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environmental portraiture

Get ready for an exciting day of learning and hands-on shooting. You will learn how to shoot with existing lighting and a one light setup as we explore the city. Accompanied by a model, and with the guidance of a professional photographer, you will learn how to shoot environmental portraiture.

The second half of the day you’ll learn how to edit like a Pro! You will be guided step by step through a workflow and learn tips, tricks, and techniques to enhance and create images that will WOW, using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

So, gather your gear and get ready! You will surely go home inspired with new skills, techniques, and amazing images.

Why Attend?

Let’s break it down – not mentioning the amazing landscape opportunities…

Learn with a pro

Expert instruction out in the field with a working photographer.

Post-processing help

Learn techniques to process your landscape imagery using Lightroom and Photoshop.


You will be shooting, experimenting and learning through practice.

Learn at your pace

With a small group limit, you’ll get one-on-one instruction based on your needs.

Portfolio Review

Get constructive feedback on images so you know what to focus on improving.


You’ll be surrounded by like minds so it will be a great space to connect and create friendships.

Things to Know

What is Required

Digital SLR camera w/lens


Ability to hike/walk 2-3 miles in a day

What's Recommended to Bring

Digital SLR camera

Wide angle lens for Valley of Fire landscapes. ie. 17-40, 24-70 etc…

Wide, Telephoto, or Macro lens for the Strip. This location is quite versatile. Lens recommendation depends on what you want to photograph.


Intervalometer (if you want to do time-lapse photography)

Cable release

ND filter

2-3 Extra batteries (cold weather and long exposures drain them quicker)

Extra memory cards

Comfortable walking shoes

Head buff/scarf you can use as cover if sand is blowing heavily in Valley of Fire

Ability to hike 2-3 miles

Laptop (hands-on post processing session

Lodging & Meals

Lodging and meals are not included. I’d suggest staying on the Strip as we’ll be ending our weekend there. We’ll also have the Meet & Greet there Friday evening.

Another alternative is to stay in the city of Overton Friday night and you will be only 20 min away from Valley of Fire for our first session, but you will need to provide your own transportation.


Transportation is included during the workshop to Valley of Fire and back to the meeting spot on the Strip. All other needs are your responsibility.

Safety is Important

It’s important to be aware of your surroundings as there can be wildlife and the terrain is uneven. It will make for a positive experience at the workshop.

Temperatures will vary. The terrain is rocky and parts are sandy. If you have any medical concerns, please seek your physician’s professional advice.

Stay hydrated even before you arrive for the workshop. Water will be provided at the workshop.

Arrive Early

Our shoot starts at 6AM but with travel time and set up for our first shot, we will need to leave at 4:30AM from The Strip in Las Vegas.

Come Ready!

Make sure you read the entire page and ask any questions you may have. Come to the workshop ready to learn, develop your skills and have a great time!


Space is limited and once you purchase the workshop, your spot is reserved. Refunds will be honored up to 30 days leading to the workshop.

Marilyn Nieves
Lead Photographer
With over 20 years of experience in the commercial and marketing industry, I have been creating and storytelling through my business, Suspended Image and sharing my passion for photography through mentoring. I believe in living a life with purpose, discovery, and growth. I surround myself with people that inspire me and hope that I can inspire those around me as well.


6:00 PM / 03.11.2017
Let’s meet over your favorite beverage at The Mandarin Bar, located on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with a stunning view of the city’s famous Strip.

Session I

Valley of Fire
4:30 AM - 10:30 AM / 04.11.2017
We’ll head out to The Valley of Fire early in order to position ourselves and catch the sunrise before we go off to explore the trails.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM / 04.11.2017
Lunch break. We can go as a group or you can choose to do your own thing.

Session II

Hit The Strip
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM / 04.11.2017
The Strip is a giant photographic playground! It’s a fun place to experiment. We’ll shoot mid-afternoon and into the blue hour where we’ll see the neon lights come to life.

Session III

Image Processing
9:30 am - 11:30 am / 05.11.2017
An Image Workflow & Post Processing session where we’ll be using Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance our images. Everyday processing and processing for impact– techniques and some advanced tips.


Lodging not included.


Limited to 7 attendees
Purchase your ticket using the link below<br /> to reserve your spot today!

Natural light setup portraiture

One light Setup portraiture

Edit Like a Pro

Portfolio Review & Critique

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If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email.

Decatur, GA