Monday, November 11, 2013

Exclusive On-Location Fashion Photography Workshop in Costa Rica with Jodi Jones


If you ever dreamed about photographing a beautiful high fashion model in an exotic location that looks like it’s out of the pages of Vogue, alongside a master teacher & well established fashion photographer, then here is an opportunity of a lifetime!
New York Fashion photographer Jodi Jones is offering this exciting opportunity to learn side-by-side her and learn her techniques for creating compelling fashion images. With Jodi and her professional team, and an exotic lush backdrop, YOU WILL BE CREATING STUNNING IMAGES THAT WILL BE JAW DROPPING PORTFOLIO DROOL-WORTHY!

Who: Photographers of any skill level interested in fashion photography, and wanting to build their portfolio.
What: 7 day 6 night on-location fashion photography workshop
Where: Costa Rica
When: January 5th – 11th, 2014



Day 1 – Jan 5th, 2014
Arrival dinner at sunset! You will fly into San Jose and take a pre- arranged private charter to the Nicoya peninsula, the location of our Beach Retreat in the gorgeous and laid-back beach town of Santa Theresa/Mal Pais. The location is a bit of a trek but it’s well worth it! So beautiful in fact that top Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has made this area her home. You will feel as though you’ve entered a new world and you have. Once you get settled in, we will (all the NYC crew, model, Jodi, and students) have an oceanfront community sunset dinner to get the opportunity to get to know one another in a laid-back, relaxing setting.
Day 2 – Jan 6th, 2014
Pre-production lighting & camera equipment training! You will most likely be woken up to the sounds of the howler monkeys. This is the jungle baby! After a wonderful breakfast we will begin preparation for our shoots the following day. Here Jodi will show you what goes into producing a high fashion shoot. Jodi and her 1st assistant will go over all the equipment that will be used during our shoots so that everybody becomes familiar with it before our location shooting sessions. Jodi and her assistant will demonstrate how to use the Broncolor portable battery operated unilites & pack, the sunbounce and sun swatter systems and the hasselblad medium format camera equipment. After our morning instruction we will all have lunch together and the rest of the day is free time. The sun sets here at 6 PM so we’ll go to bed early for an exciting fashion shoot the next day.
Day 3 – Jan 7th, 2014
Fashion shoot time! We will start our morning early with a delicious breakfast so we have the energy for our amazing shoot day! While our hair/makeup artist transforms our beautiful model into a supermodel, and our fashion stylist creates the looks for the day, Jodi will be going over the “shot list” with you. Jodi will teach you how she approaches a fashion shoot before getting “on set”. We will discuss creating a story & individual vision with our images. Once the model is ready we will head to the breathtaking pre-scouted rainforest location. We will shoot 3 “looks” on the model creating a fashion “story”. Each photography student will be given ample time to create their images with the 40 megapixel hasselblad camera & will have Jodi, the crew & Jodi’s assistant there to help guide them.
Jodi & her assistant will be showing you how to creatively light the model using the sunbounce & sun swatter system. Adam, a professional videographer will be capturing all the “behind the scenes” action of our shoots for us. After our first incredible fashion shoot we will head back, drop off the equipment, download all the Hasselblad image files, then discuss the day’s session over a nice sunset dinner together.
Day 4- Jan 8th, 2014
This will be another great fashion shoot day! This time after our nutritious morning breakfast we head to a secluded beach with a canopy of trees, ocean and mountain views. We will discuss our “fashion story” and how to give our shoots greater depth & meaning. On this day Jodi & her assistant will be lighting the model with a portable Broncolor lighting kit for both fashion and beauty shots, and each student will be photographing the model in the unique “looks” with the Hasselblad camera. Jodi and Stefano will explain the lighting setups as they are being used to create the most compelling of images. We will break for a picnic lunch on the beach & shoot one last “look” at sunset using the Broncolor lights as “fill light” for our model.
Day 5 – Jan 9th, 2014
A day of relaxation & fun! Even though everyday will be over-the-top fun, today we each choose an activity that we want to do: renting a surfboard for the day & hitting some epic costa rican waves, or for those surfing newbies- a surf lesson from an amazing instructor and two hours of riding your first waves at a world class surfing beach. Or perhaps a relaxing hour long healing massage would be your paradise or horseback riding on the beach to an amazing sunset, a morning or afternoon yoga session overlooking the ocean to “recharge” your creativity, exploring the area on an ATV quad rental, or even simply swinging in a hammock sipping on a mojito relishing the “pura vida” way of life. Whatever you decide, it will be arranged for you to make the most of your time in this tropical paradise.
