Workshops 2019 – 2020

“I asked one of his students how many times she had taken one of John’s classes. Her response –
“15 times”. 15 times?!

Nobody takes a seminar with the same photographer 15 times!
Well, they do with John and that’s what makes him truly… extraordinary!”

Dewitt Jones
Professional Photographer, National Geographic



Contemplative Photography Retreat – Molokai Hawaii

February 16-23, 2020 

$3,695 (A discount of $150 applies when paying by check) – SOLD OUT – Wait list 

For much more detailed information on this special retreat either click the link at the top of the page under “SPECIAL EVENTS” or this link. The information for this years retreat will be found there.  It will be the same for our 2019 retreat.


March 22 – April 6  – Full – Waitlist

$11,500 – Shared accommodation.  $1,000 single supplement.

Limited to 10 participants

We have partnered with a company that specializes in trips to Africa for photographers.  Our contact is from Namibia and has provided guiding services there as well.  This company has worked with many top name photographers for many years. Together we have developed a divers itinerary for our trip.  Some of the locations will include, Kolmanskop and Elizabeth, the dunes at Sossusvlei, a visit to the Himba Tribe Villages and Etosha National Park for wild game.  

If you’d like the complete itinerary, and, all of the detailed information, please email us. 

This is an all inclusive tour including food, in country transportation, lodging and park passes/permits.  You just need to get yourself there and back.  We will take care of the rest.

Payment Method:  The prices are cash/check prices.  If you prefer to use a credit card/PayPal, there will be a 3% fee added.

Deposit:   Non-Refundable, $1,800 per person.  Only when the 10 spaces are filled, and, there is a wait list of at least one, I will refund your deposit in full if your spot can be filled by a person on the wait list. 

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to our travel date


WALES with Graham Scott-Taylor

May 1-10, 2020 – Full – Waitlist

$5,495 Double Occupancy – $600 single supplement

Limited to 10 participants

We opened up our Wales UK tour for deposits to the “to be notified” list, but, we still have one opening available. We will be partnering with my friend Graham Scott-Taylor who is from and lives in Wales.  A big bonus as he knows the area well.

$1,000 will hold your spot.  

In country transportation
Lodging – We will be based in ONE hotel in Liandudno
Meals – All meals, yup, all meals.
Rail fares, castle fees, tram tickets, etc.  In other words, all fees included for any of the experience we have included.
Fun, laughing, and a great time

Not Included:
Airfare to and from Wales
Trip insurance

North Wales

Experience the hidden beauty of a little discussed paradise in the British Isles.

With its own living language and a history so magical, any writer would crave, Wales has a unique natural beauty that few areas in the UK can testify to. Boasting the second highest peak in Britain and unparalleled beaches the region of North Wales is full of endless photographic opportunities.

Some of the highlights of our 10 days together.

We will….

  • Experience the narrow gauge railway to the summit of Snowdon for an early morning 360 degree view of the specatular mountain ranges of Snowdonia.
  • Visit the National Slate Museum, then we will view the abandoned slate quarry areas, as well as the tranquil lake Padarn, experiencing the down to earth cuisine at the world famous “Pete’s Eat”
  • As well as exploring the Dolbadarn castle, made famous by JW Turner’s romantic depiction that lies not too far away.
  • We will visit parts of Anglesey visiting Aberffraw, the unique Church Island and South Stack lighthouse at Holyhead. Lunching at the White Eagle in Rhoscolyn. 
  • A round trip along the Welsh Highland railway experiencing narrow gauge steam travel through spectacular scenery. Then lunch at the Italian inspired architectural masterpiece that is Portmeirion. 
  • Be in and Around Victorian llandudno, Early morning pier shot, victorian tramway to Great Orme, street photography in the town and on the promenade
  • Have a relaxing day in and around Conwy seeing the mountain wild ponies and the world heritage Conwy Castle. Entry to the castle is included.
  • In Betwys-y Coad and Dolwyddelan Castle are next as is a visit to the amazing dam at Tan y Gresiau. Set in the challenging environment that is Blaenau Ffestiniog. 
  • Nant Gwynant, Llyn Mymbyr and Wakins falls, and the Aberglaslyn River.
  • Anglesey to visit Llanddwyn Island, Menai Bridge, and Penmon
  • Nant Ffrancon, Cwm Idwal 
  • A day in the magical Bodnant Gardens will conclude your visit.

To make this an even more relaxing tour, we will be based in one location (Llandudno) and travel from there each day.  This is an experience based offering with a wide variety of photographic opportunities assuring, fun, learning, and connection to the place and its people.

