Thanks to all of your kind and gentle urgings, we’re setting the wheels in motion for a new Unleashed Workshop! A few changes and lots of energy are going in to the plans for our next pet photography adventure. Early summer 2012 is looking pretty good, but please stay tuned to this blog for all the latest information!
Even though our Unleashed Workshops have come to an end, our creative guide DOG SHOTS lives on! In fact, DOG SHOTS has just gone in to it’s second printing. So if you’re interested in this hefty 66 page shooting guide for photographers, which just happens to be the perfect size to ride along in your camera bag, click on the tab above and order yourself one!
For those of you who are on the fence about attending an Unleashed workshop, we feel that it’s only fair to let you know that this is our last one. In a lot of ways, we have accomplished our mission to raise awareness for pet photography as an art form and a business.
Our workshops have been dedicated in a big way to marketing and business practices. Sure, we’d all rather be playing with our cameras, but anyone (with enough practice) can learn to use a camera. Where do you learn to run a dog photography business? Which shots are the ones that sell? How do you set your prices? And so that’s why we spend 50% of the workshop on business and 50% on shooting.
And it must be working –look at the terrific group of Unleashed graduates who have been successful in almost every corner of this country (and Canada). We are very proud! So if you’ve been putting off your decision, now is the time. As of this date, we have 6 spaces left. We really hope you’ll join us.
SIDE NOTE: We reserve the right to possibly hold ‘graduate school’ for past attendees, and maybe some portfolio shooting weekend retreats. So if you’re a past Unleashed attendee, keep checking back for fun stuff.
We’re wagging our tails at some of the comments from the recent Unleashed attendees survey…. see for yourself:
“I can’t believe how great this workshop was! I was really looking forward to it but WOW you guys blew me away!”
“The topics covered were a good mix of both the business side and the photography side. The timing for the topics was just right. We didn’t spend too much time on just one topic and the information presented covered the key points needed to know.”
“You covered all the bases I was expecting. It was a nice mix of talks, outdoor shooting, indoor shooting, and sales. Portfolio Day was incredible!”
“The workshop was much more than I had hoped for. Totally worth every dollar paid. I wish that I had stayed for the portfolio day so that I could have had additional time to practice techniques learned.”
“I don’t believe there was one question that any student asked that any of you couldn’t answer. So yes you were all extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I also thought it was nice when we had breafast in the morning so can have some informal educational chats.”
“It was perfect. I liked the long days. I was happy to learn and learn and learn! I liked the way everything was well organized. Good job, it must have been A LOT of work for you!!!”
“I appreciated that the workshop was limited in the number of participants. It allowed us to get to know each other … students and instructors. It also gave us the opportunity to ask specific questions in our breakouts and have good discussions. Even when we we were all together as a group, the group was small enough to ask specific questions, and we all knew each other well enough that we were comfortable doing so.
Thanks for amazing experience. You guys set the bar very high for future workshops!”
“I absolutely loved this workshop, and I don’t have anything I would have changed! I want to do it again already! I met great people, and I learned so much valuable information. Thank you so much. It’s the best workshop I’ve been to!”
100% of the attendees surveyed said that our workshop either “exceeded their expectations” or was “more than I expected” so in our book — that’s a good report card!
What about the future? We have tenative plans to repeat Unleashed in the early summer of 2011 in Virginia. If we can firm this up, it will likely be our LAST UNLEASHED WORKSHOP. As much as we love teaching, we all have businesses to run! The farm, the barn studio, the rolling hills and horse farms —it’s just all too beautiful to not go back one last time.
Want to join us? Email us via the contact page of this blog and we’ll put you on our announcement list. You’ll be the first to know when we’ve got a date locked in.
And for those of you UNLEASHED GRADUATES, stay tuned for the next adventure. Portfolio shooting in Napa, anyone???
Well, we’ve brushed ourselves off and recovered quite nicely from Dallas – Unleashed. The surveys are in and we had some lovely testimonials:
I say keep up what you are doing. You 3 are a wonderful combination of energy! There is no way that you can cover everything, but you have remained so available for further contact and that has been invaluable. I have taken other workshops where that was not a possibility. The other thing that I really appreciated is that you provided what you said that you were going to provide in the workshop. I also feel that by offering the possibility for all attendees to connect prior to the workshop really provided an awesome atmosphere of cohesiveness right from the get-go!
And now, on to Virginia! Registration opens today. You can find more details throughout this blog by clicking on the cost tab.
After much consideration, as well as receiving feedback from our Unleashed – Dallas attendees, we have made a few significant changes. We feel these changes will make the workshop experience even better for you.
