD OUT!
SAT + SUN September 24 + 25, 2016 10AM - 5PM First 3 People SAVE $45 The Ironworks Studios
235 Alexander Street
Katie Huisman Click HERE to Register
7 Sessions TBA N/A TBA VPW Studios Katie Huisman

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