Foundation First 2016

New workshop!

Foundation First is a brand new workshop experience from the organizers of the world-renowned Foundation Workshop. Truly living up to the definition of the word “Foundation”, it is focused on teaching the fundamentals necessary to create compelling images. This 3-day workshop will see you matched with a mentor responsible for only 2 students, giving you unprecedented one on one time in the field. Under the guidance of your mentor you will learn to create dynamic compositions in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment, as well as learn advanced exposure techniques and use of all types of light for maximum dramatic impact. These mentors and educators are many of the same teachers you will find at the Foundation Workshop and represent some of the best minds and talent that our industry has to offer.

This workshop is perfect for photographers who are early in their careers as well as more advanced photographers who are looking for a creative jumpstart. Whether you’re looking to learn how to add interest and drama to your already solid work, or to build a strong foundation on which to develop a documentary style, this is a perfect starting point. Of course many of you will also be interested in the full Foundation Workshop experience in the future, and this can act as an excellent starting point to address some of the finer points of camera and composition technique. Skills you will want to have locked down before tackling the rigorous mental and physical challenge that the full workshop entails. While it’s not expressly a pre-requisite, many photographers will find that attending Foundation First will facilitate a much deeper learning experience when they move on to the Foundation Workshop.

Lead by experienced Foundation Workshop instructors, the Foundation First workshop offers 3 days of:

Photojournalism Lessons: One full day of group instruction by some of the world’s best documentary wedding photographers. You will learn valuable techniques as well as the mindset required to execute these techniques. These lessons will help you to be a better all-around photographer and will directly apply to your wedding photography.

In-the-field Mentoring: One full day of shooting under the guidance of a qualified and experienced photography mentor. One-on-one teaching to help you implement the new skills and techniques you learn during the workshop. Mentors are former Foundation Workshop students and/or teachers who are well versed and adept at teaching and implementing these new skills. With a ratio of 2 students per mentor, you’re assured you will receive all the guidance you require.

Honest Critiques: One full day of critiques in group sessions that will give you valuable insight into what worked, what didn’t, and why. You’ll take these insights home and use them to continue to improve and develop your skills as a photographer. This is not a hard “tear-inducing” critique session, but an open and honest discussion centered on improving and nurturing your skills as a photographer.

Rest assured, we will take excellent care of you educationally and logistically within this new format. Over the past 13 years we have conducted 26 Foundation workshops all over the world, and our very capable staff will ensure that you have a top-notch learning experience.

If you’re ready to ratchet up your photography skills, or looking for a tune up before attending a Foundation Workshop in the future, we invite you to consider attending Foundation First 2016 and start building your foundation now…


Dates: January 22-24, 2016
Location: Ft. Worth, TX
Tuition: $2,500 USD per student for tuition only. Students are responsible for their own travel, lodging, car rental (NOT required), some meals, and incidental expenses.

Tentative Schedule:
Day 0 Thursday January 21, 2016 –  travel day, everyone arrives, pre-workshop dinner
Day 1 Friday January 22 –  Classroom Day
Day 2 Saturday January 23 – Shooting Day (Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo)
Day 3 Sunday January 24 – Critique Day 
Day 4 Monday January 25 – travel day, everyone departs for home

FF2016 Instructors & Staff

Huy Nguyen
Huy NguyenDirector
Kelly Rashka
Kelly RashkaManager
Candice Cusic
Candice CusicInstructor
Craig Fritz
Craig FritzInstructor
Jan Garcia
Jan GarciaInstructor
Joe Appel
Joe AppelInstructor
Tyler Wirken
Tyler WirkenInstructor
McKenzie Ring
McKenzie RingStaff
Sherry Pickerell
Sherry PickerellStaff