Cherry Blossom Photography Workshop – Washington, DC

A Spring Photographic Bonanza. Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

April 10-12, 2015
Starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, ending at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Price: $349, $170  for Saturday only
Limit: 16 participants

blossomJoin professional photographers Loren Fisher and D.C. resident Vickie Lewis for a spring photographic bonanza as we explore Washington, D.C. during its most beautiful time of year, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

You’ll learn how to get the most out of your photography while getting photos in unique places that only the locals know. Vickie, whose work is sold by National Geographic Collections, has lived in the D.C. area for over 20 years and Loren lived in D.C. while working at USA Today, so you’ll not only be guided by two experienced photographers, you will learn how and where they make exciting photos.

The workshop will begin Friday at 2 p.m. at Vickie’s photo studio in D.C. suburb Silver Spring, MD, where you will learn about light and composition and then we will head to the Tidal Basin area and explore the famed cherry trees and see extraordinary views of the Jefferson Monument and others. As the night comes upon the city, you’ll learn to shoot night shots of the famous monuments.

jeffMemorialSaturday morning we will hit the Tidal Basin area at sunrise and make our way around the tidal basin getting blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Washington Monument and the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. We have lunch planned at a special place and then we go to a little known park that has many of the remaining cherry trees from Japan’s original gift in 1912.

Saturday also features the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival. Both of these events will make for great photo opportunities.

Sunday at sunrise, before the crowds arrive, you’ll learn how to get great photos of the little known but beautiful area along the Washington Canal and Georgetown. We’ll go back to Vickie’s studio in Silver Spring for a wrap-up session and be done by 1 p.m.

You’ll be exhausted but exhilarated after seeing Washington like you’ve never seen it before. There will be a decent amount of walking but being in their 50’s, Vickie and Loren don’t move as fast as they once did. You’ll want to bring most of your equipment on every outing, including tripod, but be sure to have a backpack or good camera bag to carry everything. Be sure to have an extra camera battery or two and dress in layers so you’ll be comfortable as the day warms up and then cools off in the evening.

Our workshop is during the traditional height of the cherry blossom season but we don’t control the weather! Even if it is an off year, there will be plenty of things to photograph so don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from two professional photographers who know where to shoot in Washington, D.C.

Overnight accommodations

Capital-moonrise-620The hotel is not included in the workshop fee, but we have booked rooms at the Marriott Courtyard Suites in Silver Spring, MD, a short distance from downtown D.C. When you register for the workshop, we will send you information on how to get the special rate of $139 per night, which must be booked by March 25. Of course, if you have other accommodations, that is fine.

Some local car-pool transportation will be provided, but participants should expect to pay some metro fares.


We must receive notice of your cancellation in writing, at which time we offer the following refunds:
60 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund.
59 to 30 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost.
29 or fewer days before workshop: no refund.

If you must forfeit your workshop fee we will refund your full payment if we can fill your spot. We will also issue you a credit to be used on another workshop within the next year.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

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