Imagine joining me in an unforgettable photography workshop...

in a city that's inspired musicians, writers and artists…

feasting your eyes on the sights and sounds of the Crescent City…

capturing the many faces of The Big Easy...

making lifelong friends with your camera...

becoming the photographer you want to be…

and letting the good times roll!

Laissez les bons temps rouler?

Are you ready to let the good times roll?

Are you ready to re-energize your passion for sharing your world?

We invite you to join us for an intimate, inspiring three days

that will change the way you take photos forever.

So grab your gear and head on down to The Big Easy for…

Nick Kelsh’s

New Orleans Photography Workshop:

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler”

April 2-5, 2017

It’s about you, your camera, the season, and the stories of your life.

Nick Kelsh's Workshops

offer an amazing opportunity to become lifelong friends with your camera...and your fellow photographers! Each workshop has a carefully chosen location with a program designed specific to that area and the season to create an experience in which you'll expand both your photographic and cultural horizons...not to mention, your friendships! In fact, because each place/season and group creates such a unique experience, almost a quarter of our participants are repeat attendees! We're excited and proud to offer our first three day workshop (with an optional fourth day add-on excursion)! Click through the slider below to get the flavor of our past workshops.

Picture yourself here with us!

Picture yourself here with us!

Mastering Manual Mode Workshop 2014

Fall Foliage Workshop 2016

Country Weekend Workshop 2016

Connect... Inspire... Support... Grow... Enjoy...

The shared experience of a Nick Kelsh Photography Workshop will feed your photographic soul…

I went to the fall foliage workshop just wanting to have fun with other photographers, enjoy a chance to play with my camera, and figure out a few difficulties I had technically. I got that and so much more. So when Nick says it will re-energize your passion and build your confidence, it is NO EXAGGERATION!!!!! And it is loads of fun to boot!!!! (I hope to see y’all at another workshop down the road!) A workshop with Nick is not only a learning experience, but one where we laughed and shared our love for photography while building friendships in the process! I get emotional every time I look at the photos. Trying to find the words to capture the weekend and explain it to friends and family… “Awesome” and “amazing” and “wonderful” repeated over and over and over is pretty much what I’ve come up with so far. I think this is a case where I’ll have to let my photos speak for themselves! Nick and his wife Anne are as kind and fun as they seem online…even more so in person, I do believe! I hope to be able to attend once again! One of the attendees described it as a “once in a lifetime experience that I hope happens more than just once”— a perfect description of how I feel! 

Terryl Hicks, Louisiana

Nick Kelsh, totally from the heart, the (country) photography weekend workshop was really perfect for me… exactly what I needed and what I expected.  I was honored to be there, and would love to do it again.  Thank you so much for taking the time to top off our weekend with all that discussion and analysis in the post-workshop webinar session. It was the perfect way to review all the great times we had and the things we learned, along with tons of editing advice. It was fabulous, you are fabulous, Anne is fabulous. Thank you so much for everything. I am aching to do it all again. And I hope you (and ALL my new photographer-friends!) will come to Boston one of these days soon. I want more!!!”   🙂    🙂    🙂

Cindy Ringer, Massachusetts

Wow, Nick! Thanks for the incredible weekend! I was the newbie of the weekend, having just discovered your teachings a few months before the workshop. I still hadn’t had time to finish a single class. But fate intervened. With two weeks notice, I discovered an extremely rare open weekend in our family schedule. No easy feat with four young children. I took a chance and dove headfirst into an amazing experience. I was definitely the least experienced photographer for the weekend. And walked away with skills I will use the rest of my life. And friends.  Even the imperfections of the weekend are what made it perfect. I’m forever grateful to be a part of the first weekend workshop. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. I’m no longer just a mom who likes to take pictures. I’m a photographer!”

Cynthia Barclay, Ohio

An exclusive invitation to a place I love

The Big Easy… The Crescent City… The Birthplace of Jazz …

Whatever you call it, it’s New Orleans.

