Putting my heart into it…

Workshops, that is. I am, at last, putting my heart into workshops. Well, I will call them that for now, but the word is bugging me. Until my brain comes up with something better, they will be referred to as workshops.

I know! It has been years of me “thinking about it”, but I finally decided after doing much one-on-one mentoring and many online classes that I would put together my first group workshop. I was not sure if there would be any interest, but with the ebook on kid photography (an ebook that I wrote on my way of kid photography) coming out for Digital Photography School in September and the Beyond Snapshots book getting up to #9 on the photography bestseller list at Amazon (on one of the presale days), I thought NOW is the time if there ever is going to be a time. I know that these days everyone and their cousin hosts workshops… but not me, nor my cousin that I know of.

Until now.

There were a few things in particular that I had to make sure about before I went ahead and designed mine.

I needed to ensure that these workshops would be very Sesame Ellis. I did not want this to be something that just anyone could host. No packaged workshop (yep, people sell workshops in a box these days) here. I wanted a small group so that I could give personal attention to each attendee. The agenda had to be filled with my best tips and tricks and my theories on photography. We needed to cover not only the how of shooting kids, but the why…the part where I share how photography is a daily element of my life and that part is essential to my work evolving over the last *uh-hem* 16+ years in business. It would have to be great fun too…nothing stuffy. Must cover sparkly eyes in addition to the heart and soul, I thought. We’ll chat about what I call “The Myth of Digital Perfection”, how I now shoot digital like I used to shoot film, why I don’t even know how to set my camera to burst mode, let alone teach people to shoot in it. I must also get people started on their two roll assignments. All questions would be answered openly. No answering around the question.  Everyone’s work will be reviewed. This workshop will cover a lot and in a setting that felt like hanging out all day with great like-minded friends. Attendees get my attention for 9 hours on the day and for 2 months afterwards in a private online setting. I will not just chat at you and send you on your way…I genuinely want to see your work progress. We will have our cameras out the entire time and put them to use in the afternoon with a shoot. And because I love goodie bags, I wanted to have great stuff to send home with people (a copy of the new ebook and an epiphanie camera bag, among other things anyone?).

OH! I also needed to make sure that the location had wonderful light and lots of coffee.

So with all the required boxes checked and a fantastic project manager (THANK YOU, MEREDITH!), this inaugural Camera Therapy workshop is coming together and to my sheer happy surprise, we had to offer a second date due to the first one filling up! There are a small number of spots left if you are able to make it to the DC area that first week of October. Details for signing up can be found on that page linked above.

I feel that this is just the beginning. Actually, this isn’t a beginning, rather the next stage. I am looking to do the subsequent workshop in Melbourne. We are also already are planning something for NYC for next August when both Peta and I hit BlogHer 2012! If you can’t make DC, but are interested in either hosting a Camera Therapy session or adding a city suggestion to the growing list, please email or leave a comment here.

It may have taken a while, but I am happy to have waited until the time was right for me.

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  • Emma - Ooh when would you be looking at doing a Melbourne one?
    I live in New Zealand, so would happily take a flight across the ditch and attend!August 30, 2011 – 10:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Janet Palmer - Love the idea of therapy! and with you ? even more awesome 🙂August 30, 2011 – 11:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Megan - would LOVE something in California- if you could swing it while youre in the states.August 30, 2011 – 11:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Makayla - Hi, I LOVE your blog and your Photography. Been checkin out your work for a while now. I know lots of photographer friends who live by me and would LOVE to come to a workshop. I live in northern Tasmania, Australia – just a jump across the bass straight from Melbourne. Would love you to come to launceston, or even Hobart! They would definitely fill up fast 🙂August 31, 2011 – 5:38 pmReplyCancel

    • sesame - I have always wanted to go over to Tasmania! That would not be a problem at all!August 31, 2011 – 5:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Angela - I would LOVE to get a little camera therapy with you!! If only I wasn’t starting that new job in October! Maybe the next time?August 31, 2011 – 7:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Jodie Hanna - can’t go past coffee and a pretty bag…oh and the photography inspiration of course! would love any excuse to come over from nz!August 31, 2011 – 7:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Michele - Congratulations on everything, Rachel! Can’t wait to read the book (and ebook). And I know you will give fabulous workshops. You ROCK! So happy for you!September 1, 2011 – 12:18 amReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Sounds wonderful. I just hope you decide to plan one in June/July next year when I return to Melbourne for an extended holiday. Of course, I know they’ll be so successful that you’ll just HAVE to. 🙂September 1, 2011 – 11:15 amReplyCancel