McKinnon and Jerritt team up to teach again

Erin Peterson, a student of Illuminate Photo Education, took this photo at last year
Erin Peterson, a student of Illuminate Photo Education, took this photo at last year's Junkyard Dogs class, where participants learned and explored their creative vision at a car junkyard.
— image credit: Photo by Erin Peterson

Respected photographers and educators Karen McKinnon and Boomer Jerritt joined together last year to offer their photographic workshops together, under the name Illuminate Photo Education.

"It has really clicked. The feedback from our classes and workshops has been phenomenal," said McKinnon. "The benefit of having two people to explain things and guide you is phenomenal, plus I think having the two of us, often with opposing views, makes the learning environment just more fun and inspiring."

Since teaching together, Jerritt and McKinnon have offered getaway workshops on Hornby Island and in the Comox Valley, been hired for private workshops and presented community lectures.

They are again offering their original workshop Junkyard Dogs, Feb. 15 and 16. Registration is well underway, and they anticipate the course will, like last year, sell out.

For this workshop attendees will arrive at McKinnon's downtown studio Saturday evening for a meet and greet and content focused on the functions of their camera and stretching its creative possibilities.

The learning will continue Sunday, which will include a catered lunch, field trip to a unique old car lot and an evening critique session. This format ensures participants have an active role in creating for themselves images that are exciting and reflective of each individual's personal vision.

Past participants were wowed by the amount they learned in such a short time, and how much they were able to connect with their visuals style.

By immersing themselves in photography for two days, and gaining concrete tools, participants really see their creative eye soar — and that is what it is all about for McKinnon and Jerritt.

"When I see a breakthrough in a participant's knowledge base, be it a visual design concept or technical issue and they start to realize the creative potential that exists with the creative instrument they are holding in their hands, it makes my day, the excitement is palpable," said Jerrit.

With over 40 years experience between these two dynamic photographers, there is not a question or idea they would not be able to help you with.

Their workshops are open to all levels of amateur photographers from point-and-shoot to the advanced, it is based on having fun and learning in a supported environment.

For more information and to register, contact Boomer Jerritt at 250-871-4125. You can also visit them online at illuminateeducate.com.

For more information, visit www.mckinnonphotography.com,

www.mckinnonblog.com and www.facebook.com/mckinnonphoto.

— Junkyard Dogs

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