enjoy WILLIAMSBURG in the falL


October 25 - 28th, 2018

limited to 25 participants

Historic Colonial Williamsburg is an oasis of natural beauty and living history preserved since John D. Rockefeller stepped forth in the 1920s to take up the dream of restoring this pre-revolutionary village to it’s original state. Period architecture, surrounded by fields, gardens, and pastures give the town a pastoral calm with stunning natural vistas and unique details — perfect for a photography workshop. 

Join us in peak season for the fall show of amazing color as the leaves change, creating an dramatic backdrop for the living history lesson of Colonial Williamsburg. You'll have the opportunity to take stunning photographs and improve your editing skills.

While in Williamsburg, you'll shoot on location with personal instruction from award-winning photographer Gary Bogdon and art director Santa Bogdon. There will be editing and critique sessions in the evenings, including instruction on how to edit your work and tell a story with pictures. We will also enjoy meals together at some great local restaurants. 


Meet Our Team


Gary Bogdon / Photographer / Director                                                         

  •  Over 30 years of professional experience as a photographer, and now director (shooting both stills and video production).
  • Gary’s professionalism, love of life and sense of humor is infectious and has earned a loyal and enthusiastic client base. Clients include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney, Nike, Rolex, MacGregor Golf, Feld Entertainment, Adidas, and Marriott.
  • Gary has produced award winning photography for major sporting events including the Olympic Games, The Kentucky Derby, NBA Finals, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, PGA, The World Series and NASCAR races.
  • Former staff photojournalist for major newspapers including The Orlando Sentinel (Chicago Tribune Company)  and  The Miami Herald.

  • Contributing Magazine Photographer for Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Islands Magazine, Garden & Gun Magazine, Southern Living, Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, Florida Travel & Life, The New York Times, and Coastal Living. 

Santa Bogdon / Creative Director / Photo Editor                                       

  • Independent creative director working for a wide range of clients for both print and digital projects including: Adventist Health, Properties in Paradise, St. Regis Residence Club, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Vistana Vacation Ownership, Walt Disney World, Lionel Trains, Morimoto Asia and Arthur's Catering.

  • Former Design Director of Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine, Art Director of Florida Magazine and Art Director at Hallmark Cards.  Assigned and directed photographers, and edited their work for hundreds of magazine covers and travel stories.

  • Art directed shoots on location for both editorial and commercial clients throughout the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.

  • Frequently edits and retouches Gary's work with an eagle-eye, and still keeps the peace!




    Getting there:

    • Colonial Williamsburg is located midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach, and is 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 200 miles north of Raleigh. Williamsburg is minutes from major airports, Amtrak service, and interstates.
    • Attendees are responsible for booking and cost of their own flights/transportation to WIlliamsburg. Plan to arrive at the hotel between 2-3 pm on Thursday Oct 25, 2018 departing Sunday October 28, 2018.

    • The closest airports are:
      NEWPORT NEWS/WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PHF) Located about 30 minutes south of Williamsburg

      NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ORF) Located about 50 minutes south of Williamsburg

      RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (RIC) Located about 50 minutes north of Williamsburg

    • Sample Fare: Southwest direct Orlando to Norfolk approx $340 

    Staying there:

    • Attendees are responsible for booking and cost of their own accommodations.

    • Event Hotel:  The Williamsburg Lodge, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel is within walking distance to the historic area, cafes, shops, galleries and the William & Mary Campus. Room rates are approximately $166-$299 and participants will receive a 20% discount on room rates at the event hotel. Booking early is recommended.

    • The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is directly across the street from The Williamsburg Lodge. Spouses and companions of participants can book a full range of services online.

    • The Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is directly across the street from The Williamsburg Lodge.

    • Participants will also receive a 20% discount on food and beverage purchases at restaurants in the event hotel.

    Admission to Colonial Williamsburg:

    • All workshop activities will take place in outdoor areas of Williamsburg and at events that do not require tickets. Those wishing to have access to tour inside historic buildings or attend additional programs can purchase tickets ahead of time or on-site at the ticket office.

    gear to bring

    Camera gear to bring:  

    • Bring your DSLR camera (Canon and Nikon are most popular) or your latest smartphone.  
    • Your favorite lenses to shoot with (zoom lenses that cover both a wide and medium to telephoto range, and a macro lens for detail shots recommended). 
    •  A lightweight portable tripod.

    Computer/laptop: We work with Apple products.

    Computer software: We work with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, and PhotoMechanic, so please be familiar with the basics of at least one or more of these programs and we will help you through the editing process.

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    WORKSHOP COST: $750.00 Per Photo Student

    Bring a companion along to sight-see, eat lunch and experience all the locations for the cost of transportation, $100 per person. 

    50% deposit required to hold a reservation spot for each attendee and guest.

    Workshop Price does not include: airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, beverages or airport transfers. 


    Checks should be made payable to:

    Gary Bogdon Photography Inc
    1425 Cardinal Road
    Orlando, FL 32803 

    Name *
    (please include number of participants)

    PAST WORKSHOP: Portland, Maine September 2017



    Our Fall 2017 Workshop in Portland, Maine was packed with great photo locations, awesome local food and a lot of laughs. There were photo ops at every turn, but we also were at the right place at the right time to photograph The Portland Head Light, (photo above by Gary Bogdon) the most photographed lighthouse in the world. We also spent time on Bailey Island in an authentic lobster village and captured the stunning rocky New England coast along the Giant Stairs Trail. Another day we arranged a private charter on a lobstering boat and captured the whole process. We made the most of our time together sampling the renowned culinary scene and basking in the quintessential charm of a New England coastal town. Evenings were for editing and reviewing the day's shoot, and for exploring some of Portland's best restaurants. 

    Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Orlando, with all flights in cancelled the day we were supposed to return home, so we decided to head north to Bar Harbor to explore Acadia National Park. And guess what? The whole workshop came with us for two more days!  Sunset on Cadillac Mountain was one of the highlights of shooting in the park, which was full of dramatic coastline views and lush forrest. The park offered amazing shooting opportunities and the extra time together there was a gift.


    “Traveling with Gary, who’s work we have long admired, was inspirational, educational and most importantly FUN!  We had the opportunity to photograph beautiful locations, receive helpful and constructive feedback and take our photography to the next level all while enjoying the company of great people. We highly recommend GBA." -Sean and Heather K.

    "Our trip with Gary and Santa was so inspiring and is still relevant every time I pick up my camera. Gary makes sure to include everyone while he walks you through his process for scouting and executing his own shoots and shares his infectious enthusiasm for the art. We learned some key components of being a great photographer and we gained lifetime friends while exploring as a group- truly way more than I hoped from the trip! Would definitely do it again!"  – Haley S.

    Gary's passion for photography shines through in his energy and teachings. We hit the ground running from day one. The daily hands-on practice in the different settings and situations we explored really drove home a better understanding, and more confidence, shooting in manual mode. If you are a more seasoned photographer you'll enjoy the access to great locations and local insight, as well as memorable group dinners and outings. Overall, lots of useful tips and inspiration! Thank you for the experience! —C.S.


    See some of the workshop participant photos in the gallery below.