I believe that the creative path is never-ending, highly rewarding, and self-fulfilling. My goal is to foster an elevated awareness of your surroundings, encourage you to explore and emotionally connect to the aspects of nature that call to you, and to plant seeds of creativity via thoughts and concepts that will open doors into a new way of interpreting the environment through your lens. I believe that opening those doors leads to more personal and expressive style of photography, enabling you to create images that you will be more connected to.
While I am committed to making sure you come away from the workshop with great photos, the true value lies in unlocking your inner artist and invigorating your creative vision.
“Of all the workshops I have been on (which is quite a few), the Wonders Of Oregon workshop I did with TJ in the fall of 2016 was by far my absolute favorite. TJ is not just an incredible teacher, he’s an incredible person. What struck me most about him is that he was individually invested in everyone that was there... he never shot for himself (only had his camera out to do a test shot a time or two to explain something) and he checked on individual clients often. That is a rare thing these days in my experience with photography workshop leaders. His passion for the environment and intimate knowledge of the areas we visited all across Oregon was phenomenal. He gave a lot of suggestions in the field and directed us to compositions not generally seen. He really knows the area and wants to make sure his clients come away with not only great images but also experiences they will remember for a lifetime. Finally, his encouragement in the field extended beyond photography, he was also great at building personal confidence. I was having issues with heights at the time and his gentle support and encouragement eased my anxieties and greatly enhanced my experience. I have since recommended him to several of my photographer friends who have sought photography guidance in the area… all have returned from their experiences with the same deep appreciation of TJ as a photographer, a teacher, a person, and a friend."
Erika A. - Detroit, Michigan; 2016 Wonder of Oregon Workshop, 2019 Wonders of the Forest Workshop
"I have long been an admirer of TJ's work and when I saw he was offering a workshop at the Oregon Coast I was intrigued. However, since I’m from Oregon, I thought "Why would I pay to go to places that I have gone to before?". But thankfully, I took the plunge. This workshop with TJ far exceeded my expectations. Even though I went to a couple of places that I had been to before, I also went to quite a few new places that were absolutely amazing. And even the ones that I had visited before, seeing them through TJ's eyes, I felt like I was seeing them for the first time. I gravitate towards the Grand Landscape scenes which this workshop provided in abundance. But an area of weakness for me, and one that I desire to grow in, are the intimate scenes. The intimates are the images that TJ naturally sees when he is out looking for compelling images and he was great at pointing out these opportunities.
TJ is also an excellent mentor and workshop instructor. He constantly checked in with each workshop participant to see if we had any questions for him. And when we did have questions, he spent ample time explaining and assisting us. TJ also pointed out how we could improve our compositions by moving more to the left or right to put ourselves in spots with leading lines and more interesting foregrounds. TJ would often show us some of his shots which would give us ideas of images that we were totally missing. I believe I might have been one of the only participants that had never done a workshop before and so many of the participants commented on how this workshop with TJ was one of the best they had ever attended. I am thankful I picked a great one for my first and know that this won’t be my last workshop with TJ. I can't thank him enough for the great experience and for spending time reviewing my images once I was back home. Unbelievable - who does that? No one...but TJ."
Kelsey U. - Portland, Oregon; 2018 Wonders of the Oregon Coast, 2019 Wonders of the Oregon Coast
“I cannot thank TJ enough for an amazing photography workshop. I discovered TJ through some interviews online and was immediately drawn to his artwork, artistic philosophy and admiration of nature. The workshop was everything I had hoped for and more. I am from this area, and can tell you that he picked the photography locations superbly. There was an opportunity to experience nature while still focusing on our main objective of photography. You could focus on a bigger scene, or look for smaller, more intimate moments. He shared his philosophy and inspires you to look at a scene in unique ways. I was the least experienced of the group and felt very comfortable alongside the other photographers. TJ took the lead from each group member and was there to answer questions and actively teach or take a more "behind the scenes" role. Even before the workshop, TJ helped me with many questions about my gear and provided excellent communication before and after the weekend. I will definitely take another workshop with TJ and I would highly recommend this experience if you love being in nature and photography.”
Becky K. - Portland, Oregon; 2020 Wonders of Waterfalls
“I cannot say enough about my experience working with TJ in the field. He has an amazing creative vision and truly helped me develop a passion for creative and expressive photography. His attention to detail is second to none. He is a consummate professional and runs his workshops accordingly. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, experienced and personable guide for your photographic journey, look no further!”
Mike D. - Pittsford, Vermont; 2020 Private Workshop, 2022 Wonders of Death Valley
“Completed a recent photography workshop led by TJ Thorne. It was excellent and exceeded my expectations. First the workshop took us to beautiful sites in the Pacific Northwest. Most importantly, he shared knowledge on how to turn a good photo great and opened my eyes to opportunities for shots I never knew existed. TJ is really into teaching and gave his all in terms of time and knowledge sharing. I came away inspired and immediately signed up for his Death Valley workshop next winter.”
