Rocky Mountain School of Photography » Page Orb Pedde Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:58:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 One Last Interview Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:31:52 +0000 Today is the end of an era for me…or at least a decade. I will be hanging up my RMSP hat after today and turning the blog over to Bob McGowan and Andy Kemmis. In my ten years here, I’ve learned a lot about photography, photography education, people, and myself. I’ve practically grown up here. The school and all the people involved have certainly been like a family. As it goes with growing up, sometimes you need to spread your wings and leave the comfortable, familiar surroundings to explore new opportunities and push yourself to reach new heights.
How best to say goodbye? Well, I decided to conduct one more interview, this time with myself.

POP: How did you get started at RMSP?
Me: I started in the darkroom (yes the school had one of those). The summer after I completed Summer Intensive I was asked to come back as an assistant in the darkroom. A job opened up in the office at the end of that summer and the rest is history.

POP: What was your favorite part about working at RMSP?
Me: The people. Hands down. RMSP attracts the most fun, amazing people to work for them. I don’t think that most company staff meetings involve as many jokes and laughter.

POP: What is the biggest life lesson you learned working at RMSP?
Me: Follow your dreams. Follow your passion. Follow Neil Chaput (Just kidding about the Neil Chaput part…sort of). After 10 years watching student after student learn and grow from photography and go on to do incredible things, I couldn’t help but be influenced by the atmosphere.

POP: What is your biggest accomplishment at RMSP?
Me: The Blog. I have loved working on the blog, writing, interacting with the readers, and staying involved with the photography industry.

POP: Will you keep photographing?
Me: I better! I’m not sure I can stop. I love the process too much.

So that’s it. That’s all she wrote (chuckle). Although I won’t be contributing regularly to the blog, you may see a guest appearance every now and again. I’m not sure I can stay away.

I just want to thank everyone at RMSP for teaching me an incredible amount, supporting me, and believing in me, even when I doubted myself.

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Exhibition Mentorship: Lisa Kurtzhals Wed, 07 Sep 2011 20:11:53 +0000 Last Friday Lisa Kurtzhals had her very first gallery opening. She was the first person to take part in a unique RMSP course, Exhibition Mentorship. This course pairs artists with a seasoned curator and artist, Kerri Rosenstein. Lisa spent six months working with Kerri on this particular exhibition. Despite the craziness of driving across country, hanging a show, being surprised by her sister who traveled all the way from her Peace Corps post in Nicaragua, Lisa managed to find the time to answer a few questions about her experience.

POP: You are the first person in the Exhibition Mentorship course with Kerri Rosenstein, what made you decide to go through this process?

Lisa Kurtzhals: After I finished SI, I wanted to do more.  I had time conflicts with AI.  So, the Exhibition Mentorship program was the next logical step.  In addition, I had always wanted to do a exhibition and this program had the perk of having someone “walk” along beside you through every step of the process.  It has been great.

POP: The program is 26 weeks and a minimum of 50 contact hours with Kerri via Skype, and email. What was your typical process during this 6 months? Did you feel like that was enough time?
LK: Kerri and I tried to be in contact weekly.  Sometimes Skype was a challenge because during the 6 months it always seemed like one or both of us was traveling.  We kept a calendar to be current on assignments and expectations.  We talked openly about our experiences and goals.  She shared her experience.  I shared my wishes.  Then it was up to me to make the informed decision.  She challenged me to visit galleries, make journal entries and writings that would support the exhibition process.  The calendar kept us on track with what decisions or creations needed to be done when.  Kerri is absolutely lovely, supportive, helpful and honest with every detail and decision.

Six months was enough time to pull together an exhibition with such wonderful help.  Six months seems like a short time with Kerri though.  I think we should continue to Skype each other for fun as we travel around the world.

POP:What was the most valuable part of this process for you?

LK: I favored the exhibition from the beginning. I’m a goal oriented person.  Kerri and I stepped our way through the months making decisions and completing exercises that would support a goal of completing a world travel themed photography exhibition by  September 2.

POP:What was the most challenging aspect of the exhibition/mentorship?

LK: Time Management. It is a challenge to juggle the program with the demands  of being a full time  engineering student.

POP:Have you ever had your own exhibition?

LK: No, this is my first one.  I had always wanted to do one though.  Exhibition Mentorship provided me the path to the goal.

All of Lisa’s hard work and her collaboration with Kerri Rosenstein paid off. Her opening was packed with people and the exhibition looks great!

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RMSP 365 Day Project: Day 83 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:45:04 +0000

This image was created by Melanie Wright.

]]> 0 Alumni Friday: Hillary Maybery Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:04:50 +0000 Hillary Maybery was a determined student during Summer Intensive and is and incredibly dedicated photographer today. Hillary is based out of Sun Valley Idaho and photographs people, weddings, seniors, kids and families. You will also see many of her editorial images in local publications such as Sun Valley Magazine.

Hillary’s images show her ability to capture the essence of the people she photographs and the details of the events from an intimate, familiar perspective.

To see more of Hillary’s work visit her website and blog.

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Instructor Ed Kashi’s Gallery Exhibit in Brooklyn, NY Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:04:17 +0000 Ed Kashi, instructor of our Professional Studies Documentary Photography course, had a Gallery Opening last night for his body of work, Eye Contact,  in Brooklyn, NY at the  VII Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Ed is an incredible documentary photographer and this exhibition explores the sometimes invasive presence of a documentary photographer and his camera.

