For the past 15 years, Kim & Gina Weston have taught fine art nude photography workshops at their home on Wildcat Hill where Edward Weston lived and worked until he died in 1958. This three-day workshop gives students the unique opportunity to explore nude photography whilst learning about the Weston family's historic contributions to fine art photography in the United States. 

Weston Photography Workshops on Wildcat Hill are geared towards fine art nude photography, landscape photography and platinum printing (contact and digital negatives). Though Kim Weston specializes in medium-large format film photography and darkroom technique, we welcome photographers of all formats and camera-types; most of our students photograph digitally.

Kim Weston photographing a nude model during a Weston Nude Photography Workshop on Wildcat Hill.

Kim Weston photographing a nude model during a Weston Nude Photography Workshop on Wildcat Hill.

A Weston Workshop participant photographs NYMPH, Gwen, on Wildcat Hill.

A Weston Workshop participant photographs NYMPH, Gwen, on Wildcat Hill.

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.

Edward Weston's historic home on Wildcat Hill. Copyright © 2017 Zach Weston Photography

Edward Weston's historic home on Wildcat Hill. Copyright © 2017 Zach Weston Photography

Weston Nude Photography Workshops take place at Edward Weston's former home in Carmel Highlands on the scenic central coast of California!

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. The photographer to model ratio in each group is 3:1 allowing for maximum time, privacy, and freedom in each location.

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. 

Fine art models, Jen, Gwen, and Monique pose for Weston Photography Workshop participants at Edward Weston's former home on Wildcat Hill.  Photo by Annabelle Scott

Fine art models, Jen, Gwen, and Monique pose for Weston Photography Workshop participants at Edward Weston's former home on Wildcat Hill. 

Photo by Annabelle Scott

Monique poses for Weston Workshop participants at Wildcat in 2017.

Monique poses for Weston Workshop participants at Wildcat in 2017.

Instruction + Critique

Kim Weston will be your private instructor during this workshop and will work with each photographer in the group on things like lighting, composition, working with models, developing one's voice as an artist, and much more. In addition, we will hold an anonymous critique of each photographer's work from the first day's shoot in which Kim will offer feedback before you head into your second session of the weekend. You will also be given the opportunity to show your past work on the first night of the workshop; though it is not required, we highly encourage our students to prepare a collection of their favorite images to give us a better idea of their photographic style.

A Weston Photography Workshop participant photographs in Kim Weston's studio on Wildcat Hill. 

A Weston Photography Workshop participant photographs in Kim Weston's studio on Wildcat Hill. 


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Upcoming Weston Nude Photography Workshops

Photo by Annabelle Scott

Photo by Annabelle Scott

Wildcat Workshop - Sept. 8-10

Weston Nude Photography Workshops on Wildcat Hill offer photographers the opportunity to explore this unique art form in small groups with professional models and  Kim Weston, an internationally recognized fine art photographer. During this 3 day workshop, participants will receive individualized instruction while being immersed in the Weston family's rich photographic legacy.

Kim will be your instructor during this workshop and will work with each photographer in the group on topics like composition, lighting, model relationships, and the development of your voice as an artist.

Photo by Calvin Abe, Desert Figure Workshop Participant

Photo by Calvin Abe, Desert Figure Workshop Participant

Desert Figure Workshop - Oct. 1-6

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.