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Weekend Wanderings – Portrait Class

Emelia 4-1

I know this isn’t strictly something you expect for these weekends, but doing a photography class is something you can do everywhere on the weekends.  Yesterday I taught a class at Living & Learning Nillumbik in Eltham.  I have started teaching quite a few classes there, and if you would like to take a class that is taught by me, then check out the link.

Yesterday’s class was on portraiture.  We had the gorgeous Emelia come and be our model.  She was great and allowed us to boss her around and tell her where to stand and what to do, as you do.  I was not able to take images of her as I would have if she were modelling for me, but I managed to get some shots as well, so I thought I would show some today.

Emelia 1We tried many different things, and she was so patient,  The only time her smile left her face was when we asked her not to smile.  Look at those eyes, I did a little bit of stuff to them to make them stand out.

Emelia 2I was trying to show the class how to edit a photo quickly and what do you think happened?  My comment crashed.  Of course.  So if any of them look at this they can see how the image would have turned out.

Editing seems to be something more and more people are asking about and could be something that I might have to start incorporating into the end of my classes.  Though it will only work if my computer doesn’t crash.

Emelia 4

I think this was my favourite shot.  Though I realised after I finished it, there was something I forgot, so I added a texture.

Emelia 4-1I liked the image before, but I love this one even more.  I really like what I have done to these images.

Here is a gallery with all the images I did.

I was unsure about teaching a few months ago, but I am really starting to enjoy it.  I get so much support from the people at Living & Learning Nillumbik.  My next class in next month on the 25th of June, sports and event photography, should be fun too.  I need to plan my classes for next semester now.  We are also thinking about running some short courses, maybe some full day workshops, the ideas are endless.

So if you love photography, think about a course you can do, great way to meet like minded people.

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  1. These are wonderful images, great work you do.

    May 26, 2013
  2. Gorgeous indeed.

    May 26, 2013
  3. Beautiful photos. You’re very talented.

    May 26, 2013
  4. Beautiful portraits

    May 26, 2013
  5. I so wish I lived close so I could attend your classes! (Plus, I would love to see Australia! Beautiful images! What did you do to her eyes?

    May 26, 2013
    • Yes, seeing Australian would be good, it is a great place. It would be great if you come to one of my classes too. I just darkened them a little. Not much. Thanks Darla

      May 26, 2013
  6. She’s lovely!

    May 26, 2013
  7. Love the texture as it is one of my favorite effects that I first learned from one of my favorite photographers. That effect is so addicting that for some time a few years ago I kept adding textures to every photo that I took! Hehehehe!

    May 26, 2013
    • I think adding textures is pretty common when people start doing it. I tried it a couple times, but didn’t like it, but I am starting to see how I can and can’t use them. Glad you liked what I did, thanks

      May 26, 2013
      • Is that an effect in photoshop?

        May 27, 2013
      • No, you can pretty much add textures to anything if you can use layers, you can do it with GIMP and Photoshop Elements. I think Amazon UK have a special deal on at the moment for Photoshop Elements 11.

        May 28, 2013
      • Cool ta

        May 28, 2013
  8. LB #

    Incredible gallery! Too bad Virginia, USA is so far from Australia!

    May 26, 2013
  9. Those are excellent portraits. I can clearly see the advantage of texturing it is a very dramatic effect. BTW your beautiful subject has the most amazing eyes. :)

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you, the texturing did work well, I think, I might need to work on that idea more. She did have amazing eyes, beautiful colour and that beautiful skin.

      May 26, 2013
  10. Well done! I loved your creativity and process of editing. Keep it up!

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, it is developing well, I think.

      May 26, 2013
  11. magnifique cette serie de portrait

    May 26, 2013
  12. Beautiful work Leanne! And the young lady is absolutely gorgeous too. ;)

    May 26, 2013
    • She was a great model to photograph and I think she really enjoyed the attention. Thanks John. :)

      May 26, 2013
  13. Namaste,
    Those are some gorgeous portraits…Thanks for sharing…
    best wishes and regards,
    Manisha

    May 26, 2013
  14. You did justice to a beautiful girl Leanne.

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you, that is great to hear Carol. I am trying to do some new processing and trying to make them more than just portraits, these are very much like portraits, but the processing is something I want to do more of.

      May 26, 2013
      • I’ll be interested to see the results Leanne.

        May 26, 2013
      • I am looking forward to seeing what happens. My first client, so to speak is coming tomorrow afternoon.

