Mentorship Student Portfolios

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Douglas Burke
Milford, MA
Workshops: MV Workshop 2012; Mentorship 2013-2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-2015

I grew up in NYC, right in the middle of Manhattan. As a child, I found great peace in capturing images of the city that never sleeps. Now I’m a busy sales divisional manager, and travel extensively for business. On weekends, I’m able to pursue my love of photography. I strive to capture photographs that draw me into a world of simplicity, enabling me to disengage from life’s day-to-day responsibilities, to relax and re-charge. I get pulled deep into shooting photos – everything else at that precise moment in time becomes irrelevant. My goal is to walk away from the shoot with a clear mind and new outlook. 

Nature offers us beauty in many forms, from a sunny day to a dark stormy grey day. I look for that one moment where the colors are riveting, and come together in a brief second of beauty. In that moment, nature reminds us that we are just a blip in time, almost immaterial.

My experience with the Mentorship:

I was hesitant at first to sign up for this winter mentorship, because of my demanding job. However the class was top notch. Why? The amount of time both Alison and Sue put into the individual private sessions that each student had was over the top. Each one of them would go out of their way to provide guidance and data points to allow you to achieve your goals. The combined knowledge they bring to the table allows you to quickly accelerate your learning curve technically, understanding of fine art vs a post card shot, how to leverage social mobility, be your own best critic, how to prepare your work for a showing at a gallery and overall the enthusiasm they provide you. I would certainly recommend their recipe for success to anyone who has a passion for developing their photography. 

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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