Scenes from a Workshop

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 17

I mentioned last week that I was recently in California, and the main reason for my west coast visit was to take a workshop with the amazing Chloe Aftel. I’ve been wanting to learn from Chloe for years as she is an incredible photographer who shoots STUNNING Polaroid portraits. I was super fortunate to contact Chloe and work out a time to take a class with her. For this portrait workshop, Chloe hired two models and supplied us with many varieties of Impossible Project film and Polaroid camera types so that we could really play and learn. I have never worked with models before, so this was really a treat to have people ready and willing to have their photograph taken! Here are some of my favorite photos I shot of the lovely Andrea and Alex.

This photo of the ghost-like Andrea was my very first of the day…


And here’s a more clear image of Andrea’s beauty…


I love this photo of Alex, with her coy expression…


The undeveloped patches on this photo worked perfectly (luckily) to frame Alex’s face…


These last two photos of Alex are my absolute favorites from the day. I love the mood of the black and white film, and Alex’s expression in both images really show the realness and vulnerability that I aim to capture in my photography…




The three hours of the class zipped by in a flash, and I felt like it was quite the whirlwind. Working with models was a great experience as I didn’t have to worry that “this person really doesn’t want me taking their photo right now!” It was very helpful to practice posing people, moving them around, asking for different expressions and moods, etc. I came away from the experience learning some new tools, while also realizing that like any art, it all takes practice. I’m looking forward to getting more courageous in asking strangers if I can photograph them, as well as asking friends to pose and play along with me in this portrait adventure.

So next time you see me, let me know if I can take your portrait!

17 Responses

  1. mindy says:

    meghan! these are so so gorgeous! i’m so happy for you that you got to have this time and experience. magical. xo

  2. these. are. gorgeous.

  3. Melissa says:

    Wow, feel like this is a whole new level of amazing! Love these. Mind blown by how great they are.

  4. Corinna says:

    These photos are AH-MAZ-ING. I am so glad you got to have this experience and I hope it inspires a new boldness in you. (And the next time you see me, you can definitely make my portrait.)

    • Meghan says:

      Thank you, C!! And I LOVE to take your photo. Can’t wait to see you and shoot you again sometime SOON! xoxo

  5. Teresa says:

    You got such great shots, Meghan! I’m so grateful you were able to get the workshop going so we could all attend! Great meeting you. πŸ™‚

  6. WOW! So awesome – isn’t working with models the BEST!! Hope we both find more peeps who are willing to be “models” for our whirlwind love of photography!

  7. Art & Lemons says:

    These Polaroids are so stunning Meghan! Glad you were able to make it to the workshop and hope you share more about it…

  8. I love these, Meghan! Such artful photography. I love to have my photo taken, so when I see you in a few weeks feel free πŸ™‚

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  10. […] been in the Bay Area, and I was grateful to get back. I primarily went to attend a Polaroid workshop, but was thrilled that I could also extend my trip and spend some time with some kindred spirits. […]

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