I don’t know if you are anything like me but sometimes I don’t like gift giving. I guess I should qualify that statement and say that I really do love giving gifts. I love seeing the joy when a gift is a hit, the excitement of something random that is just what they want. This is what gift giving should be like but most times it’s not – it tends to be a nice gift. Most times I stress too much about what to buy, is it something they want, does it fit their style, does it fit, etc, etc, etc. This year I found the PERFECT gift for our son. Here is the story about the gift – now stay with me because you may like this gift as well.
Blogger Son #1 has a great eye for photography. He is our family photographer photographing the babies that have come into our family, engagement photos, candid wedding photos, and all family gatherings. He has been in art shows with his photographs, he is a published photographer for two cookbooks and wrote a travel blog about his travels around the world told in part through his photographs.
When you think of travel photographs what do you think of? For me I think of all the beautiful photographs that the National Geographic photographers have taken to grace their articles and magazines. Many people have commented to Blogger Son #1 and to me that he should submit some of the photos to Nat Geo but he hasn’t yet.
I read on the National Geographic website that they have seminars for amateur photographers. They have half day, full day and a weekend long seminar this year. They offered different themes in different locations around the country. Some of the themes that they offered are Creative Travel Photography, Adventure Travel Photography, Nature and Landscape, People and Cultures, Photographic Eye, Storytelling Photography, and stories from actual National Geographic Photographers telling the stories of how they were able to capture some of those images which we are all familiar with that have been on the covers and pages of National Geographic.
Knowing this and seeing where the locations were made my Christmas giving easier for me and a great gift for our son – there was even one in the city that he lives in! We typed up a certificate offering him either two half day seminars or one full day seminar. If he decided to travel to go to these seminars, then he would be responsible for the travel.
Each seminar has a different photography focus and I wanted him to find the one that best suited his needs. He chose “Creative Travel Photography”.
If you want to give a gift of photography or if you would like to improve your photographic skills or take them to a different level, please go to this link for National Geographic and find the seminar that holds your interest.
Here are a few of the pictures that he has taken during someof his travels. I hope you enjoy them and if you want to look at more or perhaps purchase some, please go to this website.