Smartphone photography portrait workshop: how to capture your friends and family

Evening class

Woman in darkened room lit only by a flash having her photograph taken on a mobile phone.
© David Parry 2023

12 January 2024, 18.00-20.00

The Law Photography Studio

£70 (£56 Members / concessions)

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Many of us have hundreds of photographs of our friends and family on our smartphones, but have you ever wanted to learn how to capture your nearest and dearest as a photographer would, considering lighting, props, and backdrops?

Inspired by the themes of friends and family, explored in the many works that feature as part of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize, learn from professional photographer, Marysa Dowling, in this two-hour workshop specially designed to uncover the secrets that will help you take better portraits on your smartphone. The evening workshop will also take inspiration from the Prize’s in Focus Photographer, Hassan Hajjaj, and his use of props to bring out a personal link to the sitter.

The Gallery provides all backdrops and lighting, but we encourage you to bring in your own props and objects to be photographed with. A maximum of two objects per person is encouraged. Attendees must bring their own smartphone. 

Maximum 25 attendees. Please note young people are welcome to attend this workshop but you must be aged 16+ and have parental consent to attend.

Workshop tickets do not include entry into the exhibition.

Headshot of Marysa Dowling

Marysa Dowling is a British photographic artist whose practice is centred on human behaviour and relationships. She is passionate about collaborative experiences which explore communication, develop conversations and encourage exchange. She aims to build networks across communities and cultures to cultivate similar themes in various locations. Dowling’s work is primarily created through social interaction and co-creation.

Dowling has worked extensively with regional and global organisations on funded projects, commissions, exhibitions and residences in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, India and Lebanon, including Belfast Exposed, Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Courtauld Gallery. Dowling has 5 portraits held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.