Thursday, January 31, 2019

Butterflies & Flowers, Plus Lightroom Bonus

Two of nature's most beautiful creations, butterflies and flowers, come together in this exciting workshop. Join me at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, rated among the Top 4 Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens in the U.S. by Conde Nast, USA Today, The Travel Channel, and the BBC. It is truly a hidden gem, located in Richmond, Virginia.

The butterflies are housed in the beautiful Conservatory with wonderful light. Dozens of species will flit past us in a constantly changing air ballet. Many consider butterflies to be flowers that fly.

In addition to these winged beauties, there are acres and acres of tended gardens all around us. Each day will be a mixture of flowers and butterflies. Learn how to successfully photograph butterflies, and learn creative macro techniques for artistic flower images. Plus an added bonus - time each day will be devoted to improving your working knowledge of Lightroom, with a little Photoshop tossed into the mix.


- mastering butterfly photography

- learning creative macro flower techniques

- daily sessions on Lightroom, with a touch of Photoshop

- image critiques

- personalized attention each and every day

- both in-the-field and classroom training

WHERE:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

WHEN:  May 13 - 17

LIMIT:  10 photographers

FEE:  Special early registration fee of $1995 if you register by February 15. After that date the fee is $2495.  Fee includes all garden entry fees, personal and classroom training on photographing butterflies and flowers, creative camera and digital techniques, Lightroom training (suitable for all levels from novice to experienced), image critiques, and a fun time! (Not included are meals, lodging, or transportation.)

ITINERARY:  Workshop begins with an extensive evening training session on Monday, May 13. Each day will be a combination of shooting butterflies and flowers, learning creative techniques,  Lightroom instruction, image critiques, and much more. The workshop ends after breakfast and a wrap-up session on Friday morning, May 17.

I am happy to answer your questions and to provide more details. 
Send me an email at  
or  call me at 757-773-0194. 

To register,  please email me and a Registration Form 
and lodging options will be emailed to you.

I hope you can join me!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers & Wildwater Workshop


Wildflowers & Wildwater 

Great Smoky Mountains Workshop

April 15 - 20

The Smoky Mountains in springtime is bursting with beautiful wildflowers and fast-running streams. This is THE time to be in the Smokies. For a short time each spring the mountains are alive with world-famous wildflowers like dwarf iris, columbine, lady slippers, and more.

Learn artistic macro photography of flowers in this amazing place. Close to the flowers are dramatic rocky streams, filled with spring melt waters where you will learn creative techniques. And all around us are the beautiful Smokies.

Each day will be a combination of flower photography, moving water, scenics, Lightroom and Photoshop tips, and image critiques. This will be an inspirational and educational week, with personal attention every step of the way.

This popular workshop includes:

-  mastering macro flower photograpy

-  learning the secrets of photographing moving water

-  Lightroom and Photoshop tips to improve the look of your images

-  learning creative techniques for impressionist and unique images

-  spectacular sunrises

-  personalized attention each and every day

-  image critiques to help you improve each day as the week progresses

WHERE: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the Tennessee side, the most beautiful side of the Smokies)

WHEN:  April 15 - 20

NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Workshop is limited to 10 photographers

FEE:  Early sign-up fee is $2195, in effect until February 11. After that date the fee is $2695. Fee includes all group and personalized instruction, guide service, image critiques, and snacks. NOT included are meals, lodging and transportation.  

ITINERARY: Workshop begins in the late afternoon on Monday, April 15. Specific time and location will be provided when you register.
Each day will cover a variety of shooting experiences including creative macro of flowers, artistic rendition of moving water, mountain vistas, and possibly bears, deer, coyote, wild turkey, and more. Most evenings will include image critiques.
The workshop ends at approximately 9AM on Saturday, April 20.

I am happy to answer any questions, and provide more details. Please feel free to phone me at 757-773-0194, or email me at 

To register, please email us and a Registration Form will be emailed to you.

