Kim Weston has travelled the world teaching fine-art nude photography workshops for years and continuing his family's rich photographic legacy. Weston Nude Photography Workshops have travelled to Finland, Mexico, France, and Spain where our participants have had opportunities to photograph in a number of historical landmarks and locations. We hope you will join us for the adventure of a lifetime in some of the world's most beautiful destinations to create art and learn from the best in the field.
July 1-6, 2017
If you missed our past destination workshops in Europe, you have the opportunity to join us this year in the wooded low-mountain region of the Bavarian Forest! Start by attending the premier opening of Weston 4 Generations: Classics in Modern American Photography in Germany with special guest photographer, Friedrich Saller. Next is a private gallery tour with Kim Weston. After that our fine art photography workshop takes hold and with 4 exclusive locations to photograph in, you will be able to add some amazing new figure studies to your portfolio. We will be photographing architectural nudes and nudes in the landscape too!
Workshop Tuition: $3,100.00
Topics covered: Using photography as a tool for story-telling, working with models, composition, lighting, showcasing your work, and more.
Locations: Burgruine Weißenstein und Gläserner Wald / castle ruin with glass forest, one of the biggest forests in Germany. The 17th-century Renaissance Castle Schloss Buchenau. The Bauernhaus-Museum - a historical 16th-century German farm museum, an ancient farm complex in the middle of an old village - this is a rarity. Freiherr von Poschinger Glasmanufaktur - With its almost 450-year history, the glassworks is the oldest in Germany with the longest family tradition in the world. Guided tour – glass works Poschinger - photograph after the tour.
- 4 full days to photograph nude models with instruction from Kim Weston.
- Nightly critiques of the day's photographs.
- Invitation to the premier opening of the 4 Generations of Weston Photography in Germany at Krunstraeme Grenzenlos.de
- A private gallery tour and walk-through led by Kim Weston, a 3rd generation Weston photographer
- Private photograph critique - bring 5 of your best photographs
- 6 nights in a traditional German inn.
- 6 traditional German breakfasts.
- 1 family-style BBQ prepared by Kim Weston and Friedrich Saller.
- Glass-blowing experience at Poschinger Glassworks.
- And so much more!
Workshop ends on the evening of July 6, 2017. Participants are responsible for their airfare, lunches, and cost of dinners.
Friedrich Saller - Guest Instructor
Friedrich Saller is a dedicated photographer who specializes in medium and large format landscape photography and is especially interested in traditional analog techniques. Since 1996, Friedrich has participated in group exhibitions in Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, and Ibiza. He has had successful single shows of his photos in Munich, Berlin, Regen, and Hallein.
Friedrich has participated in Weston Workshops in Spain and on Wildcat Hill since 2014 where he discovered his passion for fine-art nude photography.
In addition to the Weston family, Friedrich's career has been influenced by some of the leading artists of classical photography like Ansel Adams, John Sexton, Minor White, Wynn Bullock, and Ruth Bernhard.
This is a rare opportunity to work with two great photographers whose legacies span generations.
Both experienced teachers, George and Kim will share their techniques and processes as they guide you towards your own unique style. Each will share their signature lighting techniques as you learn to find and reflect light from unexpected sources. You’ll learn to see layers of visual information to create rich, beautiful images. Working on location at Holz Farm, you’ll explore the natural textures of water, earth, wood, and sky as you combine nude and landscape photography. Most importantly, you’ll develop your visualization and directing skills as you work with models to develop trust.
You’ll share your work in a supportive environment where you will build the kind of collaborative friendships George and Kim enjoy. These friendships are foundational to artistic growth and motivation.
Expect to open your awareness, hone your technical skills, and be inspired.
Workshop Tuition: $1,200
Holz Farm is a coveted 25-acre location in Phoenicia, NY that is often rented for photography and film shoots. The farm includes a wide variety of settings, including a 19th Century post-and-beam barn, mid 20th Century cabin, pastures, streams, a lake, endless forest, big skies, mountain views, photo-friendly livestock, a “59 Airstream Caravanner, a “69 International truck, as well as indoor locations and screened-in summer studio in the main house. Previous clients include Australian Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair, American Eagle, and photographers include Mario Sorrenti, Lachlan Bailey, and Daniela Federici.
Because the farm is located in the Catskill mountains, photographers often comment on the beauty of climatic variations (fog, clouds, mist), wildlife, and quickly changing light.
Holz Farm is located 2.5 hours away from NYC and is easily accessible by bus or car.
George Holz - Co-Instructor
Protégé of Helmut Newton and graduate of Art Center College of Design, George Holz spent his early years shooting fashion in Italy and NYC. Like Helmut, George blurred the line between art and commerce, using sets and models on commercial jobs for his fine-art work. George changed as the business did, re-inventing himself in digital while staying true to core values of technique and composition. Inspired by the work of Edward Weston, George began experimenting with landscapes on commercial jobs when he discovered the Catskills in the 80s and bought the property that would become Holz Farm. Like so many writers and artists before him, George fell in love with the Hudson River School light and landscapes. He built the Farm in Woodland Valley in 1988.
George Holz has been shooting fine art and commercial photography for the past 35 years and shown at major galleries and museums in NY, Paris, LA, and Berlin, and other major cities in the US. He has taught workshops and lectured at universities and galleries in the US and Europe including Art Center at Pasadena, University of Tennessee, Center of Photography at Woodstock, Maine Media Workshop, and Santa Fe Workshop. His most recent book is Holz Hollywood: 30 Years of Portraits. George has received numerous awards, including a Clio and a Grammy.
October 1-6, 2017
Join Kim Weston for our annual nude photography workshop in Palm Desert, CA, co-hosted by the Creative Photo Academy.
Capture the stunning backdrop and scenery of the desert while unleashing your creativity with expressive figures.
Workshop participants will find the location and instruction informative and inspirational and will be given ample time to work creatively with every model. Participants will learn to work as a team in photography, camera-handling techniques, control of natural light, working with a nude model and how to create photos with emotional effect.
Workshop Tuition: $3,700
- 4 full days to photograph nude models in multiple locations including Joshua Tree National Park.
- Nightly critiques, lectures, and instruction from 3rd generation fine-art photographer, and Edward Weston's grandson, Kim Weston.
- 5 nights in a boutique hotel in Desert Hot Springs, California - We will have the entire resort to ourselves creating a private and creative environment.
- Home-cooked, family-style dinners every night.
Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from workshop and shoot locations, breakfast, lunch, and models' tips.
Mark Comon - Co-Instructor
Mark Comon is founder of Creative Photo Academy, PMA Academy and the PMA Certified Photo Instructor program. Mark has effectively taught photography to amateurs, hobbyists, professionals and photo instructors.
Mark's passionate approach to creativity, simple explanation of technical topics, and inspirational images will help your photography take flight. Mark loves to inspire you to take, make, and keep better photographs.
Kim Weston - Workshop Instructor
Kim Weston is a third-generation photographer from one of the most influential and creative families in American history. His recognition as a singularly creative artist and photographer continues a family legacy that traces its roots back to his grandfather Edward Weston, his uncle Brett, and his father Cole.
In a career spanning four decades, Kim has come to be recognized in his own right as one of the most insightful and accomplished practitioners of figurative/nude photography, producing an extensive and masterful portfolio of work that draws deeply, yet expands upon the traditions and canon of the nude in classical and modern European art. More about Kim Weston >>