Storytelling Portraiture


Storytelling Portraiture


Class Description

Every person who poses for a portrait has a story from their life that can be told. When creating unique storytelling portraiture there are many different elements to consider in the photograph on top of how to communicate with your subject before taking the photo. Join internationally renowned photographer, Kelly Brown for a distinctive exploration on how she captures her subject’s individual story. Kelly will take students on an expressive journey and deep dive into her meaningful approach and methods to photographing five different stages of life from newborn to elderly.

Kelly will teach you:

  • The power of imagery to convey the message and story of your subject
  • Finding inspiration to create images that are truly unique pieces of art
  • Identify your vision and bring your subject’s story to life through the use of storyboards
  • Designing, creating props, and knowing which materials to use to set up a scene for your images
  • Use light to evoke emotion and create a mood
  • How to communicate a story through posing and directing
  • How to capture a double exposure portrait in camera

Also, Kelly will delve into the world of print competitions. You’ll learn how to decide which competitions to enter and why, the importance of watching live judging for yourself, the different terms and conditions for different competitions and what they mean.

This class will show you how to connect with your subject to build confidence and trust. Taking the time to listen to your subject’s story and to create a unique image that reflects who that person is takes time, patience, insight, and creativity. Kelly will share with you from her vast experience and knowledge how to push yourself to become more creative with your photography and share those unique images with your clients.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. The Power of Portrait Photography
  3. Introduction to Newborn Portrait
  4. Find Inspiration for Newborn Portrait
  5. Create The Scene for Newborn Portrait
  6. Prepare & Pose Newborn for Portrait
  7. Shoot: Techniques for Photographing Newborn
  8. Newborn Image Review
  9. Introduction & Find Inspiration For Child Portrait
  10. Create The Scene for Child Portrait
  11. Prepare Set for Child Portrait
  12. Shoot: Capture Child Portrait
  13. Image Review for Child Portrait
  14. Introduction & Inspiration For Teenager Portrait
  15. Create The Scene for Teenager Portrait
  16. Building Set for Teenager Portrait
  17. Shoot: Portrait with Teenager
  18. Shoot: Pose Teenager for Multiple Looks
  19. Image Review for Teenage Portrait
  20. Introduction & Inspiration For Adult Portrait
  21. Creating The Scene for Adult Portrait
  22. Lighting for Adult Portrait
  23. Tell Your Subject's Story
  24. Shoot: Lighting for Double Exposure
  25. Introduction to Senior Portrait
  26. Create Storyboard & The Scene For Senior Portrait
  27. Connect With Client to Create Portrait
  28. Shoot: Lighting for Senior Portrait
  29. Shoot: Be Creative on Set
  30. Image Review for Senior Portrait
  31. Portrait Shoots Recap
  32. Global Adjustments in Camera Raw®
  33. Editing In Photoshop® CC: New Born Portrait
  34. Editing In Photoshop® CC: Child Portrait
  35. Editing In Photoshop® CC: Adult Portrait
  36. Editing In Photoshop® CC: Teenager Portrait
  37. Editing In Photoshop® CC: Senior Portrait
  38. Introduction to Entering Print Competitions
  39. Process of Print Competitions
  40. What to Consider For Print Competitions
  41. What Judges Look For Overview
  42. Image Impact
  43. Creativity, Style & Composition in Images
  44. Entering Photography Competitions Q&A
  45. Image Lighting
  46. Image Color Balance
  47. Technical Excellence in Images
  48. Photographic Technique
  49. Storytelling & Subject Matter



Among a sea of wonderful teachers here at CL, Kelly is the cream of the crop. All of her classes are outstanding and this one is no exception. Amazing teacher. Amazing class. Amazing education. If you are hoping to stretch yourself to create deeper more meaningful stories in your images, or are feeling the pull of print competition but need some direction, this is definitely the class for you. Thank you Kelly!

Melissa Soto

Kelly Brown is a true inspiration. She has been my idol in this industry since I began. This class was amazing. I love how honest, authentic and genuine she was. But most importantly I loved her wise direction and teaching style. Kelly brown thank you for this gem. You helped light a fire in me. I’m so excited to start telling amazing stories with the skills I have learned from this class.

Marjorie Stevenson

Just loving this class! Kelly is one of my favorite instructors. She is very good at articulating her ideas and carrying them to an absolutely wonderful end product. Her images are always stunning. I love that she always puts safety first with her models. Thank you Kelly for sharing your creative visions with us.