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Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Workshop

February 12-18, 2017

Cost: $2,995 (all-inclusive except transportation)

Limited to 8 participants

Level: Intermediate to advanced


Inspired by outdoor photographer's Colleen Miniuk-Sperry's three terms as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (including the park's first winter residence), join Colleen for this one-of-a-kind photography adventure at a time when most photographers do not experience the park (winter).


This creative photography retreat offers a learning-intensive, hands-on environment where pushing ourselves to try new things will be encouraged.  We will discuss and practice ideas for visualization, mindful observations, telling a story through composition and light, and other creative techniques while polishing our technical skills.  In addition, specialized sessions with guest speakers on geology, astrophotography, and other topics will help participants learn about Acadia's landscapes to connect more deeply with the subjects you see through your lens.


Because everyone learns differently, we will use a blend of lectures, critiques, and guided outdoor excursions throughout the day mixed in with free time to explore your own creative vision.  Lectures will review key concepts, techniques, and tips on a variety of subjects.  Assignments will help focus your attention on building skills in a single area. Daily interactive critique sessions will provide you the chance to get quick feedback on your progress throughout the week and help refine your own evaluation skills.


By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a new portfolio of photographic work based on their unique winter experiences in Acadia National Park to share with the workshop group and their broad audiences at home.


Cost for this unique experience is $2,995/person which includes:



A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. The final balance is due on or before December 31, 2016.



Cancellation Policy:

A full refund, minus a 10% fee, will be granted to cancellations made at least 90 days prior to the workshop. A full refund, minus the full deposit paid, will be granted to cancellations made with a minimum of 60 days notice prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued within 60 days of the workshop. If the vacated spot happens to fill prior to the workshop, then a full refund will be granted.


There are no exceptions to this policy. CMS Photography strongly encourages you to purchase trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of unexpected circumstances preventing you from attending our workshops. We recommend Travelex Insurance ( or securing through your local AAA if you are an AAA member (; in Arizona, they use Allianz Global Assistance).


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