TWO FLORIDA FEBRUARY 2014 WORKSHOPS i’m super excited to share that i’ll be holding two very special USA workshops, before my family’s adventures begin in japan. the workshop will include a welcome dinner / mixer, one exciting, very full workshop day and an optional portfolio review. the workshop will be held in my home, in beautiful, sunny tampa, florida.

during our time together, we will discuss, share and explore. you will receive an intimate look at my photography (i’m an open book). you will be encouraged and inspired to find and embrace your unique voice and photography path. this workshop will not only foster enlightenment, creativity and growth, but also promises to encourage and challenge you. while the core information has been set, each workshop will be custom-tailored to the unique desires, needs and wishes of the group in attendance. please find all the details below.

DATES: feb 15th / 16th (optional 17th) --> sold out feb 21st / 22nd (optional 23rd)

welcome dinner & mixer:  5:30 PM - whenever we're done all-day workshop:  10 AM - 8 PM optional portfolio review: 8 AM - 10 AM LOCATION : tampa, florida (approximately 15 minutes from tampa international airport) CLASS SIZE: limited to 15 photographers

WORKSHOP RETREAT INCLUDES: • welcome dinner & evening mixer • one very full workshop day • snacks & drinks throughout workshop • lunch • pre- and post-workshop private online group • optional portfolio review

TOPICS: • discussion - organization & workflow - strong images & storytelling - strong portfolio - style & inspiration - photographing in natural light • 30-minute evening family session • processing of some images from the session • Q & A

portfolio reviews take approximately 15-20 minutes each -- although i highly recommend that if you are able to, you stay to hear at least a few of the other reviews. review times will be assigned based on when you have to depart from tampa. those first to depart will be first reviewed.

while some aspects of technique will be discussed, this retreat is not centered around learning the basics of camera technique or image processing. you should already have a good understanding of the use of your camera (shoot in AV or manual mode) and image processing (PS, LR, etc.). if you have any questions if this workshop is the right fit for you, please email me.

INVESTMENT: mixer & workshop: $950 optional portfolio review: $125 * all payments are non-refundable. if cancellation is necessary, you may find someone to sell your seat to.

REGISTRATION: additional information & registration HERE

if you have any questions, please EMAIL ME.

lastly, i wanted to share a few recent workshop testimonials:

Dear Deb, Shortly after our workshop, our family packed up and headed to the cottage for a couple of weeks. It was complete chaos and I didn't end up getting the time I needed to honestly reflect on what you gave to me at the workshop. I knew I had walked away refreshed, motivated, and inspired, but also knew that something deeper had happened in those two days.

I am home now and the kids are asleep. I can finally sit down, think, and write.

I can't thank you enough for your honesty and for presenting yourself as a "real" person. Until the workshop, you were some famous photographer that I worshiped. After the workshop you were Deb. Deb who had a dream, worked her ass off and is now one of the most talented photographers I know. You weren't handed your gift on a silver platter. I needed to see this more than you know. I needed to see that an everyday mommy like me, could be great at this art.

You took the time to explain things and teach things that I am sure are very second nature to you. I felt safe those two days knowing that I was there to learn and you were there to teach. No stupid questions could be asked.

An inside look into your work and how you approach a shoot and editing was incredible. I can't even begin to tell you how much I learned during that time!  You inspired me to keep going with this art and be honest and true on my journey. These words have not left my head. Before I arrived I wasn't sure if I should be doing this or return to teaching. I am now committed to this amazing art and have put teaching on the back burner. I understand I have a long road ahead and that there is no end to the journey. Before you, this would have scared the shit out of me. Now I am excited.

More than anything you have motivated me to KEEP GOING.

Deb, you were incredible those two days. I could have listened to you forever. You add so much value to this art and I respect you more than I can express.

THANK YOU for the opportunity to learn from you and get to know you. I would do this all over again in a heart beat. I hope that we will meet again some day but for now know that you have left a really big awesome mark in my world. So grateful for our time.

Lisa T. (Canada workshop)


I went into the workshop hoping to learn a whole lot technically to improve my own photography. What I came away with was that and so much more. I saw first hand how it wasn’t magic or luck which got you to where you are – it as a lot of hard work, finding an inspiration and following through with it. Watching your workflow from our discussions on inspiration and visualization, to watching you shoot and post-process. I realized that it is entirely possible that I can follow in your footsteps, put in the effort, and become an amazing artist. I can’t help but feel like I went into the workshop thinking I was a decent photographer and I left feeling like I was blossoming into an artist. I have since found inspiration coming to me so easily and in so many forms. My mind has been opened! I have all these images dancing in my head that I cannot wait to set up and photograph.

There wasn’t a question that was too simple and there was always time for another question. You shared everything that makes you who you are – an amazing photographer and an amazing person. I found inspiration not just in your product but in who you are and the amazing souls that were attracted to you and your workshop. I can’t begin to express how lovely it was that you weren’t just our fearless leader, but also just another friend in our group. I truly feel like I’ve gained a new friend in you!

As terrified as we all were of the portfolio review, I saw a light turn on in each one of us. My fear of discouragement was quickly dispelled as I saw my work in a whole new, positive light. I now feel empowered and excited for this long and amazing journey. I so cherish the time we all spent together and am so excited to now have such amazing people to share in this journey! Thank you!

- Carrie C. (Bali workshop)


Deb, how on earth do I put it into words…. thank you just doesn’t cut it.

I feel so humbled to have been a part of your workshop. This experience is one I will never forget both for my journey as a photographer and also for me personally.

When I found out about your workshop, I just knew in my heart I had to be there and now that I’m home I just want to thank you so much for your beautifully kind heart, and all the experience and knowledge from your own journey that you so generously shared with us all.

I’m so happy to have met all the incredibly talented and special women that I shared this experience with and have made some wonderful new friendships too! It was seriously so much more than a photography workshop!!

So thank you. For bringing us all together, for sharing so much of yourself with us, and for giving me the courage to find my own path and my own vision…

xx - Megan G. (Bali workshop)