A Summer Adventure Leading with National Geographic Student Expeditions - Prague, Part I

In June and July I had the opportunity to lead a photo workshop for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Prague.  Four leaders, one Czech expert, and one National Geographic expert extraordinaire hit the streets of Prague with the challenge to inspire and encourage thirty-five students to take their photography to the next level.  It was fantastic to see the students stretch their comfort zones through a mix of photo talks, critiques, in-field assignments and newly gained Czech language skills. Our Nat Geo Expert, Matthieu Paley joined us for the entirety of the workshop and provided a mix of both witty humor, photographic genius, and unstoppable acro-yoga skills.  As I said goodbye to the last student at JFK at the end of the trip, I had to stop and pinch myself to make sure what just happened was real.  Sometimes I feel like I'm living a dream.  I love this job with all my heart.  

Here's a sampling of random images from Prague...more to come from the beautiful area of Southern Bohemia - specifically the towns of Zdikov and Cesky Krumlov.

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Prague, from the Vltava River

Prague, from the Vltava River

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Traditional Czech pastry, trdelnik

Traditional Czech pastry, trdelnik

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One of my students, Anneke

One of my students, Anneke

Matthieu works with Jackson in the field.

Matthieu works with Jackson in the field.

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A view from Letná Park

A view from Letná Park

Could my students be any more adorable?! :)

Could my students be any more adorable?! :)

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Students laugh with Matthieu and co-leader, Winston the first night in Prague.

Students laugh with Matthieu and co-leader, Winston the first night in Prague.

A European family enjoys a ride down the Vltava River one evening.

A European family enjoys a ride down the Vltava River one evening.

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One of the students, Harry, enjoys the view at Letná Park.

One of the students, Harry, enjoys the view at Letná Park.

Tourists look out the Eiffel Tower of Prague.

Tourists look out the Eiffel Tower of Prague.

A boat floats along the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge.

A boat floats along the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge.

Students curate their final gallery show on the last night with the help of Matthieu.

Students curate their final gallery show on the last night with the help of Matthieu.

A wall in the final gallery show

A wall in the final gallery show

My super acrobatic co-leader, Val

My super acrobatic co-leader, Val

One of my students, Olive

One of my students, Olive

My awesome class, aka a bunch of budding photographers, Matthieu and myself

My awesome class, aka a bunch of budding photographers, Matthieu and myself

Alex, one of my inspiring co-leaders

Alex, one of my inspiring co-leaders

Our final night in Prague dining on the river, a night of messing around with double exposures. This was my second digital double exposure ever...and I think the very last image I took in Prague.  It's pretty meh.

Our final night in Prague dining on the river, a night of messing around with double exposures. This was my second digital double exposure ever...and I think the very last image I took in Prague.  It's pretty meh.