With encouragement from some photographers and models both in the US and abroad, I have made plans to host a glamour workshop and shoot in exotic Thailand coming this December for a limited group of photographers with beautiful and experienced Thai models. Centered in the colorful and dynamic city of Bangkok and venturing out to both jungle and beach locations
Here are the bullet points:
-3-shooting day event with a big variety from day to day.
-Instructional workshops each day along with small group and private shooting.
-2:1 or better photographer to model ratio with beautiful and experienced Thai models.
-Limited to 10 photographers total with only 5 spots remaining.
At this point I am thinking of keeping a lot of the structure of the AZ Shootout where I have presented workshops for a number of years. That event has had success with instructional workshop to start the day, breaking up into small rotating groups mid-day, and then photographers and models are able to book private shoots at the location for the rest of the afternoon. There is ample opportunity to both learn and produce sensational images.
My rough plans include one day in Bangkok with both an indoor and outdoor locations, one day of pool and/or beach photography at a location south of Bangkok, one day at a jungle park North of Bangkok. Dates December 9th-11th. This date was planned to miss the rainy season at the location and co-incide with my available time.
Right now I'm looking at the ballpark of $750 which will include 3 shooting days each in different locations at least 2 nights in hotel and transport to various locations for shooting. Workshop fees include instructional workshops and small group shooting each day so that each photographer will have the ability to shoot each model and access to the location to shoot models in private sessions 3-4 hours each day. Model fees for private sessions will be individual to the specific models, but I would have to provide that information privately to seriously interested photographers.
Due to the great travel time from the US, I would encourage anyone participating to book additional days and/or side-trips once you fly into BKK. Viet Nam and Cambodia are actually easy trips to make from BKK. Also Phuket, Samui islands or Chang Mai in the north. Additionally, the workshop models as well as several excellent models in the Bangkok area would be available for additional bookings after the workshop days. I and my producing partner can give recommendations or referrals for models and destinations.
Regarding myself, I am a working professional fashion, glamour and portrait photographer based in the NYC area with magazine, catalog and advertising clients. My work has been seen magazines as diverse as Parents and Penthouse and from Country Decorating to Urban Ink. I have offered fashion workshops in my NYC studio and glamour workshops at the AZ Shootout in Phoenix on several occasions. In 2012 I made two trips to Thailand where I produced numerous images including stock and magazine layouts.
Examples from my past trips to Thailand.
Interested photographers can feel free to contact me by PM here or at:
Aug 09 13 01:47 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
This sure sounds like a lot of fun! Jungle. Beach. and one of the most published photographers on this site. yikes!
Sep 01 13 08:58 pm Link
Update: Exotic Thailand Workshop with great locations, models and variety.
Bangkok/Khao Yai/Pattaya area locations.
City fashion, Jungle glamour, Luxury pool settings for photos.
Experienced models, instructional workshops, open shooting each day.
Limited-size workshop. Only three spaces left.
2:1 photographer to model ration or better each day.
$750.00 if confirmed before Oct. 1; $800 confirmed by Nov. 1; $850 after Nov. 1
(subject to final confirmation/logistics)
-3 shooting days w/ workshop session and small group shooting with all models included in workshop fee. Time at location for booking individual shoots with models by half-hour or hour slots for fees delivered directly to models negotiated individually.
-Lodging Monday and Tuesday nights at locations away from Bangkok
-Transportation from BKK to Jungle Resort and Pool Villa/Pattaya
What's not included:
-obviously airfare to Thailand, transportation from BKK airport to city, Bangkok lodging; but we can give you the simple information on transportation and lodging in BKK.
-return transportation from Pattaya area to Bangkok. Why? First, it's cheap and easy which we can help you with. Secondly, I am encouraging people to stay extra days in either Pattaya or travel to other destinations. I am not a travel agent, so I can't make all of the arrangements, but we can certainly steer you in the right direction or get you on express bus to Bangkok or BKK airport after workshop.
-Meals. I will be getting more information about local options soon.
-Model fees for private, one-on-one shoots with workshop models. Similar to AZ Shootout organization. We can discuss rates/limitations individually.
Many more highlights than I can list here. Contact me with any questions.
Couple of my past shoots with BKK models:
Sep 11 13 01:01 pm Link
San Francisco, California, US
Wow, this sounds like an awesome trip
and shoot! I'm seriously considering it.
Oct 02 13 06:24 pm Link
Jersey City, New Jersey, US
Hal Ballenger wrote:
PM me or email and I can give you more details about the locations, models and what I have planned.
Oct 02 13 07:32 pm Link
Announcing the first two models who will be working with us at the Exotic Thailand Workshop. Both are experienced, professional models who I have had the pleasure to shoot with in the past.
Khan is both a model and photographer. In addition to being both lovely and talented, Khan has taken me to two exotic locations for past shoots and has been a great advisor in helping plan this event.
Nikki is a Bangkok based model and former Miss Thailand. She has worked all over the world and I had the good fortune to shoot with her recently in NYC.
I will be announcing more models to fill out the line up in the next two weeks. Only a few spots remain, seriously. This will be a limited size workshop to ensure the quality of experience for everyone.
Oct 05 13 06:14 am Link
Jersey City, New Jersey, US
Just wanted to announce two additional models for the Exotic Thailand Workshop.
We will be working with 4 models daily in 3 dramatically different locations for an excellent chance at a wide variety of compelling images. Still two spaces left.
Contact me for more details.
Nov 06 13 05:32 pm Link
Katoomba-Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
Damn, I wish I'd known about this earlier...
Nov 13 13 09:09 pm Link
San Diego, California, US
Couldn't pick a better month to visit Thailand.
I used to live in Asia and have been to Thailand many times starting from 1978.
It's still one of the great travel destinations of the world.
The Land of Smiles.
Nov 13 13 09:28 pm Link
Click Hamilton wrote:
Yes, I was there last Nov/Dec and it was perfect weather--nice change from NYC. Model Khan and I hatched a plan to host this small event. I'm looking forward to it.
Nov 22 13 05:16 am Link
We had a small but very productive workshop. We hit all of the points outlined above.
Day 1 was at a colorful Bangkok hotel where we shot lingerie in the unique rooms.
Then we relocated to a rustic Bangkok building with sensational texture and color for some fashion shots.
Day 2 took on the jungle north of Bangkok based at a comfortable retreat near Khao Yai park for more natural surroundings.
Day 3 we relocated to the pool and beach for sunset in Pattaya.
I think that all of the photographers got quality images for their portfolios from a wide variety of backdrops and a sensational model line-up.
Big thanks to my co-organizer model and photographer Khan. Thanks also to all of the models:
Nikki Irean Mesale
and of course, Khan
In addition to the samples above, I will be putting together a gallery of more results from the experience.
Dec 23 13 08:29 am Link