Intro To Portrait Photography

Start taking portraits you love in one day. Bring your best moments to life forever.

Join us inside the Live Wonderful Photo Studio and Classroom in downtown Orlando, Florida for an introduction to Beginner Portrait Photography.

Kickstart your creative portrait shooting skills when you begin to develop confidence behind the lens learning manual mode. Learn how to take creative control of the manual settings on your DSLR or Mirrorless camera to maximize your equipment for the best portraits possible. Next, see these tips and tricks in action as we bring beautiful portraits to life in a live demonstration.

Then, practice shooting as you learn the best portrait photography tips for lighting, posing and interacting with your subjects during your own live photoshoot demonstration.

 

Last, by not least, You’ll have the chance to try out all your new skills immediately as we partner up and practice capturing each other in a real portrait photography session.

Both Alicia and Danielle will be on hand to help with camera settings and techniques and to assist in a shooting workflow to make sure you maximize the photo potential of each demonstration area we set up in the classroom and out on location,

What You Will Learn

Creative Portraits
Get Off Auto!
  • Control the focal points on your camera and compose for creative portraits.
  • Learn how to analyze your foreground, mid-ground, and background of a shot.
  • Discover different types of light and which ones are best for portraits.
  • Learn how to combat challenging lighting conditions and still get a great shot.
  • Begin to understand posing, body positioning, and the best angles.
  • Practice directing your subjects and building confidence behind the lens all day!
  • The easiest 5-step recipe for taking great photos anytime in Manual mode.
  • Understand the buttons on YOUR camera and which ones to ignore.
  • The 3 MOST IMPORTANT Settings: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed.
  • Learn how to freeze and show movement in a scene.
  • Understand how to show Depth of Field and focus to create a story.
  • Know what settings are best to create a sharp focus on your portraits

Photo Field Guide

aka Cheat Sheet!

This pocket-size field guide is perfect for when you’re practicing on your own. Designed by a professional working photographer, it’s full of smart tips, simple visual diagrams, and all the setting on your camera.

"This is so much better than my camera manual. It stays in my camera bag and I pull it out any time I get stuck!"

Brianna Anders

Beginner DSLR Course Graduate

WHY LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH US?

  • Learn the fundamentals of macro photography
  • Begin to master Manual focus and creative compositions
  • 1-on-1 guidance with your camera
  • No confusing technical jargon
  • Patient professionals with 15+ years experience
  • Access to private Facebook group
  • No prior experience necessary. All ages are welcome.
  • New photo tours and workshops added each month!

We've helped thousands of people just like you

I am an entrepreneur trying to make things happen. My goal is to learn the art of photography, apply it to my business and my personal life. I have had the opportunity to take both her photography and lightroom classes. I am a complete beginner but I am so pleased with everything Danielle has shared with me. I have not become a photographer overnight but I have so much useful information and I do not feel lost. I have a place to start and more confidence. Danielle is also super patience with her students and I can not wait to take more classes!

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I am an entrepreneur trying to make things happen. My goal is to learn the art of photography, apply it to my business and my personal life. I have had the opportunity to take both her photography and lightroom classes. I am a complete beginner but I am so pleased with everything Danielle has shared with me. I have not become a photographer overnight but I have so much useful information and I do not feel lost. I have a place to start and more confidence. Danielle is also super patience with her students and I can not wait to take more classes!

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Rosangel Escoto

Beginner DSLR Class Grad

I am so happy I attended Danielle's photography class. The experience was like no other. She was clear, funny and talented. I learned many things I did not know before. I am excited to apply what I've learned. Thank you, Danielle!

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I am so happy I attended Danielle's photography class. The experience was like no other. She was clear, funny and talented. I learned many things I did not know before. I am excited to apply what I've learned. Thank you, Danielle!

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Pat Hut

Private Photography Lesson

I've had now two photography classes. Every time I leave with a new wealth of knowledge. There's so much to learn and Danielle has so much to share. I'm not a very creative person and Danielle shares how to look at things in a creative way. I'm excited about learning to look at things differently. We all can be artistic in our own way and it takes a great teacher to show us this. Highly recommend taking a class. You will learn so much! 100% worth it!

