Melbourne Workshop 2018

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2nd & 3rd MAY 2018


I am passionate about both art and business. Developing these together can help you reach new heights. Some people are good at the photography side but don’t know where to start with the rest. Others have the business side of things covered, but would love to push their photography to a new level. This is a practically driven workshop. I want you to take away tangible skills and ideas that will work in your own business.

Day 1
We will be talking about photography as a craft, how to get better at it, stand out or just learn a few new tricks. I want to break down why you like what you do and talk about our “styles”. I want you to be able to make work that you love and bring more style into what you do.

Workflow methods
(including culling, editing, and album design)
Natural lighting
How to create a style/mood to your images
Live shoot
We will touch on film techniques

Day 2
Let’s talk about the scary stuff…business! I want to give you a new perspective on business and show you that it is not scary at all. I will show you how you can use it as a vehicle to do the things you want in life. We will discuss different marketing approaches, how to present your work to clients, adding value to your work and start getting the inquiries you want.

Social Media
Alternative marketing approaches
Adding value to your work
Client liaison
Delivering a customer experience
Work Presentation
How to get your work featured

The workshop will be in MELBOURNE, Australia (Venue – RUPERT ON RUPERT, Collingwood), morning tea and lunch will be provided and we will finish with a few drinks and food at the bar.. (Dinner and drinks are not supplied).

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Day 1 -10 am – 5 pm // Wednesday the 2nd May

Day 2 – 10 am – 5 pm plus dinner // Thursday 3rd May

Cost $1200AUD

Includes your seat, snacks, lunch and a goodies pack.
Excludes transport & accommodation.

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What to bring?
Please bring your laptop and a camera. (not compulsory)
You will be supplied with a notebook and pen plus some other goodies from sponsors

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Do I need to know how to use my camera?
Basic camera knowledge is required.
This workshop is designed for photographers who are either wanting to work in the wedding/portrait industry or are already working as a wedding or portrait photographer.

Can I do a payment plan?
Yes! We offer a 50% deposit to reserve your seat and the outstanding amount is due 2 weeks before the event.

Will we keep in touch via a Facebook community for support after the workshop?
After the workshop, you will be added to a secret Facebook group where we can all help each other and network.

Will this workshop sell out?
The last workshops did sell out every time. We do have a limited amount of space for this event, so you are best to get in quick!

What is the refund policy?
Tickets can be transferred to another person, but not refunded. 

How do I secure a place in this workshop?
Just hit this LINK and follow the prompts.

If you have any more questions, please email me at


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Kind words from past attendees.

Sophie Smith
“Inspiring. Heartfelt. Honest.
I could find so many more words to describe my experience at the Free The Bird Sydney workshop, but once I start I’ll find it hard to stop! Jai and Leelou are such amazing humans who welcomed every single person like they were friends not just attendees, which really just set the scene for the rest of the two days. Throughout the 2 day workshop, Jai imparted not only knowledge but also a strong sense of belonging and community, which to me, was worth more than all the camera knowledge in the world. Jai is very open with everything he teaches and made us all feel very comfortable to share and ask questions. His passion for photography and providing the best to his clients is contagious and I definitely walked away feeling more confident and ready to push myself that little bit harder to achieve what I want.

“Go because you want to grow. Go because you believe in yourself and go to make some awesome connections. Trust me, just go!
Thank you again, Jai for putting yourself out there to teach us and for providing a community where people can support each other and celebrate doing what we all love.”

Michael Briggs
“Being a long time appreciator of Jai’s wedding and personal work online – when he first announced a 3-day workshop in the Byron Bay Hinterland alongside Ryan Muirhead in June 2015, I purchased my workshop and plane tickets to attend straight away, as I didn’t want to miss out on such an opportunity.
Jai is such a level-headed, honest, and down to earth individual with a very fresh take on wedding photography and the business world surrounding the industry.
I would struggle to put a monetary value on the information, ideas & knowledge I received from him over the course of those couple of days, as it has since helped both my business and 
photography immensely.
Not to mention, the other like-minded individuals I met at this workshop – which has me covered with both new friends and support for life.
Whether you have attended workshops in the past, or this is your first, I would absolutely recommend spending this time with Jai as a high priority for your photography journey.”

Sophie Baker
“The All Together Workshop with Jai was the best craft-related (and general good-life related) thing I did in 2015. Jai is so open and free with his knowledge and experience. Forging his way swiftly through the photography world on the back of a remarkable life-story-so-far, his positive mindset will change the way you look at everything. The best part was how relaxed he kept things, it was so easy to absorb information, and he is so humble and incredibly genuine, with equal amounts of time for everyone. Get yourself to the Free the Bird workshop, learn good stuff, make good friends – you won’t regret it. I’ll take your spot if you don’t! Also, Leelou is kind of amazing, if she’s around, steal a hug.”

Emanuel Rudnicki
I hadn’t really heard of Jai before his workshop came up, but when I saw the quality of his work I was totally blown away with what he was producing, so much so that I flew across the other side of the country to listen to him speak. What was equally as mind-blowing was his story and how he got to where he was in such a short period of time, part of which is his unique and refreshing approach to business and marketing strategy. If you want to learn something you won’t learn anywhere else, take Jai’s workshop. Not only that, he is one of the nicest and sincere guys you will ever meet, ready to answer any questions you’ll throw at him…and you’ll meet some amazing (and talented) new friends! Highly recommend this to anyone that wants to build their business, learn Jai’s approach to creating a photo and to have some fun while doing so.

Ine Andrea Ertvaag
Jai’s workshop is absolutely epic. I left feeling so inspired I didn’t know what to do with myself! It’s such a great boost  and a seriously inspiring guy. An actual self-made man, not another one of those who “started off with a small loan from my dad of a million dollar”… Contrary to what I anticipated, I actually enjoyed the Business part of the workshop the most!

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