My mission: I don’t have secrets. Unless you’ve invented something in a lab, if your business is based on secrets it has a shaky foundation. If you can succeed by being open, working hard, and working smart, then you’re in a good position for continued success. With more than 300 weddings under my belt, for the past four years I have been shooting a wedding just over once every five days, even including off-seasons. I’m out there connecting with clients, seeing what works in the market right now, and doing my best to see what’s coming down the road. Whatever the theme or structure of an individual workshop, I will do my best to make sure that photographers leave feeling energized, connected, and more ready than ever to face the tasks ahead of them, however experienced they are (and you can see testimonials from some very experienced photographers here).
Workshops are also about connections. I also learn things every time I do one, and I have been happy to see partnerships and friendships form with and between my attendees. I can’t be in a room without wondering what brought everyone else there, and how we can use our shared interests to make our lives better, and I want you to be able to do the same. So every attendee will have the option of joining a closed Facebook group for continued networking, as well as access to things such as full-resolution files and further explanations of some of the things we got up to.
The winter has been long and cold, but it’s also been an exciting opportunity to learn and grow not just as a photographer, but as a teacher. I expanded my studies of documentary photography, I took on the difficult challenge of hosting my first international workshop, and I reviewed and clarified a lot of the ideas that make me who I am as a photographer and businessman for my recent lecture at WPPI in Las Vegas. Also, I went back to previous workshop attendees and asked them what they liked best, and what could have serve them better.
With all this, I am ready to unveil a new format of workshops that are better than ever. After more than 300 weddings, my head is so full of lessons I’ve learned the hard way that eight hours now seems like an incredibly short time to impart lasting lessons that can help you grow as a photographer and businessperson. So I’ve evolved everything to be even more targeted to differing needs and ways of learning, more packed with information, and with even more extra pre- and post-workshop content to help you take the things you’ve learned and apply it to your lives. I am excited for this next stage, and especially happy to be bringing it back to my home town, New York City.
The next workshops re on March 2 and 3 in Santiago, Chile, hosted by excellent Santiago photographer Kyle Hepp. We will start with talk on the business and philosophy of wedding photography to get you revved up to increase your own productivity and personal happiness as a photographer, but the focus will primarily be on creating great images in any kind of situation. We will focus on advanced tricks such as the Brenizer method and composites as well as a hundred little things to allow you to overcome the problems that face us in any part of the world, from not enough light, too much light, not enough time, uninspiring locations, uncomfortable subjects, and so on.
A few key facts:
- I want to keep the groups nice and small, and I know that weekends are easier for some people and weekdays are easier for others, so these will be two separate, essentially identical days, and you only need sign up for one.
- This will be a full-day workshop, with about eight hours of instruction minus a break for lunch.
- The workshop is in the in beautiful, historic, easily accessible Barrio Lastarria district of Santiago.
- I will be speaking in English, but we will have a translator repeating everything in Spanish. I did this in November in Seville, and it worked really well (translators force me to slow my brain down, which can be helpful for letting instruction really sink in.)
- There will be opportunities to shoot, so bring enough gear that you’d be comfortable shooting portraits with, though you don’t have o bring everything. Definitely bring any CLS-compatible Nikon flashes, since that can make for some fun opportunities.
- Each day will cost just $350, about half of my U.S.-based workshops.
- To sign up, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “CHILE WORKSHOP 2014.” Deposit will be $125, through PayPal. Please e-mail and get confirmation before paying the deposit, and please let us know if you would prefer Sunday or Monday’s class.