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From Oregon

Columbia Gorge Vista House

View of the Columbia Gorge. Photo by Vickie Lewis.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, Columbia Gorge. Photo by Vickie Lewis.

I’m writing from my home state, Oregon. As you know, last week our group did a photo tour and workshop on the Oregon Coast.

I’m spending a few extra days catching up with friends and family and scouting locations for an expanded photo tour next year to include photo tours of the Columbia Gorge and parts of Washington State.

The workshop was a lot of fun and we had the opportunity to photograph a huge variety of subjects including bald eagles, starfish, beautiful sunsets, rain forests, sandy beaches and a waterfall. We photographed historic sites, state parks, boat basins, foggy lakes, a shipwreck and two lighthouses.

We enjoyed oysters, clams, salmon, clam chowder, Dungeoness crab and my Mom’s clam dip. Christine Aaron was lovely enough to ‘host’ a small wine reception on the first evening. One participant remarked that one of the best parts of the trip was the opportunity to spend time with other photographers doing what we love to do.

I love photography and have been a professional for over 30 years and in this ‘next’ phase of my photographic career, I truly appreciate all of you for supporting me in this dream. It is so fun and fulfilling for me to share my experience and my knowledge especially in these beautiful places.

Yesterday, I took my mom on a drive to Hood River, through the Columbia Gorge. She was on a trek for apples for applesauce and apple pie. I was scouting for beautiful spots for an expanded photo tour for next year. We found a great restaurant with a view of the gorge and loved the views of Mt. Hood. Driving through apple country with trees bent from the weight of fruit is remarkable. Watch for details for next year’s workshop.

For those of you who are new to our group, our participants are simply remarkable. A truly great group of people.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Project Share Night.

Every quarter, I offer a three month mentoring program. Come and join us to see three photographers and what they’ve been working on.
Here’s the link:

Networking and Show and Tell for Personal Projects Group

Friday, Aug 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

Photo Studio
2426 Linden Lane #201 Silver Spring, MD

11 Photographers Attending

This is our ‘happy hour’ event for August.Three of our members have been diligently working on personal projects for the last three months in the mentor program. Come join us for a fun show and tell and cheer on our fellow photographers and learn about how they tackled a longer range project.Frank Page has been photographing tourists and monument…

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Elements of Composition.

A Sunday morning opportunity for personal attention.
An August ‘deal’. I’ve lowered the price to just $49.

For beginning photographers.…
Beat the heat and come on out. We talk in the studio for about an hour, and then go outside and shoot. It’s a small group and so it gives you a great chance to ask me questions. It’s a time to learn what each of your lenses does and how to maximize them for composition. Which lens to take a portrait with. If you are also unsure of which f/stop or shutter speed to use, it’s a great time to practice.
If you are an intermediate photographer…don’t pass by this by. It’s an opportunity to think out of the box and get some ‘cross training’.
For more information and to sign up, go here:

Picture Perfect: Elements of Composition

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

Photo Studio
2426 Linden Lane #201 Silver Spring, MD

1 Photographers Attending

Do you want to know how you can improve your photography?A nationally recognized photographer whose list of clients include major magazines and corporations, Vickie Lewis shares the secrets to help you take stunning photos every time.By learning the simple rules of composition in this fun, hands-on workshop, you can quickly and easily improve yo…

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Personal Projects Starts Soon…Mentoring Program

If you really want to take your photography to a new level, this is the program for you. I am simply amazed at how much photographers improve every class with individual critiques and photo sharing.
More information here:

Personal Projects: Inspire Others and Take Your Photography to a New Level

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 Photographers Attending

Join us now for this special program.This special photo mentoring program is for photographers with a special idea or project to explore and develop with the guidance of an award-winning professional photographer.The price for this three month mentoring is $495.00, which includes three two-hour evening group sessions, one 30-minute individual ses…

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Keep shooting…
See you soon,

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Have you ever walked in the sky?

I hadn’t really thought about it–but this day on the Oregon Coast, at low tide, it’s exactly how I felt. Simply amazing.

The beach is very flat here, and with the outgoing tide, the water was perhaps a quarter inch deep and created this amazing ‘mirror’ of the clouds in the sky. I felt like I was walking in the sky.

To create this mood, I used a wide angle lens to bring in as much of the feeling of vastness as I could, and I got down low. I found an angle to minimize the horizon to emphasize that feeling of ‘sky’ but to give the reader enough of a perspective to know that I wasn’t just shooting clouds. I was careful to make sure there weren’t houses in the photo–somehow, having a house would ruin this feeling of being in the sky.

When I shoot, I’m very careful about what goes in the photo to tell the story–but most of all, I really let myself experience FEEL a place. And for the viewer who is really tuned in–they will actually ‘feel’ the same wonder and awe that I did at the time of shooting.

And that is ‘storytelling’ at it’s highest value.

I talk a lot about storytelling–but storytelling is just a word that is a placeholder for a lifetime of experience of sharing feelings and experiences. It’s one of the most honored traditions in ancient cultures. Our stories define who we are and the lives we live.

The story I felt that day on the Oregon Coast was being a part of the sky–a feeling of absolute Oneness and Joy. Each time I take the time to experience that photo again, it brings me back to that feeling and tears well up in my eyes.

And so, when I talk about storytelling–that’s what I mean.

I have some fun opportunities coming up for you–click on the links to learn more….

Creating Photographs that Tell Engaging Stories, sponsored by Calumet University

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m.


Whether you’re an amateur looking for creative ideas to take your family photos to the next level, or a professional seeking inspiration to advance your story-telling skills at weddings and events, this three-hour class is filled with invaluable insights.

Contrary to popular belief, every picture does NOT necessarily tell a story. Creating successful photographs that engage the viewer by visually telling an intriguing story takes certain skills and techniques you won’t find in your camera’s instruction manual. Some of the best tricks have been developed and used by photojournalists for years. Join NatGeoCreative photographer Vickie Lewis as she shares her experience taking storytelling photographs for People, Parade as well as corporate clients.


Photo Tour of the Oregon Coast, August 3-5

Explore the Oregon Coast with Vickie as your guide. Not only will she take you to the best places to take photographs, she’s also guide you to the best Dungeoness crab, oysters and salmon you can possibly imagine. Oh, and yes, if we’re lucky, you’ll get some of Betty’s famous clam dip and her chocolate chip cookies. A friendly, fun, down-to-earth, uplifting, inspiring trip not to missed.

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Stay tuned, I have more great things to share.

Until then…enjoy the snow…as usual, I’m loving every flake.

Happy shooting,


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