I limit my own one day group workshops to 6 or (very rarely, 8 people – this would be on a multi-day tour and would only be when it is needed to keep the tour costs low for the clients due to hotel and mini bus hire costs etc). My aim is to give all my customers plenty of individual attention. On tours (multi-day workshops) I usually have eight. This is because the overheads are higher (such as hiring minibuses, fuel etc) and having eight people spreads the costs for everyone and makes it more affordable. As we have more days together, there is much more time for me to give everyone plenty of individual tuition. On two leader tours I run, generally, I keep the groups to 10 clients (a ratio of one leader to five clients) so that everyone gets lots of individual attention. Again sometimes this ratio is higher to keep the price low for clients if the hotels and other overheads are particularly high for a certain tour but I always state how many will be on the tour so you know this at the time of booking.
You can pay by any of three ways.
1. By BACs (Internet banking) which is my preferred method.
2. By PayPal, which is fine but PayPal do take a percentage of what you pay me as a fee. On multi-day workshops where I provide hotels and transport, if you want to pay by PayPal I am afraid I have to pass on the 3.5% PayPal fee to you. This is because over the year it mounts up to a lot of money and would affect what I have to charge all of my clients. I have decided the fairest way is to apply a surcharge to those using the convenience of PayPal. There is no surcharge if you use BACs (internet banking or cheque)
3. By cheque.
4. If you wish to pay by interest free monthly instalments to spread the cost we can organise this for you (although if you want to make these payments by PayPal we will have to add 3.5%, sorry). Please just email us to request it.
Sadly, I can’t control the weather. I do much of my personal work in weather which most people describe as ‘bad’ and make my best images then. So, expect to continue working if we get some rain, wind etc and I will show you my techniques for dealing with these conditions. However, if the weather gets just too bad to work it is often only temporary so we can usually retire to a cafe or pub for a break. This gives a chance to talk about composition, technique, Photoshop, Lightroom etc and I often have my laptop with me to run demonstrations of computer skills until the weather improves. For details on what happens if we know in advance of the day that the weather is going to be really bad take a look at my terms and conditions by clicking HERE as the details are all there for this situation.
Generally, no. On most workshops, especially one day workshops, I do not use my own camera at all unless the tuition requires it. I devote my full attention and time to the clients. On longer tours spread over days, clients rarely want me to hover around them all the time. After a couple of days of intensive tuition they want to get on and practise what they have learned and are usually happy for me to make my own images, as long as I am happy to jump in and help them when they need it (and I always am). Rest assured, the customer comes first.
I have been running photography workshops since 2005. I stopped counting when I taught my 1000th client. I have loyal clients who re-book with me many times (one has done over 20 workshops with me and many have done 5 or 10) My rebooking rate, I am proud to say, is over 90% and rising. I have run over 100 tours and lost count of the one day workshops I have run. I have also run a huge amount of tours and one day workshops for Light and Land since 2012, making me one of their most prolific leaders. I am a highly experienced teacher and love sharing my knowledge and love of art and photography.
Just that! I find a local cafe and you can choose what you like from the menu – from a slice of toast to the full english (and to be honest, most hungry photographers do go for the full english!)
This always makes me smile. No. I do not keep secrets and teach my clients exactly how I work, both in camera and on the computer. Please don’t ask me sensitive commercial information or expect me to reveal my customers and so on, obviously, but in respects of photographic technique I hold nothing back.