Welcome to 2017!
We are excited to see our online community growing so beautifully across multiple countries, and in person between Israel and Kuwait. We are inspired by each of you and your different perspectives and honored to be your creative mentors and friends.
Each year we like to take a look at our collaborative and identify what is working well and ways we think we can improve, individually and as a community. We believe the creative spirit is always evolving through knowledge and experience, and it is imperative that we are sensitive to that. That said, we are proud of where 2016 left off on this journey and we are thrilled to see how 2017 pans out!
Just a little status update, we currently have over 70 members in our Facebook community from all over the world living in 7 different countries! Lots of 7s, ha! Our group also consists of all levels ranging from professional to hobbyist, and the discussions have been fantastic!
This year we have hosted 1-on-1 sessions, group workshops, topical workshops, photo challenges, and our first photo contest. The feedback on all of this has been so encouraging and we plan to continue and get better together!
The biggest addition to the DGRCP Collaborative in 2017 is this blog, It’s A Colourful World, which we are slowly rolling out in the coming months. The blog is born of our shared experiences as creatives living abroad and being influenced by the people and places around us. In addition to photography, the blog will focus on color, inspiration, business, and life. We will also be including video tutorials and how-to’s as the questions and needs arise from you all, so keep asking! Another element we are really excited about will be guest posts by other creatives from all walks and genres, so if you are interested in sharing your story or what inspires you, let us know; we would love to feature you!
As our Kuwait community has had 2+ years to establish itself, we feel the time has come to evolve our group workshops into group walkabouts. The concept for these free community-building get-togethers, is more experiential learning rather than teaching sessions. We will arrange a time and a place to practice our skills and, in the safety of numbers, freely explore the world through our lenses. That said, we will also be hosting smaller more specific master classes targeting specific subjects and catering towards specific learning requests.
For any newcomers into the group, at least one 1-on-1 class will be required to join this program and cement their own understanding of photography as well as the workings of a DSLR camera. This will only help them to get the most out of the walkabouts and master classes. These can be arranged ahead of time with Lindy-Ann privately.
Our Israel group is expanding and we are anticipating great things! We look forward to a core group coming together, like it has in Kuwait, to learn from and teach others. The hope is that in the next few months we can start implementing the master classes on specific topics to hone and develop the skills needed for the various forms of photography. We are planning for walkabouts to start up in the Fall of 2017. If you are interested in setting up a 1-on-1 before the master classes start up, contact Katie.
We are also so proud of our shutterbugs that are stateside! From the amazing work coming from our professional friend Natalie, to those who have moved home from Kuwait, to those of you who took 1-on-1’s with Katie this past year. We really enjoy hearing from you! Katie will also be home this summer for a brief R&R, so maybe we can plan an Old Town Alexandria walkabout, email if you would be interested in that.
Australia, Peru, UK, South Africa, and beyond!
We are so happy you all are with us too! We love to see your photos of your experiences in your corners of the world, please keep them coming! It’s also great to think that some day, when we do a photo trip together, it will be great to have you there to show us around!
Can you hear us dreaming big here? We are and we are excited!
Looking forward to a great year of learning and showcasing great photographic talent and growth.