Ghost Town Portraits Workshop: June 19-21, 2020

Ghost town portrait of a woman in Oregon

The Ghost Town Portraits Workshop

June 19-21, 2020

Are you tired of settling for good photographs, when what you really want is great?

Whether you’ve been photographing for decades, or just started in with your new iPhone, you’ve probably noticed that there’s always room for improvement.

Perhaps you visualize stunning, artistic portraits in your head…but struggle to get your actual pictures to look as good as you’d imagined?

Do you want to light your images in a way that excites you?  Are you uncomfortable using flashes on-location, or want to know the secrets to finding the best natural light?

Do you wrestle with your gear, your settings, your lights, your models, your composition…trying to juggle everything at once…fumbling to pull it all together and create something beautiful?  

Do you enjoy photographing in distinctive locations, eating home-cooked food, and learning in a fun environment with like-minded people?

If so, this workshop is for you.

Three Beautiful Days of Photography and Conversation

What could be better than the tumbledown texture of a ghost town and the beauty of dancers and models, combined to create beautiful environmental portraits?  In this special workshop, I’m combining two of my favorite things–historic places and beautiful faces–to teach you how to create stunning on-location portraiture.

Join me for 3 days in the John Day River Territory, just east of Portland, Oregon.  Surrounded by the beautiful Painted Hills and John Day River, and thousands of years of history, we’ll gather at PJ Ranch, where I’ll share from my 30 years of experience photographing people.  You’ll learn about professional lighting (natural light and off-camera flash), building rapport with subjects, posing, strong composition, good clothing choices, camera and lens options, and much more.  We’ll spend two days at ghost towns hidden in the local area where I’ll give demonstration shoots.  You’ll then have hours to photograph with models and dancers, with my oversight and input. I take a hands-on approach to learning by introducing you to a concept and then letting you apply it immediately, with my feedback.  It’s the best way to learn.

But the workshop doesn’t end there.  In the weeks following the workshop, you have the option to sign up for an additional 1-on-1 consultation, looking over your final work and giving you further insight for improvement.  I want you to end up with photographic confidence, professional insight, real-life experience, and photographs you are proud of.

Why join me for one of my workshops?

  • Extensive experience: I’ve created award-winning commercial and fine art photographs for over 30 years
  • Thoughtful instruction: I’ve been teaching workshops for 20 years, in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America
  • Teaching for all skill levels: Novice or Pro, my goal is to provide the best learning environment for every skill level
  • All camera formats supported: Digital, Film, or Phone
  • A safe environment: Everyone is welcome and respected
  • Plus, you’ll be around some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and leave with a passel of new friends

An all-inclusive experience

The Ghost Town Portrait Workshop is an all-inclusive 3-day experience.  You’ll be provided with hors d’oeuvres and meals (you’ll purchase one dinner as we dine out at the local watering hole), lodging at the local inn (single or double occupancy), models and dancers to photograph, and all of my attention.  It’s an experience you don’t want to miss; it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Want to try out some new photo gear at the workshop?  Our sponsor ProPhoto Supply will give you $50 off a rental item for the weekend, and after the workshop a $30 gift certificate toward a future rental.  And our sponsor Lensbaby will have their amazing lenses on hand for you to create with during the workshop!

Reserve your spot by March 31 to get Early Bird Pricing of only $785!

Click here to reserve your spot now!