Workshops 2023-2024

“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

Please be sure to read our deposit, cancellation and Covid statements at the bottom of this page.




March 14 – March 29, 2023

One spot now open due to a cancellation.

$12,100 – 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



April 26 – May 3, 2023 Full.

May 17 – 24, 2023 – Full

$4,795 – $1000 deposit – Non-refundable.  Get to Tuscany and we cover the rest!  See details on the linked page below.

Limited to 12 participants

Please click this link to see a page with more information.

The Palouse in all of its Splendor

June 12-17, 2023 – Deposit $500.00


Limited to 12 participants –  One Spot Open as of 4/12/23 due to cancellation.

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 one or more sunsets 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.


The Faroe Islands with special guest, Cole Thompson

July 24 to August 4,  2023 

Price: $7,199 single.  A discount of $900 applies if sharing a room.  Includes breakfast, Lodging, and all transportation in country once you get to the hotel.


Limited to 11 participants –

This will be our second tour to the Faroe Islands.  10 full days of photography in an image rich location that has jaw dropping scenery and views.  This is also during their annual festival time and we will spend one day in town photographing and enjoying the festival.


Acadia Maine Fall Foliage Tour

October 8-13 – Deposit $500.00. Full with waitlist

October 15-20 – Deposit $500.00 – Full with waitlist.


Limited to 10 participants –

Join Cathy and me as we explore one of the most beautiful places to photograph fall foliage in our country, Acadia has become our favorite fall photography location on the east coast.

Our days will be spent photographing the landscape along the coast, small ponds, the Tarn, and surrounding areas. We will even make a side trip to the lovely town of Stonington.


Contemplative Photography Retreat – Molokai Hawaii

December 2-10, 2023 – Full with a waitlist.


For 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 retreat will be found there.

Death Valley and The Alabama Hills – with special guest, Cole Thompson

January 18-24 2024 Full with a waitlist

Due to the strong interest, we added a second set of dates.  

January 8-14, 2024 One spot left!

$2,295 – $500 deposit

Limited to 10 participants

A unique opportunity to explore one of Cole’s and John’s favorite national parks, Death Valley AND two days in The amazing Alabama Hills.  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 4 days exploring Death Valley, and then make our way to Alabama Hills in Lone Pine CA for two days.  Why is the price higher?  Two reasons.  We are moving to Furnace Creek for accommodation and it is more expensive there.  And we are adding an extra day to the tour for more time in the Alabama Hills.

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 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 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. We 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.

Covid Guidelines –   We will follow the current suggestions of the CDC.  


All workshops if cancelled by me due to Covid, are 100% refundable but you must seek reimbursement by your travel insurance first.  All other cancellations are handled per our statement above.

Protocols during workshops.

Cathy and I are vaccinated. While we prefer ride sharing to keep cars to a minimum, we will not require anyone to do so if they are not comfortable. While we will do our best to mitigate risk, you must accept that there is at least some risk associated with travel at this time..

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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