Friday, June 14, 2013

Fall Retreat

I was planning to announce the fall retreat was open for registration -- but it filled before I could make the formal announcement! I am taking names for a newsletter, waitlist, and possible second session. The next retreat is tentatively scheduled for February 2014.  

Here is the announcement -- please feel free to email me and/or Dale Niles with any questions and to get on the list for next time.

St. Simons Island Creative Photography Retreat – more than a workshop!
Spend a long weekend with photo enthusiasts and two seasoned, exhibiting, fine art photographers. This retreat is limited to only 4 participants – a 2 to 1 instructor to participant ratio! A beautiful home in the East Beach area is home base for the weekend. Breakfast (Fri, Sat, & Sun) and dinner (Thurs, Fri, & Sat) is included.  For lunch and a bit of free time during midday on Friday and Saturday you are on your own to explore, shop, relax!

Our time together will be intense but extremely fun and interesting. Donna and Dale will share with you how they do what they do. Shoot together, learn to see creatively. Bring along a laptop to edit photos with advice and guidance from your instructors. There will be hands on work – shooting and editing – as well as lectures on Photoshop techniques, composition, iPhoneography, natural light, and presenting your work. Learn how to create an image that gets noticed!

The beach house is located in the East Beach area of St Simons – directly across the street from the marsh and a short walk from the northern end of East Beach. East Beach is known for its amazing beach during low tide as well as being a quiet part of the island. The price of $800 for the weekend includes all instruction, lectures, breakfasts & dinners (listed above) and lodging 10/24 through 10/27. Lodging is two to a room/twin beds. All participants receive a goody bag of island essentials upon arrival.  Pay half now to secure your spot and the balance is due by September 1.
Email Donna ( or Dale ( to arrange payment.

Donna Rosser is a fine art photographer.  She is inspired by the usual everyday subject – but it is her unusual interpretation that makes her photos completely her own.  Awesome compositions occur naturally – they are there to be seen. Donna’s photos are free, loose, and intriguing. She is the founder of Fayette Photo Club and the Creator/Director of Nature Undisturbed Juried Photography Exhibit. In 2011 she became Executive Director of Serenbe Photography Center.  Donna also writes a popular blog and teaches photography workshops. She and Serenbe Photography Center are featured in the Fall 2012 edition of Lifestyles magazine. In 2013 she left Serenbe to pursue her personal work and to join the advisory board for SlowExposures. Donna’s work is in public and private collections.
Dale Niles is also a fine art photographer.  She looks at the world with a different perspective often capturing people as well as everyday objects and adding a visionary twist.  Her topics are diverse, ranging from landscape to street photography. She will often add textures to her images giving them a painterly feel or the look of an older photo.  She has always had a creative background including jewelry making, painting and most recently display design at the Atlanta Gift Mart. Dale is an award winning photographer and has had several solo shows.  Her work is represented in galleries as well as private collections.

What to bring:
Beach wear
Memory cards
Battery charger
Flash drive
Lenses, filters, etc. – heck, bring your camera bag!
Note taking supplies – paper, ipad, laptop, etc.
We will contact you about photo editing needs for the hands on work – trial versions are available
Questions and your imagination!

Thursday, October 24
·         Participants arrive after 2pm
·         Meet & greet wine and nibbles 4pm
·         Group dinner at the house
·         Marsh/Beach sunset shoot
·         Photo critique back at the house to end the evening
Friday, October 25
·         Morning shoot – early (sunrise)
·         Group breakfast and discussion
·         Lecture and hands on photo editing work – black and white – layers and textures
·         Midday break
·         Lecture – composition/trusting your eye, spontaneous successes
·         Photo editing – prep work for evening critique session
·         Dinner – at the house
·         Evening shoot
·         Photo critique to end the day
Saturday, October 26
·         Morning shoot – (sunrise)
·         Group breakfast and discussion
·         Lecture – natural light, why we love it so much!
·         Midday break
·         Lecture – building your portfolio, getting out there and having fun
·         Photo editing – prep for evening critique
·         Dinner – out at a local spot
·         Evening shoot
·         Photo critique
Sunday, October 27
·         Morning shoot
·         Group breakfast – Q&A – a session looking back over past couple days

·         Departure