Intro to Portraiture


NEW 4-week class

In a world where selfies and smartphone photos are the norm, what does it really take to capture a beautiful portrait?

Make the leap from photographing still life to people!
Kim Rensburg will take you through the basics of taking portraits in both natural and studio lighting and providing a strong guidance about posing for authentic imagery.

COVID-19 Guarantee: If you register for the In-Studio Class and the class does not occur due to COVID-19 Metrics and/or Tier Mitigations, you may choose to transfer your registration to the next In-Studio Session or transfer to the Online Option (if available).  If there is a price difference between the two, you will be refunded the difference.

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February 3rd, 7:00 PM (Wednesday) IN-STUDIO

Course Outline

In a world where selfies and smartphone photos are the norm, what does it really take to capture a beautiful portrait? 

In this 4-week introductory class we will cover the basics of portraiture, helping get you to a place of comfort when working with human subjects in a variety of lighting conditions. We will spend time discussing both natural and studio lighting, providing you with a background in both portraiture settings. We will also cover topics that include posing basics, how to interact with your subject while shooting, suggested gear for portraiture, and additional Lightroom adjustments to make your photos pop. 

Whether you are an aspiring portrait photographer or hoping to take better shots of your family and friends during the holiday season, this introductory class is for you!

Topics covered

  • Creating a portrait
  • Harnessing light – natural & studio
  • Posing fundamentals 
  • Capturing emotion
  • Basic editing and image delivery


Photo I & Photo II



Kim is a lifestyle photographer specializing in portrait, editorial and branding photography. As an alumna of Loyola University Chicago, the city became her adopted home; and throughout her career, Kim combines ten years spent in marketing and selling for Chicago startups with her passion for photography to make clients look their best.


I really enjoyed all the sessions. I loved practicing studio lighting and talking about poses. I also enjoyed hearing how Kim created her business and best practices.”

As an intro class, I think it covered a variety of topics and I look forward to diving deeper into all of them.”


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