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PWP Manitou Springs, CO

Monday September 12, 2011 – Friday September 16, 2011

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General Information

We are very pleased to be returning to the campus of Summit Ministries for another fabulous set of workshops in Manitou Springs, CO. Manitou Springs is a photogenic tourist town nestled in the foot hills of Pike’s Peak. Photo shoot locations will include Garden of the Gods, Rainbow Falls, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, Summit Village, and more.

This April and September, IPS Director Rowan Gillson will be leading a fabulous team of photographers in hosting Prizewinning Photography and Prizewinning Photography 2 workshops. Whether this is your first photographic experience or you’re looking to enhance your already prodigious skills, we’re confident that you’ll love this location and these workshops!



Prizewinning Photography—September 12-16, 2011

Prizewinning Photography 2—September 19-23, 2011


Location. Summit Ministries 928 Osage Ave. Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Tuition. $565 (Includes lunch and dinner, M-F; Receive $120 off for September workshops by registering before August 1! Regular price $685)

Housing. $200 (Sunday evening through Saturday morning, includes breakfast)

Workshop Leaders. Rowan Gillson, Jocelyn Gillson



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Workshop Venue.

Classes will be in an 1880s-era hotel on the campus of Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO. Students requiring accommodation will stay on location. In April, the housing will be in two houses in Summit Village, and in September housing will be in dorm-like rooms accomodating 2-4 persons at the Summit Hotel. All rooming is with persons of the same gender. IPS will be managing the assigning and distribution of rooms. Students staying over the weekend to participate in multiple workshops will incur an additional $50 charge for the extra night and meals. This can be paid at the workshop.


Transportation at the Workshop.

All of our workshops require a great deal of walking, but we will also be using vans or buses to allow students and instructors to reach photo assignments and destinations. Commuting students may need to provide their own transportation to shoot locations.


Airport Shuttles.

Our housing is just about 30 minutes from the Colorado Springs Regional Airport (COS). IPS staff will be able to make several trips to this airport only (not Denver!) throughout the day before and after each workshop. It is possible to arrange a shuttle ride from DEN to COS for about $50 (Colorado Springs Shuttle). Please contact the IPS office with your travel plans and to arrange your shuttle details.


Dress Code.

In order to maintain professional decorum, workshop attendees are requested to abide by the following guidelines for the duration of the course.

  • Casual, modest-fitting slacks, jeans or skirts at least knee-length when sitting
  • Athletic pants or shorts for free time and recreation
  • Clean-cut polo shirts, button-down shirts, or t-shirts free of obnoxious graphics or writing
  • Comfortable shoes for extended periods of walking

These are not intended to guide your choice of clothing at home, but rather to promote a consistent standard for those attending our workshops.

Manitou Springs is notorious for its moody weather swings. In past years we have had sunny days with 80 degree temperatures followed by rainy days with temperatures in the 30s. April weather will be cooler, with temperatures averaging in the 40’s and 50’s with fluctuations on either side. Please bring warm clothes and ensure that your wardrobe will accomodate a variety of weather possibilities!


Special Concerns.

We are committed to doing all we can to provide special assistance to anyone needing extra help with the material covered or assistance with the various learning exams given throughout the week. If special consideration is necessary, please contact us as soon as possible.

Please contact Jocelyn Gillson via email or phone at 503.459.9871 if you have any additional questions.



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San Antonio Workshops are Official!

IPS instructor Mandy Pallock teaches a Prizewinning Photography


We know that some of you have waited a long time for this, so we’re extra pleased to announce that our San Antonio Prizewinning Photography 1 and Prizewinning Photography 2 classes are OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! Use the buttons below, or click on the workshops themselves to read about all the details.

Can’t wait to see YOU in Texas!

Prizewinning Photography 1

Dates. October 31-November 4, 2011

Venue. Crowne Plaza Riverwalk | 111 E. Pecan St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Tuition. $595 (Receive $100 off for by registering before September 19! Regular tuition: $695)

Housing. $395 (Sunday evening through Saturday morning, includes hotel breakfast)

Workshop Leaders. Rowan Gillson, Jocelyn Gillson, Mandy Pallock


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Prizewinning Photography 2

Dates. November 7-11, 2011

Venue. Crowne Plaza Riverwalk | 111 E. Pecan St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Tuition. $595 (Receive $100 off for by registering before September 19! Regular tuition: $695)

Housing. $395 (Sunday evening through Saturday morning, includes hotel breakfast)

Workshop Leaders. Rowan Gillson, Jocelyn Gillson


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Announcing Look Through

Announcing Look Through!


