Sunrise at the Fishing Pier, Oak Canopies, "Boneyard Beach" and More
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.
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 July 25th
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM Welcome Meet and Greet - Program Overview
Join your workshop leaders and fellow participants for a meet and greet, enjoy light hor 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 Fort Clinch. 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. Fort Clinch State Park: Canopy Trails to the Milky Way
This afternoon we will visit the canopied trails that flow through Fort Clinch as the late afternoon sun filters through the moss of these grand oaks to capture a canopy road. We will then move deeper into the park towards the beach where we often see a herd of deer in the soft pastel muhly grass that grows near the beach. You will have an opportunity to shoot the old brick walls of Ft Clinch and take aim at the pelicans and shorebirds that coast by as we settle into watching a spectacular sunset (8:23) along the Amelia River and Cumberland inlet at the GA/Fl border.
It will get very dark along this waterway after sunset and our focus will shift to the Milky Way as it displays over Ft. Clinch. Soon after, at 10:03 the moonrise (98% full) will take command of the sky allowing us to creatively place the moon over the fort. We will then return to the hotel.
Day Two - Monday July 26th
6 AM – 8 AM Sunrise at the Fishing Pier, sea turtle tracks, horses, and dunes
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’s 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.
8:30 to 10 AM Download, edit and select up to 5 photos
10:00 – 11:30 AM Photo Review and Prepare for Excursions 3 & 4
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Architecture and Historic Homes of Fernandina Beach
A guided walk-through downtown Fernandina Beach’s Centre Street from the Courthouse to the Marina offers scenes of historic buildings and lots of street scenes. Venture off the side streets to see bungalow homes and Victorian mansions.
2:00 Pm – 3:30 PM Download, edit and select favorites
3:30 PM to 6 PM Scenes from the Water
We will embark on the Amelia River to Cumberland Island in search of wild horses, dolphins strand feeding and the abundant wildlife that live in the marshes.
6:30 – 7:30 Download, edit and select favorites - bring your top 10 from today’s afternoon excursions
Dinner at 7:30 – 8:30
8:30 to 10 PM. Photo review and prepare for tomorrow.
Day Three Tuesday July 27th
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” to wrap up over event.
9:30 – 10:45 AM. Review of morning photos and wrap up.
11 AM. Check out
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