Skip to main content

Photography Workshops: Professional Development

Book Now


Robin Williams, Blended Living, 2017.

Designed as skill-building workshops for both entrants of OptiKA - Kingston's Photographic Award and interested local artists and photographers, this series of workshops will explore the idea of 'Architecture, Space and Home' through photography.

Facilitated by contemporary artist, Jessie Imam over two sessions, the workshop will encourage photographers to utilise what they have around them to best effect. We will discuss the way in which different types of light behave and how to manipulate light to suit your style. We will cover skills in designing the image and techniques in creating portraits imbued with feeling and emotion. 

By using simple but effective techniques participants will be better equipped to be able to create their desired mood and style in their images. Together we will discuss composition, lighting techniques and story telling through design, in order to develop skills and techniques to achieve high-impact images.

Participants will have the opportunity to share some of their recent work and to receive constructive and supportive peer feedback. These workshops provide a fantastic opportunity to network and connect with other local photographers and are suited to a range of skill levels.


Workshop 1: Saturday 21 July, 10am - 2pm (with lunch break)


  • Discussion: contemporary artists, photography and video art
  • Discussion: architecture, space and home - conveying a sense of place
  • Designing the image: use of props
  • Portraiture: subject and story-telling 
  • Lighting techniques: natural light, reflectors and lighting kits


Workshop 2: Saturday 28 July, 10am - 2pm (with lunch break)


  • Discussion: group feedback session on photographic works
  • Video art: film techniques, timing, pacing and basic editing
  • Discussion: Optika - Photographic Award - questions


Participants are encouraged to bring along their favourite digital SLR and notebook. Laptop is optional. Additional pens and paper will be supplied along with tea and coffee.

All participants are expected to attend both sessions (fee covers both).


workshop tutor: jessie imam

Jessie Imam is a current practicing artist. She works within photography, the moving image and installation to create works centred around themes of embodiment and the female perspective. Imam also currently works as a Photography Technician, assisting university students in both analogue and digital photography practices.

Imam completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University in 2014. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and has participated in international collaborations, as well as co-curating a number of group exhibitions. Her work is held in the Nillumbik Shire Public Art Collection, as well as a number of private collections. 

Imam was awarded the Nillumbik Prize in 2015, was the recipient of the AARK residency (Finland) in 2017 and the Laughing Waters Artist in Residence (Melbourne) in 2011. Her work has been reviewed in The Weekly Review (Melbourne), The Examiner (Tasmania), and featured on contemporary art blog sites such as Melbourne Art Critic and Isiiad. Imam currently resides and works in Melbourne, Australia. 

for more information

Contact Michelle James on (03) 9556 4462 or


Workshop 1: Saturday 21 July, 10am - 2pm (with lunch break)
Workshop 2: Saturday 28 July, 10am - 2pm (with lunch break)


G3 Artspace, Parkdale



4 hours per session


FULL $50 | CONC $30

All participants are expected to attend both sessions (fee covers both).

Book Now