"I've taken a lot of photography workshops over the years - but my all time favorites are the ones that Valerie Jardin leads! She brings a great spirit to each workshop - spending her time with the group as we go exploring a wonderful city like Paris. Her spirit is infectious - and the participants all come away just feeling good about the experience - along with capturing many wonderful street images! I highly recommend Valerie's street photography workshops - they just don't come any better!" -- Scott Loftesness, Menlo Park, California.
"I have done many workshops locally (Australia) and Internationally and I have to say the Paris workshop with Valerie was the best shooting workshop I have done. The opportunity to see Paris from the perspective of someone French and learn how to improve my street photography (all about the light/get closer etc etc) was just fantastic. I'm now going home to digest the information and practice in my home town- and maybe, just maybe, turn up somewhere in Europe for another of Valerie's workshops at another time!" Vicki Moritz APP Adv Dip Photo MAPS EFIAP/b
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"I just completed Valerie's Paris workshop and all I can say is wow! Valerie has designed this workshop so that photographers at all levels can enjoy the time and grow their skills. We had both professional and amateur photographers in our class but everyone was equal on the streets of Paris. Valerie is warm and generous in her teaching and my other workshop participants were equally generous and encouraging. I have finished the class with a greater understanding and appreciation for street photography and the desire to continue to hone my street skills. This was my first workshop with Valerie but it won't be my last! I am already signed up for San Francisco in November. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a very special week." Louise, USA
"I have just experienced my first visit to Paris. I attended Valerie's Paris workshop and had a great time. I feel really fortunate to have seen parts of Paris that tourists do not necessarily get to see as we moved around to local hangouts and observed life from a birds eye view. Valerie is a very talented and informative street photographer who understands how to show beginners right through to professional photographers the art of taking great fly on the wall shots that tell a story. A memorable time with a great group." Fran Melbourne Australia.
"I have been a huge fan of Valerie's work for some time now and so attended her Paris workshop with high expectations. From the very first day I knew I would not be disappointed. Valerie's knowledge and skills as a street photographer, coupled with her boundless enthusiasm, infectious energy and down-to-earth and friendly manner made for an unforgettable and rewarding experience. I learned so much over the week and saw a noticeable difference in the quality of my photographs as each day passed. I now 'hit the streets' with a toolkit and confidence I did not possess before Valerie's workshop". Michelle Hill, Melbourne, Australia
"I’ve spent a lot of time in Paris taking photographs but this week with Valerie Jardin doing her street photography workshop changed the way I look at people and scenes. I learnt so much from Valerie who is very generous with sharing her time, knowledge and passion for street photography. I’m now much more comfortable taking pictures of people, waiting for just the right moment and shooting in black and white. This has been a wonderful week spent with a great group of people who love street photography in the beautiful city of Paris. Thank you, Valerie." Susan Astor-Smith, Sydney, Australia. May 2016.
"I have attended several of Valerie's workshops, and always learn something new at each one. Valerie's love of photography, her love and familiarity with Paris, and her patience in sharing her knowledge with others, make her the perfect person to lead a street photography workshop in this magical city! Be prepared to walk and to experience Paris from a new point of view, and to have a wonderful time as you capture unique images of this city." Susan Goudge, Tennessee
"Valerie, The Paris street photography workshop was truly an unforgettable experience. You have a unique ability to create a relaxed yet challenging experience for photographers who want to improve their skills and learn new photographic techniques in a great location. I had no idea how much fun and different street photography could be. I brought home some amazing shots, learned new techniques and made wonderful new friends on the trip. Thanks for your special attention to the details and for leading us throughout this wonderful experience. I will definitely be signing up for another travel workshop in 2015." Chris
"I loved every minute of our workshop! Valerie’s warmth and passion for her city and for photography is contagious and she put us all at ease immediately as a group. I learned so much experientially watching Valerie and others. I appreciated each person in the group and hope to see them again on one of Valerie’s workshops." Sherry P. Santa Barbara, CA.
