Are you ready to re-energize your passion for seeing the world through your camera?

Picture yourself in a Nick Kelsh Workshop

Each experience uniquely programmed for its time and place

Mastering Manual Mode Workshop

Country Weekend Workshop

Farmstay and Photography in Rural New York

Fall Foliage in the Catskills

Philadelphia Workshop

History & Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

New Orleans Workshop

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

The Canadian Rockies

We invite you to join us for an intimate, inspiring getaway that will change the way you take photos forever...

Nick Kelsh Photography Workshops offer an amazing opportunity to become lifelong friends with your camera…and your fellow photographers! Each workshop has a carefully chosen photographic location with a program designed specific to the area and the season to create an overall 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 adventure with various new opportunities for learning, more than a quarter of our participants choose to attend more than one!)

We gather in a group of a dozen or so people whose passion is making their lives and the world more beautiful with their cameras. We challenge and support each other for a period of days and come away enlightened and invigorated in a way that no internet experience can compete with. We are better photographers—and probably people—for it. Lifelong friendships are forged by a shared experience and memories that will last forever.

In our first workshop year, we hosted workshops in Upstate New York’s gorgeous fall foliage, the snow covered Rocky Mountains of Banff, Canada, the legendary musical streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter, and in the historic district of my current hometown, Philadelphia. 

And now we are pleased to annouce five more workshops for the remainder of 2017. The locations vary but the purpose is always the same: to change the way you see and photograph the world by helping you become the photographer you’ve always wanted to be.

Please take a look below and see which photo-adventure speaks to YOU…



Cape May, NJ

September 2017  (3 days, dates TBA)

Add-On Option TBA

Jewel of the Jersey Shore

Join us in Cape May, NJ, our country’s oldest seaside resort town with the largest collection of Victorian homes outside of San Francisco, some of the East Coast’s most beautiful beaches, and one of the top birding sites in North America—world famous for the observation of migrating birds, especially in the fall.  

Enjoy exploring this charming town, with its gingerbread homes, beautiful ocean views, classic seaside boardwalk and landmark lighthouse.

Optional Add-On Day: TBA

Possible activities include a dolphin and whale-watching tour, or ferry trip to historic Lewes, Delaware.

Registration opens soon.

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Santa Fe, NM

October 3-6, 2017

October 7 Add-On Option: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

High Desert Enchantment in the Southwest

When the orange adobe meets the deep azure skies you melt. This is one of the classic destinations in the history of photography; it’s practically a pilgrimage. Santa Fe has been a mecca for numerous photographers, including the iconic Ansel Adams … and now it’s your turn to capture the beauty of the Southwest with this workshop.  

Optional Add-On Day: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Known as “the most photographed event in the world,” this spectacular show attracts thousands of professional and hobbyist photographers who come to to capture one-of-a-kind images… Join us to take your photos up, up and away!

Registration is now open!

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Catskill Mountains, NY

 October 10-13, 2017

October 14 Add-On Option: Historic Cooperstown

Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

The Catskill Mountains are famous for stunning fall foliage and this year we’ll photograph the many colors of fall at our second Fall Foliage Photography Workshop. Picture a classic autumn country getaway – crisp air, golden fields, jewel-toned leaves, apple trees, farmers markets, pumpkin patches, seasonal meals from local harvests – combined with an intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop.

Optional Add-On Day: Historic Cooperstown, NY

Best known as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is a charming village in central New York that offers culture, history, sports legacy and more – as well as plenty of opportunities to practice your photography skills under the tutelage of Nick Kelsh!

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San Francisco, CA

November 2017 (First week, dates TBA)

Add-On Option: Napa Valley and/or Point Lobos



Photographing the City by the Bay

As far as American cities go, San Francisco is practically in a visual class of its own. This city’s colorful neighborhoods, beautiful views, and famous fog provide intriguing opportunities to expand your photographic horizons—and a wonderful place to leave your heart.

We’ll shoot the cable cars, steep hills, eclectic streets, Victorian architecture, Fisherman’s wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Optional Add-On Excursions: Napa Valley or Point Lobos

Napa Valley is best known as California’s wine country, and Point Lobos has been described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” 

Registration opens soon.

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Philadelphia, PA

November 27-30, 2017

December 1 Add-On Option: Longwood Gardens

History and Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

Anne and I are thrilled to invite you to join us in our amazing city at this wonderful time of year for a truly special experience. We offer you a festive city explored through our intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop—headquartered in a charming historic boutique hotel.  Picture Revolutionary Era architecture with halls decked, a bustling holiday buzz, seasonal sunlight bouncing off narrow cobblestone streets, Amish farmer’s markets, the “Rocky Steps” and more.

Optional Add-On Day:  Brandywine River Valley and Longwood Gardens

Add a special day trip to the Brandywine River Valley, home of Longwood Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. We’ll capture its magnificent flowers and fields,  glorious holiday displays and world-famous illuminated fountains. Join us to photograph a flourish of fountains and flowers in this unforgettable botanical experience. 

Registration opens soon.


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About Nick Kelsh


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Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on Oprah and The Today Show.

Nick’s programs have attracted a following of thousands of amateur photographers of all levels. His 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. He has shared his expertise and knowledge on his How To Photograph Your Life website, blog, and Facebook page, as well as in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

He describes his multi-day workshops as “possibly the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career” and would include them on “a list of the great photographic experiences of my life.”

Nick and the HTPYL team will be happy to answer questions you may have about the workshop programs and would be glad to speak with you on the phone to address any questions or concerns you may have.

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