Photographing the Female Form
September 16-17, 2017

Photographing the Female Form
September 16-17, 2017

Photographing the Female Form in the Rhode Island Landscape

Lecture, shooting, post production, workflow, review and critique, 13 hours

  • Laurie Klein, Photographer, Educator, Author, Mentor
  • At PCPA Gallery, 118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Providence RI 02903
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17 2017
  • Class limited to 12 participants
  • Registration fee $580 per person (includes model fees)
  • PCPA members please email: for your additional discount before registering. More information about PCPA member discounts below

Rhode Island’s rich landscape coupled with the incredible fall light will be the perfect backdrop for Photographing the Female Form. Discussions and hands-on location guided shooting will include: selecting locations, lighting, composition, and working with models. Through, storytelling, posing techniques and roll playing we will combine the major elements of nature photography and portraiture to create incredible pieces of art. You will learn how to capture the relationship between nature and the human spirit in your photography.

We will begin by reviewing other photographer’s work, including landscape photographers and portrait photographers. Then we will travel to our location and photograph with our two models on both days. Bring your cameras, flash, reflectors (if you have one), thumb drive, laptop, enough batteries and memory. Bring 15 printed images 4×6 or larger, for critique, and a journal or notebook to take notes.

Workshop Agenda

September 16, Saturday morning

  • Meet Laurie. Introductions for all attendees
  • Presentation and critique
Viewing student portfolios, please bring 15 – 4×6 or larger photographs that represents the type of work you create. (please bring prints not files.)

September 16, Saturday afternoon

  • Photographing the Female Form in the landscape with Laurie and models
  • Bring your camera, flash or reflector and notebook

September 17, Sunday morning

  • Photographing the Female Form in the landscape with Laurie and models
  • Bring your camera, flash or reflector and notebook

September 17, Sunday afternoon

  • Student critique
  • Laurie works with each attendee to personalize future projects
  • We will finish with a Q&A session


  • Analyze the work of great nude photographers and discuss their imagery
  • Posing and composition – implied nudes, flattering poses, using body shape
  • Select locations, quality and quantity of light, and working with the environment
  • Experiment with delicate nuances of natural light and sculpting the figure in natural light
  • Learn how to collaborate with models to create a safe and professional creative environment
  • Choose the right equipment and lenses — choose between different lenses for depth of field, distance, and angle of view
  • Learn how to discuss your work through participation in critiques
  • Develop your artistic voice, make images that reflect your vision

What to Bring

  • Camera, extra batteries, battery charger, memory cards
  • A variety of lenses (50mm or 85mm or 135mm recommended — or 28-105mm & 70 – 200mm zooms)
  • Flash, reflectors (if you have one)
  • 15 printed images 4×6 or larger of your figure images for Laurie to critique
  • Your laptop or pad and processing software
  • Laptop, thumb drive
  • Poses and sample images you may wish to work from
  • Journal or notebook

PCPA Member Discounts

PCPA members can apply their discounts to this workshop

  • Individual members $50 discount (once per annual dues)
  • Exhibiting and Supporting members $150 discount (once per annual dues)
  • Or, Exhibiting and Supporting members 20% off per workshop (not restricted but cannot combine with $150 discount)

About Laurie Klein

Laurie is recognized worldwide for her infrared photography. Her work embodies a soft passionate style that most often depicts the human experience in nature. She began photographing Infrared film under the tutelage of Ansel Adams and she has never looked back. Laurie has been teaching for over 30 years and is currently an instructor at the Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Peters Valley, and the Texas School of Professional Photography. Her work has appeared in hundreds of publications and a life-long record of gallery exhibitions. See Laurie’s work at her website.

Laurie is both a successful photographer with a signature style, and a incredible photographic educator.Her life long commitment to the art of photography began 41 years ago in high school. “I didn’t really discover my passion, my passion discovered me.” Laurie said.Turning from just taking pretty pictures, Laurie sought to perfect her craft by attending the photography program at R.I.T. and then getting her M.F.A. from Ohio University. Later, Ansel Adams became one of her heroes and mentors. He taught her that discovering her own artistic voice was the gateway to becoming a fine artist. Her style is unique, combining a wonderful ability for composition and a sensitivity to her subjects that will carry her to the top of her field.

“I can’t teach the way she sees and feels!” – Ansel Adams.

For many years Laurie has been mentoring young people in order to give them the encouragement to follow their creative dreams. Laurie also authored Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, published by Amherst Media in 2014 and Hand Coloring Black & White Photography, published by Rockport 1999.


Who is the workshop designed for?

  • Photographers who want to gain a better skill set working with models
  • Photographers who want to gain an understanding of the relationship of the female form with natural elements
  • Photographers who are looking to develop their personal style shooting nudes in nature

Where do I park?

  • There are metered 2-hour spaces on the street around the PCPA gallery
  • Parking is enforced during the week and on Saturdays
  • To avoid parking tickets, we suggest you park in the lot on the corner of North Main and Elizabeth Streets, 2 blocks from the gallery
  • DO NOT leave valuables in your car!

Is lunch provided?

  • No, lunch is at your expense. We think it’s good to have a break outside the workshop. There are many excellent cafes and restaurants across the street or within two blocks with a wide range of cuisine and cost

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled Workshops

  • If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire tuition will be transferred to another workshop or you can have it refunded to you
  • For anyone traveling to workshops, we highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your expenses in case of cancellation

What does it take to cancel a workshop?

  • A lot. An act of God, really. If there’s rain in the forecast, snow in the forecast, thunderstorms in the forecast, we will typically still hold the workshop. This type of weather can make for some incredibly dramatic images and it’s not something we shy away from. In addition to that, we are cognizant of the fact that our students have purchase plane tickets, made hotel reservations, rented cars and even gear and canceling these things can be a big hassle (with or without travel insurance).
  • The only time we will ever cancel a workshop is if conditions are absolutely guaranteed to bring un-shootable and/or miserable conditions or some sort of (God forbid) family emergency that can’t be ignored. Again, if something like this happens we will work with you to move your registration to a later date or get you a full refund.

Personal Emergencies

  • If you have a personal emergency such as a death in the family, please contact us as soon as possible, we are willing to work with you to reschedule or refund your fee on a case-by-case basis.


  • Partnered workshops require a minimum number of participants. In the event we don’t sell out or reach our minimum we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In this case your registration will be transferred to another workshop or a refund will be given.

About Providence Center for Photographic Arts

Do you love photography? Are you looking for a way to connect with other photographers? Do you want to advance your skills? Exhibit your work? Get more involved in photo-based media? Become a member of PCPA!

PCPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, publications, education, and mutual support. We strive to advance our members’ careers, strengthen the appreciation of photo-based media, and foster dialogue around innovation in the arts.

Our talented member artists come from both the local Providence area and far beyond. PCPA is non-profit organization led by dedicated volunteers. We will run a full calendar of professional workshops, juried, group, and individual artist exhibits, member salons, and other activities throughout 2017. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

PCPA is located in the Russell House (built in 1772) in downtown Providence, around the corner from the Providence Art Club and across the street from Mill’s Tavern Restaurant at 118 North Main Street, 2nd floor. The gallery is open Fridays from 3:00 – 8:00pm and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and by appointment.

Please contact with any questions.