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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy

  

"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown

 

"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear

 

"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham

 

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams

 

"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell

 

"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb

 

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso

 

"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers

 

"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken

 

"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling

Friday
May192017

Spring in Tetons & Yellowstone National Parks - May 19 - 25, 2018

TUITION $1495 --  (Small Boutique Workshop Limited to only 6 participants!)

(Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service)

 

Come join Natural Connections Photo Workshops on an amazing 6-Day adventure as we explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks....and do it as one of only SIX participants!



In Grand Teton National Park, feast your eyes on the almost 14,000 foot towering majestic peaks that loom and taunt in the distance. This range will be photographed from all of the iconic places (and maybe a few not-so-iconic places). This park will provide you with some of the most stunning landscape images you could possibly imagine and hopefully wildlife as the opportunity presents. 

 

Then come with us to visit all the hotspots (pun intended!) in Yellowstone National Park - from rushing canyon waterfalls, valleys full of wildlife, and a plethora of varying thermal features including bubbling mudpots, brilliantly colored hot springs, steaming fumaroles and violently erupting geysers. The sheer quantity of thermal features found in this park is equalled nowhere else on the planet! In the sweeping glacial Lamar Valley and elsewhere in the park we will be on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, eagles and elusive gray wolves. 


This workshop will begin at 5pm on Saturday and ends late morning on Friday.

 

***A Note on Non-Shooting Spouses/Signficiant Others -- We here at Natural Connections Photo Workshops are very non-shooting spouse/Significant Other friendly - most all of our workshops welcome these individuals.  With that said, on this workshop we are limiting this workshop to paying participants.  This is a small group intended to allow a carpool of only 3 vehicles.  A small group works best on this particular workshop due to parking and pulloff issues within the parks. There is also a LOT of driving, and carpooling is almost impossible with a big group.  Of course a non-paying spouse may arrive with you on this trip, but they will not be able to join us during our shooting day unless they have paid the full tuition to secure a place on the workshop.  Please contact us if you have specific questions regarding this policy.

 

**Cancellation Policy - Understand that on our longer trips where most people have to make extensive travel plans in order to join us, our cancellation policy is slightly more strict.  On this workshop, the last day for you to cancel for a refund is March 14, 2018.  If you cancel before this date you will receive your payment back minus a $50 transaction fee.  After this date, there will be no refunds unless we can fill your position with someone from the wait list. For this reason WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR INVESTMENT. 

 
Lodging:


*Cowboy Village Resort - May 22, 23, 24, 25 - checking out May 26, 2018
120 Flat Creek Drive
Jackson, WY 83001
800-962-4988
Rate: $166 per nite single or double - Cut-off Date: April 1, 2018

Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-962-4988 to make your reservations and tell them either group #24L46M or Natural Connections Photo Workshops.  Do NOT try to reserve online or you will NOT get the reduced rate.  


*Yellowstone Park Hotel - May 18, 19, 20, 21 - checking out May 22, 2018
201 Grizzly Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
877-600-4308 (website - CLICK HERE)
Rate: $189 Double Queen or Single King per nite / Cut-off Date:  April 15, 2018

Be sure to tell them group code 6B98SZ or Natural Connections Photo Workshops to get the reduced rate.   

 

 

Airport:


There are a couple of ways you can do this. We suggest you fly round trip into AND out of Jackson, WY (JAC). We are starting the trip in West Yellowstone and ending up in Jackson so this will be the least amount of driving.  Past participants have flown in and out of Bozeman, MT and/or Salt Lake City, UT.  So figure out what works best for you, but it you don't fly in and out of Jackson just be sure to leave enough time for travel back and forth for your flights and the workshop start time.  


Car Rental:


Each participant is responsible for their transportation to, from and during the workshop.  Many people choose to go in together on a car rental to save money. We generally require some carpooling during the workshop anyway, so you may want to consider sharing the cost with someone else. 


Several car rental companies exist at each of the above airports. 

 

 

For this Workshop:
 
Weather - This workshop will take you through many shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring.  Dress in layers with comfortable shoes with good tread. Be sure to have rain (or even snow!) gear for you and your camera.


Conditions - This workshop isn't one of our more difficult workshops, physically speaking.  Most shooting will be done near the car or with short hikes to overlooks, etc.  There will be some walking in Yellowstone on paths that include stairs and inclines and declines, but not miles of hiking on this workshop. 


Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop.  With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop.  A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography.  We also recommend that you bring a 3-stop (.9) circular neutral density filter.  There are some effects you cannot achieve without having an item such as this to block some light from entering the camera.  If you are not familiar with these filters, there will be a discussion as to its uses and effects during the lecture portion of the workshop.  To read more about these filters click here or email us with any questions.


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Friday
Jun232017

Summer Sunflowers - June 23, 2018 - 1 Day Photo Workshop - Calhoun, Ga 

Tuition - $80 (does not include $12 admission to the farm)

 

Nothing says 'SUMMER is HERE' quite like a 6-acre field full of sunflowers!  They bring a smile to our face every time. Pair that with some photography equipment, a curious photographer and a little photo instruction and it will be a great time to capture some fun images to kick-start your summer.

Come join Jeff and Ledra for a morning of shooting beautiful and vibrant sunflowers in Calhoun, Georgia....and with special admission to the Farm we get to take advantage of the soft and warm morning sunlight before the rest of the world arrives. 


You'll be able to use every lens in your bag if you so choose: super wide angles for up close shots including the overall environment; long lenses to bring far away subjects to you; and of course bring out those macro lenses for intensly intimate flower shots - a sure winner for this workshop!

This is a 6 hour workshop that starts at 7am and ends around 1 pm.  But feel free to extend your day and stay at the farm for a number of fun shows, music, food and more....even take home a bucket of sunflowers for your home!


**This workshop is based out of Calhoun, GA.  We will have an earlier start than usual for this workshop, so if you wish to arrive the day before, you may want to look for accommodations around Calhoun.    

 

 

Friday
Aug252017

Glacier National Park & Triple D Game Farm - Aug 25 - Aug 31*, 2018 

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Tuition $1395 (does not include lodging, transportation or food, but DOES include entry to Triple D game farm and a 2-lake boat ride)

If you haven't had the great fortune of shooting in one of the most picturesque national parks in the country or photographing its indigenous wildlife up close and personal, then this is the workshop for you!! Nestled in the nortwestern corner of Montana, this park can be summed up in two simple words - AWE INSPIRING. Nowhere have we found such a stunning example of our country's magnificent beauty. Join Jeff and Ledra as they guide you through one of their favorite shooting locations in the Western United States. 


This one is a two-part experience.  The first 4 days will have you exploring all through this magestic park - its towering mountains, sapphire blue waterfalls, chasms and gorges, pristine peak-surrounded lakes and the most famous and heart stopping road of them all - The Going to the Sun Road.


The second part of this adventure will put you literally meters away from wildlife as you photograph. Triple D Game Farm is located not far from Glacier in Kalispell, Montana. For 25 years Triple D has provided access to trained animals for photography and cinema alike. We will end our travels here treating you to wildlife shots that you just can't get anywhere else....you won't even need a super-telephoto on this one! This is truly an amazing opportunity to capture such a combination of landscape and nature photography.

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IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) This workshop starts at 5pm on Saturday evening and is 'planned' to end Thursday late morning. Our Triple D shoots are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. If a session is rained out on Wed or Thurs AM, the workshop will end Thursday around dusk with the makeup session.  Plan to possibly stay Thursday night or until Friday morning for the complete workshop. No partial refunds will be issued if a session is rained out and you leave early.

2) There are two fairly aggressive hikes on this workshop. Please be prepared to hike around 2-3 miles round-trip on each of these hikes. Neither hike has a required point to achieve so you may move along these routes at your own personal pace. 

 

**Cancellation Policy - Understand that on our longer trips where most people have to make extensive travel plans in order to join us, our cancellation policy is slightly more strict.  On this workshop, the last day for you to cancel for a refund is June 15, 2018.  After this date, there will be no refunds unless we can fill your position with someone from the wait list. For this reason WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO INQUIRE ABOUT PURCHASING TRIP INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR INVESTMENT. BE SURE TO ASK ANY PROVIDER IF YOUR WORKSHOP TUITION WOULD BE A RECOVERABLE FEE.

 

**Non-shooting spouses/significant others - Only paying participants will be allowed to attend the Triple D shoot. There are limitations on group size due to the skittish nature of animals, so non-participant individuals will NOT be allowed to attend this portion of the workshop.

