Workshops - jacquelinedeely

Connecting with Nature Through Photography

Coming again in 2020!  (Dates To Be Announced)

Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, California

Join me for an inspirational weekend of photography amid a spectacular coastal setting! Explore how we can connect with nature, learn about our environment and make a difference through our experiences and the images we capture.

Field activities visit nearby locations with specific goals in mind. We will take advantage of optimal light in the early morning and evening and when wildlife tends to be most active. Instruction and guidance will be provided in order to maximize the photographic opportunities we will be presented with.

Classroom sessions include illustrated presentations and discussions evolve around our own unique moments and encounters in the wild. Sharing our work allows us to delve deeper into the thought process behind our photographs and the stories they tell. Constructive critiques will guide students as they develop their personal vision and style.         

This workshop is open to anyone with a love of nature and photography. All levels are welcome: however, students must have a basic understanding of how to operate their own equipment. 


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“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 

“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 

“Jacqueline Deely’s ability to capture stunningly beautiful images is inspiring, so, naturally, being able to learn from her through the “Connecting with Nature” workshop was an awesome experience. I learned so much, and the knowledge and tips she shared helped me immensely. Her approach, and the techniques and advice she provided, gave me greater confidence in capturing images of nature and wildlife – I am no longer intimidated and am now into bird photography! I highly recommend this to anyone interested in nature/wildlife photography, looking to improve their skills in a fun and enjoyable way with others who share the same passion, under the guidance of an amazingly talented instructor. Looking forward to attending another in the very near future. Thanks so much, Jackie!”

Heather H., Sacramento, California

Photography Theme Cruises

UnCruise Adventures - Seattle, WA

Baja's Bounty - Mexico's Sea of Cortes - January 11th - 18th, 2020

I am thrilled to once again join UnCruise Adventures as a guest host one of their photography themed cruises, where I will provide lectures and instruction throughout the entire voyage!

This time around I will be visiting Mexico's stunning Sea of Cortes, which I visited for the first time 20 years ago as an employee of the former Cruise West. It is incredibly exciting to return this time around as a professional wildlife photographer where I can both utilize and pass on my years of knowledge and expertise.

Jaques Cousteau, French marine biologist, called the Sea of Cortes “the world’s aquarium”. In 2005, the islands of the California Gulf were considered a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

During our jam packed week, we will greet sea lions from the boat or skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an even closer encounter. Relax with our toes in the sand, explore the desert landscape on a hike, or atop a mule through the canyons of Baja. Land and sea are a step, or kayak, away and there will be plenty of amazing photographic opportunities throughout!

I hope you can join me!  Please mention you were directed by Jacqueline Deely Photography.  



"Jacqueline was outstanding in her role as the professional photographer on our UnCruise trip in Alaska. Her knowledge of both the technical and the artistic aspects of photography was impressive! She did a great job of helping us one-on-one throughout the day and also in making evening presentations to the group. Her enthusiasm, her smile, and her outgoing personality make her a delight to interact with. We feel like we made a friend with her and have been in contact with Jacqueline to share more photography related information even after our trip was over."

Roland & Karen B. - Greenville, South Carolina

"I wanted to thank you so much for what you added to our Costa Rica and Panama cruise experience with UnCruise. You are truly talented as both an educator and an artist; those talents don’t often coincide. My daughter learned so much from you and you made her and all of our experience all the more interesting and enjoyable."

Connie H. - Austin, Texas

Expedition Tours

G Adventures - Toronto, Canada

Explore the Norwegian Fjords - May 5th - 17th, 2020

Cruise the Norwegian Fjords - May 17th -  29th, 2020

Norwegian Arctic Encompassed - May 29th - June 12th, 2020

This is my fifth year with G Adventures as "Photographer in Residence", where I provide on board lectures and guidance on select Arctic and Antarctic expedition tours. 

In May 2020, I join the M.S. Expedition in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland for three back to back tours highlighting the stunning landscapes of Scotland, Orkney, the Shetland Islands and breathtaking fjords of Norway. The final tour includes three days in Arctic Norway's iconic archipelago of Svalbard. I highly recommend booking these tours through my colleague Kelly Nadir at New Day Travels who is highly versed in this style of travel. Please mention you were referred by Jacqueline Deely Photography. I hope you can join me! 


"Jacqueline's presence as "photographer in residence" on our recent Svalbard and Greenland trip really put the icing on the cake. She is so friendly and approachable and always manages to pitch the information she gives at just the right level to stretch you a little from your current knowledge, whilst bolstering your confidence. Whether you shoot on auto, with a phone, or are handy with all your SLR functions, she praises and gently encourages with wonderful suggestions. Achieving this inclusive, supportive, non-judgemental and wonderfully friendly environment is a gift and and art in itself, not to mention her own wonderful photography! If you have the chance to be guided by this warm and friendly lady, you are lucky indeed!"

Amina K, United Kingdom

"My husband and I arrived for our three week trip on the M.S. Expedition with lots of camera equipment, but with no confidence in taking any sort of decent photos in the challenging light and moving subjects we knew we would experience on the trip. I had just about decided to give up on the equipment, sell it when we got home and buy an easy to use bridge camera in the hope of taking better photos!

After two informative lectures with tips and advice from Jacqueline Deely, (resident photographer on our trip) we came home with fantastic photos and a renewed enthusiasm for photography. I had previously been on various photography courses in the hope of understanding how to use my camera to get the best results, but always came away confused and none the wiser!

Jacqueline explained things in a simple, easy to understand way and I now understand the controls on my camera and am even converted to back button focus! I have been sorting through our photos and the difference between the first, none too successful photos we took at the very beginning of the trip and the ones we took after Jacqueline's lectures just cannot be compared for quality and composition. We both now have renewed enthusiasm for photography (instead of frustration) and are now going to invest in more equipment for our DSLR cameras!

Thank you Jacqueline for totally changing our whole attitude to photography and helping us to produce such fantastic memories of our trip of a lifetime to the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica!"

Lynn & Tim, United Kingdom

"I met Jackie on an expedition cruise to Norway and the Arctic Circle where she was the resident photographer.  Jackie willingly shared her knowledge and expertise of photography both in a group setting and one-on-one as she shared her photos and camera settings while being challenged with the environment - 24 hours of daylight and attempting to shoot in a bobbing “zodiac” in the Arctic waters. Her suggestions and recommendations for photo composition, lighting and subject matter were spot on. Jackie is a fun and patient photographer that enjoys sharing her experiences."

Judi C. - Cypress, California

"Meeting Jackie on a polar expedition was a great experience. She has a warm and welcoming personality, which made it easy to approach her and ask her anything about photography. She always made time to sit down and explain in a way that anybody could understand.  Her lectures were full of easy to understand tips and examples, yet she still managed to get deep into the more advanced functionality of photography, so even as a more experienced photographer, I still felt I left with newly acquired knowledge."  

Jakob K. - Denmark