When is Camp?

October 9th - 13th. Arrivals begin late Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-6:00. Departure is Sunday at 11:00 AM.

What is Camp?

Enjoy a look at our 2018 camp.

Video by Nicole Nordstrom


Photo by Ann Davidsen

  • 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

  • Yoga

  • 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

  • Porch Swings

  • Meditation Labyrinth


  • 5 three-hour classes with outstanding teachers

  • Special all-camp class

  • 4 nights charming shared lodging

  • Fabulous roommates

  • 3 farm-to-table meals each day

  • Delicious snacks

  • Summer camp atmosphere

  • Fun evening events

  • Intimate gathering of kindred spirits and photography-loving women

2019 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. 


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.



Laura Jonasse, Camp Counselor


Laura is really excited to return to Firefly Camp for more inspiration and learning.  Laura is a committed athlete, nature lover, protector of the environment and all around people-organizer. She is committed to her family and documenting their adventures and growth!



Marissa Leshnov, Program Assistant

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Marissa is a nonprofit and documentary photographer based in Oakland, California. She is excited to bring her passion for visual storytelling to the Firefly community -- as well as her knack for telling, and laughing at, bad jokes. As a freelancer, "free time" is all but a foreign concept to Marissa. However, she does enjoy hiking trails in the mountains and reading books by and about people who inspire her.