Not-a-Conference, Banff
Photography by: Lindsay Coulter
Focal Presents

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!

Your Hosts

Taylor Jackson

Waterloo, Canada


Lindsay Coulter

Waterloo, Canada


Banff, Canada
Sept 26 & 27 2023

$1950 USD
First 10 tickets are $950 USD (EARLY BIRD SOLD OUT)

100% Refundable until June 15th
(Final Details will be Announced Before then)

The details

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

3 Breakfasts and 2 Lunch Buffets

3 educational talks by world class mentors

3 Night Stay at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Including:
- Free parking
- Taxes and hotel rates included
- Free access to all hotel amentities

60 Limited Slots

Meet the Crew


Fer Juaristi


Mexico Wedding Photographer // Be grateful for what you have & fearless in what you want. Weddings & Family Portraits.

Gabe McClintock

Calgary, AB

Named one of the World's best wedding photographers. I’ve spent the last 18 years creating images with amazing couples all over the globe.

Nicole Ashley

Edmonton, AB

International Portrait & Wedding Photographer | Canon Ambassador

Mystery Mentor

Galaxy Far far away

International Mystery Mentor

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.

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

10am - 12Pm
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 Banff (Optional)

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

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.

Sept 15th 2022


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

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Lake Minnewanka

10am -12pm
Your first workshop of the day will be at the lovely Lake Minnewanka

Lunch at Grande Rockies

1pm - 2pm
Return for lunch buffet at the Grande Rockies before heading out to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake!

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Moraine Lake/Lake Louise

330pm - 630pm
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!

Optional: Focal Wrap Up Party

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


My partner is coming with me but isn't a photographer - can they attend?

We’d love to have your partner attend.
The way we handle this is we offer a $250 pass which covers meals and transport for the partner.
The only rules are that your partner is not allowed to take photos or get in the way of shoots (to keep group sizes small).
They are allowed to take BTS of you though as long as they are respectful of the photographers trying to get their shots!!

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

Feel free to send us an email at and we'd love to chat more with you!

Is the conference good for beginners?

Absolutely. The conference is designed for all levels of photographers. There will be opportunities to interact one-on-one with the mentors who will also be able to tailor things for your skill level.

Will this help me build my portfolio?

Most definitely. There is no better opportunity to build your portfolio because you're getting 4 workshops, 4 different locations, and 5 unique couples. With 2 styled sets per workshop there will be a lot of diversity and variety across the locations.

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.

How many people will work with one mentor at a time?

The 60 photographer attendees will be divided into groups of 15 and each group will work with a different mentor at each workshop. So 15 people will be working with each mentor at a time.

Are hotels included? Where can I find accomodation?

Accommodation is included in the ticket price. You will receive 3 nights at the Banff Conference Centre.

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.

A Venue 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 26th at 8am. Afternoon workshops will wrap up by 8pm. Optional social events will be arranged for the evening.

We recommend arriving on September 25th, 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
3 Breakfast Buffets & 2 Lunch Buffets at the Venue
Transportation from the Venue to set locations in Banff National Park
National Park Shooting Permits
3 nights at the Banff Conference Centre included

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets are refundable up to June 15th while we finalize details such as venue. After they are non-refundable but are transferrable. Note that exchange rates may fluctuate in the period after you buy your ticket, Focal is not responsible for gains or losses attributed. Our team is happy to provide support in transferring tickets.

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