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Planned a while back it’s finally happening… My 10 day photography workshop that will go until May 26th

A short Recap of some of the highlights

  • Day 1 – Intro Stuff and In the evening two of what I consider to be my most important presentations
    “Attractions and Distractions: Developing a language for photography” and essentially what we can call simply “Taking in focus pictures: Tips for more in focus pictures”
  • Day 2 – The highlight for this day is i’m focusing on workflow and assisting
  • Day 3 – The highlight is a long photoshoot with dozens of models in provo (a chance to practice their assisting skills)
  • Day 4 – Learning to really see and utilize locations – including a walk through of abravenel hall for photoshoots we’re doing the next week.
  • Also the intro presentation for Flash Camp that evening
  • Day 5 – Studio lighting then the start of flash camp which includes a lot of models
  • Day 6 – The finish of flash camp – (flash camp is about using flash at day then sunset and then twilight and then night… going to bed and then waking up to do it all over again in reverse)
  • Day 7 – A real wedding will be the highlight
  • Day 8 – An involved photoshoot for the symphony
  • Day 9 – A wedding centered day – with photoshoots and a wedding vendor dinner which is an amazing experience to learn more about the culture and expectations of being a wedding photographer
  • Day 10 – recap day includes a big photowalk at the end with lots of photography from the community at large

Other things we’re doing

Bootcamp is all day long and in all the other spots we’ll be at the computer learning how to work on pictures and learning all sorts of photography projects that I have lined up for the interns to work on this summer. Because we’re shooting so much simply going through pictures will take a lot of time… because it’s everyone’s pictures.

We’ll be focusing on them writing down and internalizing what they learned and sharing it here on the blog. (so stay tuned for that)

Options to the Public

  • You can come to the Presentations tomorrow
  • Flash Camp I will still take 2 more photographers
  • Wedding Vendor Dinner you can add yourself to the waiting list for if there are spots available after the wedding vendors book
  • Thursday the 26th anyone is free to come to our closing social a photowalk tentatively planned for the salt flats.
  • Model – I’ve found a lot of models to be part but if you also want to model for cash Or for pictures let me know.
  • Hey if you have a lot of money laying around and 10 totally free days there’s always bootcamp itself 😉 haha

Motto and Objectives

The main objective of this Bootcamp has always been to teach my summer full time interns all they’ll need to know to work all summer long on pictures and projects.
Secondarily to give them lots of amazing experiences to help them get much better at taking pictures. (this is actually going to be a big portion of the time we spend)

The Motto = Pick your battles (I will relate almost everything to this saying/mantra)

Photography BOOT CAMP

I’m going to condense everything I did and taught last year as part of JarvieU (To about 10-12 interns)

AND add some more into one multi-day (over a week) workshop.

This is to train primarily new Interns (or other interested parties) and have them prepped and ready to work in a very educated and efficient manner throughout the Summer.

Because of it’s 100% focus to photography and long days it should be called a Photography Boot Camp.

Boot Camp seems a particularly good term.

  • Long days focused on one thing.
  • Getting prepped and ready to go into “the field” in a very short period of time.
  • All future work done by the attendees will be much more educated and Efficient.
  • Block out the days and focus hard on one thing.
  • Push the person beyond what they originally felt comfortable with.


  • Training over the course of a summer is cool and stuff but I found there to be some difficulties last year.
  • This year I’ll be doing even more traveling, so daily or weekly teaching will be hard if not impossible.
  • It was hard to get everyone to the office at the same time. Things always came up.
  • I have tons of projects that will take a lot of time to finish up. So I still need to train lots.
  • Part time people make it really difficult to teach because often they can’t make it or are limited on time. But if needs be this is one way to train them fast.
  • Also… I like teaching. I like helping people become awesome photographers… it reflects well on me.
  • I need to catch up on my projects.

Photo Boot Camp Objectives

  • To spend all day every day on photography.
  • To do an organized photoshoot every day
  • To teach how to do all post processing
  • To teach how to assist on photoshoots (or use an assistant)
  • To teach the business side
  • Work on the pictures taken during the week.
  • Teach all the projects I am working on so interns can




I’m in this mode of giving so far this year.

