Private photography workshops increase your chances of getting great shots because they can be built around your schedule and you do not have to fight for the best spots with other participants. My private workshops give you undivided attention which leads to a deeper understanding of how I create my images.
With over 15 years of experience as a landscape photographer, I have amassed an impressive library of shooting locations, notes and maps. This information allows me to make educated predictions of where the best conditions will be at any given time of year. I carefully work with my client’s schedule and agenda in order to create the best possible photographic experience.
The joy of private photography workshops is that you get to choose the location and date! I offer free consultation as to where and when I think there could be good conditions based on what you want to shoot. Not sure what you want to shoot? I can help you with that too! I’ll walk you through some of my favorite locations while sharing some images from those spots so you know what to expect when we’re shooting in the field.
Popular workshop locations include but are not limited to the following.
• SF Bay Area • Yosemite • Carmel / Big Sur • Santa Cruz • Death Valley • Valley Of Fire • LA / San Diego Cost • The Southwest • The Pacific Northwest • Kauai • Patagonia • New Zealand
$600 Daily Rate
Two Person Group
$500 Per Person Daily Rate
Three Person Group
$400 Per Person Daily Rate
I’m a landscape and travel photographer based out of Oakland California. On the forefront of landscape photography, I specializes in photography workshops, luxury fine art prints, and licensing. My work has been featured in Design Milk and Focus on the Story amongst many other avenues. Leading workshops is my greatest joy.
Detail oriented instruction and guiding. With over seven years of guiding expertise, I strive to give you the best possible workshop experience.
Leading 25 - 30 workshops per year, there is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing my knowledge with my clients.
While walking away with great images is important, it is also important to enjoy your time shooting in the filed. My no-ego guiding approach makes for an enjoyable experience while capture your images.
I highly recommend doing workshops with Mike. I’ve done half a dozen with him over the past few years and it’s always a highlight of my year. Mike’s a funny, easy going, nature loving guy who is a joy to be around because he truly cares for and enjoys people. He will have you experiencing wonderfully beautiful locations while growing your skills as a photographer, and having fun while doing it. I walk away from each workshop feeling refreshed to go back into work, and with a killer shot I can’t wait to share.
The small group sizes are great because it enables Mike to pay close attention to everyone, being attentive when you need it and also knowing when to give you space for learning and creativity. I think one of the biggest selling points of Mike’s workshops is the deep research and trip planning he does before starting a new workshop. I’ve seen the benefits of this in the unique locations Mike takes us to, the interesting knowledge he shares that leaves me feeling more connected to an experience, and the on-the-fly flexibility Mike pulls from as mother nature disagrees with our itinerary. I’ve seen weather make him need to pivot our plans from A to B to C, and we’ve still come out having a good shoot. A few days on a photo trip planned by Mike leaves me with more high quality shoots than the sum of all my personally planned trips in a year. Mike makes it so you can simply show up and focus 100% on photography. Don’t hesitate to book a workshop with him, you won’t regret it!"
"Mike is an exceptional teacher and a great guide! As a total beginner, I learned more from him in just 20 minutes than I had on a prior 2 week long photo trip. His passion for photography and nature is contagious and makes every shoot exciting and fun. He's super attentive, patient and a great hands-on instructor; helping set up the composition, talking you through and explaining what settings to use and why in every situation. His scheduling and shoots are well thought out and he's great at finding the best spots to help you get a great shot. No matter your level, I'd 100% recommend traveling with Mike--he's just the best!"
"I’ve been on numerous photo tours and workshops and have found Mike to be one of the best guides! He has fantastic teaching skills and patience for beginner through advanced photographers. This workshop showcased his careful scouting and planning for our awesome week in Kauai; including hiking and site access tips, specific location and timing of each shoot along with access knowledge. His upbeat attitude and sense of humor always makes the workshops enjoyable and productive!"
"Mike is a brilliant photographer and the best teacher I’ve ever worked with. He’s extremely knowledgeable, patient, and has a unique ability to meet his student’s needs at their individual experience levels. He’s fun to work with because he’s alway enthusiastic, positive, and he truly loves what he’s doing. He comes prepared with contingencies and alternative locations in mind to respond to unpredictable weather conditions and light. I especially appreciate his resourcefulness."
"Mike is an exceptionally talented artist and photographer, yet he remains humble. It’s a pleasure exploring locations and creative interpretations of the subject at hand with him. He has zero ego and the focus is always on helping the workshop participants express their own vision with his extensive technical expertise and generous guidance. I have worked with him many times and I always learn something new. He’s a natural leader and teacher as well as being an accomplished artist. This combination is rare in my experience. I feel lucky to have found him to help me improve my own photographic vision."