“….these elements of New Orleans possess an astonishing vitality that has spoken to people around the world and shaped much of the best of what we think of still as American culture. Jazz music, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll, Creole cooking, Mardi Gras, the architecture of the French Quarter, the literary traditions of Williams and Faulkner and Percy and Kate Chopin, the Mardi Gras Indians….It is not something that you find only in a tourist guide; it is a reality lived by its inhabitants every day, and as often as possible by those who love visiting.”   Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2008

Home of the Vieux Carre, St. Louis Cathedral, beignets and Mardi Gras beads, New Orleans is a gem of a city, with many facets ranging from the Spanish and French influences in the French Quarter to the elegant homes lining St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District…from the majestic centuries-old live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss in the parks to the somewhat unusual above-ground cemeteries known as the “Cities of the Dead” that are beautiful in their own way.  A city of tradition, history and beauty, all melded together into one beautiful city full of photographic opportunities.

New Orleans has inspired musicians such as the great Louis Armstrong, writers including Tennessee Williams (who hasn’t heard of A Streetcar Named Desire?), and many other artists.  And it will inspire you as a photographer as you capture the sights, sounds and character of the town known as “The Big Easy.”  

The cuisine, character, and charm of this city situated in a bend of the mighty Mississippi River is sure to captivate and you. 

So we’re excited to invite you to join us for a truly special experience… a city brimming with delicious food, beautiful sights and interesting people combined with an intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from my lifetime of shooting photographs, while visiting one of our country’s most desirable destination cities.

You’ll be inspired and challenged. You’ll photograph, explore, play, eat, relax, grow, bond and, I predict, above all else, be absolutely thrilled with how it will change your photography. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to take control of your camera. You’ll enjoy a memorable getaway and return home with those memories beautifully captured in the kind of photographs you’ve always dreamed of shooting—the kind that you’ll now be comfortable shooting consistently, that will enrich your life and the lives of those you love and those you photograph.


Why spend this time with me?

Very simply, you want to shoot beautiful photographs. Maybe you have a fancy expensive camera that you’ve never taken full advantage of. You’d love to confidently shoot in manual mode and you’ve decided you’re finally going to crack the proper exposure “code.”

You aspire to professional looking photos with out-of-focus backgrounds, the beautiful soft focus of bokeh holiday lights, or the blur of motion captured, but think you could never do that!  Or maybe you can already do that but you want to free your imagination to explore your artistic side, using the amazing creative controls your manual settings offer.

And you’ve always wanted to dedicate time away from your daily distractions to your passion, this hobby you love. Getting together for a few days with like-minded photographers who share your enthusiasm for this miraclous medium sounds like heaven. 

I can help you. This workshop is for you. No question.

For me personally, these workshops could possibly be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career. I would rank the most recent weekend we did as one of the great photographic experiences of my life. It was thrilling and I’m incredibly proud that the attendees are asking when we can do it again. The answer is not soon enough. 

I’ve hosted hundreds of seminars, retreats, public speaking events, webinars, and written and/or photographed nine books and I’ve come to the conclusion that a small group over a period of days may very well be the perfect teaching and learning format. 

There’s enough time for me to connect with every student personally and still give you time to be alone with your cameras and exercise your mind’s eye—in other words, shoot great pictures. That’s what it’s all about.

Yes, we’re going to make sure you’re secure in knowing how to use your camera in manual mode but I want more than that for you. I want you to think like a photographer. I want you to think in terms of photographic communication—I want you to tap into your inner storyteller. I want you to create images—during the weekend and beyond—that will enrich your life and the lives of the people you love.

I want to help you get there. And I want you to have good old-fashioned fun doing it. 

Oh, and one more thing…

I guarantee you’ll leave a better photographer.

But don’t just take my word for it…

See what others have said below:

My workshops are nothing, if not fun!

Below are some moments from various events I’ve done.


Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on OPRAH and THE TODAY SHOW—who has become a photo-guru and friend to many thousands of family memory keepers and photographers of all levels. Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun on his How To Photograph Your Life website, blog and Facebook Page, and in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

Here’s What You’ll Get:

A three day immersive photography workshop in what’s often considered our nation’s most unique city. We’ll kick off with New Orleans cocktails and fine cuisine, followed by our welcome introductory photo session in the amazing Fleur de lis suite in our historic hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. Take advantage of your Free Bonus Session by coming early on Sunday for your personalized, one-on-one camera-settings checkup. We’ll then spend the next three days diving into the lessons, assignments, photo shoots, reviews/critiques and editing. We’ll work on mastering or reviewing your camera settings, lighting, composition, and many other specialized techniques and general tips. We’ll shoot in various locations in and around the French Quarter, Garden Distric and othe picturesque New Orleans spots. Our schedule will include both classroom style and on-the-street training. Our itinerary will allow for flexibility to take advantage of optimum locations, time of day and light conditions (and to adjust for weather if necessary)—for viewing and photographing the unique charm of this city. Oh, and of course, we’ll build in time to relax by the Mississippi river with a cafe au lait and beignets at the iconic Cafe du Monde. You’ll leave refreshed and re-energized, with deeper photographic knowledge and skills; wonderful new photo-friends, a collection of photographs you’ll be proud of, and the confidence, creativity and control of your camera to consistently shoot the photos you’ve always dreamed of.

My New Orleans Photography Workshop is a magical three day event that will:

  • Give you the confidence and skills to control your camera creatively in the daily situations that make for great photographs. 
  • Improve your understanding of various lighting situations and techniques, ability to expose photographs properly, compositional thinking, storytelling tactics and your post-processing and editing skills.
  • Establish new ways of thinking about your photography and the way you take pictures. It will help you not just relax but empower you…and it all shows up in your pictures. 
  • Make you aware of just what makes photographs that work…and photographs that don’t. You’ll be guided by me and enjoy the support and feedback from a diverse group of photographers who share your passion.
  • Give you a heart, head, and photo album filled with wonderful memories of a unique experience shared with what are surely to become lifetime friends. This is guaranteed to be unforgettable. 


Before the workshop begins you’ll be asked to upload a set of ten photographs to give us a sense of who you are and where you are in your photographic journey. It could be a picture of your family and then your photographic greatest hits and/or mistakes! I’ll review these with you in a private consultation call before the workshop and then we’ll share them with the group in our opening night presentation, as we get to know each other and all share our photographic achievements, challenges, and goals.


We welcome a diversity of experience and skill levels among attendees. I know that we’ll have students attending this weekend who could probably teach significant portions of it. On the other hand, we’ll have people with expensive cameras who lack the understanding of how to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles.

To level the playing field, I want to make sure that all attendees are relatively comfortable with their camera settings before we get to Monday morning.  If anyone who’s attending wants to get on the phone with me before the weekend, I will be happy to walk you through your settings.

You’ll be asked to watch (or review) my 60-minute “F-stops, Shutter Speeds, and ISO Made Easy” training in advance of the workshop.

Also, I will be available on location during the day on Sunday, April 2, for anyone who wants to be among the first to arrive so that I can sit down one-on-one with you to demystify your camera settings. A basic knowledge of the exposure triangle and a rough understanding of how to take a light reading is going to go a long way here. Time for these one-on-one sessions is limited, so register and arrive early to take advantage of this bonus.

On the other hand, for some students, coming to grips with their cameras settings over the course of the weekend may be the huge personal milestone they’ve been dreaming of. It’s all good, believe me. My point is this: I want to help you before the weekend really gets going so we can maximize our time shooting photographs and telling stories.


We shoot photographs to tell stories so we will spend time addressing this all important topic.

We’ll talk about the how to tell a story in a single image and how to shoot a collection of images that tell a story.

We’ll focus on shooting photographs this weekend that tell stories in a personal way…your way. I want you to go home with a set of pictures that was taken by a specific personality—you. That’s, after all, what good storytelling is all about; it’s the way the story is told and not the story itself.

I want your pictures to say something about how you feel about the world and the people you’re with. That attitude is going to result in the very best family photos when you get home.

And we’ll discuss the difficult but necessary task of choosing which images to keep and which to delete. We’ll discuss how cropping, editing, and converting to black and white can enhance your photos and the storyline.

Storytelling with a camera is an art and you will not leave the weekend having mastered it, believe me. But your ability to be a visual communicator will grow and flourish.

Essentially, we’re all going to photograph the same streets, doorways, gas lamps, and people but, as all great storytellers know, the story is in the telling.  This is a profound lesson to learn as a photographer. 

It’s not about being self-centered, it’s actually the opposite. It’s about sharing your vision with the world. It’s what we photographers do.


A couple of weeks or so after the workshop we’ll have a followup session via webinar for a final overview of the weekend, review of your photos and editing lessons.

You’ll be asked to evaluate and edit your collection of photographs during the week following the workshop and submit a sample of them for my review with the group. We’ll discuss content, technique, composition, and storytelling and I’ll demonstrate editing techniques in Lightroom.

You’ll receive a recording of this session to download for review as needed—and as a keepsake of the group’s greatest hits and our shared experiences together during this memorable workshop.


(/lan’ yap/  Something extra that you didn’t pay for–thrown in to sweeten the deal–like a baker’s dozen)

Get 4 Great Bonuses!


In order to give you all the support you need, we’re giving you the added benefit of the following bonuses, making your workshop package even more valuable. This is our way of preparing you to get the most out of your weekend, and for optimal success afterwards. Plus the extra Nick Kelsh Portrait Session as a special thank you for those who come on board with us first!

Personal Pre-Workshop Phone/Skype Consultation & Photo Review with Nick

Discuss where you are in your photographic journey, your goals, challenges and any questions you may have. Get samples of your photographs reviewed for feedback, advice on how to prepare to get the most out of your workshop, and a personal plan for growing your skills to take your photos to the next level!  (Valued at $125)

Basic Photography Course (Self-Study)

The first module of this course will get you familiar with all your camera settings, and then you’ll learn, or review, the fundamentals of composition, artificial and natural lighting, photo storage/editing and more. Whether you shoot with a DSLR camera, point-and-shoot or even your smartphone, you’ll master the practical tips & techniques of the pros. (Valued at $79)

GOING MANUAL Course (Self-Study)

This is my best-selling manual photography course with everything you need to know to make the concepts of manual photography finally click! Watching (or rewatching) these 8 modules of video lessons will prepare you for the workshop and provide plenty of review after. You’ll get comfortable with the 3 key settings—the exposure triangle—and much more, to give you a great foundation to start taking your photography to the next level. (Valued at $159)

One-on-One Camera Settings Checkup (Live w/Nick before workshop)

Get a FREE one-on-one session with me to go through YOUR camera. I’ll give your settings a once-over and get you up to speed on all those buttons and dials! We’ll clear up any confusion or problems that have been holding you back. To take advantage of this chance to get yourself and your camera ready to hit the ground shooting you must arrive early on Sunday. Appointments are scheduled “first come, first serve” and missed sessions cannot be accommodated. (Valued at $100)

SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS IF YOU ACT FAST: Free Portrait Mini-Sessions with Nick

Register by March 1st and you’ll get FREE personal portraits by Nick Kelsh! Take advantage of this great opportunity to be professionally photographed by a renowned photographer—you could get casual, relaxed shots to share with the people you love, or a polished professional portrait for your business, website or social media. Includes retouched digital files.  (Valued at $350)

Our Venue in the historic “Vieux Carré”

“I’ve been all over the world. I love New York, I love Paris, San Francisco, so many places. But there’s no place like New Orleans. It’s got the best food. It’s got the best music. It’s got the best people. It’s got the most fun stuff to do.”  —Harry Connick, Jr., Singer


While we’re in the Crescent City, we’ll explore the French Quarter, situated on a bend of the Mighty Mississippi River, festooned with iron balconies and filled with the people, places, sights and sounds that set it apart.   Tickle your ears with the sounds of live music drifting from the doors of clubs and restaurants as well as on the streets in and around Jackson Square

We’ll hop aboard one of the historic New Orleans streetcars and ride down St. Charles Avenue, aptly described in the novel A Confederacy of Dunces: “The ancient oaks of St. Charles Avenue arched over the avenue like a canopy…St. Charles Avenue must be the loveliest place in the world. From time to time…passed the slowing rocking streetcars that seemed to be leisurely moving toward no special designations, following their route through the old mansions on either side…everything looked so calm, so prosperous.” 

A cemetery may seem like an unusual destination, but the cemeteries in New Orleans are like no others. Known as “cities of the dead,” they feature richly appointed above-ground tombs and are popular with tourists as well as movie and television productions.  They are historic, iconic, and uniquely beautiful.

