Fotokids Calling all Photographers for an amazing mentoring adventure in Guatemala

Mentor @ a Photography Workshop

Join Fotokids on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán to help mentor our 14th Photo Workshop!


This workshop is All Girls Beginning Photo Student's ages 14 to 16 years old

JUNE 18th though June 25th- Santiago Atitlán at Posada de Santiago on Lake Atitlan

The focus of this years' workshop is to improve the girl's DSLR skills and provide photographs for their future portfolio.

Mentors unique skills will be used to help expand the young womens' photographic experience.

We will meet via conference call and then in person in Guatemala to establish what works best for each mentor. Previous mentors have taught; portraiture, lighting, LightRoom, Photoshop, time-lapse photography and HDR, besides helping with student critiques and mentoring.

We have translators available for everything!

Santiago Girls practicing as part of program (Mcgirr/Fotokids 2013)
Girl's collaborating on a project ©N. Mcgirr/Fotokids 2016
Pages from student Juan Carlos' portfolio, age 14

There will be plenty of outdoors shooting time when we explore the indigenous lakeside village of Santiago Atitlán.

We will take a walking tour with a local woman Shaman and visit a Mayan pre -Colombian religious brotherhood, take a boat to the village of San Juan La Laguna known for it's natural dyed textiles and have an evening in beautiful colonial Antigua Guatemala before we head up to the Lake.

Cottage at the lovely Posada de Santiago where we will stay on the shores of Lake Atitlán
Antigua Cathedral and Central Park (2013 Fotokid ©Hellen Mansilla/Fotokids)

DRAFT Schedule

Arrival weekend - We pick you up at the airport pick up and take you to your hotel in the old colonial capital of Anitgua.

Sunday Day Antigua tour

  • Mentor's dinner in Antigua where will get together to talk about the upcoming week

Monday leave Antigua 8:30 a.m. for Lake

  • 11:30 hotel room check in
  • 1-2:30 pm get acquainted lunch with students at the Posada
  • 3:00 Orientation and presentation of some of your work to students
  • What is expected of the students (though they will already know this I'm sure).


  • Early morning Lake walk (optional always) with students in small groups
  • 9 am - 12 workshop classes (mixture of lectures and outdoor practice)
  • Lunch 12-2 pm
  • 2-5 pm workshop classes


  • Early Morning Lake walk with students in small groups
  • 9 am - 12 workshop classes (mixture of lecture sand outdoor practice)
  • Lunch 12-2 pm
  • 2-5 pm workshop classes


  • 8:30am - noon Boat excursion to San Luan La Laguna
  • 1-2 Lunch
  • 2- 5 pm download pix and student presentation for critique of photos taken to date


  • Students on their own to take photos for their portfolio
  • Mentor and teacher photo walk with Dolores Ratzán a Tzuituhil healer and shaman
  • Visit Mayan god Maximón, Cofradia San Juan, local church built in 1500's, blackstrap weaving demonstration by Dolores's mother
  • Lunch 12-2 pm
  • 2-5 pm workshop classes - editing photos for portfolio. Mentors help with Photoshop or Lightroom


  • Student work in class on editing their final selection, (Photoshop)


  • Students present their work

Workshop includes all transportation, lodging with breakfast included In Santiago Atitlán, welcome lunch with the students at the Posada, and closing dinner.

Price for the workshop: $1,600 (U.S. tax deductible)

Additional info or photos available on request. Simple fare for lunch and dinner with Fotokids is available and included in the workshop fee or you can purchase excellent lunch and dinners at the Posada's restaurant.

For more information contact Nancy McGirr at nmcgirr @

Read more about the founder and Lucie Humanitarian award winning, Nancy McGirr, in 2011 New York Times article.

Margaritas delivered by the Posada at the poolside cabaña (not by the kids)


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