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Date: November 2-7, 2014
Location: Jalisco, Mexico
Hacienda El Carmen Hotel & Spa

Investment: $5900

A non-refundable retainer of $2500 secures your Workshop seat. The total balance of $3400 is due two weeks prior to first day of the workshop.

Amounts paid for the workshop are non-refundable, but can be applied towards future workshops.

And you can find more info in the FAQ section below.




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Lots o’ Questions Asked:

What is included? The $5900 investment includes 3 jam packed days of info. Special guests: Laurie Arons, Sarah Ryhanen, Shira Savada, Abby Larson, Mar Romero, Summer Watkins, Joel Serrato, Karina Puente, and Brian Greenburg. With 1 day before to play around Guadalajara, sight seeing, dinning, local market place shopping. All meals will be provided Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Transportation, Models, Wedding Gowns, Floral for Models, Makeup and Hair, Internet, and 1 complimentary spa treatment while you are

What airport do we travel into? You travel into Guadalajara International Airport, code GDL.

How far is the Hacienda from the airport? about 1.5 hours

What is the weather like? Mornings are chilly, some fog, but it clears around 11. Days are in the 80’s and nights are around the 50’s.

In what form do you want me to bring my portfolio? Laptop or printed images are just fine.  No magazine pullouts.

I am a vegetarian, will the chef accommodate my needs? Yes, of course!  Just tell me in advance and the chef can accommodate to all of of your needs.

Do I need cash? about 20-50 dollars, just enough to buy some fun trinkets.

Where do I exchange my American $$? At the airport.  I would highly suggest getting cash at the ATM at the airport to avoid high exchange rates.

How and when do I pay for my stay at the Hacienda? You pay with a credit card at the end of your stay.

Can we have a roommate? Yes, you can share your room for $150usd a night or $200usd for your own room.

Do we need to book our accommodations? No, we will book the entire hacienda for our workshop, no need to call them.

What should I bring? Notebook, pen, laptop, cameras for photo shoot, warm cloths for evening, comfortable clothing for day. Portfolio, DVD or on laptop is fine. Your marketing material, pricing ect. And an amazing Smile.

Im new to wedding photography, is this the right workshop for me? Yes, actually we have a wide range to attendees, From working professionals to beginners.

Is this going to be on film or digital? and should I bring a film or digital camera? We will cover both mediums, and you should bring the medium you are comfortable in shooting.

Is it a safe place? Yes, Guadalajara is the Second largest city in Mexico with a huge amount of tourist coming from the US. English is the second language to most all locals.

If I have a specific need in my business and would like a 1 on 1 session with Jose is this possible? Yes, 6pm is the time we finish the day, there after you will have the opportunity to have Jose answer all your questions until every question is answered.

What is the start and end time of each day? We will start around 9am and wrap up around 6pm.

Will ground transportation be provided? Yes, from all locations to and from the airport.

Will we need to bring our own film? No, but I do need to know who is shooting film and what format before we leave to Mexico.

Will all food and drinks be provided? Yes, …and Tequila…Yikes!

Can I come in before or stay after the workshop dates? Yes you may, but you are responsible for making all hotel and car reservations.

Is the rate the same if I come in before or stay after the workshop dates? No, the above is a group rate.

Can I use these images in my portfolio? You may, only if:  They are credited as being photographed with the Jose Villa Workshop, No Exceptions!

What if my camera equipment gets lost or stolen? You are responsible for all of your cameras and other equipment, so please make sure that it is insured!

Is there a hospital near by? Yes, 8 miles away.

Are we in a safe area? Yes, it is very safe!

Is the water safe to drink? Every room will have bottled water. Shower water is safe.  Ice for the drinks is distilled.

Is airfare included? No, you are responsible for making and paying your own airfare.

What should we wear when we are shooting? Bring jeans, walking shoes, and a sweater; as we tend to shoot until dusk.

Is there WiFi? Yes! :)