Natural beauty is cultivated in New Orleans’ public parks, from Audubon Park in the Garden District to City Park, one of the oldest municipal parks in the US, dating back to 1854. Find peace and tranquility among the centuries-old live oak trees dressed in the grays and browns of Spanish moss and residing in some of the city’s beautiful parks.

And, of course – we’ll eat!

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”  —Mark Twain, Author

Essential to the New Orleans experience is the cuisine … Your taste buds will celebrate as you feast on New Orleans classics such as gumbo, jambalaya, beignets and pralines.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge your palate with a variety of New Orleans classics at restaurants old and new throughout New Orleans, from spicy Cajun delicacies to the powdered-sugar covered puffed dough known as beignets.

The Hotel Mazarin

If the world is your oyster, then the French Quarter just may be your pearl.  We’ll be staying in the heart of  Vieux Carre, just blocks from the historic Jackson Square.

Settled among the iron balconies and Spanish/French architecture of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, the Hotel Mazarin preserves the city’s signature charm, complete with an elegant courtyard with fountain.   With a European-style flair and an old-world feel, the Mazarin is one of the most highly-rated properties in the city.  You’re just steps away from all the wonders of the Vieux Carre, from jazz music, art of all kinds, galleries, shops, and more.  This luxury boutique hotel is just half a block away from Royal Street as well as the famous Bourbon Street.  You can take a leisurely stroll along the mighty Mississippi River, enjoy the nightlife of the city, and discover the wonders that make New Orleans special.  Complimentary amenities include wireless Internet, breakfast, local phone calls, in-room coffee, bottled water, newspaper, Egyptian cotton robe and slippers, safe, and cube coolers. In addition, hotel guests will enjoy our private courtyard setting with renaissance inspired fountain, a 24 hour fitness and business center.

Our Accommodations

Below you can see the beautiful, spacious and comfortable Fleur de Lis Suite where we’ll gather for instruction and photo reviews and editing sessions, and a typical double queen guest room (see details about booking in the FAQ.)

Music… People… Food… Art… Architecture…

Here’s a sample of photographs taken in and around the area to give you a flavor for what you will experience…and photograph.

Click on the photo below to enjoy an inspiring slideshow of what’s ahead for you…

Treat yourself to this valuable experience.

You deserve it!

There’s no doubt that this is a significant investment.

It’s a commitment to yourself and your passion that will pay you back for the rest of your life.

Consider this: for the cost of a memorable getaway under the experienced guidance of a renowned photographer you will grow as a photographer in joyful and unexpected ways that will enrich your relationship with photography for as long as you live.

You’ll always be able to tap into the moments and insights that are going to make this weekend so amazing. 

Plus you’re guaranteed to go home with some amazing photographs—and an amazing group of new photo-friends!

This is an opportunity you’ll want to experience if you can.

Ready to take your photography to the next level?

Join us now to be part of an extraordinary experience!

Don’t miss this opportunity to grab your spot for an amazing city photography workshop at this discounted price. Space is limited to 14 participants and some of the bonuses (Nick Kelsh Portait Sessions and One-on-One Camera Sessions) have even more limited availability, so register now to get the best value!

Discounted investment: $1295

(Regular Price: $1495)

Discount expires March 12th

So are you ready to let the good times (and the great photos) roll?

Join us in New Orleans!

REGISTER NOW to save $200

Hurry to register now if you want to…

  • Save $200 on your registration
  • Save $50 on our add-on daytrip: “River Road Plantations Photo-Tour”
  • Grab one of the BONUS PORTRAIT SESSIONS to take advantage of a chance to be professionally photographed by Nick.
  • Be first in line to claim a slot for your personal one-on-one live Camera Settings Session with Nick.
  • Be sure to get in.  The workshop is limited to just 14 participants. We expect it to fill up!

Once those slots are filled you’ll miss the opportunity to enjoy this rare experience on the intensive road to photographic improvement—and to enjoy a wonderful time with like-minded photography enthusiasts in one of America’s most photogenic cities.

Discounted registration ends March 12th.








Want in, but not sure about travel/housing yet?

No worries… it’s RISK-FREE to secure your spot!

We understand that you may need a little time to look into travel arrangements or make plans with potential roommates—and we can help coordinate both— so we welcome you to register now to get a discounted spot (and secure your bonues) and, if you’re unable to make suitable arrangements, we will allow a full refund of your workshop fee for 48 hours after you purchase.

