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Welcome to Foster


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Welcome to Foster


WELCOME TO FOSTER!

Lake Tahoe, Ca / October 13-15 / With Katch Silva


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Oh hey there! Welcome to something I believe in. Education is something that I pour my heart into. I consider teaching a huge responsibility and I am honored that you are considering coming to Foster!

FOSTER is a workshop full of hands-on and in-depth education. In the afternoon and evening, we will be hosting live shoots as we lead you through posing, directing, using natural light, and creating beautifully natural images. Of course, we encourgage you to shoot as well!

Before and after our live shoots we will be leading sessions to discuss some of the most important aspects of what we do including Editing and Workflow, Style and Brand, Social Media, Client Interaction, Pricing, Getting Published, and more.

Over the past few years I have been lucky enough to teach fellow photographers through classes, mentor sessions, guest writing for magazines and speaking. One of the most important things that I have learned is the value of being an open book. Failures, successes, and even my shooting and editing "secrets." Putting it out in the open fosters progression in the photo community and that is what teaching is all about. FOSTER is a workshop for photographers who want to push their work forward and be a part of a community that encourages progression.

If you can't join us this time, make sure you sign up on the email list in the contact page so you know when the next one opens up!

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Teachers


 

 

 

 

 

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BEN SASSO

HECK YEAH!

Hello! I am a photographer and educator living in Los Angeles, California. Aside from taking pictures, I love to be in nature (camping, climbing, running around), and I have an unmanly love for cats. I am a firm believer in fostering a close knit photo community and encouraging individual progression. We are all in this together.

PUBLICATIONS

PDN Magazine | Rangefinder Magazine | Digital SLR Photography Magazine | Chic Magazine | Darling Magazine | Sessions Magazine | Floridian View Magazine | Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine | The Knot Magazine | Southern Weddings Magazine | Brides Magazine | Bella Brides Magazine UK | Mozi Magazine | Zooey Magazine | Be Street Magazine | Style Me Pretty | Junebug Weddings | Green Wedding Shoes | Magnolia Rouge | Once Wed | Grey Likes Weddings | Ruffled | and others!

SPEAKING, WRITING, AND SPONSORS

WPPI Speaker
Photo Field Trip Speaker
Canada Photo Convention Speaker
Creative Live Speaker
Click Away Speaker
Elite Retreat Speaker
The Define School Teacher
Fstoppers Guest Writer
Rangefinder Magazine Guest Writer
Digital SLR Photography Magazine Guest Writer
Resource Magazine Interview
Artifact Uprising Ambassador
Lowepro Storyteller
Design Aglow Contributor
Lytro Studio Artist
WPPI Interview
Mozi Magazine Guest Writer
Chic Magazine Interview
CPC Podcast Interview
The Lonely Photographer's Podcast Interview

WEBSITE + FACEBOOK + INSTAGRAM

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KATCH SILVA

I MISS BALLOONS

Hey there, I’m Katch. I’m a photographer, an artist, a story teller and a lover of the outdoors. I spend most of my free time in the mountains, camping, hiking, climbing, and documenting all the adventures I go on. I was raised on a coffee farm in Colombia, I eat unhealthy amounts of cookie dough, and I am a foster parent to a lot of tiny kittens. I currently live in southern California but travel often all over the states.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING

PDN Magazine | White Magazine | Rangefinder Magazine Online | Green Wedding Shoes | Style Me Pretty | Photo Field Trip 2015 | Wedding Chicks | A Practical Wedding | Rock n' Roll Bride | Love and Lavender | Offbeat Bride | East Side Bride | Philly in Love | Intimate Weddings | Shotkit | Carats and Cake | My Wedding Magazine | Ever Ours | and others!

WEBSITE + FACEBOOK + INSTAGRAM

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Topics


Topics


TOPICS

POSING AND DIRECTING

Posing isn't limited to telling people how to stand. At least, it shouldn't be. At FOSTER you will take part in a live shoot as we discuss posing, directing, and interacting with your subject in a way that creates natural and emotionally rich images. Not only will we find flattering angles and positions, we will also learn how to create scenes that are full of life through the direction we give. Bring your camera along and make rad things.

PHILOSOPHY AND STORYTELLING

What philosophy drives your art and your business? What do you want your work to be known for and how can your pricing structure bring in your ideal client? Through my (Katch) philosophy of storytelling, I will illustrate the effect it's had in every aspect of my work. Your philosophy should be the driving force behind every decision you make, from client relations and pricing to shooting style and post processing. Discover your philosophy and how you can give it room to evolve.

EDITING AND WORKFLOW

Editing is a beast that needs to be tamed. We all know it and we have all struggled with it. It can be far too easy to feel lost in your workflow but gone are the days of bouncing back and forth between different looks, not knowing what to do next, and spending mind-numbingly long hours in front of your computer. This session will help you hone in on your signature style, create consistency in your work, and develop a streamlined workflow. Consider the beast tamed.

