Our workshops and expeditions cover all aspects of photography and challenge, encourage and inspire the photographer in all of us. During the workshops, our complete focus is on you, the photographer.

Our instructors are working professional photographers who have a passion for sharing and inspiring. We recognize the commitment of time, energy and money it takes for you to attend a workshop and work very hard to be the best at intimately knowing our locations, providing a wealth of high quality information via excellent presentations and one on one help in the field, presenting extremely supportive and highly detailed image reviews, and doing all of this in an energy rich, supportive environment where inspiration and having fun are the hallmark of our workshops.

Our instructors do not shoot their own work when they are with students during our workshops. If you see instructors photographing, they are either shooting images of the participants engaging in the workshop for public relation purposes, shooting something that is to be used for educational purposes during the workshop, or demonstrating something for a participant(s).

SE Center Workshops fully realizes that in addition to the education business we are in the inspiration business, and ultimately, we are a service business. We are here to serve you and your complete satisfaction with your workshop experience is our pledge. After all, the majority of our workshop participants are repeat customers and we know as well as anyone that we only get one chance to make a memorable first impression. 

When we publish a workshop cost it includes everything. We won't surprise you with additional Materials Costs or Model Fees. If the workshop is all day at the SE Center, we provide lunch, snacks and beverages. Before you register you know the true cost of our workshops.


3/16-3/18/18 Creating the Fine Art Nude Image,

William Earle & Michael Pannier

A two and a half day in depth hands on workshop presented by Bill Earle and Mike Pannier. Focusing on all of the details that go into the making of a strong fine art nude photograph. We’ll work with just a few concepts and examples exploring all of the subtleties and details that must be considered taking as much time as needed with just a single image.


3/24-3/25/18, iPhone and iPad Artistry,

Dan Burkholder

Apps, Gizmos and Techniques for Amazingly Creative iPhone/iPad Photography

The iPhone is the new, hip and creative camera whose images now grace magazine covers, museum walls and gallery openings. In this workshop you’ll focus on the shooting, editing and stylizing techniques that will take you from casual captures to serious artwork. This workshop will open your eyes and pump your creative juices to craft images that you’ll be proud to share, exhibit and sell.

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4/28/18 Holga and Pinhole Workshop

Ashley Jones & Danea Males

In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, please joins us for a one-day Holga and Pinhole Workshop. Students will have the opportunity see a variety Holga and Pinhole imagery, and gain a solid grasp on both imaging making processes. Included in the course fee, participants will get to take home their own Holga and Pinhole cameras. Everyone will get the chance to shoot with both cameras before the end of the day. Local photographers and art educators, Ashley Jones and Danea Males, will provide hands-on instruction for this workshop.

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10/20/18, Box Making, Create a Clamshell Box

Carol Lawrence

Create your own clamshell boxes--an attractive and functional way to protect photographs, fragile and special mementos, and books. During this on day workshop, you will construct your own 8 x 10 or 12 x 12 clamshell box for storing loose materials such as documents,  photographs, or other archival materials. 

We will provide all materials need to construct our boxes, lunch and snacks.

And a reminder, the SE Center does not add a materials fee.


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Register soon, seats are limited to 8, 4 participants minimum to conduct this workshop, $115-$125




11/17/18, Creating a Strong Portfolio

Michael Itkoff

Creating a strong portfolio is a must for any aspiring professional photographer to land gigs and clients. In this class each student’s photographs will be critiqued. Emphasis will be placed on the form/content relationship within each image as well as the techniques required to create the strongest possible sequence. Over one intensive day each student will take an existing body of work and collaboratively craft it into an effective portfolio.

Michael Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of Daylight and Fabl. 
Michael’s photographic and video work is in public and private collections in the United States and his work has appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next City and Philadelphia Weekly. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). He has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009. 
He is currently represented by the Edelman Gallery in Chicago. 


