A workshop to refresh, inspire, and equip.
Over 4 days and 3 nights, we’ll head a couple of hours from Seattle into the heart of the Cascade Mountains. The pace of learning will be laid back with plenty of opportunity for dialogue and discussion. I’ve expanded the schedule an extra night to allow for 2 full days of instruction. We’ll have multiple classroom talks, small photo walks, communal meals, Q&A, and a live shoot.
Throughout the past six years, I’ve slowly been preparing for this workshop, honing my own craft, and waiting until I really felt like my teaching skills and breadth of knowledge was to a point worth sharing. In preparation for Cascade Workshop, I’ve taught at 30+ one-on-one mentor sessions and 10+ workshops/conferences before venturing out completely on my own.
I always want to set great expectations, so here is what I’m planning for classes and activities.
// MARKETING FOR YOUR IDEAL CLIENT //
Also known as “Booking Clients You Want to Work With.” Everything that you put online says something about you, your work, and your business. We’ll cover branding, instagram, facebook, twitter, snapchat, and how I use each differently to push my work out to the right people.
// MAKING GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS //
I couldn’t come up with a good title for this talk, but essentially, we’ll get nit-picky about my pet peeves when it comes to photographs and dig into the different elements that help create good, clean images that aid the viewer in bringing out what matters in an image.
// WORKFLOW & EDITING //
OMG! WHAT PRESET DO YOU USE?! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SHUTTER SPEED?! PHOTO MECHANIC?! ALIEN SKIN?! We’ll roll through images and talk through how I can edit through a full wedding in 4-6 hours and still have my images look consistent.
// PRESENTING YOUR NARRATIVE //
Blog posts, slideshows, albums, etc. How can we present our work in a cohesive way that flows well through different platforms? We’ll talk about establishing shots, transitions, color, & composition and how it changes how we view the final product.
// FINDING THE MEANING + LEGACY //
Weddings give us the incredible opportunity to create the visual histories for our clients, but we can easily get distracted with things that don’t ultimately matter on a wedding day. I’ll tell my story and why I continue to find meaning and value in photographing weddings.
// INSTRUCTIONAL SHOOT //
This might blow your mind, but I’ll be the only one with a camera. I’ve found that it’s impossible for me to instruct if everyone else has a camera as well and is working to make their own images. I’ll spend the first bit instructing and showing how I do what I do. We’ll go over location scouting, finding good light, shooting with consistency, lens selection, posing, and client interaction. Any other questions that come up are more than welcome.
// Q&A //
We’ll grab some drinks and learn from each other in a community environment. Let’s ask questions, get answers, and get the dialogue going. I’ve found that these are the times that I learn the most just from hearing from the experiences of others.
// LIVE SHOOT //
What workshop wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to jump in and shoot an actual couple in an amazing location. We’ll bring in multiple real couples to model for us who are most like just as uncomfortable being photographed as your clients are. You’ll have a bit of time with each couple and learning/sharing with each other is highly encouraged. I’ll be wandering between the couples to help with your personal shooting questions as well. Thanks to my good friends at Indie Film Lab, we’ll have some film cameras and film to shoot while we’re out as well. All of the cost of the film and processing will be taken care of, so it should be a cool time to try something new and get creative.
*What isn’t covered:
While I try my best to answer as many individual questions as possible, this workshop does differ from a one-on-one mentor session. I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to help your specific situation or look through everyone’s personal website or portfolio. Those questions can be really helpful during the Q&A time though and the concepts can be shared with all of the attendees. I’ll be offering personal website and portfolio reviews online to all attendees for a heavily discounted rate to make sure this can get covered. If you have any questions about this at all, feel free to ask. I want to make sure to set clear expectations so there are no [bad] surprises for anyone.
The workshop will take place just outside of the small mountain town of Leavenworth, WA. Once booked, I’ll add you to a Facebook group where you can meet the other attendees and arrange carpools if you’d like.
You have the option of either staying on site with us in the main lodge, the backyard lodge, or on your own. Meals, classes, activities, and hangtime is all happening at the main lodge.
Regardless if you’re staying on site or not, all meals are included. We work really hard to get amazing food and accommodate any food restrictions you might have.
Here are some photos of the space provided by the owners to give you a feeling of what it’s like.
As there are multiple sleeping arrangements, I’ll have you book your bed in advance so you know exactly where you’ll be crashing at night. Below each header, you’ll find a place to reserve your spot. It’s all first come, first served in terms of availability. You can either simply reserve a spot or pay the full amount at the time of booking. The final amount will be due June 12th.
The total cost for each option is anywhere from $1400-1750. The “reserve” amount is essentially your booking fee and then each option would owe $1000 on June 12th. You also have the option of simply paying the entire amount upfront if waiting isn’t your thing.
UPSTAIRS PRIVATE | $1750: Private bedroom with an attached full bathroom. Must be booked together with another attendee who will share the room. Room is located on the main floor at the end of the hall. Totally the quieter of the two available bedrooms.
SECOND BUNKS | $1650: Built in bunk beds that are larger and little more cave-like. These bunks aren’t huge [they’re double/full beds], but are each large enough to share if you and your SO/BFF are down. Let me know if that’s the case and I’ll open up another spot for you.
THE OUTHOUSE | $1600-1650: This is the wildcard. Oddly enough, there is no bathroom, so it really makes no sense to call it “The Outhouse” but I’m sticking to it. A queen bed with a bunk bed as well. No A/C or water, but the house is only 25 feet away.
BACKYARD LODGE: The second lodge is located directly behind the main lodge. We’ve always used their driveway as overflow parking and finally found a way to just rent the whole thing. You’ll have some separation from the chaos and the ability to be back in at any time. As seen below from the deck of the main lodge.
Please let me know if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
*Spots are non-refundable but transferable.