6th January, 2019

Urban Portraits in Bristol

TUES 22 Sep 2020 – Available

Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tutor: Damien Lovegrove
Genre: Street Portraits
Group size: 5 (max.)
Model on 22nd Sep: TBC
Location:  Meet @ Bristol Millennium Square
Price: £396 incl vat


On this Urban Portraits workshop you will expand your creative abilities, photographing portraits on the streets of Bristol. You’ll be shown how to find and use beautiful natural light. You will also be working with lightweight flash units to create the punchy pictures that Damien has become renowned for. All flash and lighting equipment will be provided so you just need to bring your camera, a couple of lenses and get inspired. Damien will be using one zoom lens and one prime lens. The zoom is the equivalent of a 17-35mm and the prime lens is the equivalent of a 56mm. If you have a monopod and are comfortable using it then feel free to bring one, however, we do not recommend bringing a tripod.

Morning and afternoon refreshments are included as well as a harbourside lunch so you can relax and reflect on the pictures you’ve taken to that point.

These pictures were all shot on Urban Portraits workshops in Bristol by me and show the kind of images you will be shooting alongside me. Don’t worry though because I will explain all the settings and the lighting setups in detail. I’ll look after you all the way and you will have the confidence to practice these techniques by yourself.


You will come away from this Urban Portraits workshop in Bristol feeling immensely inspired and motivated to get out and practice what you’ve learned. Damien’s passion and enthusiasm for photography are infectious, confidence-boosting and we’ll guarantee you’ll capture images you can be proud of.

Damien will impart his expert knowledge and experience as he guides you through the creative process. Whilst learning how best to interact with your subject, you’ll master how to use off-camera flash and naturally available light for dramatic effect.

You’ll pick up invaluable tips on exposure control and composition as well as how to orchestrate a photoshoot to get the best out of your subject. The workshop is limited to just 5 participants so that everyone has plenty of time and personal guidance from Damien.

You’ll be shooting around the waterfront areas of Bristol including the old railway sidings and dockyards. Expect a full training day with high-energy ‘let’s make it happen’ attitude as well as Damien’s usual bucketful of enthusiasm. We guarantee you’ll come away from this event with your mind buzzing and recharged with motivation.

Portraits taken by Damien Lovegrove on his wonderful Urban Portraits workshop in Bristol

Whatever the weather we will be creating magic together. I only run these workshops between May and the start of October to avoid the coldest months. I don’t mind a bit of rain but I do want our model to be warm.

What you can expect from me - your tutor

I devised this Urban Portraits workshop in Bristol many years ago because I thought it would go down well. Over 100 workshops later and it has become a worldwild classic. Clients have come on this workshop from all corners of the globe and I’ve ensured it has lived up to expectations. Your learning experience is paramount to me. I have an honest approach to sharing my knowledge and skills gleaned over 35 years. Be prepared to soak up invaluable tips and information because these skills will give you the confidence to take your photography to the next level.

I am kind, sharing and patient. I take care to communicate in a way that reaches every level. I won’t leave you struggling if you are lost in camera menus and I won’t ignore you if you are quietly getting great photographs. What I’ll do is to show you how to build rapport and communicate with our model to make structured poses look quite relaxed and natural. Nothing is left to chance. Everything has a purpose and I’ll share with you how I style each shot. I have an understanding of light that I’m well known for and I’ll teach you how I see the light. Once you know what to look for everything becomes easier. If we are using the flash we will be recreating a striking natural light look. This attention to detail will ensure you capture portfolio grade images from day one and feel empowered to capture fabulous photographs on your own after the workshop too.

My workshops are not just about learning, they are fun, creative adventures. I am supported by a great team back at the studio who manage the event planning and preparation. That leaves me to concentrate on delivering your learning experience.  You will leave this workshop a more confident photographer with images to be proud of and memories to last a lifetime.


Payment in full is required at the point of purchase. You can pay online via PayPal, debit/credit card or you can contact us to pay via bank transfer.


Should you cancel your place on this event for any reason, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you would like to cancel please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible.

As some costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many attendees there are, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights, etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstance.

The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event, we will, of course, make a full refund or credit to you. We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please, therefore, do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been removed! Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

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Do you have any questions? If so, please give us a call on : +44(0)1275 853204 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm UK time) or click on the blue link below.

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