My remote workshops and masterclasses provide
a platform in which to meet fellow photography enthusiasts
while engaging partners’ staff and customers in creative
conversations, cascading and mastering a skill with them
and encouraging “armchair adventure” during
this unprecedented global environment.
Throughout my career as a professional photographer, I’ve been asked to speak about creativity to multinational corporations and advertising agencies, to address high school and college students about my career, to consult as a visiting artist, to present my imagery and provide portfolio reviews at international photography festivals and to lead product talks and lead photography workshops for global camera brands.
Over the years I have also collaborated with many dozens of global brands and international media outlets to develop and deliver custom presentations, targeted talks and visual storytelling workshops for their employees, customers and readers.
Further, my presentation experience hosting a travel and photography television series on The HISTORY Channel, as well my coaching skills attained while making myriad host-led instructional photography content for multinational brands, inspired me to create and guide bespoke and immersive photography workshops in magnificent locations around Asia
I am also an artist in residence at 1880, a private club in Singapore, and while travel was not permitted during our national COVID-19 lockdown, I designed and taught a three-part (6 hour) virtual photography masterclass for the club’s membership. This in-depth workshop was oversubscribed and very well-received by the participants and I enjoyed sharing my passion, knowledge and experience with this engaged group of amateur photographers.
Around this same time I was contacted by Microsoft in Singapore and asked to provide to their Asia-Pacific staff working from home a remote talk about harnessing and inspiring creativity along with a mobile photography workshop. A colleague from Microsoft’s London office joined our discussion and asked me to deliver the same session for some of his colleagues in the UK.
And shortly after this I was commissioned by Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer Experiences — a collaboration between SIA and Mastercard designed to offer the airline’s frequent fliers ways in which to transform their air miles into experiences — to deliver an interactive online mobile photography workshop for their members.
These experiences delivering online creativity talks, mobile photography classes and immersive instructional storytelling workshops for private clubs and corporations within the region and around the world has been a pivot that I didn’t expect. But it has provided me a platform in which to meet fellow photography enthusiasts while engaging partners’ staff and customers in creative conversations, cascading and mastering a skill with them and encouraging “armchair adventure” during this unprecedented global environment. Following are brief overviews of the custom discussions and courses I have created and am currently delivering remotely to partners internationally.
Using my journey as a photographer as the basis for this presentation —
from my business education in Canada, to my decade working in marketing and branding for Coca-Cola and American Express in Asia, to my life-changing decision to leave the corporate world and follow my creative passions as a photographer for the past 15+ years — this 45-minute discussion explores how to harness and inspire creativity in our everyday lives through four key insights that I have learned and adapted into both my personal and professional life…
1. Identifying a passion
2. Taking risks on someone or something
3. Seeking feedback, setting goals and persevering
4. The undeniable power of partnership and collaboration
MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
“The Best Camera is
the One That’s With You”
This photography workshop focuses on the camera that’s always with us — our mobile phone — and how we can get the most out of this storytelling device.
I believe that photography is the most accessible and democratic form of artistic expression, and the mobile phone revolution has been a wonderful thing for photographers: the ubiquity of mobile phones has made it more convenient and ever simpler to make photographs, tell stories and share them with the world, anytime, anywhere.
During this engaging 90-minute workshop, I share my top 10 demonstrable tips, tricks, insights and hacks to move participants’ mobile photography from good to great. And the final experience is an interactive editing lesson where attendees are guided through a real-time retouching session (portrait and landscape photography) using only their mobile devices.
“The Basics and Beyond”
This immersive photography bootcamp offers participants both a fundamental introduction and a deeper dive into the principals of photography and narrative storytelling. Over three separate 2-hour workshops — which are designed for smaller, more intimate groups — I teach the basics of operating a DSLR camera, share how to create inspired imagery and explore with participants the critical evolution from taking pictures to making them.
Module 1: Fundamentals of Exposure — The “science” of photography and the most critical component of picture making — exposure — including shutter speed, aperture and ISO and their interconnectedness and relationship to one another.
Module 2: Basics of Composition — Understanding the “art” of photography with an emphasis on the softer compositional skills such as experimental light interpretation, imaginative composition and compelling framing.
Module 3: Visual Storytelling Insights — Exploring narrative storytelling and sharing more abstract insights for developing personal creative styles and making original photography with unique voice.