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Thursday 25th January 2024 10:00-17:00 Panikos Photography, 66 Hillfield Park Winchmore Hill London N21 3QL

Burlesque Studio portrait photography masterclass with Panikos Hajistilly

Join us for a fully immersive Burlesque practical studio portrait training day in a small group of just 5 photographers with award winning MPA photographer Panikos in his home studio


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About this event

Join us for this dedicated Burlesque studio portrait experience day led and tutored by award winning photographer Panikos in his dedicated home studio. We will be using the Burlesque theme and have a professional model in full elaborate performance costume to evoke this wonderful style.

This portrait training day aims to push the boundaries of your photography and technique! The use of light is key to taking eye catching portraiture, and what better place to experiment in a small group in a dedicated studio with a professional Burlesque model and photographer present to have you coming home with some great styalised portraits.

Your course leader for the day is award winning photographer Panikos Hajistilly:

Panikos has won dozens of National Awards with his imagery, including the prestigious MPA Master Photographer of the Year in 2017/18 and MPA president from 2020-2021. He has a Fellowship with the MPA, a Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers and a Fellow with the SWPP and the BIPP. His work speaks for itself, in that you will always see "clean” images with great connection, expressions and a relaxed feel to the photos he creates. A lot of his time is now spent teaching his lighting styles to professional and amateur photographers alike. Panikos has his own home studio where he does most of his work using both natural and studio light – or a combination of the two. He also loves working on location, whether it’s in the great outdoors or in the city. Panikos has vast experience in photographing everything from maternity, newborns, babies and families, portraits as well as pets of all types.

Our model for the day will be professional Burlesque dancer Kate who will be modelling some of her eye catching glitzy costumes:

Course schedule:
On this day you will get 4 hours of shooting time with our model in a variety of different poses, outfits and lighting. We will then do 2 hours of image editing and finishing to make the most out of your images taken on the day. In the editing session you will learn how Panikos professionally finishes his images to give them the wow factor. You will then be able to print and take home an A4 print of one of your images from the day. Questions are welcome throughout the day and we hope to demystify flash photography and get you more confident with lighting your subjects.

The aim of this day is to bring your portrait photography to the next level, expanding your knowledge of flash and studio lighting as well as posing and balancing lighting, giving you the chance to try new things, all with your professional trainer on hand to offer advice and assistance. We just advise that you have knowledge of ISO, shutter speed and Aperture and have some experience using your camera on manual mode to get the most out of this day. All lighting will be provided.

What to expect:
A small group of just 5 photographers
A dedicated and fully equipped photography studio
A professional styalised model who will model in a few different outfits
A professional portrait photography trainer
The opportunity to take outstanding portrait imagery and learn new photography techniques
A relaxed training environment where participants are encouraged to ask questions and try new things
Professional image editing/finishing session at the end
Free tea, coffee and lunch
1x A4 portrait print from the day of one of your images

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Laptop/computer
  • Lenses
  • Notepad and pen


  • Intermediate
  • Knowledge of ISO Shutter Speed and Aperture


  • Low

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