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In a Nutshell

Valerie Santagto draws on decades of shutterbuggery for Vanity Fair & New Mexico Tourism Department to instruct & shoot stunning portraits

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Before photographs were invented, the only way to have your likeness reproduced was to sit motionless for hours while an artist expertly pressed Silly Putty onto your face. Capture images without holding your breath with today’s Groupon from Santagto Photography. Choose between the following options:

  • For $39, you get a portrait package (a $125 value) that includes:
    • Up to a 30-minute in-studio head-shot or portrait photography session
    • One 8”x10” print or digital file

  • For $59, you get a four-hour Focus Your Creative Vision photography workshop with Valerie Santagto (a $275 value).

For each workshop and photo shoot, Valerie Santagto draws on her several decades of professional shutterbuggery for Vanity Fair, the New Mexico Tourism Department, and other prominent clients, as well her experience photographing Kevin Costner and John Waters. During the 20- to 30-minute shoot, Santagto artfully captures the likeness of her subject in one flattering pose. After the in-studio session, clients receive a choice of either a digital file or 8”x10” print that, when framed, makes an ideal gift for a casting agent or a coworker in a neighboring cubical. Groupon holders can purchase additional looks for $35 each.

The initial two hours of the Focus Your Creative Vision workshop take place at Great Face & Body in downtown Albuquerque. Valerie will take beginners and advanced students alike step-by-step through principles such as camera settings, lighting and metering, lens-cap removal, and use of artistic flourishes. Armed with this new brain-stuffing, fledgling shooters are then released into the picturesque grounds of the Botanic Gardens at the Albuquerque BioPark for up to two hours of exploration, where they can mess with shutter speeds, experiment with composition, or capture images of caterpillars as they cocoon themselves and pupate into beautiful pterodactyls. Santagto workshop attendees will notice a significant uptick in the breath-snatching quality of their shots, be they landscapes, portraits, or snapshots of extraterrestrial tourists jumping. Classes are in paired sessions on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Great Face & Body and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the BioPark. Please call ahead to ensure class availability for your date of interest.

Customer Reviews

Great class! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn their camera better!
Leticia D. · May 9, 2016
Relaxed and thorough. She gears it all to what you need. She is knowledgable and easy to relate to.
Sharon H. · September 14, 2015
This is a hugely helpful workshop for ANYONE. Whether you have a fancy camera or not. Loved Her class!
Holly M. · August 20, 2014

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