The Portrait Photography Business Workshop


SF Photo School & onOne Software are very excited to announce an unique & brand new 2-day portrait photography workshop with multi-award winning & highly respected photographers Kevin Wilson, Martin Grahame-Dunn & Uzair Kharawala along with Bob Campbell from onOne Software and social media expert Maz Syed.

This workshop is kindly sponsored by onOne Software and Sim2000 .



The Portrait Business Workshop


This workshop is aimed at those who wish to take their portrait photography business to the next level up or if you are thinking of starting a new photography business. This workshop will cater for everyone from the beginner to the experienced photographer.


Small Groups = Better Learning

We want you to enjoy and have a fantastic learning experience. With this in mind, the workshop is unique in a way that you will not be in a group of no more than 8 delegates . Throughout the 2-days you will be in small groups so you get great value for money and one2one tuition. Plus you will be able to network & socialise with fellow tutors & delegates during the evening. (except during 2 sessions out of 10, all the groups will be in one room together due to time constraints.)



10 Practical & Theoretical Sessions

You will go through 10 intensive & enjoyable sessions of  90 minutes each. The workshop covers a wide variety of subjects & topics to help you get started or take your portrait photography to the next level. You will learn how to shoot traditional portraits, kids, environmental portraits with tutors who are ‘masters’ in their respective fields, how to set up & run a thriving business working from home and photographing on-location without the high costs of running a high street studio. Images shot by you will be allowed for use in your portfolio & marketing activities.

The 2-day workshop is designed to give you practical experience as well as teach you some key business & marketing strategies, workflow tips and much more. You will also post-process images on your own laptop using images which you’ve shot during the workshop with simple workflow techniques.


Workshop Content Includes:

  • how to take simple but breath taking portraits using window light & just a reflector.
  • photographing outdoors using natural & available light
  • use of reflectors / diffusers the right way
  • photographing outdoors to create sell-able images
  • practical shooting sessions for Boudoir, Kids & Environmental portrait photography
  • learn how to set up and use 1-light studio for incredible results
  • posing tips, how to use props like a chair
  • understanding light i.e broad, short lighting etc
  • learn how to master off-camera on-location
  • advanced workflow techniques using simple software
  • how to set up your pricing, products & promotions
  • how to get new leads at low (or no) cost
  • setting up your website / blog the right way
  • understanding social media and how to kick start your online presence
  • and much much more


Social Media

Social Media


Not only you will learn how to take great portraits, you’ll also learn how to promote your business using the social media. Maz Syed is an expert in Social Media and she will share with you how to :

– generate new business
– build your online brand
– build customer loyalty and engagement
– drive traffic to your website
– get found in the search engines for free



On Day 1, you will learn how to set up your Facebook Business Page, how to utilise the photo strip, strategies to increase your fan base, best times to post and how often you should be posting, SEO optimisation and more…



On Day2, Maz will cover Twitter, how it can benefit your business, 6 key areas on Twitter that you must pay attention to, how to get your tweets shared so you receive free traffic, measuring your Twitter strategy, Twitter tools & resources.

What to bring

– Your camera gear
– Laptop & charger


29 & 30 Oct 2011
0900 hrs to 1815 hrs on both day


NEC, Birmingham

Price includes:

– male / female & children models
– unlimited tea / coffee on both days
– lunch on both days
– car parking


There will be a maximum of 32 delegates grouped in no more than 8 per group.


About the Tutors

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson honed his photographic skills to encompass the current trends demanded by buyers of wedding and portrait photography today. The foundation of good photography is based on lighting and composition, this coupled with available light and the use of various reflectors and diffusers is where Kevin has developed his own style and brand of classical work with a contemporary twist.

Kevin, is the only photographer to achieve multiple fellowships, in portrait and wedding, all with natural light, both with the Master Photographers Association and the British Institute of Professional Photography. In total he has 7, plus PPOA Mcr.


Martin Grahame-Dunn

Martin has been in the industry for over 30 years covering many aspects of Professional Photography including Industrial, Commercial, Automotive, Advertising, Fashion, Editorial, Wedding photography & Portraiture.

Over almost the entire period of his professional career he has been actively engaged in the training of photographers from the four corners of the world covering every major discipline. A highly respected trainer and judge with so many Professional Organisations, the Fuji Professional School of Photography, the Kodak European Gold Circle and many of the worlds leading representative bodies.


Uzair Kharawala

A relatively new comer and the new kid on the block! Uzair has established himself as a skilled photographer and an astute businessman. He is the creator of the award-winning software Foto SF , the founder of this blog, various DVDs on off-camera flash which have been sold in over 27 countries to date.

He has been Nikon UK’s ‘Evangelist’ for the past 5 years and is a regular ‘Guest Speaker’ at major photography conventions, trade shows & fairs in the UK. He regularly presents seminars & workshops for Calumet, at Apple’s flagship store in Regent Street London, Focus on Imaging, PhotoVision Roadshows  and has previously presented for all major photographic bodies including the BIPP, MPA & the SWPP.


