Focal Presents

Not-A-Conference
Banff, Canada
THANKS EVERYONE!!!!

“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!

Wow thank you everyone!
- Taylor & Focal <3

THANKS EVERYONE!!! SEE YOU IN MAUI

CHECK IT OUT: NOT-A-CONFERENCE VOLUME 2 - MAUI

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

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

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 | Canon 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

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

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: 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

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!

Need a place to stay? We have recommendations for all budgets

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


Basecamp Resorts in Canmore is also offering Focal a 15% discount on any rooms booked between September 11th and 18th if booked through their website using promo code: GROUPSTAY

Basecamp Resorts Canmore



Not quite what you're looking for? Why not try these:

The Malcolm Hotel 
The Holiday Inn
Coast Canmore Hotel
Creekside Villa
Bighorn Inn and Suites
Rundle Lodge
Canmore Inn and Suites
Canmore Downtown Hostel


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!

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?

No accommodations are not included, but you can stay anywhere nearby. The area boasts lots of Airbnbs and inexpensive hotels. See above for more specific recommendations

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 630pm. 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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