"For everyone who loves street photography and wants to improve his/her skills participating in one of Valerie’s workshops is a must. I had the chance to attend in January the Paris weekend-workshop with Valerie and a group of new friends from all over the world. What an amazing experience and wonderful camaraderie very difficult to describe in a few words. Valerie is undoubtfuly an outstanding street photographer but also she a remarkable trainer and a high professional organiser. She has a unique talent of transferring her knowledge sharing her experience and on the same time she has the ability to bring out the best of you. Please be aware that her passion of street photography is highly contagious. So don’t be surprised when after the workshop you find yourself going around carrying everywhere your camera. Valerie’s workshops is an opportunity which should not be missed." Vassilis Paros-Greece
"I have known Valérie for quite a while through her photography, her posts on Facebook, her podcasts, etc. I finally had the chance to meet her face to face while enrolling in her workshop in Paris! I can say that this workshop was way beyond my expectations! I have taken photography classes before but this was a completely different experience. Not only did I discovered Paris while not being a tourist, I also experienced 'street photography' which is a totally different way of taking on photography. Valérie explained how to bring out the best of the situation, where to stand, when to click, etc. One can easily see Valérie's passion for photography. It's remarkable and contagious. She is a terrific teacher, always patient, giving advice to her students and sharing her tips and tricks. The program Valérie prepared was also well balanced, giving opportunities to do photo walks in small groups, sharing knowledge, relaxing and enjoying the French way of life!
The critique session and the presentation made by other students were also very useful and inspiring. By the second day I had already felt more confident. I even dared to share my pictures after the workshop!
More importantly, I made new friends from Canada, the States and Australia and it was really interesting to spend time with passionate photographers from different backgrounds.
Thank you Valérie for making this workshop a great adventure!
No doubt I will enroll in another workshop pretty soon!"
"When I registered for a week in Paris with Valérie Jardin, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew very little about street photography, I’d never been to Paris and I was concerned that I didn’t have the appropriate skill level to ‘keep up’ with the rest of the group. I’ve just returned home from that trip and cannot begin to describe what a positive week it was! Valérie is a terrific teacher who planned a series of amazing experiences for the group. We visited markets and neighbourhoods and even a few landmarks. I realize now that we were seldom indoors; we were experiencing the Paris of the Parisians themselves. As the week progressed, I found myself thinking about the light, the background, the story, the repeating patterns and, most importantly, the perfect person for the particular moment. The photo sharing and critique sessions were extremely helpful; learning to love black and white was game changing. I made wonderful new friends from all over the world and completely changed what I see 'through my lens'. Thank you, Valérie for creating such an inspirational workshop. I hope to join you for another trip very soon!" Judy R. Vancouver, Canada
"I just completed the most amazing week in Paris with Valerie, and 8 new friends from all over the world! Intentionally pushing myself into a new genre of street photography was incredibly rewarding. Valerie's passion and expertise shines through in her teaching, and best of all, she showed us Paris through the eyes of a local. This was the most unique travel experience I have ever had an highly recommend her workshops to anyone who wants to expand their photography skills." Kelly Marley
"Valerie Jardin is an energetic and extremely competent teacher who has helped me begin to master the art of street photography. Her enthusiasm is contagious! During this past week in Paris, we walked to different key spots around the city, taking pictures and learning how to really "see" and photograph the daily activities of average and not-so-average Parisians. We watched them walking their dogs, sipping their coffee and wine, reading their books, and interacting with each other in the cafés, the markets, the streets and the parks. Obviously, once you've figured this out, you can take what you've learned and use it to photograph all over the world. I've loved photography for a long time but have never felt sure of myself when photographing people in my world travels. Now, thanks to Valerie, I feel as if I'm moving in a whole new direction with my photos. Thank you, Valerie, for inspiring me to stretch myself and expand my artistic horizons. The course was everything I'd hoped it would be." Susie N.
"As I am a rank amateur, I was able to absorb an immense amount of knowledge. In summary, I have acquired some fundamental principles from this workshop:
- Street photography is more than the mechanical process of snapping pictures of street scenes with a camera. Extraordinary street photography can be taken with my fixed lens Ricoh pocket camera, and not necessarily, with my four-times-as-expensive Sony a7RII with a 24-240mm lens.
- One doesn’t have to look through, either a viewfinder or LCD display, to capture the image. Also, the image can be cleverly captured, in a reflection from a glass window, from the water surface of the Seine, or, even, as in the famous iconic shot of the Eiffel Tower, from a sunglass reflection. Of course, there is also the ubiquitous wine glass reflection, as in a rare color photo of a belle parisienne, taken by our intrepid leader. Moreover, the camera does not need to be held horizontally level, or even at eye level.
- I’ve taken thousands of picture-perfect - without people - static images; however, I have learned that pictures can be dynamic,with people, and tell a story.
