Lose yourself in the tranquility of morning coffee lakeside before a yoga session to clear the mind prior to delving into a day filled of photography.
“If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.” Steve Jobs
REGISTRATION: SOLD OUT – ALL INCLUSIVE | ROOM . FOOD . DRINK
AUGUST 6-8 2012. Room is available Sunday night the 5th thru Wednesday the 8th
About the Retreat
This is a workshop that will focus on people photography: Portrait, Fashion, Boudoir, Couples.
Plan on 3 days of learning photography at a calm pace. Let go of the business brain and concentrate only on the art of photography.
It’s always been a dream of mine to have a photographic retreat where a small group of people could hang for 3 days in one place. Room, food, drinks and covered in the cost. This is absolutely ALL INCLUSIVE.
I was in a rut as a wedding photographer in the mid 2000′s I was starting to resent photography. I was so focused on the business I forgot why I loved being a photographer in the first place. I made a decision to go back to college and start doing all kinds of personal projects. It is exactly what I needed to fall in love with photography again.
I want to share the Zen like experience that I had. Where the camera is just a instrument used to produce the images I have inside me. I wan’t this retreat to be a starting point for you to have that experience. It is a focus on the craft of photography and beyond. I want to share all the techniques I use with exposure and lighting but also, more importantly, how to interact with people to make great images.
Is this workshop for you?
Ask yourself…Do you:
Need to recharge your creative juices?
Love photography and want to be immerse yourself for 3 days?
Want to understand light and how to manipulate it?
Want to understand how to work with people in photography to get real emotion?
Love fashion and want to learn how to shoot like Vogue?
Just need a break?
Think that the craft of photography is important?
Cost to Attend: $1495
Registration Includes: Instruction, Food, Drink, Lodging, Models.
There is a limit of 10 people that can attend. Two of the rooms have double beds so we need 4 people for roommates.
There will be 4 models to work with, as well as each other. I strongly believe in photographers having their own photograph taken. You will be able to use any images for portfolios.
Bring comfortable shoes and clothes. You will have the opportunity to do Yoga in the mornings. Yoga teaches you about your own body and helps in posing. It is also a great way to start a day and clear your mind from the clutter.
We will also be going on a photographic hike to a natural spring. There is a lot of uphill walking on stairs.
At the house, there is an Infinity pool that looks over the Lake, plus a large hot tub and steam room to relax in.
We will have movie nights in the cinema room.
If you book and are unable to attend, 1/2 of cost will be refunded or you can apply fees to another retreat.
About the Lakehouse
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
This is a time to relax and learn.
Use the Zen of photography to reach heightened enlightenment and trust yourself to let go of the normal to make images.
Preparing for the Workshop
Please book flights to arrive before 6pm on Sunday. If that is not possible, see if there is a Saturday flight and stay with me Saturday night.
If you are flying, there will be a person driving from Kansas City International Airport Sunday late afternoon. It is about a 3.5 hr drive to the lakehouse. Flights out should be booked for Thursday late afternoon-evening.
Lodging is provided for Sunday night through Wednesday night.
Food and Drink
All food and drinks are provided, but if you have any allergies or food requests please let us know. My friend Marco will be cooking for us: Italian and American food. Lasagna, Pizza, Burgers, Dogs…
Some final words that I believe in:
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.”
“The quieter you become, the more you will hear.” and SEE…
CHECK OUT THE LIGHTING DIAGRAM GALLERY
|DAY ONE||DAY TWO||DAY THREE BONUS|
|Exact schedule is subject to change|
Camera, Lens and speedlight is you have them, Laptop or computer, jump-drive, inspire board (your aspirations), 5 images to be critiqued
- Photographic Theory
- Composition and Design
- Posing, individual and group
- Exposure and camera mechanics review
- Photo history and inspiration
- Natural, using mirrors and reflectors
- Flash manual
- Flash ETTL
- Proper metering | Lighting subtlety
- Multiple light setups | Effective reception lighting
- Off Camera Flash outside & inside
- Making On Camera Flash look like Off Camera Flash
Workflow & Business
- Dramatic editing techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom without spending a lifetime messing with images
- How to approach Photoshop from a darkroom point of view | Less is more
- Proper costs and selling of your work
- Marketing tips that have worked for me
Lunch is provided - we might go grab some Pizza.
Coming soon. Working on getting some discount rates.
Close enough to home to keep the cost down. My friend Melissa Kelly of Melissa Kelly Imagery, had asked if I would possibly do a one day workshop on light in Wichita. I had thought that location might be great. I have done a few of these here in Kansas City and had a great response. Wichita is only a few hours from me so that seemed like a great idea. We talked some more at the After Dark Education in Dallas this past week, and Melissa said there was some serious interest. So without further ramblings…
MONDAY MARCH 12, 2012 9:30 – 6-ish. Wichita KS. at Melissa's Studio. Only $350.
Limited to 20 photographers.
Who is this kind of class for:
Any photographer that wants to get a really solid grasp on lighting. Understanding what makes light "Nice"
Complete control over flash using manual settings.
- Are you a natural light photographer?
- Do you struggle with flash?
- Are your images not as good as you would like?
- Have you ever wanted to try something new photographically?
- Do you have trouble posing subjects?
- Do you want to keep your photography fresh?
In this one day class, we will go over how to use manual exposure and flash. You will come way understanding your camera better and have a great understanding of how to use flash without question. This will be a intermediate to advanced class dealing with multiple lights and ratios.
We will discuss shooting it as correctly as possible to eliminate editing time. I will also show you my favorite editing. NO SECRETS!
Here is an example of what you can do with light.