Bob E. - Portland, Oregon; 2021 One Day Spring Waterfalls, 2022 Wonders of Death Valley
"Last week I attended an Oregon coast photo workshop run by TJ Thorne. I have been to a number of workshops, several of which have been run by famous photographers who are very accomplished. I would have to say that this was the best-run workshop I have been to. TJ went above and beyond my high expectations in providing us with fantastic photo opportunities, help with compositions, clear directions and scheduling, etc. Even better, he is truly passionate about what he does and he is just a really good guy to hang out with. I hope I get to do another workshop with him again, hopefully sooner rather than later."
Dean F. - Fort Worth, Texas; 2018 Oregon Coast Workshop, 2019 Death Valley and Eastern Sierra Workshop
“I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful experience with you this past week!! You are so thoughtful, kind, and passionate about the beautiful Oregon region. It was truly a pleasure to get to know you. I also felt a great connection that we could really talk and share our experiences. I still can't believe everything that we saw and witnessed. Waterfalls, sunset, fields, trees, just amazing. I will be back for when the "real spring" arrives!! It was such a nice surprise to receive the detailed itinerary of everything we did as well as your links to photography related sites and artists. I will always value the impressive shots I was able to capture. Will never forget the high-five after we both saw for the first time an image on my viewfinder (after traversing the creek several times). Thank you so much!”
Brad W. - St. Louis, Missouri; 2019 Private Workshop
“This was my first photography workshop -- and I absolutely loved it. The experience was fun, educational and genuinely inspiring. TJ is passionate about photography and nature and that enthusiasm proved infectious. He helped me see the landscape - and all its details - differently. The rest of our group - none of whom I knew in advance - were wonderful company. I've been using DSLRs for around 7 years, but I saw more development in my understanding of landscape photography in 4 days than I saw in those previous 7 years. I can't recommend the experience highly enough.”
Struan R. - Los Altos, CA; 2019 April Wonders of the Oregon Coast
"I normally plan all my trips and photos myself, but this time I joined a photography workshop and enlisted the aid of two landscape photographers that I have admired for years: Ted Gore Photography and TJ Thorne Photography. Ted's processing and composition are off the charts, and TJ shows his passion for nature, exploring, and fun through his consistently excellent photographs and stories. I felt like I was getting to the point with photography that I could use more structured instruction from experts.
Honestly, I was really nervous about if I'd get my money's worth (having never been on a workshop before). Would I get along with a group of complete strangers? Would we be taken to hard-to-find spots or just go to roadside attractions? Would the instruction bore me or challenge me? To say I had a blast and got my money's worth would be an understatement. First of all, the gorge is absolutely packed with some of the most gorgeous waterfalls, streams, and nature in the world. Ted and TJ were fantastic guides and genuinely cared about teaching their methods and giving their thought process for in-field techniques, composition and post processing. The material was pretty advanced but they were very patient and detailed, and I think it will benefit my photography greatly going forward.
Also, we went to some pretty secluded and difficult to get to areas. A lot of the hikes were straight-up strenuous and included scrambling, rock climbing, incredibly steep muddy/full of loose rock hills, wading through rivers with fast currents, climbing over slippery logs, avoiding tons of poison oak, and walking through areas you would have to be crazy to go to. At the same time, they made sure I always felt relatively safe and comfortable (or at least aware of risks and danger). At the end of each day I felt like I accomplished something great.
Additionally, both of them were really fun to hang out with. It was refreshing to talk about the style of photography I am passionate about on an advanced level. By the end of the week I felt like one of the guys, making plenty of immature jokes, talking about life, and enjoying the hikes and scenery. I hope to see them again someday."
Brent C. - Madison, Wisconsin; 2015 Spring in Oregon Workshop, 2016 Private Workshop, 2017 Oregon Coast Workshop, 2019 Death Valley and Eastern Sierra Workshop
"I've done a number of workshops and can say that TJ and Ted's was among the best. Be forewarned, their workshops aren't for everyone -- or most people, for that matter. Don't expect to get out of the car and shoot. But then the best photos take the most effort. In short, they'll take you to locations others won't. Moreover, both are great teachers and complement each other well. TJ is the consummate teacher and clearly enjoys helping others learn -- and laugh. (He's a blast!!) Ted has few equals in terms of Photoshop artistry -- and he has the ability to communicate what/how he does it clearly. I would highly recommend both if you're looking to take your photography to an advanced level."
Mary B. - Seattle, Washington; 2015 Spring in Oregon Workshop, 2016 Autumn in the Gorge Workshop, 2017 Oregon Coast Workshop, 2021 One Day Spring Waterfall Workshop, 4 Private Workshops
"Over couple of years back I had gleaned through an image of Panther Creek Falls. Though at that point of time I had very little knowledge of photography, the scale, stream distribution and overall form and of this waterfall had consumed me wholly. And thus began my relentless research. I don’t drive and it quickly dawned on me that navigating the Oregon and adjacent areas isn’t easy. As I combed through some local photographers from the area who shared my passion, I accidentally stumbled upon my biggest find of the last several years – TJ Thorne. A master photographer, thorough gentleman, superlatively humble, intelligent, empathetic and yet gritty at the same time. We developed a great bond during the trip and I have never ceased to admire his intricate knowledge of the terrain and light conditions alike. I’m already yearning to get back to Oregon to share a toast with him (non-alcoholic)."
