Down on the Farm Portfolio Builder


Join us for the photography, but got hooked on the fun and the food!

Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10am to 5pm

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Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10am to 5pm
Point of View Farm, Deerfield, New Hampshire
Presented by Bud Thorpe and the SOPHA Staff


This is the program you have been waiting for. Really. It is.
We are proud to announce our Farm event for 2017. We always joke: you came for the photography, but got hooked on the fun and the food.

What is “The Farm”?
The Farm is our annual class, shoot, and portfolio builder. We have revamped this program completely for 2017!

Who should participate?
Photographers interested in family, pet, fashion, editorial, food, glamour, or portraiture. We have a number of concept shoots planned that cross all the genres.

How is the program run?
We have a number concept shoots planned, each run by a capable photographer, instructor, and their assistants. See and learn how they set it all up, and then shoot it too! Jump in and help so you can learn by doing! This is a hands on, interactive program. There are no PowerPoint slides!

Is this program held on a farm?
That’s right! We take over a 60 acre horse farm in Deerfield, New Hampshire and make use of the fields, barn, pond and other spaces to create awesome images. The farm has the facilities for groups, including restrooms and such.

The shoot will start at 10am and end at 5pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

What you need to bring:
Please bring your DSLR/Mirrorless camera, a charged battery, and a memory card. Most images we create will work best with a mid-range telephoto lens, such as the 70-200mm. Lenses shorter than 50mm are rarely used. If you don’t have a lens you like, please consider renting one from our Rental Department. Because we are outside, many folks find viewing hoods/loupes handy, such as the Hoodman or the Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.

As we will be outside, we recommend bringing a hat and wearing sunscreen. We also recommend, strongly, the use of bug spray, against mosquitoes and black flies.

Water, Snacks, and Lunch
SOPHA will be providing water, soda, and snacks throughout the day. A group lunch will be served at 1pm!  Our lunch is catered by the folks from the farm and the food is fantastic, fresh, and straight from the kitchen!. No pizza served here! Those with particular dietary needs should plan on bringing their own lunch. If you have questions, please contact us.

This program is being held on a working horse farm in Deerfield, NH. The location features barns, fields, woods, and a small pond. It is the perfect backdrop for our workshop! We have access to bathrooms and a group meeting room as well. Honestly, we have run this program here every year and the location could not be better!

While we expect changes, here is our planned line up:

Horse Portrait (Portrait/Animals) led by Bud Thorpe
Where else can you create a fully lit studio-style portrait of a horse but at SOPHA’s Farm Portfolio builder?  That’s right – we are lighting a horse!

Summer Food (Food/Still) led by Jess Ramos
Join acclaimed photographer Jess Ramos as she lays out a table of summer foods displayed to up your food photography game!

Cyanotype Sun Prints (Alt Process) led by Liz Wood
Join our own Liz Wood in this hands on session creating unique physical prints using nothing but the sun and specially coated paper.   Photograms are fun!

Couch in Field (Fashion/Model) led by Kim Buccheri
Join Kim as she creates a stunning fashion image on the farm with our model Bri!

Child on Tractor (Kids/Portrait) led by Bud Thorpe
What kid wouldn’t love to climb on this depression era tractor for his portrait?  Join Bud as he creates a fantastic and fun child portrait!

Ballerina in Nature (Fashion/Portrait) led by Billy McLean
Crossing the line between fashion and portrait, join Billy as he creates a stunning outdoor ballerina shot!

Waterfront Fashion (Fashion/Model) led by Kim Buccheri
Throwing light long distances along with subtle details are the key to this shot on the dock at the edge of the farm’s pond!  Join Kim as she leads this group along with our model Bri!

Mountain Biker on the Trail (Sports/Action) led by Bud Thorpe
Utilizing strobes and fast shutter speeds, join us as we create stunning images of a fast wheeling mountain biker (Dwight!) as he traverses the woods on the farm!

The Infrared Landscape (IR/Alt Process) led by Greg Thevenin
Participants can take turns creating wild landscape images on the farm using SOPHA’s infrared converted camera in this session led by Greg Thevenin.  (Note: to participate you must bring an EMPTY SD memory card labeled with your name!)

The Triple Lindy (Fashion/Model) led by Billy McLean
Reprising this fashion set up from last year, Billy McLean will lead the group in an elaborate scrimmed shot made famous by Peter Lindbergh.

Long Grass (Fashion/Portrait) led by Greg Thevenin
Join the group as we walk into the back 40 of the farm for this shot created in the tall grass and ferns.  Led by our own Greg Thevenin!

Revolutionary War Reenactor (Portrait/Action) led by Bud Thorpe
Join Major Laommi Baldwin of the Woburn Militia (Joe Brown) as he demonstrates his 1763 Charleville flintlock musket – while we create images using the latest generation studio lights!

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