Exploring Intimacy and Vulnerability

Make meaningful photographs that come from a place of intimacy and authenticity in this intensive weekend workshop with Nancy Borowick.
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Documenting the personal is as much about the photographer as it is about the subject matter in the photograph. Fundamental to this connection requires a deep dive into storytelling and the use of empathy and vulnerability in order to tell the most honest and meaningful version of the story. In this 2 ½ day workshop, participants will be asked to dig deep, explore their visual interests and then to go out and tell an intimate storybreak down barriers and boundaries, push themselves to feel comfortable in the uncomfortable, and really allow themselves to grow as communicatorsphotographers, and humans.

This workshop will include lectures, individual and group image reviews, a shooting assignment, and private exhibition tour. 

This is a workshop about pushing yourself and your boundaries to discover new possibilities in personal storytelling and seeing the world through a new lens.  

Over the last decade, instructor Nancy Borowick has narrowed the focus of her work, telling stories of health, struggle and personal relationships, using compassion, humility and trust as tools to connect with and explore the lives of her subjects. The photos featured on this page are from her book, The Family Imprint, which is an intimate visual story of her family as her parents underwent parallel treatments for stage-four cancer.


  • How to approach and execute a story,
  • Methods of how to approach, connect, engage and photograph everyone from family members to strangers,
  • Finding empathy and vulnerability in your work,
  • Developing trust with your subjects,
  • Creating universal points of connection and finding those universal themes in individual stories,
  • Techniques and strategies of working with the tools that you have (whether it be a traditional camera or a phone), and
  • Working with what you’ve got, in terms environment, space, light, or lack thereof.


Amateur and professional photographers who want to focus their attention more intimately on stories close to their hearts and minds. This is for those who are looking for ways to conceptualize, develop, explore and create meaningful personal projects. 


Curiosity, an open-mind, a notebook and a camera of some kind. No fancy gear or accessories needed, unless you like to work with specific items as part of your personal style. You will not need a laptop for the class, but you will be asked to download and edit work at home for Sunday’s presentation and critique.  

All photos featured on this workshop page are credited to Nancy Borowick.

  • This 2.5-day workshop is held at Dallas Center for Photography from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17.
  • Early registration (ends April 17 at 11:59pm) is $590. Late registration is $650.
  • Participants will provide their own transportation to locations.
  • Please note meals are not included in the cost of registration.
  • For special requirements, please click the Requirements tab.
  • Minimum number required for workshop to make is 8. Maximum size is 12.

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced amateurs and professionals who are serious and passionate about their photography.

There are no specific camera requirement for this workshop. You can contact us if you have any questions about what camera to bring. Film would be acceptable only if you have a way to process and scan each day’s photos and bring them in to be viewed electronically.

A laptop is not required in the classroom, but you will need to be able to import, select, edit and export files at home for the Sunday presentation and critique. You can use any software including Lightroom, iPhoto or others as long as you know your way around the software.

This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

The discounted early registration price is good until April 17 at 11:59am. We must have a minimum of 8 participants by the early registration deadline for the workshop to make.

If you cancel more than 31 days before the workshop begins we’ll refund any payments made less a $150 processing fee. If you cancel from 22 to 31 days before the start date of the workshop we will refund all money received to date minus a $200 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 21 days before the start date of the workshop you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee. If you can’t attend you are welcome to send someone in your place. In some cases we may be able to find a replacement for your empty seat if the workshop is already sold out in which case you will receive a partial refund minus the $200 cancellation fee.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements. If you’re coming from out of town we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Nancy Borowick

Nancy Borowick is an internationally renowned photographer, author, teacher and speaker, delivering over 50 speaking engagements each year around the world, bringing her personal story to universities, hospitals, oncology units and community groups globally. 

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