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Learn the Art of Toy Photography in Lake Placid: Weekend Learning Immersion

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During the program you will participate in three hands-on toy photography lessons, both in class and on-location in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York State!

Sir Dork is a toy photographer who specializes in bringing toys to life with his explosive photographs.

He creates lands inspired by Star Wars, Pokemon, DC Comics, and more, as he tells a story through his creative take on photography, using action figures as his models.

His portfolio includes work with Keak Toys “Bikku” U.S.A product launch, Mountain Dew, and was part of Disney’s “My Star Wars Story” Triple Force Friday celebration.


Learn the Art of Toy Photography in Lake Placid: Weekend Learning Immersion


October 22, 2021 days and October 24, 2021 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Lake Placid!

Room, tax and daily breakfast are included – present hotel voucher at the time of check-in
Front desk will ask you for credit card to pay incidentals, if any.

We suggest you make your dinning or spa appointments ASAP. Dinning reservations, especially on Saturday are filling up quickly.
Dining Room: 518-302-3000
Spa/Salon: 518-302-3010

Covid guidelines:
https://mirrorlakeinn.com/covid-19-safety/
The resort does require all of their employees to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. They request anyone unvaccinated to wear masks in the common areas. Automatic daily housekeeping services are suspended to minimize time that staff spends in guest rooms.

DAY 2: Toy Photography Session 1- The Fundamentals of Toy Photography

Breakfast at the hotel is served from 7:30-10:30am.

Breakfast menus will be provided in guest rooms. You can eat either in the main dining room or take it as pick-up and eat at another spot on property or have it delivered to the room. Please call down to the dining room for your breakfast order.
Complimentary Coffee and Tea are also available to self-serve down in the lobby area.

DAY 3: Toy Photography Session 2: The Art of Toy Photography

Breakfast at the hotel is served from 7:30-10:30am.

9:00am Meet in the Mirror Lake Inn Common area for editing workshop
o    What better way to end our weekend with an opportunity to edit our shots taken together!
o    We will sit together in our given area to reflect on our photos and edit them to and make them the best they can be!
o    Color correcting, enhancing lights/darks, removing wires/unwanted things. Adding in effects (lightsabers, lens flares, etc.)


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

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Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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<p> During the program you will participate in three hands-on toy photography lessons, both in class and on-location in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York State! </p>
<p> Sir Dork is a toy photographer who specializes in bringing toys to life with his explosive photographs. </p>
<p> He creates lands inspired by Star Wars, Pokemon, DC Comics, and more, as he tells a story through his creative take on photography, using action figures as his models. </p>
<p> His portfolio includes work with Keak Toys “Bikku” U.S.A product launch, Mountain Dew, and was part of Disney’s “My Star Wars Story” Triple Force Friday celebration. </p>

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p>This program allows you to learn from an expert! Expand your skills or try your hand at a career in toy photography in beautiful Lake Placid. </p>
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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p>Programs give back to organizations which create awareness of domestic violence issues. </p>

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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Lake Placid!

5:00-7:30pm Meet & Greet at the Mirror Lake Inn by Sirdork at the Algonquin Room

The Front Desk will direct you to the meeting room
o    Introduction to LJ and Sirdork
o    Atmosphere Aerosol mention brief demonstration
o    Overview breakdown of weekend workshops and plans
o    Discussions:
o    What is Toy Photography?
o    Why do we love it?
o    What is the value of toy photography?
o Goals for the weekend
o    What To Bring: Yourself!

Additional Notes:
-    Sirdork will also be bringing all gear and many figures to lend if needed!
-    The event will be heavily documented for a YouTube video on the Sirdork Channel! Be prepared to be on camera and possibly answer quick questions during workshops (“How are you enjoying the program?”)
-    If you’d like, send your finished photos to Sirdorkphotography@gmail.com for them to be featured in the YouTube Video and Learning Journeys Social Media!


DAY 2: Toy Photography Session 1- The Fundamentals of Toy Photography

9:00am Meet at the Inn Beach Area
o    Head down to the convenient on site beach area to take advantage of the morning sunrise over the lake to practice some creative lighting!
o    Utilize our given beach surroundings to create Themed Toy Photos
o    What characters would fit in a sandy beach environment?
•    Water Type Pokémon, Shoreline War battle scenes, etc.

o    What to bring:
o    Your camera/camera phone
o    Any Gear (Tripod, light
o    Figures/toys that you would like to shoot in a beach scene!


