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Thursday 26th August 2021 Painshill Park, Cobham, KT11 1JE

Pre-Raphaelite inspired portrait experience & training day at Painshill Park

Amongst the beautiful grounds of Painshill park we will be creating dreamy and romantic portraiture inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painters


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About this event

Join us this summer for a unique photography experience and training day designed to have you creating stunning portraiture in a beautiful landscape garden. With 2 beautiful female themed models who will be modelling a variety of outfits and a professional portrait photographer on hand to guide and inspire you, this promises to be a great day of photography. The Pre-Raphaelite theme will allow us to create beautiful and poetic imagery that blends person and nature together in a celebration of life, colour and beauty. We aim to push the boundaries of your creativity, guiding you how to pose our models and use light and nature to create the perfect picture.

 The Pre-Raphaelites were a group of English painters, poets, and art critics, founded in 1848 by artists that included William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. They sought to return to an abundance of detail, paintings that were full of colour and nature, many inspired by mythology and romance. The result is a beautiful collection of art, many that are dreamy and mysterious and that have beautiful depictions of female beauty.

Painshill Park is an 18th century landscape garden that was created between 1738 and 1773, by the Hon. Charles Hamilton. Inspired by Renaissance art and his Grand Tours, Hamilton went on to create a sequence of breath-taking and surprising vistas at Painshill. The landscapes form living works of art into which Hamilton placed follies for dramatic effect. We will have use of the full park and grounds for photography and this day will run on one of their normal opening days where people can visit the gardens. Due to this event running on a weekday and the extremely large amount of space available there should be plenty of room for us to work around any visitors.

 What you get:

2 beautiful themed models with a variety of outfits

A professional portrait photographer to guide you

Use of a beautiful landscape garden

Use of our reflectors and LED lighting

About your Tutor

Your photography Tutor for the day will be Spence Frederick. Spence has over 15 years of experience working as a professional photographer. He studied both HND & BA in photography and during this time specialised in people & portraiture. Focusing on fashion and portraiture Spence developed a style that mixed informal, ethereal editorial portraiture with natural documentary. Spence then went on to set up his own studio in Hackney in 2008 and now covers a wide range of work from fashion to weddings.

One of our confirmed models for the day will be Charlie, pictured above. Our second female model will be confirmed soon.

 This event is open to a small group of photographers. The day will begin at 10:30 and finish up at 16:30.

This event will run entirley outside and there will be ample space for social distancing. Currently all of our events will run in line with our Covid-19 policy that follows government guidelines. You can find our Covid-19 policy information page here

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc


  • All levels welcome


  • Medium
  • There will be some up hill walking on this event
  • There will be a fair amount of walking on this event

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Wet weather gear

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