Introduction to the Beloved Technique

Ria Mishaal is a qualified teacher of the Beloved Technique, and has played a key role in the Education Team for the Beloved Collective. Ria offers introductory sessions to the technique, where you can come and learn the principles and see it used first hand.

  • Introduction to the Beloved Technique – £97
    Next date TBC – please register your interest in the course to be the first to hear
    10am-4pm (including lunch)
    Location: just outside Bristol, in a beautiful farmhouse setting
    Content: Please see the extended content section below

If you would like to inquire about one to one tutoring (£225) or register your interest in future courses, please email Ria.

Your payment is non-refundable.
 If the course is cancelled for any reason,
 you will be given a place free of charge at the next course held.


Explore write-ups from some previous classes, with reviews from students:

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Course Content
We will go through the principles of the technique and resources available in a small group atmosphere, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. In the afternoon, we will do a live shoot with a couple, giving you the opportunity to watch the technique first hand and practice yourself.

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About the Beloved Technique

Beloved is a portrait-based photographic genre that celebrates relationship, blending the visual aesthetic of portrait photography with the authenticity of photojournalism. In a world where time is in short supply and the demand for our attention is high, Beloved creates a space for people to spend time and rediscover the ones they love. The images that are created are more than just photographs, they become living reminders of what matters most.

The Beloved Technique is an interaction style, a tool that can be used by any photographer to complement his or her own original style. The Technique has a simple carefully articulated structure, which is accessible, and demonstrates principles that have effects that go beyond the shoot. The principles learnt will have knock on effects in business and personal interactions for any practicing photographer.

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What students have to say

‘Ria is an excellent teacher – patient, kind and knowledgeable. The Introduction was very logical and helped me understand how to approach my shoots better.’ – Deirdre McCullock

‘Thank *you*! I learned so much! Not just about the technique itself, but in general about people and values – and my own values… I feel like some little puzzle pieces finally clicked together. I hope this will make me a better photographer on the long term.’ – Viktoria Kuti

‘It was quite an enlightening experience for me. I cried watching the emotion of the couple during the shoot. Really found it enjoyable.’ – Tracey Christina

Also, please read Tracey Christina’s review of the Introductory Session.

‘This past April, I attended the ‘Beloved’ introductory course, led by Ria Mishaal. The course covered ‘Beloved’ principles and included a live client session with a couple. This gave me the opportunity to see some of the ‘Beloved’ techniques being performed by an experienced and qualified photographer. Ria is one of the few qualified ‘Beloved’ teacher here in the UK. She is both a gifted photographer and instructor who skilfully introduced the basis of ‘Beloved’ and effectively explained how principles and techniques are best utilized in sessions with clients. She encouraged the couple through various ‘Beloved’ techniques to explore the chemistry between them to allow more natural responses to flow. Through this, Ria was able to create organic, candid and unique photographs that the couple could cherish. If you are interested in finding a way that would encourage your clients be themselves and get comfortable during photographic sessions then look no further. The ‘Beloved’ technique is the method you’re looking for. I highly recommend you give Ria a call for more details.’ – Theresa Furey

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About Ria

I have a strong belief in education, in helping equip people with tools that enable them to realise their goals.

I have an academic background, I hold a PhD from Cambridge University. I have previously taught one-to-one sessions and in small groups, headed large group classes and I have given public and university lectures.

I was first introduced to the Beloved Technique in 2011. It has had a profound effect on my personal enjoyment of my work, the value of the work I produce.

Beloved has given me the ability to form more meaningful relationships with those I photograph for however brief a time, and allows me to create more authentic and thus more beautiful images.

To register your interest in the ‘Introduction to the Beloved Technique’ training session, please email me.

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