- Photographs in black and white can be more powerfully effective, as it focuses one’s eye on the subject, or the motion/action of the subject.
- Taking a picture is not just clicking the shutter button - but, WAITING, and being patient to - allow a moving subject/object, a person, dog, bird, or a person riding a bicycle, to, enter the frame. Additionally the person/object, can sometimes cast an interesting angled shadow, before snapping the picture.
- A captured image can be improved with post-processing.
- Round table discussions of pictures can offer positive criticism where one can learn new techniques.
- Street photography is challenging, but can be most gratifying.
So, I can, enthusiastically, recommend this workshop to anyone and everyone, especially a Francophile. The workshop also provided an wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, who are special, because of a shared passion for street photography." Gene, 'Flâneur parisien' from SF, USA
"I've been an admirer of Valerie Jardin's photographic style for some time and was thrilled to be able to join her Paris Photography Workshop. She has an easy, very personable approach to teaching, which made the experience of shooting street photography less intimidating. I came away wishing the time spent was much longer, but knowing that I'd been given tools to bring my photographs to the next level." Eleanor Matthews, Augusta, GA (Weekend workshop)
"It doesn't get much better than spending a few days in Paris with Valerie - she's a superb guide to the Paris street photography experience. Paris is magical for photography - Valerie helps ensure that you can see and capture those magical moments." Scott Loftesness
"What a great way to spend the weekend. One of my favourite cities doing one of my favourite pastimes - photography and street shooting with like minded people and an exceptional host in Valerie. I have come away with a smile on my face, some real classic images in my camera andeight new friends. What an investment!" Graham Bridgeman-Clarke Rayleigh, Essex, England. (Weekend workshop)
"This was a professionally run workshop from the first evening of Valerie sharing street photography concepts and techniques through the various locations where we did our shooting through the critique/sharing session at the end. I left the weekend very re-energized from two days of creativity and great came(a)raderie, good fun." Stefan, Geneva. (Weekend workshop)
"I'm new to photography and especially street photography - so meeting up in Paris with Valerie and several very talented photographers was a great way to jump into this hobby. Valerie's expertise and ability to build a cohesive group that was able to walk the streets and share ideas and learn from each other was excellent. I had a great time and hope to do more in the future." Patrick Foughty, Stuttgart, Germany (Weekend workshop)
“Trip of a lifetime, my wife and I wanted to return to Paris but do something different. There is nothing like a week of focused effort on your favorite subject with your favorite hobby guided by someone who deeply cares about both. We came away with new shooting skills and friends from the workshop.” John and Lisa Taylor
"My 15 year old daughter and I attended Valerie's workshop because the idea of Paris and an expert photographer's tuition was a combination we couldn't let pass. The workshop was all we could have dreamt of! Fantastic locations, fabulous food, superb hotel and all shared with a wonderful group of enthusiastic people with a passion for photography. We had such a lovely time, learnt so much and we will treasure the memories (and the photos!) Merci Valerie!" Mandy Robb, Australia
In thinking about what you offered us as learning opportunities, considering value received and my earlier life experiences, I can honestly say that I learned volumes beyond my expectations and at an excellent price point. I also had one heck of a fine time in a stunningly beautiful part of the World while making some new and likely lifelong friendships. Thanks to you, I also have a marvelous collection of resulting images to back up the above impressions of the "Paris Through Your Lens" experience." Martin McKenzie, Columbia, SC
"Valerie's love for and skill in capturing moments is contagious! Every day while participating in her workshop I was at once inspired and overwhelmed! Around the third day, when I thought I could not take another step, she would say something about one of my photos either encouraging or simply pointing out how it might have been better, and I was compelled to keep pushing forward. The things I learned are timeless and can be applied to any situation - travel, family event, special occasion, indoors, outdoors. I fully expect all my photos to improve as a result of this week in Paris with Valerie! " Melanie from Madison, MS
"For anyone with a love of photography and wishing to improve their skills by extending their vision of the world through their lens, the workshop " Paris Through Your Lens", held in the French capital, by Valérie Jardin, is something not to be missed. The combination of world class photographers for instructors, excellent accommodation and dining as well as wonderful camaraderie, provided an unforgettable experience designed to enhance one's photographic ability together with the series of shoots at numerous picturesque locations throughout Paris. I am very grateful to Valérie for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity which has markedly improved the quality and composition of my photos. I have also made a great group of new friends that I hope to meet again some time in the future, hopefully at another of Valérie's photo adventures! I highly recommend this workshop." Denise M Lawry, Melbourne, Australia
“Had a great weekend in Paris learning street photography from the very talented and inspiring Valerie Jardin. She creates a wonderful environment for all her students to learn and bond and enhance their skills. Bring good walking shoes as you will be guided to many fantastic photo locations. Definitely recommend!” ~ Ian, UK
“It is so amazing how Valérie drives the group for each one to progress, and how she creates a very friendly atmosphere within the group. It was my first workshop ever, and I will sign as soon as possible for another one with her.” ~ Fabienne, Paris.
