Mentorship Student Portfolios

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Steven Koppel
Brewster, MA
Workshops: MV Workshop 2014; Mentorship 2013-2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Photography has become a major part of my life, and played an unexpectedly therapeutic role when my family faced difficult medical challenges. My images seek to convey the deep connection I have with Cape Cod, a place I cherish and home to many of my most meaningful experiences. At all times of the year, and in any conditions, I am often wandering the Cape with my camera, fully immersed in my surroundings.

My photography is also the inspiration behind the EDI Institute (, a non-profit organization I founded in 2013. The EDI Institute promotes recovery and resilience through imagery created on mobile devices. Through Expressive Digital Imagery® (EDI), we enable those facing life’s challenges to express complex feelings and emotions that words alone cannot. EDI has been successfully integrated into leading clinical and community organizations including McLean Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Gosnold addiction treatment center, and the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire program for children with autism spectrum disorder.

My images are available for sale and can be seen at the Focus Gallery in Chatham or at I donate all profits to support the EDI Institute and our work. My photography was also recently featured on WCVB’s Chronicle in a segment that can be viewed here, and an article in Cape Cod Life magazine. 

I've just published a book of my work, The Brewster Flats

Photography on display:
- Focus Gallery, Chatham, MA
- Red River Frame Shop and Gallery, Brewster, MA

My experience with the Mentorship:
When I joined the inaugural mentorship program, I had not yet met either Alison or Sue personally, but had heard much from so many who have become devoted followers and participants in their workshops. As a relatively new photographer, and clearly the least experienced in the group, my hope was to explore my evolving passion and to begin developing my own style and sense of purpose with my work. The mentorship program far exceeded my expectations. Alison and Sue were wonderfully supportive from the outset and throughout the program, and I give them huge credit for innovating such a unique and effective initiative. And it was also wonderful to join such an accomplished and diverse group of fellow participants who I greatly enjoyed getting to know and learn from. I can’t recommend this program highly enough, and am excited to now be continuing my deeply rewarding journey with Alison and Sue.  

What would you say to people considering taking the Mentorship?
When I began the mentorship, my photography skills were clearly very raw and undeveloped. I had attended a couple of workshops over the years, but had never received any formal training and had no personal style or direction. The mentorship program was an absolutely perfect way for me to harness my passion for photography and to turn it into something that has now become a major and cherished part of my life. And I owe it all to Alison and Sue.

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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