WHERE ARE WESTON WORKSHOPS HELD?
Most of our workshops are held at our home on Wildcat Hill, the former home of Edward Weston in Carmel Highlands, CA. Carmel Highlands is 3 miles past Carmel which is located on the central coast of California, 2 hours south of San Francisco and 6 hours north of Los Angeles.
Kim Weston also teaches workshops internationally and has taught in Scotland, Mexico, Finland, France, and Spain.
Do you want us to come and teach a workshop for you? Send Gina Weston an email to inquire and she will get back to you as soon as possible.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP?
You may register for all Weston Nude Photography workshops online:
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How long are Weston workshops?
Weston Nude Photography Workshops on Wildcat Hill are held from Friday night (meet & greet) until Sunday afternoon.
The Desert Figure Workshop is 4 days and 5 nights.
All Weston Destination Workshops are between 5 and 7 days long.
what kind of camera do i need to bring?
You may bring a digital or film (any format) camera with which you are fairly to extremely familiar.
Can I borrow a camera if I don't have one?
Unfortunately, cameras are not provided at Weston Workshops.
what experience levels will you accept for your workshops?
We accept photographers with every level of experience at our workshops! The learning environment at Weston Workshops is well-suited for beginning nude photographers up to the most experienced photographer. The environment is private and the workshops are well structured with small groups to work in. The only requirement is that you know how to use your camera :)
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
We encourage all Weston Workshop participants to bring a tripod if they have access to one. A tripod can be extremely helpful when photographing in low light and it will free up your hands, allowing you to concentrate on your subject.
If you are shooting with a film camera, please be sure to bring plenty of film. If you are concerned about traveling with it, please feel free to ship it to Wildcat prior to the workshop (just let us know if you plan to do so at least 1 week before the workshop begins).
Bring several high capacity memory cards so you can change cards without disturbing your flow while you are working. It's always a bummer to have to stop mid-photoshoot to erase images in an effort to free up space on your card.
If you will be photographing with a digital camera, please bring a laptop and a USB thumb drive for the critique on the second day of all Wildcat Studio Nude Workshops.
Though Wildcat Hill is equipped with a bounty of interesting and dynamic props, you are more than welcome to bring some of your own.
Because Kim prefers to shoot with natural light, we do not provide studio lights or flashes; however, if you think you will need them, you are welcome to bring them along.
We have a few reflectors but bring yours along if you have one handy.
Wear layered clothing, as we live very close to the ocean and the weather can change quite quickly. Its best to wear sturdy shoes to work around our property. Preferably flat soles as we have small pebbles along our walkways.
where do you find your models?
The models at our workshops are all professionals with whom Kim has worked in the past.
for how long will I get to shoot with the models?
At Weston Workshops on Wildcat Hill you will have the opportunity to photograph with the models for approximately 4.5 hours each day (8-9 hours total).
Will you Provide a model release?
Yes, we will provide signed model releases for all of our participants.
SHOULD I GIVE THE MODELS GRATUITY AFTER THE WORKSHOP?
If you feel that the models you work with did an outstanding job, we encourage all workshop participants to tip them on the last day of the workshop.
Most participants will tip anywhere from $20-$100 per model and for a 2 day workshop $50 per model is appreciated. You can judge how much to tip each model based upon your budget and your personal experience working with them during your workshop.
We will collect it from the participants anonymously and divide it evenly between the models.
With how many other photographers will I be shooting?
Photographers are put in groups of three with one model at a time (3:1 student to model ratio).
will you provide lodging during the workshop?
On a first come, first serve basis, Bodie House is available to rent for one of the photographers in the workshop. Please be aware, if you choose to rent Bodie House during a workshop, that the main area of the cottage will be used as one of the shoot locations by other workshop participants.
Where else can i stay?
Anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula is fine. Please find a few options listed below:
- The Highlands Inn
- The Carmel River Inn
- The Carmel Mission Inn
- The Carmel Resort Inn
- The Mission Ranch
- The Lobos Lodge
There are many styles of hotels from economy to luxury in Carmel. Always check the internet for ongoing specials. More info can be found on Carmel.com
will you provide food/drinks during the workshop?
We will provide coffee/tea/water and a snack for our participants in the morning and will prepare a family style dinner for all participants on Saturday night.
Participants are expected to bring lunch with them for each day of the workshop.
If you have special food requirements, please be prepared to bring food with you.
WHERE ARE THE CLOSEST AIRPORTS?
Monterey Regional Airport is 10 miles (about 20 minutes) north of Carmel.
San Jose International Airport is 80 miles (about an hour and 40 minutes by car) north of Carmel.
San Francisco International Airport is 100 miles (about 2 hours and 10 minutes) north of Carmel.
Shuttles are available from Monterey to both San Jose and San Francisco International Airports via the Monterey Airbus.
DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE WORKSHOP?
No, you will need a car to get to our house as we are 3 miles south of Carmel. Carpooling may be suggested depending on how many participants we have in any given workshop. You will be notified in advance if needed.
MAY I BRING MY SPOUSE/PARTNER/FRIEND WITH ME TO THE WORKSHOP?
Unless your spouse or partner has paid to attend the workshop, they may not join us during the day. However, he or she is welcome to join us for the family-style workshop dinner on Saturday night!
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
If you need to withdraw from a workshop, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop, and we will refund your full tuition, less a $75.00 registration fee. After the cutoff date a refund will only be made if a qualified replacement is found.
If it is necessary for us to cancel a workshop, all registered participants will be notified at once, and you will receive a full refund of payments.
Notification of cancellation due to low enrollment will be made at least 14 days prior to the beginning of class. For this reason, we encourage you to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. The workshop will not be responsible for any fiscal loss of airline tickets/hotel reservations/etc.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY
Weston Photography/Weston Workshops shall have no responsibility or liability for personal injury to any participant or damage to any participant’s property, or for personal injuries or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant’s involvement in the workshop.
The Weston Workshops has the right to cancel any workshop and to alter the time, context, or format of any workshop in the event circumstances require. In the event a workshop is cancelled, for any reason the extent of the Workshops’ liability is limited to the return of all fees and deposits paid.