Tuscany Italy

May 16-23, 2020 One Spot Available 

May 28 – June 4, 2020

$4,795 – Single Occupancy all inclusive, meals (except lunch) transportation, lodging.

Limited to 10 participants

Join Cathy and me as we share with you one of the most beautiful places in Italy.  Our accommodations are located in the heart of Tuscany between San Quirico and Pienza in the Val d’orcia.  We will be making daily excursions to the rolling countryside locations as well as other “hill towns” nearby.  This region is familiar to us as this will be our 4th tour there. 

This is an all inclusive tour (except lunch and gratuities). Included are breakfast, dinner, transportation to and from hotel and during the tour, and your accomodations.

Not included – Airfare, trip insurance (highly recommended) , lunch and any gratuities


Colorado – Ouray to Durango

September 30 – October 5 – Full – Waitlist


Limited to 12 participants

They call it the million dollar highway for a reason. In the fall, this part of Colorado is spectacular. We will explore a number of locations from Ouray down to Durango. Some of the highlights will be The Dallas Divide, Telluride, Owl Creek Pass, Silverton and so much more.

San Miguel, Mexico

November 6 – 13, 2020 – Cancelled

$4,195 – $500 discount per person if sharing. – 

Limited to 10 participants

San Miguel de Allende is a charming colonial town in the central highlands of Mexico. It is recognized as one of the works great cities with opportunity to make images at just about every turn.  We will spend most of our time exploring San Miguel, but, we will also spend a day in Guanajuato, and, make a visit to neighboring Atotonilco another world heritage site.




Death Valley – with special guest, Cole Thompson

January  – 11-16, 2021 – Full, Waitlist


Limited to 10 participants

A unique opportunity to explore one of Cole’s and John’s favorite national parks.  This workshop is for both B&W and color photographers. Cole and John will be available in the field and will present lectures and B&W processing tips in the classroom.  We will spend three and a half days exploring Death Valley, and then make our way to Alabama Hills in Lone Pine CA for a sunset and sunrise shot.

The Palouse in all of its Splendor

May 31 – June 5, 2021

June 7-12, 2021 


Limited to 12 participants

Join Cathy and me as we explore one of the most beautiful places in our country, The Palouse.  This will our 15th year leading a tour in this richly photogenic area. The Palouse is a dry farming area where much of our wheat and other grains are grown.

Our days will be spent photographing the landscape including beautiful barns, abandoned farms, windmills, farm equipment and retired work trucks, and other vehicles in various stages of decay. We’ll catch at least one sunrise and one sunset from atop Steptoe Butte, a 3,612 feet high butte that towers over the surrounding countryside affording a birds-eye view of the fields below. It’s an opportunity to use long lenses to capture stunning shots of the undulating landscape.


Olympic National Park With Rod Barbee

July 11 – 18, 2021


Limited to 12 participants

We are excited to finally add this iconic location to our list of tours for 2020!  We will be partnering with my friend and fine photographer, Rod Barbee, who just happens to live in this area, has led many tours there, and, knows it well.  Please visit Rod’s website to see all of the details.

Auroras of the Northwest Territories with Rod Barbee

September 3-10, 2021

September 10-17, 2021

$4,729 Single Occuppancy

$4,199 double occupancy (if available)

The prices are all inclusive except air transportation to and from.  Included are all meals, hotel and transportation.

Limited to 10 participants

After a very successful trip to Yellowknife last year, Rod and I received lots of interest and requests for 2020.  As such, we’ve decided (call us crazy) back to back tours next September.  Yellowknife is known as one of the premier locations to view Aurora activity.  In addition to photographing Auroras, we will be doing some fall foliage photographer during the afternoon.  Please visit Rod’s website for all the details.

DEPOSIT INFORMATION:  All 6+ day U.S Based workshops require a $500 deposit.  The deposit information for the Hawaii retreat and The Hideout is in the details on each respective webpage. Foreign Tours require a non-refundable (unless we can fill your spot $1,000.00 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:

Things happen. In those situations, the following applies…

All cancellations are subject to a $250 service charge. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $250 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies:

  • 90 days or more: full refund minus a $250 fee and the non-refundable deposit on a foreign tour as stated in the Deposit Information above.
  • Less than 90 days: no refund including the deposit.

Travel Insurance: It is required. Not only is it good to have in case your trip is interrupted, cancelled, or your bag is lost, but also for emergency medical situations. I recommend World Nomads.

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 by 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 details, please send an email.

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