On September 18th & 19th, 2021, I'll be hosting a two-day workshop on San Juan Island. We'll spend those two days on the water and afterwards we'll re-group via Zoom for photo processing and more!
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How do I book a spot?
Email me! I will send you a sign-up sheet and ask for a $500 non-refundable* deposit. If you’re interested, but that is prohibitive please let me know before you decide not to sign up. I can and will work with you! I can and do accept payment plans so you do not need to have the full amount to reserve a spot.
(*see FAQ about cancellations for exceptions to the rule!)
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! While I ask for a $500 deposit up front I can work with you on the payments for the rest of the amount due. If paying $500 at one time isn't feasible at the moment please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Do I need a camera?
The workshop is going to focus on photography and whales (and wildlife!) but if you're just interested in getting out on the water for two days, learning to ID whales, and hanging out with me and the rest of the group then you don’t need a camera! I want you to get out of the workshop what you want from it and everyone has their own focus!
What if I need to cancel?
If you end up needing to cancel I ask for as much notice as possible. This helps both of us as I will do everything in my power to sell your spot, in which case I will give you back all of the money you have paid, including your deposit. If you cancel more than thirty days before the workshop and I am unable to re-sell your seat I will refund all money paid, less the deposit. Within thirty days I am unable to offer refunds if I am unable to re-sell the seat but I will be willing to transfer any money paid (less the deposit amount) to a future workshop.
I highly recommend trip insurance just in case!
What payment methods are available?
I accept payment through PayPal, credit card, or check.
Will we see whales for sure?
I wish I could guarantee that. I always say if there were two things I could control it would be wildlife and weather. That being said, with two full days on the water on the boats we'll be on we have THE BEST possible chance to not just see whales but be able to spend a good amount of time with them. In September we can expect to see killer whales (both ecotypes!), humpback whales, and minke whales.
We will also be on the lookout for the myriad of wildlife in the region including seals, sea lions, porpoise, eagles, and other birds. Have a special interest aside from whales? Let me know!
What's the weather like that time of year?
In September we're getting into the sixties most days. It'll be cooler on the water but is generally dry and fairly warm. I always recommend dressing in layers and if you have a rain shield for your equipment it's better to bring it and not need it than need it and not have it. That being said, the boats we'll be on have windows that open completely so if we encounter a bit of rain then you'll have the chance to be inside and not having to shoot through glass.
More importantly, what’s the water like that time of year? Well, we’re lucky to usually have really good water conditions in September but there’s always a chance we’ll have some wind come through. Usually this isn’t too big of an issue as it rarely takes our whole range out of play. But if you’re coming from out of state or far away that returning at some point would be unfeasible I recommend getting trip insurance, just in case!