About the Instructors

Christie Stockstill is an Austin, Texas based artist specializing in family journalism, creative portraiture and fine art photography. She has worked as a portrait photographer since she stopped teaching high school in 2008. She is married to a very understanding man, who often finds himself in front of her camera, and she has two young boys, who, not always as willingly, find themselves in front of her camera.

She does quite a bit of portrait work, and her portrait work has grown into her fine art work. Christie’s photographs are often quiet and organic, mysterious and earthy, but may also be full of energy and fantasy, playfulness and humor. Whatever the case, she wants her photographs to provoke a visceral reaction - to cause the viewer to smile, laugh, swear, tear up, gasp, or forget to breathe.

This intensive workshop will concentrate on techniques and approaches for your personal fine art that can also be utilized to bring a one of a kind look to your client portraiture. We’ll be working with your own images and applying a range of post production techniques - step by step and layer by layer. You’ll leave with a full set of your own layered images as a reference for applying the techniques to other images. The techniques you learn will be useful for not only for your personal fine art images but as a practical method for creating unique client images.

We’ll also explore our personal creative processes to grab inspiration, push our creativity, and overcome creative blocks. We’ll discuss how pre-visualization and discovery are two sides of the same creative coin and how we can use both in image creation. And we’ll talk about enhancing our visual knowledge; we have to know what a good image looks like to make one.

• Photoshop techniques for fine art image creation
• How creating art for art sake will benefit your business, enhance your marketing and increase your bottom line.
• Using rules and making your own rules to leverage your creativity.
• Creativity is a learned skill available to all of us (not just a few lucky souls ) 

Everyone is creative!
• How to incorporate art into your studio and make money with it 

• How to teach yourself to think like an artist 

Thom Rouse  began his career as a portrait and wedding photographer in 1994.  Based near Chicago, he now divides his time between commercial, fine art and commissioned fine art images with his clients as the central subject of his pieces.  His conceptual fine art images utilize real world photographs blended and manipulated to create an alternative to real world perception. Thom also lectures and teaches workshops on topics ranging from Photoshop as an artist’s tool, visual literacy and lighting and posing for figure studies.

​Thom holds the PPA Master of Photography degree, the Award of Excellence, the Master of Electronic Imaging degree, and the Photographic Craftsman degree. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Photographers and a member of the Society XXV.  He has 58 PPA loan Collection images and has won the ASP Gold Medallion twice. He has received five Diamond, four Platinum and two Gold Photographer of the year awards. He has received the Kodak Elite award, the Canon Par Excellence Select Award as well as numerous Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece awards. Thom’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Europe.​

Christie Stockstill

The Art of the Portrait

Thom Rouse M.Photog.MEI.Cr., F-ASP & Christie Stockstill

​Inspiration - Creative Process - Overcoming Obstacles - Photoshop - Mindful shooting

This fine art portrait photography course is meant to help you tap deeply into your inner artist. We’ll explore everything from the creative process (yes, you have one,) to mindful shooting and Photoshop editing. We’ll help you fill your creative toolkit with tips and techniques for transforming ordinary portraits into works of art. Our three and a half days will be full of sharing, shooting, playing and practicing. You’ll go home feeling motivated and empowered to bring an artistic sensibility to your own images.

Thom Rouse M.Photog.MEI.Cr., F-ASP