Look Through is designed to connect you with a mentor to get your photography business off the ground!

The Institute of Photographic Studies is pleased to announce Look Through, a web based photography studio building program! Our 8 week ‘Look Though’ program will take you to the next level. Become the studio you want to be in 2011.

So what is it? We want to help you become the photographer you want to be. We want to take you to the next level. We will assist you as you Look Through & Define your style. You will get a web site that is fully customized and fully editable. Enhance your studio image with a logo that is personal and you. We want to ‘Look Though’ your portfolio to figure out how much you should, or could be charging-now and later. Together we will put together your gallery, home page and we will help you set up client packaging. We will hook you up with awesome products, so you can offer albums, prints and other cool stuff on your own website and continue to make money after you shoot.

All this and more is yours with Look Through coach Jocelyn Gillson at your side! Click Here to learn more!

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NZ2010 Update | Madi Conrad

23 November 2010

It’s hard to describe the busyness of this airport terminal. People rushing around, millions of stories, business men with suitcases, families going on vacation, couples on their honeymoon, all kinds of people and backgrounds. It’s hard to be surrounded with so many people and feel an ache of loneliness as all my New Zealand family has gone. I’m one of just a few left in the airport as I prepare for my flight home. It’s hard to believe this month is over.


Last night we said goodbye to most of our beloved instructors and 10 hours later we landed in LA and said a tearful goodbye again. How God put such an incredible team together, I’ll never know. None of us have ever been on a team like this one. No gossiping, no fights, no cliques. It’s give and take, love and be real, loyalty and laughter all around. Saying goodbye to something so special is incredibly bittersweet. But we are sending each other out to storm the gates of hell. We’ll keep in touch, we’ll challenge each other to run the race. We’ll be there for each other and remind one another of just how big our God really is. No it will probably never be “the same”, but Lord willing, it will be better as we go forth and share what we have learned with those around us.


Yesterday, after a month of pushing ourselves beyond what we thought we could handle, of our leaders challenging our beliefs, our ideals, our priorities, and going out as salt and light in the world, we got a day to enjoy blue water, a sailboat, and our own little island under the beautiful Fijian sun. It was such needed time to get ready for coming home. And now here we go…back into our “normal” lives, as different people. Ready for battles and victories, for lives to be changed and God to be glorified. Thank You, God, for an incredible, life changing month.


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NZ2010 Update | Courtney Martin

22 November 2010

Today is the 2nd to last day of our journey. As our trip comes to a conclusion I’ve been pondering all of the events that have taken place throught the past few weeks. All of the fun times we’ve had and all of the harder situations we’ve encountered. If I had to sum up what this trip has taught me I don’t think I could, Because each day has brought a new challenge and a new perspective to God’s world.


But I know what’s on my heart now, what God is dealing with me about today. And that is that as I head home I am encouraged that I can be more than mediocure. Infact none of us are even called to be mediocure, but we are called to change worlds. I used to think that to make a difference in the world I had to travel it. And that I love to do! I want to travel any chance I get. I was praying about mission work and God dropped this thought in my head, that I hope everyone gets to travel & go places they’ve never been and see things they’ve never seen.


But at the end of the day it’s not about what you’ve seen or where you’ve been, it’s about what you did while you were there.

I can be a world changer if I never leave the states again, and that’s my encouragement as I leave. I came on this trip with the hope that God would reveal His plan for me, or you could say my life calling. I probably have a “big picture” calling for my life that I haven’t figured out yet. But a calling over all of our lifes is to be a walking testimony of the gospel everyday, and in every situation. I’m excited to see how God will use each of the people from this NZ trip becuase I saw this being acted out everyday thru them. We saw some crazy beautiful things! But more than any of it I will remember the conversations & the people we encountered… and the people who encountered us.


Was this trip hard? Most deffinately.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.


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