Portrait Photography Course (+ Child and Event Photography)

Portrait & People Photography Course

(Inc Child and Event Photography)

Next Available: Sat, 22 Jun 9:30AM (AEST)
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3 hours


Our Portrait Photography course is ideal for taking photos of children and those wanting to learn wedding photography.

The workshop also covers working with models (professional or amateur) to achieve the best portraits possible. 

The course covers-

Composition and Lens Choice

  • Choosing the right lens to flatter your subject.
  • Different portrait types and styles/Working with your Model. 

Outdoor Portraits

  • The best time of day for outdoor portraits
  • Making the right choice of background.
  • Softening the Sun/Using diffusers.
  • Using Flash outside to control the light.

Indoor Portraits  

  • Using available light, for example, window light.
  • Using and controlling artificial light
  • Using Flash for Portraits. 

Working with Children 

  • How to avoid the silly grins!
  • Keeping children happy during the shoot.
  • Planning a child photography session.

Photographing a Wedding 

  • Planning a wedding shot list.
  • The perils of wedding photography and how to overcome them!  
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What you will learn

  • How to really capture a Person in a Portrait
  • How to use light (natural and artificial) to enhance our subject
  • How to work with people to relax them to make the Portrait outstanding

What you will get

  • Class notes and ongoing support
  • Small class max 4 persons
  • Local venues with weekend classes available

What to bring

  • Camera, Cards,ntebook and pen and an eagerness to learn

What to wear


Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Alwyns Photo School

(66 Reviews)

Who am I

My name is Alwyn Hanson, I have been teaching photography for over 30 years in Melbourne. I have worked with and taught over 30,000 people including new users as well as training groups such as Victoria Police,  MFB and many Government Departments. 

I believe in teaching photography in a simple, logical way rather than boring lectures. My classes are short, practical and complete. Most are three hours long (My experience is longer classes don't always achieve good results)

I teach photography and software based on classes that have run with great success in my previous position as manager of Michaels Media School in the Melbourne CBD. 

I am passionate about teaching and want you to use YOUR camera to take great photos.

I can teach you in a class or if you prefer at your home, cafe or local park. 

You tell me what you want and I can make it happen.

Why Alwyns Photo School is different.

We believe in working WITH all the special features on the camera,NOT turning them all off and going manual. The camera companies have spent millions in development, so why reinvent the wheel. We can teach YOU how to take great photos on YOUR own digital camera.

Alwyns Photo School, making great photography easier.

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5.0 (4 reviews)
Zhengjunrated it
26 May 2024Portrait & People Photography Course
fantastic 3-hour spent with a knowledgeable teacher! Alwyn’s very patient, the class’ very well prepared and covered a lot! Full of practice and fun, the 3 hour class passed too quickly! Highly recommended!
Alwyns Photo School 27 May 2024

Hi Rachelle, Thanks for your kind review. The portrait class has always been one of my favourites, and I am glad you enjoyed it. See you in the next class

Chrisrated it
10 Dec 2023
A friendly and well delivered portrait photography class, with good professional insight and instruction. I took away many new thoughts to work with. Many thanks Alwyn!
Alwyns Photo School 10 Dec 2023

Hi Chris, Thank you for your very kind review. I hope we can catch up in a future class

Anandhirated it
06 Mar 2021
I am an amateur and throughly enjoyed the class. Lot of tips and easy to understand instructions. Thanks Alwyn.
Alwyns Photo School 07 Mar 2021

Hi Anandhi, Thank you so much for your kind review. I is always nice to see familiar faces at workshops, see you at the next photo event!

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Classes are based on a Maximum of Four Students, in the unlikely event that the minimum number of bookings is not reached we will organise either an alternative date, offer and alternative class option or offer a full refund.

Outdoor workshops and events are subject to Weather if bad Weather is forecast (Based on BOM forecasts 48 hours ahead) we will offer an alternative date, or an alternative class option or offer a full refund.

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