Workshop FAQ and Cancellation Policy
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering one of my workshops. Being a photographer and helping others along their creative journey is my dream job and by choosing to take a workshop with me you are directly supporting my dream and I can’t thank you enough for that.
Outlined below is my cancellation policy as well as some frequently asked questions.
First off, I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance if you plan to attend a workshop. It is a very affordable and widely available way to protect your purchase in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
Your deposit guarantees your spot on the workshop and is nonrefundable. In the very rare event of the workshop being cancelled by TJ Thorne Photography, a 100% refund of your paid registration will be refunded. If you wish to protect the other expenses you have invested in the workshop such as flights and lodging, I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
In the event that you are unable to attend the workshop, notice must be given in writing and the following policies apply:
Cancellations that occur 45 days or more before the start of the workshop will forfeit deposit.
Cancellations that occur within 45 days of the workshop will forfeit their full payment.
There are no exceptions to these policies. This is my means of protecting my business as group sizes are limited and having an empty spot without the time to fill it is a signigficant loss. I highly advise purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment should you be unable to attend. I appreciate your understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during inclement weather?
Sometimes unexpected weather patterns do arise and what some people consider to be suboptimal conditions, we as photographers embrace them, change our thinking, and strive to use those conditions to our advantage. However, sometimes conditions can be downright nasty and unfavorable. In this case, we will supplement with processing instruction, image/portfolio critique, alternate nearby locations (if possible), or rest. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Information regarding weather preparation specific to your workshop will be provided with workshop materials prior to the start of the workshop.
Will I need to provide my own transportation, lodging, and food?
My workshops include in-field instruction, location guidance, and a recorded video of the provided processing instruction. Flights, lodging, rental cars, and meals are not included. For nearly all of my workshops I opt to camp and you are welcome to join me if you desire. Guidance will be provided in this regard as some campgrounds have extra vehicle charges and restrictions. For most workshops, a group rate is secured for recommended lodging and will be provided prior to the workshop.
If you wish to carpool or share rooms with other students, please let me know as early as possible and I will put the word out to see if others are interested.
For most workshops breaks for lunch will be provided. It is highly advised that you eat breakfast before the daily meet-up time and carry snacks with you. We prioritize photographing these amazing locations and maximizing our shooting opportunities, and in some cases we could be a significant distance away from amenities.
Can I bring a guest?
Most workshops are limited in group size due to permits. As such, I am not able to offer discounts for guests who will not be photographing. They can still participate, witness the amazing scenery, benefit from the guiding, and join all group activities. In some rare instances I will allow a non-photographing guest of at least 18 years old to join at a 50% discount. Please inquire if interested.
For your Oregon Coast Workshop, you say that we will find lodging wherever we end up that night. Is this ever a problem?
During the times of the year that I run Oregon Coast Photography Workshops, it is considered the off season for tourism. We photographers are an anomaly. There has never been an issue finding lodging and I suggest using the Priceline mobile app (or equivalent) to find better pricing with their ‘last minute’ and mobile deals. This just helps save a few dollars here and there as opposed to just walking into the establishment. There are also plenty of camping opportunities, which is what I, myself, most often opt for.
Why should I choose your workshops over the others available?
I know that there are many photography workshops out there and that it can be hard to choose. When you take one of my workshops you are receiving my highest level of attention and service. From initial communication to well after the workshop ends, I am dedicated to helping you achieve your photographic goals. I am not a passive guide or teacher. I am there every step of the way making sure that you are aware of the hazards present and to lend a helping hand or steady boost. My priority is getting you in the right places at the right times SAFELY.I understand that each client has different needs and I approach each individual based on their preferred learning style. I communicate in clear and thorough ways that are easy to understand. My personality is laid-back, approachable, and supportive. I’ve had clients of all kinds: from Iron Man types to clients with mobility concerns and I'm certain that they would tell you that I made it work, took care of them with care and patience, and got them in situations where others haven't been able to. Some clients, if they were comfortable, I've helped push through their fears head on and many of these clients have taken multiple workshops with me. YOU are my priority, not my own photography and I will drop whatever I’m doing to answer your questions or cater to your needs. And lastly, many of my workshop participants keep in touch with each other and myself after the workshops. They valued their experiences enough that we came away friends, all having grown as individuals in the company of each other doing what we love: photographing nature and having a blast during it all. Below, you can read testimonials from past clients and learn why they had decided to attend my workshop and how much they valued their experience.
"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
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, WA; 2015 Spring in Oregon Workshop
"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. - Virgina
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 attended. The instruction was excellent and applicable for anyone at any level of photography.
Thank you TJ!
Neil B. - Vancouver, BC
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, AZ
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, KY
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