“Paris in January is wonderful for Street photographers. It’s all about the light and the fact, that there are rarely tourists. But when you have Valerie around you and when she shows you special places and special moments, than that is the best thing you can do on a January-Weekend. I learn a lot, when she explains how she read a picture and when she show the group how to use a special light-situation. She was so helpful for me, to improve my skills. Don’t think about new gear, think about a workshop.” ~ Christof T. Germany
“The weekend workshop is a great way to start or to boost your love for street photography. Valerie is a very enthusiastic, outreaching person with a clear view on this subject which see transfers with great joy and dedication to her students. She has the ability to connect a group of strangers in a short period of time. She knows her way around in Paris, so it were 2 days well spend. No time wasted! I can easily understand why participants return for more workshops. If you consider a workshop on street photography, I'll absolutely can recommend this one.” ~ Mariette, the Netherlands
“I attended for a second year Valerie’s weekend-workshop in Paris. Without wanting to repeat myself and what I wrote last year about the workshop and Valerie’s abilities to conduct the different sessions, I find that her “oeil vivant” in selecting her subjects becomes a tremendous source of inspiration and motivation for those who are passionate about street photography and have the opportunityto attend her workshops." ~ Vassilis-Paros island Greece
"Life doesn't get much better than spending a week in Rome with Valérie - she's a superb guide to the street photography experience. Her love of the genre is contagious - helping me see in new ways in special places - while both learning and having fun together! She pours herself into her workshops and you come away awakened and refreshed. Go if you can - magical moments flow!" -- Scott Loftesness
"I flew all day yesterday from Rome where I had participated with 9 others in a week long photo workshop. We had people from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Belgium, the United States, and Texas. Five men and five women whose experience levels ranged from well established and well known professionals to amateurs who had been filling family albums and making occasional online postings. Valerie is becoming a Rock Star and yet if you have gone to her website and read her blogs, listened to her podcast, looked at her photos, you know Valerie Jardin. That is exactly who she is. There is no pretension. She is generous with her time, generous with her praise, helpful with our stumbles, clear and appropriate with her critiques, tolerant, and disagrees agreeably. This was my second workshop and other participants had attended many workshops with Valerie. I too hope to attend more. In both that I have attended I have been impressed with how well all get along. Perhaps this is due to a common interest we all share, perhaps this is because we came together as individuals, i.e., we left our partners at home, or as a group we too are tolerant and respectful of differences and learn from one another." John M, Texas.
"Valerie’s vision is an inspiration. She exudes passion for her craft and is equally passionate about helping others learn to create images that effectively show their own vision. Her easy going nature and sense of humour can be infectious. All in all, the week was lots of fun with my new found friends and I would do it all again. If any one is interested in one of her workshops you should book immediately!" Jane Sheers, Australia.
