When it comes to photojournalism, Greg Gibson has seen it, done it and been there.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, his 25 year career encompasses hundreds of national and international stories while working for some of the largest news organizations in the world.
His travels have taken him to all 50 states and nearly every major city in the world. Throughout his career Greg Gibson has been known as a photographer who consistently delivers photographic excellence from any situation.
Since 2003 Greg has turned his cameras towards documenting special days and events in the lives of families throughout the Washington area. His no-nonsense approach and candid, emotion-packed images have made him one of the most sought after photographers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Named Washington's Top Rated Wedding Photojournalist by Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine 2009
"The only thing we needed to know about Greg was that the largest news organization in the world trusted him to cover the President of the United States. If he can handle that pressure, he can certinaly handle our wedding." - Tim McCaughan & Kristan Biggars
I am currently enroute for a return trip to Brazil. I am meeting my good friends, Australian photographer Marcus Bell and National Grographic Brasil photographer Izan Petterle in the city of Cuiaba tomorrow to continue my Cowboys & Crocodiles project.
We’ll spend a day at Izan’s ranch in Chapada dos Guimaraes. We’ll need a day to catch our breath after 24 hours of travel. Then we’ll head out into the Pantanal to visit ranches and photograph Brasilian cowboys for 5 days.
On Sunday we return to Sao Paulo where both Marcus and I will be speaking at PhotoImage Brasil on the 11th and 12th.
I’ll try to post a few pictures along the way. Here are a couple from my iPhone:
The Roots Workshop is just around the corner and there are still a few spots available. I get email all the time from photographers asking about workshops and this is a great opportunity to come and learn with me.
Roots has a similar format to the Foundation Workshop, the Eddie Adams Barnstorm or the Mountain People’s workshop if you’re from the photojournalism world.
The idea behind workshops like Roots is to teach photographers to think like photojournalists. In the case of Roots, it is specifically to teach wedding photographers to become better documentary storytellers. While targeted towards wedding photographers, there is very little talk about wedding photography. This workshop is about becoming better overall in ways that will help you in any type of photographic situation.
Each student gets an individual editorial assignment and is placed on a team with a team leader and mentors. The students have two days to complete a picture story from their assignment. Each day the team leader critiques the shoot and offers suggestions for improvement. The mentors work with the students out in the field to help problem solve and provide onsite feedback during the actual shoot.
All of the staff have extensive experience working as news photographers.
This is the absolute best type of learning experience a photographer can have.
Plus it’s in CAPE COD and we have a lobster-bake on the final night!
Here are the details – the workshop is less than a month away so you need to register NOW.
Dates – July 19-24
Location – South Yarmouth – Cape Cod, MA
Website – www.rootsworkshop.com
Cost – $3200 Includes 5 days of personalized instruction, five nights lodging and most meals. Students must provide their own gear, travel and vehicle.
Emilie Sommer – Founder
Greg Gibson – greggibson.com
Tyler Wirken – Wirken Photography
Arnold Miller (multi-media editor at Newsday)
Jennifer Domenick – Love Life Images
Mark Adams – LaCour
Rachel LaCour Nieson – LaCour
February was a crazy and exciting month for me. I wanted to catch up a bit on some of the things I’ve been involved in.
For the past 3 years I’ve been involved as a team leader with Huy Nguyen’s Foundation Workshop in Dallas. Foundation is a workshop for wedding photographers that is loosely modeled after the Eddie Adams Barnstorm, a very prominent workshop for photojournalists and documentary photographers.
The idea behind Foundation is to teach wedding photographers to think like photojournalists. I absolutely believe that this is the best teaching workshop available today for wedding photographers.
Students are placed on a team with a team leader, 2 shooting mentors, and a team assistant. Each team is comprised of 5 students. Each student gets a realÂ editorial assignment to photograph and has two full days of shooting to complete a picture story.
The shooting mentors meet each student out in the field while on the assignment each day to help them problem solve and troubleshoot. At the end of the day, the students come back to the team meeting room for an open, group edit and critique by their team leader. They go back on the second day and try to put into practice the things they learned from the previous day’s critique. The mentors are right there with them on the assignment for more hands-on training, as needed.
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On the final day, the team leaders make the last selections and create a slideshow presentation of each student’s work. That night all the teams come together for a dinner party and each student has the opportunity to introduce and present their story to the entire group
The presentations are often emotional moments for both the students and the team leaders as they discuss the breakthroughs made during the week. Many students have described the experience as life changing. It is an intense and powerful week of learning.
This year I had the good fortune of working with another great group of people. As a team leader, it’s important to have a great supporting staff to help the week flow smoothly for the students. This year I was paired with Jennifer Domenick and Joe Dickie as mentors and Tina Carter as my workshop assistant. Jennifer and Tina were returning members of my team and Joe was a new addition.
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We had an outstanding group of students -Â Ray Anthony, Nic Dragomire, John Heisel, Kate Mefford, and Verna Pitts. They were given some challenging assignments and they all responded to the call. In the end however, Foundation Workshop is not about the slideshow or story you produce, it’s about how much you learn and grow as a photographer.