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Portrait Photography Masterclass with Sergei Sarakhanov

  • D-Light Studios 46 North Great Clarence Street Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)
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Portrait Photography Masterclass with Sergei Sarakhanov

D-Light Studios

Join Sergei Sarakhanov, the creator of ‘Human Visuals’ style, portrait photographer, tutor, filmmaker, on a one day workshop, to master the skill of taking stunning portraits and bring your work to the next level.


This masterclass is designed for every level photographer from a beginner, to a passionate hobbyist, and a real pro for whom the portrait photography is a full-time job.

10:30am - 12:30pm:

  • Visual storytelling and the art of portraits.

  • How to interview your model before the shooting.

  • Composition. Accents. Types of portraits.

  • How to interact with your model? The importance of breathing. Trust and confidence vs fear and pressure.

  • Guidance on posing: 5 main categories for stunning portraits.

  • The difference between mood and emotions.

  • Balancing between staged photography and real storytelling.

12:30pm - 1:30pm:

  • Break for Lunch

1:30pm - 3:00pm:

  • How to find and prepare location when you have time and when you don’t.

  • Backgrounds. Lightning equipment.

  • Shooting women and men. Main differences.

  • Taking photos that need no or less post-production.

  • Exercises for developing your personal style in portrait photography.

  • Case: How to take powerful portraits when you only have 8 minutes for shooting David Lynch?

3:00pm - 5:00pm:

  • Shooting with Model 1

  • Shooting with Model 2


  • We’ll have short breaks and 1 hour break for lunch.

  • No food is included with the workshop fee. You are free to be on your own or to join the group at the nearby Cloud Cafe while on a lunch break (5 mins from a studio).

What to bring:

  • A DSLR, mirrorless / medium format digital camera or analog camera, and basic knowledge of how to use it.

  • A laptop to take notes, transfer files (optional).

  • An external hard drive or flash drive for file transfers (optional).


€380 per person (Early Bird tickets: before May 1)

€450 per person (after May 1)

The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

All participants will receive a Certificate.

Important: We consider all payments non-refundable. If you need to reschedule, please inform us at least 2 weeks prior to this workshop and we will apply your fee toward a future workshop with Sergei Sarakhanov.


For any questions or more information on this workshop please send direct message to official Facebook page.

Contact person in Dublin: Natalia Domina,

About Sergei Sarakhanov:

Sergei Sarakhanov (b.1988) is a talented Kyiv-based photographer, movie director and teacher who focuses on the unrealized potential of creativity that is available in each and every one of us. Sergei is known for creating “Human Visuals”, a style of photography when the photographer acts as an artist, a visual storyteller, using a variety of practices to tell the stories about people. Graduate of Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, he holds photography workshops all over the world, his publications can be found in Vogue and Playboy across Ukraine & Russia, as well as in the French magazine Le Négatif, Germany's weekly newspaper “Die Zeit”, etc.

Sergei implements projects that tell about the diversity of people's inner emotions, their destiny, life experience and creative activity. Sergey has worked with such extraordinary personalities as David Lynch, Yasmine Hamdan, Fin Greenall (Fink), Sergei Polunin, Ralph Appelbaum, Pierre Dukan, Janusz Leon Wisniewski, Jamala, Renata Litvinova, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Vera Polozkova and many others.

Sergey is the author of unique training programs of portrait and mobile photography. When interacting with the students, he pays maximum attention to the awareness of their photographic process and the content of their photos. Besides the regular shooting activity, Sarakhanov holds the master classes, lectures and workshops and tutors his students individually. Since 2010 he has held over 100 workshops and about 30 courses as a teacher.

His personal exhibitions:

«Heroes», 2008, Saint-Petersburg;

«The Eyes», 2008, Saint-Petersburg;

«People of Art», 2018, Kyiv and Dublin.

Sergei is the creator of the visual image projects for Nike, Red Bull, Puma, Hennessy, Vodka Finlandia, Canon, Lenovo, Huawei, LG.

He is the winner of the “Best photographer 2010” and Grand Prix awards for "The Eyes" photo project. The work was honorably mentioned by David Clark, who is the head of the photographic direction of the gallery Tate (London). In 2018 Sergei was invited as a speaker to Talks at Google program sharing a story about "Modern Photography in Today's High-Speed Digital World".

A worldwide famous shot "Me and my dog Pandora, adopted from the street"

Official website:

Official Instagram:

Official Facebook page: Sergei Sarakhanov human visuals


Earlier Event: May 28
Later Event: June 4