Your one-week story assignment is to shoot pictures for an upcoming ISLANDS feature in the DR. Our photo staff will coach you and 14 other guests on location. Use a bag full of high-end gear or a pocket camera. Either way, you will learn to shoot better pictures and you will experience the trip of a lifetime with us.
May 5-11, 2013
The Golden Dolphin is a 17,000 square foot villa on a mountainside overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This will be the gathering place for breakfasts, dinners, cocktail hours, photo tips, and pre-event and post-event parties. It’s all casual, all the time, with a pool, massage tables, bar and baseball field.
Cabo Fino is directly on the ocean. You’ll have breaks during the day to swim in the sea, play tennis, relax in the rock whirlpool Jacuzzi, or hang out at the Tiki bar.
You’ll be picked up at the Santo Domingo Airport on Sunday, May 5, and taken to the villas near Cabrera for a casual welcome reception. Get to know ISLANDS staff photographer Jon Whittle and ISLANDS photo editor Lori Barbely.
Beach Day: Jon and Lori give personal instruction for taking idyllic beach shots. Find our favorite hidden beaches at Playa Caletone and Los Gringos. Eat lunch in the shade of coconut palms and dinner under a beach gazebo.
Culture Day: Meet new people and learn how we shoot portraits. Travel to a farm deep in the DR where exotic fruits and herbs grow wild. Explore a nearby village to experience the local arts and sports scene.
Nature Day: Learn our best tips for shooting the island’s lush environment. Swim in the natural pool of Lake Dudu. Cool off under nearby waterfalls.
Landscape Day: Shoot the types of vistas that have earned awards for ISLANDS. Take short hikes into the hills for classic overviews. Stand on sea cliffs for amazing views of the Caribbean surf.
Your Choice: You can opt out of any of the above and choose instead to … Ride horses through the jungle * Relax in the pool and Jacuzzi * Stroll through the villa’s orchards and pick fruit * Get a massage * Play on the villa’s baseball field or tennis court * Schedule a round of golf
The $2,995 covers all six nights in the villas, gourmet meals, ground transportation, all excursions, photography lessons on location, photo critiques, exposure for your images on our website and in social media outlets, and staff tips. You can bring a spouse or friend for $1,000, which covers six nights in the villas(double occupancy), meals, ground transportation, and special excursions apart from the photography group.