The average human being lives 30,000 days...
how will you spend yours?
Last year, I wandered across Europe skipping from trail to train to airplane and happened upon a fellow photographer by the name of Antoniel Pavliš. We talked shop all the way across Ukraine and Romania and I realized that he was an extraordinary talent amongst professional photographers world-wide... and now he's coming to the United States to teach you.
Antoniel and I will be teaming up in Las Vegas at the end of June (28th-1st) to teach what we've learned over the last decade of professional photography craziness. We'd love you to be a part of the experience.
Come adventure with us.
You might fit into our workshop if:
1. You are a professional or amateur photographer.
2. Haven't learned it all yet and/or don't mind unlearning the things that you shouldn't have learned in the first place.
By far the most common question that I run into when people ask about workshops where I teach is this: Do I fit into this group?
The answer is almost always, "Yes!"
Here's why: My father used to tell his primary school students, "I'm a lot closer to your age than you are to mine." This always resounded with me and it explains a lot about this workshop as well.
For those of you who are just beginning your career in photography, we remember. We were there in the trenches and both managed to create thriving studios when so many others fell by the wayside. We can explain everything from the ground up... and we will. Even if you're asleep while we do it. No mercy.
And for those of you who have survived and are now on a quest to hone your art - we've been there, too. Every photographer strives to attain a new level to what they do. In our workshops, we don't hold anything back - we'll show you what we do and how we do it - not only to produce top-shelf art, but also to make some money doing it. And, while little green rectangles are good, we also love what we do.
In short, we'll customize your workshop to what you need to learn. That... is a good thing, and it's why we keep our numbers low. We want you to walk away with more than knowledge. We want you to have friends that you can keep asking all throughout your career.
What's the plan?
We've got a full plate: Multiple models, multiple locations - desert, city, winery, mountains, underwater, and anything else that we can wrangle up - and two instructors so that you have the opportunity to learn what you need to learn.
In short, we'll be all over the place so that we have as many opportunities as possible to create.
1. Practical underwater portrait photography.
2. Trek to Mount Charleston for epic outdoor landscape, wildlife, and portrait imaging.
3. Urban photography in Las Vegas - glam, glitter and models provided.
4. Milk bath maternity session with a mommy and still stowed bablet.
5. Open shoot at world famous Pahrump Valley Winery with models and grapes and winey things.
6. Multiple editing sessions so as to get a feel for alternate techniques that you can add to your workflow.
7. Minute to minute opportunities to ask questions - because, in the end, that's what this is all about.
8. Portrait, landscape, and commercial imaging instruction - including editing and temple rubbing.
9. Free humor, mostly based around Troy falling down, breaking gear, or babbling.
10. Copious amounts of fun and life long friends. So... that.
Who are these guys?
That's not a bad question considering that you'll be stuck with them for several days in Las Vegas.
Antoniel harkens from beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina and he is both relatively well-adjusted and a freakishly talented photographer. He's made a name for himself all across Europe - starting out just like most of us did, with a camera and the nagging notion that maybe he could turn his passion into a lifestyle. He did. And quickly.
One of the things that folks find inspiring about Antoniel is the fact that he worked hard to establish a style, and then even harder to break it. He isn't afraid of trying new things, learning from new people, and putting himself out over the abyss to see if something will work. He isn't afraid to fail, and because of it, he has a loyal following of photographers who all want to know what he'll try next. He's also an incredible technical photographer who can explain both theory and application - the math behind the movement. This makes him a rare creature indeed - the miraculous balance of left and right brained people.
Antoniel has carved his own studio out of pure mahogany, worked and fashioned it until it was just the way that he wanted and then turned it loose on the world of photography... and now, you.
Troy, on the other hand, spent a decade teaching gang kids in a lockdown drug-rehab before giving in to his love for photography and making it into a career. In fact, he changed his life's course in 2007, just before the world economy stood up and said, "Nope." Despite that incredible moment of wisdom, he worked up a dedicated following, a profitable studio, and even managed to enjoy it along the way. Once or twice.
Since that fateful decision, he's traveled all over the world creating one-off pieces of art for his clients and feeling über-cool... but he's also done (and still does) everything from graduation portraits to weddings, commercial work to flying UAV's. This wide base of practical experience makes him an ideal person to bombard with "wtf" questions. His is a teaching style based around pragmatism - and this practical, realistic approach to shooting has allowed him to learn both efficiency and keep a fist full of dollar bills to buy things like food.
Why you think that you'd survive a Vegas workshop with these two, however, is something that you'll have to answer for yourself. (If you do manage to make it home, it'll be worth it.)
28 June - 1 July
$600 per extroverted (not perverted) artist.
$750 if you're an introverted artist who wants a private room.
Las Vegas and surrounding area.
So, it's all pretty simple.
If you've made it this far, you probably ought to come with us.
If you've made it this far, you'll probably have a lot of fun.
If you've made it this far, go all the way.
Call 702-285-1638 to book your spot
and while you're on hold... you know, because of the 17,308 artists in front of you in the queue...
you can take a look at some of the art that Antoniel and Troy have produced over the years.