        May 26, 2013
  15. These are lovely!

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you.

      May 26, 2013
      • You definitely had a connection with your model – as I can see clearly in her eyes. Beautiful shots!

        May 26, 2013
      • Thank you, someone just told me I didn’t, I thought I did, so it is good to hear that you think so too.

        May 26, 2013
  16. Great shots Leanne, and if I didn’t live a few thousand miles away I would definitely sign-up for a class 😊

    May 26, 2013
  17. Amazing to see what can be done with a portrait. I’m sure your vegetable photography (artichoke texture) course will be brilliant! :)

    May 26, 2013
    • Pst, the texture was a rock or stone, not sure what type, but I can see what you mean. Thank you, it is fun trying to do something that is a little different.

      May 26, 2013
      • Did you miss that I was actually punning on architecture?

        May 26, 2013
      • Yes probably, I am a bit flustered, actually not probably, it went right over my head.

        May 26, 2013
      • :)

        May 26, 2013
      • no I think it is :(

        May 26, 2013
  18. Beautyful shots with a nice model. My favorite is the first one. A smart low key with the center on the eyes. It looks some mysterios.

    May 26, 2013
    • Thanks, I think that one is going to be popular I put it on my facebook page and it was like by a few.

      May 26, 2013
  19. kilted1 #

    Nice work. My faves are the first two and the last. Beautiful model btw.

    May 26, 2013
    • She was great, and didn’t seem to mind us telling her what to do. Thank you,

      May 26, 2013
  20. Hello Leanne,
    I Iove the hooded image. I’ve never managed such a good portrait, so pretty impressive start for your new direction!
    BW
    Julian

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you Julian, I had so much fun doing it, it was just little annoying having to share her with my students, haha. Though I might be getting to photograph her again soon.

      May 26, 2013
  21. hi Lean
    where do you run your classes?

    May 26, 2013
    • I run the classes in Eltham, suburb of Melbourne at Living Learning Nillumbik, there is a link on the page.

      May 26, 2013
      • Thank you for that. I love photography and with my amateur skills, i like to capture nature mainly. I love to watch the process of change especially in Autumn as Hawkes’ Bay is so green and the towns are surrounded by orchards and farm animals not to mention streets lined with trees. Would love to have lessons except Melbourne is a bit far, thank you

        May 29, 2013
      • That has been a problem with a few people, too far away.

        May 29, 2013
      • still love your images

        May 31, 2013
      • That’s great to hear.

        May 31, 2013
      • did photography begin as an interest or you seeked training?

        May 31, 2013
  22. Ed #

    Nicely done

    May 26, 2013
  23. Absolutely stunning shots of a gorgeous model Leanne and I can see you thoroughly enjoyed it hon. Wow! Wish I could be at your classes. It looks like lots of fun. Thanks for sharing hon. :) *hugs*

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you, I did really enjoy them. I think I could fill a few classes with the blog. Thank you Sonel, I love the support. :) :)

      May 26, 2013
      • I am sure you could hon and it’s a very interesting and lovely learning experience. Thanks for sharing and you are very welcome hon. :) *hugs*

        May 26, 2013
      • Thanks

        May 26, 2013
      • :D

        May 26, 2013
  24. Wonderful…love the first shot – it’s like an actress’s head shot for an audition.

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you Marie, I love the intensity of the eyes, very cliche shot, but I don’t really care.

      May 26, 2013
      • These are great photo’s. I don’t normal do posed people. Always was scared to go there, but last summer I did shoot of my granddaughter. She had to have photos for a pageant she was entering. I was really please with how the turned out, but no where near this good :) Thanks for sharing. Maybe I will post the ones I did someday.

        May 26, 2013
      • Yes, maybe you could post them one day, but make sure you let me know when you do. Posing people can be awkward, we all find it hard to boss people around, which is what you have to do. It is one of the first things I do with my class when the model is there, I start to pose her, direct her how I want the images taken. It is probably the hardest thing to do. Thank you, good luck with doing it, and just experiment and do it. LOL :)

        May 27, 2013
      • Things are cliche for a reason…they work.

        Lovely pictures of a lovely lady…why did you have to make her sad in that one shot, you meanie!

        May 28, 2013
      • That is so true, and I don’t people care when they are cliched either.
        Thank you, she was gorgeous, but she isn’t sad, I just asked not to smile, I like photos of people not smiling, we don’t all smile all the time, and I think photos of people without expression makes the images more intense. That could just be me.

