What we're about

If you love to travel and want to get the most out of your photography, then this group is for you. We travel to great places where you can make fun photos while being guided by a professional photographer. Plus we have local and regional outings where you can photograph cool locations that you might not know about. From beginners to professionals, everyone can learn, share and make beautiful photos.

Upcoming events (3)

Vermont Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop

Focus, A Vermont Gallery

This is a paid workshop, before you RSVP please register at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vermont-winter-photography-workshop/

I think winter is the most beautiful time of year to be a photographer. I love seeing the simplicity created by a heavy blanket of snow and photographing the clean lines and the pureness of the countryside that only appears in winter.

I have spent years driving the backroads of Vermont finding great locations for winter photos and now I will share them with you. Join me for this unique photographic experience as you learn the tricks and techniques involved in capturing those special winter scenes.

Transportation during the workshop is included, we'll travel together in Loren's 12 passenger van, if Covid protocol allows. Or you can opt to drive separately to the locations.

You will learn how to get proper exposures in the snow, which is one of the hardest conditions to get the right exposure. Once you learn how to photograph on a sunny day in the snow, you’ll never have trouble getting the perfect exposure again.

We will extensively talk about using geometric lines in your photos to improve your composition. Simplifying your photos by concentrating on lines can turn ordinary images into “wow” pictures. Winter is the best time to learn to simplify and what you learn will carry over into the rest of the year.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, which is one of the most beautiful towns in New England. We will photograph historic covered bridges, one of America’s most photographed farms, rural scenes and classic small town Vermont.

Just so you know, I’m not one of those people who loves freezing, I know how to dress properly and I have found locations that don’t require a great deal of time outside the van. If you get cold, you’ll always be near a warm place to take the chill off. I’ll show you how to stay warm, including your hands and how to keep your camera and lenses from freezing or fogging up from condensation when bringing them in from the cold.

You’ll get a ton of information before the workshop to help you be prepared, it won’t involve spending money on lots of new things but maybe the right gloves. I’ll help you winterize your tripod for less than $5 so it doesn’t freeze your hands.

It is mostly a shooting workshop, we’ll start inside on Friday for about an hour as we get to know each other and talk about composition and shooting in the snow. We’ll shoot for the rest of the afternoon and then we’ll do light painting on a covered bridge at dusk. Saturday we are out at sunrise and shooting all day (with breaks of course!) and then after it gets dark we get together back at the gallery for pizza. Sunday it is shooting from sunrise until noon.

Although I can’t guarantee the ground will be covered with snow, Vermont is usually snow covered at this time of year. There will be snow at nearby ski resorts and plenty of great visual things to photograph. No matter the weather, we’ll be able to work on proper exposure and making better photos by visualizing the diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines that make for stronger composition.

For more information and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vermont-winter-wonderland-workshop/

There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Vietnam Photography Workshop

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A Vietnam photography workshop is certainly alluring. The mystery, ancient culture, wondrous landscapes, small villages and recent history all make Vietnam a location that photographers relish. Stunning scenes, friendly people and careful planning assure this will be a not to be missed trip.

Our 14 day photo tour to northern Vietnam starts in Hanoi and we work our way down to the old Demilitarized Zone that separated the North and South during the war. We’ll photograph all that Vietnam has to offer: temples, fishing villages, women making conical hats, beautiful ocean beaches, ancient sites, remnants of the Vietnam War and a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage area. We’ll cruise up a river and even photograph backstage at a unique puppet show that exemplifies the Vietnamese culture!

We’ll spend time in Hanoi and the surrounding area and then fly south to Hue where we explore the middle of the country. We’ll be on the go but have planned free time for relaxing, shopping or shooting on your own. You’ll probably be exhausted when we are done but it will feel great! This is sure to be a photographic journey that none of us will forget.

Loren is working with fellow photographer Sarah McGarghan, who has been to Vietnam several times, and a local Vietnamese tour company that is experienced in leading photographers in Vietnam. They have handpicked our guides, all of whom speak great English and love to share their culture with insight and passion. We have an action packed itinerary planned but we are always looking for more opportunities and will make last minutes changes if needed.

To see full itinerary: https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vietnam-photography-workshop/

Who should attend:
Anyone interested in the Vietnamese culture and stunning landscapes will find this to be a memorable trip. Your photographic experience doesn’t matter, even if you shoot entirely with an iPhone you’ll come away with amazing photos. There will be some walking involved, especially if you want to explore the towns and villages, but there won’t be long, exhausting hikes. Rest stops, restroom breaks and meal times have been carefully planned. Loren and Sarah will be available at all times for professional photography instruction.

The weather
This is Vietnam, which is mostly jungle, but we planned the trip to be when the temperature is most moderate and not during the rainy season. It seems like it is always humid in most of Vietnam, so plan on doing a little sweating, but we’ll be in air conditioned vehicles and hotels. In the north expect plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies with little, if any, rainfall and an average temperature of 78 degrees. In the central part of the country the average temperature is 82 degrees and there are usually sunny skies in March. But we always want to be prepared for rain, especially for our camera equipment. It won’t be hot or humid enough to have any concerns or need for special precautions for your camera gear.

What’s included:
• Professional photography instruction with two professional photographers and local guide
• Transportation while you are in Vietnam, which includes flights and travel in air conditioned vans and buses
• Single occupancy lodging (a $500 discount is available for couples traveling together)
• Breakfast each day, lunch and dinner as listed in itinerary
• Entrance fees to locations on itinerary
• Pre-trip planning assistance including flight suggestions and help with visa requirements.
• Tips and gratuities

Not included:
• Flight to Vietnam
• Alcohol
• Lunch and dinner not listed in final itinerary
• Personal items
• Snacks

Rates
Registration is $5900. Previous clients: $5450. If you are a couple or have a roommate, there is a $500 discount per person for a double room.

Maximum group size: 10

For complete info about the trip and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vietnam-photography-workshop/

Machu Picchu and Peru Photography Workshop

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered and paid at https://bit.ly/3pVpkao

A Peru and Machu Picchu photography workshop is a must for every photographer. Also known as The Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of the most multicultural countries of Latin America due to the mix of native Indian, Afro-American and European cultures. Peru is a country where the traditional customs have transcended through the years and they are the basis for the current way of life. The mix of different landscapes and people is the reason why Peru is a country so interesting to visit and photograph.

Lima, The City of Kings, was once the scenario of the war against the Spanish conquerors, who came in a ruthless search for the gold that was hidden somewhere in Peru. However, their most wanted treasure was the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which they never found. However, Machu Picchu is not the only highlight of Peru. We will also have the opportunity to photograph Cathedrals and Plazas in Lima, Cusco: the ‘Naval of the Earth”, the Sacred Valley with its many wondrous sites, as well as many small and fascinating villages and sites in-between. We are also very fortunate to have one of the best guides in all of Peru! One that has guided Hollywood stars, as well as having won multiple “Peruvian Guide of the Year” awards. Loren is working with fellow photographer Sarah McGarghan, a partner in a Peruvian photography tour company. They have handpicked our guides, all of whom speak great English and love to share their culture with insight and passion. We have an action packed itinerary planned but we are always looking for more opportunities and will make last minutes changes if needed.

The main trip is eight days through central Peru, we’ve added an optional three-day pre workshop extension so you can photograph the beauty of the capital city of Lima. For the main trip you’ll meet us in Lima and then we make a quick 80 minute flight to Cusco, which is included in your registration.

Who should attend:
Anyone interested in the Peruvian culture, ancient history and stunning landscapes will find this to be a memorable trip. Your photographic experience doesn’t matter, even if you shoot entirely with an iPhone you’ll come away with amazing photos. There will a good deal of walking involved, especially if you want to explore the towns and villages. We will be at high altitudes and we have planned the trip to give us time to acclimate. Rest stops, restroom breaks and meal times have been carefully planned. Loren and Sarah will be available at all times for professional photography instruction.

Main trip includes:
• Seven nights in excellent 3-4 star hotels
• All ground transfers by private bus or vans
• Entrance fees to sites as mentioned in itinerary
• Domestic air, including flights from: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima
• Services of award winning guides and experts throughout the tour
• Guide & bus driver tips and taxes
• Meals as specified (7 breakfast, 6 lunch, 3 dinner)

Not included
• Round trip intercontinental air fare
• Passport fees
• Services, meals and drinks, including alcohol not mentioned in itinerary
• Meals not included: four lunches and seven dinners
• Tipping for these meals and housekeeping
• Optional extra days in Lima and related meals and transfer
• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditures of a personal nature
• Travel insurance
• Entrance fees at optional sites/activities

Maximum group size: 12

Regular registration: $4775
Previous clients: $4425
$300 discount per person for couples sharing a room

For full itinerary, more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/3pVpkao

There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

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Iceland Summer Photography Workshop

Reykjavík

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