First, we have a conference hotel! Due to the amount of information packed into our workshop we’ve found the need to simplify everything else as much as possible. In the past, attendees were required to shuttle between locations for breakout sessions. This ate up valuable time and we felt, in some ways, it took away from the overall workshop experience.
No longer! Unleashed- Virginia has secured meeting space and rooms at the beautiful AAA 4-Star Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center. All shooting will take place at the Tranquility Farm & Barn Studio of Bev Hollis Photography. However, when we are not shooting or doing lighting lectures, we will learn in the comfort of this beautiful meeting place.
Second, it can be difficult to coordinate travel between lecture sites and location shooting. No longer! We will provide transportation from Lansdowne Resort to the Tranquility Farm studio for all sessions. You are welcome to drive yourself but it is not necessary.
Third, some attendees do not like the added expense of a rental car. No longer! Lansdowne Resort will provide transportation between Dulles (IAD) Airport and the resort for all attendees who are staying at the resort. There are ample restaurants within the resort complex. A town center is also about a mile away for more dining choices.
Last, Don Dechow’s sales presentation rocked! So we are bringing him back for a longer session in September to include a walk-through sales session.
We are thrilled to be putting together what we know will be a truly amazing learning experience. We’ve worked with Lansdowne Resort to secure pricing that we feel will continue to make Unleashed a great value for attendees.
For more information on pricing and how to register click on the COST tab above.
We’re pleased to announce that registration for Unleashed – Dallas 2010 is full!
We’re thrilled to see so many people eager to either add pet photography to their existing photography business model or start a brand new business around pets!
We have started a waitlist and will notify you in the order that your request was received should anyone find the need to cancel.
Again, thanks for those who have registered and we look forward to April at Unleashed – Dallas!
Well, it’s hard to brag – but the dust has settled and the word is out on the first Unleashed workshop. We rocked! Part of our success was due to the great group of attendees, the terrific studio environment and just the vibe and the passion we all shared for the art of pet photography — I think we all inspired the best in each other. I know lots of great friendships were created and I feel like we all did our part to raise the bar for pet photography as an art form.
These are actual quotes from the anonymous feedback survey:
“It was invaluable! I think you could charge much more for this. You gave us information that saved us tons of money and time. Money and time that would have been spent making mistakes and bad decisions! I think the money I spent on this workshop was the best investment I could have made for my business – and is perhaps some of the best money I’ve ever spent period!”
“Unleashed was even more than I was hoping it to be! You guys were all so helpful! And you accepted us all for who we were. Whether we were beginners, or more advanced. I loved how open you all were- no secrets, you just wanted to help! I loved everything we did… I wouldn’t want one thing to change- except the length of the workshop! (longer please!) I thought the price was very fair. I had been planning on going to another pet photography workshop, and Unleashed was much, much less! I have taken so much from Unleashed. So much, I can’t even begin to cover it! I would recommend Unleashed to anyone in, or interested in, pet photography. I would even come again myself! Thank you so much!!!”
“Being part of Unleashed was an incredible experience. The insight into both the business and artisitc aspects shared by Bev, Teresa and Barbara was invaluable. The friendships formed during the workshop are providing much needed post workshop support as I try to apply what was learned”
“I love the way the three of you work together, and you have the perfect blend of being well prepared while still being willing to be flexible”
“I honestly can’t think of anything to help you improve. For me, this workshop was beyond my expectations, As a beginner photographer I have only attended one other workshop. I had such a wonderful time attending this workshop. Not only because of the tremendous talent of the three women hosting it but, from the other attendees. Everyone was so willing to answer questions, offer advice or lend a hand; and this continues to be the case even now on the unleashed private chat board on Facebook, I’m just so happy to have met all of you.”
If you are checking out this blog you are likely either a photographer, a dog photographer and/or a dog lover. If you, like me, enjoy all things dog, do not miss this wonderful site: Dog Art Today.
It is chock full of wonderful dog things! From 14th Century dog art to the winners of the best Dog wine labels.
I was contacted in 2008 by Moira, the author of the blog, to tell me she had featured my blog! I was thrilled that she liked it and humbled to be found amongst such wonderful dog art. If you’d like to see that post check it out here.
For me, dog photography is all about working hard to create art. Believe me, there are easier ways to take photos of dogs! But when you get letters such as this after a beloved pet has passed, you’re so glad you took the time….
“I just wanted to thank you for the incredibly beautiful and moving pictures you took of our little girl, Brandi. You truly captured her spirt and sweetness. Seeing her images throughout our home keeps her memory always fresh in our minds and close to our hearts. Again, thanks so much for your incredible talent, without it, these pictures would not exist.”
So, if you’re a dog lover who wants to take better images or a professional photographer thinking of expanding into the niche of pet photography, come visit with us in September. We’ll make some great dog art!