2023 Lofoten Winter Aurora Photography Workshop

With Matt Suess and Dr. Kah-Wai Lin

January 27 - February 3, 2023

Come join us for an epic photo workshop experience photographing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and more in Lofoten, Norway in 2023

January 27 - February 3, 2023
Lofoten, Norway

Only 1 Space Remains

"I really cannot wait for this... figuring out how to make this particular trip happen has been on my mind since I first decided I wanted to get into landscape photography.

And I know after working with you this year, I will truly be ready for it!"
Winnie A.
2022 Photo Mentorship Client with Matt Suess and 2023 Lofoten Aurora Workshop Client

The Basics:

Dates

8 Days, 7 Nights:
Friday, January 27 - February 3, 2023

Location 

The Artic Circle in Lofoten, Norway

Group Size 

Maximum 12 clients. Photography skill level from beginner to professional. 

Tuition Fee

$4,750 including 7 nights accommodation & transportation during workshop

Difficulty Level 

Easy to Moderate. Most locations are just a few steps away from where we park but there could be some snow, ice, and ocean water & tidal flats.

Your Instructors & Guides 

Matt Suess: Instructor & Guide
Kah-Wai Lin: Guide & Instructor

  • Northern lights that dance and flare across the sky...
  • Deep Norwegian fjords guarded by towering snow-dusted granite peaks...
  • Wide Arctic beaches and tide pools bathed in crystal-clear water and the pastel light of the Winter Sun...
  • ​Picturesque fishing villages lined with colorful wooden houses...
  • ​Epic photographic potential around every corner...

...Are you dreaming yet of the possibilities?

Now is the time to put those dreams into reality and experience one of your top bucket list photo destinations!

No winter tour to Lofoten would be complete without bringing home beautiful images and experiencing the greatest magic show on Earth - and that is what this photography workshop is all about!

Join us in chasing the Northern Lights and photographing them in the most unique and picturesque locations imaginable in Lofoten, Norway.
The Aurora Borealis is visible in Lofoten (weather permitting) from September to April. 

And as the northernmost location on earth with a year-round average temperature above freezing, this is one of the most temperate places to experience the Arctic Night Sky!
While the Northern Lights are are main priority, our secondary focus is photographing snowy winter landscapes glowing in the Arctic sun, the breathtakingly beautiful and world-renowned mountains, colorful fjords and pristine beaches, as well as the idyllic and authentic red Lofoten cabins.

Photographic opportunities are around every single corner in this paradise of the north!
As you look through these amazing photos from our guide Kah-Wai Lin, imagine yourself there experiencing this beauty and creating photographs you only dreamed you could take.

And after you wake up from that dream, consider clicking on that Registration button and joining us there for an experience of a lifetime!
"I was pleased to join Kah-Wai Lin’s Lofoten Aurora Photography Workshop in March 2017. 

It was an amazing trip. We were so lucky to have 5 nights dancing with fantastic aurora show. Some nights we even worked from 7:30pm to 3:00am tracing different aurora. 

Kah-Wai looked after us very well, gave us useful information both on shooting and post processing. He was flexible and tried his best to satisfy everyone’s requirement. 

This is one of the best photography workshops."
Michael Chen
2017 Lofoten Aurora Photo Workshop Client with Kah-Wai Lin

Introducing Our On-Location Guide/Instructor Kah-Wai Lin

In addition to having me as your photography educator during this workshop, we are fortunate to have on-location guide Kah-Wai Lin joining us, who also happens to be an amazing photographer & educator besides just a guide (all the photos of Lofoten shown here are his).

Kah-Wai knows the area better than most after leading over 40 photo tours and counting in Lofoten. He knows the popular must-have locations but more importantly he knows a lot of the less popular - yet just as amazing - places to photograph to set you up with the best chances to get your dream shots.

I met Kah-Wai in 2021 at a photo conference we were both presenting at. Together we became impromptu guides for a sunset shoot during the conference when the original guide didn't show up.

We then started running into each other while we both were individually either scouting or leading photo workshops in locations like South Dakota and Southern Utah. 

