Washington Photo Safari teaches the techniques of photography by taking visitors and local residents on half-day and full-day photo shoots around key sites of the nation’s capital and other cities, while an accompanying professional photographer offers participants extensive tips in camera use, image composition and design, proper exposure, lighting, and posing “models” for the best effect.
Following our motto "See.Click.Learn.", we show you where the images are in the DC area and how to take them.
Photographers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Photo Safaris and any camera is acceptable, even smartphone cameras! Principal photography workshops take participants to the major DC sites, including the monuments, memorials, and cathedrals. Beyond these key sites, specialty Safaris are offered on techniques in nature photography, f stops and shutter speeds, indoor/outdoor architectural, food, nighttime photography, pet, macro, abstracts, candid kids, fine arts, proper/creative flash, and indoor and outdoor portraiture. During DC’s beautiful cherry blossom season, photo Safaris are provided at least twice a day around the Tidal Basin.
To meet specific photography needs, Washington Photo Safari also offers one-on-one private tutoring, group safaris, and workshops on the most popular DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
The word "Safari" is a Swahili word meaning "journey." In a sense, Washington Photo Safari represents a journey into photography for our clients, and it also represents the personal journey that I have taken in photography, from hobbyist to professional.
For me, it began when I was a kid who loved to take pictures of friends, family and travels while growing up in New York City and as an exchange student in France. Then, as a dad with cute kids, I had my family out on the National Mall every weekend, be it for a parade, a new museum exhibit or just a soft pretzel, camera always at the ready. Later, as an executive officer for 33 years with international technical assistance organizations, I traveled extensively in Latin America visiting humanitarian projects and meeting locals that helped me polish up my Spanish. In 1995, when I lost a job in the international nonprofit field, I decided to take up my hobby of photography and make it my profession by coupling it with my deep love for Washington, DC which has been my home for over 45 years!
I became an architectural photographer, taking pictures of apartment buildings, monuments, tourist sites, hotels and restaurants, and soon branched into event photography. I took courses in photography, including 6 weeks in Paris mentored by a protégé of Henri Cartier Bresson. My work was published in over 30 magazines and in several books, postcards and calendars. . By 1999 I felt I had acquired enough skills so that I could begin to teach other people how to take good pictures when they travel.
In January 1999, I conducted my first Monuments & Memorials Photo Safari. Over 4,500 safaris and 32,000 participants later, the rest is history!