WST – Money Matters / Policies

Money Matters

As much as we love teaching photography and showing people around amazing places, these workshops do come with a cost. Some of the costs are incurred up front, as soon as we starting reserving rooms, arranging for portable meals or any of a myriad of resources that we need to offer you a first class photography experience. Other costs are incurred as the workshop is being run and are bills that we must pay as we go along.

We have endeavored to keep the totals for our each of our workshops fairly priced. When you compare one workshop to another, please keep in mind that the obvious things like number of days, local resources need and local travel distances all have an impact. There are other potential hidden differences as well, some locations are much more popular than others, making our costs and thereby your overall cost higher to cover that difference. Internationally locations that are remote and correspondingly, amazingly photogenic, may enjoy that very trait because of it's difficult in terms of travel routing or travel time. Remember though, if it's hard for you to get there, it is also likely that food, lodging and resources are difficult to ship there as well. A hamburger, fried and a diet coke, which totals $10.00 here, may in fact be $25.00 in another country.

If you have any questions about the costs of any of our workshops, please let us know. It is important to us that you feel there is a true value proposition here. We want to ensure that we make a reasonable profit, but we also know our customers expect value for their hard earned money. It's an equation that we know, understand and embrace.

Payment Schedule

  • 120 days, or prior to 120 days, before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios requires a deposit of no less than 25% of the workshop's total cost.

  • 90 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios requires that a minimum of 50% of the total cost of the workshop be paid on or prior to that date.

  • 60 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios requires that a minimum of 75% of the total cost of the workshop be paid on or prior to that date.

  • 30 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios requires that 100% of the total cost of the workshop be paid on or prior to that date.

Please note: Soft Lite Studios will extend the following discount, at the time of workshop registration, if the corresponding requirements are met.

  • At time of booking, entire workshop fee is paid, Soft Lite Studios will offer a 2.5% reduction in cost for that workshop.

Policies

Cancellation Policy

What If We Need To Cancel A Workshop?

For starters, something very serious would have to happen for us to cancel one of our workshops. Think biblical, end of times stuff, you know Armageddon or other similar storylines that would involve Bruce Willis in some way. Seriously, weather has never been a factor in a workshop cancellation for Soft Lite Studios, in fact we embrace weather systems (rain fronts, thunderstorms and snowstorms) as they offer some of the most dramatic background opportunities for photographers. Likely the only weather that could threaten a scheduled workshop is weather that would keep us from getting to our selected location. Short of that, about the only other form of event that could cause a workshop to be cancelled is a family emergency involving the workshop's guide.

At the customer's choosing, we offer one of two possibly remedies for a workshop that we are forced to cancel:

  • Application of full workshop cost to a future workshop of the customer's choosing, assuming there is space available in said workshop.
  • Refund of workshop fees, minus any unrecoverable costs that we have incurred.

Please note: As outlined in our "Liability Release" form, we are not responsible for any costs associated with travel services that you book, additional hotel nights that you arrange directly outside of the workshop's scheduled itinerary or any other costs that you incur by direct booking and / or arrangement.

What If You Need To Cancel A Workshop?

First and foremost we will try to work with, in as much as is financially feasible. We know and understand that things happen in people's lives, that they can't predict. We also have to be cognizant of the fact that some of our expenses happen up front and we simply can't make those go away.

We have the following refund schedule in place for cancellations prior to the offering of a workshop:

  • 120 or more days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios will refund monies paid, to date, to the customer, minus the initial deposit amount (20% of workshop cost) for the workshop.

  • 90 or more days, but less than 120 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios will refund 100% of the monies paid to date, to the customer, minus the initial deposit amount (20% of workshop cost) for the workshop.

  • 60 or more days, but less than 90 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios will refund 75% of the monies paid to date, to the customer, minus the initial deposit amount (20% of workshop cost) for the workshop.

  • 45 or more days, but less than 60 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios will refund 50% of the monies paid to date, to the customer, minus the initial deposit amount (20% of workshop cost) for the workshop.

  • 31 or more days, but less than 45 days before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios will refund 25% of the monies paid to date, to the customer, minus the initial deposit amount (20% of workshop cost) for the workshop.

  • 30 or less days, before a scheduled workshop's starting date:

    Soft Lite Studios will refund 0% of the monies paid to date, to the customer, for the workshop.

Please Note: If the workshop is sold out, and Soft Lite Studios is able to find another participant, to take your place at that workshop, Soft Lite Studios will refund all monies paid at the time of your cancellation, minus the initial deposit amount (20% of workshop cost) for the workshop. This offer only applies to workshops that either at the time of cancellation or prior to the starting date of the workshop reach capacity enrollment.