2:00pm Meet in the lobby, then travel 1 mile to the Peninsula Nature Trails:
o    Take a 1 mile drive over to the Peninsula Nature Trails! (Directions below or follow Sirdork)
o    Together we will take a short and easy stroll through a scenic flat trail. We will reach a beautiful destination of the Lake Placid Shoreline and a beautiful view of Whiteface Mountain.
o    The shoreline will bring countless photo opportunities where we can take advantage of our beautiful surroundings.
o    We will practice the best ways to shoot our toys interacting with the environment while utilizing our camera settings/framing and setups to their fullest potentials!

o    What to bring:
o    Dress appropriately for small walks through Adirondack trails
o    Your camera/camera phone
o    Any Gear (Tripod, lighting gear, wires, etc.)
o    Atmosphere Aerosol
o    Figures/toys that you would like to shoot in a forest/lake scene!
o    GI Joe, Storm Troopers, etc.
o    Backpack to hold gear and figures during walk
o    Travel Light! You’ll be carrying your gear during the walk!

o    Directions:
o    Take a right out of Inn. Take right at intersection onto Saranac Avenue. After approximately 1 mile, take right onto Peninsula Way (In between Quality Inn and The Dack Shack). The will be a sign for the Brewster Peninsula Trails. Follow the road for about ½ mile and park in the marked parking area towards the right after road turns to gravel.

7:00pm (Optional) Meet in the lobby, then travel 0.9 miles to the Cobble Hill Trail:
o    Take 0.9 miles drive over to the Cobble Hill Trail! (Directions below or follow Sirdork)
o    Together we will take another short and easy stroll through a scenic slight incline trail.
o    Along the stroll we will come across beautiful forest and mossy scenes, for countless perfect photo opportunities. We will reach a beautiful destination with a nice view of the high peaks!
o    Towards the end of day, the sun will give us some beautiful backlighting to take advantage of the scenery the best way a toy photographer can!

o    What to bring:
o    Dress appropriately for small walks through Adirondack trails
o    Your camera/camera phone
o    Any Gear (Tripod, lighting gear, wires, etc.)
o    Atmosphere Aerosol
o    Figures/toys that you would like to shoot in a deep forest scene!
o    Ewoks/Storm Troopers on the forest moon of Endor, Etc.)
o    Backpack to hold gear and figures during walk
o    Travel Light! You’ll be carrying your gear during the walk!


o        Directions: Turn left onto Mirror lake Drive and continue for about 0.9 miles. Looks for the entrance to Northwoods School on the left and Side. The trail entrance will be about 200 yards up the entrance road on the left. Parking will be available.


DAY 3: Toy Photography Session 2: The Art of Toy Photography

o    What to bring:
o    A Laptop, smartphone, tablet (your preferred device to edit on). With Charger.
o    Recommended editing apps: Adobe Photoshop (for PC), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Fix (for smartphone/tablet).

Check-out 11:00am




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Child $250.00

Per person for Single Standard $355.00

Per person for Standard $595.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

· 3 workshops with Toy Photographer expert Sir Dork
· 2 nights in Lake Placid- Mirror Lake Inn including all taxes
· Daily Breakfast
· Learning Journeys Certificate
· All explorations as outlined
· All learning experiences as outlined
·Each attendee will receive a can of Atmosphere Aerosol as well as an Atmosphere Aerosol tee shirt
10/22/2021 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Easy


What You Will Learn/Do

Three hands-on toy photography workshops

On-site photography lessons

Introduction to Anime and Pop Culture workshop


Why This Program Is Unique

This program allows you to learn from an expert! Expand your skills or try your hand at a career in toy photography in beautiful Lake Placid.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Programs give back to organizations which create awareness of domestic violence issues.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Welcome to Lake Placid!

Room, tax and daily breakfast are included – present hotel voucher at the time of check-in Front desk will ask you for credit card to pay incidentals, if any. We suggest you make your dinning or spa appointments ASAP. Dinning reservations, especially on Saturday are filling up quickly. Dining Room: 518-302-3000 Spa/Salon: 518-302-3010 Covid guidelines: https://mirrorlakeinn.com/covid-19-safety/ The resort does require all of their employees to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. They request anyone unvaccinated to wear masks in the common areas. Automatic daily housekeeping services are suspended to minimize time that staff spends in guest rooms. 5:00-7:30pm Meet & Greet at the Mirror Lake Inn by Sirdork at the Algonquin Room The Front Desk will direct you to the meeting room o Introduction to LJ and Sirdork o Atmosphere Aerosol mention brief demonstration o Overview breakdown of weekend workshops and plans o Discussions: o What is Toy Photography? o Why do we love it? o What is the value of toy photography? o Goals for the weekend o What To Bring: Yourself! Additional Notes: - Sirdork will also be bringing all gear and many figures to lend if needed! - The event will be heavily documented for a YouTube video on the Sirdork Channel! Be prepared to be on camera and possibly answer quick questions during workshops (“How are you enjoying the program?”) - If you’d like, send your finished photos to Sirdorkphotography@gmail.com for them to be featured in the YouTube Video and Learning Journeys Social Media!

