Summit Workshops

Sports San Francisco - Details

Location: San Francisco    |     Dates: November 10-13, 2023

Workshop Schedule

*we are finalizing the sporting event schedule and will update this section on 11/1!

Plan to meet at the Kimpton Alton hotel where the classroom will be located no later than 11am on 11/10. we will be sending out maps and additional locations for finding the classroom if you are not staying at the hotel.

tHE WORKSHOP WILL CLOSE WITH A RECEPTION AT 6PM ON 11/13!

Recommended camera gear

  • Minimum 1 camera body, 2 ideal
  • Wide angle lens
  • Medium zoom lens
  • telephoto lens
  • Camera bag
  • Camera batteries / charger
  • Laptop
  • Memory cards
  • Card reader
  • Monopod

Sony Alpha will provide gear for participants to borrow throughout the workshop

Packing Considerations

It can be cooler in the
mornings and evenings (low
50’s). During the day the
temperature will rise to about
mid 60’s. You be spending
hours in the sun. Bring
sunscreen, hats, layers, etc.
We will be giving every
participant a Summit water
bottle to stay hydrated!

Your instructors

Workshop Faculty

Jean Fruth

Workshop Faculty

Maxx Wolfson

Workshop Faculty

Suzanna Mitchell

Andy Kuno

Workshop Faculty

Thearon Henderson

Lead Instructor

Matt Hernandez

Workshop Faculty

Jean Fruth

Photographer Jean Fruth does more than take pictures.  She tells stories — of vibrant personalities, local cultures, and distinctive communities.  From a small darkroom to the most iconic stadiums flooded with lights, Jean’s trajectory as one of photography’s preeminent visual storytellers has taken her on a round-the-horn tour of the world’s most indelible landmarks – from the world of baseball to the world at large.  Sports have always been Jean’s most compelling subject, and from her earliest days in sports photography, she covered everything from wrestling to sailing to basketball — and on any given Friday, she could be found taking full advantage of those Friday night lights, shooting northern California’s storied football rivalries.

Soon Jean was called up to the big leagues herself, as she spent nearly a decade shooting the crown jewels of Bay Area sports — the Giants, the A’s, the 49ers.  Her portfolio quicky expanded when she was invited to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, where she helped build the museum’s archive and bring to life the story of baseball.  America’s most eminent historical institutions – including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Smithsonian — have featured her work.

What drives Jean now is to serve communities through her storytelling – as the co-founder of Grassroots Baseball, a non-profit that promotes participation in baseball at the youngest levels, and as a traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball and La Vida Sports, digital media companies that shares the stories of Latino sports around the globe.  As one of Sony’s select Artisans of Imagery, and through her popular workshops, she shares her techniques, her insights, and her love of images — both the power of pictures and the stories they tell.

Jean’s first book, Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, was released in 2019. Her latest, Grassroots Baseball: Route 66, was published in spring 2022, with proceeds benefitting the non-profit program.

Workshop Faculty

Maxx Wolfson

Maxx has been one of the top editors at Getty Images for 13 years. As Managing Editor for Sport in North & South America he is onsite at the biggest sporting events all over the world. Maxx will be leading the Getty Images team at his 11th Super Bowl and then leading the editing team at his sixth Olympic games in February. He also works directly with staff and freelance photographers assigning events and hiring photographers to cover events in his region. Through his work with many sports leagues, Maxx possesses a deep institutional knowledge of the industry.

Workshop Faculty

Suzanna Mitchell

Suzanna Mitchell is the Photography Manager of the San Francisco Giants, a position that spans shooting action, portraits and events while also managing the photography team and the entire Giants digital archive.  A graduate of the photojournalism department of San Francisco State University, Suzanna worked for Alameda News Group before joining the Giants in 2008.  Now as the leader of the photography group within the Giants marketing department, Suzanna blends the storytelling of photojournalism with commercial photography for one of the Bay Area’s greatest sports franchises.

Andy Kuno

Andy Kuno is a San Francisco based sports photographer. He cut his teeth in the 90’s freelancing for wire services and newspapers which eventually lead to his position as the team photographer for the San Francisco Giants (1996 – current). The native San Franciscan enjoys capturing action, emotions and portraits while continually chasing light.

Workshop Faculty

Thearon Henderson

Thearon has been shooting sports for 40 years.  As a self taught professional, he brings a critical element to the Summit Family.  Having been in the shoes of the students and finding his way is what we all aspire to.   Thearon is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1980 working in a health club owned by the orthopedic surgeon of the Golden State Warriors, he gained access to shooting NBA games and has since been shooting as a freelance/contract photographer for four decades.  He has worked for Topps Trading Cards, The Sporting News and currently Upper Deck since 1990.  Thearon worked for the AP as a stringer from 1998-2010 and is currently a stringer/contributor for Getty Images since 2010.

Lead Instructor

Matt Hernandez

Matt is a portrait photographer based out of Kentucky who specializes in on location creative lighting focusing on seniors and athletes. He began his career as an award-winning graphic artist, and has since used those skills to help launch a very successful photography career. He has won multiple awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference, and The “Most Creative Award” at the 2013 Las Vegas Photoshop World Westcott Shootout. In 2013 he was chosen to represent F.J. Westcott as one of their “Top Endorsed Pros.”

Breaking Down some terms

Image critique

Image Critique is constantly mentioned as being the most important/valuable component of the workshop.  It’s not only a chance to get your work reviewed, but also to see your peers’ images. It is not structured as a competition, but a growth experience.  So do not feel it has the be your best of the best or how it might stack up to others.  You might have an image that you like, but are not sure if it works… You get to hear the opinions of the faculty and everything you will hear from them is 100% meant to help you.  It is also anonymous.

We will ask each student to submit three images and we will provide specific instructions on sizing/naming as well as a  link for uploading.  For the images, they just need to be from this workshop!  We will send the link out the afternoon before the image critique, which gives you the evening to get your images in!  If you want help editing we are happy to help, especially if you get down to a smaller selection and just can’t decide.  ALL images will need to be submitted before 9am on the day of the critique so we can get the slideshow organized.

Portfolio Review

There will be several opportunities for reviews, these are 1:1 opportunities between you and a faculty member.  These time blocks will be around 20 minutes and we will provide sign up sheets in the classroom.  We will make sure everyone that wants one gets at least one if not two! ALL faculty will be available during these times. The time can be used to show work, or talk about photography, business, or anything else under the photographic sun. If you are showing images this is best done on a laptop or iPad. Keeping the time in mind, you also want to have time for conversation. Having a folder of 15-20 is a really good range to have a great discussion. We suggest having the images downloaded and not showing a website.  If the wifi is spotty, you don’t want to waste your time waiting for things to load!

Networking & Additional Education

Ask to take an instructor to lunch or buy them a drink in the evening? What a better time to get to chat with and learn from them. Don’t be shy, the “down time” is your chance to build your community and make some friends along the way! 

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