Travel to Bolivia with Kevin Kubota

Join Kevin, Benjamin Edwards, and Andrew and Marianne Nicodem on their second Workshops with Purpose trip—this time to Bolivia!  The trip will take place on October 9-17, 2014, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the surrounding villages. The goal of Workshops with Purpose is to equip media professionals by providing opportunities to advance their craft in a global environment, immersing themselves in other cultures, and realizing the power of relationships and storytelling—while giving back.  The focus of this trip will be to support the efforts of the “Little Ones” project, which is devoted to helping mothers care for their children and provide the nutrition they need. You can view their amazing work in this video here.  

During the workshop the latest in workflow, editing, and off-camera lighting techniques will be covered; along with the logistics of working with a non-profit, and troubleshooting while working on location. Discussions will also include using your unique talents to inspire and give back; all while working alongside Kevin, Benjamin, Andrew and Marianne!

There are only 12 spots available to attend this workshop and they will fill up quickly. Be sure to fill out an application if you are interested in making a difference, and participating in this life-changing journey. 

Save on Kubota Products and Help a Great Cause!

image courtesy of Gary Christensen

image courtesy of Gary Christensen

In 2013, Elisha (Eli), became the first American with Down syndrome to reach Base Camp at Mt. Everest.  This July, Eli is taking up the task of climbing 19,341 feet to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Emote360, a non-profit dedicated to telling stories through video, has committed to telling Eli’s story and will follow Eli and the team throughout the sixty-mile hike. The goal of the documentary is to raise awareness on a global scale for those who live with disabilities, inspire those who feel they can’t make a difference, and demonstrate that people can change the world, no matter their personal challenges.

Local photographer and director of this project, Benjamin Edwards, is raising money for Emote360, and is traveling to Mt. Kilimanjaro to tell this amazing story. Recently Kevin Kubota, Benjamin Edwards, and a group of photographers traveled to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya with Workshops with a Purpose, to document their work. We want to do all we can to help support Benjamin on this new adventure and bring awareness to the Emote360 cause. Purchase any Kubota Image Tools actions, borders, textures, templates, and more (excludes sale products, workshops, Sticky Filters, and books) use the code EMOTE360 to receive 30% off, and 10% of the related sales will be donated to the cause. Code expires 7/1/14.

Other ways you can help:

Visit scroll down and click on the “donate” button.

Help fund the film and get a cool print! Visit this link to purchase a limited number of prints from Ben's travel photography. Remember every little bit helps towards this goal!

The team needs $45,000 by July 15, 2014 to fly the crew of 3 and their gear to the location. Your purchase will get Eli and the crew one step closer to the goal.  Want to follow them up the mountain? Check out Ben’s blog here and be sure to “Like” the effort on Facebook  to stay up to date.

Emote360 is a registered 501(c)(3) and was established in 2005 by a group of like- minded media professionals who wanted to come behind world changers to give them the marketing their causes deserve. 

I'm often asked which photographers inspire ME...

And I think the interviewers always expect to hear the names of famous photographers and prominent speakers in the "rock star" world of photographers. In fact, I admire many of them. They are extremely talented, hard working, and generous. However, I have to say, that the one photographer that really INSPIRES me most is my precious friend, Ben Edwards. Not only is Ben's work poignant, introspective, and beautiful - but he is passionate about using photography to better the world. Many photographers say this, but Ben lives it. Quietly. Powerfully. He doesn't seek media exposure and personal gain, he just does it because he cares. He just returned from another trip to Africa, which included the Congo - one of the most dangerous places on earth right now. Take a look at his images and stories on his blog and you'll understand the importance of what he's doing. My words can't begin to do it justice.

Benjamin Edwards blog 

Ben's blog