Upcoming Photo Workshops

I am a pioneer in the field of photo workshops and tours, offering programs since 1979. Each is carefully crafted and well planned. By limiting the number of participants per program (primarily 3-8), I am able to offer personalized instruction.

Workshops are short and last from 1 to 3 days, often offered over a weekend. Photo sessions in the field are followed by image editing and critiques. My preparation for each workshop includes scouting out the photo opportunities at each location.

Photo Tours on the other hand, last from one to three weeks. They are custom designed and cover multiple locations. Sites are chosen for their natural beauty and relatively accessible wildlife. These can include wildlife refuges, eco-friendly ranches, private wildlife sanctuaries, and state and national parks. As per weekend programs, each location is carefully scouted. For international programs, an English speaking local guide accompanies the group. Past tours have included South Florida, South Dakota, NWT, Bryce/Zion/Arces Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, Iceland, Argentina, Chile, Newfoundland, and the Falkland Islands.

Nature photography is the focus of the majority of programs with attention paid to composition, lighting, exposure, perspective, creativity, and attracting, locating, and photographing wildlife.

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Tangier Island Photo Workshop 2022

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - May 15 @ 3:30 pm

Osprey reflection


Tangier Island, VA

Photo Workshop

Chesapeake Bay Waterman Community and Wildlife

with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

13-15 May 2022 

6 participant limit/workshop

Buy Boat at Tangier Island for transfer of crabs
Buy Boat at Tangier Island

This Tangier Island Photo Workshop (May 2022) features photography of a unique waterman community and local wildlife.  Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. Tangier is a charming community of waterman and shop owners. Many inhabitants make their living, as did their ancestors for more than 400 years, by crabbing, fishing, and oystering. Each day we will rise before dawn, hoping to capture sunrise images and photos of the waterman as they man their skiffs and works boats, heading out to their offshore crab shanties to gather up their crab pots, scrapes, floats, and other gear for the day. For photos from the water, Saturday morning I chartered a boat for a trip around the island with the hopes of photographing the docks, waterman at work, and local birdlife.

Water Tank & Rainbow on Tangier Island
Water Tank & Rainbow

During our stay, we will explore the beach, tidal creeks, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Ducks, geese, herons, rails, shorebirds, skimmers, terns, and pelicans take advantage of the rich food supply that the island and its surroundings afford. There is also a healthy population of ospreys nesting on nearby platforms and jetties. It is not uncommon to see one fly overhead with a fish in its talons.


From the mainland, Tangier can only be reached by boat or small plane. Golf carts replace cars as the primary mode of transportation on the island since the streets are narrow and barely wide enough for 2 carts to pass. It’s a peaceful community with friendly people and no traffic lights or violent crime. There are no banks or arcades. One grocery store but hours vary and limited items depending on the shipment from the mainland. Crisfield, MD does have a grocery store and there is a Walmart on Rt 13 near Onancock, VA.  Many born on the island speak a unique dialect of English dating back to that used by the first settlers arriving on the island from Cornwall England.

This photo workshop offers you a rare opportunity to photograph the unique way of life on the Chesapeake Bay, one that is slowly disappearing. Potential subjects include workboats, offshore crab shanties, working waterman, historic buildings, the waterfront, birds, and unique features of the island.

Great Egret eating young terrapin


The exact schedule is flexible and highly dependent on the weather, conditions on the island, results of my scouting prior to your arrival, and desires of the group.


5 p.m. departure by ferry/boat (no cars) from the main dock at Crisfield, MD (Sharon Kay) or from the Onancock, VA dock (Joyce Marie). You will need to make reservations for the ferry ride and verify the departure time since conditions vary dependent on weather and conditions in Tangier harbor.

I will meet your boat in at the dock & arrange for transport of luggage to our lodging at the Brigadune Inn near the beach at the far end of West Ridge.

Friday p.m. – Either explore beach, lagoon, and tidal guts looking for photo subjects or explore the dock area planning for sunrise photography. Ending the day with sunset photography. Dinner locally & orientation.

Young osprey portrait
Young Osprey


Dawn photography at the main dock.

Board chartered boat (Sharon Kay) for opportunities to photograph crab shacks, working watermen, ospreys, etc. with early morning light, shortly after sunrise for approximately 1.5 hours.  Remainder of the morning photographing around the harbor and along main street

Breakfast break/Review of morning activities

Prep of images for review, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Critique of images, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Photography in field, 2:30 p.m. – sunset. (harbor, tidal guts, town)

Dinner from Lorraine’s or other local restaurant.

Remainder of evening free to prepare images for review on Sunday.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron with Crab on Tangier Island
Yellow Crowned Night Heron with Crab


Pre-dawn photography over Tangier Sound

Photography – life along the tidal guts, people, boats, etc., 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast break/Review of morning session.

Finish packing and store bags. (check-out at 11 a.m.)

Prep of images for review, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Critique session – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. return golf carts, and transport luggage to dock.

Board boat for return to Crisfield or Onancock before 3:00/3:30 p.m.

Exact schedule & locations are dependent on the weather, safety considerations, subject availably, & group interests.

Work boat with crab traps off the shore of Tangier Island..
Work boat with crab traps.

PRICE: (All rooms contain only 1 Queen size bed) $ 1025 based one participant/room; $ 883 based on 2 participants one room.

Each room has  one Queen Bed, private bath, microwave, refrigerator, WiFi, TV.  Continental breakfast provided.

DEPOSIT: 50 % of total. Final payment due 30 days prior to workshop.

The price includes: instruction (one on one interaction in the field); image critiques; two nights accommodations with a private bath,  a 1.5 hour boat charter trip to photograph crab shanties, waterman and ospreys from the water; and shared golf cart transportation on the island.

Participants can travel to Tangier using a ferry from Onancock, VA or Crisfield, MD.  Departure times on Friday are typically 5 p.m. 

Price does not include meals and snacks, boat transportation from Crisfield or Onancock to Tangier and return. (Round trip fare is approximately $30.)


Egrets fighting over fish while scouting for my photo workshop on Tangier Island.
Egrets fighting competing for mussle.

Photo workshop size is limited to 3 to 6 participants.

Bring laptop and flash drive for transfer of images for critique. Bring camera plus wide angle to telephoto lenses, tripod, flashlight, polarizing filter, rain gear for you and your equipment, etc. Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.  (sometime gnats can be an issue on still days, so consider bringing a head net or insect jacket.  Also consider bringing rubber boots or shoes that can get wet in case there is flooding on the island.

Bring 3 images (1 where the light is extraordinary, 1 landscape, and 1 animal) on a flash drive for discussion during the workshop. 

Note: I will scout locations on Tangier several days prior to your arrival to become familiar with current conditions.

Cancellation Policy

Notifications of cancellation must be in writing.

The following charges apply per person at the time I receive your written notification of cancellation:

  • Cancel up to 121 days prior to departure date – full refund.
  • 120 to 61 days prior to departure, $125 administrative fee charged. ($35 admin fee for weekend workshops.)
  • 60 to 46 days prior to departure, 50% of workshop or tour cost.
  • 45 days or less prior to departure – NO REFUND

Medical circumstances or emergencies do not constitute grounds for exception to the cancellation policy. Therefore, trip cancellation & interruption insurance is HIGHLY recommended. Travelers Insurance Company and others provide such policies at a reasonable rate. In the unlikely event that the trip is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, your money will be refunded in full, with the exception of expenses you personally incurred while preparing for the trip.

Flying American Oystercatcher



May 13 @ 6:00 pm
May 15 @ 3:30 pm
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Tangier Island, VA
Tangier Island
Tangier Island, VA 23440 United States
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