Photographers Focus on Service Members

Southwest Harbor, Maine - American300 returns to New England and our United States Coast Guard with the first of a new programming initiative involving professional photography this week. 

“We’re always looking for ways to connect with service members and the Coast Guard has had this amazing nationwide photo contest called ‘Shutter Shootout’ in place for years,” says Gretchen Powers, a professional photographer and volunteer tour leader for American300, “I saw an opportunity to round up my colleagues from across the country and ask them to volunteer to share their tricks of the trade with our service members.” 

Aside from the obvious benefits of having professional photographers share their subject matter expertise, American300 is excited to expose these professionals to the day in day out role that our Coast Guard and other branches of service perform for our country. 

“Whether it be with a mobile phone or dedicated camera, photography is just one of those activities that nearly everyone has access to and with a tiny bit of instruction there’s a wide array of positive growth that can come from taking pictures that truly capture a moment in time… it’s an art form and seeing individuals improve at it is rewarding for everyone involved.” says Powers. 

For this first workshop, Powers has enlisted the help of fellow New England based professional photographers: Cam Held and Christine Reighley.  With a morning spent focused on giving the photographers a taste of Coast Guard life and afternoon spent having the professionals share and instruct the hope is to provide the Coasties with the tools to take better photos while on adventures with their family and friends while encouraging them to get out and explore their surroundings says the team. 

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American300 is a 501c3 all volunteer nonprofit which is focused on supporting our Department of Defense and Homeland Security Service Members with innovative programming which fosters positive growth and resilient mindsets.  No federal endorsement of sponsors or nonprofit is ever intended or implied - 

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