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I've had now two photography classes. Every time I leave with a new wealth of knowledge. There's so much to learn and Danielle has so much to share. I'm not a very creative person and Danielle shares how to look at things in a creative way. I'm excited about learning to look at things differently. We all can be artistic in our own way and it takes a great teacher to show us this. Highly recommend taking a class. You will learn so much! 100% worth it!

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Debra Sirois

Private Photography Lesson

Danielle is truly a talented teacher and photographer. I highly highly recommend taking any of Danielle’s courses if you want to become a better photographer or creative for yourself or a business. My mom and I took her DSLR beginner course and I’ve never actually absorbed so much useful information before. I’ve sat on YouTube trying to learn how to handle my DSLR before but it never clicked as it did during this course. I actually feel like a pro now or at least on my way to becoming one. I was surprised at how very little I knew before taking the class. I can’t wait to take her Lightroom course!

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Danielle is truly a talented teacher and photographer. I highly highly recommend taking any of Danielle’s courses if you want to become a better photographer or creative for yourself or a business. My mom and I took her DSLR beginner course and I’ve never actually absorbed so much useful information before. I’ve sat on YouTube trying to learn how to handle my DSLR before but it never clicked as it did during this course. I actually feel like a pro now or at least on my way to becoming one. I was surprised at how very little I knew before taking the class. I can’t wait to take her Lightroom course!

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Aspen Arias

Private Photography Lesson

Danielle has been so great to work with and I have been so impressed with how she was able to capture the vision of our company, Coble Construction, and our company culture. I highly recommend her for all your online marketing needs.

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Danielle has been so great to work with and I have been so impressed with how she was able to capture the vision of our company, Coble Construction, and our company culture. I highly recommend her for all your online marketing needs.

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Justin Coble

Brand Photography + Portraits

Danielle is a commensurate professional! She does an amazing job, and is worth every penny! Thanks for all your help in getting our real estate business up and running. We look forward to utilizing more of your services down the road!

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Danielle is a commensurate professional! She does an amazing job, and is worth every penny! Thanks for all your help in getting our real estate business up and running. We look forward to utilizing more of your services down the road!

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Steve Clayson

Brand Photography + Portraits

This class is worth every penny and then some. I cannot say enough positive things about Danielle and this class. I have had a digital SLR for several years and was resigned to being intimidated by it. Danielle explained the functions of the camera and its settings so well. For the first time, I FINALLY am getting what it means to take the camera off “auto” and why and how to do that. We then took what she taught us and practiced with it outside — the only way to see if I was “getting it”.

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This class is worth every penny and then some. I cannot say enough positive things about Danielle and this class. I have had a digital SLR for several years and was resigned to being intimidated by it. Danielle explained the functions of the camera and its settings so well. For the first time, I FINALLY am getting what it means to take the camera off “auto” and why and how to do that. We then took what she taught us and practiced with it outside — the only way to see if I was “getting it”.

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Christine Walton

Beginner DSLR Class Grad

I've taken multiple classes with Danielle. She's very in-depth and I learn so much more than I expected too each time. She provided great tips and explained the settings in a way that finally made sense to me. She really knows how to break down the science of photography. Danielle has a great, positive attitude, and her passion for photography is contagious!

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I've taken multiple classes with Danielle. She's very in-depth and I learn so much more than I expected too each time. She provided great tips and explained the settings in a way that finally made sense to me. She really knows how to break down the science of photography. Danielle has a great, positive attitude, and her passion for photography is contagious!

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★★★★★

Kelly Lamano

DSLR Photography + Lightroom Classes

I have worked with Danielle of Live Wonderful Photography for the past few photoshoots for my clothing brand, Deli Fresh Threads. Not only do I enjoy working with her; my models all love taking photos with her. She takes amazing photos of the models in my shirts. My models are everyday people and she makes them feel comfortable in front of the camera. We always have a fun photo shoot. Please feel free to contact me if you need a reference for her. I highly recommend her. You will love your photos.

