FRIDAY 2nd February 2024

Join us for a unique Portrait Experience Session Day at the Doubletree Hilton in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday 2nd Feb 2024. We have three of our very best models for variety and excellence. Jack Cutler as Charlie Chaplin, Erica Mulkern as Ballet Dancer and Scarlett Luxe as the Hollywood Starlet will be on sets for you to take and make great portraiture.

Attendees will also have free entry to a range of scheduled, inspirational speakers…….details below.

Portrait Experience Session Day



This event is being held on Friday 2nd February 2024 and there are 3 slots to choose from.

9:30AM to 11:25AM
12:00PM to 13:55PM
14:30PM to 16:25PM

On each slot, you will work in a team of three to photograph each of the three featured models for approx 35 minutes on each of the three sets.


This event will take place at the Doubletree Hilton in Stoke-on-Trent

Postcode : ST1 5BQ

where we will be staging three sets for portraiture.


The event features three professional models and there are nine places for photographers on each of three sessions. One in the morning, one at lunchtime and one in the afternoon. Attendees will work in groups of three with each model in turn.


The price to attend this event per photographer is :


Guild of Photographers


All attendees will also gain free access to a range of inspirational speakers appearing at the same venue event.

10:00 .. Slavomir Kondratovic – How to use Backdrop Stacking, Colours & Light to Create Dynamic Images

Stacking backdrops can totally transform portrait shots. Simple colour choices and lighting techniques can add volumes to images. There will be plenty of practical, useful tips in this session, so whether you are a beginner or a professional, there will be some valuable nuggets for you to take away.

11:30 .. Gary Hill – Keep Creativity Alive

An inspiring talk dedicated to nurturing and sustaining your Creative Spirit in Photography. Discover how to embrace challenges, experiment fearlessly, and keep your artistic vision alive in the ever-evolving world of photography.

13:15 .. Chris Chambers – Shooting for the Edit – when In-Camera Perfection is Impossible

Weddings are fast-paced and involve juggling so many balls that even an octopus would struggle! Photographers swear by the mantra of getting it right in camera, but in this presentation, Chris will buck the trend and explain how perfection isn’t always immediately possible, and using real-world examples of straight-out-of-camera images and the finished photograph will demonstrate how shooting to edit should be a perfectly acceptable skill for all wedding photographers (and those who shoot other genres too). Expect lots of useful hints, tips and ideas to take away for your own photography and learn the difference between shooting editing and fixing errors in Photoshop.

14.30 .. Charlotte Bellamy – Intentional Camera Movement – so Much More than a Blurry Photo

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is a technique growing in popularity. A well-executed ICM image can bring emotion, feeling, and movement to a static image and become a piece of art – far more than a ‘blurry’ photo. Certain elements, if included in your images, will elevate them into a compelling one that can ‘stop people in their tracks’. Find out more about them in this session.

Register for a Place on the Portrait Experience Session Day

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Scarlett Luxe


Ever popular and with poise and grace to match her beauty, Scarlett is our Hollwood starlet for the day.

Image courtesy of Emma Finch

Jack Cutler as Charlie Chaplin


Go back in time and be mesmerised by the charismatic, funny and unerring character portrayal of Charlie Chaplin by Jack Cutler.

Image courtesy of Graham Currey

Erica Mulkern


Erica is a trained ballet dancer with exquisite posing and technique.

Image courtesy of Andrew Fairclough



This event is an opportunity for you as photographer to work closely with each model in turn. You will be working in a group of three photographers on sets with backdrops.


Lighting equipment will be provided on each set. The use of equipment is included within your admission price. On each set we will be designing a lighting setup to suit the model. Lights will either be continuous lights or studio/strobe lighting with triggers and modifiers for your use. If you require assistance using the lights provided then we will be on hand to provide expertise.


We want to keep you up to date with what we are planning and also to get your feedback and comments. Take a look at our blog posts.

What a Wigan Weekender That Was

What a Wigan Weekender That Was

Our Wigan Weekender was held at Leigh Spinners on 19th/20th October. We hosted 84 Photographers and 8 Models over the course of 4 sessions. We couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved. Read all about it here.

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