PRIVATE WALKING PHOTOGRAPY TOURS
Private tours will focus on your photography needs and schedule. Maybe you need a tune up before heading out on an expensive international safari, just have a few free hours in Alexandria and are looking for things to do, want to scope possible location for a photography shoot, or are looking for a team-building activity as part of a corporate meeting. I’ll work with you to understand your goals and photography experience, and we will put together a walking tour that is specific to your needs and schedule. Contact me to discuss pricing and schedule. I will do my best to try to accommodate last minute requests, but a minimum notice of 72 hours is recommended.
SCHEDULED WALKING PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
Each of the tours listed below takes a different route, practices different skills, and covers unique aspects of Alexandria’s history. Take just one, or all. We will stop at a number of sites that are historically significant and pre-selected to allow you to practice specific skills. All tours are led by a local Alexandria experienced photographer. Once you register, you will receive email instructions to help you get the most out of the tour. Afterwards, you will receive a follow-up email to recap what you learned. All tours are held outside, and require walking approximately 0.5 to 1.5 mile, so please dress accordingly.
Cherry Blossom Photo Tour (Seasonal Tour: Mid March to Mid April)
There’s nothing prettier than spring in the Washington DC metropolitan area! Starting with crocuses in early March and progressing to cherry blossoms at the end of the month, the city is popping with gorgeous blooms! Peak cherry blossom bloom is impossible to predict with accuracy, but you’ll be taken to the best flowers Old Town has to offer. Come learn photography tips, take your photos up a notch (or three!) and enjoy a walk touring some of Old Town’s best spring color. During this one-hour tour you will learn highlights of Alexandria’s history while practicing techniques for photographing town in its spring glory. Each participant will receive 1-on-1 coaching tailored to your needs. We will be outside for the entire tour and walk a bit less than 1 mile, so please dress accordingly. This tour is good for Smartphones and DSLRs/CSCs, it is pet-friendly, with a 10-person maximum.
Fee: $20 pp (Buy 1 ticket and get the 2nd ticket 50% off)
Walk & Snap
Talk a walk, snap your best photos, learn photography tips and hear highlights of Old Town Alexandria’s rich history. This one-hour walking tour, led by an Old Town photographer, will take you to historically significant and photogenic sites, such as the building where the seeds of the American Revolution were planted (no, it’s not in Boston!) and picture-perfect, hidden cobblestone alleys. At each stop, you’ll learn photography tips and be given an opportunity to snap those perfect vacation mementos. We’ll focus on Colonial America Old Town and explore it through George Washington’s eyes. The route will take us past key locations where he lived, worked, or played, starting from the time he was 17 and continuing to shortly before his death. This tour is designed for Smartphone cameras, with a maximum of 10 people, and is pet-friendly. We will walk approximately 0.5 miles and be outside for the duration of the tour.
Offered on most Thursdays and Fridays, click the "book" button to see upcoming schedule and times.
Fee: $20 (Buy one ticket, get the 2nd ticket 50% off)
When the sun goes down, photography changes! Slow exposures offer the opportunity to create images that don't exist for the human eye. The artistic potential of night photography is unlimited and with digital cameras and Smartphone apps, it’s never been easier. Some previous photographic experience is ideal for this workshop. During this two-hour tour we will work on exposure time, composition of night shots, painting subjects with light, while also discussing highlights of Alexandria’s history. The route will stay close to the Torpedo Factory and harbor. You will be provided with a small tripod to use during the tour. This tour is appropriate for SLR/CSC and Smartphones, with a maximum of 6 people and is pet-friendly.
Offered most Thursday and Saturday nights, click on the "book" button to see the upcoming schedule and times.
Fee: $50 (Buy one ticket, get the 2nd ticket 50% off.)
The Easy Way to Get Creative Control of Your Camera
Are you too overwhelmed by terms like f-stop, shutter speed and ISO to even consider taking your expensive SLR/CSC out of automatic mode and frustrated as a result? There is an easier way to master full control of your camera and get the creative photos you want! Given how sophisticated today’s digital cameras have become, there’s little need to shoot in full manual mode. Most pros don’t! You don’t need it to get the gorgeous creative effects that most people want in their photos, like blurred water, fuzzy backgrounds, or streaming lights. Join this tour to learn how to master just two shooting modes and gain full creative control as a result. This route will focus on the Lee family: Robert E. Lee, and his father and uncles, who were all famous in their own right and all of whom lived in Old Town. We’ll see their homes and key locations where major events occurred in their lives. This 2-hour tour is for SLR/CSCs only, with a maximum of 10 people, and is pet-friendly.
Offered on Saturdays & Sundays, click on the "book" button to see the upcoming schedule and times.
Fee: $50 (Buy one ticket, get the 2nd ticket 50% off.)