I put everything I’ve got into making my photography workshops a life changing, memorable experience for every student. I get a lot of questions from students who are trying to decide whether or not to sign up, so I thought it would be good to catalog the most common questions here in case you have some of the same questions. I’ll add more as they come in!
This policy covers cancellations from both students and the instructor(s), as well as deposit and refund information.
If we include hotels or meals in the tuition, the price will obviously go up so a more expensive workshop usually means it will be more all-inclusive.
Whether or not we include hotels and/or meals usually depends entirely on the type of workshop we are doing and how difficult it will be for students to book their own accommodations or pay for meals.
On road trip workshops for example, we are typically staying at 3-4 different hotels during the workshop, so it’s easier for us to just book the hotels so students don’t have to go through the hassle.
Another aspect that will cause the price to go up is the amount of days the workshop will cover.
Each instructor also carries a first aid kit in their backpack the entire time.
This gets tricky on certain trips because we’re usually at incredible, bucket list locations and it can be hard to justify siting in the hotel looking at computer screens. If conditions are great outside, if shooting sessions run long, we may cancel some of the post sessions. If this happens, I will typically provide access to some of my video training courses instead.
That said, every student and every group is different. Some students don’t need any help and just want to be taken to beautiful locations. Others are brand new to photography and need all the help they can get. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, rest assured that you have a question, your instructor will be there to help.
There is of course a fine line between using a camera to help students and using it to build the instructors portfolio while neglecting students who need help. This is a line we do not cross and will not cross. That said, every workshop is different and every group of students is different. If there are students who need a ton of help, the instructors will be there to help whenever needed. If the students are self-sufficient and don’t need much help at all, the instructors might take a few more shots. Everything is done in balance and based on the specific needs of that particular group.
- Students will need to get themselves from the airport to the workshop meeting location.
- Sometimes the distance between the two is only a few miles and this can be achieved with a taxi. Sometimes, it’s a few hours and a car is needed.
- Sometimes, we will switch hotels during the workshop. Our vehicles are big enough to carry each student plus their camera gear. During a hotel switch, the vehicles are typically not spacious enough for all students, their camera gear, and their luggage. Some students bring a ton of luggage and we never know until we get there.
- Finally, students need their own car in case of an emergency. If you get a call from a family member and, God forbid, need to rush home, you won’t have a way of getting back without your own car. We just can’t justify bringing a workshop to a halt because one student needs to get back to the airport or something of that nature.