Shooting a Clients cover or a Campaign beauty shot


The aim of the Masterclass with James is to create a shoot scenario representing image capture for a real magazine client, in this case Minus10 Magazine, which is an online editorial feature magazine.

We will be be shooting to brief a front cover for Minus10 Magazine with three options for styling changes for a future feature requirement from the Art Director, Massimo Vozzaa, who kindly set the brief and has set out the style and mood required for this shoot. We will be shooting three front cover scenarios, Portrait, 3/4 and action 3/4 shot. The final images taken by the group will all be reviewed by the Art Director for a front cover and the images taken on the day and closest to the artistic interpretation set out by the Minus10 team will feature on the next months front cover with credits for the photographers.

James will closely work throughout, with the group to ensure the images are to the required brief. The selected images from the groups session shoot will be used to create the Minus 10 Magazine front cover. All photographers will have access to a medium resolution front cover overlay to use in their own portfolio production. Inside the magazine there will be an opportunity for all photographers versions of images to featured online in a special gallery with behind the scenes pictures and some interviews.



Your day will begin first thing in the morning, We will introduce you to the team involved in the days experience, You will meet and greet James and the Creed team, who will make you feel comfortable and give you a brief explanation about your day and what to expect during the flow of the day, We discuss requirements for make-up, styling, hair and of course the model and what is needed from them. We will look at some basics of setting up your own fashion editorial and run through some important factors to work on in advance such as,

We will discuss the mood board, clothing and style based on the requirements of Minus10. Whilst the team begin the process of making up the model and styling them, James will run through the basics of the lights and look for the morning session shoot.

James will cover the light control of the day and how this can be interpreted in different ways and explain why the light matters in the types of looks your are going for but keeping continuity through each shot. We will take a few questions and answers at this point. Its not just about the lighting or complicated lighting set-ups but how to work with your chosen model and your light to get continuity to your set of images.

The aim of this experience is for you the photographer to dive right in and the shoot with the confidence knowing that James is close to hand to offer advice and support in learning how the light is working with model and show how working with the model is important to get the best out of them and your day. James mentoring for your session will help you work up your confidence and model direction to capture excellent imagery that can be used for you own portfolio.

Where many Masterclasses and Workshops can let you down is in your directing the shoot, model and team and keeping up the atmosphere and working with the model to get the best out of your opportunity working together. This is one of the most important items to consider in making your shoots successful when you create your own

By the time you finish your day with James you will  have a newly acquired skill and direction in shooting models and directing them to create a super fashion front cover look and learn how simple is best.



  • Setting the Studio
  • Lighting choice for this shoot and why
  • Lighting control
  • Setting up your team
  • Going through stylist mood board
  • What is the style – does the model suit the look
  • Pull letters and working with stylists
  • What happens if things don’t map out
  • Testing the model and light together – testing the setup
  • What is a good starting point with all 3 aspects, model, light and photographer
  • How to engage with your model and be inclusive
  • You will learn one to one with James Nader.
  • Your own individual shooting time with the models and lights.
  • Take your pictures home for your own portfolio and editing with sign off for shots for your own book.
  • Intimate photographer numbers make a fun and relaxed shooting environment.
  • Meet and network with other like minded photographers and creatives.

How can I join James at this event and book my place?

Your place is secured once you register and pay a deposit

In the first case please register your interest here and one of the team will get back to you with full details. At the same time would request a deposit of 50% for this event.

Please note that this opportunity to work with James on set and create your own material is aimed at photographers who have a reasonable level of understanding their camera. Although we can help with some technical issues this is NOT a technical course and is aimed at you shooting and getting images you need form this day and your investment.

When you arrive at the central London studio you will be met and introduced to the other photographers and our team for the day. We will then sit down to a light continental breakfast and then start the informal chat about the day and look at model comp cards and the styling mood boards whilst we relax into the flow of the day.

We really aim to begin the shoot with the model by around 11.00am, you will see James start to work with the model and get them warmed up and then its all over to you to begin shooting. There are of course other photographers there but you will get plenty of time to shoot both models and get the 6- 8 looks needed to complete your editorial.


Places: There will be a limit of 12 students for this event
We aim to have 2 models to work with throughout the day

Your Investment for this experience:


Your place includes Light breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. You will have rights release to all your images for portfolio use and online.

Location: London Studio – 

If you want to be added to the shortlist, please email



Equipment to bring: Camera, lenses (Prime lenses from 85mm or 50mm but for more interesting angles we recommend also bringing a small zoom lens 24-70mm is good), memory cards, camera charger, laptop, tablet (or mouse). We think that bringing in any portfolio is not really needed but it would be required that in advance you submit some images to review and to include in a small presentation meet and greet (optional)