 

Lodging - We have multiple hotels we are staying in during our visit -- it's a big park and will cut down on drive time! Please make sure to register for ALL 3 for the specific dates shown....PLEASE NOTE: For the night of August 28 we are spread among 2 hotels that are right beside each other....chose ONE of these hotels for that night's lodging

*Saint Mary Lodge - 8/25 - 8/27 (3 nights)
Glacier Park Inc. (info@glacierparkinc.com)
Hwy 89 & Going to the Sun Road
St. Mary, MT 59417
406-892-2525
Rate: $209 per nite / Cut-off Date:  June 25, 2018

If you choose to come in on the 24th (a day early) you can get the same rate.  We highly suggest this for ease of travel and timing. These are clean, but basic older rooms.  Given that we are shooting most of the day, most people don't mind.  If you would like to discuss slightly higher end accommodations, the Hotel may have availability, you just have to inquire with the Hotel. 

*The Belton Chalet - 8/28 (1 night)
West Glacier, MT 59936
888-235-8665
Rate: $180 per nite / Cut-off Date:  July 1, 2018

OR.....

*The Glacier Highland - 8/28 (1 night)
West Glacier, MT 59936
406-888-5427 (if you call off-season (after Oct and before May), leave a message for a callback - or try the online system at www.glacierhighland.com or email them)
Rate: $138 per nite / Cut-off Date:  July 1, 2018
  

   
*Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 8/29 - 8/30 (2 nights)
3275 Treeline Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-755-7405
Rate: $114 per nite / Cut-off Date: June 29, 2018

 

Make sure you tell each hotel that you are with Natural Connections Photo Workshops when you register.  Each hotel has a different cut-off date for reservations and a different cancelation policy.  Make sure you ask for and understand these policies. NOTE:  In the park, these accommodations are BASIC accommodations in an older park....they are clean, but basic. If you wish to upgrade your lodging accommodations feel free to do so when you contact the separate hotels and ask them about your options. 

 

Local Airports:

Glacier International Airport
4170 Hwy 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901


OR


Missoula International Airport
5225 US HWY 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

 

Kalispell is the closest airport by far - only about 40 minutes from West Glacier. However, if you want to show up early and stay a little later you may want to consider flying in and out of Missoula.  The reason is simple....it is one of the most gorgeous drives you will ever see.  Missoula to West Glacier is about 3 hours, but the ride by Flathead lake and the National Bison Range is worth it if you have never done it.  

 

Transportation:

 

You are responsible for your own transportation to, from and during the workshop. There are car rental agencies at or near either of the airports listed above.  If you would like to share car rental costs with someone, please let us know and we can get you in touch with other participants who wish to share. 

 

 

For this Workshop:
 
Weather - This workshop will take you through many shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring.  Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera.


Conditions - There will be 3 major hikes on this trip. If you cannot hike a 3 mile round trip, this workshop may be difficult for you.  Please do not, however, take this to mean the hikes are all that difficult.  They can be strenuous, but all are done at your pace and we give you plenty of time to get to the shoot and to get back.  One hike will be almost flat.  Another will be a gradual hike uphill on a well worn and wide path.  And another will be more steep, but again, you may go as far as you wish at your own pace.  Make sure you have HIKING FOOTWEAR for this trip. If you have any concerns please contact us to ask. 

Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop.  With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop.  A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography.  We also recommend that you bring a 3-stop (.9) circular neutral density filter.  There are some effects you cannot achieve without having an item such as this to block some light from entering the camera.  If you are not familiar with this filter, there will be a discussion as to its uses and effects during the lecture portion of the workshop.  To read more about these filters click here or email us with any questions.

Friday
Sep012017

Montana Ghost Towns - September 1 - 3, 2018

Tuition $350


This is a 2-day Montana ghost town tour that is designed to be an add-on to our Glacier National Park & Triple D Game Farm trip (click here), OR as a stand alone excursion. 


Montana has hundreds of places that people call ‘ghost towns’ but not all are created photographically equal.  Some are stunning in their preserved detail, and some are simply sad with an empty mine shaft or a stone outline of where the building used to be.  On this trip we take you to the absolute best of the best the state has to offer, and in that two days you will shoot ruins that are the most photographically exciting and worthy of being photographed.


Although this is technically an ‘add on’ workshop, anyone may sign up for it even if they are not attending our Glacier National Park workshop.  But, if you ARE attending our Glacier National Park workshop, this one is the icing on the cake.  Imagine glacial lakes, mountain peaks, carved canyons and teal river cascades, guaranteed wildlife images and historical buildings so well preserved you can almost feel what it was like to live back on the frontier.  These two workshops are indeed the ULTIMATE Montana experience! 


