Firefly Institute is an annual photo camp where women grow their photographic skills, renew their inspiration, make photo friends and have fun at a picturesque, countryside retreat in Sonoma, CA.

Camp Dates: November 9-13, 2016

You can get on our waiting list
in case a spot opens up ... 


What's included:


Choose from a wide variety of classes, all taught by experienced teachers who are experts in their field, generous and kind.


Camp will be held at the charming Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, CA,
one hour north of San Francisco.

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We are proud to support Ripple Effect Images which helps women and girls around the world through photography. 

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Photography is writing with light     •     Photographers seek light      •     Fireflies ARE light         


We named our women's photo camp 'Firefly Institute' to reflect a summertime playful mood (Firefly), with serious photography instruction (Institute), and because fireflies own their own light.

We believe that photographs can repair the world by adding beauty, bringing awareness, and shining light, both our own and what we express on the other side of the lens. 

We believe that photographers work with powerful tools: our cameras and our hearts. Let's make some magic with light and time!