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Beth Ehlert
Lake Geneva & Door County, WI
Workshops: Mentorship 2014-2015, Advanced Mentorship 2015-2016

My first camera (in 3rd grade) was a Brownie, which now rests in my studio, and reminds me that I have come a long way. I want to always be a work in progress, and continue to grow. My photography has evolved from portrait & landscape to food & product. I love the styling and set-up process of food & product photography. And I love the stories that go with it – how the artists make their products; what drives their passion; how a chef, restaurateur or butcher wants his/her product photographed. Ultimately, it's about producing images that are enticing to their clients, so it's crucial for me to know the story of their craft.

These photos show the artistry of a very talented custom jewelry maker in Wisconsin – Nineteen Thirteen. Terri Jegerski graciously allowed me to photograph her at work, and her beautiful jewelry.

My experience with the Mentorship:
For many years I wanted to take a class with Alison, but I live so far from Martha’s Vineyard, and sometimes just life in general made it difficult for me to have the time. When the Mentorship became an option, I took the plunge and am so very glad I did. In the last six months I have grown tremendously in the technical area. I'm excited to move forward with all the learning, lessons, and tips that Alison, Sue, and Claire shared with us. Being part of the Mentorship group was a very happy and satisfying time – looking at other artists work and watching them grow was a wonderful aspect.

My wise dad always told me that if I took a class and learned just one thing I didn’t know before taking that class, it was worth my time and/or money. With the Mentorship, many, many things were learned, and I will reflect on them for years to come in my photography business and journey.

Workshops at a Glance

Focus on You

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
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Sharpen your Focus:
Taking your work to the next level

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
October 5, 2020 –
April 30, 2021
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Staying in Focus

Alison & Sue
July 27, 2020 -
June 11, 2021
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Cape Cod 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
September 18-20, 2020
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Martha's Vineyard 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
September 25-27, 2020
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