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NORDphotography, Sundsøya 11, 7670 Inderøy, Norway


Tel: 0047-95 47 69 66


- a portrait workshop

  with Joyce Tenneson


1 - 7 October 2019


St Petersburg - Russia

Join us in St Petersburg in October and create soulful portraits with the legendary photographer Joyce Tenneson as your mentor. Our backdrop will be different historical sites and mansions in St Petersburg selected for us by our Russian producer art historian Tatiana Yermolayeva


We kick-off this workshop with a guided tour at one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, The Hermitage Museum. The workshop wraps with a excursion to Pavlovsk, before our Final Show.

We will draw our inspiration from the locations we visit, historical sites, the city of Peter, and the people we meet on our quest to capture the Russian Soul. Joyce Tenneson, who is known for the depth of her own iconic portraits will be our photographic mentor throughout the entire workshop.

Joyce started her carrier with self-portraits, before she ventured into portraits of others and has since been voted one of America’s most interesting portrayers of the human character.


On this workshop we will seek to create portraits that go beyond the surface. “I want to allow others to reveal and celebrate aspects of themselves that are usually hidden”

We will be working with a hair and make-up team in St Petersburg and spend about 4 hours on location each day. Since we are working with daylight, we spend the first part of the day shooting on location. Our lecture and image critique time will take place in the evenings. Joyce will share with the students how she prepares and sets up a shoot, styling tips, lighting tips, and the way she works with her subjects to put them at ease, revealing their inner selves.

NORDphotography will book local models/ dancers to model for this workshop.


We will have a max of 10 students on this workshop.

PLANNED INTINERARY (open to changes): 

October  1ST:

1PM: Guided tour at The Hermitage Museum

7PM: Welcome Dinner at our Hotel - a typical Russian feast. 

9 PM: Welcome Lecture and information about our location on the 2ND


October 2ND: - first photoshoot

In the morning: portraits on location/ In the evening: lecture and critic


October 3RD: - second photoshoot

In the morning: portraits on location/ In the evening: lecture and critic

October 4TH: - third photoshoot

In the morning: portraits on location/ In the evening: lecture and critic

October 5TH: - last photoshoot

In the morning: portraits on location/ In the evening: last critic session

October 6TH

Excursion to Pavlovsk and the palace of Katherine the Great - we leave in the morning and are back at out hotel around 4-5PM. On the way back to our hotel we will stop for a late lunch at a very fun Russian restaurant who will serve us a feast of Russian Dishes. Final Show at Ambassador Hotel starting at 7PM


October 7TH (Monday): Departure after breakfast. 

NOK 26.000,- (deposit NOK 6.000,-). 

Included in the workshop tuition:

lecture and critic

- transportation during the workshop,

- model-fee

- location-fee

- make-up/ hair fee

- our guide and producer

- welcome dinner at our hotel

- guide Hermitage Museum

- guide excursion to Pavlovsk

Not included in the workshop tuition:

- accommodation at The Ambassador Hotel

- plane ticket

- visa

- transportation to/from airport

- lunch and dinner

- entrance tickets to The Hermitage Museum

- entrance tickets to Pavlovsk Museum

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.
International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.


Our class will stay at the luxurious Ambassador Hotel in St Petersburg, close to the historical part of the city, which is the largest historical center in the world. The hotel offer single and double room including breakfast. The hotel has a swimming pool and a SPA/ Beauty department, as well as a restaurant and a cafe. We have reserved single rooms for our group. If you book your hotel with your plane ticket, please let us know so we can release the room booked for your seat. 

Price hotel (hotel prices might change as it can be affected by the exchange rate of the local currancy).


Single room pr night:

4500 Rubles (pr. Jan 2019/ about 70 dollars) ink breakfast.


Double room pr night:

5750 Rubler (pr. Jan 2019/ about 87 dollars) ink breakfast.


Participants have to apply for a visitors visa to enter Russia. It is each participants own responsibility to be approved for a Russian visa.


Most travel agency’s with Russian destinations will offer this service, or offer guidance in how to obtain a tourist visa. You can also google visa service online, and see what is offered in your country. Or you can go to the Russian Embassy webpage in your country to find information about how to apply for your VISA. Our experience is however that the visa service online are very efficient and easy to use. 


NORDphotography will supply the documentation from the hotel necessary for obtaining a Visa. The visa process takes about 3 weeks, and the Russian Consulate charges a fee for a regular tourist visa. This is often charged in addition to the visa service fee. The fee varies from country to country. Express visa has normally double the fee.


You need travel insurance, a copy of your ticket, a passport, an invitation from the hotel, and the electronically visa form filled in and signed as part of the visa application. We ask that students wait to apply for a visa until the workshop is confirmed. If you have any questions about applying for a visa feel free to contact NORDphotography and we will help in anyway we can.

Full: NOK 26.000,-

(currency converter)

Deposit: NOK 6.000,-

Se payment details in the workshop description.

Registration on our workshops are binding


The workshop starts on the 1 ST of October, with a guided tour to the Hermitage Theatre around 1PM. 


The workshop ends on the 7TH of October after break-fast


You need to bring your camera, and your laptop. A tripod/ monopod might come in handy as we will be working with daylight. You should bring your reflector(s). Pluss props and clothes/ fabrics for your models might come in handy. 



Tatiana Yermolayeva is a Russian Art Historian, Curator, and Producer.


She has a background from the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, and has been a producer and facilitator for several artist throughout the years.


Her most famous collaborator was with world renowned fashion and art photographer Deborah Turbeville, whom she worked closely with

for many decades.


She has been NORDphotography’s producer and facilitator in St Petersburg since 2011.



Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.


Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, 

Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.

Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women.


 She is the recipient of many awards, including the distinguished Lucie Awards for Outstanding Achievement in portraiture 2018, and Lucie Awards Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. Tenneson’s work has been exhibited in museums around the globe and is part of many private and public collections.