I had the good fortune to participate in Irene’s Spring 2022 Chincoteague Photo Workshop.
Essential to the success of any workshop is for the leader to be proficient not only in the technical aspect of photography, but also have complete command of the subject matter and knowledge of the geographical area. Irene hits all the notes. She is there to provide coaching on composition and exposure. Our subject matter was birds and horses. Irene understands the behavior of the animals. This is critical to how the photographer physically approaches the subject so as to not spook them and as how the animal will present during conditions at hand. Irene has a sharp eye, spotting birds in places others may miss. Plus, Irene prepares. She thoroughly scouts locations prior to the workshop, maximizing your time shooting instead of wasting it traveling from location to location hoping that is something to photograph. Furthermore, Irene arranges exclusive access to areas not open to the general public. During our workshop this benefit brought us within close proximity to the coveted horses resulting in remarkable photographs. Perhaps most significantly, Irene does NOT shoot during the workshop. Her time is devoted to the students exclusively, providing individual attention. I came away from the workshop with good actionable knowledge and some wonderful photos.