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Spring Class

Spring in maine comes alive

May 17-23 2025

Spring in Maine is a great time to photograph the changing seasons as warm air battles to move out cold air providing interesting weather patterns that create great photo opportunities. There tends to be a wider range and variety of weather and backdrops allowing opportunities to capture unique scenes you might not be able to get other times of year. It is still cool during the day and can bit a bit cold in the morning so make sure to pack a jacket. But with this range in temps comes the variety in clouds, light, rain, mist, and magic. The sun arrives early in spring and we will plan to be outside to set up shooting by 4 AM. Be sure not to miss the best part of the light show during sunrise. With that effort and commitment comes great rewards for those who make the effort.  


Saturday - Arrival
We will have a casual get together in the evening for brief meet and greet to discuss class schedule and meeting times & locations.

Sunday - Photo Shoot & Class Meeting                                                       We will start shooting early morning on the waterfront to capture the first light to touch the USA. Breakfast to follow at a local diner (breakfast is responsibility of participant).  After breakfast we will meet at our class space to review your 2 images that you brought with you: 1). A shot that you took in past month. 2). A photo that conveys who you are as a photographer. End with discussion on assignment to bring to class on Monday.  

Wednesday - Photo Shoot 
Hiking trips planned to one of 3 locations: Jonesport, Great Wass or Cutler. 

Thursday - Photo Shoot & Class Meeting
Early morning sunrise photo shoot.  Class meeting in the afternoon to discuss learning the past few days. 

Monday - Photo Shoot 
We will plan to meet at 4 AM for a 45 minute drive to photo shoot for sunrise. We will take 2 ferry trips as we explore the Bay of Fundy and travel into New Brunswick, Canada with dinner in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada (dinner is responsibility of participant) and return home late in day.  Upon returning back to Eastport and your place of stay, review images to present for class on Tuesday. (2nd option depending on weather: Photo sunrise shoot in Lubec and explore Campobello and West Quoddy Lighthouse.  

Tuesday - Photo Shoot & Class Meeting                                              Tuesday we will explore locally with about 3 hours of light to moderate hiking at Shackford Head State Park in Eastport, ME, Dependent on weather is 1 hour lobster boat tour or a ferry ride to Deer Island to NB and back home.                                                                                    Afternoon class will cover discussion of photo shoot and selecting photos in prep for reception on Saturday.

Friday - Class Meeting
Each participant will select 2 images from the week of photo shoots to use in the gallery reception.  Students will learn about matting and preparing for a gallery reception.

Saturday - Class Meeting & Gallery Reception
This will be the time to finish matting and framing your final product. Discussion about future selling of artwork and how to approach galleries. Preparation for how to showcase at the gallery reception.                          Gallery reception in evening to showcase final product.

Sunday - Class Meeting                                                                     Review of the week to discuss photo shoots, experiences at reception, and any final points that might need to be addressed if your travel arrangements allow.  

                                         *Please note class schedule is subject to change daily depending on border crossing requirements,                                                                boat availability, weather, time expectations, etc. 


It can be cool during the mornings and evenings as we are on an island surrounded by very cold water.  We will also explore the beautiful bold coast on daily walks during our photo shoots with a couple days of hiking on rocky shores or wooded paths with uncovered roots.  The weather in spring can be sunny or rainy and changes daily. So it is important to bring the right gear to enjoy your outing each day with this dynamic weather season.  This class is in the center of eastport there are several restaurants & shopping opportunities in town that are all walkable but many of our photo shoots require you to bring your own personal vehicle to get around.

Warm clothes

Enough clothing for 1 week                          Outfit for gallery reception                              Thick sweatshirt                                            Light windbreaker/jacket                                    Hat & gloves                                                        Warm jacket                                                 

 Rain gear                                      Hiking/walking shoes with non-skid soles 

Photo Gear

Camera backpack                                        

DSLR or Mirrorless camera                            Lenses: 18-35mm, 28-70mm, and 70-200mm      Memory cards                                            

Extra batteries (3 minimum)                        Tripod & Head                                                      Card reader                                                  Computer with photo software loaded                External hard drive with lots of storage space Remote shutter release                                      Headlight

Misc. Items

Water bottle                                                    Bug spray                                                  Sunscreen                                              

Passport / vaccination info for border crossing into Canada/US                                            Vehicle for own personal transportation              License                                                      

Money for personal purchases and meals  Sunglasses

7 Day Spring class      Price $1995.

What's Included

7 Full days Exploring Bold Coast & Canadian Maritimes     

Ferry boat fees   

Classroom meeting space     

Learn how to mount & mat two fine art prints of your work  

Gallery reception in fine art gallery with live music, refreshments, & showing your work from class.  

Two fine art matted prints from show are yours to keep 


Personal Accommodations  

All meals

Personal Transportation. ( we will carpool when possible during class)  

Passport (make sure everything is up to date) & Vaccination card (to cross into Canada)

Places to stay

class meeting

The class will be held in a very large NY Style loft with fully functioning kitchen and bathroom facilities above the Full Fathom Five Gallery.

Eastport Area chamber of Commerce

Check out our local area chamber of commerce website for businesses listed under rentals for options to book a great place to stay while in Eastport.

Airbnb & vrbo rentals

Check out local seasonal rental vacation places on Airbnb or VRBO for more information about places to stay.  Be sure to book early as places tend to fill up fast.  We also offer seasonal rentals.  Check out our website under seasonal rental tab. Overnight stay is responsibility of participant.

Flights & Travel

Eastport is a 2.5 hour drive from Bangor BGR Airport and approximately  4.5 hour drive from Portland PWN airport. Both provide rental car service. There should be a commuter flight service starting 2024 from Boston BOS & BGR to Eastport if all goes as hoped.  Plan ahead to make sure a rental vehicle is available to use. Travel & vehicle is responsibility of participant.


Final Payment is due 45 days prior to start of class, Payment by Visa, MC, Check, money order, or cash are accepted. No foreign funds are accepted. There is a full refund is cancelation is on or before 45 days of the class start date. There is 50% refund if cancelled 30 days before start day. Less than 30 days there is no refund. If cancellation is made within.... you have the option of transferring to any open class, but the class must be started within 1 year. There is no exception to the cancelation policy, We encourage you obtain trip insurance.  If we need to cancel the class due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control our liability is limited to the full refund of money paid for class. We are not responsible for any loss due to non-refundable airline tickets, vehicle rental or other travel arrangements, this includes rental/hotel stays booked.  We would encourage you to obtain travel insurance. *Please note class schedule is subject to change daily depending on border crossing requirements, boat availability, weather, time expectations, etc.  

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