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.
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.
Our 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.
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.
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.
For every workshop dinner (to which you are welcome to bring a guest), we invite local photographers to display their work to our students. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and be inspired by some of our area's most talented artists!