Earlier this spring we shared our tips for traveling to Cuba as a photographer and, well, it’s time to talk more about the reason we went! We traveled twice to the newly opened country for our Three Dudes Workshop (a 5-day photography workshop in Havana, Cuba) to take photos – obviously! Yes, we could have just booked a flight and spent time exploring the country on our own but we felt like it was an experience that needed to be shared since we have always wanted to teach a workshop. So before we had even booked our tickets, we convinced some of our photographer buddies to join us and the workshop started coming together.
In those first conversations, the whole thought of pulling off a photography workshop in Cuba seemed like an idea that was so crazy that it just might work. We worried that it would be hard to travel with our gear, to book accommodations, and to somehow coordinate a styled shoot in a country that doesn’t exactly have all of the things you need. But, surprisingly, as we started calling up people to see if they wanted to be a part of it, our creative friends were excited to get on board! A lot of them were a little nervous about how they were going to pull things off but the excitement out weighed the potential challenges.
So, ok…to the photos. We coordinated 3 styled shoots for the workshop in Havana. Cuba is incredibly inspiring in itself so we wanted let the awesomeness of it take center stage. Mana of Birds & Honey played off the colors and textures of the shoot locations when bringing her styled vision to life. Rachel from Siren Floral Co. got an incredibly hands-on experience with her Cuban inspiration – she had to forage for the florals she worked with!
Wandering around central and old Havana is a complete assault on the senses… it’s a riot of colour, music, laughter, street vendors, salsa dancing and generous amounts of young people making out! I couldn’t get enough of the incredible architecture and crumbling buildings – the textures were sooo good, and I just imagined all the stories those walls could tell. – Kate Holland of Magnolia Rouge
We also wanted to give the workshop attendees a variety of shoots and locations so that is why we planned three days of shooting all in different locations. The shoots were definitely inspired by Havana and the city put some of the already beautiful details from our shoot over the top! Aside from coming home with rolls of amazing images, the highlight of the workshop was definitely the community built at the workshop. Being in a crazy (and crazy inspiring) place like Cuba absolutely brought everyone together. In the end, we were right about feeling like going to Cuba was an experience that needed to be shared and we are so glad we did it!
Venue :: La Guardia / Styling :: Birds & Honey / Flowers :: Siren Floral Co / Wedding Dresses :: Claire Pettibone / Sponsor :: Magnolia Rouge / Photography Partner :: Jonathan Canlas / Photography Partner :: Mark Andrew Studios / Hair & Makeup :: Emily Phung of Blushed Beaute / Jeweler :: Susie Saltzman / Ribbon :: Silk & Willow / Rentals :: Borrowed Blu / Stationery :: Graceline Art