Alisha is co-owner of Yellow Dog Portrait co. with her husband Joshua. The studio is based just outside of Atlanta. Alisha's speaking style has been described as honest, open, inspiring, and engaging. She shares personal stories that members of the audience can relate to and learn from. She is eager to share her knowledge in classical lighting, mixing medias to create fine art pieces, and marketing techniques. She enjoys getting to know the members of each affiliate she visits and maintains a connection with them after returning home; answering questions, encouraging growth, and being a friend. Her down to earth personality makes her easy to work with behind the scenes. She's organized and prompt.
In studio, Alisha's portrait specialty is Black and White studies of individuals of all ages and pets. For personal work, she dives deep into extremely low key portraiture which has been described as "Impact personified" as it has been accepted into the PPA Loan Collection and a 2020 GIA 3rd Place finalist in Illustrative/Commercial category.
She is sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging and partners with Denny Manufacturing.
"Wow! If you want to meet a dedicated speaker, you gotta meet Alisha Cline. In preparing for her workshop she loaded her car with props so that the attendees would have the opportunity to be hands on and create their own sets. She answered questions about everything from safety in dealing with babies to safety when staging the set, discussed lighting, and extended the scheduled time so that we could play longer (with building our sets) and make more questions! Thank you Alisha for going above and beyond!
We also had the generous support of Millers Professional Imaging, Photobiz, and our very own Vintage Now Modern, a super cool antique store in downtown Greenville."
-Sabina CavalliProfessional Photographers of South Carolina
The Art of Black and White - 6.5 hour Merit Class up to 4 Day School
This program is a maximum hands-on experience. We begin the week with lighting basics: ratios, settings, seeing the light patterns, using Inverse Square Law explaining it visually, and using a light meter. We discuss and photograph high to low keys, use additive, layering and subtractive techniques. Through the week we move into creating characters and impact, upping the technical skill sets to more advanced layering of different modifiers together, and end the week learning how to navigate NIK Silver EFx to create pieces for print competition.
Lighting Your Way to Stronger Portraits - 6.5 hour Merit Class up to 4 Day School length
This program explores 3,000 years of light and shadow in classical art. Attendees of this program will learn the reasons behind why we paint with light the way we do; from the smoky Sfumato to the dramatic Pittura Tenebrosa of Chiaroscuro are discussed in depth. Your membership learn how the 12 elements of print competition have roots in classical art. In the second part of this engaging program, a demo portion has been added to show how to apply classical techniques to modern photography. For affiliates with a variety of skill sets in their membership, this program is for must! It is my most dynamic and favorite program to teach, as well as my most requested.
*School weeks will also include Posing Your Way to Stronger Portraits where I dive into the fine art aspect of posing why we do.
Mighty Mini Sessions - 90 minutes - 2 hours
This program explains how mini session events be a mighty staple in any studio. The system is not about turn and burn but developing a meaningful, lasting relationship with families that grows into long-term and valuable clients. During this program your membership will learn how to successfully navigate through a mini session event. I'll explain how to develop a budget and why staying on it for each event is the key to profit. In this program I share affordable, creative, and effective marketing strategies for maximum bookings. I teach how to create a product catalog just for mini sessions that sell unique and quality signature heirlooms without competing with full-sized sessions. I walk through how to sale in person immediately after the session for maximum profits and discuss work flow on retouching to delivery.
Be Brave - Facing Your Fears to Find Your Path ... Coming Fall 2020
This program will be 90 minutes to 2 hours. I'll discuss how my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has changed the way I think about running my studio. I'll discuss how I my perspective changed, what we did as a family to push through and grow our business into something new. It covers some life balance aspects and organization tips. I was asked by several in our industry who also battle with difficult situations to write this program. It's going to be raw, honest, probably emotional, and touch topics that need to be address but not covered openly by many.
Provided by PPA
"Alisha has always been dedicated to education and giving back. It's one thing to have a speaker come to simply instruct, it's another to have them come and invest in your group. She took the extra time to add things to the class that would allow anyone in our area to apply the knowledge, but even more then that, she went above and beyond by helping attendees all throughout the event. For her it doesn't stop when her instruction concludes, it continues throughout the entire event and after. Thank you for being such a giving and thoughtful instructor to all those who wish to grow in this industry."
-Rachel EdgingtonProfessional Photographers of Missouri
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