I hope you can join me!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

NEW Workshop Just Announced - Florida's Beautiful Birds, St. Augustime Florida



Join me in St. Augustine, Florida, March 13 - 18 for some of the best bird photography anywhere. This is the time of year when some of the most beautiful birds like Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, and several species of Herons, arrive in their breeding plumage. They will be nest building, mating, and laying their eggs, and all of this will be happening close to us and at eye level.

We will be in a private rookery that is beautifully designed with walkways that put us at tree-top level with the birds.  This provides photographers with the best chances of getting close-up shots of adults and perhaps some of the newly hatched babies as well. You will not need a very long lens to get great shots - lenses in the 300mm range will be fine. All birds are truly wild, but are not bothered by our presence.

We will have special early access to the rookery before it opens to the public. And it is a short, easy walk into and around the rookery. Superb bird photography doesn't get any better, or any easier, than this.

In addition to the birds, there will be shooting opportunities in the historic areas of St. Augustine, which bills itself as America's Oldest City. It is the home of significant landmarks like Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, and more.

And there will be a half-day special private boat trip to view water birds, dolphins, and the city from a different perspective.

This unique photo workshop includes:
-  Private time photographing birds in the rookery
-  Personalized instruction to make your bird photography the best it can be
-  Private half-day boat trip
-  All rookery entry fees
-  Boat trip fee
-  Independent walking tours of historic St. Augustine
-  Image critiques
-  Lightroom and Photoshop tips                  

WHERE: St. Augustine, Florida

WHEN: March 13 - 18, 2019

NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Workshop is limited to 10 photographers

FEE: Early sign-up fee is $1995, in effect until February 1. After that date the fee is $2495. Fee includes all entry fees into the rookery, boat trip, extensive personalized instruction, image critiques, both in-the-field and classroom training, Lightroom and Photoshop tips. (Not included are lodging, meals, transportation, and personal incidentals.)

DEPOSIT: A $500.00 deposit will reserve your space. The balance of your workshop fee will be due no later than February 15, 2019.

LODGING: Lodging is not included in the workshop fee. Lodging suggestions will be provided when you register.

HOW TO GET THERE: If you are flying, both the Jacksonville, FL and the Daytona Beach, FL airports are about 1 hour from St. Augustine. You may rent a car at either airport.

Workshop begins in the late afternoon on Wednesday, March 13. Specific time and location will be provided when you register.
Each day of the workshop will be a varied combination of bird shooting, historic architecture, training, and critiques.
The workshop officially ends after a morning rookery visit on Monday, March 18. If you are flying, it is best to not schedule your departing flight any earlier than mid-afternoon that day.

 I am happy to answer any questions, and provide more details. Please feel free to phone me at 757-773-0194, or email me at

To register, either email or call and a Registration Form will be emailed to you. 

I hope you can join me!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Glacier Bay Alaska - 100 Million Years In The Making!

Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska is a superb location for photography. Join me this summer to revel in this exciting place.  It is the summer home of whales, puffins, moose, mountain goats, brown bear, and much more. Plus its glaciers, sweeping mountains, and incredible waterways round out some of the best photographic opportunities anywhere in the world. 

Our 5 days there will be filled with several day-trips on our large private yacht exploring Glacier Bay in search of whales and an array of water birds, plus land mammals. We will stay in one of the loveliest private lodges in all of Alaska. All our breakfasts and dinners will be at the lodge, prepared by a world-class chef.

This trip checks all the boxes for everything a photo trip should have  -  a wide variety of incredible photo opportunities, water-based and land-based shooting locations, lovely lodging (double occupancy), fabulous meals, all ground transportation, personal photographic instruction, local guides, image critiques, and personalized attention every step of the way.  This is a trip not to be missed!

Fee includes all lodging and meals at Glacier Bay, 3 full-day private boat trips, round trip flight from Juneau to Glacier Bay, all ground transportation in Glacier Bay, personal guide, image critiques, personalized photographic instruction, and tips.  This trip has it all!

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I am happy to answer any questions you have by phone or email. Call me at 757-773-0194. Or email me by clicking this link here  

TODAY'S QUOTE:  "Whales live enigmatic lives, in a realm that is impenetrable to our gaze. Small wonder they've seemed magical and strange. In rare privileged moments we enter their world."  --Diane Ackerman