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Includes 4 photo tours

$1,399 per person 

Dates TBD

Group tour (6 max)

*$20 in day use fees not included

  • Mount Hood, Trillium Lake + Wildwood Recreation Site

  • Portland Photo Hotspots - Downtown Portland

  • Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock + Ecola State Park

  • Columbia River Gorge + Multnomah Falls

This workshop combines my favorite photo tours from the past 11 years of teaching and the best day trips from Portland! We'll go from capturing the iconic Mount Hood reflection at Trillium Lake to walking the "weird" streets of Downtown Portland to exploring beautiful Cannon Beach crowned by Haystack Rock and lastly, visiting waterfall alley in our beloved Columbia River Gorge. You will receive hands-on, in the field instruction and the opportunity to take your photography skills to the next level!

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What's Included:

  • Advance preparation material provided 14 days before the workshop in order to optimize your time in the field.

  • Meet + Greet

  • 4 Photo Tours with hands on, individualized photography instruction

  • Strategy and settings discussion before each photo tour

  • Recap discussion including post production plan

  • Follow up is provided with membership to the Portland Photo Tour Forum, a collaborative photography Facebook group.


Day 1

First we'll meet up at Wildwood Recreation Site for introductions and share our workshop goals. We'll also discuss our approach and settings for Wildwood and Trillium Lake before heading out on the Cascade Streamwatch Trail (flat and paved). After some time documenting the fascinating details of a Northwest forest and shooting long exposures at the Salmon River Bridge, we caravan down to the stunning shore of Trillium Lake for an alpine sunset. Each participant receives hands on in-the-field guidance. 

Day 2

  • Portland Photo Hotspots Morning - Downtown Portland

  • Ecola Point Viewpoint 

  • Cannon Beach + Haystack Rock Sunset

The next morning does not require a sunrise start, but we'll meet early to wander the streets of Downtown Portland and the Portland Waterfront, focusing on an urban setting and some of Portland's best spots for photography. After the Portland Hotspots Photo Tour, you'll have downtime to rest, grab lunch or see more of the city. We'll meet up again in the charming coastal town of Cannon Beach for a picturesque view from Ecola Point and a dramatic beach sunset at Haystack Rock. Prior to each photo tour, approach and settings are discussed.

Day 3

  • Columbia River Gorge + Multnomah Falls Sunrise

  • 30 Minute Recap Discussion

On the last day, we'll meet for sunrise and beat the crowds to the stunning vistas and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Afterward, we'll review the discoveries and challenges of the weekend. A post processing plan is also reccomended before we part ways after an adventure filled weekend!

Topics Covered:

  • Landscape and close-up photography

  • Urban photography - landscape, architecture, abstract, fine art, details 

  • Lighting direction + quality

  • Metering

  • Exposing for the highlights

  • Focusing

  • High contrast lighting

  • Low light

  • Composition + Perspective

  • Manual Mode vs Aperture Priority

  • RAW vs JPEG

  • Lens selection

  • Equipment review

  • Using filters

  • Location scouting 

  • Sunbursts

  • Post processing discussion

Gear Requirements:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera

  • Wide angle lens - 16-35mm or similar

  • Standard lens - 24-70mm or similar

  • Telephoto lens - 70-200mm (optional)

  • Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera and lens

  • 6 or 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter for your wide angle lens

  • 2 or 3 Stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter for your wide angle lens. Please note this is a graduated ND filter NOT a variable ND filter. It will be used to bring in detail to the sky (optional but recommended).

  • Cable release (optional) - can also use self timer.

  • Capable of walking 2 miles carrying your equipment. 

Skill Level:

This workshop assumes you have basic photography knowledge. Advanced knowledge of photography or experience is not necessary, but you should be familiar with the basic settings of your equipment. You should be shooting in manual or aperture priority mode (as opposed to auto mode) and understand what aperture, shutter speed and ISO are and how to change these settings on your camera. 

Physical Level:

Our visit to Wildwood Recreation Site entails walking on a flat, paved trail for about 1/2 mile round trip. Portland Hotspots is about 2-3 miles of walking on paved city streets at a leisurely pace (no tripod). Cannon Beach involves 1/2 mile round trip walk on the sand to Haystack Rock. Columbia River Gorge has a 1/4 mile round trip walk on a paved trail with a slight decline to Latourell Falls. Women's Forum, Ecola Point, Trillium Lake, Vista House and Multnomah Falls involve little to no walking. You will have the option of walking up to the Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls which is a .4 mile round trip walk on a paved trail with a few switchbacks and some incline. You can choose to stay below and shoot the falls from ground level.


  • Price: $1,399 per person

  • Transportation, lodging, meals and day use fees are not included.

  • Ecola State Park day use fee is $5.  

  • Trillium Lake day use fee is $10. NW Forest Pass is accepted in lieu of the day use fee if you have one. Cash only!

  • Wildwood Recreation Site day use fee is $5. No cash accepted.

  • A permit/fee is not required at the Columbia River Gorge or Multnomah Falls since we will be arriving before the time permits are required.

  • 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 14 days before your photo workshop.


Workshops are rain or shine.

If you cancel greater than 180 days: full refund minus $200 service fee

90 days or more: 50% refund

60 days or more: 25% refund

Less than 60 days: no refund

If I can rebook your space, I am happy to refund the full amount!


If you are traveling from out of town, it is probably most convenient to stay in the Portland area for the weekend, rent a car and make day trips to the workshop locations. This will allow you to have a home base where you can come back and rest during the afternoon. Mount Hood and Cannon Beach are approximately 90 mins from Portland and the Columbia River Gorge is about 30 mins.

More Info:

  • This workshop is taught from the approach of shooting single images (as opposed to shooting multiple images and combining them in post production). Although, participants are welcome to shoot multiple images for composite, if that is their preference. 

  • Locations are subject to change due to unforeseen current conditions.  

  • Maximum number of participants is 6.

  • Portland Photo Tours are designed for adults 18 and over.

  • Meeting locations, times and additional information are provided at the time of booking.

  • I will also reach out within a few days of booking to find out more about you!

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