Virgin Islands-Nov 09′ (SOLD-OUT)

Date: 11/5-10/2009 (SOLD OUT)
Venue: U.S. Virgin Islands
Details: The first Virigin Islands worskhop sold-out in less than 2-weeks!  All of the VI workshops for 2008 sold-out, most sold-out a year in advance!  All of the 2008 workshops are sold-out! Here’s your chance if you missed out to book early for 2009!  Only Twelve Photographers and Six Models per workshop.  First-come, first-serve! 

This will be our 20th Virgin Islands workshop.    The dates are Nov. 5th-10th, 2009.  Fly in on Nov. 5th (Thurs.) to St. Thomas (Airport code STT) then we ferry over to a smaller island where it’s private, camp-style workshop–open to all levels of photography, from beginners to advanced–your departure day is Nov.10th (Tuesday) unless you choose to stay longer in St. Thomas on your own.

These workshops promise to be better than the best workshops ever done–this is not a foreign country, this is the U.S. Virgin Islands! No currency conversions, no foreign language, no crazy inflated value-added taxes or worries about the food and water or your camera equipment held in customs till you pay the “bribe.” Currently a U.S. passport it not required, provided you present a government issued identification card, such as a driver’s license.

(All images below, photographed at previous Virgin Islands’ Workshops, actual models, equipment and location featured!)

We’ve got a place that rocks! The location was featured on HGTV this year and Brad Pitt filmed parts for one of his movies on this secluded island part of the islands.  It’s not your “typical tourist hotel” trap found in other workshops–this is a private paradise 10-minutes from St. Thomas giving us great sunsets, sunrises, private infinity-pool shots with the ocean blue/green waters and golden sunsets in the background. 

Complete with bbq’s, outdoor activities and a dinner on the beach after sunset, this workshop will be better than the best workshops ever held!  We even had one photographer sign-up for five Virgin Islands workshops, so all spaces will sell fast!  We have a high return of previous attendees!

Limited to twelve photographers only!  That’s right, we’ll shoot six beautiful models in groups of two photographers one model, the whole time you’re there–you will photograph every model.   There is no room for more than twelve, period. Prices will eventually go up if not booked early! We’ll be staying on a private island off St. Thomas in a “camp-like” style environment as we enjoy the use of three houses with full facilities including internet connection DSL, refrigerator, stove, satellite TV, and phone plus we’ll have catered breakfast and lunch.

This package includes lodging during the workshop, transport to and from the private location on travel days, most drinks and food–there is two optional evening dinners at your expense. Your responsibility, get there! Fly into St. Thomas. From there you’ll have the greatest time photographing without hotel distractions, tourist distractions, etc…total focus on what we’re there for, the glamour, beauty and the nude photography of beautiful women.

This is a first-come, first-serve, non-refundable workshop. The workshop attendees will not be staying in a hotel, we’ll be staying in fully equipped houses that are cottage style, complete with satelite TV, DSL, refrigerator, stove, etc.–your house on a private island.


Use this special button to reserve your “Early Bird” price at (early bird, limited price, first five!) $1399 today, regular price resumes to $1899 before you know it! Save $500 now! Rates are going up with gas prices unfortunately, so save now  Guarantee your slot!

Lighting will be provided by Hensel for sun-overpowering shots, though you may bring your own too.  We’ll have some California Sunbounce scrims and reflectors, again, you may bring your own too.  Make-up and hair provided for the models too.

Rolando will cover many topics, from basics, fundamentals and concepts that you can use in glamour photography and other genres of photography.  Emphasis on lighting, posing, and the ability to see and feel the light.  You’ll get hands on instruction and demonstrations.   Overpowering the sun with flash will be a big focus along with beach and pool shoots.

Rolando will walk you through, step by step showing you the in’s and out’s of the image, at the same time, every photographer will have his or her time to photograph lovely, photogenic models from sunrise to sunset.  The emphasis is to take photographs not pictures.  Plus much, much more! 

Three full-days of shooting and one optional day to book a private shoot! Our fourth day is reserved for private shoots. Private shoots are optional and will be scheduled reasonably for a small additional charge–this money goes straight to the model–first come, first serve.  Shooting will be from sunrise to sunset–just like if you’re on assignment for publication.  We’ll have a nice bbq event too.  The workshop attendees will stay in three beautiful “home-style” cottages with kitchens, baths, refrigerators, etc., on an exotic island.  DSL internet connection is available too along with satellite TV–though who will have time to watch TV? (grin)

All proceeds are non-refundable, but we will allow you to transfer your seat should you have to change your plans. You must do the transfer on your own as we will not refund anyone due to the small size of this workshop.

Over 3,000 students have attended Rolando’s workshops and speaking engagements in the past four years–Rolando is the only current glamour workshop instructor with national speaking credentials, a glamour DVD, photography book author, photo magazine staff writer with national and international tearsheets.  Rolando also discovered the April 2006 Playboy Playmate for Playboy–she attended the April 2006 VI workshop as an actual model too! This workshop is open to all levels of photographers, from beginners to advanced–Rolando will take time to work with new photographers and will answer your questions before, during and after the workshop.  No one is leaving the island until it’s over!

The workshop is intense, but designed for everyone. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided every day upon arrival.  Evening supper will be furnishe two of the five days.  Three days of supper will be your responsibility as we’re giving you the choice of staying on the island or going to St. Thomas.  Refreshments will be provided.

The price is for workshop and lodging costs and all meals except three, you are responsible for all travel and your film costs and three meals. Door prizes, literature and sample products at all workshops.  The price includes three days of shooting with models.  We break the twelve photographers in teams of two, so you always work with a partner but never have to wait in line.  Models are rotated twice per day to allow for two major shoots with one model, per shoot, per day–you will photograph all six models. We reserve the fourth shooting day for private shooting for a small additional fee, this is an optional day after your three solid days of shooting, for your favorite models.  This system works so good we’ve had many repeat customers to the VI workshops.

Make-up will be provided and images maybe used in off-line, personal and web portfolios, however, you can, for an additional $50 (paid to the model by the photographer), secure an unrestricted release (except for adult pay-sites or membership sites), full use, including nudity. Release will be provided, this is optional and not mandatory but highly encouraged.

First Come, First Serve Basis–limited seating–Reserve Your Slot Now!

A minimum of seven people must attend otherwise the workshop will be canceled and refunds will be immediately provided.  Rolando has never canceled a workshop in the past seven years.  Feel Free to email Rolando Gomez should you have any questions at rolando(at)rolandogomez.com