We are cousins, photographers, travellers and foodies!

Laurie Nassif, Director and Culinary guide 

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Travel photographer, author-photographer of two books, fashion and editorial photo-shoot producer, and adventure traveler, Laurie’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications including, Conde Nast Traveler,Elle, Sierra, and The New York Times.

Laurie’s books, A Year in Central Park, with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Goldberger, (Rizzoli International, 1992) and A Year in Chautauqua, with an introduction by Emmy Award winner, Roger Rosenblatt (Park Bench Press, 2000) are stunning photographic essays on a year in the life of two of the Country’s most enduring expressions of community, both natural and social.

Art, travel and a passion for food have taken Laurie around the globe, with extended stays in Africa, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. She was co-owner of the highly successful and succulent eatery, Green Fine Salad in Denver, CO and is a vegan foodie. Laurie lives with he husband, Jon, and their son, Sam, in Denver.

Nance Ackerman, Instructor, Photography

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Celebrated documentary photographer, Nance Ackerman has been taking pictures around the world for over 25 years. Her work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Canadian Geographic, New York Times, and Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. Her photographs of First Nations women have been exhibited at the Aperture Foundation in New York. Her book, Womankind: Faces of Change Around the World – a collection of portraits and essays of women activists around the world, was released in 2003 and she has freelanced for the Smithsonian Institution, documenting Indigenous cultures. 

In 2005 Ackerman turned her eye to directing film social documentary films with the National Film Board. She and has gone on to win numerous awards and nominations for Cottonland, an exploration of prescription drug addiction, Four Feet Up, an intimate look at child poverty in Canada, and Fid, a short doc on aging. Ackerman now teaches photojournalism at the University of King' College in Nova Scotia and she and her partner, Jamie Alcorn, create music, film and web projects at their oceanside studio, Heartstring Productions.