Category Archives: Workshops

ROOM TO DREAM in the South of France

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Two years ago, I had the most magical experience–teaching a workshop with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center at the  Château de La Napoule…and we are doing it again next year! Please join us for a once in a life time experience:

Room to Dream:

Creating Photographic Art in the South of France

Date  |  Friday June 3 – Tuesday June 7, 2022

Arrive Thursday June 2nd and depart Wednesday June 8th, 2022

Time  |   Morning Lectures and Discussions

class may adapt time to availability of locations

Location |   Château de La Napoule

Boulevard Henry Clews
06210 Mandelieu-La Napoule

More information HERE

Aline will provide lectures, offering inspiration for new ways of seeing and creating work. Easy assignments will be given, leaving plenty of time to capture the beauty of the place. Afternoons may include field trips to museums, vintage open-air markets, a swim in Mediterranean, trips to Cannes or Nice, a ferry ride to the Isle of St. Marguerite or simply strolling in town with a camera in hand.

This is not a technical workshop, but instead one that inspires making photographs that go beyond the travel snapshot. The workshop also celebrates the shared experience of being part of a remarkable community of seers. One-on-one time with the instructor will be encouraged and feedback on work created during the workshop will take place throughout the week. As a photographer, editor, and educator, Aline will provide insights into all aspects of the photographic journey. Join us for a once in a lifetime experience in a magical setting by the sea. Take time from your daily life, leaving room to dream. It will be a week filled with laughter, light, learning, friends and adventures. And of course, croissants.

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Creating with Intention at ICP

Creating with Intention at the International Center of Photography

October 13 – November 17th, 2021 Wednesdays 2-5PM EST

Today’s fine art photography market asks for more than beautiful, well-crafted images. Curators, gallerists and editors are looking for work created with intention and/or work focused around an idea or concept. In addition; they are looking for photographers who can not only articulate their images and projects, but reinterpret the world with intelligence and thoughtful analysis, whether it be work made close to home or in regions undiscovered. Join Aline Smithson for a workshop designed to help photographers create focused projects and the articulation that surrounds the work. Participants will be exposed to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. Aline will offer exercises so that students can identify a personal vision or a subject worth exploring, providing a tool belt of idea to create work. Ultimately, the workshop will inspire participants to reconsider how they make work, how they interpret their lives and their world, and by bringing depth and meaning to their efforts.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Open to all skill levels. Students ranging from beginner to experienced will be successful in classes that are Open to All Skill Levels.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

More information HERE.

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Private Mentoring, Portfolio Reviews, or Consultations

I work with photographers all over the world, doing private tutorials via Skype, telephone, or in person if you live in Southern California. Sessions usually last an hour and can be on a regular or as needed basis. My specialty is helping photographers focus their visions and get their work into the fine art market.

Email for more information:

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Now What? Creative Solutions for Mid-Career Photographers with Aline Smithson (Webinar) 6/26

You’ve entered shows, perhaps you’ve attended a portfolio review, but you are treading water and your career is not moving forward. Aline will suggest ideas for rethinking this journey, putting you in the driver’s seat to keep the momentum going. She will also consider the changing photography landscape in these stressful times.   GO HERE to sign up!

Webinar – Distance Learning Class via Zoom

This class is part of our new “Webinar” series. These 90-minute online seminars are designed to help you understand the business of photography, learn new photographic techniques or skill sets, and/or closely examine the work of other professional photographers. The webinars will consist of 60 minutes lecture, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A from the audience (questions will be selected by a moderator). These short, informative webinars are are only $35 for LACP Members (Non-Members pay $45). Sign up for four webinars and receive the 5th one free! (New webinars will be added soon.)

A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees about one week prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

One Session
Dates: Saturday, June 20, 10-11:30 am, PST
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels.
Tuition: $45 Non-Members;$35 Members
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Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects from Places You Know Best

I’m coming to the mid-west and I’m excited! The amazing Wild Rice Retreats in Bayfield, Wisconsin, has invited me to their beautiful campus. I’ll be teaching the workshop:

Creating Personal Projects from Places You Know Best from May16 -20, 2021

Reconsider how you create images, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. This retreat will help you discover how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation, and connection. Open to All Levels.  Join me!

Check In: Sunday, May 16th, 2021 | Check Out: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Tuition + Meals: $975 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,475 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,895 per person

For more information, go here.

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