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Why should you book a Pascal Baetens workshop?

My photographic philosophy

  • A good image is one that grabs my attention, touches, has impact. This is at least my main criterium to judge an image.
  • Technique serves the image. Techniques to use light and light sources, to master composition, to position my models (and myself as a photographer!), to guide my model's poses, movements and expressions have one goal: to improve the overall atmosphere of my photographs.
  • I work with human beings. Beautiful people with beautiful hearts, as we all are. A model is a human being, a photographer is a human being, communication is the secret for good photography.
  • Communication techniques to create an atmosphere are as important as skills to analyse light situations and composition. 


Whom are the workshops meant for?

  • The workshops are meant for passionate photographers, who want to improve their photographic skills in such way that they can fully live and enjoy their photography.
  • For those who look to refine their vision on photography and improve their skills to translate this vision into concrete photographic images or projects.
  • You can be a professional photographer, an amateur or a student, important is that you are eager to develop your artistic skills.
  • Your tools are your hearts, your eyes, your brains, your hands and feet, your voices and yes, your cameras too.


Who is 'teacher' Pascal Baetens?

  • Pascal is a professional photographer, specialising in 'on location' nude photography. He has also been realising projects on travel, dance (classic ballet) and portrait photography.
  • He is known for his delicate, sensual and emotional work, light and dreamy, and sometimes raw and confronting.
  • 'I like to help people developing their own style', as a style is linked to someone's personality. His teaching is passionate, active, personal, and always relating technique to the message, story, emotion that one wants to express.


Some professional references

  • His work has been published in magazines as Elle, Playboy, Men's Health and many more. He is the author of 6 books about nude photography, including the how-to book 'Nude Photography, the Art and the Craft', which has been published in 9 languages. Several of his books received international book prizes.
  • Pascal has been teaching for professional photographers associations such as the Belgian, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese associations of professional photographers; for art and photography festivals, organisations and institutions including Horizonte Zingst (Germany), Nikonians.org.
    He has also taught to amateur photographers organisations and photo clubs, students and school kids.
  • In 2008, Pascal received the the 'Master Qualified European Photographer Award', the highest recognition from the European Federation of Professional Photographers.


What to expect concretely? (*)

  • a pleasant atmosphere, relaxed and focused at the same time

  • a limited number of participants (*)
  • a comfortable models/participants ratio (*)
  • experienced, interested, cheerful professional models (*)
  • plenty of photographic moments (*)

  • a workshop team open to answer your photographic questions expectations

  • guided introspective moments to set your goals in your photography in general and specific sessions
  • techniques to translate an idea or atmosphere into a two dimensional image, through perspective, distance, lens choices, light direction, etc
  • techniques to analyse light and composition
  • techniques to communicate with your models, using verbal and non-verbal tools for setting a safe and creative environment, through active listening, precise guiding, and conscious body language

  • subject specific techniques at subject related workshops

  • practical exercises, mini-sessions (*)
  • longer photographic moments in small groups (*)
  • if practically possible: one-to-one didactic moments with Pascal; one-to-one photographic moments with th e models (*)

(*) The concrete content will depend on the workshops, and the workshop organisers. The elements marked with (*) are the general standard for the workshops, organised by Pascal and his team. You'll find them in "our" workshops, but not necessarily in workshops organised by third parties. In these cases, inform yourself upfront with the organisation.
The guidelines on this page are 'general', they cannot be used for any complaints in any concrete situations.