Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
— Benjamin Franklin

Guatemala Photography Workshop is a journey that creates travelers, not tourists.  We purposefully engage with the people and culture of each country. Learning from the host country enables us to travel responsibly to understand how we can best be good ambassadors and enables us to be compassionate awesome photographers!   Each trip is designed so that our photography leads us into the paths of those to  who we can spread goodwill, kindness and leave something  positive behind.  

 

 

 
Sherrlyn - Enjoys  living the moment while the dog and camera relax You are invited to join us on this trip not as a tourist but as a traveler, a seeker, but be ready to have fun and enjoy the journey along the way.       

Sherrlyn - Enjoys  living the moment while the dog and camera relax

You are invited to join us on this trip not as a tourist but as a traveler, a seeker, but be ready to have fun and enjoy the journey along the way. 

 

 

 

“I’m short,” says Lynn Johnson. “That’s one of the things I pack in my camera bag.”

“I’m short,” says Lynn Johnson. “That’s one of the things I pack in my camera bag.”

This international photography workshop is open to all levels of photographers.  From beginners to more experienced come along for a cultural adventure, humanitarian giving and learn to shoot great photos. Advanced photographers on this trip will be given opportunities to assist others. If you are a beginner photographer you will have two professional experts to help you learn good habits and thinking. From setting your camera on manual to composing a good shot we will be there to aid.  There will be some photography assignments during this photo workshop. Learn storytelling through one images or a series of shots. 

Sharon Levy strong armed but strong hearted watch for an upcoming workshop with storyteller Sharon Levy. 

Sharon Levy strong armed but strong hearted watch for an upcoming workshop with storyteller Sharon Levy. 

Workshop Leaders

Sherrlyn Borkgren

is a humanitarian photographer for international magazines, newspapers and online. She has covered news in the Middle East, Africa and Central America.  As an international photojournalist she has worked with USA Today, Newsweek, NBC, CNN, Agence France Presse, World Magazine, Save the Children, and many more. Her love of Guatemala dates from the  10 years she spent as an international correspondent and bilingual investigative photojournalist  for the major newspaper of Guatemala. Her teaching approach is always fun and far from the beaten path.  She believes good photography starts with compassion for people  and an open mind.  Although she documented Guatemala's civil war, what brings her back are the majestic volcanoes, the Mayan lake villages, the artisans, and the escape from the 21st century. Laughter and spreading it around are a top priority.

Becoming a traveler is to be engaged, it’s not the same as a tourist.. We teach traveling and photography, we don’t lead tours.”
— Sherrlyn Borkgren

Lynn Johnson

Her  photography graces the pages of magazines such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Women of  Vision, and she has received a number of prestigious awards. Her awards include the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award, and World Press awards.  We could make a list a page long about her rewards,  but one of the most outstanding things about Lynn is her ongoing role in kindness and attitude to make humanity better.  She has taught for National Geographic workshops, Ohio University and Syracuse University Newhouse Communications.  She has traveled world-wide working on sensitive photography assignments  and is always awake, aware and ready to share her knowledge of making good photos with her workshop friends.   Lynn will be by your side to help, engage, and have fun. You will leave a better photographer and  have a positive life changing experience.   

She works through her invisibility, compassion, and outrage. A regular in National Geographic, Johnson is known for shooting elusive subjects—language, disease, rape, water—and for asking tough questions. Her thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University probed hate crimes; at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications she challenges master’s students to push past their own comfort levels. Dedicated to exploring the far reaches of the human condition, she spends maybe two months a year at home in Pittsburgh, packing that camera bag over and over.

 

 

Sharon Levy  

Sharon will be leading an upcoming surprise trip- Watch for it!

Sharon is an acclaimed visual storyteller, and a two-time Emmy winner. She teaches video and storytelling and is renowned for her instructional skills. Sharon is an entertaining, informative guest-educator at national media conferences  and has instructed a broad base of  students. She's worked for  American armed forces, radio, and television. She has a playful, light and compassionate soul that makes her approachable, and loads of fun.  Sharon will be teaching on an upcoming trip.