My good friend Brenda said it would make you feel more comfortable for me to say a few words about me and my workshops. Here is what you need to know:
I am a full time professional outdoor and wildlife photographer and workshop leader. For the past 10 years I have been leading my own workshops, and assisting David Middleton on workshops from coast to coast. My work has been published widely — from calendars and magazines to cans of cat food in China!
In between workshops, I am working on my photography and well just being Jeff…
As A Photographer
It seems that I have always had a camera in my hands, from those Kodaks with a cube flash bulb to a Nikon D3s and everything in between. My first love of photography has always been photographing wildlife and birds. Over the years and with the constant nagging errr encouragement from my friend and photography mentor, David Middleton, I now photograph most anything that catches my eye or sparkles in great light. I even enjoy landscape photography, but I beg you not to tell anyone!
I began my second career after a trip to Africa really inspired me to give it a go. Coming back from that safari with thousands of images and a zillion memories and listening to the applause from friends and family for my photographs really put me on a a trajectory towards becoming a full time photographer. Of course, I now know my pictures were mostly awful, but the fire had been ignited and I plowed on. My advice to anyone considering the same plunge would be to take a workshop and get a real critique of your work and some advice about what’s coming!
As A Workshop Leader
I believe it is important to have fun while learning, serious fun, so be prepared to enjoy yourself when you are with me. We all learn more when we are enjoying ourselves, and my goal is to help you learn as much as possible. I teach in the traditional workshop mold. In other words, I am there to teach you and to make sure you have a great experience. My job is to ensure participants get the attention they want, make some images they love, and leave knowing more than when they arrived. Not only that, we will all have big fun while achieving those goals.
I’ve photographed at all of my workshop locations many times and know the best spots and the special tricks that you’ll need to know to get the most out of the workshop. Generally, we photograph during the soft light of morning and evening, and then fill in the rest of the day with critiques and other classroom activities. I leave plenty of independent time for downloads, one-on-one help, and napping as needed!
I’ve been on too many workshops where the leader took more pictures than I did, where I never saw the “leader” except at cocktail time, or where I’d been to the location more often than the leader. Rest assured that none of those things happen on my watch.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and read my words. I hope you found some images that you liked and perhaps learned a couple of things to. I hope to see you on one of my workshops one day or perhaps we’ll just have a glass of wine somewhere!
Please email me if you have questions about my workshops and my philosophy. I am also happy to put you in touch with previous clients.