My first summer seminar is wrapping up, and (ofcourse) I couldn't be more proud of my students. Each one of them has created an entirely new portfolio of dog portraiture, learned from their peers, and seriously grown as artists. In the past 4 days we've covered camera basics, photography 101, dog handling 101, and some pretty advanced creative concepts. When I'm teaching, I want to be a mirror for my students. I want to show them where they are, and where they can get to. All with a seamless balance of support, encouragement, and taking each student to task.
My "Intro to Fine Art Dog Photography" 5-day seminar dealt a lot with Style- an incredibly important aspect of any artist's career. If you don't have a unique style, you cannot leverage yourself as an artist. It was exciting to see my students tap into their particular styles, learn how to articulate them with words, and then with images.
Here are a few fun "behind the scenes" shots of my students hard at work...
Students took turns bringing their dogs to class each day, but Pancake was a special guest for our "Field Day." Nepotism really gets you everywhere these days. He was a great model, and at the end of our shoot he took the liberty to run around like a crazy-person in the marsh muck up to his elbows. It was endearing. And very messy. But I've always said that at the end of a session you should always encourage dog's to take a victory lap. Just, not in the mud.
A huge congratulations to all my Castle Hill students for bringing so much creativity, focus, and joy to our seminar. Can't wait to see you all in the photo-universe!