WHERE ARE YOUR 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.
Sometimes we go to other local locations to photograph, like Point Lobos State Park or Garrapata State Park. We also teach internationally and have taught workshops in Mexico, Finland, France and Spain. Do you want us to come and teach a workshop for you? Send Gina Weston an email with all of the information and she will get back to you soon.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP?
How long are workshops?
Group workshops on Wildcat Hill are held from Friday night (meet & greet) until Sunday afternoon. Desert Hot Springs are 4 days, 5 nights and all European Workshops will be 5 to 7 days.
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. We do not provide cameras for our students to use during this workshop.
what experience levels will you accept for your workshops?
We accept all levels of experience to our workshops. In fact we have all levels attend, beginning to very experienced. Our teaching environment is perfect 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. (There is not individual camera instruction available during a workshop).
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Bring your own camera equipment – it is suggested to bring a camera that you are very comfortable using so you don’t spend too much time thinking about “how to use it”. You can bring any format you like. We have participants bring digital or film or sometimes they bring both.
It is highly recommended to bring a tripod to shoot with. Why? They help when you are photographing in low light, they free up your hands and allow you to concentrate on your subject matter, they can get you into tight places. They steady the camera. Good for up close-up objects. Not all photographers use tripods. We have had many digital photographers that don’t use them. Most of our film photographers do.
Bring plenty of film, it’s cheap and you can go through it quickly. You may ship your film to our house ahead of time, if you don’t want to carry it on the plane.
DIGITAL CAMERA CARDS:
Bring several high capacity memory cards so you can change cards without disturbing your flow while you are working. And so you don’t have to erase images in the middle of a workshop.
If you shoot digital it is recommended that you bring along your laptop and a USB flash-thumb drive. At the Wildcat Studio Nude Workshop we like to review your photos from the first day before we start the second day of shooting.
You may bring props with you, we have quite a few here already but if you have something you would like to work with please bring them along.
We shoot in natural light. No added studio lights or flash etc.
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 with.
for how long will I get to shoot with the models?
You will have the opportunity to shoot the models for around 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 our participants/students to tip the models after the workshop is done. I have been asked about "how much model gratuity"? Some tip $20 up to $100 per model, which is very generous. For a 2 day workshop $50 per model is appreciated. Some photographers put in $100 in the hat and we split it up between the models. You can judge it on your budget and your personal experience working with the models during your workshop. How do we collect it? Do we tip them separately? No we put a hat in the gallery for the tips and divide it up equally among 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. Click here for more information about Bodie House.
Where else can i stay?
Anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula is fine. There are several hotels close to us.
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
Do we use Bodie House during the workshop?
Yes, we use Bodie House for one of our locations, so if you rent it while you take the workshop be prepared to let us use the main room to photograph in.
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 bring your own 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 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
The 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.