There’s a saying that constantly resonates in my head, “Nothing matters more in this world than knowing what you did mattered.” As photographers, I feel we have endless opportunities to give gifts – priceless gifts, through preservation of life’s fleeting moments. Our images can tell stories and inspire people to act in ways that words alone could never do. It’s been my experience that photographers, as a breed, are very giving and charitable types. What’s in the heart, however, is sometimes difficult to manifest in to action.

Years ago I was inspired by a fellow photographer, and a great friend, Benjamin Edwards, to take an inaugural journey to Rwanda to provide support, and capture imagery, for a needy orphanage. Without Ben’s guidance and encouragement it probably would have been too daunting of a journey for me to embark on. With his guidance, however, the journey was a significant milestone in my life – changing me forever, and it gave me the tools and confidence to pursue new projects similar in nature to the Kijabe Project, the inaugural project for Workshops With Purpose.

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Last fall, the Workshops With Purpose team, made up of myself, Benjamin Edwards and couple Marianne and Andrew Nicodem, decide to create a workshop specifically for the purpose of giving photographers the support, tools, and techniques for using their gifts to change the world. We believe that people want to do great things, they just need great things to do – and a little support and guidance. Our goal was to spend a week in Kenya, at Kijabe Hospital – known for it’s charitable work and generous support of the local community.

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They needed media coverage and awareness to draw doctors and volunteers to help them. They needed images for their website, marketing materials, and PR. We brought our team of photographers to work for them and deliver. We spent part of our days in the classroom and the rest of the day capturing images in a dizzying array of situations and emotional conditions. It was a roller coaster that challenged us mentally and physically, yet kept us glued to our seats.

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The photographers that participated in the Kijabe project delivered priceless support to the hospital and community and they were personally changed forever – the goal of Workshops With Purpose was complete. All ten photographers that took part in the Kijabe Project will be at WPPI for a unique program and share this amazing adventure with other photographers. Their goal: To inspire, educate, and motivate – knowing that what they do, what YOU do, will indeed matter.

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If you’re attending WPPI this year, and would like to sign up for Kevin’s platform class here’s all the information you need.  Not singed up to attend WPPI yet? Click here to register.

Sun, Mar 2, 2014 – 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
PC02 – How 10 Photographers Changed Their World (and how you can too)
Speakers:
Kevin Kubota
Type: Platform
Track: Inspirational
Sponsors: WHCC & AsukaBook
In fall 2013, 10 photographers took an amazing journey to Kenya, Africa, to put their photographic skills to use in support of a local hospital serving the poor in the area. Kevin Kubota will share the stories of these 10 photographers share the impact this experience had on their lives, as well as the lives of the people they served. They will also share experiences and tips on how to make an adventure like this your own reality—technically, logistically, and emotionally. If you’ve always wanted to do something bigger with your photography, you won’t want to miss this unique and inspirational program.

About The Author – Kevin Kubota 

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Kevin opened the doors to Kubota Photo-Design Inc. 20 years ago. Since then he has photographed thousands of weddings and portraits, written books on lighting (Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook) and digital workflow (Digital Photography Bootcamp), started a software company, Kubota Image Tools, runs Asuka Book, and has taught workshops to photographers all over the world. He works hard to keep his presentation content fresh, current, and fun! His approach to teaching is to keep it practical and provide immediately usable content for photographers of all levels. Come see why so many photographers say, “Kevin Kubota changed my life and my business!”.