Som R. - Bangalore, India; 2017 Private Workshop
"Alex and TJ are great photographers, very friendly people and great workshop leaders. The workshop was well organized and has been very useful to me. TJ and Alex were always available and provided personalized instructions throughout the workshop. I would recommend their workshop to anybody who wants to improve photography and explore an area like Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra."
Jean B. - Montreal, Canada; 2019 Wonders of Death Valley and Eastern Sierra
"I tremendously enjoyed working with TJ. In a short 2 day private workshop, not only did I take away many breathtaking photos we did together, most importantly, I took away the knowledge he passed on to help me become a better photographer. The knowledge transfer is what I value most in this workshop. The photos are stunning and epicness of the coastal line and the waterfalls of Portland, but the tips, tricks, and the best practices that TJ offers will stay with me from location to location. TJ is fun to be with, patient, creative, very personable, attentive to the micro detail, and a good listener. BTW, did I also mention TJ is a nature enthusiast and aficionado? I will definitely look TJ up for my next photography adventures."
Anne S. - Virginia; 2015 Private Workshop
"I recently attended a workshop in the Columbia Gorge with TJ. I found the instruction and knowledge of the area to be excellent. I have attended a number of workshops over the years and I found that the instruction on this particular workshop was among the best I have ever received. The instruction was excellent and applicable for anyone at any level of photography. Thank you TJ!"
Neil B. - Vancouver, BC; 2016 Spring in the Gorge Workshop, 2018 Oregon Coast Workshop
"I can't thank you enough for providing an adventure of a lifetime. I have been on a few workshops over the past 4 years and I must say this was by far the most professionally run workshop. My experience during this past week far exceeded my expectations!! Your knowledge of photography and willingness to share your passion and love for the outdoors is second to none. The sights, sounds, hikes, conversations, your patience, attention to detail, sense of humor and willingness to teach myself and others have given me memories for life. Your command for PS post processing techniques were very impressive, informative and the added touch of providing us the video and audio will be an invaluable teaching tool. I am so happy that I can do my little part in helping you follow your dream."
Bob K. - Tucson, Arizona; 2017 Spring in Oregon Workshop
"This was hands down the best workshop I have ever attended. You went above and beyond. Thank you for the additional resources for iPhone, web sharpening, luminosity and other photographers' sites. Your photography and processing skills are first rate but your stewardship and thoughtful caring for the natural resources and tending to our individual needs made a lasting impression on me. Please keep on doing what you're doing."
Jeff L. - Lexington, Kentucky; 2017 Spring in Oregon Workshop, 2017 Oregon Coast Workshop, 2019 Death Valley and Eastern Sierra Workshop
"I have been to several workshops in different countries, but this was the best not only because the beauty of Gorge but also because of the awesome instructor. TJ is really nice guy, easy going, has sense of humor, is in love with nature and an artist. He keeps checking in everyone to make sure that we’re in the right spot with the right camera settings to get the best shot. He almost never used his camera, he just spent his time checking on us every few minutes and gave us new techniques in shooting waterfalls. His post processing techniques are excellent and the way he explains things make it easy to understand everything. I highly recommend him."
Rashed S. - United Arab Emirates; 2017 Spring in Oregon Workshop
"I joined Alex and TJ for their Winter Death Valley workshop in 2019 and had a fantastic time. As well as enjoying a lot of laughs with the group I found the instructors to be 100% committed to finding great light. We stopped by the grand scenes that the region is known for but even more valuable to me was that they helped us to see beyond the apparent compositions to search for something unique. I came home with some iconic shots, abstracts, and intimate scenes and with inspiration to see the landscape differently. They helped us notice the subtle as well as the sublime. I recommend Alex and TJ's workshops for shooters of all experience levels. I am sure that you will learn from their point of view."
Nathan K. - NSW, Australia; 2019 Wonders of Death Valley and Eastern Sierra Workshop
"Just wanted to put this out there that your tutorials are by far the best I have found to date. I have tutorials from a lot of the big names out there. Your tutorials are great because your flow with speech is amazing which is important to me. A big one for me is you speak very clearly and aren't whispering and explain everything. I find it frustrating when I’m going through a tutorial and the speaker does all these things, but does not explain clearly or at all for that matter on how to do them. With every key you hit on the keyboard you explain how and why from start to finish. That’s super important to me for my style of learning. I need every step whereas some guys don't explain these steps and it leaves gaps. It's a piece of mind knowing that every time I purchase one of your tutorials, everything will be explained in great detail."
Matt N. - Vancouver Island, BC; Private Processing Instruction and Video Tutorials