Great Creative Portraiture

04/17/2021 – 04/26/2021
Each Sat, 10am – 12pm PST
Each Mon, 7:30pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description

This hands-on class explores the art of photographing people with instruction in camera technique, collaborating with your subject, and finding beautiful natural light anywhere. Learn creative tools to apply to your fine art and client-based portraiture, as well as your own personal work. Create great photos of your friends and family! Taught by a full-time editorial and fashion photographer.

This four-session course meets twice in person and twice online/Zoom. Basic knowledge of manual camera operation and a medium telephoto lens recommended. Masks required for the first and third sessions and social distancing practices observed.

Dates, Time and Location:

Saturday, April 17, 2021  10am-12pm PST – Meets in Field (per Instructor on- location directions)
Monday, April 19, 2021. 7:30pm-8:30pm PST (Virtual/Zoom)
Saturday, April 24, 2021  10am-12pm PST – Meets in Field (per Instructor on- location directions)
Monday, April 26, 2021    7:30pm-8:30pm PST (Virtual/Zoom)  


Spencer Brown
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Dates and Time

Apr 17 – Apr 26, 2021
Each Saturday, 10am-12pm, PST
Each Monday, 7:30pm-8:30pm, PST
4 Sessions in total

Class Platform

Virtual/Online (Zoom)
In Person (Meets in Field)

Class Number


Class Fee



Registration opens: Mar 1, 2021, 10 am PST
Last day for registration: Apr 10, 2021, 12:00 am PST

Instructor Bio – Spencer Brown

Spencer Aldworth Brown has photographed thousands of people. His assignments have ranged from rocket scientists to the founder of YouTube, doctors, lawyers, chefs, priests, jackalopes, partying flight attendants, politicians, and artists. He specializes in journalism, food photography, and environmental portrait where his subject is photographed on location with both natural and studio lighting.

His work has been published in: Time Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Business Week, Fast Company, Discovery Channel, Canadian Geographic, PBS NewsHour, Surfer’s Journal, Esquire, Newsweek, Forbes, Women’s Wear Daily, Rolling Stone

He was formerly the staff photographer at the San Francisco Business Times where his work was published in every issue between 2003 and 2014. He lives near the beach in The City with his wife and their dog ‘Rat-eatin’ Pete.

Photo by Dave Christensen