Expressive Self Portraiture


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Expressive Self Portraiture


Next class starts February 18th
Registration Opens February 7th
Teacher Sharon Covert

While the selfie has recently made its mark in the world, self-portraiture has been around for ages. More and more photographers and artists who began with the occasional selfie are beginning to experiment with self-portraiture and are looking to take it to the next level.

Instructor Sharon Covert has used self-portraiture as a healing tool and a way of telling her story. This class focuses on self-expression by using various techniques and natural lighting to create and tell your story through dramatic self-portraiture. The lessons you will learn can also be carried over into other styles of portraiture.

Dig deeper and explore your creativity with Sharon as your guide, pushing past experimentation and building your self-portraiture and portraiture techniques through the use of available natural light – all without compositing or using advanced Photoshop techniques.

Whether this is your first time experimenting with self-portraiture or you’ve been looking to take your self-portraits to the next level, this class is designed to help you expand and move beyond the basic selfie so that you can release your personal stories from deep within.

It’s time to wake up your inner creativity and make some art!

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WEEK ONE: What is your story and message you want to convey? Discover your WHY and pre-visualize, brainstorm, and discuss concepts and inspiration.

WEEK TWO: Explore and practice the technical side of self portraiture and look in depth at artistic techniques and ways to express yourself through self portraiture.

WEEK THREE: This week will focus on editing and you will begin executing your ideas and creative visions using everything you have learned so far.

WEEK FOUR: During this last week you will explore where you want to take your art and share your final work.

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Sharon will share Lesson 1 in the forum. She will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

Homework will be due on Sunday and personal critiques will take place the following Mondays. Each week will follow the same pattern.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Is this class for you?

This class is for students who wish to move past the basic selfie and learn techniques to create dramatic self-portraits that can also be carried over into all of their portraiture work. Whether you want to create personal private work or branch out into the world of fine art photography and exhibitions, this class is for you. All you need is a basic understanding of your camera and Lightroom to begin to learn how to create and tell your stories in a dramatic, creative, and mysterious way.

Material(s) Needed

Camera, computer, Lightroom, remote shutter release (or your camera’s timer will do), tripod.


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  1. :

    “This was by far the finest conceptual photography course I’ve followed. Sharon let us into her ‘darkroom’ and showed us her tips and tricks from thinking about a photo, to creating a plan, to shooting the photo, and to editing until the right feeling. I learned so much! So clear, so much information and extras and a such a good teacher! Sharon always felt close. Her responses to my questions and homework were swift with good tips and examples. All my fears (and all my apologies why I couldn’t do this) fell away within the first week and have not come back as they were before. I can handle them more easily. Sharon created a safe, positive space online where everyone has a place. I felt welcome and seen and I enjoyed the contributions and reactions of the other students. I’m very inspired and still bouncing. I want to hold on to this feeling so much. I now know how to engage, investigate and deepen my concepts. And how to play and try, and try again with so much pleasure! “

  2. :

    This was my first self portrait class. I was really excited to see it offered at the Define School yet a bit scared at the same time. However, Sharon was quick to make us all fee comfortable. She’s willing to share so much from her personal reasons in creating self portraiture to her vast technical knowledge. She is very encouraging yet offers honest feedback to improve your skills. Whether you’re new to photography or looking to find a new way to express yourself, you will be happy you took this class.

  3. :

    I loved every minute of this class! Sharon is an amazing teacher–open, gentle, encouraging and inspiring. She was very present during the class offering extensive critique, engaging and truly being an open book. In this class you will explore not only the technicalities behind taking and editing a (fine art) self portrait, but you will also delve deep into your “why”, your dreams, your fears, and your deepest desires. This class encourages deep reflection and self expression. If you have just a bit of an interest in exploring self-portraiture–do not hesitate to take this class. I can’t think of a better teacher of this genre than Sharon.

  4. :

    This class was amazing. I wished it would last longer. The material is so touching,soul searching, moving , and inspiring. I would even call it healing…
    Sharon is for sure one amazing teacher and I would recommend this class to everyone, if you’ve ever been afraid to be on the other side of your camera this is the class to take and the place to be. Not only will you attain all the technical skills but will be able to truly express your vision and emotions.

  5. :

    Every expectation I had of this class was exceeded! Sharon Covert is phenomenal. The space she creates for the participants and the work she sets in front of us is incredible. She instructs us on how to dig deep and unlock our story while exposing herself in the process, tools and techniques. This four week course is real and raw as well as nurturing and collaborative. If you are new to self portraiture she will ground your work in process and concept. If you are not a stranger she will expand your thinking and elevate your intention. I highly recommend this course! Absolutely superb!

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