And now after months of planning, we are excited to work together to bring you the best possible photography adventure. Kah-Wai brings a completely unique experience to our group and while his main role is to put us in the right spot at the right time, he also loves sharing his photo knowledge and will be a great resource for all clients. 
"You have the utmost patience and instead of just telling me to do something, or how to do something, you helped me to think about solutions. 

Many instructors/leaders have an ego and those individuals are difficult to learn from. 

You don’t. You are a top-notch instructor."
Jill E.
2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Client with Matt Suess

Lofoten, Norway

Lofoten (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈlùːfuːtn̩]) is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 

Lofoten has distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. 

There are two towns, Svolvær and Leknes – the latter is approximately 169 km (105 mi) north of the Arctic Circle and approximately 2,420 km (1,500 mi) away from the North Pole. 

The archipelago experiences one of the world's largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude.

- source Wikipedia
"Matt is the best instructor I've had for any creative activity, but especially photography. He is patient in explaining things, and really helps you focus on the areas that YOU want to develop rather than focusing on what he thinks you need improvement on. 

 He also is the only instructor I've had in creative endeavors that is so supportive of you owning your unique style - I've always been one to do things my way, and most instructors struggle with students who don't "do as you're told," but Matt teaches to help you learn rather than trying to get you to do things his way. 

Matt also is great about making sure that each person gets heard and gets time for their questions to be answered, which requires facilitation of the discussions in such a way that people aren't talked over but also that people don't feel like they are being shut down...this is not an easy thing to do. Plus, he has a great sense of humor, which is always appreciated!

The Milky Way Workshop felt more about learning some techniques, setting up the shot, then waiting to see if it worked. This was more thinking on your feet and instantly applying things and adjusting (which was likely part of my challenge...my brain wasn't ready). 

 I would recommend both trips, and have so loved showing people the magic that was captured both times. And it's fun to be able to brag about the great teacher we had each time."
Emily L.
2018 June Tetons Milky Way and 2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed for any skill level from beginner to pro.

A DSLR/Mirrorless or equivalent camera with interchangeable lenses AND a sturdy tripod are required, as well as a basic working knowledge of your camera.

Physical Difficulty

Must Be in Good Physical Condition

While this tour is not particularly strenuous, we will be walking over uneven terrain as well as snow, ice, and tidal ocean water. Most locations are just a few steps away from where we park.

Accommodations

We will be staying in cabins. Each cabin has 3 rooms, a common living room and common kitchen. Each room has 2 beds and a bathroom - very spacious and comfortable.

Weather

Sunrise will range from 9:40AM to 9:08AM, while sunset will range from 2:31PM to 3:06PM throughout the 8 days we are together.

Temps overnight on average can get down into the teens F and during the day can typically range from the 20s to 30s F.

Snow is always a possibility.

A complete list of what to bring will be provided following registration.
"I think the way you handled the workshop was as near perfect as any student could ask for."
Harley M.
2019 Fall Grand Teton Photo Workshop Client with Matt Suess

     $1,146 In BONUSES Included

These Bonuses are Unique to My Workshops.

You will not find another instructor providing so much extra value to move you forward with your photography!!

Bonus #1

  • 1.5hr LIVE Online Group Welcome Party: Approx. 2 months prior to the start of the workshop we will all meet online for a welcome party. I'll cover where we will be going, discuss safety, show you some photos of what to expect, discuss what to bring, and will go over some basic camera settings. Bring your questions and meet your fellow attendees in this informal social gathering. ($175 Value)

Bonus #2

  • What to Do With These Photos! You will get access to my mini course on organizing your photos, captioning, adding keywords, and storing your photos. ($37 Value)

Bonus #3

  • ​How to Post Process Your Lofoten Images: An online course teaching you my secrets to post processing Lofoten photos. ($197 Value)

Bonus #4

  • 1.5hr LIVE Online Group Review and Q&A: Approx. 4-6 weeks following the workshop we will all meet online again. I know that a few weeks following a workshop, a bunch of questions come up from what was learned (and sometimes forgotten). Most other workshops, once you leave that final day, you are on your own. This isn't the case here! Use this as your opportunity to get all of those questions that come up following a workshop answered, get feedback on your photos, and connect with your fellow attendees once again. ($175 Value)

