Laura Brunow Miner is a favorite around these parts. She is a former editor-in-chief of JPG Magazine and the founder of Pictory, an amazing online showcase of curated photo stories. She was also one of our judges for the 2011 PBN competition.
The woman has some serious creative energy. In 2009, she organized the first Phoot Camp, a 48-hour camping trip and creative collaboration for photographers. And in 2011, Miner put together Eat Retreat, a gathering of accomplished foodies and gourmet purveyors in Sonoma, California.
Laura chronicled the event highlights in Eat Retreat. Available as Blurb book and ebook, Eat Retreat is full of beautiful photos and clever design, it’s one part cookbook, one part food philosophy, and one part celebration of a gorgeous event. The book showcases the who’s who in the food realm and tells the collective story of their creativity and innovation.
More than just a talent for crafting story, Laura has a flair for creating experiences. She attended a summer camp every year as a kid and organizes her family’s annual reunions. That sense of wholesome, down-home fun inherent has clearly influenced her vision for Eat Retreat and Phoot Camp. Attending one of Laura’s events must be an incredible, unforgettable experience.
If you’d like to see what it’s like for yourself, apply to attend this year’s Phoot Camp, in upstate New York from June 14 to 18. The application deadline is April 30, so no dilly dallying. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, but you do need to have a strong, demonstrated photographic inclination. Which, of course, describes most Blurbarians to a “T”!