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Storytelling through Portrait Photography: Shooting Better Portraits

Brian Kelly, Photographer and Director

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11 Videos (58m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction

    • Introduction: Gear

    • In Studio: A Detroit Project

    • In Studio: Backdrops & Wardrobe

    • In Studio: Lights

    • In Studio: Research & Setup

    • In Studio: Shooting

    • Finding Your Location

    • On Location: Outdoor

    • On Location: Indoor


About This Class

Tell a story about your community by capturing a portrait of a friend or family member. Demonstrate your understanding of subject, lighting and environment by telling a narrative through your portraits.

Stage the perfect portrait photoshoot with photographer Brian Kelly's fun, 50-minute guide. The class covers everything an aspiring photographer needs to know to take their portrait game to the next level, from location scouting to equipment to lighting. Whether you're shooting on location or in studio, Brian's essential tips will help you make your camera and gear work flawlessly, allowing you to focus on the creative image. By the end of this class, you'll capture captivating photos and achieve the portrait aesthetic that tells your story best. 

40 of 41 students recommendSee All

Awesome Class!
Excellent overview on how Brian approaches both studio and on location portrait commissions.
Brian Kelly is a very down to earth teacher who openly shares what works for him without hesitation. Really loved the class. I'm about to embark on my own series of portraits for a project I'm doing, and his lessons were very helpful to me.





Brian Kelly

Photographer and Director

Brian photographs people, places and architecture for a wide variety of advertising, corporate and editorial clients across the country.

Recent clients include Subaru, Kellogg's, Amway, Haworth, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Spectrum Health.

He is fortunate to operate two fantastic studios in both Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan and frequently travel on assignment in the U.S. and abroad.

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