February 1-5, 2009
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.
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.
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.
More information can be found on the FW7 website at http://www.fworkshop.com.
Registration has already started for next year. Information can be found at http://www.fworkshop.com/fw8.
Here is some of the imagery produced by my students this year:
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Ray Anthony produced a nice story on a major rodeo in neighboring Fort Worth.
Nic Dragomire had a story on the only female taxidermist in the state of Texas:
John Heisel photographed a real character – a man who works as an exterminator but also runs the world’s only cockroach museum.
Kate Mefford produced a very sweet story on a local senior center:
Verna Pitts captured the very colorful Bill Smith Cafe: