This 7-day nature conservation photography workshop teaches you how to craft a visual story and get your work in front of publishers
Ideal for anyone passionate about nature and wildlife conservation issues, storytelling, and making a difference with your photography!
Due to COVID-19, our 2020 workshops have been cancelled.
Stay tuned for 2021 workshop dates!
This is only a temporary disruption in our schedule. More goodness to come soon!
– Learn how to build a conservation photo story from concept to publication
– Hands-on experience working alongside nonprofit partners
– Develop your skills in storyboarding, technical and creative shooting, editing a compelling portfolio, and writing an attention-grabbing pitch
– Get plenty of on-the-ground photography time and one-on-one instructor time thanks to a small-group setting
– Head home with a story pitch and photo portfolio ready to send to editors!
Conservation Photography Workshop Overview
Your instructors are professional photographers with over 25 years of combined experience in wildlife photography, photojournalism and working in the editorial and publishing fields. They will walk you through the steps of a conservation photojournalism project from concept to completion.
You'll learn skills in working with a nonprofit partner, storyboarding, shooting, processing and editing your story, and developing a pitch for publication. You'll also receive a printed portfolio of your top images from the week to take home.
- Meet with our nonprofit partner(s) and learn about their work
- Build a story angle and shot list about your subject
- Shoot both as a group and solo in the field
- Participate in nightly image critiques and technical workshopping
- Learn essentials of crafting a story, fundraising, grants, research, pitching & more
- Build your own pitch and portfolio to put in front of an editor
The workshop is limited in the number of participants. We focus on keeping a 3-to-1 student-teacher ratio so that you'll have plenty of opportunity for one-on-one time with instructors.
What Past Students Say
“Throughout the week we received informative classroom lectures, assignments and several in-the-field photo assignments. And through it all we weren't just students, we were photojournalists, working a project documenting and raising awareness of an incredible conservation organization. I was pushed outside my comfort zone several times but through that learned what I was capable of while still receiving expert guidance from Jaymi and Mo. I walked away with skills beyond my expectations. Thank you, Jaymi and Mo, for a life-altering experience!” – Teri F
“The structure of the class from pre-planning to capture were excellent. The information & experience I gained in this class will be used in all facets of my photography and the stories that I tell.” – Jeanne H
“I learned SO much about storytelling in such a short time. Jaymi and Mo are both incredibly passionate and experienced and very dedicated to ensuring every participant is getting the most out of the workshop experience.” – Samantha S
“WOW what can I say!? It was such an incredible experience. Jaymi is an exceptional being and teacher. Her presence, patience, and generosity has made the demanding days much easier to juggle through. Learning how to make a story come to life from scratch, what is involved in taking story telling photos… I was constantly challenged, but also motivated and truly inspired. I would highly recommend taking anything Jaymi has to offer, and I look forward to any opportunity to learn from her again.” – Jia L
“I learned so much about creating a story telling portfolio. The nightly image reviews and portfolio review at the end were so helpful to teaching me how to take a photograph the conveys a story in itself. Jaymi Heimbuch and Morgan Heim are such talented and creative photographers. They are great teachers and are very supportive. If you are interested in conservation, photography, and how to tell a story with photographs, this workshop is for you.” – Sherry S
“What a fantastic experience. The agenda was so well planned and organized, but allowed flexibility to seize unexpected opportunities. We all learned so much about pulling together a strong story. Jaymi and Mo were wonderful, supportive mentors. Highly recommend!” – Michelle G
“The course was an extraordinary experience of learning, sharing and being creative. The challenge of developing a powerful story for an association committed by heart to the conservation of their local forests leaves me full of energy to create more stories. What a blast!” – Paula I P
“It was an incredible experience in every way! Jaymi's clear way of transmitting essential information and her passion and enthusiasm transformed the hard work into pure joy. At the end I left with a new set of tools, feeling inspired and prepared to start a new conservation documentary story on my own, ready to pitch to magazines and different organizations and have a deeper positive impact with my photography. This course is a true gift to yourself and the world, I highly recommend it!!” – Veronica D
Register for Upcoming Intensives
This workshop is 7 days and 7 nights. Arrive on the first day ready to dive into work. The last evening of the workshop is our chance to celebrate everything you learned, experienced, and created during the week with a wrap-up party. You'll depart the following morning!
What You'll Learn
During your week-long course, you will learn conservation photojournalism techniques essential to building a story, including:
- Information gathering
- Working with researchers and collaborators
- Crafting compelling compositions
- Post-processing strategies
- Editing a powerful portfolio
- Writing a pitch for publications
Lodging and Meals
Every participant has their own room in a beautiful Victorian home with ocean views. Lodging includes free parking, and is a short walk to restaurants, cafes, shops and the beach.
Our lodging is a reflection of our focus of the week: workshopping! We share one or several houses for the week in order to maximize our time for brainstorming, creative thinking, technical troubleshooting and in general having a blast as a group working.
After a full day of shooting, we will gather in the house common areas for workshopping and presentations in the evenings. Enjoy lectures and discussions in a large common area with plenty of comfortable seating, and get some quiet time for editing in several tucked-away spaces set up for working.
All your meals are prepared by a private chef with 22 years of experience. A healthful menu is supplemented with delicious freshly baked breads and pastries. Our chef will accommodate any special dietary needs.
Please note: During the week you'll be shooting as a group, in pairs and on your own. You'll need to arrange a rental car to be able to get to all shooting locations.
Registration and Payment Details
A non-refundable deposit of $600 is due upon registration to confirm your space in the workshop. To keep your space, 50% of the remaining registration fee is due 120 days prior to the workshop. The total balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to the workshop.
Upon registration, you'll be provided with additional forms and information, including payment options, additional workshop itinerary details, travel suggestions, resources for car rentals, what to pack, and what to expect during your week-long workshop. In short, everything you need to prepare for an amazing and fun week of conservation photojournalism!
- Lodging for 7 nights
- All meals
- A printed portfolio of your work from the week
Registration does not include:
- Travel costs to and from the workshop location
- Transportation during your workshop
- Alcoholic beverages