Parker J Pfister Photographer
2018 Burgundy, France Photo Workshop RECAP

Burgundy, France Workshop

A full course artistic/photographic/life Workshop

"Life Altering. Best Investment in my professional education. Just Do It." -Wendy R.

Burgundy, France | March 05-12, 2018


My name is Parker Pfister.

I am an artist, a teacher and a mentor.

I create stories using photography and film as my translators.

These translations spark change in our world.

I visualize a new generation, where this world experiences how others see and not what they have already seen. I visualize a generation that is authentic.

With this vision, I guide artists through their own process, with the belief that everyone is creative and needs to be heard. I believe that each person has the ability to self inspire, which breeds this elusive authenticity.


  1. Each person will know that they are creative.

  2. Each person will find the path of their why.

  3. Each person will find their creative translator.

  4. Each person will walk away with self-inspiration.

  5. Each person will understand their own creative process.


This will be a workshop covering many genres of art.

This will be a photography workshop.

This will be a culinary arts workshop.

This will be a storytelling workshop.

This will be an imagination fueled workshop.

This will be a life workshop.

This will be a workshop on process.

We will focus on making superior images through our own imaginations, with lessons on when to settle and when to push further.

We will explore the ideas behind what makes a memorable experience for those who consume our art. Whether it be cooking, painting, photos, a story or how you live every day. Creating something that we experience once and it sticks with us, sometimes for a lifetime is our quest as a artist.

I want to to challenge you to slow down and think about these key elements that I believe make a memorable image or at least get us closer!

•Having a story to tell. Whether it be truth or fiction. Say something. THIS is an endless well to pull from and where authenticity is born!

Even if you are the only one that can see it or translate it, having this starting point for your image is key! It can be something simple like this simple statement I just pulled out of the air. “Happy to be alive, but flowers makes me cry”. This leaves wide interpretation to your image. What could you do with this statement? This could be sad, happy or sorrowful. It is whatever YOU want it to be.

•Then choosing your canvas. The location/scene you select for your image is a major key to making a memorable image.

•Styling the scene. Taking time to perfect the field of view. Perfecting the wardrobe, makeup and hair. Taking time to convey your purpose of this image to your subject. This is styling too. We will have amazing wardrobe and world class styling and models on hand to make some truly magical images together!

•Posing and un-posing will be another element. How to construct the mood in your subjects body, then let them make it their own and settle into it.

•Now add or subtract light!! Lighting will be a key element to this workshop. Lighting with finesse. Lighting with attitude. Lighting with purpose!! Light is our megaphone for the words we are trying to say.

•Then step back and take inventory.

Check your canvas. Could it be altered in any way to make it “stronger”? Do you have leading lines? Is there distractions that could be removed by simply moving up or down or left or right?

Look at all aspects of your styling. What could be altered? Should it be? How does this relate to your story of this image?

Does the current pose speak to you? Will it speak to your story? Is it supposed to look real or uncomfortable?

Now perfect your light in the whole over all scene. Too many photographers light without a purpose. Just because you add light doesn’t make it a success. Sometimes the simplest lighting is more powerful. Sometimes finding the light that existed in the scene already makes the strongest image of all. We just need to manipulate it with camera settings and see it in a different speed or level of intensity. This is one of the hardest hurdles in lighting. Seeing something that is right in front of you but your eyes cannot see it. Only after scientific settings in your camera will the magical image appear.

•Now we drop our shutter. Now we can send out your message to the world. Now we can inspire the world to read our stories.

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What past attendees are saying!

"Thank you for a life changing experience. I'm a very analytical kind of guy and went into the workshop with that mindset. I can tell you sincerely this workshop has changed me from within. I see and feel differently about everything. The deep dives the first couple of days was an awakening to my soul. I no longer fear expressing myself, and like you said, able to inspire myself. I can now really appreciate why many have attended more than one workshop. I'll be back!".- Chris B

"Parker doesn't just change the way you shoot, he changes the way you think. About everything". -James C.

"When you know how to use the gear in your hands, but over time, the gears in your head have locked up. Parker J Pfister takes you apart piece by piece, before the workshop even begins, and rewires your brain so that the gears in your head work the gear in your hand in a whole new way!" Kim D.

"Parker reminded me that photography is an art form, not just a service I provide."
-Clare B.

"I have never been to a workshop where it was not about the instructor but it was truly about me. I have never had an experience before or since quite like it. I learned to embrace me and my own path and make peace with it in a way that it began to show up in my work like never before. It was life changing and career changing. It was the best gift I could have ever given myself." -Cindy S.

"This workshop was the catalyst in our business that propelled us in a direction that separated us from the rest of the photography crowd. Rather than Parker just teaching you how he does what he does or how he shoots the details and bride and groom, he teaches you how to shoot in a way that makes it completely you, and in doing so you find your voice and your work becomes a representation of your soul. This Workshop was the best money we have ever spent on our business and is one of the biggest reason our work stands out the way it does, ultimately leading to bookings and finding the right clients for us!" -Devin R

Images from previous Parker J workshops.