There is also an incredible interview with Ed in the New York Times about this work.

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RMSP 365 Day Project: Day 82 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:45:58 +0000

This composited image was created by Melanie Wright.

]]> 2 Reflections – August/September Assignment Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:38:22 +0000 This month’s assignment is to photograph reflections. Many photographers are drawn to the sight of clouds and blue sky floating on the surface of a puddle, the balanced symmetry of a landscape reflected in a lake or even street lights reflected in a store window. Time and time again artists have explored the concept of reflections. Perhaps we are drawn to reflections because the subject is presented in an unusual perspective. Or perhaps we just like the symmetry. Whatever it is that makes you want to photograph reflections, we want you to share your images.

Submitting images:

Please send all submissions to All images should be in jpeg format, 72 ppi, with the longest side of your image measuring 600px.


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Submitted images will appear in an online gallery on Paper Airplanes, RMSP’s blog on September 16, 2011. All images will be used in the online gallery for this specific assignment only and will be copyrighted to the photographer. An email confirmation that your submission was received will be sent by September 15th.  If you do not receive the email confirmation, please contact

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Sunny 16-July Assignment Gallery Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:36:18 +0000 I’m not going to lie, this was a tough assignment. I asked people to ignore the light meter built into their cameras and evaluate an exposure based on the Sunny 16 method. This assignment was intended to push people to truly understand light and exposure. I applaud Barry and Genevieve for going out and giving it a try.


Genevieve Fix


Barry Grivett


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Nancy Rotenberg Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:30:55 +0000 Monday mornings are hard enough but it’s even more difficult to come to work and find out that a amazing colleague has passed away. Nancy Rotenberg, a photographer, an amazing instructor, and an inspiring woman lost her battle with cancer August 27th. We will miss Nancy’s unbelievable creativity, her vibrant personality and her amazing ability to inspire her students. Her method of teaching people to connect to their own photographs went far beyond that of many photography instructors. She was loved by her students and they followed her across the country from school to school and beyond. Her inspiring vision as a photographer will be missed but her incredible spirit will never be forgotten.

We will miss you Nancy.


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Alumni Friday: Lesley Kerr Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:33:50 +0000 Lesley Kerr attended the Career Training program in 2007. She was one of those students that instructors remember for her amazing creativity, vision and photographic style. She is currently living and working in Atlanta, Georgia photographing children, weddings and portraits. Her images have a dream like quality and are absolutely gorgeous. Lesley is also the featured artist  in the summer  issue of Butterflies and Anvils, a photographic journal produced by Eileen Rafferty.

Besides working as a full time photographer Lesley is also an active member of Inspiration Through Art (formerly The Littlest Heroes Project) which gifts families of special needs children photography sessions.

To see more of Lesley’s work visit her website and blog.

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Exhibition Mentorship: Lisa M. Kurtzhals’ Passport to Adventure Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:50:57 +0000 Lisa M. Kurtzhals will be exhibiting Passport to Adventure at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery in Missoula, MT September 2nd through November 28th, 2011.

After graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive Program in 2010, Lisa began working with RMSP’s newly-formed Exhibition Mentorship Program. The 6-month, one-on-one course is facilitated by former RMSP Gallery director and instructor, Kerri Rosenstein  and culminates in a 3-month exhibition at the RMSP Gallery .

Passport to Adventure depicts Lisa’s love of travel. The aluminum-mounted, color photographs in the exhibit span travels in eight countries, including: Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Nicaragua, and the USA. As an overview and taste of her travels, she intermixes landscapes with history and monuments, people with nature and architecture. The presentation invites an interactive quality for viewers to join her in a sense of adventure.

Lisa M. Kurtzhals currently resides in West Lafayette, IN where she attends Purdue University as an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering student.

Please join us at the RMSP Gallery for an opening reception on Friday, September 2nd, 5-8pm and the following afternoon, Saturday, September 3rd at 1pm for a talk with the artist.

For further information or questions contact RMSP at 406.543.0171 or Lisa at The exhibition can also be viewed online at , beginning Friday, September 2nd.

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Congratulations Summer Intensive Class of 2011 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:53:43 +0000 Last Friday was the graduation of our 2011 Summer Intensive class. I can personally attest to the amazing amount of growth as both a photographer and person that happens during the eleven weeks. There is something about the people, the intensity of the program and process of learning to better understand photography that also helps you better understand yourself.

Congratulations Class of 2011 – we can’t wait to see where you go and the photographs you will make!

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RMSP 365 Day Project: Day 81 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:10:40 +0000

This image was taken by Melanie Wright.

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Alumni Friday: Neil Corman Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:36:02 +0000 Neil Corman was a software implementation consultant before deciding to follow his passion for photography and attend RMSP’s Career Training program in 2007. When he returned to Denver, Colorado, Neil started his business as a editorial, commercial and travel photographer. What I love most about Neil is that he has immersed himself into the photography community in Denver. He is a member of camera clubs and Meetup groups. His blog features interviews of other photographers. In 2009 he opened Gallery NRC in Denver that hosts individual, community and juried exhibitions throughout the year. It’s always inspiring to see our alumni sharing their passion for photography with the community.

To see more of Neil’s work visit his website and blog.


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RMSP 365 Day Project: Day 80 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:00:27 +0000

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