Portrait Group

If you are interested in people photography then this special interest group will give you the opportunity to try your hand at studio portraits.

If you're looking at coming along for the first time, please read through the information below including the information sheet for photographers, as most of your questions can be answered there.

Otherwise, please contact the Portrait Group coordinators with any questions not answered below. The current co-ordinators are David Purdue, Sam Alessi and David Gilliver.

About the Portrait Group

First Monday of the month, 8pm (studio and lighting setup starts at 7pm). NOTE: There will be no Portrait Group meeting in April 2018 due to the Easter public holiday.

Portrait Group meets at Melbourne Camera Club, cnr Ferrars and Dorcas streets, South Melbourne. Melway: 2K A3.


All MCC members, especially new and provisional members who wish to gain an insight into the wonderful and challenging world of studio portraiture, are invited to participate in our monthly Portrait nights. Visitors are welcome to attend the Portrait Group twice before they will be asked to join the Melbourne Camera Club.

These practical sessions are held on the first Monday of each month, February to November inclusive, in the Club’s studio facility downstairs, setting up from 7:00pm and commencing shooting at 8:00pm. If you're a member looking at hiring the studio, helping out with the setup process is a great opportunity to learn about the equipment.

For photographers:

Information sheet

Both film and digital photographers are welcome. 

We try to run at least two light/backdrop setups simultaneously with a volunteer model for each, swapping models mid-way through the evening.

The lighting used is either studio flash or tungsten; with 100 ISO and 400 ISO film respectively being the best choice for those shooting film. Tripods or monopods are useful, but not essential.

Any advice or assistance required is always readily available, and we try to give everyone the opportunity of obtaining some excellent results. Of course, real success depends largely upon the photographer’s communication with his or her subject!

After each month's shoot, the only other requirement for photographers is that they need to return images for the models, either as prints or as a cd or dvd of images.

If you are interested in participating in this group as a photographer, just send an email to the group co-ordinators.

For models:


We're always looking for keen models (male or female). In the past we've had circus acrobats, athletes and actors in addition to our regular 'fashion' models.

Models are promised a images from each photographer in return for donating their time. Images are usually returned to models after the following meeting.

If you are interested in participating in this group as a model, send an email to the group's Model Liaison Co-ordinator: Sam Alessi

"Modelling for the Camera club was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to work with a wide variety of photographers in a friendly, fun, and professional environment. The lighting set up was fantastic and I was so excited by the high quality of the pictures that were being taken on the night." - St Clare, singer, March 2012

"I just wanted to thank all the members of the camera club for the wonderful pictures you sent me. When I visited in February the guys and girls were all lovely and I just was so amazed with the amount of pictures I was sent. Thankyou." - Rouge Noir, model, February 2012

The Portrait Group is made up of both professional and amateur photographers who have a common interest in portrait photography. These nights are a great way to further our skills, learn from each other and provide an opportunity to shoot different faces each month.

For new members to the Club it is a great opportunity to learn about portraiture and observe and practice in a relaxed environment.

For our models it is a great learning experience, a fun night and a very inexpensive method of putting together a portfolio of images. Each photographer obtains different results and in the past models have received back numerous images, many that they are really pleased with.

Models who are keen for further work (mostly trade for prints) often make contacts on the night and seek followup individual shoots with some of the photographers, but this is totally at your discretion. 

You can view a selection of photos taken at the portrait group on our Flickr group.

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