Join Ledra and Jeff and they guide you to and through these sites and help you with anything you need to capture and bring home stunning images of all that is Montana.


This workshop starts on Saturday morning and ends either Sunday night or Monday morning.  We are building in an extra shoot for the best ghost town of them all in case we get rained out OR if you just want to go back and have extra time to shoot. So plan your flight sometime in the later afternoon out of Missoula for this workshop on September 3.


Lodging

*We will stay in TWO different hotels for this workshop....in Missoula and Dillon, MT. 

 

 


1) Staybridge Suites
120 Expressway
Missoula, MT 59808
406-830-3900

1 night - August 31, 2018 departing September 1, 2018. We do not have a group room block for this hotel.  The rate should be somewhere around $150.  Once you register for the workshop, please go ahead and book your room here...the sooner you book, the better your rate.  We will meet the morning of September 1 here for a quick informational meeting and then leave from Staybridge Suites for our Ghost Town tour.  We will not be coming back to this hotel.


2) Best Western Paradise Inn
650 N. Montana St.
Dillon, MT 59725
406-683-4214

2 nights - Sept 1 & 2, departing the 3rd. Rate:  TBD. We have a block of rooms for this hotel.  Make sure to tell them you are with Natural Connections Photo Workshops or mention Ledra Woodlee's group. 


Flight:

You will probably want to plan to fly into and out of the airport in Missoula, MT for this workshop.  If you are also attending the Glacier National Park Workshop, you have 2 options:

1) Fly into and out of Missoula for the lowest cost, but there is a little more driving (about 2-3 hours extra – but it is through some of the most gorgeous country you will ever see).

2)  Fly into Kalispell, MT and out of Missoula, MT for the least amount of driving....but be sure to check rental car prices to do so.  Generally they are higher to fly into one airport and out of another....if offered at all. 

 

Car Rental:

There are car rental companies at either of these airports.  You will need to investigate to see if any companies allow cars to be picked up at one airport and dropped off at another.  Again, the cost to do that could be higher.


Wednesday
Sep202017

The Oregon Coast - September 20 - 26, 2018

Tuition - $1395 for 6 days

A true bucket-list item for so many photographers, the coast of Oregon is simply stunning.  With coastal mountains, silky sand dunes, rough and rocky shorelines, hidden tidepools, prominent light houses, cascading rivers and magestic sea stacks dotting the coastal landscape, this part of the country is a photographer's dream. Very few places inpart such a sense of place like the Oregon coast. 

Join Jeff and Ledra for six days in a coastal photography paradise. Basing ourselves in Florence and Bandon, the workshop will cover an area from the Newport area to south of Bandon.  Your photos will represent an astonishing cross section of what the coast has to offer.  

This workshop begins at 7pm Thursday, Sept 20 and ends around 3pm on Wednesday, Sept 26.

 

 


Lodging:

We will be staying in TWO different hotels, please register for BOTH:

**Driftwood Shores Resort
88416 1st Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 
Phone: (541) 902-6441

Rooms have been blocked at a nightly rate of $169 per night Thursday (9/20) through Sunday (9/23) nights (checking out Monday the 24th).  These rates are good if you book by August 30, 2018.  After this date the rooms will be released to make room for other guests and future reservations will be subject to availability at the prevailing rates.  Be sure to contact the hotel at the number listed above and ask for the Natural Connections Photo Workshops group block. (The group rate is also good the day before if you wish to come in on Thursday, Sept 20.)

 

**Best Western - Inn at Face Rock
3225 Beach Loop Drive 
Bandon, OR 97411
Phone: (541) 347-9441

Rooms have been blocked at a nightly rate of $161 per night Monday (9/24) through Wednesday (9/26) nights (checking out Thursday the 27th).  These rates are good if you book by August 24, 2018.  After this date the rooms will be released to make room for other guests and future reservations will be subject to availability at the prevailing rates.  Be SURE to contact the hotel at the number listed above and ask for the Natural Connections Photo Workshops group block.  Also, be sure to tell them that you prefer a ground room - there are no elevators in this hotel. 

