Workshops and Private Instruction

I offer small group workshops in addition to private instruction tailored to individual student needs and cater to all levels. 

My goal is to provide students with a positive experience in a setting where they can acquire new techniques and skills that will enable them to progress and grow in their own photographic journey.

Prior to each meeting, I consult with my students in order to maximize the time spent together and to determine the best location. The resulting session will be customized to the individual's experience level, goals and areas requiring particular emphasis. 

Please feel free to get in touch for more information or with any questions via my "CONTACT" page.

NEW! Moss Landing Coastal Photography Workshops

Join me for a private four hour small group (1 - 4 people) nature photography workshop and tour at Moss Landing, California.  

Moss Landing Harbor and State Beach is home to an incredible array of birds and wildlife. It is one of my favorite locations for photography along the coast. During the fall and winter months, thousands of migrating birds pass through the area, making it an ideal location to improve your photography skills in a very unique and special place. 

I LOVE to teach and will share with you my years of knowledge and expertise in nature photography around the globe, guide you in choosing the correct settings and techniques and how to spot and approach your subjects in a safe and ethical manner.  My hands on style of teaching is relaxed, supportive and fun!

This is primarily a walking based tour*, where we will explore the area, stopping and photographing whatever we may encounter.

All levels of experience are welcome, however students must have a general understanding of how to operate their own equipment. Any type of camera will work as long as it has zoom/telephoto capability.

Here is a recent testimonial. "A productive private photography lesson with Jackie, where I needed help with my new big lens for photographing birds. I recommend her to anyone wanting to gain more knowledge about bird and wildlife photography. Beautiful morning too with lots of birds to practice on!"

Marcia S., Los Gatos, California

Dates are flexible and I will work with you based upon your schedule. 

To arrange a day/time, please get in touch via my "CONTACT" page. 

$200 per person (1-2 people)

$175 per person (3-4 people)

*Easy to moderate walking on trails and sand.

Signed waiver will be required. 

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“Jackie is one of those rare professionals in photography who is also a gifted teacher. The workshop participants had a very wide range of experience. Jackie approached each of us with kindness and constructive advice on how to improve our images of nature. Her images were stunning, and the workshop presentations were impeccable.”

John B., Watsonville, California

“The workshop was exceptional. Jackie’s approach of slowing down and taking a longer look, along with her technical expertise and casual teaching style made for a very fun weekend for everyone. I will definitely put this one on the calendar for next year!”

Phil A., Cambria, California

"I so enjoyed meeting you on the Baja cruise. You are an excellent teacher with an incredible sense of humor and a truly kind heart. I would love to run into you again in my lifetime, so you have been added to my bucket list!"

Allison D., Seattle, WA

"Jackie transformed my photography. In three hours I learned more than in the previous 30 years! She not only taught me how to use the various settings on my camera, to capture sharp action shots with perfect exposure, but also how to find and correctly approach wildlife. Jackie was more than willing to look over my shots after the shoot, and give me post processing advice and tips. In the field she reminded me to check my histogram, take practice shots, and very graciously shared what settings she was using, and explain why. Jackie is such a fun person to hang out with, and her passion and enthusiasm for nature are contagious!"

Julie C. - Salinas, California

"Jackie’s “Getting out of Auto” photography class was truly one of the best courses I have ever taken. I did not know much about photography, but Jackie was informative and professional, her course materials were great, and it was a very fun learning experience. The result at the end of class was that I took some lovely photos! Jackie also helped me with some specific questions I had on photography I want to take, and I am very excited to continue working on what I learned. Filoli is also the perfect backdrop for a photography class. I would highly recommend Jackie’s class! "

Brenda L. - Burlingame, California 

Jackie is very passionate about photography and it carries over to the class. It was an excellent presentation of photography techniques that I will become comfortable using to take much better photos."

Judy D. - Bay Area, California

"I took an ‘Introduction to Wildlife Photography’ with Jacqueline at Filoli. She shared her valuable techniques, tips and professional knowledge of wildlife photography in down to earth simple terms and gave personal attention to each attendee. I am an amateur and I learned not only how to take better photos of wildlife but additional tips on how I may use my camera beyond the auto mode. Our field trip and the post processing lecture and critique was very informative. The whole experience was enjoyable and fun. I would not hesitate to take another workshop with Jacqueline, and hope to do so in the future."

Sandra S. - Bay Area, California