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Events, Shows, Displays

All In-Person Events, Gallery Openings, Displays and  Workshops Have Been Postponed Until Further Notice Due to Covid-19.  Each participant has been contacted and other arrangements made. Displays will be available per location guidelines. 

Photo Shoots are still available Only where CDC and other safety measures can be implemented.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult period. Much safety and health to you and yours.

My wish is that you remember to take time to smell the roses, watch the sunsets, zoom with your family and friends just to say hello and enjoy the world we have around us. Life has changed for sure, but it does continue. So as we learn to navigate this new system we live in, consider it as a new beginning, a new opportunity to appreciate life and all the beauty around us even more! 

Ongoing Shows/Displays

Allied Arts - Milledgeville, GA

Jen's Bakery - Milledgeville, GA

Book Signings/Prints/Gifts

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Photography Workshops

February 27th - 28th, 2021


March 27th - 28th , 2021


April 17th - 18th, 2021


May 22nd - 23rd, 2021


June 26th - 27TH, 2021


July 24th - 25th, 2021


August 14th - 16th, 2021


August 21st - 22nd, 2021



Billy's Island Sunset

April 25th - 28th, 2020   $775

As this workshop tends to fill up quickly and I like to keep it very small, I will be scheduling a second date for overflow, to allow more people to attend. If you sign up for the first dates and then need to change it to the second set of dates, as long as you do it before it fills up. Both do fill up very quickly, so get your reservations in as early as possible. 

4 Photography Workshops in 1

– Okefenokee Swamp, Jekyll Island, St Simon, St. Augustine

In this incredible 4-day workshop and tour, you will have the opportunity to photograph 4 incredible and photographic locations that should be on every nature photographer’s bucket list.

Okefenokee Swamp:

In the Okefenokee Swamp, we will photograph all kinds of awesome animals including Alligators, Turtles, Bears, and many others. We will walk out a legendary Boardwalk into the “Land of the Trembling Earth”, while photographing cypress trees, amazing reflections, and several different historical structures, etc. We will follow this path to an incredible 90’ tall observation tower, where we will be able to photograph the swamp from above the canopy. Mid-day, we will have lunch on site at their little restaurant where you can get anything from salad to gator tail. After lunch, we will board the train that will take us on an enchanting tour of the swamp and out to Pioneer Island. Once the train tour is complete, we will take a boat tour out into the swamp to photograph beautiful lilies close-up, incredible scenes out of fairytales and hopefully some baby alligators. 😊

Jekyll Island:

These are two of the most beautiful and photographic areas along the east coast. We will begin by shooting the sunrise at Driftwood beach on Jekyll Island and then after breakfast, we will tour the island taking time to explore some gorgeous old churches and other buildings as well as along the shore to see some ships passing by, as well as some beautiful wading birds and maybe even an eagle or two. I have also had the opportunity several times to photograph horses and riders out enjoying the morning beach as well. There is always a surprise waiting at Jekyll Island.

St. Simon’s Island:

St. Simons Island is one of my favorite places to photograph, especially the light house. We will photograph that historic and beautiful little town and seashore area finishing up the day with the sunset and night sky behind the lighthouse.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm:

Even though the name suggests that its all about the alligators and granted there a ton of alligators in this park, we are there for the birds! This is an absolutely amazing location to see nesting birds of a variety of species such as Roseate Spoonbills, Whooping Cranes, several kinds of herons, including the blue, tricolor and night herons, and many more. This is by far my favorite place to get close-up shots of birds, especially baby birds. The birds are not in captivity either. They come and go as they wish. But due to the fact that their only predators here are the alligators themselves and they don’t climb trees, its an awesome nesting location and just covered in birds during the spring. That is why we have planned this trip at the time when we should be able to see the largest variety of baby birds. This truly is a Birders’ Paradise!

Post Editing Workshop Included:

If all of that is not enough, on the final day, we will take time to go over some editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop. I will meet you where you are and help you to edit these images from Camera Raw through Final Save.

Photography Contest:

After the post processing, we will have a photography contest for anyone who wishes to enter. Every person that enters will receive a discount off future workshops. 1st – 3rd places will also win a ribbon and additional percentages off of future workshops. Once you complete this contest, you will also be invited to enter into the Annual St. Augustine Alligator Farm Photo Contest, where you might win other awards and prizes (dependent on their current offers).

