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.
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.