Since photography's birth, the prominence of the nude subject has played a significant role in distinguishing the work as fine art. Photographs depicting the nude have long-since held the power of authentically expressing the very essence of humanity, telling the most intriguing of stories, and often eliciting the most vulnerable of emotions. For four generations, though the subject matter and artistic voices of photographers in the Weston family may have evolved, the mastery of fine art photography that began with Edward Weston has been preserved in its entirety.
Workshop Instructor: Kim Weston
Kim Weston is a third-generation fine art 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. Learn more about Kim Weston >>
Individualized Instruction & Portfolio Review
This highly personalized one-on-one nude photography workshop will focus on developing your voice as an artist by strengthening all aspects of your photographic process. Your workshop will begin with a portfolio review to give Kim an idea of your artistic voice, style, and primary focus(es). From there, you will receive meaningful instruction on everything from effectively collaborating with a nude model to composing a photograph with purpose. Expect to leave this workshop inspired, with heightened awareness and honed technical skills.
Workshop Muses: Professional Art Models
The professional fine-art models at Wildcat Nude Photography Workshops are respected colleagues with whom Kim and Gina have worked for many years. Kim and Gina greatly value the relationships they have maintained with their models and will cover the importance of mutually respectful interactions to all workshop participants. Click to learn more about Weston Workshop models >>
Workshop Location: Edward Weston's Wildcat Hill
Wildcat Hill is located on California's infamous Highway 1 between the charming coastal village, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Big Sur, known for its seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. For more than seventy years, photographers, artists, writers, poets, and their admirers have come to Wildcat Hill. Names like Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhardt, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White, and Beaumont Newhall have admired its beauty and connection to the Weston family for nearly a century.
Weston Workshop participants are invited to photograph in multiple areas on the property including Kim Weston's studio, Bodie House, and the main house where Edward lived with his last wife, Charis Wilson. Participants may also photograph outdoors as weather permits.
This highly personalized one-on-one photography workshop is well-suited for both film and digital photographers and is tailored to meet your needs. Kim is available to work with photographers of all experiences and focuses, especially fine art nudes and landscapes, for 1, 2, or 3 day workshops; the possibilities are endless!
Workshop fee for 1 photographer: $750* per day
Workshop fee for 2 photographers: $1200* per day
*Does not include $87.50/hour model fee (4 hr minimum) + additional $100/day per photographer if platinum printing materials are requested
Workshop Bonus! Platinum Printing in Kim Weston's Darkroom
You will come away from your one-on-one nude photography workshop with a beautiful new collection of fine art nude photographs. As an addition to your time photographing, you may choose to make an 8x10 digital negative of your favorite image to be platinum printed in Kim's darkroom!
Platinum prints, also called platinotypes, are photographic prints made by a monochrome printing process involving platinum. The platinum tones range from warm black, to reddish brown, to expanded mid-tone grays that are unobtainable in silver prints.
Traditional darkroom printing instruction is also available.