Day 6 – Jan 10th, 2014
Post production retouching instruction day! After a hearty breakfast, we go over all the images we shot the following two days. Jodi shows you all of her post production workflow on her mac: dng conversion, editing in photo mechanic, camera raw, and vital retouching techniques used to make your images have that special magazine quality polish. Jodi will show you in CS6: layer masking, adjustment layers & blending modes, liquify, healing brush & the important dodge & burn techniques to give your model a flawless fashion look. Jodi will cover creative tips & tricks to enhance your photoshop skills. If you have your own laptop (& Wacom pen tablet is great also) you can work along side her on your images. Bring a portable external hard-drive to take home with you all of your stunning, newly created high resolution fashion images. This will be a full day of post production (to the sounds of the ocean none-the-less) followed by our farewell sunset dinner and drinks.
Day 7 – Jan 11th, 2014
Ahhhh… the adventure may be over here in Costa Rica, but the memories, friendships created & fashion images will live on!
After breakfast you will be taxied up to the local airstrip where you will board a small plane back to San Jose international airport where you will board your international flight back home.
Come join us for this exciting & extremely rare 7 day/6 night high fashion photography adventure!! Total cost of this packaged workshop is only $4500.
JANUARY 5th – JANUARY 11th, 2014 Costa Rica “Pura Vida 2014!”
 Price includes: your 7 day / 6 night stay in Costa Rica at the beach house, all travel expenses within costa rica, your chartered in costa rica flight to the peninsula, all photography & post production lessons & equipment usage, the professional NY model & crew’s time & talent, your daily breakfast, our welcome dinner & our farewell dinner, high resolution Hasselblad medium format images that you took – for portfolio usage, your “free day activity” of your choice, a behind the scenes edited video & stills, and one additional hour of consultation or post production training from Jodi after the trip. All photography & lighting equipment will be provided, however it is suggested that you bring a laptop & Wacom tablet for the retouching portion of the workshop, along with your own portable external harddrive. You are free to bring your own camera equipment as well, but only one photography student will be shooting the model at a time. This allows the photographer & model to better connect during each shooting session & makes each photography student’s images unique. And just remember to pack light!
Please email: or call 917.328.7877 to sign up & for any additional questions!
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Please note: once the trip is booked with us, we will send you full logistical details of where we will be staying and what to pack, along with other pertinent information. You will be responsible for your roundtrip airfare to/from Costa Rica & any additional meals, drinks & entertainment beyond what was listed above.
After your booking you will be asked to choose your “free day” activity: surfing (with surfboard rental), surfing lesson, horseback riding, 1 hour massage, ATV quad rental, or oceanside yoga session.
Refunds cannot be issued after the trip if weather (rain, mudslides, etc) happens to change our shooting plans a bit. Jodi always has a plan B, so no worries there!
After the workshop in Costa Rica follow up:
Within a few weeks upon your return, each student will be getting a collection of behind the scenes shots & an edited 1-2 min “behind the scenes” video to share your exciting adventure with your family, friends & social media fans! Jodi will also offer every student one hour of professional career consultation or post production help upon your return!
Pura vida!
About the Instructor: NYC Fashion Photographer JODI JONES
Jodi is a successful creative director and fashion photographer who has spent over 20 seasons down in the trenches shooting the runways for New York City’s Fashion Week, invited by the world’s most recognized designers including Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and Anna Sui to shoot their collections. Her photographs have appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Time and countless others. Jodi has photographed numerous celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Moby, JLo, Paris Hilton, and Pamela Anderson to name but a few. Jodi works in various forms of multimedia; from complex fashion shoots producing both still image campaigns to creative short fashion films and videos. Jodi creates compelling imagery and concepts for fashion magazines, advertising campaigns, art installations, runway shows & presentations, fashion designer lookbooks, beauty campaigns and fashion accessory companies. She appeared in the Lifetime tv special “Women on Top”, a show about women achieving success in a male dominated industry.