        May 28, 2013
      • Oh I know she isn’t really sad..but after all the pretty happy shots, the emotion pops out all the same.

        Although if it would get a better shot, I can just see some photographers poking at the model with pointed sticks or some such! Aht must be served!

        Don’t listen to that one fellow above, he’s just jealous.

        May 28, 2013
      • Nice surprise maybe.
        That is hysterical, poking models, could be interesting.
        I won’t listen, it was just so weird and so not what I was expecting. Thank you.

        May 28, 2013
  25. I really like the first picture. The framing and portion of her face are just right!

    May 26, 2013
    • Thank you, it is a great image, her eyes really capture you.

      May 27, 2013
  26. Reblogged this on Daylight Photography.

    May 26, 2013
  27. These are amazing photos! I wish I could make mine look as great as yours :)

    May 26, 2013
    • It is all experience, though having said I took some portraits recently and I hated working them and couldn’t make them look good, but I might have to go back and try again. Thank you.

      May 27, 2013
  28. You DID lose your temper, but she was WAY WAY off base. I look at those pictures and think WOW, especially that first one! That woman who didn’t think they had sour was/is crazy! Crazy! Nuts! Bonkers. She has no taste. That first picture, BTW, is one of most alluring portraits I’ve ever seen. It just sort of made me intake my breath. The combination of the color of her hair and the dark turquoise, and her eyes – gorgeous work!

    May 27, 2013
    • Oh yeah, I did. I couldn’t believe the comments, I can understand them saying they didn’t think that, or that was their opinion, but the way they were telling me what was wrong with them, and how they are somehow they know what everyone should think. It really gets me people like that, it is their opinion, and what they want is not necessarily what I am thinking or what I want.
      thank you Marsha, I remember taking that image, and I was so happy with it. I thought the scarf around her was a great idea, gives her face a different shape, and focus.

      May 27, 2013
  29. F. Meingast | Halldóra #

    So beautiful! I love when the photographer captures the expression of the model’s eyes… This is a powerful and quite personal thing ;) Congratulations on your work!

    May 27, 2013
    • Thank you,she had very stunning eyes, so big, so it was lovely. :)

      May 27, 2013
      • F. Meingast | Halldóra #

        You are welcome! ;)

        May 27, 2013
  30. That first shot is a real cracker!

    May 27, 2013
    • Thanks Noeline, it has certainly grabbed people’s attention.

      May 27, 2013
  31. The first photo set the tone for the rest. It reached out and grabbed my total attention. Beautiful photos, all.

    May 27, 2013
    • That is wonderful to hear, I’m so glad I put that image first. Thank you Robert.

      May 27, 2013
  32. Emelia 4 is my favorite, with 3 and 7 not far behind. She has gorgeous eyes.

    May 27, 2013
    • Thank you David, I have to agree, her eyes are gorgeous.

      May 27, 2013
  33. stunning experimentation!

    May 27, 2013
  34. Hey Leanne, in case you have not seen it, you might enjoy this video by Clay Enos. I use it as an intro in the portrait session of my classes:

    May 27, 2013
    • that is an interesting video, not quite what I want to do, but if you don’t mind, I am going to send it to someone I know who likes street photography and might really enjoy this. So thanks for the link.

      May 27, 2013
  35. Great shots, Leanne. Emelia’s lovely. Fantastic eyes, as you said.

    May 27, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, it was great photographing her. I am hoping to get another chance.

      May 27, 2013
  36. Fantastic shots, I especially like the image of Emilia wearing the scarf. Simple and striking.

    May 27, 2013
    • It is a cliche in some ways, but I think it is a great idea, and it really does make you concentrate on the eyes. Thanks.

      May 27, 2013
  37. I still like the first one the best. So effective

    May 27, 2013
    • Thank you Colline, I think it has been the most popular.

      May 27, 2013
  38. Beautiful

    May 27, 2013
  39. Well, I just LOVE the first one…. but I like the one you added texture too as well. Maybe it’s just the color in the first one, with her red hair and beautiful eyes. :D

    May 27, 2013
    • I think the intensity in the eyes is what is getting everyone, I do love the one you said also, but I do understand why people like the first. Thanks Keli.

      May 27, 2013
  40. leo brady #

    Lovely shots!

    May 27, 2013
  41. Beautiful work, Leanne.

