Palo Alto Photography WORKSHOP

July 8 - 12, 2019

PAly MeDia Arts Center


OVERVIEW (Palo Alto, Ca Workshop)

Ten scholarships available. Monday thru Friday participants meet at the Paly MAC (Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center) for an intensive small group workshop with speaker seminars, critiques, and engaging creative exercises that challenge them to reach both inward and outward as they examine their surroundings and each other's communities through photography.  

Each student is loaned their own digital camera for one week in order to explore and execute evening shooting assignments.

This workshop will inspire young people to take notice, take heart, and take hold of their ability to transform themselves and the world.  

No experience is needed.  All camera equipment & materials are provided.  Scholarship and schedule information below.  Must be a high school student.

SCHEDULE (Monday, July 8, 2019 - Friday, July 12, 2019)

  • 9:00am - 11:30am morning lessons (technical and conceptual instruction, creative exercises, photography discussion and slide shows)

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm lunch break (participants provide their own lunch or walk to T&C)

  • 12:30pm - 2:30pm afternoon lessons (demonstrations, guest speakers, group critiques of student photographs)

  • 2:30pm - students take camera home (afternoon and evening shooting assignments)



Gregory R. Mottola, FAIA, NCARB, AIBC is a Principal architect at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s San Francisco office. As lead designer for a diverse group of award-winning commercial, workplace, hospitality, academic, and civic buildings, he possesses a deep understanding of how buildings can shape and transform their environment. This is exemplified in his work for  for technology companies that includes Square and Adobe, Inc.

 He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and his projects have been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has chaired and participated in design awards juries across the country, and regularly lectures on the topics of humane modernism, craft, and detail, and how these themes influence the work of the firm.

To demonstrate the quality of programing, below is a list of last year’s speakers - more 2019 speakers will be confirmed closer to the start of the workshop.


John Freeman Todd is the team photographer for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes since the team’s inception in 1996. He also owns and operates International Sports Images, the official photography supplier to the U.S. Men and Women’s soccer teams, Stanford Athletics, and the former Maverick’s Big Wave Surfing contest.

His work has appeared in Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution as part of a women-in-sports photography exhibit. In addition to his commercial and editorial work,  John also teaches a yearly sports photography and Yosemite Landscape class in the Stanford Continuing Studies program at Stanford University.



Dr. Chaniga Vorasarun is a licensed psychologist (PSY28700). Her approach to therapy emphasizes the use of evidence-based treatments tailored to meet the needs of each individual. Dr. Vorasarun’s practice is informed by mindfulness and compassion-focused approaches with the aim of helping individuals recognize their strengths and live more fully.

Dr. Vorasarun received her Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in Communication and Media Studies and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in 2015. Her approach to treatment aims to help individuals become more present to their emotions, improve relationships and live more fulfilling lives. 


"I haven’t always been a photographer and photography isn’t the only thing in my life, but it sometimes feels that way. I was a suit, a corporate guy, a money hungry animal. Now I make my livelihood photographing people and I love it, along with donuts." - Mark Kitaoka


Palo Alto High School
Media Arts Center, Room 102.

50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, Ca 94301


REGIONAL DATA 2018 (Palo Alto, Ca)

Population  66,478
Median Household Income  $136,519 (7.69% growth)
Median Property Value  $1.56M
Poverty Rate  5.45%

SCHOLARSHIP LEVELS (Palo Alto, Ca Workshop)

Full                  family* income less than $135,000                 Tuition: Free

Mid-Level        family* income less than $250,000                 Tuition: $450

Partial             family* income more than $250,000               Tuition: $750

A *family is considered an average of four people. To determine your scholarship level (1) calculate your family's annual income (add the total amount of money your family made last year), (2) divide it by the number of people in your household, (3) multiply that amount by four. (4) The result is your average family income and that number can be used to determine what level scholarship you will receive if you are accepted into the program.

Example of a Mid-Level Scholarship for Palo Alto: (1) $150,000 family annual income, (2) divided by three people in a house equals $50,000, (3) times four equals (4) $200,000 average *family income. 


SCHOLARSHIP Application From


July 8-12, 2019

Contact & Personal information
Name *
Address *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Date of birth. *
Date of birth.
Please use the pull down to select one.
Please ensure you list three of each. Your answers may or may not have anything to do with photography - what you are good at, and in which areas would you like to grow and improve?
A character reference, also known as a personal reference, is a recommendation provided by someone who knows you outside of your family. Rather than speaking to your artistic talents or technical photography skills, personal references help SFC get a better sense of to your character and growth potential. This person should know you well enough to feel comfortable talking about your personality strengths and people skills. Examples include your teacher, school counselor, mentor, coach, or an employer. NOT A FAMILY MEMBER. Example John Doe, Teacher, (650) 555-5555 (Name , relationship to scholarship application, & phone number).
Section 2 - Scholarship Information
Questions 2a - 2c below are optional - if it helps, use them to calculate what level scholarship you qualify for if you are accepted in to the program.
(The total amount of money earned by everyone in your household as reflected on your most recent U.S. Federal Income Tax Form)
(How many family members living in your house are supported by this income?)
Example A: 2a.) $75,000 2b.) 5 people $75,000/5 = $25,000 $25,000 x 4 = $100,000 (Full Scholarship) Example B: 2a.) $200,000 2b.) 5 people $200,000/5 = $40,000 $40,000 x 4 = $160,000 (Mid Level Scholarship) Example C: 2a.) $240,000 2b.) 3 people $240,000/3 = $80,000 $80,000 x 4 = $320,000 (Partial Scholarship)
Please click on the 'SUBMIT' button bellow to send us your information request and we will add your name to the wait list! Questions:
REQUIRED - Please select your scholarship level *
(Use the number you calculated from 2c and check the appropriate option below)
(Optional) If you are interested in sharing the remaining cost of the classes, please state the amount you would like to contribute.
Section 3 - Submit your Registration Form
3a. Please click on the 'SUBMIT' button bellow to automatically send your form. An automated message will appear on screen to verify that all the required fields are complete and we received your information. 3b. Choose the correct link for either a student (minor) or adult (18) waiver. 3c. The final step is to print, sign and mail the student waiver in order for us to process your scholarship application. Mail signed waiver to: Social Fabric Collective 312 Wyomng Avenue Wyoming, PA 18644 Questions:
For example: medications, food allergies, medical conditions, I.E.P. - Individualized Education Plan, etc. If so please indicate. If you answered "no", please enter NONE.

Student Waivers

After you submit your form, please choose the appropriate wavier bellow, then print, sign and mail your waiver in order for us to process your scholarship application.

Mail signed waiver to:

Social Fabric Collective
312 Wyoming Avenue
Wyoming, Pa 18644