STYLE AND BRAND

"How do I develop my photographic style and build a brand that brings in the right clients?" Not only is this one of the most frequent questions that I am asked, I think it is absolutely one of the most important. Having that well developed style and brand will create trust in your clients and confidence in your work, two things that are crucial to your success. Spoiler alert: It wont happen over night but this session will leave you with steps to follow to create the style and brand that are best for you.

BEING FREAKING INCREDIBLE

Can't we all just be awesome? Let's share what we know. Every single one of us has something to learn from every single one of us and we are here to facilitate that. Of course, we will be leading sessions but one of my favorite things about FOSTER is that we always end up seeing knowledge coming from every direction of the room and everybody wins. Is this an actual session? Of course not, but it rocks. BOOM. LET'S BE INCREDIBLE.

SOCIAL MEDIA: FB + Instagram

Learn how to take awesome selfies and stupendous pictures of your lunch. Just kidding. Instead, let's learn how to build an audience who is truly invested in your work, foster engagement, post killer content, gain followers, and build buzz. We will also talk about when to post certian things and how to guarantee that your work gets seen my more people. Long story short, let's make you rock at Facebook and Instagram. #heckyes

CLIENT INTERACTION

Everything starts with trust. From the very first email we receive, all the way through to delivering our images. Putting systems in place to keep your clients comfortable, happy, and well informed means that your job will be easier and your images will be better. Gain your client's trust, start off a shoot on the right foot, calm their pre-shoot nerves, and use your killer costumer service to guarantee valuable word of mouth referrals.

WORKFLOW AND EFFICIENCY

Shooting, culling, editing, resizing, backups, and everything else that keeps you running smoothly. This is a crash course in how to do everything you should be doing in between the shoot, and moving on to the next one. It's about staying organized, being efficient, and not drowning in work when you could be outside running around in the woods instead.

GETTING PUBLISHED

Magazines, blogs, or your momma's fridge. We will tell you what you need to be shooting, how you need to shoot it, and how submit your work to get your images out there. It isn't as simple as sending them in (especially if you you don't have any previous publications) but it might be easier than you think to get your foot in the door. Let's chat about what different publications look for and what to include in a submission to better your chances.

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Details


Details


Lake Tahoe, CA

October 13 - 15

FOSTER in Lake Tahoe will be hosted at a killer lodge in the woods! Plenty of nature to shoot in, and explore and plenty of indoor space for education time around the fire. All of your meals and lodging are included in your ticket. You will be staying and eating with us and sleeping arrangements will be beds and air mattresses in shared/single rooms. Come join in the woods for a few days of awesome!


SCHEDULE

DAY 1

3 PM FOSTER STARTS!

4 PM PORTRAITS SESSIONS

7 PM Dinner

8 PM STYLE + BRAND

9 PM GAME NIGHT!

DAY 2

8 AM Breakfast

9 AM SOCIAL MEDIA + WEB

11 AM PHILOSPHY + STORYTELLING

12 PM Lunch

1 PM WORKFLOW + EFFICIENCY

4 PM LIVE SHOOTS

7 PM Dinner

8 PM EDITING + WORKFLOW

9 PM FIRESIDE Q + A

DAY 3

8 AM Breakfast

10 AM HIGH FIVE + HEAD HOME

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Portraits


Portraits


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PORTRAIT SESSION

For those of you needing new portraits for your website, social media, or your mom's custom coffee mug, you are in luck! During FOSTER Ben and the guest teacher will be taking portraits of everyone attending and within 2 weeks after FOSTER will be delivering six high-res, edited and retouched images for you to use as you need.

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Testimonials


Testimonials


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Join Us!


Join Us!


JOIN US!

LAKE TAHOE / October 13-15 / $1450

payment plans available


WHAT TO EXPECT

FOSTER is all about community and progression. We are here to make friends, push our work and businesses forward, and to share openly. No questions are off limits and no secrets are held back. If you have a question, we have an answer. If you have a hand, we have a high-five.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

All lodging and meals during FOSTER

Access to Ben's self paced classes after FOSTER

Portrait session with Ben and the guest teacher

Access the to FOSTER Facebook Group

Infinite high fives!

HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions before you book your spot, or want to set up a payment plan, we completely understand! Feel free to send us a message or a virtual high five through the contact form below and we will get back to you asap!


Your ticket to Foster costs $1450 and includes everything listed above. To join us, just click on the big, exciting "BOOK YOUR SPOT!" button. Once you click, you will be taken to a payment form where you can pay via PayPal or with a credit card (by using the "Pay with a credit or debit card" option). If you would rather set up a payment plan, shoot us an email below and we'll make it happen! Once it is booked, you will recieve an email welcoming you in. We can't wait to see you there! Set your clocks, it's education time.

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Contact


Contact


Can't make it this time? We would love to let you know when the next FOSTER is announced. Just leave us your email and you will be the first to know!