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The Art of Photographic Storytelling with Photographer Deborah Kalas 

Ireland: June 23-28 2018

Our Muse:

Award winning portrait and former Life Magazine Documentary photographer, Deborah Kalas with lead you on a six day photographic journey in Cuba. Deb has been a  professional photographer for over 35 years, with exhibits across the US; winner of several national competition exhibitions; appearances on NBC Talk About Pictures and The Today show and has worked for numerous publications including Life, People and New York Magazine. With her MFA from Brooklyn College, BA from Goddard College and a PPA member and Instructor, Deb stills finds time for her latest passion photographing the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota for an upcoming book. 

The Workshop: The Art of Photographic Storytelling

This workshop encourages participants to think in terms of creating a narrative with a set of photographs helping to find their own personal vision and photographic language. Instruction will be given to assist with capturing the “decisive moments” in daily life to create authentic heartfelt photographs.

Each day will start with an inspirational educational meeting to give focus to the day’s activities. After lunch will be time to upload images to your computer and learn about editing your images. Deborah will also meet with each student throughout the week and review their images and answer questions. The end goal for this workshop is to have 20 photographs that uniquely tell the story of the people, culture and landscape that make up this stunning part of Ireland.

Our home away from home for six blissful days will be the enchanting village of Westport!  With our guide, driver and expert photographer, Deb Kalas as our creative guide we’ll venture and explore the rolling hills and rugged coastline of the wilds of County Mayo. Join us and create your personal photographic story of your travels through this beautiful part of the world! 

The Destination:

You may think you’re unfamiliar with Mayo County, Ireland, but you’re wrong. If you’ve ever looked at a postcard of Ireland and sighed wistfully, you’ve been sighing about Mayo County. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a perfectly pastoral, sheep-studded Irish scene, you’re in love with Mayo County. If you’ve ever lusted after emerald countryside spilling over rocky cliffs and into a gray Irish sea, we’ve found your place.  Your home away from home for six blissful days.. enchanting Westport, situated on the shores of Clew Bay, with tree-lined boulevards, stone bridges cascading over the Carrowbeg River, pubs, galleries, specialty shops and more to spark the creative juices. 

A land of raw beauty and yesteryear charm, a place where haunting scenery transitions into cozy farm landscapes, and rugged coastline abuts whisper-soft fields of fine grass. A peaceful haven, at once lush and green, and yet studded with barren mountaintops and craggy cliffs. Imagine standing here, your feet bare sketchbook in hand. Warm sunbeams alight on your skin. The boundless blue sky puts cornflowers to shame. The crisp sea air is as fresh as your fondest memory.

And yet, few tourists travel to this tiny Irish haven. No eyesores mar your view. This is rare, unadulterated Ireland.  This is why we’re here. There is nothing in this world quite like raw nature to stir your soul. There is nothing quite like total silence to calm your inner tempest. There is nothing like the wild Atlantic and dappled history, to awaken the artist within.

Group Size| 10-12 

Experience| This workshop is open to the enthusiastic amateur or any level professional from beginner through the advanced photographer. 

Camera Gear| Participants will need a digital SLR or rangefinder camera, interchangeable lenses is optimum. A laptop computer and a thumb drive. A minimum of two lenses, a wide angle zooms like 17-35, 24-105 , a single lens like a 24mm or 35mm and a longer zoom like 70-200 or a longer lens like an 85mm, 135mm, extra batteries and cards. Participants will be able to get more from this workshops by having Lightroom, Photoshop, Apple’s Aperture, or recommended and easy to use is “PhotoMechanic” which can be downloaded on a free trial basis from

Includes| 5 Nights’ Accommodation; Hotel Westport or similar,  Hotel & Country Tax; Scheduled Airport Transfers Arrival/Departure Days of Workshop; Hearty Irish Breakfast Daily; Welcome + Farewell Dinners; Guide + Private Transportation; Private Guided Excursions; Complimentary Sketch Book; Photography Instruction: Deborah Kalas

Travel Information| Arrival & Departure Airport: TBD once the group is formed: Dublin International Airport (DUB) Or Shannon |  **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights. 

Arriving Early or Departing Later|We would be happy to assist you with hotels and transfers

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Interested in signing up but still have a few questions? Give us a call or Contact Us Here  we love chatting about our artists and destinations! 

**The above tour details are an example of what to expect; the specifics may change slightly to allow for better scheduling, the inclusion of special events or life’s unknowns.  

Let us show you the Ireland we know and love! 

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