Do I have to be a pet photographer to attend?
Photographers from all specialties are welcome. Whether you specialize in pet photography or want to incorporate pets into your current business, you'll learn tips & tricks (and dos & donts) for working with animals and guiding owners. Everything you learn about workflow, marketing, pricing, etc can be applied to any photography niche with a boutique business model.
What airport do I fly into?
Out of state photographers should fly into Portland International Airport (PDX) which is 30 miles from the Pondview Farmhouse in Cornelius, Oregon. I am happy to share contact information with those of you who are interested in carpooling with fellow retreat photographers.
What day should I arrive and depart?
The optional Welcome Dinner on Thursday August 6th is at 6pm. We would love to have you join us if you're getting to town the day before the retreat starts! The retreat takes place Friday August 7th - Sunday August 9th from 9am - 5pm each day. You can depart the evening of Sunday August 9th or the following morning Monday August 10th. If you are flying out of Portland International Airport (PDX), plan 1-hour to drive the 30 miles from Cornelius, OR to PDX in case there is traffic.
Where is the best place to stay?
There are lots of Airbnb and hotel options in the Cornelius / Hillsboro area. Once you reserve your spot in the retreat, I'll send over the exact address for the Pondview Farmhouse where the retreat is taking place. There are two additional guest bedrooms in the Pondview Farmhouse (where Arica is staying) that are available to rent on a first-come-first-serve basis.
What should my skill level be?
To get the most out of our live shoots and working with strobe lights, you should be able to operate your camera on manual mode and be comfortable with adjusting your shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?
Absolutely! The Welcome Dinner, optional Continental Breakfasts and Chef-Prepared Lunches will all be plant-based. Dinners on Friday, Saturday & Sunday will be on your own. Check out the sample menu below! If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, let us know ahead of time and we'll be sure to accommodate your needs.