Bonus #5

  • ​Special $175 Savings on Your Next Workshop: You will receive a Special Alumni Credit that can be applied to any future field workshop that starts within 2 years of this workshop's start date. ($175 Value)

Bonus #6

  • ​Special 15% off NiSi Filters: You will receive a Special Workshop Student Discount of 15% off your first order of NiSi Filters. ($155 Value on Average)

Bonus #7

  • ​Special Savings on Fotopro Tripods: You will receive a Special Workshop Student Discount towards your purchase of a Fotopro Tripod. ($135 Value on Average)

Bonus #8

  • ​Access to a Private Online Portal: You will receive access to a special private online community portal where you can get to know your fellow attendees, share photos from the workshop, get up-to-date workshop info, and watch the bonus videos. ($97 Value)

Each BONUS is specifically designed to help you with your photography journey beyond the short time we are all together in-person.

     Total Value In BONUSES: $1,146

"I joined Kah-Wai’s Iceland Winter Workshop with my wife, Emily.

This is one of the best photo workshop we’ve ever had – extremely well organized, excellent transportation and guidance, useful hands-on and lecture instruction.

The workshop has allowed us to improve our landscape photographic skills in a stunning and challenging environment. 

We would definitely repeat a tour with Kah-Wai."
Michael Choong & Emily Ng  from Malaysia
Iceland Photo Workshop Client with Kah-Wai

ITINERARY

Here is the general plan of our time together.

Use this as a guideline and note that this schedule will be kept flexible and will change depending on weather and aurora potential.

For a typical day/night, you can expect long hours and irregular sleep. But for all your effort and lack of sleep you can expect amazing photos!

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Plan on arriving in Evenes (EVE) on this day or the day earlier to avoid any possible flight delays or cancellations due to bad weather.

You are responsible for your own hotel fees this night (and the night before if you fly in on the 25th). The hotel to stay at will be emailed to you following registration.

Day 1: Arrival – Evenes
Friday, January 27, 2023

We meet up at Evenes (EVE), get settled in our spacious minivans and start our Arctic adventure. 

While driving southwest towards the Lofoten islands, we will all get to know each other and discuss our itinerary and the exciting days ahead. 

If weather and time permits it, we’ll shoot sunset and Aurora Borealis as soon as arriving at our basecamp.

Days 2 - 7
Saturday - Thursday, January 28 - February 2, 2023

Each day and night will be planned based on current local weather and solar weather so that we can be at the right location at the right time, so an exact day to day itinerary is impossible to list right now. But you can use the info here as a general guide of what to expect.

Our vans will leave base camp bright and early to explore the historic villages and picturesque landscapes, chasing that unique Arctic light and exploring the stunning scenery.

Highlights will include locations such as Reine (possibly the prize jewel of Lofoten), Flakstad (Skagsanden), Fredvang, Nusfjord, Å, Ramberg, Selfjord and more.

The picturesque fishing villages surrounded by jagged granite mountains and colorful fjords will present endless photographic opportunities. We will be able to spend entire days exploring new angles and perspectives.

We will also explore Leknes which is real close to all the world renowned beaches. Locations could include Utakleiv, Haukland, Unstad, Vik, Ballstad, Vareid, Myrland and Valberg are all ideal for Auroral activity and unique Arctic light.

Of course, all of these locations will be dependent on Aurora potential, and again that is our main priority during our time together.

Day 8: Departure - Evenes
Friday, February 3, 2023

After the breakfast, we will transport you to Evenes Airport (EVE) in due time for your flight home, with the wonderful memories and images.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

What is Included

  • Two professional photography guides
  • Transportation to and from airport in Evenes
  • Ground transportation in spacious vans during workshop
  • ​Accommodations for 7 nights (based on double occupancy with option to upgrade to single occupancy
  • ​Complete dedication from Matt Suess & Kah-Wai Lin to put us in the best position at the best time for the best photos by constantly monitoring earth & solar weather forecasts & adjusting our itinerary accordingly

What is Not Included

  • International flights to/from Norway
  • Lodging for night of January 26 in Evenes
  • Food, snacks and beverages
  • ​Items of a personal nature such as laundry services, clothing, phone charges, etc.
  • ​Personal travel, medical, equipment or trip cancellation insurance
  • ​Gratuities for local guides, drivers, etc.
  • ​Visas (if applicable)

What Airport and When to Arrive

Complete travel information will be provided following registration.