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I have worked with Danielle of Live Wonderful Photography for the past few photoshoots for my clothing brand, Deli Fresh Threads. Not only do I enjoy working with her; my models all love taking photos with her. She takes amazing photos of the models in my shirts. My models are everyday people and she makes them feel comfortable in front of the camera. We always have a fun photo shoot. Please feel free to contact me if you need a reference for her. I highly recommend her. You will love your photos.

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★★★★★

Anthony Bencomo

Product + Brand Photography

I thoroughly enjoyed my photo shoot with Danielle who has the ability to bring out the best in her subjects, allowing them to relax and enjoy the process. And, of course, the results speak for themselves in that the photographs are exceptional.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my photo shoot with Danielle who has the ability to bring out the best in her subjects, allowing them to relax and enjoy the process. And, of course, the results speak for themselves in that the photographs are exceptional.

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Paul Runge

Headshot Portraits

Danielle was absolutely WONDERFUL! She was very personable, she remembered everybody’s names, she was great at finding a spot, she was aware of our comfort levels. She was intuitive and in-tune with the environment. It was a wonderful experience. Still well remembered with very fond memories 7 months later. I would HIGHLY recommend Danielle!!!

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Danielle was absolutely WONDERFUL! She was very personable, she remembered everybody’s names, she was great at finding a spot, she was aware of our comfort levels. She was intuitive and in-tune with the environment. It was a wonderful experience. Still well remembered with very fond memories 7 months later. I would HIGHLY recommend Danielle!!!

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Diane Rose

Family Portraits + Headshots

Working with Danielle has been an absolute pleasure. She truly has an eye for the shot and knows how to bring out the best of the scenario, or simply sit back and wait for the right moment. Her photography makes the ordinary extraordinary!

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Working with Danielle has been an absolute pleasure. She truly has an eye for the shot and knows how to bring out the best of the scenario, or simply sit back and wait for the right moment. Her photography makes the ordinary extraordinary!

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Rob Greenfield

Brand Photography + Portraits

Danielle was a wonderful teacher. She is patient and took time to explain things to me and gave me time to practice on my own. I look forward to taking another class with her sometime soon.

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Danielle was a wonderful teacher. She is patient and took time to explain things to me and gave me time to practice on my own. I look forward to taking another class with her sometime soon.

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★★★★★

Morgan Stoun

Beginner DSLR Graduate

Danielle is super easy to work with and really puts you at ease. I’m not a fan of being photographed, I always feel so awkward. Danielle made the whole process absolutely painless and my headshot was more than I could have hoped.

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Danielle is super easy to work with and really puts you at ease. I’m not a fan of being photographed, I always feel so awkward. Danielle made the whole process absolutely painless and my headshot was more than I could have hoped.

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Robin Butler

Headshot Portraits

Absolutely loved my headshot session with Danielle! She made me feel comfortable, knew exactly where/when to shoot to capture the feel I was looking for, and even gave me a few photo tips during the session! I met her through a photography class she hosted last summer. She is an AMAZING teacher. I learned so much in that class that I went out and bought a real DSLR camera afterward! I also took a private Skype photography lesson from her after I’d had a chance to practice with the camera for a bit and that was so helpful. I will definitely be taking more photography classes from her and hiring her for future photo sessions when I need an updated shot!

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Absolutely loved my headshot session with Danielle! She made me feel comfortable, knew exactly where/when to shoot to capture the feel I was looking for, and even gave me a few photo tips during the session! I met her through a photography class she hosted last summer. She is an AMAZING teacher. I learned so much in that class that I went out and bought a real DSLR camera afterward! I also took a private Skype photography lesson from her after I’d had a chance to practice with the camera for a bit and that was so helpful. I will definitely be taking more photography classes from her and hiring her for future photo sessions when I need an updated shot!

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★★★★★

Sophie Moss

Headshot Portraits + Photography Classes

This class taught me so much about my camera that I actually feel like I can now use it and create some great memories. Don’t be intimidated by your camera and miss all the great options available to take great pictures. Sign up for a class with Danielle, you’ll be in love with the prospect of being a much better picture taker when you leave. I can't wait to practice and go back for another lesson soon!