I’ve been giving away that which I have lots of … Pictures. So I’ve been turning it into a game on my facebook fan page. Mainly a lot of guessing games.

Here’s a big one and it’s a prize that doesn’t go to just one person. But to the first 15-20 ppl that make it happen.

Blogger Mom

I know sometimes you people laugh when they’re applying the title of soccer mom or now days blogger mom. I’m not a mom, I’ve never even been married and my own mom doesn’t even have a blog (she does have facebook)

I believe strongly in:

  • family
  • memories
  • art
  • photography
  • developing relationships



You’ll have to excuse the many people in my profession that sometimes give you a bad rap or just don’t understand.

You want the best pictures that portray the best memories that which you can put on your wall and be proud of and stir up the best emotions.

There’s many reasons you get your cameras out yourselves, and I support them.

There’s many reasons you buy a nice camera like mine, and I support them.

Because you do, you find yourselves taking pictures for other people, and I understand how and why.

Now I know what my work with photography, specially in the area of Family Lifestyle and portraits is able to do.

But I know that I can’t be there all the time with every amazing thing that happens in the family.

But you will be there!

So document it… and then try to get always better at that documenting.


I’ve taught lots of photographers wanting to get better at photography and probably a majority of them wanting to turn it into a career.

This next class I want to be for you guys… the ones documenting the lives of your own families.

Photography is very very expensive and so can good classes be pretty expensive.

But this should be free.

The Class

I am going to be gone much of the last part of the month and again in February. So I should do this soon.

Jan 13th – 7:00 (because your spouse should be home by then and we can do a 90 minute class and get you home so you are in bed early enough to get up when they get up)

SUBJECT: All the basics you need to know about taking a good picture, for instance what a good picture should look like.

What to bring: Something to take notes on. Whatever camera big or small.

Posts should be written by lets say Monday Night (Think FHE, heck have your kid write it, if they’re old enough, or youtube them)

This is your first lesson in photography: BE CREATIVE – Think outside the norm

If you follow the options below you are invited. Bring some treats or even real food. It’s gonna be relaxed.

Lehi Utah – Hit me up on FB for the address.

To qualify?

Be a parent who loves taking pictures of your children

Step One:

Write a blog post talking about why photography is important to your family. (If you don’t have a blog I can post a write up for you on mine or you can do it as a FB note)

Subjects to consider for writing.

An important moment in your own life related to photography.

Why photography is an important aspect in the raising of your own children.

Philosophize about the connections of memories and pictures.

What you think these pictures will mean to your kids when they’re older.

Why do you take pictures?

Why do you have pictures taken of your families?

Why do you have family pictures on your wall?


Link back to this post so that others can read about it and have the chance. If it becomes popular I might do it again.


Post a link to your write up in the comment section of this post so I can give you credit for the free class


Of the Many Thoughts

Though I have many many more reasons why I think photography is important, but I’ll hold off on most of them and allow you to be creative and write your own ideas.

However I will say my memory is such that I don’t remember 99% of my childhood. I don’t remember any of the early years until almost 8. And what few memories I have are usually because there is a picture associated with it… so you can understand how it fits me.

What you’re doing in raising your children is so very important, I love seeing great pictures that document the personalities and the memories.
I love taking those pictures though I understand for many families taking their own pictures is the only economic route they know.

If there were 5 of me (without 5 of me to support) I’d be over there in a jiff to take pictures for everyone :)



8 of the 12 people that came to JarvieU Flash Camp 2

Since it was warmer we were able to stay out until almost midnight with instruction. We very much enjoyed the full moon rising about an hour after sunset.

See many more pictures on the SmugMug gallery

(Above taken on tripod with interval timing so I could get back in the picture and take several shots in a row)


(Above: Some flashlight light paining behind subject done by Wade Heninger)

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The next day we focused on a more discrete flash lighting.


New Intern Will took the picture above with his D60 at f/10 – Mostly I just did lighting for people and explained what I was doing and why.


Picture by Janna – Lighting by yours truly (above and below)

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