Portrait and Lifestyle Photography

2 Days - Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 7 - Mar 8, 2020
Activity Level
Skill Level


Don’t take another bad family photo. Learn the best techniques for capturing lifestyle photos.

Registration deadline: March 1, 2020

Learn to take better portraits with acclaimed commercial photographer Paul Markow and discover professional secrets to making people photos look exceptional.


Whether it’s a family wedding, outing with your children, or just the people pictures you’ve always wanted to take, Paul Markow’s natural lighting techniques will change the way you think about your photography. And you’ll see quality results immediately!


With great success, Paul recently photographed all of the images in the popular Arizona Highways Cookbook of Arizona’s Best Recipes. He used only natural light and reflectors. But Paul also has the ability to make the most uptight person relax in front of his camera! As a regular contributor to Arizona Highways Magazine, he’ll offer you a wealth of practical information.


Paul will identify the beautiful natural light that’s so often around us, and then he will teach you how to capture it in your pictures. You’ll learn to see light the same way your camera sees it – beautiful natural light that can be used for everything from stunning portraits to enticing gourmet food set-ups!


During this two day workshop there will be many opportunities to work and photograph under Paul’s watchful eye. But you’ll also have plenty of individual time to work with the live models so that you can set up and produce your own images. And to make a comparison, you will be introduced to working with professional studio lights.


Paul is one of the Southwest’s leading advertising, publication and commercial photographers. Anyone attending this workshop can look forward to a very productive but light-hearted and fun time!


Tripods and monopods are not needed for this workshop. Your ideal gear recommendation will be a 70-200mm or equivalent. Participants must have their camera manuals during class and review their camera setups with studio pocket wizards. Model shooting requires connecting with your subject, so be prepared to give direction to the working models.


Workshop Includes:

  • Field & Studio instruction
  • A light dinner the first night and lunch on second day is provided


Workshop Requirements:

This workshop is for intermediate to advanced photographers.  Participants need to understand their camera functions and exposure settings.

Day 1 – Saturday, March 7, 2020

  • Day one will kick-off at 10:00 am with an introduction and setup of equipment.
  • Light source, direction and color temp will be discussed.
  • Our first lighting work will be with a model under opaque shade.
  • Mid-afternoon we’ll work with loft style lighting with a model.
  • Meal break and discussion.
  • Late afternoon we’ll work outside with back-lighting and reflectors, and front light with and without diffusers.
  • Approaching sunset, we will work the golden light shooting in low light conditions using higher ISO and varying the color temperature.
  • With nightfall, we will use alternative lighting sources such as flashlights and ambient light.
  • We will reconvene in the studio at 5:00 pm for a question and answer session.
  • Day ends at 6:00 pm

Day 2 – Sunday, March 8, 2020

  • Meet at the studio at 10:00 am for a session on creative thinking.
  • Late morning we will begin basic portrait lighting and rembrandt lighting with models.
  • ESPN – hard wrap around lighting will be discussed and worked followed by beauty lighting in portraiture.
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon techniques will include both ring and bounce lighting and will be followed up with a Lightroom demo.
  • At 5:00 pm we will have a Q&A session and workshop wrap-up.
  • Workshop Adjourns at 6:00 pm

Workshop Location

Paul Markow’s Studio
2222 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 273-7985

Workshop will take place at the Paul Markow’s studio. Go North on 22nd Place at McDowell. Entrance is in the back of the building, behind Photomark and Colormark. Look for large tree and decorative cacti at our front door.

Paul Markow
Jack Jordan
Photo Guide
Ivan Martinez
Photo Guide
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please pay careful attention to our cancellation policy.  We are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including family and medical emergencies.  No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of this workshop. A 10% administrative fee will apply to other cancellations.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.

PAYMENT TERMS:  Payment in full is due at registration unless otherwise indicated.