Note: it is highly suggested to arrive at least 1 day in advance on January 26 (hotel not included that night) to allow for any potential flight cancellations or delays due to weather.

Travel Insurance - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to purchase quality travel insurance.

Some companies allow for the purchase of Cancel for Any Reason Coverage that expands the list of reasons for your canceling to include things such as sudden work or family obligation and even a simple change of mind.

More information will be provided upon registration.

DISCLAIMER

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Arctic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. 

When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day. We are visiting when it is a great time for the Aurora and it is our top priority on this workshop. We just can not guarantee that Mother Nature will cooperate and provide us with an amazing Aurora show.

There are always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan of Aurora photography and we will be maximizing our time together photographing the beauty of the area with and without the Aurora.

Traveling With a Spouse/Companion

There is a paid option upgrade for a single room. However, in order to join us in the 2 vans we will be traveling in, any spouses/companions would need to be fully registered for the workshop as there is no room in the vans for those not registered. 

In addition, transportation from Evenes to our base location would need to be taken care of by the spouse/companion too.

    Covid Information

With this workshop still one year away as of the time of this registration page opening up, it is impossible to say what the Covid requirements will be in Norway at the time of the workshop.

With that in mind, it is highly suggested that you are up to date on any Covid vaccinations & boosters in case that is a requirement. Some countries have denied entry without proof of vaccination or have required quarantines when entering and there is no way to tell what will be in place in early 2023 right now. 

As of early February 2022, Norway just a few weeks ago eliminated its quarantine requirement for travelers, but travelers do need to provide a negative Covid test no more than 24hrs prior to arriving in Norway and again at point of entry.

Only time will tell as to what restrictions may be in place when we arrive - as we get closer to the workshop we will have a better idea on entry requirements.

We will be following all requirements regarding Covid that Norway has in place during the workshop.

Register Here

Tuition Fees

$4,750

$1,000 Registration Fee Due Today

Remaining balance due by September 26, 2022

  January 27 - February 3, 2023
  1-on-1 & Group Coaching and Guiding from Matt & Kah-Wai
  Limited to 12
  7 Nights Accommodations Double Occupancy
  Transportation During Workshop
  BONUSES Valued at $1,146
  Past Clients can contact me about any possible alumni discount, which will be applied to the remaining balance.

Only 1 Space Remains

A single occupancy room upgrade is available for an additional $950
and payment will be due by September 26, 2022

ALL WORKSHOP ATTENDEES MUST ALSO FILL OUT AND SIGN AN ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM HERE.
Cancellation & Refund Policy for this Workshop
The initial $1,000 registration fee is non-refundable, but it is transferable to another workshop.

The remaining balance is due 120 days from the start of the workshop, that date being September 26, 2022.

If you cancel within 120 days from the start of the workshop and we find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your initial registration fee and a $250 administrative fee) or you can transfer to another workshop with no fees.
If you cancel and we are not able to fill your spot, the following is in place:


120 Days or More from Start
Your registration fee will be transferable to another workshop by Matt Suess with no fees.
90 to 120 Days from Start
A refund of 50% of the full tuition fees minus the non-refundable registration fee (assuming we can not fill your spot)
Less than 90 Days from Start
No refunds
(assuming we can not fill your spot)
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FAQ's Regarding This Lofoten Workshop

Here are a few answers to my most common questions regarding this workshop.

Is there a lot of walking/hiking during this workshop?
Most locations are just a few steps away from where we park. Expect some uneven ground with potentially snow & ice and standing in mud and very shallow water at low tide.
I am a pure beginner (or advanced) photographer. Is this workshop for me?
This workshop is open to all photography levels from beginner to pro. I have had clients who didn't know what an f-stop was and I have had those who are just about ready to or are already selling their own prints. With a 6:1 ratio for client/guide we are able to work with each student individually no matter their experience level to help them improve and reach their individual goals.
What is your experience photographing in Lofoten, Norway?
This will be my first trip. But I have partnered with Kah-Wai Lin who has been leading tours there for a number of years.

