New Workshop Concept!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Articles | 7 Comments

_DSC3374In case you have been wondering why I have been relatively quiet these past few months (or in case you’ve been thankful!) the time has come for the unofficial official announcement of the new workshop concept I have been working along with my two great photo friends, Ruth Connor and Brenda Berry. Most of you know Brenda (and if you don’t you should) but most of don’t know Ruth- she is a microbiologist at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, an avid photographer and a career detail person. Exactly, what a this big picture guy needs.

What we have done is form a new workshop company- Ruth is the Director/owner, Brenda and I are co-conspirators- called Crossroads Workshops. The tagline is: Where philanthropy and photography meet. The idea is to conduct photography workshops in conjunction with carefully chosen non-profit organizations that will both teach photography and help the non-profit.

Here are the brief details- The workshops will be conducted as a professional on-assignment photo shoot. We will develop a list of images the non-profit needs and then as a workshop go out and get them with lots of instruction along the way. In the end, the workshop will donate, with no strings attached, a portfolio of images to the charitable group. Crossroads is about teaching photographers the benefits of shooting purposefully and the joys contributing to the greater good.

Crossroads Workshops is partnering with the Santa Fe Workshops, the best workshop provider in the country by far. Santa Fe will handle the registration and administration duties while Crossroads will run the workshops and develop new ones. We are very excited about the partnership and very honored to be part of the Santa Fe Workshops.

We will have three Crossroads Workshops scheduled for 2015- our premiere workshop will be in Santa Fe, NM in mid March, then in early June we will do one in Vermont and finally in early August we will wrap up the year with a workshop in Sitka, Alaska.

The official official Crossroad Workshop announcement will be in September when the Crossroads website will debut. The Sante Fe Workshops Spring catalog will include Crossroads classes. There are lots more details to share and already lots of interest among our alumni so things are beginning to fire up. We hope you are excited about Crossroads as we are.



  1. Darin Reed
    August 5, 2014

    Here’s to blazing new trails, embracing opportunity and championing causes! Thank you to Ruth, Brenda and David for developing this exciting way to learn, give purpose to our photography, see the world from a different perspective and support worthy causes all at the same time. Well done!

    • David
      August 6, 2014

      Thanks Darin,
      Its been quite a journey so far and we haven’t even done a workshop yet! I will say that this is the type of thing that can happen when you combine an unlimited supply of sweet potato fries, gallons of ice tea and and the wafting aromas of a Maine harbor at low, low tide. It’s a potent combination!

  2. Rudy
    August 8, 2014

    Great concept. Best wishes. You actually might get me to attend one. I have been playing with photojournalism here and there in my wanderings.

    • David
      August 11, 2014

      Rudy!! I think you would really love doing Crossroads workshops- your interior work and your pursuit of stories and themes is what we are teaching and you would pick up some great tips and practical experience. Plus, you’d get to spend a whole week with me!!! Okay, didn’t want to scare you. It would be great to have you along!

  3. Renee Giffroy
    August 11, 2014

    Hi David, I love the idea! I am really interested in the new workshop concept. I will keep watching for more into. FYI, we are now settled up in NH on the coast and loving – lots to photograph!

    • David
      August 11, 2014

      Hi Renee!
      Where have you been? thrilled your move has been successful! Have room for wandering photographers?

  4. Walt Duvall
    August 22, 2014

    Hi David,

    I’m glad to hear that you and Brenda have finally brought this concept to fruition. I remember you and Brenda talking about this idea at our last workshop and looking forward to hearing/reading more about it.