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Barkelona is BACK!

OCTOBER 5-9, 2022

OCTOBER 14-18, 2022

**Previous Workshop Graduates Only
(Barka, Houndvision, Style Lab)

 

Applications are now open.

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AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD PET PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT

We are going back to our roots - back to where the magic all began in 2016.  Barkelona will run as two back-to-back retreats to be held near Barcelona, just outside the seaside town of Sitges, in the beautiful Catalonia region of Spain. Together, we will dive into all aspects of pet photography and the business of running a successful studio, all while making new lifelong friendships. 

 

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Access to a workshop online portal, filled with exclusive Barka-only content to get you started before you even arrive!
  • Six nights of accommodation in a 21-bedroom 11th Century Catalonia masia.
  • All meals throughout the workshop, dietary needs are accommodated on request. 
  • All transportation during the event.  Attendees are responsible for their transportation to Spain, as well as their transportation to and from the house. We can assist in making transportation arrangements from the airport.  The closest airport is Barcelona (BCN) just over 30 minutes drive from our accommodation.
  • Five full days of learning about the art and business of pet photography.
  • One free afternoon mid-week to experience the surrounding area or relax in the villa.  Explore the countryside on horseback? Hike or bike through the scenic mountain trails?  Shop and spa in Sitges?  The choice is yours!
  • Group learning as well as individual attention throughout the week.
  • A private circle community for connection and support.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

SHOOTING


During the retreat, we’ll have four incredible natural light shoots in four amazing locations in the surrounding Catalonia region of Spain. We’ll find the best light, select the optimal settings and creatively compose to create expressive portraits in epic landscapes. We’ll be shooting in small groups and you’ll have a variety of dogs to work with over the course of the shoots, all while receiving helpful advice and assistance from the instructors. Create drool worthy portfolio shots in an out-of-this-world setting!

EDITING


After each shoot you’ll have the opportunity to edit and then share your favorite image with the group. It's incredible to see how differently everyone captures the same location - this is a favorite part of the week for everyone!  In our group editing sessions, you’ll learn valuable new post-processing techniques – many of them specific to pet photography – in both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Everything you learn from our super knowledgeable and experienced instructors will help you become more effective and efficient with your workflow, editing, and post-production. 

BUSINESS


In our business sessions, we focus on individualized, hands-on assistance to help grow your business. We cover pricing and sales and dive into how to structure and streamline your business practices to make your business better organized. Social media and the importance of creating genuine, authentic content is a valuable marketing technique we explore. We can also take a look over your current portfolio and website and help you polish up any existing marketing and promotion you’re currently doing, to get your business on track and profitable!

How has Barkelona impacted me? Let me count the ways . . . No wait . . . There might be too many to count! 😉

Seriously, Barkelona was an amazing experience for me . . . It was just SO cool to meet like minded people who just totally 'get' all the ups and downs, ins and outs of professional pet photography and I have become a part of this amazing community since! I really felt like I had 'found my tribe' while at Barkelona and I have come away with not only a supportive group of colleagues and resources, but true friends from this experience as well!

On the business side, I have an incredible plan for improving my 'back end' of my business. Realistic pricing guides (that before I didn't think I 'deserved' or could command), tools for streamlining and being more efficient, eliminating redundancy and making my time more productive and effective, and SO much more!!! My editing skills have greatly improved and most importantly for me is my confidence has grown exponentially!!!!

I am SO grateful for the opportunity to have learned from the BEST . . . Charlotte, Kaylee and Nicole are just AMAZING! I can't say enough good things about my Barkelona experience and CAN'T WAIT for MORE!


Christine

WHERE YOU WILL STAY

An out-of-this-world pet photography retreat wouldn't be complete without out-of-this-world accommodations!

 

This 11th century Spanish Masia sits on the edge of a tiny village near the Garraf National Park only 35 minutes from Barcelona and 15 minutes from the charming seaside town of Sitges. Surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards this diligently restored home has preserved an abundance of period features while still offering all the comforts of modern living.

The home has 21 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. Plenty of room for students and even spouses!  There are also ample indoor and outdoor gathering spots for lectures, meals and socialising. The villa is located on 40 hectares of land which includes vineyards, garden and woods – plenty of space to explore as well as numerous shooting options throughout the property.

