Photo Credit: Palms & Lace |  @palms_and_lace |
Focal Presents

Volume 2.0
Maui, Hawaii May 1-2 2023

“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, come for beautifully styled shooting workshops mentored by the most incredible Wedding Photography Educators in North America.

Photo Credit: Palms & Lace |  @palms_and_lace |
Photo Credit: Nicole Ashley |  @nicoleashley |


Check out the amazing results of #notaconference2022

Your Hosts

Taylor Jackson

Waterloo, Canada


Lindsay Coulter

Waterloo, Canada


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.

Meet the Crew


Caroline Tran

Los Angeles

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


NEW york city

Winner of 0 awards

Nicole Ashley

Edmonton, AB

International Portrait & Wedding Photographer | Canon Ambassador

Scott Robert Lim

los angeles

Sony Artisan | Coach | Photographer

Not-A-Conference Volume 2.0
May 1-2 2023
Maui, Hawaii

$1450 USD

The details

4 World Class Portfolio Building Workshops ($5350 Value) Hosted @ Maui Pineapple Chapel

2 Meals Included a Day (Accommodations/Air Not Incl.)

60 Limited Slots

Photo Credit: Palms & Lace |  @palms_and_lace |

April 30 2023
Maui, Hawaii

$600 $485 USD Preorder Before April 7

The details

4 Educational Business, Marketing, Technical & Workflow Workshops ($2350 Value) Hosted @ Maui Pineapple Chapel

BONUS: Sunset Beach Styled Shoot

60 Limited Slots

Photo Credit: Palms & Lace |  @palms_and_lace |

Mermaid Shoot at Golden Hour

At the end of the Focal University you will get to shoot this stunning mermaid set at golden hour, styled by our amazing team (@nicoleashley, @fabloomosity, @behindtheblush).

The shoot will run from 5-7pm with three 40 minute time slots. Priority for choosing your slot (and the best light) will be given in order of the Focal University add-on purchases!

This will be the only opportunity to take pictures of the mermaid set at golden hour during Not-a-Conference!

Get your ticket and don't miss out!


Check Out Our Amazing Venue:
The Maui Pineapple Chapel in Kapalua

May 1st 2023

Breakfast & Welcome

Enjoy a fresh breakfast at the Maui Pineapple Chapel with your morning Mentor before your first workshop.

Photo Credit: Maui Pineapple Chapel

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Lawn of Maui Pineapple Chapel

We will be headed to the front lawn of Maui Pineapple Chapel for the first shooting workshop themed around surprise proposals and couple/engagement shoots to set tone!

Lunch & Learn with Lindsay Coulter

Time for lunch with some delicious local catering! We will then be joined by the amazing Lindsay Coulter to bestow unto us her greatest advice and tips.

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Pineapple Chapel

Continue to add to your growing portfolio as start our golden hour shoot.

Here we’ll shoot stunning engagement sets with our beautiful local models!

May 2nd 2023


Enjoy breakfast at the Maui Pineapple Chapel with your morning Mentor before heading to your morning workshop!

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Maui Pineapple Chapel

Enjoying some incredible wedding sets with your morning mentor, both inside and outside at Maui Pineapple Chapel!

Lunch & Learn with Surprise Guest

Time for lunch from some delicious local catering! We will then be joined by a surprise guest to provide some great photography business knowledge!

Photo Credit: Palms & Lace |  @palms_and_lace |

2 Hr Shooting Workshop: Olowalu Plantation House

For our final shoot, we will be headed out to visit the renowned Olowalu Plantation House. Here we will have access to some amazing wedding sets on one of the most picturesque venues on the island, right in time for golden hour!

Optional: Focal Wrap Up Party

Later in the Evening join us 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!!

Is the timing and location finalized?

Yes, we have finalized our venue the Maui Pineapple Chapel as well at the dates of May 1-2nd. A bonus day of Focal University will be an optional add-on April 30th.

Are accommodations or airfare included?

No, but the Focal team will be setting up a group rate for the venue hotel as well as nearby hotels in order to help reduce costs!

We have group rates at the beautiful Napili Kai & Royal Lahaina starting from $350/night.

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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