2017 – 2018 Workshops

Don’t miss the two special event workshops listed under the special events tab above.  The HIDEOUT RANCH and the Contemplative Photography Retreat

For participant feedback, click this link.

Deposit information at the bottom of the page.

Glacier National Park with Chuck Kimmerle

August 13-18, 2017


Limited to 13 participants

$1,495.00  with a deposit of $500.00 – SOLD OUT – Wait list

Join Chuck Kimmerle and me as we explore the majestic landscape of Glacier National Park.  All Glacier images by Chuck Kimmerle.

Glacier National Park is a jewel in the parks system. Not only does it contain a tremendous diversity of terrain and ecosystems, but also the headwaters for three watersheds—emptying into Hudson Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. It nurtures abundant, and easily photographed, wildlife, alpine lakes, many dozens of mountain peaks, stunning vistas, and some amazing weather. What it does not have anymore, ironically, are very many large and easily photographed glaciers. Despite that, the park offers an amazing variety of stunning scenes and subjects for us to explore and photograph.

The famed Going-To-The-Sun road offers spectacular vistas and adjacent waterfalls only feet from the cars, and Logan Pass is a guaranteed place to photograph bighorn sheep and, if we are lucky, mountain goats. The park is also home to wolves, grizzly bears, and mountain lions, all of which Chuck saw during his time in the park as the 2013 artist-in-residence.

While this park is amazing, as with all workshops led by Chuck and John, location is secondary. Our priority is to help make you stronger and more well-refined photographers. You will have our undivided attention. Of course there will be numerous day trips to photograph during our week together, but we will also set aside time to edit and process our images as well as hear presentations from the instructors and share work with your fellow students.

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The Cape Cod Experience – Massachusetts

With Betty Wiley

October 4-10, 2017 – Sold Out – Wait list

Limited to 14 participants (Two Instructors)

$1,495.00  – $500.00 deposit

For 2017, I am partnering once again with the amazing Betty Wiley. We are offering a new and expanded photo tour exploring the many beautiful areas of lower and outer Cape Cod. We will photograph the picturesque Cape Cod National Seashore, with several lighthouses, beautiful beaches, marshes and small, hidden harbors nearby. This area is truly a photographer’s paradise and this is a photo tour you won’t want to miss. We will make a trip into the sand dunes culminating at one of the most picturesque lighthouses on Cape Cod (the fee for this trip is included in the cost of this photo tour).

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This photo tour begins on Wednesday, October 4 with a meet and greet followed by an evening sunset shoot at a beautiful location nearby. The tour culminates with a sunrise shoot on Tuesday, October 10. This is a longer tour than has been offered in the past so we can include more photo shoots and take advantage of the many great places that this area of the Cape has to offer. Each day’s itinerary may vary according to the locations we visit, weather conditions and how long we shoot. Processing sessions will be held in the afternoon and we will cover the use of Lightroom, Photoshop and numerous plug-ins such as Topaz, MacPhun, Google (Nik) and others. We will show you tips and techniques to help you to get the most from your images.

There is really no better time to visit (and photograph) the Cape as this time of year is less crowded and the weather is still relatively warm. The marshes have turned a deep shade of yellow/gold, the days are shorter and weather systems often move through the area creating dramatic skies and beautiful light.

The goal of this workshop is to guide and help you to make photographs with more impact. We will work with you and help you develop your photographic vision. We’ll cover the quality of natural light, color, visual depth, visual design and composition in landscape and close-up technique. You will learn how to creatively photograph using different techniques and different lenses. We encourage you to read your manual and know how to use your camera before the workshop. This will help you move forward with creativity and vision.

A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.

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Oregon Coast with Cole Thompson –  September 11-16 – Sold Out before adding to website!


PEEC – Fall Foliage WeekendPocono-7676-Edit

October 13-15, 2017 – $290

PEEC is the Pocono Environmental Educational Center.  This is a very  popular annual event and one of the best deals going!

Please go to  to learn more about the weekend.  Call 570-828-2319 to sign up!


Smoky Mountains – Fall Foliage in The Great Smoky Mountains with John and Rad Drew 

October 23-28, 2017 – $1,395 – $500 deposit.

Limited to 14 participants

After a very successful trip in 2016, Rad and I are thrilled to be doing this trip again in 2017. Join Rad Drew the iPhone guy (he knows his way around DSLR cameras too!) and John the DSLR guy on this unique tour of the Great Smokies in the lush colors of fall.  Rad will help you with your iPhoneography and John with your DSLR photography.  There will be classroom time where image processing will be taught for both the iPhone and the DSLR.  And of course Rad will introduce you to all of the wonderful APPS you will have fun with. This is John’s 12th trip to the Smokies so you can be sure you’ll get to see all of the highlights of the Smokies. A deposit of $500 is required to hold your spot.



Fonthill Castle

November 26, 2017

$300.00 – Limited to 9 participants 

Back by popular demand

The one day event will be as follows:

8:30AM to 12:30PM – Shoot inside Fonthill. Special access fee included.

1:00PM – Eat at Five Guys for lunch.  Included in fee.

Deposit information at the bottom of this page.

Contemplative Photography Retreat – Molokai Hawaii

December 10-17, 2017 & February 18-25, 2018


Much more information about the Contemplative Photography Retreat in December here. 


 The Hideout Ranch

January 21-27, 2018


To see all of the details about this very special event click here!



Cuba: Havana, Vinales & Trinidad

March 11-20, 2018

$5,475.00 double occupancy


This will be my 5th trip to Cuba.  With the new administration changing the rules for travel back to what they were, it will be more difficult to travel alone to Cuba.  I have chosen to partner with Jim Cline who has been traveling to Cuba for many years.  He and I have the ability to get you to explore this gem of an island legally and safely.  For all of the details about this trip, please click this link which will take you to Jim’s website where you can sign up.

Tuscany with Rad Drew

May 20-27, 2018

$4,795  Single Occupancy!  No added single supplement fee!  If you would like to share a room, we will offer a $500 discount.  To see more detailed information about this trip, click this link.

DEPOSIT INFORMATION:  All 6+ day workshops require a $500 deposit with the exception of the Hawaii seminar. The deposit information for Hawaii is in the details. All other workshops require a $100 deposit. Please email me for an address or PayPal information to send your deposit. I do not have a “Link” to click.  I like to interact with real people! 

Cancellation Policy:   Unless otherwise stated in the tour/workshop description, a full refund will be given up to 90 days or more before the start date of the workshop. Thereafter only if I can fill your spot with another participant.

What is NOT INCLUDED – Unless otherwise noted, all workshops do not include lodging, food or transportation.  It is typical to ask participants to share a car to cut down on the amount of cars caravanning to the various locations.  Lodging is always secured my me at a discounted group rate.  Once you register, you will receive information about how to reserve and pay for your room from the block set aside for the workshop. 



Custom Workshops & Inspirational Lectures

      • I  will do custom weekend events for photo clubs and groups who want to go to a specific area.  I am also available for private instruction.
      • I have three programs that I can do for photo clubs.  One is “Dream – Believe – Create,” another, “Discovery & The Creative Process” and another “Master Your Craft & Honor Your Vision”.  The programs are about an hour long.
      • If you have an interest in any of these services or need pricing and or more detials, please send an email.