 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

(subject to change slightly as we ebb and flow through each exciting day)

 

AM Schedule:

  • Welcome and Introductions

  •  Inspiration and Style Evolution with Kaylee

 

PM Schedule:

  • Style Evolution with Nicole

  •  Style Evolution with Charlotte 

  •  Shoot 1

 

AM Schedule:

  • Group Focus Work

  •  Composition and Light

 

PM Schedule:

  • Location Scouting

  •  Instructor Editing Demo

  •  Shoot 1 Image Share

  •  Shoot 2

 

AM Schedule:

  • Group Focus Work

  •  Editing Before and Afters

  •  Instructor Editing Demo

  •  Shoot 2 Image Share

 

PM Schedule:

  • Fun group activities

  •  Group dinner in Sitges

 

AM Schedule:

  • Shoot 3

  •  Group Focus Work

 

PM Schedule:

  • Instructor Editing Demo

  •  Shoot 3 Image Share

  •  Shoot 4

 

AM Schedule:

  • Group Focus Work

  • Pricing Discussions

 

PM Schedule:

  • Instructor Editing Demo

  •  Shoot 4 Image Share

  •  Social Media Workshop

 

Head back home with a heap of motivation, a heart oozing with gratitude, and a bunch of new friends.

 

 

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

NICOLE BEGLEY

Hair of the Dog

Nicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator.   She is also mildly obsessed with numbers, Trello boards, pricing, and all aspects of running a business. Nicole has taken that passion to create Hair of the Dog Academy, an online community in which she empowers pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality and helps them create successful and profitable businesses.  

Nicole is also the host of the very popular Hair of the Dog podcast and runs a free online community for pet photographers.

Nicole has been honored to speak at many conferences and events and has hosted workshops domestically and in many of the far corners of our incredible planet since 2014.

KAYLEE GREER

Dog Breath Photography

Kaylee is a professional US-based pet photographer who shoots commercially and privately for clients across the nation. She is living out her dream through a camera lens in gorgeous Boston, Massachusetts. Her photographic style is drawn directly from the inspiration she finds inside the canine soul. She is fueled by the joy, soul and unrelenting happiness that is so unique to dogs.

Kaylee is known for her love of vibrant colors, process of capturing the comedy and character of dogs, and unique and whimsical style. Through Dog Breath Photography, it is one of Kaylee’s strongest passions to give a voice to the voiceless by volunteering her time to local shelters and photographing the abandoned and homeless animals who lie in wait for a second chance.

CHARLOTTE REEVES

Unleashed Education

Charlotte is an award-winning Australian photographer based in Brisbane with 15 years of  experience in photographing pets. Her style incorporates creative use of natural light, location and expression to produce vibrant and emotive work highly praised by her clients. Charlotte also volunteers her time and talent to aid several rescue groups to fundraise and help find new forever families for homeless pets.

Addicted to creating lightbulb moments for students, Charlotte has been teaching pet photographers since 2013.  She relishes simplifying tricky concepts, and helping people achieve their goals by making the learning fun, practical, and positive. Along with fellow pet photographer Craig Turner-Bullock, Charlotte runs an online membership through Unleashed Education, including courses, tutorials, group training calls and mentoring – plus fun pet photography challenges like Embark!


" Charlotte is an excellent teacher, very professional and obviously loves what she does. She interacts really well with the dogs and their owners and was very attentive when teaching me and answered all my questions with ease. I feel so much more confident now than I did before the mentoring session, thanks!" – Nicola Harnett, Brisbane

Barkelona was not only an amazing experience in of itself but it has also already had an impact on my business (just a few months later). It has given me the confidence and tools to push more towards products and In Person Sales and I am already seeing a growth in my numbers per session.  Additionally, I was inspired to think differently, as well as to create and find my own style. This was priceless.


Chantal

Chantal Levesque photo

REGISTRATION COSTS


Registration starts at $4750 USD for a twin-share room with ensuite.

Upgrades to a private room or bringing a guest will be available.

Payment plans are available for an additional $250 USD.

All prices are in USD.

SHARED ROOM

$4750

 

PRIVATE ROOM

$5250

 

PRIVATE ROOM with GUEST

$5750

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications will be accepted from June 1 with room requests filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will be selecting students based on a variety of factors such as; current skill level, previous experience, intention to run a pet photography business, and room selections (being flexible in the room type you request is advisable).

Please note that a $250 USD application fee will be required when applying for Barkelona.  This will be fully refunded if we are not able to offer you a place for ANY reason, however, it will be non-refundable if you are offered a place in the workshop but decline to proceed.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When I joined the group at our Masia in the hills outside Barcelona, I was a blank slate ready to inhale all that the 3 world-class dog photographers could teach me.  Nicole, Charlotte and Kaylee, each with their different style, were out-of-this-world knowledgeable about all things dogs + photography and made me comfortable immediately and, after 4 days of workshops and hands-on shooting Spanish dog models, soooo much more confident in my skills!  I am truly grateful to these 3 women for showing me the way to a creative AND profitable dog photography business! I will follow them all over the world!


Julie

Bright Eyes Photos

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, please get in touch using the form below or email [email protected]