Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where is Photo Native?

Photo Native 2019 is February 11th-13th, 2019 at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California. 


what is the cost to attend?

A Class Pass for Photo Native is $750 and includes two keynotes, both days of classes, the Native Party and Native Social, as well as access to video recordings of both days of classes to be made available after the event. There will also be swag, snacks and beverages and other fun perks. Native Shoots, Business Boost classes, and other add-ons will be available for purchase as well this fall. You must purchase a Class Pass in order to be eligible to reserve your spot at a Native Shoot/Native Dinner/Business Boost. 


Who is Photo Native intended for?

If you are looking for not only artistic inspiration, solutions to burnout, and reigniting your creative fire but also, just as importantly, new knowledge, strategies, and skills that will best serve you in business marketing and financial success, you're going to love Photo Native. Come learn how to up-level your business, be the creative powerhouse we know you are, and join an incredible community of artists for a weekend of inspiration and growth.


What kind of topics do the classes at Photo Native cover?

When selecting class topics and teachers for Photo Native, we strive to have each class fall into one of three main categories: Creativity, Technical Skills, and Business/Marketing. We call it the Trifecta of Awesomeness and are stoked to be able to offer a wide variety of classes within each category. Come to Photo Native and challenge your creativity, hone in on your technical skills, and expand your business/marketing methods all within one incredible conference experience. Make new friends, connect personally with your favorite instructors, and walk away with all the photo ninja skills you need to take over the world.


So what do I get for my money?

Photo Native features carefully chosen photographers and industry professionals from around the country. Each Class Pass includes access to the opening social, your choice of all classes offered, learning from our inspiring keynote speakers, swag, snacks and drinks, and attendance at what we promise will be the greatest party ever.  We will also be recording both days of classes and making them available after the event. You’ll be able to make invaluable connections and gain the skills you need to increase your abilities and grow your business.  


What's your refund policy?

Life happens. We get it! Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred for a small fee ($50) until November 11, 2018. If you need to transfer after November 11, 2018, the fee is $100. There will be no transfers after January 11, 2019. 


Are you going to feed me?

We’ll feed your mind and photographer’s heart and soul … and your belly, too. We will keep you fed and hydrated with light snacks and drinks throughout the day. 


What is a Native Shoot?

Native Shoot starting times, locations, and styling will be announced this fall.

At Photo Native, we're offering a variety of intimate shooting experiences. These shoots are more than just a chance to pad a pretty portfolio, but an opportunity to learn the method behind how some of your favorite photographers work their magic. 

The shoot will start with instruction time followed by a chance to observe the instructor demonstrate what was just taught. You will then get a turn to implement what you learned and leave with some incredible images. The shoots will be styled beautifully, feature some of the industry's most talented and sought-after vendors, and will be held at a wide variety of rad locations throughout Palm Springs and the surrounding area.

In order to keep these shooting and learning experiences beneficial, each shoot will max out at 12 people.


Are there payment plans?

One of our main goals here at Photo Native is to not only create an inclusive community of artists and provide unrivaled educational opportunities but also to make it an affordable experience for as many people as possible.

So, you can pay the first half now and second half later. The first 50% is due upon sign-up and the remaining 50% is due 60 days before the conference.


Where should I stay during the conference?

We have a secured a special group rate starting at $159/night for Photo Native attendees at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, right where Photo Native is taking place. Reservations can be made by giving Ace a call and mentioning you want in on the Photo Native group rate.


How can I connect with other attendees before the conference?

So glad you asked! Our Facebook group is a wonderful community of both past and future attendees that we'd love to have you join. Make connections, ask questions, get important PN updates, exclusive offers, and more! 


Who's behind this thing anyways?

Hi! We're Samantha Kelly and Jessie Evans. Or, Sam and Jessie. Two photographers who have a native love for photography, a belief in kindess over coolness, and a desire to share this goodness with others.