Who is this workshop for:

From beginner to advanced, this workshop is truly every nature lovers dream photography trip. I will work with each student one-on-one and meet you where you are so that I can help you reach all of your personal goals. You will come away with some amazing pictures and a new skill set. Together, we will make sure of it 😊

What you will need

Camera with manual controls


Circular Polarizing Filter

Neutral Density Filter

Plenty of SD cards, compact flash or external memory (You will want to take a LOT of pictures on this trip!)

Extra Batteries and/or charging system

Comfortable shoes

Snacks and drinks. Other food options will be discussed on the discussion board as time gets close to the workshop. Often people bring potluck style meals to share, etc. Please make any special dietary requirements known as well.

Recommended but not required:

A laptop


Accommodations are not provided for this workshop but shareable accommodations are often available in a central location. Please post any request to share accommodations in the comments section below to begin plans for those arrangements.


Transportation, including airfare, is not provided. However, carpooling is encouraged for those that wish to do so. We make these trips fun as well as educational and sharing them with others as we go along only enhances the whole experience. If you do wish to carpool, make it known if you have any issues such as car sickness, etc. or if you prefer to drive, etc. 

Final Notes:

For this workshop, as with most of mine, we will be shooting fairly late in the evening, most days, at least until after sunset and sometimes we keep shooting well into the night if someone wants to shoot some night sky images.

At least the day that we shoot Jekyll, we will be getting up early to be at the location and set up by the time the sun rises. Any part of the workshop that anyone wants to skip is welcome to do so and join us at the next place or time.

Also, the birding excursion that we will be going on, please keep in mind that we will be very close to the birds. Some of them you could potentially reach out and touch. They are extremely used to being that close to humans and pretty much ignore us altogether, but if you have allergies, etc., keep that in mind. You will be THAT close to the birds!

The nesting birds that we will be photographing are NOT in captivity. They come and go as they wish. They fly into this area as it is the perfect nesting area with the trees, so many other birds, and no predators except the alligators. The alligators are in captivity and are down below the boardwalks. So you will see a LOT of those as well, if you can take your eyes off of the birds and hatchlings :)

Further Questions:

If you have any further questions, just let me know. You can email me at I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make this the absolute best trip possible. :)

Limited Availability:

Sign up as soon a possible to secure you spot.

Financing Options:

(Only Paypal Credit is available two weeks prior to workshop) 

Financing is available for this workshop, as with most of my larger workshops and programs. No credit check is done. We just require that you put the payments on a credit or bank card, pay the first payment and allow auto draft of the same amount each month until workshop is paid in full. All payments much be complete no later than 2-weeks prior to workshop start date. Discounts and sales are voided when the financing option is used. A 3% financing charge will be added to each payment after the first one.

See you on the Coast:

I look forward to working with each of you and to making this a life experience that you will cherish forever.

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4 in 1 Photography Workshop $775 .... Only 2 Spots Available

Financing Options:

Financing is available for this workshop, as with most of my larger workshops and programs. No credit check is done. Half of the cost of the workshop must be paid up front, plus an additional 10% finance charge on the remaining balance. The last payment must be paid no later than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the workshop. 

Finance this workshop with half down, plus a finance charge of $38.75, for total of $426.25 and the remaining $387.50 due no later than two weeks prior to the start date of the workshop. 

  • OutdoorPhotosByRena

    on April 11, 2019

    At Lisa. We will be arriving at the coast on the 19th (the evening before the workshop) and will be staying through most of the day on the 23rd (checking out of our accommodations that morning). Will send you a message with this info as well. I can't wait to do this workshop with you and the others :)

  • Lisa Westberry

    on April 8, 2019

    Hi Rena! What is the exact itinerary for this workshop. I'm trying to nail down when to rent a lens and other things. Thanks! :)

  • OutdoorPhotosByRena

    on September 11, 2018

    Participants .. please feel free to add comments here about the workshop, such as requests for carpooling, making plans for the potluck, questions about accommodations, etc. I look forward to hearing from you all :)

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Classes/Programs: Refunds are available minus a 7% processing fee for 72 hours after registration/payment, or until the first class begins, whichever one comes first. No further refunds are available on Classes or Programs.

Workshops: Refunds are available minus a 7% processing fee for 72 hours after registration/payment, unless the workshop begins earlier. No other refunds are available except as listed below.

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With a minimum of 60 Days Prior Notification, a participant may request to choose a raincheck or alternate date for the workshop if one is available or to have the funds they paid minus 7% processing fee, credited toward another available workshop, class or program of their choice.

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