In fact Kah-Wai has probably led over 40 workshops there, as he has stayed there from January - March each year since 2015 (except for 2021 & 2022). He not only knows the area extremely well, but is an excellent photographer too and knows how to put us in the perfect location at the right time.
Will we work on our computers and learn how to process our photos?
Most likely no - this workshop is expected to be a shooting intensive workshop with little to no time for any group computer lessons. That is what my Bonus material is for where you can watch pre-recorded videos in the comfort of your home. You can even download the videos to watch again and again.

Besides, wouldn't you rather be out shooting instead of inside the hotel room on your computer?

An exception to this would be if the weather is bad enough that it prevents us from creating any meaningful shots. Should that happen we can spend some time on the computers.
Can I bring my drone?
Sure - most locations are drone friendly.

Meet Matt Suess

I am honored to be sponsored by Olympus as an Olympus Educator

Even though I now shoot with Olympus full-time, it doesn't mean that you have to as well. I am quite experienced with many cameras (especially Canon, Nikon & Sony which I have shot with before) and all brands are welcome on my workshops 😊
MATT SUESS
Fine Art Photographer, Olympus Educator & Fotopro Ambassador

Photography has always been a huge part of my life starting at the age of 12 when I had my own black & white chemical darkroom. That early interest launched a full-time professional photography career that began in 1990 and continues today.

For the first 17 years of my career I was a photojournalist based in New England. I am a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90’s, helping bring digital cameras to two different newspapers. I was awarded the 2003 New England Press Associations Photographer of the Year award for my work at the Cape Cod Times. During my time as a photojournalist, I also photographed weddings & portraits, as well as corporate & commercial assignments.

In 2006 I decided to leave all of that behind and move West, where I am now a fine art landscape & nature photographer, educator, and publisher. In addition, I also accept select luxury resort & architectural photography assignments. 

I teach numerous field & classroom workshops throughout the year as well as online courses and I provide occasional free online webinars. You may have already seen my videos for software companies such as Skylum and ON1. My passion for sharing and teaching what I have learned during my long career is evident in my down-to-earth and encouraging approach with my students.

I am sponsored by Olympus as an Olympus Educator. One does not need to shoot with Olympus gear though to take my workshops.

I am also a Fotopro Ambassador and you can purchase Fotopro tripods direct from me.

I live in Bozeman, Montana with my fiance and fine art painter Whitney Hall and our two blue heeler cattle dogs. 

You can find me online on Instagram and YouTube at @mattsuessphoto

Meet Kah-Wai Lin, MD, PhD

Dr. Kah-Wai Lin was born in Malaysia, but he has lived in other parts of the world for most of his life. He holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in medical science from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Since 2012, Dr. Lin has made his home in New Jersey, USA. Following a successful research career at Princeton University, Dr. Lin followed his passion and became a professional landscape photographer.

To date, Dr. Lin has explored and photographed some of the most diverse and remote places in over 30 countries, and he has been leading hundreds of photo tours and workshops throughout the world. He has been presenting over 250 seminars around the world, i.e. USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China, on behalf of Phase One, Fujifilm, Sony, NiSi, Fotopro and Skylum. On social media, Dr. Lin has over 300,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram.

Besides, Dr. Lin received over 200 awards at international contests and exhibitions including multiple gold medals. Most notably, Dr. Lin was awarded the 1st place at the International Photography Award 2015. He was named top 10 exhibitors in the world by Photographic Society of America in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Dr. Lin was honored by the appointment as Artist-in-Residence of US National Park.

Dr. Lin is the Goodwill Ambassador, and the former vice president of Photographic Society of America (PSA), one of the biggest and oldest international photographic organizations in the world. Dr. Lin is the founder and former president of PSA Metropolitan Chapter (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania); the founder and former president of Photographic Society of New Jersey; the representative and honorary advisor of many photographic societies around the world. Dr. Lin also operates a camera & telescope store, Stetinden Photo, in New Jersey.

