Amelia + the Southern Sea Islands
Amelia + the Southern Sea Islands | The Intimate Landscape
Location. Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL
Dates. March 23-27, 2020
Description. Explore your personal creative vision among quiet beaches, expansive marshes, shady maritime forests with windswept oaks, a charming Victorian town and unique historic sites such as Fort Clinch and Kingsley Plantation. Discover new ways to connect more intimately with the landscape and capture a sense of place.
Amelia Island, our base for the week, is the northernmost barrier island among Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Along with Big Talbot, Little Talbot and Fort George Islands, it forms the southernmost of the Sea Islands that run from the Santee River in South Carolina to the St. John’s River near Jacksonville. As the gateway to Florida’s birding trail, there may also be opportunities to spot black skimmers, roseate spoonbills, ibis, woodstorks, egrets, herons and other birds.
What to expect. Each morning, you will have the option of a sunrise photo shoot at the beach or waterfront, followed by class from 9am-11:30. After a lunch break, we’ll head out to shoot for the rest of the day, including sunset. Depending on shooting locations, we will either grab dinner either before or after sunset. You'll have an opportunity to share current work and personal photographic goals on Monday. Throughout the week, you'll get feedback on the images you are shooting on the islands. These will be long, yet rewarding days in which you’ll capture many unique images, learn to look at things in new ways and explore your visual style.
Who should attend. This is a workshop for avid amateurs, emerging artists and professional photographers who want to refine their vision, expand their portfolio and inject some freshness into their way of seeing. You should be familiar with your camera’s operation and have a basic understanding of exposure metering and image processing.
What to bring. Bring your digital camera, your favorite lenses (wide-angle to telephoto suggested), a sturdy tripod, and a laptop or tablet for downloading and working with images. You’ll need image-editing software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or Snapseed) to process and share your images. A polarizing filter is strongly recommended and ND filters (optional) can expand your shooting opportunities.
Enrollment is limited. We want to make sure each student gets plenty of time for one-on-one instruction and image feedback, so enrollment is limited to 10 students. Reserve your space now.
Classroom Location. Morning classes will be held at the Island Art Association education center in the heart of historic Fernandina Beach, within easy walking distance of the waterfront and dozens of excellent restaurants.
Meals. Students are responsible for their own meals. Fernandina Beach is a foodie town, so there is no shortage of wonderful eats—from first-class burgers, gourmet pizzas and great seafood to Italian, Spanish, Thai, Caribbean and other cuisines.
Lodging. There are many lodging options in Fernandina Beach, but you should book early to guarantee a room and get a good rate! Within walking distance are the Florida House Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites Harbor Front and the Amelia Schoolhouse Inn. The Seaside Amelia Inn is a convenient option on the beach, just two miles away. Also just a short drive away are the Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn Amelia Island, Residence Inn, Amelia Hotel at the Beach, as well as many Airbnb and Vrbo options. If you would like to share a room or other lodging, I’ll put you in touch with other students looking for the same.
Cost and registration. Tuition: $1075. Lodging and meals are not included. A $400 deposit, which includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee, is required to reserve your space. The remaining balance is due at least 30 days prior to the workshop. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. (A minimum of 5 participants is required, so please check on class status before booking airfare.) Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register online or email Lee Anne directly and mail a check. When we receive your registration and payment, we’ll send either an acceptance email indicating that you’re enrolled in the workshop or notification that you’re on the waiting list.
Getting there. The Jacksonville Airport is located 28 miles (30-45 minutes) from Fernandina Beach. You can rent a car, take a shuttle or hire Uber/Lyft to get you to the island. If you’d like to share a ride, let me know your flight arrival information and I’ll share this with other students traveling by air.
Getting around. To explore the island you can drive your own car or carpool with other students. There are always workshop participants willing to share their cars in exchange for a bit of gas money. We can help coordinate this at our first meeting. (If you do not have a car, it would be best to book a room in the historic district within walking distance of our classroom.)
Cancellations, refunds and trip insurance. If for any reason you need to withdraw from the workshop, please notify us in writing within 30 days of the first workshop day. We will return your deposit less the $100 registration fee. If you cancel less than 30 days before the start of a workshop, your $400 deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your space, in which case we will refund your deposit less the registration fee.. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the start of the workshop will not be refunded unless we are able to fill your space. We highly recommend that you purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. We will not be responsible for refunds due to illness, personal emergency, unattended workshops, or events not under our control. In the event that a workshop is cancelled for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of all fees paid to us. We will not be responsible for any loss on airline tickets, or any other losses related to cancellation.
Waiver of liability. Lee Anne White Photography shall have no responsibility or liability for personal injury to any participant, or damage to any participant’s property, or for personal injuries or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant’s involvement in our workshop. We shall have no responsibility for the acts, errors, or omissions of instructors or staff, transportation companies, lodging facilities, restaurants, tour guides and outfitters, or other providers of services to participants in the course of the workshops. We have the right to cancel any workshop and to alter the time, context, or format of any workshop in the event circumstances require it.
To register, simply send me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org]. I'll reply with payment options, including a link to pay online via PayPal.