Rachelle Fox Photography

Want to know what it takes to develop a fine art portfolio?

Do you have a lot of great images but are unsure how to create a series or themed body of work?

Are you working on a portfolio and need feedback on your progress so far?

The 'Building a Portfolio' course is designed to help you create, edit, refine and talk about your fine art portfolio.

Through lectures, discussions and individual portfolio reviews you will learn techniques and tips to help improve existing bodies of work and also how to tackle new projects.

You will learn how to talk about your work, write artist statements and create your unique style. We will discuss printed portfolios and web portfolios.

Each student will be required to bring printed images to discuss. These images can be printed at 4x6, 8x10 or larger (if available).

This will be a very interactive class.

Session 1:

Lecture: Introduction to fine art portfolios: lengths, subject matter, examples of pro portfolios, themes, styles etc.

Session 2:

Discussion: Editing. How to edit based on technical/aesthetic level. Building upon images, improving your portfolio, sequencing, adding new images. How to present a portfolio.

Session 3:

Review and discussion of student work.

Session 4:

Review and discussion of student work.

Session 5:

Discussion: Print and Web portfolios. Designing your web portfolio and printing your hard copy.

Session 6:

Artist Statements. Why they are important. How to write them. Examples given.

Session 7:

Review, discussion and presentation of student portfolios.

Session 8:

Review, discussion and presentation of student portfolios.





Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Printed work from each student. Sizes can be 4x6 or 8x10 or larger (if available).

We Provide:

Instruction as listed 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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"Great energy, knowledge and experience. Thanks Rachelle!."

"I really enjoyed how Rachelle was interested in each person, took the time to hear what they had to say and came back frequently to the things that were important to each individual.

She was also consistently positive, energetic and cheerful. She offered encouraging feedback on our images but was willing to be ruthlessly truthful when necessary."

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The Building a Portfolio 8 Week Course is taught by the following instructor:

Rachelle Fox
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Please choose your course date from the registration table below.

Class Start Date Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Tues Night March 2nd, 2010 7pm-10pm Feb 1st, 2010 VPW Studio Rachelle Fox Click Here to Register
Mon & Wed Night (4 Weeks- condensed) May 31st, 2010 7pm-10pm April 1st, 2010 VPW Studio Rachelle Fox Click Here to Register
Tues Night TBA, 2011 7pm-10pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studio Rachelle Fox Click Here for Wait List