Driftwood Beach, Wild Horses, Fort Clinch State Park & More
Are You Ready to Hone Your Photography Skills while Visiting Beautiful Amelia Island, Florida?
This is a fabulous Photography Workshop package for all new and experienced photographers who would like to learn more about photography while enjoying a beach vacation. With our Amelia Island Photography Team, and small class size of 10 participants, you will learn more about photography and enjoy what this small coastal town and Island have to offer.
Imagine capturing beautiful evening skies over the Amelia River from our quaint, shop lined downtown, waterfront area. Have your camera ready to photograph many of the historic buildings and sights in Fernandina Beach, home of the shrimping industry and at the northern tip of Amelia Island. This course also includes trips to Fort Clinch State Park, where the old oak tree canopies line the road into the park.
We have included trips to Cumberland Island where you may see wild horses, sea life, and shore birds. Make sure to bring a telephoto lens for this one. This workshop would not be complete without seeing “Driftwood Beach” at Big Talbot Island State Park. This is an extremely popular beach for photographers wanting to see and photograph many of the fallen, sun bleached trees that line the shore, making a wonderful compositional element for landscapes.
We limit the course to 10 participants. This smaller number allows for our instructors to be available to assist you and recommend particular camera settings to achieve your vision. For those more experienced, feel free to explore and call out if you need help.
*The brief before we leave for the outing will advise you as to what equipment and settings you might consider.
We recommend our workshop for those in good health, and prepare for each outing by bringing water, sun block, and bug spray (just in-case). Florida Summers can be warm, so drink plenty of fluids, wear light clothing and good footwear for the anticipated terrain.
Please be aware we will be taking a boat to Cumberland Island so if you feel you may be inclined to motion sickness, please bring a medication you can use to help with this before we leave the dock.
At Big Talbot Island we will be walking about 10 minutes to the beach in the dark with a short, but steep decline to the beach area from the hammock. Use caution and wear appropriate footwear.
The Photography Workshop package includes lodging at the Marriott, Springhill Suites just steps from the ocean for a two night stay (double or single occupancy). The cost of the full package includes:
- Lodging at the brand new Marriott, Springhill Suites just steps from the ocean for a two night stay (double or single occupancy). We also have special arrangements for two participants that want to share a room.
- Welcoming Reception
- Complimentary breakfast, break refreshments, and one dinner at the hotel
- Free Parking
This is a fast paced workshop with very little down time between excursions. We encourage participants to stay at our partner hotel to take advantage of the premium location, favorable rates, and ease of coordination.
We have a reserved block of rooms at the Marriott Springhill Suites as part of the workshop/hotel package. There is a workshop only option available for participants local to Amelia Island.
Full payment is required upon registration. If cancellation is more than 30 days before the start of the workshop a full refund is given.
Please consider purchasing trip insurance in case of any need to to cancel. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason.
The Cost is $2,551.00 US per participant. This package includes the Workshop, two nights (single or double occupancy) at the Marriott Springhill Suites by beautiful Main Beach, a welcome reception, breakfast, break refreshments and one group dinner at the hotel.
Transportation to and from the hotel, and photography events is not covered in the cost. We recommend you bring your own vehicle or rent a car for your stay.
Day One - Sunday June 27th
4:00 PM to 6 PM Welcome Meet and Greet - Program Overview
Join your workshop leaders and fellow participants for a meet and greet, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and beverages as we get to know one another. The workshop leaders will provide an overview of the full program and details related to this evening’s trip to downtown Fernandina Beach and the Lighthouse view from Atlantic Avenue. You will have time to go to your room and pack for the blockbuster evening excursion that departs from the hotel at 6:30 PM.
6:30 – 10:30 PM. Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Marina, Sunset and a Lighthouse
We will leave the hotel and walk through downtown Fernandina Beach’s Centre Street from the Fernandina Courthouse to the yacht filled Marina. Historic buildings, still in use today, dot the brick sidewalks that lead to the waterfront. Our town has been the location of many musical videos and movies because of its charming exterior and extraordinary history. Venture off the side streets to see bungalow homes and Victorian mansions.
There are many vantage points to capture the sunset from the Marina. Mirrored reflections of the boats in harbor on a background of the town’s colorful buildings are a must. The town begins to light up as the sun goes down and street scenes become magical. We will grab dinner downtown before going the the Lighthouse later in the evening.
After dark, we will move on to Atlantic Ave to capture the beaconing light of the oldest lighthouse in Florida.
Day Two - Monday June 28th
5:30 AM – 8 AM Sunrise at Boneyard Beach, Talbot Island
We will cross over the bridge on the south end of Amelia Island to Talbot Island where the beach is filled with the bleached “bones” of mighty fallen trees that succumbed to the rising saltwater infiltrating their roots. These protected driftwood relics provide a surreal foreground or background to your sunrise landscape. This location is also a go-to place for portraits. Your instructors will be happy to take your portrait in this most unusual location. We will also take a “class photo”.
On the way back, we will stop to check out Spoonbill Pond that is typically full of migrating birds. A long boardwalk with two viewing stations allow us to get up close and personal with many species feeding in the shallow waters of Spoonbill Pond.
8:30 to 10 AM Breakfast and Download, edit and select top up to 5 photos
10:00 – 11:30 AM Photo Review and Prepare for Excursions 3 & 4
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Lunch and Relax
2:00 PM to 3 PM Bosque Bello Cemetery & downtown Fernandina Beach
Buried at Bosque Bello Cemetery are individuals, families, and groups that played key roles in the development, heritage, diversity, and rich past of Fernandina Beach. In Bosque Bello, you will discover the graves of 19th century Spanish residents, Amelia Island Lighthouse keepers, gun runners, politicians, boat captains, magicians, law enforcement officers, victims of both yellow and typhoid fever epidemics, nuns, and veterans of many wars – from the American Revolution to the present day.
After the cemetery shoot we will travel to historic downtown Fernandina to the marina.
3:00 PM to 5 PM Scenes from the Water
We will embark on a private boat tour of the Amelia River to Cumberland Island in search of feral horses, dolphins strand feeding and the abundant seasonal wildlife that live in the marshes. Our captain knows where to go for the best chance of capturing wildlife in its natural habitat without human interference.
5:00-7:00 PM Download, edit and select up to 10 top photos
7:00 PM Dinner followed by a Photo Review. Prepare for tomorrow’s excursion
Day Three Tuesday June 29th
5:30 AM – 8 AM. Sunrise at the Fishing Pier, Sea Turtle Tracks, Horses, and Dune
Islanders believe there is nothing more beautiful than an Amelia Island sunrise. The best light is 30 minutes before sunrise and today, the tide will be rising wetting the sand to afford us colorful reflections of the sunrise. It is turtle nesting season so we may find sea turtle tracks to and from a fresh nest on our beaches and if really lucky, catch sight of a sea turtle. Dolphins are often spotted cruising the shoreline, shorebirds will be plentiful but our local fishing pier is the focus of this shoot. Capturing a unique composition will be the challenge we pose to you today. Long shadows, under the pier sunrise shot or full landscape….you decide!
After sunrise, we will undoubtedly see horse riders along the surf that cast a beautiful silhouette against the sunrise. Face away from the ocean and the swaying sea oats in the dunes, sandy paths, the leading lines of the boardwalk to the beach and array of seashells, all provide a canvas for the photographer.
9:30 – 10:45 AM. Review of morning photos and wrap up.
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