How long is this thing?
There will be a meet and greet Friday where we will all learn each others names, favorite lens, and deepest fears and then head to Chicago Street Pub for craft beers and songs on the juke box. The workshop is Saturday and Sunday from 11-5 and includes a two hour shooting period in the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday.
what do I bring?
A laptop or notebook – however you want to take notes.
Bring any camera gear you plan on shooting with during the day, and all of the questions you can think of.
Is there a shoot?
Yes there will be a shoot both days where you are invited to either watch or participate by photographing – however you learn best.
What will we learn?
I hate giving the illusion that I know everything or that you cannot learn by doing but I want every attendee to walk away feeling they were empowered and encouraged so my plan for the workshop is to talk about;
1. how to photograph people so that they feel comfortable and at ease.
2. how to identify your own unique photographic vision so that when you photograph your own family and friends the images convey more emotion and meaning than a snapshot.
You do not have to be a professional photographer to benefit from the latter.
Do we eat?
lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day are complimentary, but if you party with us at dinner its everyone for themselves.
Where will this workshop take place?
Regis Glass Art in Joliet which is located just an hour train ride south of Chicago and walking distance from the train station. Sue Regis has graciously allowed us to use her art studio space for the entire weekend. There will be plenty of room to display work, discuss and critique as well as cool vibes from the artists who work in and display pieces in the space. I recommend visiting Regis Glass Art during business hours after the workshop just to meet the very charming Sue Regis.
but seriously If I am giving you money, what makes this workshop worth it?
Even though my degree is in photography I still have fears and anxieties tied to my self esteem as a photographer and I am certain you do to. My hope is that I can share with you technical skills that will improve your work as well as help you develop your own manifesto on why you make the work that you do and the confidence to do it whole heartedly. I will also be teaching for two weeks on the Pine Ridge Reservation just prior to this workshop and will be dying to talk about photography with whoever will listen. I will be giving assignments as well as starting a closed workshop group where all attendees can reach out to me after the workshop creating a community based around our mutual desire to improve our work and connect with other photographers.
This isn't about coming to hang for a day so you can learn how to do exactly what I do, though I won’t hold any of that back. Rather, there is a huge emphasis on you and your own personal strengths and story and how to tell that story through your photographs by honing your vision.
Lets get down to brass tacks, How much is all this going to cost me?
Lets break it down like this; the meet and greet is essentially free while Saturday & Sunday’s classes are $150 each when you attend both days.
If you can’t make both days you can sign up for just one day for $200
there are only 20 seats available total.
Can I get my money back?
The most uncomfortable question ever. It is a logistical cluster cuss to refund a deposit on my end and I want to spend more time living and less time stressing so all seats once claimed are non refundable. I know, I know, life happens, things come up, I get it. That's why I have no problem with you finding someone to "sell," your seat to, or if you are unable to attend, using your payment as a credit toward a future workshop or mentor session.
When is my full payment due?
You must be paid in full at least 1 day prior to the date of the workshop you are attending. If you can’t make the full payment when signing up there is a nonrefundable $150 deposit to hold your seat.
How do I sign up?
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