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Welcome to this new and exciting WORKSHOP series centered around the busy working life of contemporary commercial and fine-art photographer DAVID ELLINGSEN.

During this one day workshop, David will take participants through the exciting journey of a professional-grade photo shoot of an athlete.

As a participant you will be able to watch the entire shoot unfold, and gain unique insights into the commercial photography business as it is practiced today!

You will meet the Art Director, Make-up Artists, The Stylists, The Model and see how David interacts with everyone as he works to realize his creative vision and inspiration for the shoot.

As the day unfolds, David will explain all of his actions in great detail. He will go through his lighting set-up for the shoot with all participants, giving everyone hands-on experience with professional lighting equipment and a medium format digital camera.

For this photo shoot, David will be working with the latest Profoto strobe equipment. He will be shooting on a Hasselblad 50 Megapixel camera. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about all of this professional equipment in great detail as it will be used throughout the day.

Discussing key challenges of this type of work, and what to expect and prepare for, David will explain to everyone how to get ready to go out and execute a successful athletic shoot on their own.

David will take time and discuss the business aspects of the shoot. He will go over the budget sheet for the day, explaining in great detail each item, talent and their respective fees, including what he as the photographer would charge for this type of photo shoot.

David will be able to answer all your questions including any advice related to running a successful photographic business.

About the new 'Photographers at Work' Workshop Series:

With this new workshop series, we strive to offer you something completely new. You will be able to experience first hand, a commercial grade, high-end shoot complete with all the professional talent and gear. Be there from start to finish. This day is put together to give you a real world inside look behind the scenes of a commercial photo shoot.

We aim to create the rare opportunity for you to observe and learn what it takes to execute a commercial photo shoot to the highest standards of the industry.

You will have the opportunity to do some test shots with the provided camera and lighting equipment, but the emphasis is for you to observe and learn, not to do lots of shooting.

You're here to watch a professional photographer at work!!

Come and join us for this rare opportunity and be prepared to get inspired!

A similar workshop with David Ellingsen is available with a Portraiture Theme!

About David Ellingsen:

David Ellingsen is a Commercial and Fine Art photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. David was born in 1969 and raised on Cortes Island in the northern end of the Gulf of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada. In 2000, at the age of 30, he completed his education and launched his business from Vancouver that same year.

David photographs people for advertising, corporate and editorial clients attracting commissions from global publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Men's Health, and People. David has also partnered with clients like DDB, MTV/Nickelodeon, Nettwerk Records, Translink, BC Hydro and the esteemed David Suzuki Foundation, bringing a refined aesthetic to his crisp, balanced commercial style.

His fine art collections are captured on both digital media and traditional hand processed film stock, both printed to museum exhibition standards in small editions. Most recently David had his first solo exhibition in the US at the Camerawork Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In November of 2009 he traveled to Lishui, China as a guest to exhibit his new series, Future Imperfect, followed closely by a second solo US exhibition in December at Galerie BMG in Woodstock, New York. Additionally, David's photographs were requested by the Chinese Museum of Photography to become part of their permanent collection.

To see David's portfolios in depth, please visit his website!

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Beginner/Intermediate/Professional. All Levels welcome!


Maximum 10 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your questions and an open mind!

We Provide:

Event as described above.


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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"David, I have been following your career for the past few years and listening to your lecture last night inspired me! Your images are fantastic. It's great to see how far you have come in your career."

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This seminar and slideshow is presented by the following instructor:

David Ellingsen
See David's work by visiting his website here!

Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Saturday March 13th, 2010 9am-6pm March 1st, 2010 VPW Studios David Ellingsen Click Here to Register
One Day TBA, 2011 9am-6pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studios David Ellingsen Click Here for Wait List