"I just attended my second workshop with Valerie, and once again she did not disappoint. Valerie's workshop will push you as a photographer, you will feel immensely inspired everyday, not only by the beautiful locations that she has scouted for the group, but by your fellow workshop participants and their common interest of learning and growing as artists. Valerie is a patient teacher willing to take time to explain the process involved in capturing amazing street photography images. I came away from this workshop learning even more than I thought I would. I cannot wait for my next Valerie Jardin photo adventure!" Jennifer Robertson, Saskatchewan, Canada
"This is an ideal way to travel and make great photographs and memories at a very reasonable cost. This was my third workshop with Valerie and I have to say like the others, it was outstanding! The experience of photographing and seeing new places with a great group of like minded people is truly gratifying and stress free. I learned so much through this workshop and I made some wonderful new friends. I learned so much and have grown and improved my skills as a photographer through this workshop. This was an unforgettable experience and I have taken home some great memories. Thank you for such a great workshop." Chris (Quebec)
"Valerie Jardin’s photo workshops are all about “opportunities.” Photographers…whether professional or passionate amateurs…or somewhere in- between, have endless opportunities to improve their craft and see some amazing places in the world at the same time. Valerie specializes in street photography and she encourages her participants to step outside their comfort zones to find “moments” and “details” of life and to tell stories with photography. Photo walks in picturesque places put you right in the midst of life in whatever area of the world you happen to be visiting. Valerie schedules individual time to look at your photos and give suggestions for improvement, but she is always available to answer a quick question or suggest possibilities for effective shots as your group is out and about. Valerie’s workshops are evolving into a wonderful opportunity to practice the craft and art of photography and to make amazing friends. After having attended two of Valerie’s workshops, I highly recommend them." Linda Chaplin
NEW YORK CITY
"The most valuable part of the experience for me was to work with two great photographers at the same time --who have what I think are such different approaches to the art. Valerie makes images with great formalism; almost a painterliness. These are photographs which I can only look at with awe. James tells stories in a single frame. Finding these narratives is a way of seeing the world to which I aspire. The opportunity to see each of them approach a scene from such different perspectives is very enlightening." Derek Dewees, New York
"Thanks Valerie and James for a great workshop. I learned how to make better street and urban landscape photos as well some valuable new technical skills from you both and from other course participants. I highly recommend this course." Simon, New York.
"The New York street photography workshop with Valerie Jardin and James Maher was amazing. I have been to New York City many times, but this was quite a unique and different experience that challenged my photographic skills. I would never have been able to see and capture these kind of images on my own. It really does make a difference when you have two professional photographers showing you where to go, what to look for, and how to shoot street photography. I saw New York City in a totally different way. Thanks so much Valerie and James." Christine, Buckingham, Quebec, Canada
"I have just attended the Valerie Jardin and James Maher NYC Weekend Street Photography Workshop. Congratulations on an excellent small group workshop; the combination of Valerie and James was perfect. Both as leaders and mentors they graciously inspired, encouraged and shared their immense photographic and street knowledge with a delightful group of fellow aspiring photographers. The different styles of the leaders were refreshing and their infectious love of photography, set against the incredibly rich and diverse backdrop of New York City, made for a soul nourishing and creative weekend. Thank you, Merci!" Sara Taylor
"Valerie and James are great workshop leaders, sharing their experiences and skills with the group. I have no hesitation recommending either of them for your next workshop destination. In fact, I will be returning to NYC for some one on one with James, hopefully in the near future." Steve Graham, Virginia Beach
"The NYC Photo workshop was an amazing experience. I learned a lot of interesting concepts regarding street photography and really appreciated getting the perspectives and techniques of both Valerie and James. As a bonus, I learned so much more about New York City! Meeting and learning from the other participants was also a fun experience." Kimberly, Washington, D.C.
"Thanks Valerie for a wonderful Street Photography workshop. Two things set this apart and made it a truly worthwhile experience: First, an inspirational and supportive environment to experiment and learn. Second, a wonderful and diverse group of participants from a variety of backgrounds and interests, all united in a common passion for photography. Highly recommended!" Denis, NJ
"The workshop has been one of my best experiences so far as a photographer. Valerie summarized her street photography principles so well; and with such enthusiasm and energy, that I felt my photography improving even with the first shooting session." Rick Riddle, Minneapolis, MN
"I really enjoyed Valérie’s street photography workshop. It was a great learning experience. Although I take lots of pictures walking the streets of a city, that is the first time I was “shooting street photography”. Her process puts you in a more focused state of mind and pushes you to appreciate the little details that day to day passersby often overlook and unnoticed." Serge M. Indianapolis, IN
"Valerie provided a terrific learning experience that was relaxed and very useful." — Jesse, Anchorage
"What a fantastic workshop Valerie! I feel we had the perfect balance of just enough classroom time to street shooting time. It was so much fun watching and learning from you during the workshop. We had a great set of varied locations which was perfect and kept things fresh and interesting each time we went out to shoot. I can't wait to attend more of your workshops from other locations in the future. Thanks for the fun and learning experiences!" Shawn Brezny Twin Cities, MN
"I participated in a workshop with Valerie and Ibarionex in Los Angeles, CA. This was my first ever workshop, and I could not have been happier with the value received from both leaders. We were given inspiration, tips and challenges at the beginning of the first day, and those were reinforced throughout the 2 days. We were each given ample attention from both leaders, and as you might expect they are both very approachable. I would absolutely recommend a workshop with either (or both), and already plan on taking another one with Valerie next year." Ryan K.
