24 Sep Street Photography with Valerie Jardin

Source: Ian Macdonald Photography

I have had the pleasure of working with Valerie Jardin on several occasions over the last year, guesting twice on her Street Focus podcast (more on that below), and also assisting her on one of her street photography workshops here in Vancouver.  Throughout the process Valerie has come to be a good friend, and as a long time educator myself I have come to value the passion with which she teaches.  With that in mind I thought I would take some time to write a brief review of the workshop I assisted her with in Vancouver.

During my twenty years of teaching I have found that there are two different types of educators:  Those who passionately love to share knowledge and help their students grow, and those who are in it for the pay cheque.  Thankfully  the former group vastly outnumbers the latter in my opinion.  Education, done properly, is not easy.  It requires subject matter expertise, an understanding of how people learn, course and lesson plan development skills, communication skills, people skills, adaptability, problem solving, patience, and many, many other things.  I think this is why pay cheque educators tend not to last that long:  The amount of effort required to deliver a quality educational session will eventually tire most of them out.

In Valerie’s case I think her work speaks for itself:  Her workshops often sell out in hours.  Yes, hours… I watched it happen with one of her San Francisco workshops.  Right now she has a workshop

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