What is Camp?

  • 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?

 ACTIVITIES

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

 AMENITIES

  • 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

 CAMP STAY

  • 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. 

Pam has been with Firefly from the beginning, talking to founder Hillary Sloss about the camp’s goals and values, finding teachers and campers (and helping on some of the “boring” business logistics, which she secretly enjoys!). She’s excited to take Firefly Institute into a very bright future.  


Suzanne O'Brien, Teacher, Camp Counselor

www.suzanneobrienstudio.com
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Suzanne is a lifestyle photographer and custom photo book designer located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in Day in the Life family sessions and modern, clean album design. When she is not taking pictures and dreaming up fun things to do with them, you will likely find her outdoors or sipping hazelnut coffee with a good book. 

 


Kristina Rust, Camp Counselor

www.kristinarustphotography.com
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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.

 


Erica Kennedy, Camp Counselor

www.ericaeveryday.com/
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Erica is an everyday girl who loves life, food, good beer, better wine, a good challenge, getting lost, and all the pretty things and adventures along the way, especially if it has to do with her tummy.

She shares her creativity and recipes, travels, fitness ventures, and overall life experiences with the ones she loves at her site www.ericaeveryday.com. Erica currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and often day dreams about life in the snow of Colorado and when her feet were in warm sand of Florida.

 

 

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.