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

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.


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


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.

elena givone

First time I choose Kelly Brown as instructor was here on Creative Live. She is very clear, organized and she loves to share her amazing creativity and knowledges about photography. All classes by Kelly Brown are priceless... This course was very interesting and as always was giving so much inspiration! Thank you again Kelly for being such an inspiring instructor for us!!! Hugs from Italy Elena Givone

Michael Akin

This class is amazing. It shows another side of Kelly that I didn't know about and should help anyone increase their creativity and learn how to create award winning images.