Good day, you wonderful people!
FRIENDS! it’s only 6 more weeks until the next Don’t give up project!!!
yes, that means it’s time to sneak away to the mountains of colorado and come grow, learn, laugh, party, pig out, shoot (cameras, not guns), play, make friends, drink coffee from clay mugs, and get inspired and we cannot wait to be there again, and see who is destined to join us for yet another adventure!!
if you aren’t aware of what it is yet, c l i c k h e r e to visit the website.
or watch this to see what happens at the project!!
the nitty gritty:
Date: March 14 – 16, 2011
Where: our favorite private lodge nestled in the mountains of divide, colorado.
What: an experience, so much more than a workshop, for artists (photographers / cinematographers / storytellers)
Cash money: the experience is $1200.
What i get: the awesomeness of being there, meals made by our famous chefs who still have tummies happy all over the globe, lodging, transportation to/from the Colorado Springs airport, and fun little surprises and treats yet to be seen!
So now, maybe it’s your turn!
We are so excited/stoked/amped/over-the-top giddy to share this experience again, and cannot wait to meet you!!!
We honestly never could have guessed just how incredible the first one was going to be, and we and the other 17 people who joined us have talked about our experiences almost non-stop ever since.
Need more convincing??? Here’s what some of what our friends who attended the last one have said:
“how do we best explain the don’t give up project? it has been hitting the twitter feed like mad lately. it is bringing curious posters to weddings lately. it has brought photographers with similar ideas together lately.
the don’t give up project is about sleep overs. it’s about big tables with food meant to be eaten slowly. it’s about mountains, sun rises, belching llamas, double rainbows, and among other things, it’s about community.
i, like many photographers, see the world through a lens. though, before that lens, i have seen the world through my chef knives, and through flavors. the don’t give up project is about intentionality. every appearance was planned with every flavor. every color was designed with every texture. every item from the lace strewn lighting to the mason jar wine glasses, and the candied pecans to the beet puree were planned with intention.
the don’t give up project is about bringing things together that don’t necessarily strike similarity. it is about grilled cheese and gazpacho, or french toast and cabernet berry compote. it is about people from all walks of life coming together to laugh and cry, to listen to music and listen to each other. it is about sharing stories, writing stories, and bringing stories to our families and friends and clients.
the don’t give up project is about coming together, friend to friend, fork to mouth, husband to wife and saying “this is what is meant to be. this is worth it. this is what it’s all about.”
“what an amazing experience i had this week in colorado. although you obviously saw a need in our industry and thoughtfully sought to fulfill that void, you have unknowingly changed my life and touched my heart. you two have shown me the most unbelievable example of how to live a life of light…behind the camera and out in the world.”
“i honestly had no idea what the don’t give up project was about. i knew i would learn something about photography, however i didn’t realize this even would change our lives. the don’t give up project has not only turned our business in a completely different direction, but our marriage as well. you were able to show and involve us in a deeper level of happiness, love, and respect for ourselves as well as others. and for that we can’t thank you enough.”
-aubrey + josh
“to me, the don’t give up project was beyond belief. it wasn’t a ton a shooting, but i feel like i know how to take pictures that are a million times better now.
it wasn’t just about telling our clients not to give up on their marriages.
thankfully, as promised, it was not a fat camp. (as i’m sure you saw in dave’s post) :]
the don’t give up project felt like the best pick your own adventure book ever. so many times i felt like i was being taught in a way that inspired true feeling and creativity that only i can generate for myself.
i feel like the most basic, and most lasting step in helping us learn was to make us learn more about ourselves, and that happened more than i can explain.”
“to sum it all up, i came away inspired. the common threads that was so wondrously woven through every aspect of our time were beauty and inspiration. you couldn’t escape it even if you ever dared to. teaching, music, food, playtime, shooting, resting, sitting around the fire…even days after i have a spring in my step and tears that well up when i listen to the music from our time, or pour over pictures that were captured in the most intimate moments.
thoughts on location:
never change if possible. perfection. need i say more? no.
thoughts on content:
i really think that the content that was shared was meaty and way beyond what i expected. you two have the unique ability to share your hearts with your words. i was on the edge of my seat the entire time and fully engaged. the sessions were well thought out and touched on everything they should. they were never too long and were well spaced out to give time to mull over thoughts and feelings about the subject matter. it almost seemed as if you had given these talks several of times.
yes it was amazing and delicious, and for us to get to know the chefs in an intimate way made it even more incredible. josh said it best when reflecting on our celebration meal towards the end “this is the best meal i have ever eaten.”
as a user of music for internal inspiration, i was blessed to enjoy all the tunes that fit their melodies so perfectly into what we were doing. there is nothing like coming home and playing the same songs to get back to those places and memories.
the shooting exercise:
i have to admit, i was least excited about this part of the workshop. its my own insecurities, but you are right jeremy that i just need “a swift kick in the ass to get over it.” i think this past weekend has helped that. once the pictures started sliding by, i was overcome not by how great the photographers were, but the little bits of beauty in each person that was captured. in my heart, it was more a celebration of each person that had their picture taken, rather than the photographer who took them. how often do photographers get their pictures taken? let’s face it, we are all ordinary looking people and none of us are models by the worlds standards, but i believe god’s beautiful craftsmanship in each of us was highlighted delicately and intentionally. the music was perfect and created a celebration feel to the moment. in the end, that time was at the top of my list and i felt foolish for dreading the challenge.
the don’t give up poster:
amazing idea and i am giddy when i see the pictures pop up on the blog.
okay, that’s probably enough. i can’t put into words the place you brought renee and me during the shoot before the storm. i feel closer to her right now than i ever have, and i thank you for that. i now see the important role that photos play in the ongoing and beautiful struggle that marriage ends up being. you two have a special place in our hearts, and i look forward to the next time we will be together and the memories that will be made.”
see you there!!!!!!
jer and ash :)