    May 27, 2013
  42. beautiful shots Leanne…I don’t recall seeing portraits from you before? I think you must be a fabulous teacher…I say that because of how you write your posts! I would love to take one of your classes…but transportation would be a bit costly! :)

    May 27, 2013
    • Thank you Heather, I haven’t done a lot, I have always wanted to, but haven’t been able to find a style I like, but I am starting to work on some new stuff, and I think you will start seeing more. I just finished a session with a girl.
      I have been told I am a good teacher, so I hope so, it is hard to tell yourself. It would be great if you could take one, but yes, the transportation costs would be horrendous. Nice idea though.

      May 27, 2013
  43. Beautiful photos. How do you add the texture?

    May 27, 2013
    • Thank you, the texture was added blending the layers together.

      May 27, 2013
  44. Im not interested in the sports photography course but I’d love to know about other topics you’ll focus on! Very interested!

    May 27, 2013
    • Next semester I am running a whole new set of classes, well the same as this semester, so intro to your DSLR, Landscape Photography, Architectural Photography, Portrait Photography, they will all run again. I think in term 4 we might try offerring them altogether in a short course, not sure yet, but hopefully it will cover the computer as well. Would be great if you could come to some.

      May 28, 2013
      • Thanks ill look into it

        May 28, 2013
      • They are always on Saturday’s, I know that works well with you.
        Be great if you could join one.

        May 28, 2013
      • Even better!

        May 28, 2013
      • I thought you would like that.

        May 28, 2013
  45. Beautiful portraits yet the first one I simple love, it has something that is hard to describe about it, not only the model but the image in its whole.

    May 27, 2013
    • That first image has been nearly everyone’s favourite, perhaps I should have sent that one to her. It is quite mesmerizing.

      May 28, 2013
  46. I like the first photo the most but they are all dramatic. What a beautiful model.

    May 28, 2013
    • Thanks Nia, she was beautiful and was a great model. Most of the images are a bit too posed for me, I like different sorts of poses, but it was a class, and we had to do that. I am hoping she will model again for me soon. I might take her into the park and make a flower child or something. Will see. the first one has been nearly everyone’s favourite, well, except the person who said I had no connection with her and that the images had no soul, can’t please everyone.

      May 28, 2013
  47. Absolutely stunning portrait photography Leanne! Are you in this business? If not you should be :)

    May 28, 2013
    • Thank you, I’m not in the business, but hope to be about to, did that make sense. I want to start a portrait business, that is the new venture for me. I took some more photos of another girl yesterday, I put one up on my facebook page and will put some more up here later. Another gorgeous girl.

      May 28, 2013
  48. wonderful images!

    May 28, 2013
  49. Top Class job here, Leanne – my favorite is the one with the red blouse.
    All of them are fantastic!!! What a beautiful young woman – and you really have the talent for this … I would trust you with my portrait.

    May 28, 2013
    • Thank you Viveka, I’ve done portraits before, but I found it hard, though I am really looking forward to a new venture now.

      May 28, 2013
  50. Marvelous portraits, Leanne…especially the ‘textured’ one, which looks very da Vinci-esque (think “Mona Lisa”) in its coloring and composition! She seems to have been a wonderful model…but I see a lot of mischief in those telling eyes!

    May 29, 2013
    • That’s it, I knew the textured image reminded me of something. She was a fantastic model and so easy to use, nothing was too hard for her, it was great. I don’t know about mischief, but for the first time of me running a class with a model she was fantastic.

      May 29, 2013
  51. I agree, number one is great, but I think my favourite is actually number seven. And then probably tree, six, and one all tie for second favourite. They are all great though.

    I would love to be able to go to one of your classes, (or all of them…) but I don’t think that’s possible right now. Have you considered maybe doing an online version, or just video taping your classes, so those of use who live in different countries could watch them?

    May 29, 2013
    • I think 1 and 7 have been the most popular. It is always interesting to hear what people like. Thank you.
      I tried offering some on line classes a while back but no one seemed interested, unfortunately. I don’t think I would be allowed to video tape my classes, I’m not sure what I could do. I have considered selling my notes that I give the students, but I am not sure people would be interested in those either.

      May 29, 2013
      • I actually saw that you had a link, but forgot. I would love to have taken some of your classes, (there’s only so much you can learn from a book!) but since I am under eighteen I can’t pay for it, and I figured that you would get upset if I took your class but didn’t pay for it.

        May 29, 2013
      • Yes, sometimes you just need to see it, you should check out CreativeLIVE, they show workshops for free, but you don’t have any control over then they are on. Might be a good option for you.

