If you’re hungry for adventure, I invite you to my Mexico City Travel Street Photography Workshop (March 7-10, 2019).
Why Mexico City?
Mexico City is one of the most under-rated places in the world. Mexico City is bursting with culture, color, and life. It is one of the most phenomenal places to travel to– for the food, people, culture, drinks, coffee, and photo opportunities.
Cindy and I initially wanted to go to Buenos Aires (we love Argentinian BBQ) for our honeymoon, but seeing that Argentina was a grueling 20+ hour flight, we decided against Argentina. Instead, we decided to take a risk and check out Mexico City. It was probably one of the best decisions we made in our life.
Isn’t Mexico City Dangerous?
People are often confused when they hear that I am so enthusiastic about Mexico City.
They ask me:
“Why Mexico City? Isn’t it dangerous?”
I honestly feel safer in Mexico City than many parts of Los Angeles or New York City. The people are extremely friendly, some of the top restaurants in the world are in Mexico City, and the city is far fancier than people recognize. When we get into some of the nicer neighborhoods in Mexico City, it is all beautiful and fancy people, driving around Porsches, Range Rovers, wearing All-Gucci Everything, and sipping espresso.
Okay, I know that I am trying to promote this street photography travel workshop– but honestly — much of traveling is to experience the food, culture, ambiance, music, and people. I would never travel to a place where I don’t like the food.
To me, food is essential, because during the workshop– we will be sharing all our 3x meals for 4-days straight. Being able to have good food, good vibes, and also to share our experiences, to chat, to share photos is essential.
For the workshop, I will plan all of the dinners — to make sure that you will get all the best tastes of Mexico City during your week-long travel adventure. Because photography and travel isn’t just about the photos– it is about making new friendships, experiencing new tastes, and pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones.
Oh yeah, and the coffee is great too (lots of great hipster coffee shops in the city).
Why I Want to Teach a Street Photography Workshop in Mexico City
- To shoot more street photography there (lots of great street photography has been done in Mexico City– ranging from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Webb, and Rene Burri).
- To eat more of the delicious food (did I tell you the food is phenomenal???)
- To get away from the craziness of home, and to spend some time to “zen out” in Mexico City (the city is extremely affordable, and very easy to fly to if you live in the States). You can use Uber almost anywhere in the city for around $3 USD, T-Mobile has free Mexico City 3G-internet connectivity, and the city is very walkable.
- To have something to look forward to (March is a beautiful time for Mexico City– it is nice to have something (warm) to look forward to, while we are currently suffering in the cold.
- To practice my Spanish and experience more of Mexican Culture: I studied Spanish extensively in high school, and I love the language. Furthermore, I love Mexican culture (I grew up in California, and worked in kitchens as a high-schooler with Mexicans). For the workshop, consider it an opportunity to connect more with Mexican folks and culture.
Why attend this workshop?
How do you know if this workshop will be a good fit for you?
1. You want a full-immersion street photography experience
First of all, you desire full-immersion in street photography. It doesn’t really matter how much experience you have in street photography (whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced).
This will be an extraordinary opportunity for you to take time out of your insanely-busy schedule, to focus on your passion for street photography.
The workshop is from 10am-5pm everyday, which will give you tons of time to focus on shooting street photography — conquering your fears, interacting with strangers, working on your street photography technique and style, while exploring and wandering the city!
2. You want to learn how to evolve and grow as a photographer/visual-artist
Secondly, you desire to focus for your street photography.
During the whole week, you will distill your own photographic vision. You will not only develop as a photographer, but also as a philosopher. You will start to better understand:
- Why you make photos
- How to continue to grow and evolve as a photographer
- What your main strengths are as a photographer
3. You want to take your street photography to the next level
Third, you will learn a ton! To me, life is about constant growth and evolution.
In this workshop, you will learn brand-new street photography techniques you can add to your personal arsenal:
- How to shoot layers in street photography
- How to master the art of the street portrait (how to direct and engage with your subjects)
- Advanced street photography composition: Triangle Compositions, Figure-To-Ground, Extreme Minimalism
This workshop will give you a unique opportunity to hone your artistic vision: Determining your personal aesthetics in photography.
Consider the workshop as your own artistic retreat– a chance for you to invest in yourself and your own visual artistry.
What you will gain
Everyday during the workshop, I will give you a different focus. I will give you specific assignments, focusing on:
- How to improve your street photography composition
- How to increase your confidence in street photography (conquering your personal fears)
- How to shoot faster in the streets: How to quickly identify interesting scenes, and how to use the best technical settings to capture those decisive moments.
- A new network of fellow passionate street photographers, who will give you honest feedback and critique on your photos– and to have new relationships that will last far after the workshop.
