Focal Presents

Not-A-Conference
Banff, Canada

“The best way to learn is to do; the worst way to teach is to talk.”

Imagine a photography conference that wasn't! Instead of sitting in chairs listening to someone talk, you'll experience 2 days of back-to-back shooting workshops mentored by 4 of the most incredible Wedding Photography Educators in North America. And what better place for it than one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world… Banff, Canada!

Not-A-Conference
is Not-For-Profit

At Focal we believe in building up the photography community, which is why we will not be profiting from this event. All proceeds will be invested back into the event as part of a mission to support gatherings of photographers like this for many years to come.

Your Hosts

Taylor Jackson

Waterloo, Canada

@taylorjackson

Lindsay Coulter

Waterloo, Canada

@lindsaycoulterphoto

Wow thank you everyone!
- Taylor & Focal <3

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Not-A-Conference
Banff, Canada
Sept 14 & 15 2022

$950 USD

The details

4 World Class Portfolio Building Workshops ($4350 Value) + Transportation to Shoot Locations

2 Breakfast and Lunch Buffets

60 Limited Slots

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Meet the Crew

Mentors

Caroline Tran

Los Angeles

@carolinetran
Named 2021 Creator of the Year by Range Finder
Official Fujifilm Ambassador

Sam
Hurd

NEW york city

@iamthesam
Winner of 0 awards

Nicole Ashley

Edmonton, AB

@nicoleashley
International Portrait & Wedding Photographer | Cannon Ambassador

Scott Robert Lim

los angeles

@scottrobertlim
Sony Artisan | Coach | Photographer

Itinerary:
Sept 14th 2022

Breakfast & Welcome

830am - 930am
Enjoy a brunch buffet at the Grande Rockies with your morning Mentor before heading off to your workshop.

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Three Sisters

930am - 1130am
Depart from the Grande Rockies on the Focal Bus to Three Sisters for your first shooting workshop. Enjoy styled sets, local models and fun challenges!

Lunch & Photo Walk Canmore

1pm - 4pm
Return for lunch buffet at the Grande Rockies before heading out with Lindsay and Taylor in Canmore! Do some sightseeing and enjoy a casual photowalk experience.

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Grande Rockies

430pm-630pm
Keep building your portfolio with a workshop focused on venue sets. Capture getting ready and ceremony styled shots with a focus on indoor lighting education.

Optional: Dinner/Drinks with friends in the evening.

Itinerary:
Sept 15th 2022

Breakfast

830am - 930am
Enjoy a brunch buffet at the Grande Rockies with your morning Mentor before heading off to your workshop.

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Moraine Lake/Lake Louise

930am - 1pm
Depart from the Grande Rockies on the Focal Bus to the iconic Moraine Lake and Lake Louise for your third shooting workshop.  Enjoy styled sets, local models and maybe even a canoe!

Lunch & Photo Walk Banff

1pm - 4pm
Return for lunch buffet at the Grande Rockies before heading out with Lindsay and Taylor to Banff! Do some sightseeing and enjoy a casual photowalk experience.

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Lake Minnewanka

430pm -630pm
Your final workshop will be held during blue & golden hour as we close out the festivities.

Optional: Focal Wrap Up Party

8pm
Join us at the Grande Rockies Ballroom in typical Focal fashion for a pizza party and reminiscing on our amazing two days all together!

FAQs

I have a question that isn't answered on this page!

Feel free to send us an email at contact@bookfocal.com and we'd love to chat more with you!

Will I get a chance to learn from every Mentor?

Yes! Your group of 15 will rotate through each Mentor's workshop. You will have 2 workshops each day in order to learn from all 4 Mentors.

Are hotels included? Where can I find accomodation?

No accommodations are not included, but you can stay anywhere nearby. The area boasts lots of Airbnbs and inexpensive hotels.

Focal has a 15% discount at both the Solara and Grande Rockies Resorts in Canmore, AB. Grande Rockies will be our basecamp for breakfast, lunch and expedition departures! It is much cheaper to stay in Canmore than it is outside of the national park.

Book at Grande Rockies Resort
Book at Solara Resort

How do I get to Canmore and Banff?

Fly into Calgary (YYC) airport. Rent a car, or take a shuttle. We can also help with transport if enough people would like it.

Grand Rockies in Canmore will be our home base, some of the workshops will take place in Banff which is a National Park.

Think of it like this Calgary Airport is a 1 Hour 15 minute drive to Canmore -> Canmore is a 20 minute drive to Banff.

When does the fun begin?

Breakfast will kick off on September 14th at 9am. Afternoon workshops will wrap up by 5pm. Optional social events will be arranged for the evening.

We recommend arriving on September 13th, when we'll be hosting a hang-out at a local watering hole.

What is included in the ticket price?

Access to 4 half-day Mentor workshops ($4350 USD value)
Access to local professional models including hair and makeup
Set design including florist and stylist
2 Breakfast Buffets & 2 Lunch Buffets at the Grande Rockies Resort in Canmore
Transportation from the Grande Rockies Resort to set locations in Banff National Park
National Park Shooting Permits
Hotel Accommodations are not included

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferrable. Our team is happy to provide support in transferring tickets.

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