What Bruce Smith the fine art portrait photographer loves to create:
Bruce Smith creates stunningly beautiful contemporary fashion inspired portraiture of woman using his 35 years experience as a published professional fashion photographer, his finished contemporary portraits reflect both your inner and outer beauty providing you with an everlasting memory of who you are right now in your life to look at to see your beauty and to keep for ever.
Who is fashion and portrait photographer Bruce Smith
Whenever the world’s ‘Top Fashion and Celebrity Portrait Photographers’ are discussed, one name which is always mentioned with immense respect and admiration is Bruce Smith.
His 35 years professional fashion and portrait photography experience
Since starting as a freelance photographer in 1983, Paris, Monaco and Bordeaux based photographer Bruce Smith has continued to produce stunning and incredibly memorable fashion images, fine art nudes photography, celebrity portraits, nudes and boudoir style portraiture photography on a specialised skill level which leaves other “great” photographers in complete awe of what he has created.
Teaching his photography knowledge to other photographers for nearly 20 years
Over the past 15 years Bruce has been sharing his knowledge and experience gained over his distinguished career to encourage and inspire other photographers through his fashion, portrait and nudes photography courses, workshops, master classes, fashion, portrait or nudes photography holidays in France near Bordeaux as well as other major fashion cities around Europe.
Fine art books of some of Bruce’s contemporary fashion, nudes and portrait photography
Bruce has recently gone through his astounding archive of images to produce a new fine art book titled “130k Words in Pictures”, which contains a collection of his best and most iconic photographs. It comes as no surprise that it has already been described as a “classic” by many of his peers within the industry.
Considered a legendary fashion and portrait photographer by the professional photography industry
Legend is a very over-used word in the modern day world, but Bruce Smith can be described as a legend within his industry and lifetime, without any contradiction or argument.
Authored by Paul Abraham
(Not my own words, in-fact I was quite embarrassed to read the above when I saw it for the first time)
Fine artistic nudes photography workshops
Fashion photography workshops
Portrait photography workshops
Commercial, editorial and fashion photography
All workshops are either held as 1-2-1 private workshops or restricted numbers of photographers on all group workshops.
In order to maximize this education opportunity, each delegate is assured private one-to-one shooting time with every model for each and every ‘look’.
Bruce has been a professional fashion and celebrity portrait photographer for 35 years.
You are a part of the team for the time you are on your course.
Delegates assimilate fully with the models, stylist and hair and make up artist and learn hands on from Bruce and the team just what performs, what does not and why.
Bruce has shoot for his many fashion clients on location all over the world from Alaska to Australia. Above was shot in Colorado.
Discover the secrets of shooting amazing fashion, portrait and nudes photography lighting .
Learn how the photos you have seen in numerous publications are achieved, when you discover how Bruce lights his amazing location or studio portraiture photographs, then practice it for yourself through the lesson!
Bruce was commissioned to write the first how to shoot professional digital fashion photography book USA: Fashion Photography A Complete Guide UK: Pro Digital Fashion Photography A Complete Guide)
What past students have said.
When you book your fashion, nudes or boudoir portraiture photography class, have a look at the former students remarks and photographs, exactly where each picture was shot by delegates whilst on Bruce Smith fashion portrait or nudes photography workshop.
Celebrating 35 years as a professional fashion photographer this year since Bruce’s first fashion photography shoot assignment back in 1983
You will be working with a professional team.
Bruce only chooses working professionals to be part of his team. This guarantees that the wardrobe stylists and make up artists are creating relevant and dazzling ‘looks’ that help to make the daylight studio fashion pictures that will go in to your portfolio be right UP TO DATE fashion photos..
Fine art nude portrait by Bruce Smith
Agency standard professional models.
You’ll be shooting with Bruce’s choice of agency level professional artistic models, selected for their appearance in addition to their ability to work with photographers. For those who have never captured pics of a professional model before, it will give you an insight to a completely new world of creative imagination.
Mixing flash and daylight on a clients location fashion photography shoot in London
Essential information tips and hints.
The Bruce Smith Photography Academy Classes will give you a foundation from which to actively pursue freelance photography as a vocation. The photography courses contain essential insights, tips and techniques that will inspire you to develop your own skills and style as a fashion nude photographer – so you too can capture the glamour, dynamism, and sophistication of the glamour photography industry.
Shooting classical fashion on location with just the available light and relfectors
To become the best you need to be taught by the best.
Students receive a professional experience because we only use the best team members, models and facilities for these courses. YOU will be taught by a seasoned professional with 35 years experience shooting for high calibre studio clients all over the world.
Chateau De Clerac near Bordeaux, the location for most of Bruce Smith’s fashion, portrait and nudes photography workshops
Combining the important elements.
During these photography classes, Bruce demonstrates and explains to you all of the key information, from setting up the perfect lighting set ups for people or preparing to shoot on location. Working with agency standard professional professional models. Post-production and Photoshop for location fashion skills and how to break into this amazing industry. Helping you to compete within the fashion photography business.