Dr. Lin is the director of Global Elite Photographers; official photographer of Phase One Camera; ambassador and education advisor of NiSi Filters; ambassador and global marketing advisor of Fotopro Tripod; ambassador of f-stop; ambassador and global marketing advisor of FeiyuTech; pro team of Spiffy Gear; pro team of Red River Paper; ambassador and international liaison officer of Studio of Masters; and panda ambassador of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He is also sponsored by BenQ and The Heat Company.

In recognition of his photographic excellence and invaluable contribution to the photographic community, Dr. Lin received over 80 honor and distinction titles by photographic organizations worldwide, as well as the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from US Member of Congress.

General FAQ's Regarding My Photo Workshops & Tours

Here are a few answers to my most common questions regarding my photo workshops & tours.

What sets your workshops apart from other workshops?
I absolutely love teaching! I have over 30 years of experience making my career with my cameras and teaching & sharing my experiences along the way.
 
I am detail orientated and put the needs of my students first. I have extensive experience dealing with all types of situations and people and love answering all of my students' questions.
 
I have a unique photo background with experience creating and selling my work in such diverse fields as photojournalism, sports, portrait, wedding, editorial, and commercial photography. My specialty since 2006 has been fine art landscape photography.
 
I draw from all of those life experiences to provide you with whatever technical and artistic guidance you need. With my help, you will grow and expand your visual expression as well as your technical skills. In addition, I hope you have a great time in the process, immersing yourself in the total experience and sharing in my passion for photography.
Why should I attend one of your workshops?
I will teach you how to create inspiring and amazing fine art quality photographs. You will learn how to see more creatively and how to translate that vision into a final image that has emotional impact.
 
I make it easy to learn techniques and concepts that you will take with you every time you walk out the door with your camera. I have extensive experience shooting and selling my fine art photography as well as teaching the concepts of photography. I am a hands-on learner myself and teach using a hands-on approach that will give you the best opportunity to retain information and further your photography skills long after the workshop has concluded.
 
Lastly I love teaching small groups. Most of my workshops feature small sizes with up to 10 students on average. This allows for extremely low teacher to student ratios and provides valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me during the workshop.
Can my spouse, relative, friend, pet, etc. attend any or all of the workshop?
Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, I have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who haven’t registered are unable to partake in any group functions. Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs. If a spouse or friend wants to attend they will need to register.
Do you photograph during field workshops?
Yes I do on occasion and only when the light is amazing or when I need to photograph certain subjects for later classroom use. When I do photograph along with my students, the goal is to inspire them to learn to see an image the way I do. It can be extremely valuable watching me work a scene. Rest assured however that I am far more concerned that my students get the shot and ALWAYS put their needs first.
What level of photography experience do I have to have in order to attend one of your workshops?
It depends upon the workshop, so please check with the specific workshop you are interested. I especially love teaching beginner and intermediate photographers.
Do you provide travel insurance for your workshop participants?
I do NOT provide travel insurance as part of my workshop fees, but definitely recommend it. I highly recommend trip insurance that also includes travel health insurance. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating (although note I have no personal experience with this company). The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other variable factors.
What’s included in my tuition? Rooms, transportation, meals?
Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, classroom instruction and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions. Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless otherwise specified.
What should I bring with me to one of your workshops?
You will receive a workshop welcome kit before the start that will contain detailed information regarding the proper gear to bring with you.
What happens in bad weather?
I love weather of all sorts! Great photos can be found under some seemingly dreary skies. Many times we will be out in stormy weather, provided it’s not putting you or your equipment at risk. Great pictures can happen during fog, snow, rain and mist. If conditions are too extreme, we will find a location to wait out the weather. During this time, we can work on our images on our laptops while I assist you and give demonstrations.
Do you provide transportation?
I do not supply transportation for my workshops unless otherwise specified. I encourage participants to carpool once the program has begun, to minimize our impact on the environment and to facilitate parking. Please come expecting to share your car with others or to jump in and share someone else’s.
What is your cancellation policy?
You can read my cancellation policy as well as any other terms & policies here.

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