The Human Portrait Online Juried Exhibition DCP invites you to enter our juried competition, The Human Portrait, with photographs that illustrate the human connection. Cash prizes will be awarded and selections will be featured in a virtual exhibition on the DCP website. Submission deadline is November 29.

Intentionally Found Portraits

Learn how to get more depth, creativity and meaning in your environmental portraits.
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It takes connection. It takes confidence. It takes awareness of light. It takes vulnerability. It asks for total presence to the moment and anticipation of the next. It takes a little bit of luck, but mostly it demands complete awareness and sensitive people skills.

Creating a striking found portrait is not a happy accident.  It’s the result of careful and quick creative thinking. It can be frustrating, as many times the golden triangle of gesture, moment and light doesn’t line up.  It can also be one of the most fulfilling images a photographer can create – a genuine reflection of another person. There’s a beautiful choreography of interaction and collaboration that occurs only in found portraits, and many times these portraits tell you more about the photographer than the subject itself.

And here we get to the crux of the intentional portrait:  What are you trying to say by making this image?

Join Michael and Jennifer as they share tips, stories, and insights leading to more depth, creativity and meaning in your environmental portraits. The session will touch on gear considerations and the technical fundamentals needed to more actively use available light.  Techniques for approaching and interacting with new subjects will be explored. Jennifer and Michael will also talk about the “why” underneath these images; why we approach certain people versus others and what we are hoping to say about the world through images of others.

  • Cost per person is $40 early registration, $50 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Class starts promptly at 7:00pm CST and lasts no more than 1.5 hours.
  • Please plan to be on camera for the class. It let’s us all connect a little better and help keeps your instructor happy and sane!
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15.

We encourage you to enter DCP’s photo competition The Human Portrait. Click here for more information and details about submission. Instructor Jennifer Spelman will be the juror for this competition.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?

A: Like in the classroom, this online session is a demonstration class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Jennifer Spelman

Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a fluid traveler and is equally at home in rural villages and cosmopolitan cities.

A sensitive photographer of people, she strives to create images with energy and insight. Her clients have included Village Science, Seven Squared Media, The Heart Gallery, What Moves You, Sanjhi, and Sustainable Santa Fe. Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, Mexico, and Cuba. She is thrilled to lead passionate photographers on ridiculously fun adventures around the world with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

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Michael Amici

An award winning photojournalist from the Hearst Corporation and educator with the Santa Fe Photography workshops, Michael Amici calls San Miguel de Allende, Mexico his home. With 30 countries photographed and explored so far, and publications like the Smithsonian Magazine publishing his photos, Michael feels more like an anthropologist than a photographer. Using his camera as a tool to connect with others, his compassion radiates the essential element of communion, drawing a fine line between misery and respect. Here he finds light in darkness and brilliance in a world often shadowed by intolerance.

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