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©Jonathan Laurence


Jonathan Laurence

LOOKING TO CREATE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTO-BOOK OF YOUR WORK? In this hands on workshop and our goal is that you leave the course with a mockup of your book, ready to order. We will cover all aspects of photo-book creation, learning the principals of sequencing, layout, and design, applying them to your own book project.

For this workshop we will be using BLURB as our print-on-demand publishing platform, along with BLURB’s easy-to-use design software (Book Wright). Students who are familiar with professional layout software, such as Adobe InDesign, will also be accommodated.

Our workshop leader is Jonathan Laurence. Jonathan is a multimedia designer/artist, consultant, and educator who works internationally with a diverse range of companies, organizations, and individuals. He has served as Media/Design Director to the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) for more than ten years, leads digital media and creativity workshops at a variety of institutions and art centers around the world, and served as the Creative Director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) between 2014-2017. Jonathan has exhibited in various galleries and also designed and developed installations for museums. He received The Rising Star Award from the Palm Beach Photographic Center, and is listed as one of the most collectable artists in Maine by Maine Home and Design. For fun, he most recently boarded a container ship to sail across the north Atlantic ocean during mid-winter as part of an artist residency, followed by a trip to Greenland to watch the icebergs migrate out of the fjord and to dip his toes in Disko Bay.


February2-3, 2019, The Marketing of Photography


Photographers spend most of their time in the pursuit of the image, yet very few know how to present and promote themselves to get the support they need. Getting your name out there amidst the thousands of other photographers working today can be an overwhelming task, even for established photographers. This lecture-based workshop on marketing provides an easy common sense and personal approach to finding your market and uniquely presenting your work; covering everything from personal vision and artist branding, establishing goals, promotional support materials, utilizing technology and social media, finding your clients and how to approach them effectively. Students will complete handouts and exercises to apply these theories personally to their own work in the class. Whether looking for representation, editorial or commercial assignments, book publishing, funding for special projects or gallery shows this workshop looks at the bigger picture and will help you to develop a sustainable strategy to have your work noticed.

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©Richard Tuschman

3/23-3/24/19, Richard Tuschman

Details Soon!

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©Brandon Tribodeaux

Spring 2019, Crafting the Personal Project

Brandon Thibodeaux

Personal projects are essential to defining your identity as a photographer. Whether portrait series, photojournalism, or conceptual pieces, they express your passion and—if done well—inspire that same passion in others.

Maybe you've just started a new project. Maybe you're stranded in the middle of one. Or maybe you've been working on something for years and just need that last push to get it out into the world. Regardless of where you are in your process, Brandon Thibodeaux shows you how to take your idea and mold it into a finished body of work.

At the end of our time together we hold group discussions about what lies ahead for our projects. There are a multitude of resources and outlets for your work; some may be destined for a book, others for a gallery wall or perhaps even a commissioned assignment.

Whether it's for a curator, book publisher, or magazine editor, you come away with the know-how to harness your personal project's potential and get it in front of the right audience.

This is not a shooting workshop. Please bring a body of work, or several, to develop over the weekend.


Brandon Thibodeaux was raised in Beaumont, Texas, where his photography career began in 2002 at a small daily newspaper while studying photography at Lamar University. 

He now resides in Dallas, TX, and his clients include Atlantic Records, BBVA Compass Bank, ED&F Man, Fader, Forbes, FT Weekend Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Harper's, HGTV, Match.com, Monocle, Mother Jones, MSNBC, The New York Times, NPR, Oprah Winfrey Network, Shell Oil, Urban Land Institute, World Wildlife Fund, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

His work is recognized by American Photo Magazine, Photo District News, and the Oxford American lists him as one of their 100 Under 100, New Superstars of Southern Art. His photographic project in the Mississippi Delta, “When Morning Comes”, was awarded Center’s Gallerist Choice Award 2013, AI-AP American Photography 30, the Critical Mass Solo Show Award 2013, the 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Grant and the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review Award.