(Deposit) Portland, Oregon 2019

(Deposit) Portland, Oregon 2019

Regular price $350.00 Sale

Join me for this hometown workshop to explore Portland, Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and Silver Falls State Park. It’s easy to forget how amazing your own backyard is, but with each Northwest workshop I run, the participants say they wish they had more time close to Portland. When I travel, I frequently hear people from all over the world who get excited about visiting here for the amazing culture, food, and scenic wonder. This workshop is all about sharing the special place I live with you. As a bonus, I've timed the workshop for a full moonrise at sunset for us to photograph and I have a fun location picked out for it. You'll want to bring a long lens for that.

Our home base and classroom will be right in the heart of Portland, just minutes by Uber or public transportation from the downtown hotels. We’ll use my 12-passenger Mercedes Sprinter Van (El Jefe) to explore locations around Portland, Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge in comfort. An optional fourth day adds a trip through the heart of the Willamette Valley’s farmland to Silver Falls State Park.

From urban cityscapes and blurred city lights to high alpine lakes, rivers, and deep forest waterfalls my backyard is teeming with a diverse array of visual stories to tell. This workshop’s focus will be on honing your skills to better tell those stories.


A $350 deposit reserves your spot.

Our base of operations will the The Olympic Mills Commerce Center. (map)

Download the workshop PDF here for full itinerary, lodging options and more. 



Planned Course Schedule:

Each day starts at 9:00 am

Friday Day 1:

Meet n' greet

Course “Portland as a Location, Light & Weather Forecast”

Course “The Scene: Things to Think About Without a Camera”

Student portfolio reviews/critique


Columbia River Gorge adventure


Saturday Day 2:

Sunrise Downtown

Course “The Exposure: Working with Your Gear to Get it Right”

Course “RAW Processing” Demo and Interactive

Student day one image reviews


Mount Hood adventure


Sunday Day 3:

Sunrise TBD

Course “The Image: Combining Vision, Composition, and Exposure to Tell Stories”

Course "Finish Editing: Demo and Interactive”

Course “Developing Your Own Creative Vision”


Student day two image reviews

Explore Portland & it’s bridges with full moonrise shoot at sunset


Monday (Optional Day 4):

Sunrise TBD

All day excursion to:

• Silver Falls State Park’s 11 magnificent waterfalls

• Willamette Valley farmland

• Beautiful and historic Silverton, Oregon

Lunch at the Silver Falls Country Store

Dinner in either Silverton or Portland depending on where the light leads us


Additional Details 

  • Participants who reserved their position with a deposit instead of the full fee will receive an invoice for the balance remaining no later than 60-days prior to the workshop. The balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the workshop to hold your place.

  • All workshop payments are fully refundable less a 10% fee up to 30-days prior to the first day of the workshop (August 21st). Workshop payments are 50% refundable from 14-29 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Any cancellation within 14-days is non-refundable. 

  • Transportation: I will be driving a 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter van from Portland to all photo locations. Uber and Portland’s good public transportation (including trains to and from the airport) make a rental car unnecessary, but you are responsible for getting to the classroom each day. If you have specific carpooling needs, please email me as soon as possible.

  • Portland is a very walkable town with amazing food, shops and amenities. If you haven’t been here, you’re going to love it.   

Download the workshop PDF here for full itinerary, lodging options and more.