FIND Mexico: Part One

For those of you who do not know what FIND is, allow me to explain.. FIND (Film Is Not Dead) is a photography workshop, hosted by the incredibly talented Jonathan Canlas, for filmies like me 🙂 I want to share a bit about my experience at this workshop. To give you a bit of background about me and workshops, I have a rule that I will not attend a photography workshop unless I know I am going to learn something. FIND is one of those workshops where I KNEW I was going to learn and improve my skills as a film photographer.

This was hands down one of the best photography workshops I have attended. First of all, we stayed in the most amazing place I have ever been. I will explain more later in my “personal work” post… but lets just say the pictures do not do this 450 year old hacienda justice! The models we photographed, who are all photographers themselves and who all drove anywhere from 6-10 hours to be photographed by us! Jon is one of the most giving people I have ever met. He is completely open and honest and passionate about everything he teaches. His goal is to make sure that every person who attend his workshops leaves with the knowledge they came for and more! Words cannot describe the love I have for this workshop and every person I met there.

We started our days with a gorgeous breakfast, prepared by the hacienda’s chef. After filling our bellies with yummy food, we gathered in one of the many cozy rooms the hacienda has to offer for a morning of learning. In the afternoon we got a chance to see Jon in action photographing the couples and families. We all took turns shooting, posing and practicing all the things we learned in the morning. On day three we took a trip into the town of San Miguel to shoot some personal work, which as Jon explained, is HUGELY important as a photographer. This day was such an eye opener for me and helped put everything we had learned into perspective.

So long story short, if you are looking to learn more about how to shoot film or want to be a better film photographer, here is my review of this workshop: JUST DO IT, you will be so happy you did!!!