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This class taught me so much about my camera that I actually feel like I can now use it and create some great memories. Don’t be intimidated by your camera and miss all the great options available to take great pictures. Sign up for a class with Danielle, you’ll be in love with the prospect of being a much better picture taker when you leave. I can't wait to practice and go back for another lesson soon!

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★★★★★

Judy Boulet

Beginner DSLR Graduate

I learned more today than I could ever have imagined! I’m so amped to get started taking pictures of EVERYTHING in the manual setting no less!! Something that yesterday was overwhelming to even think about. Danielle is kind, patient and funny. I’ve been wanted to take a class for years and finally jumped in with my old Canon. The only thing I regret is not taking this class sooner!! Don't wait!

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I learned more today than I could ever have imagined! I’m so amped to get started taking pictures of EVERYTHING in the manual setting no less!! Something that yesterday was overwhelming to even think about. Danielle is kind, patient and funny. I’ve been wanted to take a class for years and finally jumped in with my old Canon. The only thing I regret is not taking this class sooner!! Don't wait!

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★★★★★

Brianna Anders

Beginner DSLR Graduate

Everything Danielle does, she does with her whole heart, a lot of talent, and thoughtfulness. She's done work for me since 2007 and I have never been disappointed. She is an asset to me and my business. Jennifer Little, Little’s Photography

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Everything Danielle does, she does with her whole heart, a lot of talent, and thoughtfulness. She's done work for me since 2007 and I have never been disappointed. She is an asset to me and my business. Jennifer Little, Little’s Photography

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★★★★★

Jennifer Little

Owner of Little's Photography

Who is this photo workshop for?

Anyone can join us for this fun photography workshop. All you need is your DSLR camera and your imagination! This workshop is great for those who want to practice working with people to shoot professional portraits in manual mode. If you've taken our Beginner DSLR Photography Class, you are ready for this! All experience levels are welcome to join. Start taking beautiful, naturally lit portraits in one day, and your favorite memories will last for lifetimes to come.

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Parents + Families
  • Anyone who loves capturing people!

Meet your photo teachers

Hi, We are Danielle and Alicia, your portrait photography guides!

With a combined 25 years of experience behind the lens, we’ve photographed families, children, weddings, events, landscapes, and sports all over the world. Now, we’re sharing our best-kept secrets with you. After years of shooting hundreds of thousands of portraits, we’ve cut out all the fluff, broken down the science, and made it easy for you to learn how to capture portraits in a fun and enjoyable way.

In a nutshell, we’ve compiled all the tips and tricks we wish we had learned when we first started shooting people and we can’t wait to share these secrets with you! Once you try just a few of our tricks, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you build confidence and start capturing your own unique portraits instantly!

Portrait Workshop details

Requirements

  • PreReq: Beginner DSLR Class
  • A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera and 1 Lens (rentals available above)
  • Portrait Lens recommended (50mm f/1.8 or 24-70 f/2.8)
  • Charged Battery and extras if you have them.
  • Memory Card with plenty of space
  • Additional Lenses (optional – to practice with)
  • Additional Equipment (optional – to ask questions)
  • Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen (optional for afternoon session)
  • Dress to Impress (optional – you may get a portrait of yourself)
  • Your Imagination (not optional!)

Location + Schedule

Location:

Live Wonderful Photo Studio + Dickson Azalea Park

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020

9:00 AM – Part I: Master Manual Mode + Basic Portrait Settings

12 pm – 1pm – Lunch & Lenses Q & A

1:00 PM – Part II: Posing/Shooting Practice At The Park + Live Model Demo 

* No Experience Required. All Ages 13+ are welcome to join.

** Ask about group discounts and past student deals

Portrait Photography

Early Bird: $250

  • Learn to capture creative portraits
  • Organize and edit your photos like a pro
  • Date: May 16, 2020
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • BONUS: Photo Field Guide

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