"This workshop led by Valerie and Ibarionex was extraordinarily valuable and well organized. The combination of lectures (just the right amount), making photos, eating, drinking, critiques, and camaraderie was all amazing! We look forward to attending more workshops by Valerie or Ibarionex. They are two very special, talented, knowledgeable and generous teachers." Gail Ginder
"Our LA photography workshop led by Valerie and Ibarionex was inspiring, motivating and highly educational. This was my first photography workshop and I was unnecessarily intimidated. The low-key structure and comfortable environment quickly made me feel at home with my group. Valerie and Ibarionex have so much talent yet are humble, down to earth, patient and helpful. Their incredible knowledge and complimentary styles challenged me. "CREATE an image." "Use your camera as an extension of yourself. Let it see what you see." "Think outside of your style. You take beautiful portraits but I want YOU to SEE more than that." We had ample time to learn, go on photo walks, share advice, stories, tips and enjoy our photos. Both teachers were so generous with their time and advice. I sat between them for dinner one night and we shared life stories and photos as friends would do. I look back on our awesome adventure with immense gratitude, respect and appreciation. Thank you both! I will definitely take another workshop from both of you!" Barbara Berg, Huntington Beach, California
"Valerie was an enthusiastic and knowledgable teacher. Getting immediate feedback and suggestions during the photowalks was most helpful. I loved the critiques, both of my photos and those of the other photographers; Valerie gave useful feedback in a direct and sensitive manner, and I feel I will be able to apply what I learned right away." Susan, Oakland
"I just finished an incredible weekend street photography workshop with Valérie in Vancouver. Her passion for her photography is so evident in the way she teaches. I learned so much in just two days. She creates an amazing environment to learn, and teaches on a level that makes everyone feel comfortable. Ian MacDonald, who assisted Valérie with the workshop, also added so much to the value of the weekend. Not only was he a great guide and wonderful photographer, but he is also very passionate and is an incredible teacher. If you haven’t taken one of Valérie’s workshops before, I can’t recommend them enough. I know that I will be back to take another in the not so distant future." - Elizabeth Gray, Mississippi.
"I feel fortunate to have participated in Valerie Jardin's workshop in Vancouver, B.C. and I couldn't have asked for anything more. It was perfect! Valerie has a unique ability to assess each participants need and individualized her approach for them. She seamlessly worked with students at all levels, and, as a novice in Street Photography, that was very important to me. Valerie is a great communicator, a very inspiring teacher, and pretty quick-witted which made the workshop fun as well. The days were well-organized and filled with personal time, in the field, with Valerie. I left Vancouver with new friends, new skills and vision for my photography, and a renewed incentive to "Hit The Streets". Irene Agnos, San Francisco
"Great weekend in a beautiful city! Valerie and Ian were great instructors and guides showing us the city, new techniques and how to be more comfortable with people on the street. Attendee photos critique process at the end of the workshop was enjoyable and enlightening." Gary, San Antonio TX
"This was a very pleasant workshop. It was 2 days, it was quite relaxed, but just enough time was spent focusing on techniques. Not her, not her camera, not her computer programs, her techniques. We had a brief introduction to her style of street photography, and spent quite a bit of time at 4 or 5 locations (depending on how you count them) with quite a few opportunities as we walked between them. Valerie is very down to earth. If you have listened to her podcast, or read her e-book then there really is nothing unexpected in the workshop. She has no problem bringing local experts in on the workshop, in this case fellow Fuji-X photographer Ian MacDonald. Both were fun and made sure each participant had time and energy focused on what they wanted to get out of the experience. Some locations were more suited to certain types of lessons, so Valerie would make sure that if a student wanted portraits, she would defer that and re-connect at another location it was more appropriate. That is a rare quality in my experience. Valerie's energy is boundless, her enthusiasm infectious. You can read about it, you can listen to podcasts, but until you experience her methods in action, you can't fully appreciate her sincerity and skill. If you like her style of street, or want to hone your skills in areas which you are weak, then I highly recommend her workshops. I feel that I walked away far better qualified to hit the streets with confidence." Dennis Linden, MD, Oregon