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About Image Explorations

IE 2012 is growing. We now have 11 instructors and classes. The interest and pre registrations from last years attendees is huge.  That’s a pretty darn good testimony of what IE is all about. In addition, we all know that the social activities are equally important. Our party this summer was FIRST class . Pirates of Shawnigan Lake… ok, it was a little over the top as our team (Tomo and Eric) were thinking outside the box.

The REAL reason we gather is our instructor team. IE instructors have one thing in common … a keen desire to share their knowledge and experience. Taking on a 5 day leadership role is not easy… it is a commitment to put aside ego’s and not only give 110% to everyone but create an atmosphere where each and every person attending also gives. This creates a priceless experience. Your registration is not just for your instructor… we all know that the “after hours” time is equally important especially if it is an atmosphere with no egos or baggage.

Selecting a class is a challenge… can I take them all?  The strength of IE lies in spending the class time totally focused with one instructor and then relax to a social atmosphere where you share your experiences with others as they do with you. Chat with friends and other instructors… pull up a chair in our pub… “O’Shawnigans” or our “Mac lab” (Tomo, Eric and Darren from Langara College, will set up a lab in the dining hall where you can play and print images until security gives you the boot). In reality… you get 11 instructors for the week if you take advantage of the evening activities.

Registrations are coming in even though we have not published any new material. Don’t hesitate to contact me (don@macgregorstudios.com) if you have questions. I know the classes VERY well.

Don’t miss the best week of the year… photographers working together in a wonderful atmosphere.

– Don MacGregor M.Photog.Cr.MPA

 

What Is Image Explorations

Image Explorations is a refreshing approach to personal growth and professional development in the photographic industry. Modeled after the highly successful “Texas School”, Image Explorations gives you the opportunity to glean real life knowledge, tips and ideas from top International photographic instructors. Our venue, Shawnigan Lake school is exceptional. There is no where else to go… EVERYONE hangs together, EVERYONE shop talks around the lake, the firpelace, O’Shanigans etc.

What Does The Week Look Like?

The week is mixed with lectures, demonstrations and sessions with models. Classes start on Sunday afternoon (July 12) and finish on Thursday afternoon (July 16). Students register for one instructor in whose class they will remain for the duration of the school. Classes begin at 8:30 am and continue through the day with some optional evening exercises. Each evening will feature a sponsored all-school social activity and “Marion Hall ” will be the evening gathering place for sharing the day’s experiences and ideas.

Why Are Industry Suppliers / Sponsors Going To Be There?

Although the sponsors will be represented throughout the week, Tuesday’s “Country Store” is their opportunity to get a return on their investment. They will be ready and willing to convince you that their services and products are first class. Suppliers will plan and offer some exclusive “specials” and unique opportunities for IE students only. In addition, the equipment demonstrated by the instructors will be available to you at very special savings.

How Are The Instructors Chosen?

Instructors are chosen very carefully. All instructors have met the 7 following criteria:

1. the instructor has a proven track record as a successful business person

2. the instructor has received first class evaluations from former registrants

3. the instructor has a proven track record of image excellence

4. the instructor is active and on the leading edge of current trends and business practices

5. the instructor has earned degrees and accolades from the professional associations

6. the instructor is dedicated to sharing their experience and knowledge

7. the instructor has agreed to leave any personal agendas or egos at home