Maz Syed

Maz is an internet marketer and Social Media Coach. She was worked in the City and in 2008 was made redundant. She decided it was the push she needed to change careers. Today she helps companies, businesses and entrepreneurs increase their client base and their revenues. She has also worked with companies that specialise in the Fortune 500. She gains great satisfaction by helping local businesses as she watches not only a growth in the business but a transformation in the person as their confidence grows when they see their business booming in these difficult times.

Maz has a real passion for social media with over 16,000 Twitter followers. She particularly enjoys Facebook marketing due to it being such a unique marketing platform and this is evident in her teachings. She is often described as ‘being consistently on the mark’ due to her no frills teaching style giving you real targeted information, which can make a difference instantly. Maz gives you the tools and knowledge required to take a fresh look inside your business. Her step-by-step style clearly demonstrates how you too can utilise the power of the internet.


There will be a maximum of 32 delegates grouped in no more than 8 per group.


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  1. Gaynor Sanders
    899 days ago

    A huge thank you to Oz, Kevin and Martin, for a great workshop! As always, I came away with lots of inspiration and ideas. Exceptional value to money!! Look forward to seeing you all again in the future!

  2. Martin Grahame-Dunn
    903 days ago

    A huge thank you to all those who attended at the weekend and for your enthusiastic participation which made the event a resounding success. The team are exceedingly grateful for your feedback and we do listen and will continue to improve our programs. See you all again soon!

    • Kevin Wilson
      902 days ago

      Just to reinforce what Martin and Oz have already mentioned. It was a real pleasure to meet you all and share knowledge.

  3. Andrew Bramah
    903 days ago

    Thanks for a fantastic weekend in Birmingham. Fun, informative, great instructors and models

  4. Robyn Cotton
    903 days ago

    Hi Oz

    Many thanks to you all for a great weekend. It really was an excellent workshop.

  5. Mike Gunn
    903 days ago

    Hi Guys just wanted to say a huge thank you for a fantastic weekend, the course was not only informative but great fun with plenty of great ideas.
    Mike Gunn Studio iv

  6. Naomi Bartlett
    903 days ago

    I attended the portrait business course at the weekend, it’s the 1st course I have been on and so was a little apprehensive, It exceeded my expectations it was so well organised and put together & the teaching on it was exciting and inspiring and I can’t wait to put it into practice. thank you so much, naomi

  7. Steve Hobart
    903 days ago

    I thought it was a great weekend, it was nice to meet some great people and no one (well not in group No 3) had any ego’s… Not sure about the other groups :-) Many thanks to the tutors and for Maz in trying to explain social media,

  8. Mike Gunn
    903 days ago

    If you ever need anymore recommendation do not hesitate to contact me, also please keep me posted on any future events. Please give my thanks to the team

  9. Jeff Sham
    934 days ago

    Hi, I’m very keen on getting a copy of the Foto SF Lite software … Do you know when we can get our copies? My bookings and enquiries are becoming harder to manage and I think this software would help me a lot. Jeff, Surrey. (Wedding Photographer)
    PS – looking forward to the workshop!

    • Uzair Kharawala
      903 days ago

      Download links to everyone has been sent. Please contact us if you haven’t received it.

      • Jean McEnaney
        891 days ago

        Haven’t received it but possibly because I did not book for myself but was one of the three that Rachel Wallace booked.

        Great weekend by the way, very inspiring and educational. Looking foward to receiving the PDFs from the social marketing classes as well.

        • Uzair Kharawala
          883 days ago

          Hi Jean
          Thanks for your kind comments and it was lovely to meet you. All the downloads have been sent. If you haven’t received it, please call us on 01525 383683.


  10. Rachel Wallace
    938 days ago


    Looking forward to attending the course with friends. Do you allocate groups when we arrive or beforehand? If before can I give you our names so we can be in the same group?

    Is there any preferred software you would like on the laptops? Is Photoshop necessary or is it enough to be able to download and view only?

    And what were/are the special early bird offers as they’ve now been taken off the website and Ive forgotten what to expect!!

    Many thanks

    • Uzair Kharawala
      936 days ago

      Hi Rachel,
      Thanks for booking on the workshop. The groups will be allocated in the morning of Day 1, so if you wish to group with your friends, then you can.
      Whatever software you have for your workflow is fine. Plus you’ll also get the trial versions of onOne software to try out. You’ll receive all the Early Bird incentives on Day 1 as well.
      Look forward to seeing you soon.

  11. Allison Johnson
    940 days ago

    Hi there, I am just wondering if the portrait business workshop on the 29/30th Oct will be running at any other time or if this is just a one off? It sounds really amazing and I would love to come, but I have a 20 month old to organise childcare for and don’t have a spare £275 at the moment. If i knew there was another running I would be able to organise childcare and plan money! Really look forward to hearing from someone. Thanks Allison

    • Uzair Kharawala
      940 days ago

      Hi Allison

      Thanks for your email. This is the only workshop this year. I hope you can make it.

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