So you can reserve your spot with absolutely no risk, while you take the time you need to finalize your travel plans.

Still on the fence?

You may have lots of questions, so below are lots of answers!


Who is this for?


Very simply, this is for anyone who wants to become a better photographer. Photographers of all levels are welcome. Probably the most satisfying experience will be had by owners of a SLR or DSLR camera. You want to be able to manually adjust your f-stops, shutter speed and ISO settings. Having said that, if you want to do this weekend with only a smartphone camera, I would welcome that challenge.  As long as you wouldn’t mind all the discussion of manual photography – that could be a wonderful photographic experience for sure. I will try to make the challenge for each participant personal and appropriate to their level and interest.



What’s included in the cost?


The workshop fee includes:

  • Three day photography workshop, with hands-on instruction, assignments, photo review, and editing instruction.
  • One hour Skype consultation & photo review with Nick
  • Bonus Individual Camera Settings Session with Nick if you arrive early on Monday.
  • Nick’s Basic Photography Course (self study)
  • Going Manual Course (self-study version)
  • Follow up webinar after the workshop for photo review and editing instruction
  • Bonus Portrait Mini-Session by Nick for first five registrants!
  • Dinner on Monday, full breakfast buffet each day, and a Jazz Brunch one day during the workshop, as well as coffee & beignets during one of our outings.

Not included:

  • Accommodations are not included and must be booked separately (See next question for hotel details.)
  • Lunch and Dinner, except for the “welcome” dinner on Monday — you’ll be free to enjoy those meals on your own, or welcome to join us and we’ll eat as a group.


How do I reserve my room?


After you register you’ll receive information for how to book your room directly with the Hotel Mazarin. We have reserved a block of rooms including mostly doubles (with two queen beds) at a cost of $97.50 based on double occupancy, as well as a few king rooms. Private rooms are limited and more expensive. If you prefer, you may choose your own hotel—there are plenty within just a few minutes’ walking distance.



Can I room with a friend?  Or can you help me split the cost with another attendee?


Yes! It’s best for you to share accommodations with friends or fellow participants, as room price is based on double occupancy. After you register for the workshop, you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group for workshop attendees, and you can find a roommate there if you don’t already know one.  If you don’t book with someone you know you’ll be assigned a roommate…a great way to make new photo-friends! Private rooms are limited.



Can I bring a spouse or other travel companion?


Yes, absolutely! It’s great to take advantage of such an opportunity to share such a trip.


We realize, though, that many of you will be looking forward to focusing on yourself and your photography this weekend—and bonding with fellow participants—so we will all, of course, respect that as the goal of our group. However, traveling companions will certainly be welcome to join us for meals and some touring activities as space allows.


Please let us know at [email protected] if you are bringing someone. Once we have finalized our itinerary we’ll provide you a companion fee for those who’d like to join us, to cover their expenses for meals, admission fees, local transportation, etc.



What about meals?


Your workshop fee includes cocktails and dinner on Monday, full breakfast buffet each day, and a Jazz Brunch one day during the workshop. Also we’ll be treating you to a stop at the legendary Cafe du Monde for cafe au last and beignets! 


For the remaining meals you’ll be free to go out on your own, or you’re welcome to join Anne and me in a group meal (dutch treat).



What’s the location and directions?


Hotel Mazarin

730 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70130

T: (504) 581-7300

Reservations: (800) 535-9111

Email: [email protected]


Google map:




Will I have access to WiFi?


Yes, The Hotel Mazarin offers guests free WiFi.




Where do I fly into and how do I get there from the airport?


You will fly into Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.  Taxis, uber cars and buses are options to get to the hotel, but we may also have people available to make airport runs to pick up attendees as needed.  We can coordinate arrivals in our Facebook group for attendees.




What about local tranportation?


We will cover all local transportation during official workshop hours.




What if I have special needs?


Please let us know if you have any special dietary or mobility needs.  You can email us at [email protected], or let us know if you’d like a phone call to discuss how to accommodate any concerns.



What equipment do I need?


