WHAT IS SNAP?
Snap is a unique festival and creative retreat aimed at wedding and lifestyle photographers. It features an array of workshops and activities which will inspire you and help you to develop your business.
There are talks, workshops, live shoots, business sessions, trips to the beach and loads of other great stuff to stimulate your mind and stretch your imagination. You can read our Learning Manifesto and Community Standards here and watch our 2017 highlights film below, if you haven't already! You can find out about SNAP 2018 here.
SNAP: The Salon
"A salon is a gathering of people, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation"
We have known for a long time that one of our strongest assets is our community. Our values are education, inspiration and community and the community really is at the forefront of those values. SNAP is what it is because of the people who embrace it wholeheartedly.
With that in mind, SNAP 2018 puts collaboration with our community members at the heart of this year's event.
23rd to 27th April 2018
What's new for 2018?
A smaller, more intimate event: For SNAP 2018 we'll be hosting a maximum of 95 people.
A new venue: it's hard to match the uniqueness of Fforest but we're certain that you'll love West Lexham. With tree-houses and bell tents for those who love glamping and a whole load more indoor accommodation for those who want a bit more luxury, the accommodation has something for everyone. Scroll down to find out more about our 2018 SNAP home.
More down time: we've always jam packed the SNAP schedule and feedback year after year is that it's brilliant but exhausting. Next year we'll be keeping our evenings free of talks, so you get more time to hang out and build relationships. As well as our talk free evenings, there'll be more time to explore the surroundings, go to the beach or simply take a nap.
Self care: our optional add ons have always been learning based but next year there'll be a focus on self care including complimentary yoga and meditation.
Community generated content: Around 50% of our 2018 content will be provided by people from within the existing SNAP community. We're excited to show case a whole bunch of amazing talent and you can check out our line up here.
A comprehensive plan to make sure everyone feels welcome and included
We know what it's like to be introverted, shy or just a bit nervous to be around so many people. We've got you.
Where's SNAP 2018 taking place?
We'll be heading to Norfolk for SNAP 2018, to West Lexham.
West Lexham is a unique venue and it's less than 2 hours from London, 75 minutes from Cambridge and 45 minutes from Norwich. It is a work of passion and is crafted out of heritage buildings that are the legacy of over 1000 years of farming and stewardship of nature. Set in a protected valley with the UK's cleanest chalk stream it is verdant and bursting with nature. There are floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens for you to explore. They are 90% run on renewables with solar panels for power and a woodchip boiler for heat. All of their water is fresh from the chalk aquifer making it rich in minerals.
West Lexham is magical. There are row boats, tennis courts, a swimming pool and beautiful grounds and gardens to explore.
PRICE / what's included?
We have a range of SNAP tickets available for different accommodation options. The starting price for tickets is £1000. That's less than £250 per day for
- 4 night's accommodation
- A delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as tea, coffee and refreshments (cake!) each day
- Access to the full programme of workshops and events over 4 days including 11 workshops, activities, our epic party night and a whole load more fun.
For 2018 we'll only have a limited number of tickets for new SNAPsters. Please make sure you're on our mailing list to be the first to hear about availability.
How do I get there?
The closest airport is London Stanstead, which is well connected for European flights.
There are regular trains from London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn in Norfolk and the venue is around 30 minutes from there.
We have a car pool / ride sharing scheme in our Facebook group so people can find travel buddies, including taxi buddies from the station.
What are the start and finish times?
SNAP will start at 3pm on the 23rd April and finish by lunch time on the 27th.
Where do I sign up?
Current SNAPsters can buy tickets via a link in the closed SNAP Facebook group. New attendees can sign up here.
Tell me more about the accommodation!
You can check out the different accommodation types on the West Lexham website. We have availability in all accommodation types excluding tree houses, which are now sold out.
All on site accommodation is shared – this is a communal event, and we want everyone to mingle in a big way, make new friends and get to know each other. We'll help with any requests for specific groups to share with each other, no problem and we have provisions for couples.
HOW WILL CLASSES WORK?
Keynote talks will be around two hours long and we all attend these together. In between keynotes there'll be a whole host of one hour workshops and practical sessions for you to choose from, plus free time to explore the beautiful surrounding environment with your camera.
Snap is not a conference where you'll sit and listen to people talk for three days. We want your teachers to show, tell and share and we want you to get out and about shooting.
Ditching the odd class is encouraged; exploring the environment, hanging out around the camp fire and chatting, shoot swaps and trips to the beach will all be of as much benefit as the classes themselves. The in-between is often where the magic happens.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO ATTEND?
Not at all! You'll probably get the most out of the event if you have an interest in wedding or lifestyle photography, as the majority of our speakers are professional wedding photographers. We'll also cover documentary photography, creativity and a whole load of other awesome stuff from outside of the wedding and lifestyle world. There'll also be practical business stuff, from SEO to social media.
All of our speakers have been selected for their unique approaches to their work and they will all be speaking about their passions and motivations, so there'll be stuff you can learn from each of them.
We do recommend that in order to attend you'll have a good knowledge and understanding of what ever camera equipment you are working with, as well a basic grounding in photography.
There will not be any instruction that covers basic technical skills.
CAN I SHARE WITH FRIENDS?
Sure. We contact everyone who's attending before we allocate sleeping spaces, so you have the chance to let us know who you'd prefer to snooze with. If you don't have a group, we'll allocate you some friends you haven't met yet. Of course, we'll accommodate you if you'd prefer to share only with people of the same sex.
Who's behind SNAP?
SNAP was founded by award winning wedding photographer Laura Babb, of Babb Photo.