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Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly announced this new all day Workshop, which is of the highest interest to emerging as well already in business working photographers here in the Lower Mainland.

This one-day workshop with David is the perfect follow up to his marketing seminar. During the first part of this 6 hour workshop you will see David’s complete portfolio progression from the day he left school ten years ago and hear about his development experiences and processes.

The second part of the workshop will consist of a 15 minute round-table discussion of each participant’s work. Led by David, you will discover which images you should include, which you should leave out, their order, paper and housing choices, etc. enabling you to complete your book in a timely manner and have it ready to market your work.

Please bring a minimum of 20 images printed to minimum 4x6 dimensions to work from. These do NOT need to be finished images…working/rough prints are fine. If you have one also bring your current portfolio at whatever stage it is at.

These topics will be covered during this Workshop:

1. David will present his progression of portfolios from his career to date.

2. Discussion of production methods including image selection, paper choice, housing, etc.

3. A discussion on self-production versus vendor-production.

4. Break

5. Individual round-table sessions for image editing, selection, order, housing and other choices.

6. Production houses, resources and available support for you.

David Ellingsen is also offering a 3 hour marketing seminar, a great complement to this workshop offering. Get more detail by clicking here.

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 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Please bring a minimum of 20 images printed to minimum 4x6 dimensions to work from. These do NOT need to be finished images…working/rough prints are fine. If you have one also bring your current portfolio at whatever stage it is at.

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
Sunday May 9th, 2010 10am-5pm   VPW Studios David Ellingsen SOLD OUT!
Sunday October 3rd, 2010 10am-5pm September 15th, 2010 VPW Studios David Ellingsen Click Here to Register
One Day TBA, 2011 10am-5pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studios David Ellingsen Click Here for Wait List