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.
- Access to a workshop online portal, filled with exclusive lifetime access to Barka-only content to get you started before you even arrive!
- Six nights of accommodation in a 15+ 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?
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!
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.
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!
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 over 15 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 socializing. The villa is located on 40 hectares of land which includes vineyards, garden,s and woods – plenty of space to explore as well as numerous shooting options throughout the property.
(subject to change slightly as we ebb and flow through each exciting day)
11:30 am Inspiration with Kaylee
2:00pm Style Evolution with Charlotte
3:00pm Style Evolution with Nicole
5:00pm Shoot 1: Village/Vineyard Shoot
9:30am Composition with Sam
10:00pm Before and Afters
11:00am Barka W.I.N Time
2:00pm Instructor Edit + Image Share 1
5:00pm Shoot 2: House Shoot
7:00 am Grab and Go Breakfast
8:00am Shoot 3: Pont del Diable Shoot
11:00am Brunch/Lunch Out
12:30pm Free Afternoon / Activities
8:00pm Group Dinner in Sitges
9:30am Barka W.I.N. Time
11:30am Instructor Edit
2:00pm Image Share Shoots 2 & 3
6:15pm Leave for shoot
6:30pm Shoot 3: Sitges Night Shoot
9:30am Barka W.I.N. Time
11:30am Instructor Edit
1:30pm Image Share Shoot 4
3:00pm Social Media Workshop
5:00pm Closing Ceremony
7:30pm Group Dinner in Sitges
Head back home with a heap of motivation, a heart oozing with gratitude, and a bunch of new friends.
BARKA W.I.N. TIME!
When you're on a retreat with us, our goal is for you to think, "Whoa, not only am I having the time of my life, eating ridiculously good paella and photographing dogs under the brilliant Catalonian sunshine, but I'm also getting exactly what I need from these instructors!"
Key phrase: "what I need." (Other key phrase: "eating paella" 😍)
We acronym-ized it to W.I.N. and blocked out time in the schedule for you to put your focus juuuuust where you want it.
Fancy some pricing feedback from me? You got it.
Need a website review from Kaylee? Sure thing!
Eager to tackle some thorny editing challenges with Charlotte? Say no more!
During our Barka W.I.N. time, we'll work individually with each of you on your specific goals. So the "work" in your workshop is exactly what you need.
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 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 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 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 Levesque photo
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.
PRIVATE ROOM with GUEST
BUT WAIT! HERE'S A BONUS FOR YOU!
We started these workshops back in 2016, before online education was such a thing. And our first workshops were heavy on the teaching. SO. MUCH. INSTRUCTION.
The reason? There's so much stuff that's critical for your success as a pet photographer. We wanted to make sure you knew it all!
But now, fast-forward to 2022. Stranger Things may be triggering our 80s nostalgia, but we're thrilled to have the modern technology to help our students from afar.
Enter the Barka Portal.
The Barka Portal is jammed full of content to help you discover the basics of lighting, learn the secrets of dog handling, and master your business fundamentals. This is exclusive material available ONLY for students enrolled in this workshop - of which you will have lifetime access and includes bonus content you'll want to watch before arriving in Spain. That way, we can spend our time together working on your W.I.N.s.
NEW NIGHT SHOOT
The Barka experience has always included three full shoots. This year, we're stepping it up a notch by adding a *BONUS NIGHT SHOOT* in the gorgeous seaside village of Sitges. You'll discover loads of lighting options and work to capture a special flavor of Spanish magic.
Once you're back home, you've been mauled by your dogs and the bags are unpacked, the learning still isn't over. You'll submit your final images from the workshop and get a Loom video with personalized feedback from one of the instructors. It's the best way to ensure you're integrating what you've learned into the work you're creating.
All in all, you'll enjoy an incredible 6 nights and 5 full days of photography, learning, and connection, with accommodations, meals, and activities included. All experience levels are welcome, but, we do recommend that you're comfortably able to shoot in manual mode. That way you can focus fully on all the other details of creating out-of-this-world images at our out-of-this-world retreat.
Applications are accepted on a rolling schedule 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.APPLY FOR BARKELONA NOW
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is the workshop suitable for?
Why is it called a pet photography workshop when we’re only photographing dogs?
What if the weather doesn’t co-operate?
Why is the workshop priced higher than other workshops I’ve seen?
Can special diets be accommodated?
How does the group shooting work?
What are the different types of rooms available?
Can I bring my husband / wife / partner?
Can I attend the workshop without staying at the venue?
What airport should I fly into?
I can’t make it to the workshop, can you recommend another way to improve my pet photography?
Will you be holding more workshops in other states / cities / countries in the future?
How many students will attend?
How do I apply?
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!
Bright Eyes Photos