 

Local Airports:

Portland International Airport (PDX)
7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218 

OR


Mahlon Sweet Field (EUG)
28801 Douglas Drive
Eugene, OR 97402  

 

Transportation

Major car rental companies are available at or near both airports.  Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop.  We strongly recommend that participants share the cost of rental vehicles.  We suggest this because some shooting locations on the workshop have very limited space for vehicles and we must require participants to carpool to these locations anyway.

 

For this Workshop:  

Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop.  With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop.  A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography.   If you are not familiar with this filter, there will be a discussion as to its uses and effects during the lecture portion of the workshop.  Also, a 3-stop or variable neutral density filter may be of use on the workshop as well. To read more about these filters now, click here or email us with any questions.

Climate - Oregon's coastal temperature is fairly stable. The temperatures will generally range from 50-60 degrees on this workshop.  Pack layers and wind/rain restistant outerwear for this trip.

Weather – This workshop could involve different shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring.  Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera and good sturdy footwear.


 

 

 

Sunday
Oct222017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Townsend, Tennessee - October 21-23, 2018

Tuition - $389  

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There is a reason the Great Smokies is the most visited United States national park.  From the beautifully smooth sloping ‘smoky’ mountain views to the cool rushing cascades of water tumbling throughout the landscape, this park has something to offer everyone.  From over 100 species of deciduous trees, 1500 types of flowering plants, multitudes of mammals, birds and reptiles and elevations ranging from 875 to 6643 feet in altitude, this park provides an endless bounty for the photographer.

 

Of all the seasons, Fall is the most magical in the Great Smokies.  Join us as we spend the weekend exploring historic Cades Cove, beautiful mountain vistas and the many winding streams flowing throughout the park.

 

This workshop starts at 3:00 pm on Sunday and ends 3:00 pm on Tuesday.  

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Deposit:

Full payment is required to hold your place in the workshop. No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2018. (See our Policies page for our refund and cancellation policy.)

 

Lodging:

Rooms are blocked from Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22, checking out the 23rd -- Limited rooms are available the day before the workshop on Saturday, so if you want to come in the night before, book NOW.  


The rooms will range between $94 and $109 depending on the type you choose.

The above room rates do NOT include tax at 14.75%. The workshop doesn't start until Sunday.  PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS - WE HAVE BOOKED THE ENTIRE HOTEL AND SHOWS NO VACANCY IF YOU TRY TO RESERVE ONLINE. Tell the hotel you are with Natural Connections Photo Workshops to book and get this pricing.  The cut off date for the rate is September 30, 2018.  After that time lodging is subject to availability at the prevailing rate.  Any cancellations must be made 14 days prior to arrival to get a full refund. 

 

Transportation:

Local Airport:

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

2055 Alcoa Hwy

Alcoa, TN 37701

 

Car Rental - Major car rental companies are available at or near the airport. Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop. We strongly recommend that participants share the cost of rental vehicles. We suggest this because some shooting locations on the workshop have very limited space for vehicles and we must require participants to carpool to these locations anyway.

 

 

For this Workshop:

  • Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop. With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop. A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography, especially when shooting water.

    Weather – This workshop will take you through many shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera. Bring layers to dress in as weather conditions can change rapidly in this environment. Click here for more information on what to expect and what items you may need to bring.

 
Friday
Nov032017

Old Car City - FALL - White, GA - Nov 3, 2018 - 1 Day Workshop 

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Tuition $80 (does not include admission fee of $25)

 

Nestled on 36 acres pretty much in the middle of nowhere lies one of North Georgia's former well kept secrets - Old Car City, USA.  However, the word is getting out.  Photographers are coming from all over to visit this former 1931 car dealership. 

 


This property arguably contains one of the country's largest collections of classic, as well as not-so-classic cars.  Intertwined with the local vegetation and textured by the elements, Old Car City provides a smorgasbord of photographic opportunity.

 

From portrait photographers to photographic fine art enthusiasts - there is something for everyone to shoot at Old Car City. 


Join us on November 4, 2017 for a fun and unusual day of shooting.  Jeff and Ledra will lead you through this maze of rusty nuts, bolts and the ghosts of cars past.  You will learn to look at photography differently and will be able to focus in on intimate and abstract scenes.  If you are into macro photography, you could spend a week here and not see everything Old Car City has to offer.  

 


So come out for a fun day of creative seeing and photographing.  This place is definitely different than anything else you've ever shot before!

**This 1-day workshop begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.  

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after October 20, 2018 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.

 

REGISTER NOW!!!

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