Fashion Photography with Stefan Rappo

The fashion shoot: preparation, shooting your own style, present your work

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Day 1:

* Learn how to prepare a fashion shoot with a professional team: stylist, make-up artist, models;

* Learn how to best prepare your fashion book and contact potential clients;

Days 2 & 3:

* Invoke your intuition while making fashion photographs and capturing movements;

* Create a cinematic atmosphere and a narrative in a fashion shoot;

* Develop your own visual language and photographic identity in fashion photography;

Day 4:

* Create 1 to 2 fashion series (8 to 10 pages) with interior or exterior photographs or mixing both.

* Learn how to best prepare your fashion book and contact potential clients;



At age 30, Stefan Rappo left Switzerland and his job as a designer and constructor of heavy forestry equipment to study at Toulouse’s Ecole de la Photographie et Game Design. Photography had captured his imagination and proved to be a turning point in his life. After graduation in 2004, he follows his mentor’s advice and moved to Paris where he joined PIN UP Studios as a studio assistant. It was here that Stefan mastered all aspects of commercial production, discovered the world of professional photography and confirmed his passion for image making. In 2007, Stefan began working for celebrated photographers and industry leaders like Camilla Akrans, and Bruno Aveillan. From 2012-2019, for eight career-defining years, he was Peter Lindbergh’s first assistant. Their relationship was founded on respect, trust, loyalty, a passion for creativity and a dedication to photography and the result was a profound friendship.

Stefan’s narrative approach to cinematic storytelling, and nude and portrait photography is intuitive. Rather than set standards for aesthetics or beauty his images touch the viewer. Black and white, color, clarity and dreaminess are tools he uses in his signature narrative approach to photography. Each work transports us to a hidden place with a story. And the models, his protagonists, embody his stylistic language while expressing themselves with complete freedom. Stefan’s work bridges the boundaries between commercial and art photography, and is marked with a respect for his models, the creative process, and the client.



A few weeks before the workshop begins, participants will be asked to brainstorm on a theme for their shooting as well as a title.

Day 1:

Masterclass - Projections
Stefan Rappo will spend time talking about his work and the different projects he has worked on. He will share his photographic references with the group and discuss the challenges of being a working fashion photographer.

He will talk about what is fashion photography and what it involves in terms of human ressources.

He will explain how he prepares a fashion shoot, find a professional team, ideas and mood for the shooting. He will also talk about his experience in accessing the fashion world, how to understand the clients' visual universe and contact potential clients (magazines, brands, etc.).

Finally, Stefan Rappo will talk about all the technical options that are possible (but not mandatory) in a fashion shoot.

Portfolios reviews and projects definition 
Each participant will receive an in-depth critique of their work, theme and title ideas sent before the workshop will also be discussed. These reviews will be used as a jumping board for workshop assignments. Stefan Rappo will also use this review session to explain the best way to present the fashion book to the clients.

Sep 11 - Sep 14, 2024
4 days in Paris - 1920 €
Early Bird 1820 €
before Jun. 11th

- Only 8 students will be admitted for each session. Participants will be granted admission to the workshop based on a review of a selection of 10 of their photographs.

- The 1.920€ fee does not include transport, accommodation nor on the ground expenses.

- In order to confirm your application, an advance payment of €100 is advised. Once the application is completed, we will send an email via PayZen to the participant in order to settle the payment. If the candidate is accepted, this amount will be deducted from the overall cost of the workshop.

- In case the participation is not confirmed, he will get a full pay back of the 100€ fee.

- If accepted, the participant will receive a course contract confirming the success of his application by email.

- To confirm registration, the participant must return this contract to us, signed, within ten days, along with payment of 30% of the cost of the workshop. The participant will also receive an invoice.

- The rest of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop at the latest.

- A dossier in order to get prepared for the workshop will be sent to the participant at least two weeks before the workshop begins.

- Successful candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph.

- Participants working digitally should bring their own laptops, and everything needed for digital editing.

- Participants are required to find their own accommodation in Paris.

- Photo books

- Projector and screen

- 1 Macintosh computer

- Professional A3 printer

- Photo paper

- A professional stylist, make-up artists, models and comedians will be present during the workshop

- Flash lights:

- 1 torche 1000 W Hot Sync - 2 torches 1000 W classique - 3 torches 500 W Hot Sync - 2 torches 500 W classique -un câble tethertools  micro-B / usb 3 de 4,60m (15') -un câble tethertools  usb-C / usb-C de 4,60m (15') -un câble tethertools  rallonge usb 3 de 4,60m (15')  

- Lumière continue:

- 4 projecteurs tungstène de 800 W + 4 volets (barndoors) - 10 torches LED à puissance variable: 1 Nanlite 300 2  Godox FV200 2  Godox SZ150R Zoom RGB 1 Lupolux 650W (avec fresnel et volets) 1 Prioled 400W (modeleurs flash),
3 Godox 60W (équiv. 500W modeleurs flash)

- The portfolios produced by each participant will be published on the site of Eyes in Progress.

- Mentors are photography experts such as a photo editors, journalists, creative directors, gallery curators, they will review these portfolios.

- Video interviews in which the students discuss their work, their motivation as photographers, as well as what they learned during the workshop will also be posted on the site. In case the participant is not willing to have his video online, we won't publish it, however, we do encourage to record the video anyways as a practical exercise on how to orally express himself as a photographer.

- Each participant will be awarded a certificate of completion of the course.

- The participants will be required to evaluate the workshop when it has been completed, to show their level of overall satisfaction and the extent of their acquisition of new skills. These evaluations will help us to improve our workshops.

- If the participant is not willing to have his profile online (portfolio, review, video), we will of course respect his decision and will not publish it.

Applications will be open until August 12th 2024.

- Eyes in Progress reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 7 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice. Eyes in Progress reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

- If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing:

. Eyes in Progress will reimburse all the registration costs except for the €100 administrative fee, if the participant informs Eyes in Progress of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Eyes in Progress will charge the following:

. 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences.

. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop commences.

. All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of the participant need to be paid in full.

- Eyes in Progress is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Eyes in Progress is committed to using all possible means to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to participate in the workshops. For this, the director of Eyes in Progress will assess all required adaptations and implement them.