Bruce on the top of a mountain in Alaska, it was taken during one of his many location fashion photography shoots produced around the world
You will get a unique opportunity to combine all of these elements to produce your own bridal fashion portraiture pictures for your portfolio during these photography courses.
To achieve amazing fashion, portraits or nudes pictures you need to be able to communicate, direct and be in control of your shoot. All of which you will learn during a Bruce Smith photography workshop and all of these skills he teaches and helps you to refine so you are at the start of developing your own unique style of fashion, portrait or nudes photography.
Contact Bruce Smith below if you want to talk to him about your own fashion, portrait or nudes photography training.
Boudoir portraits are becoming very popular and a great business sector and source of income for the portrait photographer.
Although the woman photographers seam to provide this service more and more because of their obvious understanding of the feminine sensuality this does not mean the male photographers can not learn some of these skills and understanding of feminine sensuality.
I know how to bring out the beauty in woman and how to connect with her sensuality in pictures and can teach these skills and my boudoir photography and lighting techniques that I have learned being a seasoned professional lingerie photographer.
I believe and from experience know that it is always better to learn the intimate boudoir photography skills with photographers one 2 one.
Successful intimate portraits require a great deal of trust and confidence with your subject, skills not always apparent between photographer and subject even when you are a female photographer shooting more intimate portraits.
So why not add more emotion and a sensual look to your boudoir photography clients images by booking yourself a One2 One photography master class with me in shooting sensual boudoir portraiture.
I also teach other genre of people photography such as portraiture, fine art nudes, fashion and beauty.
In the words of a student of one of these wonderful fashion photography courses and fine art nude photography courses run by Bruce Smith. “Some things you just can’t learn from fashion or fine art nude photography How To Shoot Books, Youtube Videos or DVD’s”
I could have bought all the fashion and figure photography books on Amazon, and not learned what I did in a few days with Bruce, which he himself learned from decades of successful work in the industry. In September 2015 I joined Bruce in a chateau near Bordeaux, France for a four-day, one-to-one workshop in ‘sensual fashion.’
We had two models, an excellent hair and make-up artist, and a photogenic, characterful location. By the end, without doubt, the course had left an indelible mark on my stylistic development and competency as a photographer, for which I’m very grateful.
Bruce is obviously an accomplished photographer and renowned authority, but he is also an excellent instructor and personable coach—an invaluable combination. Much of what I learned from him was through his selflessly attentive coaching: unique feedback about how I performed in the situations he’d set up with the models, location and brief.
Irreplaceable and empowering, he broke down technical issues in straightforward language, and could immediately see and explain what I was doing and how it could be improved.
I grew a lot as a photographer over just a few days. By the end, he shadowed me on shots that I set up. I decided to take the course with Bruce to explore a part of photography I was interested in, but found very inaccessible looking at the sector from the outside.
Previously, I had started to professionalize my passion for photography, and eventually produced documentary photo essays that were later published.
As a journalistic style, this focused on observation and visual documentation of a social issue but wanting to develop in a different area of photography, to have beautiful images and to eventually become commercially viable, I looked to begin developing in fashion and figure photography.
However, my previous documentary photography skills were mismatched for fashion and figure. Any photographer can take a pleasing photo of a model, but it requires difficult development to much higher levels if you want to break through in the industry.
To generate and capture the life and story of a shot in fashion, lingerie or figure photography, which makes all the difference between strong but mediocre shots and first rate shots which the industry expects, demands different skills from which most photographers have or think about, which are neither innate nor obvious.
So, I wanted to learn directly from an expert.
After some time with Bruce, I understand these different skills, these powerful nuances, and now have a strong foundation to continue my professional and artistic development in this area.
I learned a lot about line, shape, form and tone—as one does in all photo workshops, but more importantly—and rarely—how to control the situation, the set, natural light and human energy, to produce stunning photographs.
We never once used a studio light throughout the course, focusing on natural light skills to build a better understanding of available light and how to use it to its best rather than too much emphasis on equipment.
I still have much photographic ‘testing’ ahead of me, but Bruce has guided me on the right path, and immensely grateful. The course setting was beautiful, and offered aspects for both studio and location shooting.
In a restored chateau outside Bordeaux, we shot mornings and afternoons inside and out, and had learning sessions in-between shots, over good coffee. The hospitality was excellent, and made the experience not only highly instructive, but also relaxing and pleasurable.
I have a busy and stressful job elsewhere in the world, so it was heartening to not only learn from a master of photography, but also to enjoy good food and wine, sunshine, woods for running, and a pool to relax by.
The chateau is owned by a young European family, who also live there with a range of pets and animals; the place brimmed with life, and they made me feel part of the family whilst I was there—from scrambled eggs on toast in the morning in the kitchen, right down to wine by the fireplace in the evening.
If you’re serious about starting to break into upper-industry standards of fashion, lingerie and figure photography, are open-minded, and time is precious.
I can highly recommend you learn fashion and fine art nude photography with Bruce in Clerac near Bordeaux, France.
At last after 16 years working on this project its about to begin
How you can help make this project a success
Making a cash donation
Help by booking a fashion photography shoot or booking photography training
Many thanks for reading this, I am really looking forward to hearing how you can help.