ESEP - Excellent Student Exchange Program


Can you help me with this? It is once again that time of year and I need YOU to help ME find your replacement (or two)...I call this the Excellent Student Exchange Program (yes, I made that up).


Registration will soon be underway (if not already completed) for next year's talk to your friends today. I am looking for students who are serious about learning something useful, and generally interested in photography, etc. :) I realize that not all of you all have enjoyed the class as much as I wanted...and that I make you work (bummer), but I do believe it is a good class...and that you all have learned good stuff...stuff that you will use for the rest of your life.


I realize this class could be more fun. I do try. Really. I spend every day of my life thinking about how I can improve on this class, which includes how to make it more fun yet keeping it real. I realize I am sometimes harder on you all than you wish I was. I do TRY to keep it simple. What can I say...I guess what I always say...if it was would be cheesy.


The fact is that I am HIGHLY motivated to try to make a difference in your life and teach you something more than just "how to point and shoot", because " stamps don't buy diapers", etc. I probably try way to hard to teach you things that really matter, like responsibility, integrity and problem solving.


Well, regardless how you feel about me and the class, I do work hard to give you the best experience possible. Anyway, so it is that time of year where students are registering for classes next year. And I need your help to recruit good students, like yourselves, for this class next year. If each one of you could recommend two students who are interested in photography and/or who would benefit from the class, I would very much appreciate your help with this. It is very unsettling to have to ask people at midterm to find another class because they don't want to work, learn and/or take pictures. I always feel we start the year with a 50/50 ratio of those interested in what I have to offer and those who have NOT interest whatsoever, and that the first semester is so much more difficult than it should be as I try to motivate the incorrigible and lazy.


But at the same time, I want you to know that I am open to changes, and regularly make what I think are improvements, like the dropping of the shooting log in my 2011-12. Or, by dropping the requirement to use glue on the MSA (I didn't make that guideline up, and decided it wasn't necessary and created more of a frustration than necessary). If you have other suggestions, send me an email, and I will try to work it in or consider your suggestion for change.


I think in the end, most students, after it is all said and done, when you see the "big picture" at the end of the year, will agree that the journey has not only been a good, one, but a great one that others need to have the opportunity to be a part of.


I want to West Brook Photography to be a state and nationally recognized program, obviously for me, but most for you. And I need your help in building that vision!


Nobody Said It Would Be Easy...

How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception.
~Alfred de Musset~


It's not always easy to do the right thing, especially when those around you are not.  Dare to be different...stand on your convictions, and don't allow others to convince you to compromise in that which you know in your heart is the proper course of action.  It may not always be the easiest course, but in the long run, it is ALWAYS the most rewarding.