"Why Phoot Camp? Life is about doing great work with our friends, if we make it happen."

Phoot Camp is an invite-only creative retreat and photography workshop hosted by Laura Brunow Miner, founder of Pictory and former editor in chief of JPG Magazine. (Yes, thats P-H-O-O-T, a nod to O’Reilly’s Foo Camp, a retreat for the best and brightest in the tech industry.) Picture a long weekend of photo walks, portrait challenges, slideshows, s’more making, and general creative collaboration. Phoot Camp started in October of 2009 at a campground in the bay area. Virb sponsored the 2010, 2011, and 2012 events and we were able to upgrade to an estate in the hills outside Los Angeles and then an RV park in Marfa, Texas, and then a summer camp in upstate New York, and also to this lovely website built on the Virb platform.

Why Phoot Camp? Life is about doing great work with our friends, if we make it happen. Creatives can tend to be independent folks, but you can’t achieve your wildest dreams on your own. While we don’t always know who these important people in life are going to be or how we’re going to do the best work of our careers, getting a bunch of talented strangers in the same place seems like a good start to finding out.


Phoot Camp 2010/2011/2012 owe a huge debt of gratitude to Brad Smith of Virb for his passion and support for the project. And to each of my phoot campers for showing up with so much excess enthusiasm (not to mention equipment and props). Couldn't have done it without your help!


If you have any questions or press inquiries related to Phoot Camp, please contact phootcamp (at) gmail.com. (Note also the how to apply section.)

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Phoot Camp is a Pictory project run by Laura Brunow Miner