The past few summers, you'll recall, I organized a photojournalism workshop called Roots for a week on Cape Cod. We're taking a year off from it this summer, working to restructure the program and our priorities. In the meantime, I didn't want the emilie inc team- who usually attends Roots each summer- to miss the learning and bonding experience a small workshop setting lends itself to. We enlisted the help of one of my bestest photo friends Tyler, of Wirken Photography in Kansas City, to lead a mini workshop on our home turf. Tyler's teaching style is one of the best- both technical, inspirational and even therapeutic. He's easily able to identify students' strengths and weaknesses, and push them toward growth quickly and with amazing results and a great sense of humor. He's a huge part of Roots' success, as he's been on the staff since it started, as well as the Foundation Workshop where we met during my first year on staff in Dallas five years ago.
Aside from our studio trip to Las Vegas for WPPI earlier this year, this was the most amount of time we've spent together consecutively as a group and boy, it was a blast. We photographed at a gymnastics school, our beloved Sea Bags, did a lighting demo one evening at the Portland Company, a portrait session in the Old Port and stuffed ourselves silly at many of our favorite eateries. The weather wasn't ideal, but made for more realistic Maine shooting conditions, right? Our hats are off to Tyler for his unwavering enthusiasm and dedication to helping everyone succeed, and to the amazing emilie inc. team who make me feel fortunate every day to be surrounded by such talent, friendship and fun. Y'all rock.