Bring your camera and all the lenses you may want to use. If you have a tripod—and it’s not a hassle to bring—bring it. (Many folks in the past have brought their tripods and ended up not using them. It’s your call. It’s NOT mandatory.) If you own a detachable “speedlight” bring that, too. I will be doing a presentation about using speedlights.  And, of course, chargers, portable batteries, a flash drive.


When you pack your equipment for our photo-tours, try to keep yourself light and mobile. Your choice of camera bag is important. We will be walking (almost) everywhere—and for the most part you’ll be using your camera and whatever lenses you own. 


Bring your laptop for post-processing your photos. We will do some editing work onsite during the workshop. I use Lightroom for editing and I’m going to suggest you do, too. If you plan to use Lightroom it would be good to have it installed before you get there.  (If you need help learning to use it before the workshop, here’s a course I recommend: 🙂



What else should I pack?


Comfortable walking shoes are mandatory.  New Orleans tends to be warm and humid, so you’ll want to bring clothes that will be comfortable. A few layers would be good to have in case the evenings cool off.  Temperatures at that time of year tend to range from the upper 50s to the upper 70s/low 80s – but anything can happen weather-wise!  So bring a raincoat (which we hope you won’t need!) and rain/sun hat.  


Keep in mind that you could end up in photos taken by me and others throughout the weekend (which I may share in my blog or facebook page), so take that into consideration if you care—seasonal city clothes, avoid t-shirts with logos, etc.   And you’ll want to bring at least one nice outfit for a fine dining experience in the Crescent City.


*If you’ve earned the bonus portrait session, remember to bring whatever clothes you want to be photographed in. If you’re wondering what’s best to wear for that, ask yourself what you want these photos for… a nice personal photo for your family or social media? A business headshot for your work?  With your camera for your photography page? Just dress accordingly.  In terms of colors, black isn’t great, bright white is the worst and solid colors are always the safest way to go. 




What will the weather be like?


Of course we hope it will be picture-perfect but we have to be prepared that anything can happen weather-wise. (Our itinerary will be flexible to accommodate weather and light and we will shift outdooor/indoor shoots accordingly.) 


Temperatures at that time of year tend to range from the upper 50s to the upper 70s/low 80s. New Orleans also tends to be humid, making it feel a bit warmer than the thermometer may show.


Remember to check the weather before you pack. As we approach the week, you can check the weather here:




What is the cancellation policy?


Your workshop fee is fully refundable up until March 5th. This will allow you to secure your spot—to take advantage of the discount and special bonus—but be risk-free, with time afterward to be sure you can get travel arrangements in place. (Please contact us at [email protected] if you’d like help with arrangements.)




What if I have more questions?


Please email Anne or Terryl (our local Workshop Coordinator—and a Nick Kelsh Photography Workshop alum!) at [email protected] and they’ll be happy to get on the phone and discuss any questions you have. They can offer advice about transportation, rooming and other logistics to help make the trip manageable, affordable and possible for you. (Terryl can offer assistance as both a local Louisianan and a past workshop participant!)

The $200 discount has been extended through March 12th.








So join us now to get your discounted spot and Special Bonuses!

This special weekend, which I, as your trusty photography guide have carefully and lovingly programmed for you, is sure to engage, enrich and inspire you…in mind, body and soul!   

Don’t delay, as space is limited, and remember, my special Portrait Session Bonus is even more limited—so if you want that, hurry to grab your spot!

Save $200 now when you register now!

(And save another $50 if you choose the add-on day-trip “River Road Plantations Photo-Tour!”)

I hope you’ll join us for a memorable time and I look forward to helping you…

Stay in focus.


“I’m not going to lay down in words the lure of this place. Every great writer in the land, from Faulkner to Twain to Rice to Ford, has tried to do it and fallen short. It is impossible to capture the essence, tolerance, and spirit of south Louisiana in words and to try is to roll down a road of clichés, bouncing over beignets and beads and brass bands and it just is what it is.”
Chris Rose- Author – One Dead in Attic

Well, it may be impossible to capture in words, but we’re going to capture it in photographs!

Are you with us?!

Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on Oprah and The Today Show—who has become a photo-guru and friend to many thousands of family memory keepers and photographers of all levels. Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun on his How To Photograph Your Life website and blog and Facebook Page, and in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

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