Who hasn’t had a creative slump? The story of how master photographer Rodney S. Braun hit the road and the shutter button to inspiration with his photo adventure tours, and how you can experience it for yourself.
Rodney has been a photographer in Winnipeg for 16 years. He and his wife Sonya run Eve’s Studios, “building the self-esteem of women through beauty and art nude photography.”
Art is an amazing thing. It…give[s] us a perspective into how someone views the world…In my work, I seek to capture a small part of the amazing beauty that God has created, and I seek to do it in a way that is honouring and respectful to both the Creator and the creation. H2Oohh
Rodney currently teaches at Red River College and sits on the National Board of the Professionals Photographers of Canada. He has a Master of Photographic Arts designation, five solo art shows and two books to his credit.
In 2013, Rodney was in need of inspiration – something to re-awaken his love for photography – so he hit the road. In Winter 2015, he led his first photography tour and was instantly hooked.
I was giving so much energy to teaching. I felt burnt out. I designed my own dream trip to the stunning landscapes of the Southwestern US to bring back my creative spark. What I discovered is that others share the same dream. It’s been a blessing.
Tours are a unique experience. Small groups of eight to ten people travel in a 2016 van with executive seating. Pre-scouted locations in national parks include Death Valley, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.
Photographers range from amateur hobbyists, to students, to professionals. All skill levels are welcome. The small group allows for individualized guidance from Rodney plus the opportunity to learn, share, and grow with others.
“The bus becomes like a little family very quickly,” Rodney explains. “Everyone helps each other capture amazing images, even our drivers pull out their iphones and join in.”
The scenery is breathtaking. Rodney describes his favourite moment from the most recent trip.
At our sunset stop in Yosemite, we sat on a four-foot wide tree that had blown over, looking out at the mountains and waterfalls. We all put our cameras down and just watched the sun set together.
Upcoming tours include:
Landscape/Portrait/Art Nudes: August 20-26, 2016 – South & Central Utah
H2Oohhh Workshop: December 29, 2016-January 2, 2017 – Southern Arizona
Reading Week: February 11-18, 2017 – Utah, Arizona, New Mexico
Anyone who loves photography, or even just seeing great scenery, is welcome to join a tour. Our focus is on seeing the best sights in the best light, so you can take home some beautiful images as well as some great memories.
All images courtesy of Rodney Braun