Evocative Travel Photography
John and Lisa Merrill, Instructors
Date: Thursday, September 28th – Monday, October 2nd, 2023 (7am-8pm including optional sunrises and sunsets)
In their engaging workshop, John and Lisa Merrill will help you nurture your creativity and strengthen your ability to tell compelling visual stories of the places you explore and the people you meet. Whidbey is a fascinating and beautiful island on which to learn, connect, and dive into the art of travel photography. Photographers of all levels with any camera (including a mobile phone) are welcome.
At beaches, forests, towns, marinas, a glassblowing studio, weaving workshop and other locations, John and Lisa will offer on-the-spot guidance and encouragement. They’ll help you harness the transformative power of light, compose for impact, and intentionally make, versus take, photos. As needed, they’ll demystify your camera’s features and settings. Through experimentation you’ll discover new ways of seeing and photographing, and grow as an artist.
Most of each day will be immersed in on-location photography at Whidbey’s cultural, historic and scenic wonders. There will be opportunities to capture majestic landscapes and intimate patterns of nature, create portraits of people at work and play, delve into food, wildlife, architectural and abstract photography, and explore creative blur through intentional camera movement. John and Lisa will do demos and share tips to expand your visual toolbox so you can create high-impact images with a strong sense of place.
Presentations at the Pacific NorthWest Art School will complement field learning. Each participant will have a private meeting with John or Lisa to discuss Whidbey images, and group reviews will provide additional feedback, support and inspiration.
Instructors’ Bio: John and Lisa Merrill create images to evoke wonder, inspire action and strengthen communities. Their work is used by travel destinations, outdoor adventure companies and non-profits, and featured in books and magazines around the world. Photography is a lifelong journey of connection and expression for the Merrills, and they’re grateful for opportunities to learn from the people and places they photograph. Merrill Images is a member of the North American Nature Photographer’s Association and a Transformative Travel Council Ally. John and Lisa are inspiring educators who nurture photographic creativity through online coaching, Pacific Northwest photowalks, workshops and photo tours. Learn more and view their work at Merrill Images.