MAY 11-17, 2019 – FULL
Location: Newport, Oregon
Topic: Modern Forests: Bridging Ecology, Economy and Community
Instructors: Jaymi Heimbuch and Morgan Heim
SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019 – 6 spaces
Location: Monterey Bay, California
Topic: Sea Otters: Recovery of a Coastal Keystone Species
Instructors: Jaymi Heimbuch and Sebastian Kennerknecht
This 7-day workshop teaches you the skills necessary to pull off a project and get your work in front of publishers. An ideal workshop for anyone passionate about conservation issues, storytelling, and making a difference with your photography!
- Learn how to build a conservation story from concept to publication
- Work alongside nonprofit partners for hands-on experience in collaboration
- Develop your skills in storyboarding, technical and creative shooting, editing a winning portfolio, and writing an attention-grabbing pitch
- Get plenty of shooting time and one-on-one instructor time thanks to a small-group setting
Your instructors are professional photographers with over 25 years of combined experience in wildlife photography, photojournalism and working in the editorial and publishing fields. They will walk you through the steps of a conservation photojournalism project from concept to completion.
You’ll learn skills in working with a nonprofit partner, storyboarding, shooting, processing and editing your story, and developing a pitch for publication. You’ll also receive a printed portfolio of your top images from the week to take home.
The workshop is limited to just 6 participants, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity for one-on-one time with instructors.
What You’ll Learn
During your week-long course, you will learn conservation photojournalism techniques essential to building a story, including:
- Information gathering
- Working with researchers and collaborators
- Crafting compelling compositions
- Post-processing strategies
- Editing a powerful portfolio
- Writing a pitch for publications
- Meet with our nonprofit partner(s) and learn about their work
- Build a story angle and shot list about your subject
- Shoot both as a group and solo in the field
- Participate in nightly image critiques and technical workshopping
- Build your own pitch and portfolio to put in front of an editor
Upcoming 7-Day Intensives
The focus for this workshop is sea otters! Beyond being an unbelievably cute subject subject to photograph, sea otters are also a keystone species in coastal ecology. This endangered species ties together many aspects of Monterey Bay, from tourism to habitat restoration, from the fishing industry to citizen science initiatives. They are a character that provides us with an intensely rich source of possible stories to tell.
During this week-long workshop, you’ll meet with people who are involved in various ways with the story of sea otters. You’ll create a story angle, develop a shot list, build your skills in photographing wildlife, landscapes and portraits of human subjects to tell your story, refine your images into a polished portfolio, and learn how to create a well-crafted pitch for an editor.
In addition to working with our nonprofit partners, you’ll also spend a full day on the water photographing sea otters. No one wants to miss that! This workshop is crafted so that you’ll learn a ton and build new skills as a conservation photographer, but we’re making sure you get plenty of time enjoying the adorableness of sea otters in the wild!
This workshop is 7 days and 7 nights. You’ll arrive on September 14 and dive into work. The evening of the 20th we will celebrate everything you learned, experienced, and created during the week with a wrap-up party. You’ll depart the morning of September 21.
Jaymi Heimbuch and Sebastian Kennerknecht
With over 25 years of combined experience in photography, editorial and publishing fields, Heimbuch and Kennerknecht will walk you through a conservation photojournalism project from start to finish. Both instructors have extensive experience photographing wildlife on California’s coast.
- Lodging for 7 nights
- All meals
- A printed portfolio of your work from the week
Registration does not include:
- Travel costs to and from Monterey Bay, California
- Transportation during your workshop
- Alcoholic beverages
Lodging and Meals:
All your meals are prepared by a private chef with 22 years of experience. A healthful menu is supplemented with delicious freshly baked breads and pastries. Our chef will accommodate any special dietary needs.
Our lodging is a reflection of our focus of the week: workshopping! We share a beach-side home for the week in order to maximize our time for brainstorming, creative thinking, technical troubleshooting and in general having a blast as a group working.
After a full day of shooting, we will gather in the house common areas for workshopping and presentations in the evenings. Enjoy lectures and discussions in a large common area with plenty of comfortable seating, and get some quiet time for editing in several tucked-away spaces set up for working.
Every participant will have their own bed. However, please be prepared to share a room with another participant.
There is also a large outdoor patio space with a hot tub, and a BBQ that our chef will take advantage of.
Please note: During the week you’ll be shooting as a group, in pairs and on your own. You’ll need to arrange a rental car to be able to get to all shooting locations.
Registration and Payment Details
A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due upon registration to confirm your space in the workshop. To keep your space, 50% of the remaining registration fee is due 120 days prior to the workshop. The total balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to the workshop.
Upon registration, you’ll be provided with additional forms and information, including payment options, additional workshop itinerary details, travel suggestions, resources for car rentals, what to pack, and what to expect during your week-long workshop. In short, everything you need to prepare for an amazing and fun week of conservation photojournalism!