What is Camp?

Experience a bit of camp with our 2016 camp video.Thank you Photographer and Videographer Kim Thompson Steel!

  • Part photography institute ... high-caliber teachers and quality, hands-on classes in five categories: photo tech, photo shoot, video, photo artistry, and photo craft ... plus a print lobby with unlimited printers/paper/ink to print your photos

  • Part summer camp ... big après-class FUN and freedom to act like a kid again: shared cabins with roommates, camp counselors, campfires, sing alongs, skits, square dancing, fun and games

  • Part community ... enjoy old friends, make new friends and become part of the Firefly family: learn together, live together, play together 

  • Part retreat ... unplug and relax in a tranquil setting: nourish your body with walks and delicious food, nourish your soul with nature and joy


Who Attends Camp?

Photo Camp is for 50 women photographers who: 

  • Desire to learn and take their images to the next level
  • Crave connection and inspiration
  • Need time for themselves and their craft

What's Included?


  • Learning New Skills
  • Making Fabulous Photos
  • Sharing Stories & Ideas
  • Dreaming Up New Projects
  • Photo Walking
  • Goofing Around
  • Wine Tasting
  • Bench Sitting
  • Singing & Dancing


  • Organic Garden
  • Farm-to-Table Food: all meals included
  • 11 Acres in the Wine Country
  • Hiking Trails
  • Swimming Pool (unheated)
  • Hot Tub (heated!)
  • Bocce Ball
  • Ping Pong
  • Porch Swings
  • Campfire (s'mores anyone?)
  • Meditation Labyrinth


  • 5 three-hour classes with outstanding teachers
  • Special all-camp class with Annie Griffiths
  • 4 nights charming shared lodging
  • Fabulous roommates
  • 3 farm-to-table meals each day
  • Delicious snacks
  • Saturday afternoon activities
    ($120 extra fee for wine tasting)
  • Summer camp atmosphere
  • Fun evening events
  • Intimate gathering of kindred spirits and photography-loving women

Camp Staff

Pam Sogge, Camp Director

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Pam joins Firefly after a lifetime supporting talented photographers in their ambition to make great pictures. She got her start at a young age, curating her father’s photography collection in his professional photo studio. She was a founding member of a digital imaging start-up and then joined Adobe as a corporate leader, running marketing for Lightroom, Photoshop Elements and the Photoshop brand. Pam's corporate career emphasized her real love: bringing people together to learn in inspiring and stimulating environments. From team building to marketing “bootcamps” to the free Photoshop and You pop-up event in San Francisco, she loves organizing teaching and learning events that give people a chance to take a break from their daily lives and return energized and full of new ideas. 


Jen Baxter, Assistant Camp Director

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Jen returns to Firefly Institute Camp this October as our Assistant Camp Director.  Jen is a world traveler, photographer, writer, storyteller and professional eater. At the core Jen is a creative brainstormer, active listener and problem solver. She loves to surround herself with imaginative people who enjoy taking risks and camp is a perfect opportunity to do just that. 

Kristina Rust, Camp Counselor

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Kristina loves meeting and connecting with new people and can't wait to meet YOU! Originally from the Midwest, Kristina has four teenagers -- lots of eye-rolling going on at her house. She brakes for textured walls and fields of grass, loves the color orange, and secretly wishes she were in a band (although she doesn't play an instrument or sing). She enjoys all areas of photography.


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Kirsty Prentice, Camp Counselor


Kirsty is really excited to return to Firefly Camp for more inspiration and learning.  A former Brit now living in Wellington, New Zealand, she spends her free time dragging her two 9-year-olds to the top of hills for the perfect shot in the beautiful NZ light.  On the way, she captures the adventures, games and silliness. Kirsty is working on getting in more photos, and is looking forward to connecting with other photographers on the morning photo-hikes (more photos than hiking!)



Keynote Speaker


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Annie Griffiths

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One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career and has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic. Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, and Stern, among other publications.
In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world.  She’s the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document programs that empower women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Based in Washington, D.C., Ripple has produced 26 films and built a photo archive of over 20,000 images since 2010. Using these assets, Ripple’s aid beneficiaries have raised millions of dollars, expanded their programs to multiple countries, and proven that women and girls are the best investment the world can make in our shared future.
Annie is a Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers and has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Heifer International, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota, and the White House News Photographers Association.