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Summer Workshop 2018 • July 29 – August 4
This workshop is about letting go of preconceptions and exploring new ways of making work that excites you.   
It is suitable for both beginners and artists with a strong personal vision, and commercial photographers who want a break to expand what they are shooting and be inspired again.
Erica will start from her experience of working with models. For this purpose, Johanna Stickland will be an essential part of the workshop. She is a model that will be assisting Erica during the week. Johanna came to NYC at the age of 14 to model professionally and has worked with some of the biggest fashion photographers and designers in the industry. She will have valuable insight from a model who has been working in the industry for almost 10 years. Also, each person will have the opportunity to photograph her.
Erica and Johanna have collaborated together on many projects and you will be able to see the way that they work together. They will show you images and videos from fashion campaigns as well as their personal work.
Erica will also be showing you artists, filmmakers and photographers who have influenced her, the visuals she looks at to get inspired for shoots and some of her commercial and personal projects from start to finish.
We will be going over details to look for and think about when setting up a shoot. How location and styling choices create an atmosphere that communicates your style. And the importance of thinking about the story you want to tell, no matter how abstract. Think Twin Peaks, the mysterious atmosphere and David Lynch’s visual choices.
Shooting stills and motion on the same shoot is also something that has become more in demand and necessary. I will show you how I do this and If interested, we can address motion editing choices and questions.


We will explore in class:
Shooting nudity but being thoughtful about it. Does it make sense? Go beyond the literal.
Discovering what you need to create your vision.
Gathering technical skills that are simple and don’t get in the way of making the work you want to make.
We will be going over details to look for and think about when setting up a shoot. All these elements create an atmosphere that communicates your style.
-Fashion / styling choices
-Storyboarding / mood sheets
-Ways to find a model
And after shooting:
-Selecting the strong image for the story, editing for impact.
“This will be an intimate setting where any questions will be answered, with plenty of one on one time with the instructor. You will also have some private time to work with a model on your own.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. erica@ericashires.com


Erica Shires is a New York based photographer and filmmaker. She was selected as one of PDN’s Top 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2006. She has exhibited in New York, London, France and Belgium, as well as in many festivals worldwide. Commercially, she has photographed for major advertising agencies and clients such as Kodak, Nike, Nivea and New York Magazine and has filmed motion content for fashion designers, modeling agencies and musicians. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.