5 Reasons to Attend the ELEVATE Workshop!

Photographers, this post is for you! As you may have noticed (with my constant tweets, status updates and e-mails), I am hosting another ELEVATE Workshop in New York City this fall! Every time we announce another ELEVATE, I find it a little bit hard to ‘hit home’ on the amazing-ness that we are creating with this event and why you should sign up! I mean, there are SO many workshops offered out there by super-talented photographers in our industry – What makes ELEVATE different? What makes it worth it? I wanted to write this post for all of you who are considering taking the plunge and signing up for my workshop, and to help you make a more informed decision!



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REASON NUMBER ONE // It’s ALL Inclusive!

Personally, I have invested tons of money attending workshops over the course of my career. After the workshop tuition, travel, and hotel – I’ve spent upwards of $3000 – $5000 per workshop. Some of my experiences have been worth it, and others I have paid top dollar to learn from the best-of-the-best and I’ve been a little disappointed. When it came to planning ELEVATE, I wanted to create a workshop that INCLUDED all of  the essentials! Our price point is $1675 and this includes: Hotel Accommodations at The Pod Hotel, a 7 day Metro Card for transportation around the city and most of your meals…along with your actual workshop tuition! We’ve worked hard to negotiate with the hotels to make this possible! It’s important for me that ELEVATE be a workshop that is affordable as well as an amazing experience for each attendee. I know for myself, if accommodations and meals were taken care of – sign me up! And for a week in NYC? That’s a steal…

REASON NUMBER TWO // The One-on-One’s.

With each ELEVATE workshop, I wanted to incorporate a group ‘classroom’ experience, as well as dig deeper with each attendee, individually. With our past workshops, the time with our attendees that really hits home is our discussion that takes place during our one-on-one sessions. These are meant to be intimate and really dig into your portfolios, website presence, branding, processing and any other questions you have about creating your art and business. Each attendee gets the opportunity to sign up for session with myself, Collin and Daniel. I can’t even begin to tell you how valuable these sessions are for both us as speakers and you as the attendee!

REASON NUMBER THREE// The Shooting Challenges.

In workshops I have attended in the past, I have both observed the speakers shooting and been invited to shoot a ‘stylized’ session. The thing about stylized sessions is that everyone attending the workshop suddenly has the same ‘portfolio’ piece to blog about and honestly – anyone can put together a stylized shoot a make it look beautiful. When it comes to ELEVATE, I want to challenge you as artists. Our shooting challenges are meant to make you uncomfortable and get you out of your comfort zone. I’ll be honest, most of our shooting will not result in a portfolio piece for your website. My goal is to give you a opportunity to play that will change, improve and elevate your shooting style when you go home and for all of your shoots to come!


Seriously – We. Are. So. Lucky. to have the incredible lineup we do for ELEVATE NYC! With each workshop, I want to invite photographers who I have personally seen create amazing art, grow their businesses and simply ‘come into their own’ and change our industry a little while doing it! Collin Hughes and Daniel Chin will be joining me as guest speakers and I couldn’t be more excited. We are all SO different in our shooting styles, processing, workflows and client experience; yet, all have the same standard, which is to be the best. I want our attendees to not only see the way I do things, but for them to learn from Daniel and Collin to see the difference and see what things would apply perfectly to them!


New York is said to be ‘The city that dreams are made of’ and hosting the workshop here has opened so many doors for us! I wanted to expand the worlds and knowledge of the wedding industry with our attendees at this workshop and take them on a little tour of some of the most fabulous, luxurious wedding brands in our industry. We will be having behind-the-scene tours of the offices of both Ceci New York and Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine! I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am about this. It is an absolutely invaluable experience and we are so lucky to have time with Ceci Johnson and Shira Savada, Real Weddings Editor for Martha Stewart. They are a true inspiration to the wedding industry world-wide, and the fact that we have such personal time with them is just SO amazing!

I know many of you photographers have written into me that you REALLY want to attend ELEVATE, so hopefully this post helps you to decide! We still have seats available; however, we do want this to be an intimate experience, so spaces are limited. Full registration is $1675 and you will be able to sign up until September 7th!


For dates, rates and full details, visit the ELEVATE WORKSHOP page!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at: eliesa@photogen-inc.com Hope to see you at ELEVATE!