Date: April 10-15, 2014 (Early Bird Pricing!)
Venue: U.S. Virgin Islands
Details: We’ve changed it up, this workshop is limited to eight photographers. We’re also adding St. John to the workshop. Eight photographers, five models for this workshop. First-come, first-serve!
This is our 35th Virgin Islands photography model workshop since 2004 and our first for 2014. The dates are April 10-15th, 2014. Fly in on April 10th (Thurs.) into St. Thomas (Airport code STT) then we ferry you over to a smaller island where it’s a private, camp-style workshop–open to all levels of photography, from beginners to advanced–your departure day is April 15th, (Tuesday) unless you choose to stay longer in St. Thomas on your own. April 14th is our private shoot day. While not mandatory, on our private shoot day, we encourage it to work with your favorite models on a “one on one” hourly basis. April 13th we shoot in St. John, a new excursion we’ve added to these workshops!
These workshops promise more 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, for U.S. citizens, a U.S. passport it not required, provided you present a government issued identification card, such as a driver’s license. Non-U.S. citizens require a passport.
We’ve got a place that rocks! The location was featured on HGTV and Brad Pitt even filmed parts for one of his movies on this secluded island. 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. I’ve created two book covers and one magazine cover at this location.
Complete with outdoor activities and a dinner on the beach after sunset, this workshop is better than the best workshops ever held! We even had one photographer sign-up for ten Virgin Islands workshops and another for five plus two Moab photography workshops, so all photography slots sell fast! We have a high return rate of previous attendees and now we’ve expanded it by adding a day trip to St. John.
Limited to EIGHT photographers only! That’s right, we’ll shoot five beautiful models in groups of two photographers per one model, the whole time you’re there–you will photograph every model. There is no room for more than eight photographers, 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 (concrete cottages) as we enjoy the use of three residences with full facilities including internet connection DSL, refrigerator, stove, satellite TV, and phone plus we’ll serve breakfast and provide lunch options. Use the button below to reserve your “Early Bird” price at $1999 today, regular price resumes to $2499 before you know it! Save $500 now! Rates will go up after first four attendees sign-up, so save now Guarantee your slot!
This package includes lodging during the workshop and most drinks and food–there is two optional evening dinners at your expense as we provide some of the dinners. Your responsibility, get there! Fly into St. Thomas. From there you’ll have the greatest time photographing models 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 outdoor photography in an exotic tropical setting!
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 satellite TV, DSL, refrigerator, stove, etc.–your house on a private island. Early-bird price is $1999, save $500 today before prices go up to $2499. Please use the button above to pay securely with PayPal. You may also use the “Bill Me Now, Pay Later Option.”
Lighting is provided for sun-overpowering shots with Hensel portable lighting gear, though you may bring your own lighting 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 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. Time is allocated to enjoy the hot tub and swimming pool during non workshop hours–yes, have fun in the sun, work hard, and capture great images!
All proceeds are non-refundable, but we will allow you to transfer your seat should you have to change your plans with at least a 90-day notice. You must do the transfer on your own as we will not refund anyone due to the small size of this workshop. We will do our best to assist you in finding a replacement, but there is no guarantee.
Over 6,000 students have attended Rolando’s workshops and speaking engagements in the past fourteen years–Rolando is the only current glamour workshop instructor with national speaking credentials, photo blogs, 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. Breakfast and lunch are available every day upon arrival. Evening supper will be furnished two of the five days. Lunch is available, but you’re free to take the 5-minute ferry ride into St. Thomas for lunch too. Refreshments will be provided.
The price is for workshop and lodging costs and some meals, you are responsible for all travel. The price includes three solid days of shooting with models. We break the eight photographers in teams of two, so you always work with a partner but never have to wait in line. Models are rotated twice daily to allow for major shoots with two models at a time per day–you will photograph all five 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. We’ve also added a one-day, photography excursion into St. John on the third day.
Make-up will be provided and images may be used in off-line, personal and web portfolios, and mandatory releases are provided that allow commercial use for an additional $100 per model, $500 total (paid to the model by the photographer, only once and covers all three days). This is an unrestricted release (except for adult pay-sites or membership sites), full use, including nudity. First Come, First Serve Basis–limited seating–Reserve Your Slot Now!
A minimum of five people must attend otherwise the workshop will be canceled/rescheduled and refunds will be immediately provided. Rolando has never canceled a Virgin Islands or exotic photography workshop in the past 14 years. Feel Free to email Rolando Gomez should you have any questions at rolando(at)rolandogomez.com with a CC copy to gophotog(at)gmail(dot)com and include your contact information and best time to call. Cancellations are not allowed due to the size and impact associated with maintaining these exotic workshops–we will however consider a case-by-case basis based on facts, but these types of workshops are non-cancel events.