Roots Workshop 2009!


Photographers: I am so excited to announce that Roots Workshop returns for another week next summer with more staff and less students for more personalized instruction!

7/19-24, 2009
location: Cape Cod, MA
staff include: myself (emilie inc. photography), Greg Gibson (Greg Gibson Photography), Arnold Miller (multi-media editor at Newsday), Jennifer Domenick (Love Life Images), Mark Adams (LaCour), Tyler Wirken (Wirken Photography), Rachel LaCour Niesen (LaCour) and volunteers J Sandifer (liveBooks) and Eric Laurits (:e:).

The details:
12 students. 9 staff. 3 teams. 6 life-changing days.

Roots Workshop is an introduction to photojournalism for already-established wedding photographers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the roots of this chosen genre through hands-on instruction and editorial photo assignments.

While living under the same roof on the water in Cape Cod, students will be divided into three teams of four students, each with a leader and a shooting mentor. Monday is designated as a team building day, with shooting and technical exercises geared toward individual need as assessed by a survey students will take before arriving. Tuesday and Wednesday will be reserved for shooting editorial assignments during the day, each unique to Cape Cod, with group editing sessions at night. Students will be visited by their mentor and/or team leader for a minimum of one hour each day during their assignment. Thursday will be an editing day to prepare for an evening slideshow of the students’ work and a celebratory New England clambake. Friday will be open for students to stay and relax!

While Roots is designed to provide an amazing experience on Cape Cod among a group of passionate, creative minds, it is most definitely not a fluff workshop. Students will work hard and be critiqued hard. The opportunity for personal growth is enormous given our unprecedented small student-to-staff ratio (2-1). Participants who maximize these resources and engage in the experience to the fullest can immediately apply their newly learned storytelling skills to their wedding photography.

If you are planning to attend PartnerCon next week, I'll be there to present with J and would love the chance to talk to you about the most beneficial shooting workshop you can't afford to miss! In the meantime, be sure to check out the picture stories from the '08 students by visiting

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