        May 29, 2013
      • I looked at that when you mentioned it in your post a little while ago. I need to keep checking it to see if they put more photography ones on there.

        May 29, 2013
      • They do a lot of photography ones, it is about working out exactly which ones you want to watch and which ones are for you. There is a calendar there, you can enroll in ones you are interested in, doesn’t cost you anything, but then they send an email to let you know it is about to start. Pretty good, I’ve learned so much.

        May 29, 2013
      • Or maybe I won’t use CreativeLIVE. It turns out that you have to be eighteen to use it too. :( Oh well. There’s only a couple more years.

        May 29, 2013
      • Why do you have to be 18? That seems very odd, what even to just watch it without being registered. How would they know?

        May 29, 2013
      • I don’t know why, but that is what the terms of service say. And they probably wouldn’t ever know, but by using it you agree to abide by their rules, which say you have to be a legal adult. (Which is 18 where I live.)

        May 30, 2013
      • I don’t know why either, it is very strange. I’m not going to tell you to just watch it that would be wrong, but you have to do what you think best. Do you watch things on tv that are meant for adults. I would recommend you ask your parents and seek their advice. I know if my daughter came to me I would probably say that it wasn’t a problem, but that is me and my daughter. I think they have this rule because sometimes photographers show images of naked people, not much, I think I have seen one photo. Silly really.

        May 30, 2013
      • I don’t want to agree to not do something with the intent of doing it, even if my parents were fine with me using it. I’ll just keep watching the blogs of photographers (like this one!) and pick up the tips that they leave until I am eighteen, and then I’ll look at CreativeLIVE again. :)

        (And, no, I don’t watch things on TV that are meant for adults. The only thing I watch on TV is a little bit on news/weather every now and then. :) )

        May 30, 2013
  52. Really love what you did with these shots! She’s a beautiful girl, but you really did a great job softening her face! I’m so clueless when it comes to portraits and how to make people look better… lol! I think I will look into portrait classes

    May 29, 2013
    • I think photographing people can be the hardest thing to do. I used to love it, but I really didn’t like the look at the camera and smile, be happy, it isn’t what we all want. So I am finding young girls are more willing to have their portrait taken, if you aren’t looking for that. I still think the photos are beautiful, but not in the conventional way. Thanks Amanda, hope you find a class.

      May 29, 2013
  53. Love the first portrait….

    May 29, 2013
  54. I can see why this young lady was pleased with these Leanne . In a way I keep expecting her to move or blink as I look at each image . I would say however you asked her to pose … that she totally got it right . To both your benefits.
    A pity I wasn’t here earlier in the comments …. I might have had to be very unpoppytump like in a retort ;-)

    May 30, 2013
    • Thanks Poppytump, yes, as I was teaching a class on how to photograph people, I had to get her to pose, and then they all had a go at it. Quite a fun session. I think the portrait classes are the best fun. She was also a fantastic model. I love photographing her.
      Haha, the earlier comments, I know which ones you are talking about, the ones where I lost my temper, which was very bad of me really. ;)

      May 31, 2013
  55. No worries about you losing your temper … :-)
    … and did you ‘hear ‘ me say it right on here with the correct Aussie accent Lol

    May 31, 2013
    • I missed that, but yes, you said it right, or the other one that lots of people say is “notta problem”. You did good. :)

      May 31, 2013
  56. Beautiful portraits and I love the way you have enhanced them.

    June 1, 2013
    • Thanks Chris, I have been learning some new stuff, it is a lot of fun.

      June 1, 2013
  57. Nativegrl77 #

    So, think of me …point click and get your next camera bag …

    June 1, 2013
  58. Love the contrasting backgrounds, it influences the mood of the subject and the art piece in itself. Very interesting.

    June 4, 2013
    • Thanks Jessica, it was quite an interesting thing to do, glad you found it interesting.

      June 4, 2013
  59. marupru #

    Reblogged this on Fashionable Dresses For Lady and commented:
    What a photography. I like photo photography.

    http://fashiongirlsblogdotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com

    June 5, 2013
  60. These are beautiful pictures, you are so talented and it comes through in your work. :) I hope to be just as good someday. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    June 8, 2013
    • What a lovely thing to say thank you, and there is no reason why you can’t be as good as you want to, persistence, maybe a little obsession, okay a lot of the last one, that is what my husband would say. You are very welcome and thanks for coming by mine as well.

      June 8, 2013
  61. oceanshoresonline #

    Reblogged this on Ocean Shores Online.

    June 21, 2013

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