Photo Native is moving!

Have you heard the news?! Photo Native 2019 will be February 11-13 at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California. We're over the moon giddy with excitement!! PN2019 is going to be the BEST BEST BEST ever. Palm Springs, California! GUYS. We've reserved a special room block at The Ace which means Photo Native will basically have the entire place to ourselves! With rad places like Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain all within driving distance, just THINK of all the Native Shoot possibilities! Also there's a pool. And sunshine. And palm trees. And rentable bikes. And rooms with outdoor fireplaces. And is it February 11th-13th, 2019 already!? 

Photo Native has always been about the people, and we're confident that the warmth and comraderie will only be elevated in this new space. So come, bring your pals, because wherever Photo Native is - you belong.


Brooke Schultz | Photo Native Photoshoot

It’s better to be ridiculous than to be boring, I preached to them. JUST LOOK AT THIS SHIRT I’M WEARING and remember that. And that shirt? It shed all over the floor like a freakin dog (an emerald green fringy dog with questionable fashion sense) which was absolutely ridiculous, so, mission accomplished.
I’ve been my share of ridiculous. I’m much more proud of those moments than the times i’ve been pitifully boring, wanting to fade into the background and melt into the floor and have no one notice me. I still find myself wanting to hide, find some normal status quo groove and kick back to rides. stop getting fired up about things. stop ughing back and forth between this need to be vulnerable, open, honest, real, and the desire to shell over. So it's a process, folks. All of us are works in progress.
Which brings me to PHOTO NATIVE. i joked about the nervous pee (hashtag pregnant) but standing up and laying my whole process and deep caring out there for you all to see and feel too was sky high flying and like walking on whipped air. it was a positively glorious experience to share and connect and be with so many wonderful like minded creators and my only regret is not having enough time to really talk, really see and hear on a deep level so many of you who were so kind to me.
We got to dive deeper in the shoot I led, with 13 of you wondering why in the world you signed up to listen to this dog-shirt-clad totally uncool person tell you about shooting a family. But you know–in the course of our shoot, magic happened. And before you roll your eyes cause I will confess I totes overuse the word magic–let me explain. A hundred different times these real, gorgeous moments would happen in front of us without me doing anything. It was pure family love unfolding all by itself the way it does when a dozen cameras aren’t on it. I kept pointing and whisper-screaming “this!!” and then with a chorus of head nods, we all sank in to that knowing: there’s something about family that transcends everything else, and all we gotta do is show up and pay attention to it. 

Of course, you can't get to that pure creation state without having your tools tack-sharp, so we talked about film, about how to help a family feel comfortable, the road map of a shoot from where to start to what to do when you get stuck to the perfect ending that works every single time. each photographer also got a chance to direct the family and receive feedback from me, because we can all be inspired but actually hitting the pavement and applying the concepts is where it gets tricky, so dissecting the moments that rocked and the moments that fell flat (for errrbody, me included!) were some of the most educational and eye-opening highlights for all of us.


Stacy Kamler | Photo Native Student Review

Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native?

Photo Native didn’t only teach me about new photography techniques to use for my clients, but also taught me about my personal life.  Coming back home after Photo Native, I deleted the Facebook app off of my phone and only checked it twice a day.  I became more present in my life and with my friends and family.  Actually getting out to see the world (even if it was my own backyard) has helped me stay refreshed and creative.   I also learned that sometimes the things that you fear the most is the thing that could be holding you back from your greatness.  This year I have spent a lot of time working to build my business so I can take it full -time in 2018! 

Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native?

I went to India Earl's class and she had talked about how to become friends with your clients.  I took so much out of this class and have implemented some of her techniques and questionnaires to take place before, during, and after shooting.  I have become friends with so many of the my clients this year and that has led to a more fulfilling job and happier clients! 

Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that? 

I still keep in contact with a few of the girls that I had become friends with.   Having a community all over the USA is great.  It didn’t matter where you were at in your career whether a hobbyist or made it a full-time career, you could learn from everyone. Everyone was so supportive.  My favorite was being around that many creatives.  My wheels came home turning with ideas of what I wanted to shoot and what I wanted to implement in my business.  

Q: What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native? 

My number one thing that I took away from Photo Native would be the drive to take my business full-time.  I have been working so hard this past year to set up 2018 as another successful year.  This conference pushed me to do more, be more, and see more in a different perspective.  

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