Soul Connection - Portrait Photography with Cheriss May - Washington DC – June 25th & 26th, 2022

(No reviews yet) Write a Review
Explore portrait photography with lauded editorial and portrait photographer Cheriss May during this two-day workshop in Washington D.C.
Washington. DC, In-Person
Adding to cart… The item has been added


Do you struggle making portraits or feel you can do better? You’re comfortable with your camera and understand how it works, but you struggle getting the image you see into the camera. Maybe you don’t know how to approach your subject, whether it’s on the street or in the studio or you have questions about how you can better connect with your subject.

These questions and more will be addressed during this unique workshop with Washington D.C based photographer and educator Cheriss May and the Leica Akademie. Using her own work as examples, Cheriss will guide participants through her history in photography, sharing the lessons she has learned. Instruction will highlight the process she has developed to quickly connect and document the essence of a person, photographically


  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Connecting with your subject
  • Working with your environment
  • Portrait techniques

The two-day agenda will include lectures, sessions in both a studio environment and on the street, daily assignments, and the opportunity for feedback on the work created. Owning a Leica is not required to attend. A selection of Leica cameras will be available for use over the weekend.


Anyone looking to improve their portrait photography and create more intimate images will benefit from this program. Those with an interest in working with professional lighting in a studio and taking on the challenge of environmental portraits are encouraged to register.


Participants are expected to be familiar with their camera settings and the basics of photography. Students do not need any prior lighting experience.


Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.


All participants attending this workshop will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. This requirement applies to students, staff, and instructors.



Cheriss May is a lauded editorial and portrait photographer, and adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. She has been published in The New York Times, O Magazine, The White House website, People, the Today Show, and other international publications. Cheriss’ images were selected for CNN 2020 Year in Pictures, and Women Photograph 2020 Year in Pictures.

She has a traveling exhibition, "Cheriss May Soul Connection", showing at galleries across the country, and her work is featured in a permanent exhibit, “In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity”, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 

Cheriss is an advocate for inclusive storytelling and is often commissioned to speak to organizations around the world, including Spotify, Adobe, Leica, the Center for Creative Photography, and the International Center of Photography.

Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Cheriss’ passion radiates through her aptitude to connect to the soul of those she photographs.



  • Dates

Book Now

You May Also Like