- A new way of thinking about photography and street photography: To learn the philosophy behind photography– to recognize your inner-artist, and to respark your passion for photography.
The diverse neighborhoods we will explore
It is my ambition to guide you through my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City, to give you a taste of both the local-historical as well as the trendy and modern:
- Historic center of Mexico City: High-rise restaurants juxtaposed against the historic architecture (dating back to Aztec era).
- La Condesa: Art Dec, distinctively European vibes
- **Polanco, *: Ritzy, high-end boulevards and romantic avenues
- **Roma, *: Artsy, hip theaters, center of the culinary scene
- Juarez: Baroque styled mansions, home to the “Zona Rosa” (“pink zone”, home to the gay community and vibrant nightlife)
Don’t miss your chance!
The workshop is limited to only 10 passionate street photographers. Spots will quickly fill up– so don’t miss your chance and to live life with no regrets.
Invest in yourself
The tuition for the workshop is 2000 USD (for the 4-day workshop, which doesn’t include meals, drink, flights, or accommodation).
If you signup for the workshop before Feb 15, 2019, you will get a special early-bird discount of 1490 USD.
Secure your spot for the workshop by paying via Paypal below (credit cards, debit cards also accepted):
If you are a returning student, email Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org for your special returning-student discount.
Take your photographic artistry to the next level
Honestly — life is short. We all work so hard, to accumulate money — but for what?
I truly believe that the best investment of money is in experiences, not stuff. This means investing in yourself– your personal growth, development, and for you to accumulate certain experiences which will change you, add positivity and inspiration to your life, and to motivate you to keep making new photos!
If you have any other further logistical questions about the workshop, or to address any other travel questions, please email my manager Neil at email@example.com
Excited to have you,
Read Tim Flanagan’s Experience of Photography and Life in CDMX
- Dates: March 7-10, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday)
- Times: 10am-5pm (everyday)
- Location: We will explore all of the cool neighborhoods in Mexico City, so the location of your hotel or AirBnb doesn’t matter so much. If this is your first time in Mexico City, I recommend you to stay in the Historic Center of Mexico City (near the big church).
Transit & Logistics
- Transport: Mexico City is great because you can Uber almost anywhere for less than $5 USD. Install the Uber app on your phone, and either enable international data (free for T-Mobile customers), or buy an international SIM card at the airport to get around.
- Safety: Mexico City is not dangerous. All the drug-cartel stuff you hear in the crazy news is in other parts of Mexico.
- Travel VISA: If you are from the United States, Canada, Japan,. UK, or Schengen-European areas and you visit Mexico for tourism, you do NOT need a Mexican Visa. If you are from a different country, Google your VISA requirements.
Foreign Finances, Credit Cards, Exchange Rate
- Foreign Credit Cards: Almost everywhere in Mexico City accepts VISA or most credit cards. Before you travel to Mexico City, just call your credit card companies (or on their websites) to enable you’re traveling abroad.
- Mexican Peso: The current rate is around 1 USD = 20 Mexican Pesos. Therefore, 100 USD is around 2,000 Mexican Pesos. For about a week in Mexico City, I recommend withdrawing around 200 USD (2,000 Mexican Pesos) at the ATM at the airport.
For any further questions about the workshop or traveling to Mexico City, please contact my workshops manager Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org
100% Money-Back Guarantee
I am so confident that you will have an unforgettable experience at the workshop that I offer a 100% money-back guarantee. I know that the workshop is a big monetary investment, but I truly believe that money spent on education and learning is always the best return. Not only that, but this workshop will continue to pay dividends in your photography and personal life long after the workshop.
So what do you have to lose? Invest in an experience you will never forget, that will help you take your street photography to the next level.
Cancellations / Refund Policy
Read the fine print below:
- We reserve the right to cancel groups with less than 5 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a credit to a future workshop. You will be given at least 2 weeks advance notice if this is the case.
- For international applicants, we are not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
- If you would like to receive a refund before attending the workshop, we require at least 2 weeks of advance notice. If you cancel within two weeks of the workshop, you will be given credit to a future workshop (anywhere in the world) of the same value.
- After attending the workshop and you are not 100% satisfied with your workshop experience, let us know and we will grant your money-back guarantee.
- By submitting your deposit you agree to these terms and conditions.
With any other questions/inquiries please email my manager Neil Ta at email@example.com and will answer all of your questions.
SECURE YOUR SPOT NOW!
If you would like to secure your spot for the workshop, please submit your full tuition with the Paypal button below. Once you submit your payment, your spot is secured for the workshop. If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Neil Ta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Secure your spot now before the workshop sells out!
Mexico City Travel Street Photography Workshop 2019
Tuition: 2000 USD (special early-bird price of 1490 USD before Feb 15th, 2019: