Wide, sandy beaches with rolling dunes, shady hammocks with Spanish-moss draped oaks, expansive marshes with softly swaying cordgrass—this is where you’ll spend your time if you join me for Amelia and the Southern Sea Islands, a field workshop in which you’ll learn to photograph the intimate landscape.
Amelia is the northernmost barrier island on 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. In addition to exploring the marshes, dunes, beaches and maritime forests, we’ll photograph several historic sites including Fort Clinch, Kingsley Plantation and the old storefronts and Victorian homes lining downtown Fernandina Beach. We’ll also take a cruise up the river to Cumberland Island, where we hope to catch glimpses of wild horses, dolphins, river otters and migrating birds.
Amelia Island is a very special place for me. It’s where I go for personal creative retreats—where I can reconnect with nature, as well as with my own thoughts and feelings. It’s a place where I can slow down, relax and be more present in the moment—where I can truly take time to see more deeply. I have been photographing Amelia and the surrounding islands for the past 10 years—capturing the “fingerprints” that give the island character and visual impressions that are more about the way being on the island makes me feel. And now I am excited about the opportunity to share these unique places and special moments with a small group of up to eight students during a weeklong photography workshop.
Scheduled for next spring (March 19-25), the workshop will be based at the Seaside Amelia Inn, a small boutique hotel with comfortable, contemporary furnishings just steps from the beach, a stone’s throw from Fort Clinch State Park and only a few minutes from dozens of great restaurants in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. We’ll go on at least two shoots each day, capturing both morning and evening light. Mid-day, we’ll head to the classroom for discussions and image reviews. I’m intentionally limiting the class size so that each participant gets ample one-on-one instruction, support and feedback.