CUBA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2017
DATES: February 1-4, 2017
Join us to Havana,Cuba for this magical traveling photography styled shoot workshop. Step back in time & experience the romance and culturally rich capital city of Cuba. Explore the decorative architecture, weathered patina colors, marbled entrances, & ornately patterned tiles of old majestic buildings. Walk the narrow streets of Old Havana & photograph timeworn patina beautiful textured walls and entrances of buildings that have been untouched for years. The streets of Havana are like walking onto a movie set that someone forgot to tear down.
We will be creating two full days of styled wedding/engagement shoots with designer dresses, models & wedding details for you to shoot at two beautiful Havana locations. The workshop will include 1/2 day classroom discussions & hands on instructions for 3 days during shoot days. Dine at two of Havana’s most famous restaurants and travel around the streets in vintage 1950’s American cars. It will be 4 days of a rich cultural experience!
WORKSHOP INVESTMENT INCLUDES
• Hotel accommodations four nights Feb. 1-4
• All ground transportation will be provided to and from José Martí International airport, to all shoot locations and all dinners in Havana from February.1-4.
• Breakfast, lunches, dinners including welcome and farewell dinners
• Two full days of styled shoots & a day of photo journalistic shooting around Havana.
• 1/2 day of classroom discussions - One on One portfolio review upon request.
• How to see the beauty of the lighting
• Shooting with film and digital
• Shooting as a team
• Personal style development
• How to get published
• Social media
**NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to & from Havana Cuba not included. You are responsible to book & pay for your own flights & secure your visa to Havana, Cuba. A valid Passport & Visa is required to travel to Cuba. This schedule is subject to change.
Payments accepted in USD only – Paypal or check USD. All Payments are Non-refundable. Class size will be small and intimate. A $2,000 deposit is required to reserve your spot. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to the workshop.
Changes: We reserve the right to vary or alter the program content or cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances. Cancellation by us of the workshop will ensure a refund of the workshop fee.
Owner: Matthew Ree Photography
Matthew Ree is specialized in life style portrait, fashion and editorial photography with a love for natural light in a sensitive and genuine way. After Matthew received a Bachelor's degree in fashion photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara CA, earned Master degree of Fine Art at Pratt Institute in New York. Now he is based in New York. Matthew's work has been featured in international publications and media including The Knot, Vogue Korea, Elle Korea, Cosmo Bride China, Bazaar, PDN, WWD, New York Magazine and Smithsonian Museum.
Owner Jeannemarie Photography
Jeannemarie is a modern, romantic, photographer who brings a unique and striking vision to the wedding industry after a 20-year career in NYC’s fashion industry. She found her passion in photography as a child and rekindled it after leaving the corporate world. Always seeking out a new adventure, Jeannemarie loves to travel— especially road trips because you never know where the road will take you. Her work has been featured in Burnett’s Boards, Bajan Wed, Maharani Weddings, People Magazine and MSNBC. Her photographic work has been shown in galleries in New York City and Honolulu.
Owner, Workshop Coordinator, florist/stylist of Designs by Hemingway
Debbie is known for her organic, bohemian and romantic styling as a leading wedding florist and creative design/stylist in Honolulu, Hawaii. The florist to the stars for the Kahala Mandarin Oriental hotel for 10 years, she is a true creative artist with passion for design & color. Her work has been featured on Style me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bajan Wed, Ruffled, Burnett Boards, and Pacific Wedding Magazine.
Style Me Pretty
Grace Loves Lace
Corsivo Fine Art Calligraphy
Richard Photo Lab
Designs by Hemingway
Renaissance Album Company
Silk and Willow
Trumpet and Horn
After registration & your deposit is received, a detailed workshop guide & schedule will be emailed to you.
What is included?
• Hotel accommodations four nights
• All ground transportation will be provided from José Martí International Airport in Havana to hotel, to all shoot locations and all dinners from February.1-4. Departure morning Feb. 5, transportation back to José Martí International Airport.
• Breakfast, lunches and dinners including welcome and farewell dinners
• Two styled wedding/engagement shoots at 2 locations
• City shooting in Havana with models & photo journalistic shooting around Havana
• 1/2 day of classroom discussions - One on One portfolio review upon request
What do I need to provide?
You need to book & pay for your own round trip airfare to Havana. You will also need to have a valid passport (that doesn’t expire with in the six months of travel) & obtain your own Visa to travel into Cuba. Please bring extra spending money for your spare time in Havana. Credit cards are not excepted right now from US citizens.
Can a US citizen travel legally to Cuba?
Yes, the U.S. Government allows U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba for one of 12 reasons. When you book your plane ticket, you’ll apply for your Visa. You’ll check off “Professional Research or Professional Meetings” for your reason for visiting. Please check with the airline that you book about how to obtain your visa & verify all info listed above.
Is airfare included?
No, you are responsible for making your own travel air reservations and paying your own round trip airfare. We can help provide additional information about flights into Havana from US airlines in December.
How do I fly into Cuba?
Some commercial US airlines will be starting service into Havana starting in November 2016. You can book your flight directly and should be able to obtain your visa at the airport but please check with the airline that you book with to find out how to obtain your visa. Transportation will only be provided from the José Martí Airport.
Where will we be staying?
A hotel in the heart of Havana. Breakfast is included at the hotel.
What is the weather like?
Mid 70’s during the day and mid 60’s during the night. Please bring a jacket for cool evenings. We had a cold snap last January while we were there & it was quite chilly at night.
How much cash should I bring?
If you are a US citizen, you cannot use credit cards, debit cards or ATM’s in Cuba yet. You will need to bring cash to exchange to Cuba CUC. You cannot exchange money for Cuban CUC outside of Cuba. Depending on spending your habits, we recommend $50-$100 + per day.
Where will I exchange my money for Cuban CUC’s?
Exchange at the airport after you land in Havana is the easiest. There are exchange offices around Havana but there are long lines & the wait can be a major headache. Your hotel should have a currency exchange service but hours are limited and unpredictable.
What should I bring?
Laptop, cameras for photo shoots, film, euro converter for 110v, warm clothes for evening, and comfortable clothing for day. You may want to dress for dinner when out on the town.
Will there be WiFi?
Wifi is available at major hotels and there is an hourly fee. We can provide more info after your register.
Will this be a film or digital workshop?
You should bring the medium you are most comfortable in shooting.
What is the start and end time of each day?
We will start around 9:00 am & earlier on photo shoot days & finish around 5 pm.
Can I use these images in my portfolio?
Yes. We will provide more information on how to properly credit your images and when you can use them.
What if my camera equipment gets lost or stolen?
You are responsible for all of your cameras and other equipment, please make sure that it is insured!
Is the water safe to drink?
We recommend drinking bottled water only.
Can I come in before or stay after the workshop date?
Yes you may, but you are responsible for booking & paying for your own hotel, meals, transportation and reservations if coming in earlier. The workshop only includes accommodations/meals/transportation February 1-4, 2017. Check out the morning of February 5th.