Frequently Asked Questions

Who is storytellers photo conference for? Can beginners attend?

That's a yes. This one is for those who are just dipping their toes in the warm waters of documentary family photography and those who have gotten real good at it. We have it all covered and we've deliberately gone with a few less speakers but more time with each to make sure there is an opportunity for a deeper learning experience. 

Why stay at the Confidante?

We've reserved a whole block of rooms with an amazing nightly rate and a waived resort fee ($30 per day). You'll get loads more time with other attendees and will really get to appreciate the togetherness vibe. Plus it's smack bang on the beachfront and a perfectly colorful representation of unique mid-century design. Two beachfront, heated pools with reserved sun loungers, free towels, free wi-fi and late check out on May 7. 

How many nights should I stay?

We decided to start classes at 4pm Sunday and finish at 2:30pm on Tuesday so that it's possible to arrive and leave on those days. Two nights will be the minimum you'd need for accommodation, but seeing as the location is so incredible and it's such a unique gathering opportunity we imagine many of you will take advantage of our special Confidante rate and stay another night of two. 

How do I get the special discounted ticket for staying at the confidante?

Simple! Make your reservation by clicking here to receive the exclusive rate of $169 (+tax) and waived resort fee. Please note, we do realize that although the link provided above does mention a resort fee, we can assure you it has been waived for our guests and definitely will not be charged to your card. The Confidante assures us this glitch should be cleared in the next 24 hours. Once you have your email confirmation from the hotel, send it through to us ( and we will make sure your ticket balance reflects the 'stay with us' discount. Please make sure to get the hotel confirmation to us by November 1st. Easy!

When will the second two payment installments be charged to my credit card?

The second payment will be charged on November 5th 2018 and the third and final payment will be charged on March 4th 2019.

Can I share a room?

Of course! We have set up a Facebook group for those of you that would like to find a roommate, ask general plans about the whole thing or just get excited in the online presence of others. 

Here's a link to the Facebook Group.

Can I extend my stay?

Of course you can! We have negotiated our low rate for 3 days pre and post conference so you are welcome to make a proper holiday out of it. 

What if I put down the first payment on a 'stay with you' conference ticket and then decide to find my own accommodation?

Just let us know and we will adjust the balance on your account to reflect the difference you owe. 

Which airport should I fly into?

Miami International Airport (MIA) is just about 10 miles (~20 minutes) from The Confidante. A google search estimates taking an Uber from MIA to the hotel is about $20. As well, Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) is about 30 miles (~40 minutes) from The Confidante, and an Uber from FLL to the hotel is about $45. 

What food is included in my ticket?

Lunch/snacks/coffee/tea on Monday and a luscious buffet lunch on Tuesday. And get excited about our poolside evening reception with drinks and dinner provided on Monday night.

Can I submit my work for live critique?

Yes! There will be two opportunities to do so. Kirsten and Ryan will be doing a 2 hour live onstage critique for single images and Ryan will also show us his genius by letting us watch him edit/cull/sequence one lucky attendee's entire shoot. More details on how to submit will be emailed to you closer to the event date.

Is this a family friendly event? Can my child accompany me?

Infants and nursing babies are welcome to be in the classroom with you during the conference as long as there is no disruption. We suspect your family would find plenty to do during the day while you are learning if you should choose to bring them along for a holiday. 

Will tickets sell out?

Storytellers has a speaker list like no other and has been a very long anticipated gathering for many us of in the documentary family photography world. We have a limited number of tickets to sell and suggest you get in early to avoid disappointment. We will of course have a wait list in the event of a sell out. 

What if I purchase a ticket and can't make it?

All tickets are non-refundable. You are very welcome to transfer your ticket to another attendee. Ticket transfers will incur a $50 administration fee.