DAY 2: Toy Photography Session 1- The Fundamentals of Toy Photography

Breakfast at the hotel is served from 7:30-10:30am. Breakfast menus will be provided in guest rooms. You can eat either in the main dining room or take it as pick-up and eat at another spot on property or have it delivered to the room. Please call down to the dining room for your breakfast order. Complimentary Coffee and Tea are also available to self-serve down in the lobby area. 9:00am Meet at the Inn Beach Area o Head down to the convenient on site beach area to take advantage of the morning sunrise over the lake to practice some creative lighting! o Utilize our given beach surroundings to create Themed Toy Photos o What characters would fit in a sandy beach environment? • Water Type Pokémon, Shoreline War battle scenes, etc. o What to bring: o Your camera/camera phone o Any Gear (Tripod, light o Figures/toys that you would like to shoot in a beach scene! 2:00pm Meet in the lobby, then travel 1 mile to the Peninsula Nature Trails: o Take a 1 mile drive over to the Peninsula Nature Trails! (Directions below or follow Sirdork) o Together we will take a short and easy stroll through a scenic flat trail. We will reach a beautiful destination of the Lake Placid Shoreline and a beautiful view of Whiteface Mountain. o The shoreline will bring countless photo opportunities where we can take advantage of our beautiful surroundings. o We will practice the best ways to shoot our toys interacting with the environment while utilizing our camera settings/framing and setups to their fullest potentials! o What to bring: o Dress appropriately for small walks through Adirondack trails o Your camera/camera phone o Any Gear (Tripod, lighting gear, wires, etc.) o Atmosphere Aerosol o Figures/toys that you would like to shoot in a forest/lake scene! o GI Joe, Storm Troopers, etc. o Backpack to hold gear and figures during walk o Travel Light! You’ll be carrying your gear during the walk! o Directions: o Take a right out of Inn. Take right at intersection onto Saranac Avenue. After approximately 1 mile, take right onto Peninsula Way (In between Quality Inn and The Dack Shack). The will be a sign for the Brewster Peninsula Trails. Follow the road for about ½ mile and park in the marked parking area towards the right after road turns to gravel. 7:00pm (Optional) Meet in the lobby, then travel 0.9 miles to the Cobble Hill Trail: o Take 0.9 miles drive over to the Cobble Hill Trail! (Directions below or follow Sirdork) o Together we will take another short and easy stroll through a scenic slight incline trail. o Along the stroll we will come across beautiful forest and mossy scenes, for countless perfect photo opportunities. We will reach a beautiful destination with a nice view of the high peaks! o Towards the end of day, the sun will give us some beautiful backlighting to take advantage of the scenery the best way a toy photographer can! o What to bring: o Dress appropriately for small walks through Adirondack trails o Your camera/camera phone o Any Gear (Tripod, lighting gear, wires, etc.) o Atmosphere Aerosol o Figures/toys that you would like to shoot in a deep forest scene! o Ewoks/Storm Troopers on the forest moon of Endor, Etc.) o Backpack to hold gear and figures during walk o Travel Light! You’ll be carrying your gear during the walk! o Directions: Turn left onto Mirror lake Drive and continue for about 0.9 miles. Looks for the entrance to Northwoods School on the left and Side. The trail entrance will be about 200 yards up the entrance road on the left. Parking will be available.

DAY 3: Toy Photography Session 2: The Art of Toy Photography

Breakfast at the hotel is served from 7:30-10:30am. 9:00am Meet in the Mirror Lake Inn Common area for editing workshop o What better way to end our weekend with an opportunity to edit our shots taken together! o We will sit together in our given area to reflect on our photos and edit them to and make them the best they can be! o Color correcting, enhancing lights/darks, removing wires/unwanted things. Adding in effects (lightsabers, lens flares, etc.) o What to bring: o A Laptop, smartphone, tablet (your preferred device to edit on). With Charger. o Recommended editing apps: Adobe Photoshop (for PC), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Fix (for smartphone/tablet). Check-out 11:00am


Program Registration Fees

2021 Departures & Fees 1 Departures

Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement
October 22, 2021
Reserve Online
£446.25
Per Person
£266.25
Per Person
Dates & Fees: View 2021
Final pricing will be displayed on the summary page.

Services Included

· 3 workshops with Toy Photographer expert Sir Dork · 2 nights in Lake Placid- Mirror Lake Inn including all taxes · Daily Breakfast · Learning Journeys Certificate · All explorations as outlined · All learning experiences as outlined · Each attendee will receive a can of Atmosphere Aerosol as well as an Atmosphere Aerosol tee shirt

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