The Spectacular Oregon Coast Photography Tour 2016

Join Vickie for this exciting photography tour of the Oregon Coast

Northern Coast: July 31st through August 2nd, 2016
Southern Coast: August 4th through 6th, 2016

Register now.

Participants should check in with Vickie, the night before the workshop begins. Details will be provided to participants.

Join Vickie Lewis, a native Oregonian, to photograph one of the most spectacular and dynamic coastal regions of the country. Enjoy shooting scenic beaches, rocky headlands, sea stacks, tide pools as well as the beautiful rainforest and quaint harbor towns during this amazing photo tour along the Oregon Coast.

Roosevelt Elk, photographed by Vickie Lewis, in Ecola State Park.

We will watch out for wildlife including elk, whales, seals, sea lions, birds and spend time photographing beaches and tidal pools filled with creatures including starfish, sand dollars and anemones while waiting (and hoping) for beautiful sunsets.

Our focus is to immerse ourselves in the culture and gifts offered by the Oregon Coast, to have fun and to take great pictures.  As your host for this experience, I’m excited to share my knowledge, adventures and insights from spending my childhood vacations on the Oregon coast salmon fishing, building sandcastles, eating freshly caught crab cooked on the beach and roasting hot dogs over bonfires. Register now.

If you love the smell of saltwater, the feel of the ocean in the air and the sound of waves hitting the shore, this trip is for you.

A photo workshop for all levels of photographers

This photo tour is geared for any photographer with a working knowledge of their camera. While the emphasis is on getting out and enjoying the scenery, I am happy to provide tips to take better pictures and I will work with you at your level, whether you are a beginning photographer who wants to explore composition, a fine art photographer looking to build your portfolio or an advanced photographer searching for creative inspiration. If you have a spouse or partner who doesn’t take pictures but would like to come, email me for special arrangements. They will be welcome at our gatherings for a small extra charge.

 Having fun while learning from a professional photographer

I create an atmosphere of learning and sharing in these workshops and I find that participants get inspiration from each other. It’s a gift to organize these gatherings and I truly look forward to creating a memory of a lifetime with you.


Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location in the morning about an hour before sunrise and we’ll stay at that location through the first few hours of the day, then we will go to breakfast. We will provide snacks and water for the early mornings. Because of the long days, we’ll take some time off in the afternoon to process pictures, share insights, grab a nap or explore as you wish.

The schedule will be designed around the tides, the weather and to take advantage of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We’ll have the opportunity to be on beaches with sand dollars, clams and agates. And in between shoots, I will introduce you to the best places to eat clam chowder, Dungeoness crab, oysters and fresh salmon. If you have never experience a Dungeoness crab, put it high on your list. The food in itself is worth the trip!

Oregon photography workshop participants pause for a photo at the Peter Iredale shipwreck.

Oregon photography workshop participants pause for a photo at the Peter Iredale shipwreck.

I will introduce you to the best places to eat clam chowder, Dungeoness crab, oysters and fresh salmon.

You will love visiting and photographing some of the most spectacular locations on the northern Oregon Coast, including the famous Hay Stack Rock in Cannon Beach. Weather permitting, we will cover the coast from Astoria to Lincoln City. Our home base will be a private home in Rockaway Beach.

What we will photograph on our Photo Tour of the Oregon Coast

We will keep our eyes and ears open for eagles, whales, sea lions and a herd of elk known to the locals. We will explore some of the Lewis and Clark trail at Ecola Park and the beauty of the rain forest as well as simply beautiful views of the oceans and rock formations.

First session: Early bird price: Register before March 1st for first session: $595. After March 2nd: $695 per person.

Second session: Early bird price: Register before April 15th for second session: $595. After April 15th: $695.

Third session: Early bird price: Register before April 15th for second session: $595. After April 15th: $695.

If you wish to attend both second and third sessions: Early bird price: $1149. After April 15th:  $1249.

Accomodations:  Participants make their own reservations for accommodations. We will share hotel information with participants.

Workshop Costs Include:  Expert guiding and instruction in the field for the duration of the tour. Snacks and water, including Vickie’s mom’s homemade clam dip and chocolate chip cookies. (Homemade clam dip is not to be missed!)

Not Included: Lodging; meals; transportation; activities not indicated on itinerary; gratuities; personal use items such as phone, laundry, etc.; film and processing costs; travel/baggage/accident/cancellation insurance.

Transportation: Costs for flights/ground transportation from participants home city to origination point are not included. Participants are responsible for all local transportation. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for the agreed upon start times for each day. We will carpool as much as possible to various locations. Our base location is about a two hour drive from the Portland Airport.

Weather:  I do not guarantee the weather. 

Equipment Recommendations:  Bring all camera equipment including the camera’s manual. You can have fun with this photo tour with a little equipment, or a lot of equipment.  I do recommend a tripod and bringing a camera with interchangeable lenses.


  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Lots of memory
  • Cable release (r know how to work the camera’s timer delay to avoid camera shake.)
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Shoes to keep your feet dry
  • Tripod that will get sandy
  • Filters: Polarizer and 6 stop or higher neutral density
  • Warm clothing (Oregon coast summers can be chilly)



  • A laptop to download photos
  • A telephoto lens to 400mm to shoot wildlife
  • A macro lens for shooting tidal pools

 Come join professional photographer, Vickie Lewis for a photo adventure of a lifetime in this photo tour of the Oregon Coast.



Deposits and Cancellations:  $150 deposit required at time of registration. A deposit must be paid in order to secure your space in our workshop.  The deposit becomes non-refundable 90 days before the workshop.Full payment must be received 90 days prior to the workshop.
We must receive notice of your cancellation in writing–and we must respond via email to make the notice valid, at which time we offer the following refunds:91 days or more before workshop: Full workshop or deposit refund.
90-61 days before workshop: $150 per person.
60 to 31 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost.
30 or fewer days before workshop: no refund.If you must forfeit your workshop fee we will refund your full payment, minus the deposit, if we can fill your spot. We will also issue you a credit to be used on another workshop within the next year.No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.If the workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid.