Previous Workshop – London and Paris Workshop

Three destinations that are found in every student's itineraryTwo Weeks – London and Paris through the eyes of history and in the footsteps of artists

Workshop Dates: Sunday, August 24- Monday, September 8

UPDATE: Itinerary available here! 

I am thrilled to be going back to London and Paris at the end of August!!!

This time I will be going to teach a workshop with two other fantastic instructors:  Keith Lee, the professor at Foothill College who inspired me to leave my desk job and study photography full-time, and award-winning photographer, and my husband, Matt Drown.

Please, join us as we photograph our way through the two cities that gave birth to photography, London and Paris. Both are rich with visual history and the dynamic energy of truly global cities. We will spend nine days in London photographing the city by foot, Tube, and boat. We will visit the world-famous Getty collection and get behind the scenes on private tours at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, and others. We will explore London’s markets, ethnic neighborhoods, parks, busy streets, and quiet alleys. London is becoming the restaurant mecca of Europe and we have arranged for some special culinary treats and visits as well.

1117We will then take the train to Paris, to spend five days walking in the footsteps of photographers such as Henri Cartier Bresson, William Klein, Robert Doisneau, Brassaï, and many others. Like London, we will tour city by foot, metro, and boat. There will be daily walking tours to various points of photographic interest and beauty.  We have arranged for private tours at the Henri Cartier Bresson collection and Le Maison Européenne de la Photographie, two of the premier centers for photographic art in Europe. We will tour the medieval corners, the bridges, the narrow alleys, cafés, markets, gardens, and cemeteries in this incredible city.

This unique workshop has been developed to be quite different than most. We want to combine the best of a travel photography workshop and a photography class. On top of the excursions, visits, and photowalks, we will also conduct regular group meetings and photo critiques so that each participant can work to improve their skills and return home with the best photographs they can take. We want you to return home with more than postcard-quality images. A working itinerary can be found here: http://www.neeleymain.com/?p=3892.

Goals: 
  • Be more comfortable photographing people.
  • Understand how to use light during all times of the day to create beautiful photographs.
  • Learn to frame and compose artistically from seemingly chaotic urban scenes.
  • Experience and gain inspiration in two of the world’s greatest cities.
  • Beginners will become better acquainted with all of their camera’s functions and features, so they can focus on making beautiful images rather than stressing about the technology.
  • Advanced photographers will strengthen their skills through regular challenges presented to them by the instructors.
  • Return home with photographs that go far beyond the usual postcard shots.

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What is included:
A small group tour (Maximum 15 participants)
Professional and personalized instruction, guidance and regular critiques by the workshop instructors
Collaborative and supportive group environment so that each photographer can work to and beyond their current skill level
Lodging in London and Paris
Entrance fees to all activities included in the itinerary
Tube (Oyster) card and Metro card for use on public transportation
Private tours at museums and galleries
Train from London to Paris (one-way)
Breakfasts (except arrival day) plus welcome and farewell meals and at least one extra in each city (to be confirmed in final itinerary)
14 days of photographic fun
 
 
What is Not Included: 
Airfare to and from Europe
Transportation from and to the airports in London and Paris
Expenses of a personal nature
Tips for restaurants and local guides
Travel and emergency medical Insurance
Meals outside of what is offered in the itinerary
 
Cost:
$3500 (price subject to change based on fluctuations in exchange rates and final excursion confirmations) final price will be confirmed at time of deposit. We are working to keep the price low. If there is a change, we expect it to be lower.
A deposit of $1000 is required to reserve a seat.
The final payment is due June 30.
 
Deposit can be made via Paypal. Please use Paypal link below.


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Please contact me at neeley@neeleymain.com  (650-315-8812) or Keith Lee at leekeith@fhda.edu (650-949-7145) with any questions and to be added to the participant list.

nuit blanche 02A few reviews from previous workshops that I have taught:

“You have been the best photo instructor I have worked with, thank you for your energy time and patience.” -James D.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, and was really pleased with the images I was able to capture. Your enthusiasm for street photography was infectious. Thanks so much for all your guidance and suggestions.” -Janet R.

“I learned to look, see and notice everything in that one spot that I would ordinarily have passed right over.” -Cathy Y.

“I want to particularly thank you for being so organized and informative. So often I end up in a workshop or class where the instructor has not given the format and presentation sufficient thought to make it a truly learning experience. Not you. You really did a beautiful job on all counts.” -Tom S.

“You did an outstanding job of being our mentor, cheerleader and more! The best in so many ways! You have a real gift for being a fabulous workshop leader” -Mary J.

 

Cancellations, Delays & Refunds –

For any cancellations, we must receive written notification of your cancellation to neeley@neeleymain.com.

The following fees apply for all cancellations:
90 days or more before departure: full refund minus $250
89 days to 45 days before departure: 50% of trip fee
Fewer than 45 days: 100% of trip fee
Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather. We are not liable for any additional costs due to delays or cancellations. We highly recommend trip insurance if you suspect that you may need to cancel at any time.

Should we need to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollment, you will receive a full refund of all payments made within 30 days of workshop cancellation. Cancellation fees are not transferable.

A full payment and completed Release and Waiver of Liability Form will reserve a place for you in the workshop.

Trip fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars.
Payment for the workshop can be made via check, money order or credit using Paypal.

Health Considerations –

We expect that each participant is in good health, so that they may participate in our workshops. While our workshops are not strenuous, there is often a considerable amount of walking – anywhere from one mile to several miles each day. Each participant can opt out of an excursion if they are not feeling up to the activity level of that particular day and we will seek to find or suggest alternatives if at all possible.

Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We cannot assume responsibility for medical care or for special dietary requirements.

Insurance –

We strongly suggest that each participant purchase travel insurance.

Responsibility –

A Release and Waiver of Liability Form, without modifications, must be signed by each participant prior to EACH workshop. Otherwise, participation will be declined without refund.

We do not accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses and expenses will be borne by the participant.

By agreeing to this waiver, you also agree to allow the staff of Neeley Main Photography to photograph you during your participation in our workshop, and to use the photos and/or video in our promotional materials and campaigns without remuneration or compensation. All photos taken by Neeley Main Photography instructors and/or staff are the sole property of Neeley Main Photography with full copyright and intellectual property rights.

We reserve the right to 1) cancel any workshop prior to departure, in which case full refund of the workshop fee will be given 2) substitute any hotel in a similar category should this be necessary 3) substitute any instructor. None of which are acceptable for participant cancellation.

Schedule –

After processing your deposit to hold your space in a workshop, you will receive a registration form, confirmation that your deposit has been accepted and a Release and Waiver of Liability Form. This registration form will also have information about how to submit the final payment for the workshop. Please complete the registration and Release form and return it with your final payment by the given deadline.

Once fully registered, you will receive the logistics for the workshop, suggestions on what to bring or not to bring, and a daily schedule. The final time-line/schedule of all activities will be supplied at the welcome meeting on the first day.

Photos below by Neeley Main, Keith Lee and Matt Drown

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