The Photographic Portrait - A Spring Class with Hellen van Meene and Albert Hartwig (2017)

A five day class workshop taught by photographer Hellen van Meene and Albert hartwig, Consumer Engagement Strategist, digital CX/CRM specialist, Design Thinker. For professional photographers and serious amateurs.

The participants will be led through five intensive days of looking, discussing, shooting, reviewing, editing, and group critiques. Each participant will work with both Hellen and Albert, sometimes in two separate groups, sometimes all together. Every participant's portfolio will be reviewed by both teachers.

During this spring class in May 2017, one track is for pushing your yourself to a higher level. The other track focuses on how to promote yourself.

This spring masterclass event includes: 5 days masterclass at Finca Fahala in Andalucia, Spain. This masterclass will be including breakfast, lunch and dinner. But not including accommodation. The location is around 30 minutes from Malaga Airport, Spain. On the final afternoon there will be a closing toast on the successful week. Travel expenses are not included. You can register now.

We will give you 10% discount if you register before the 26th of February!

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at photographers who are dedicated to pushing their own personal photographic boundaries.


Facilities for developing and printing analogue film will not be available. It is therefore advisable to bring a digital camera and a laptop to the workshop. This way you will be able to show your work made during the weekend.




The masterclass is open to everyone.

Day 1

18.00 - Registration, meet & greet Finca Fahala.
At the day of arrival you have time to enjoy your accommodation and meet the other students. Later that night we will eat Tapas and have a nice glass of Sangria.

Day 2

09.00 - Portfolio reviews
13.00 - Lunch
14.00 - Portfolio reviews
17.00 - End of the day program
17.00 - Spare time
20.00 - Dinner
21.30 - Artist Talk by Hellen van Meene or Albert Hartwig

Day 3

09.00 - Theory / practice lessons Hellen van Meene and Albert Hartwig
13.00 - Lunch
14.30 - Theory / practice lessons Hellen van Meene and Albert Hartwig
17.00 - End of the day program
19.30 - Dinner
21.30 - Artist Talk by Hellen van Meene or Albert Hartwig

Day 4

09.00 - Photo assignment - portrait, landscape, and artistic impression (expressing yourself in your own creative way).
11.00 - Departure to Malaga exploring the city and photo assignment
Lunch and dinner are for your own account
23.00 - Departure to Finca Fahala

Day 5

09.00 - Time to prepare yourself for the final critique and photo assignment
13.00 - Lunch
14.30 - Critique of the results of the portrait workshop Hellen van Meene en Albert Hartwig.
19.00 - End of the critique of the results of the portrait workshop Hellen van Meene en Albert Hartwig.
20.30 dinner
22.00 - After Party - let us toast to the end of a great week! (Subject to availability.)



About Albert Hartwig

Albert Hartwig was one of Hellens Students during an intensive masterclass in the dunes of Schoorl in Holland. Besides a photography enthusiast he works as a global marketing manager for A-brands. He is also an experienced service design thinker and helps marketeers, entrepreneurs and artists to identify their drives and ambitions and translate these to tangible business objectives.

In an intensive interactive morning session Albert will help the students to find their value propositions. Why are we doing, what we do and how are we doing this. This will help the students in describing themselves as an artist and their work and will help to be more focussed when starting up new projects.

The dates

  • May 10 - May 14 2017

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