Its the end of another week of shooting, my head is pounding, my throat is as scratchy as the dying leaves outside and my feet are about to freeze right the crap off. the tears in my eyes aren't from any of that. they are an odd, watery recipe of shock, gratitude, and hope. my life is good.
and i'll tell you why. although this will be a long flight home from new york city to SLC, the bottom of my stomach is tingling with the half nervous thrill that tomorrow i'll be on yet another plane. this time to india. and this time, (here comes the part i'm most excited about) with my oldest daughter myra. its the last bursting finale to a grueling and incredible year of work and travel and finally, FINALLY!! i'll be able to share some of the world with my children---its been a goal of mine for such a long time. and this is just the beginning.
in 2015 I held 12 YanFamWay workshops in the US, Europe, and Australia, which created over 115 new alumni to add to the talented pool of photographers I have had the honor to teach. i am humbled in so many ways by your desire to learn with me--and let's be real, a tooooouch guilty feeling since i'm the one doing most of the learning and its from each of you! Along the journey of these workshops I also got to meet some super rad families (over 30) that entrusted me with documenting their life, love and connection as a family. as a photographer and teacher, nothing humbles me more.
Sometimes (read: all the time) I can't believe I get to do this for a living but am obviously glad that I do. There are days when I'm bone tired and that voice in my heads says "knock it off. who are you to buzz around like this thinking you can promise to help, document and teach people." the truth is i might not be anybody. Just a girl, who says, i have some ideas and i really want to try.... And then, by some miracle, I hear or see something from a client or student that reminds me that maybe I'm doing something right. Oddly enough, I even hear chatter out on the web that you aren't sick of me yet--- So I listened to my heart and rolled out a schedule of 2016 YanFamWay workshop dates last week. What? You didn't see the sweet little video I made for myself (I mean you guys) out on Instagram? Well don't look right now, but don't miss it.
So in case you really did miss it and were doing something way more important than scanning social media - I announced the following 2016 dates and locations (so far) with a few new ones added to this post:
Bellingham, WA - March 8 - GETTING FULL
Melbourne - April 25 - SOLD OUT
Byron Bay, AUS - April 21 (NEW - not to be confused with the Alumni 2.0 workshop) - GETTING FULL
Nashville, TN - June 2 - GETTING FULL
Portland, ME - Special 2 day version - June 28-29 (*details below about how this one will differ) SOLD OUT
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 17
Cincinnati, OH - October 6 (Date UPDATED)
I am exploring Canadian locations tentatively for Fall 2016. See note below about how you can help make that happen.
Those links take you to the payment full option. Need a bit more flexibility in your payments? you can pay in 2 installments - 50% to reserve your spot and the other 50% is due within 5 weeks of the workshop (the Maine workshop can be paid in 3 payments)
Don't see your city (province) or one near by listed? Don't cry...if you recruit at least 5 people to participate in a workshop, I'll come to you. Just send me a message here and we'll talk details.
Do you still need convincing? Why not read what some pretty amazing people said about their YFW experience. I swear they weren't even coerced to say these things. And here you can read more about the workshop and some FAQs...even that really awkward one we all wonder but are afraid to ask, "can i get my money back?"
Interested in a family session? I will be accepting a limited number of sessions at each workshop location. Send an email here and either my assistant, Lisa, or I will get back to you about availability for that location. Click here for cost. Family sessions can also be paid in 2 payments (50/50). Send and email me for more details.
ALUMNI Dates: (these events are for alumni who have already participated in the original YanFamWay 2.0 workshop. A few spots remain for Maui & MARFA
Canon Beach, OR - March 10-13 - SOLD OUT
Byron Bay, Australia – April 18-21 - SOLD OUT
Pay a Deposit for an Alumni event HERE