Iwo Jima Marine National Monument
Air Force Memorial
Huntley Meadows Park
Old Town Reflection
Stephen Udar Hazy Air & Space Museum
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
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Exploring DC and Beyond

The classics and a bit of the Road Less Traveled

August 11-13, 2021 Sold out

New Date: September 1-3, 2021

Deadline for final payment for Sept. program is August 12th. To pay go here


  • Dates: September 1-3, 2021
  • Cost: $875
  • Registration deadline: July 23, 2021, with a deposit of $300
    • Note: 5% of the deposit is non-refundable
  • Final Payment deadline:  August 12 , 2021, with a payment of $575 – or –
  • Make a Final Payment: August 12, 2021 of $875
  • Participants: Min 12 – Max 16
  • Transportation: 25-passenger coach
  • Pick up drop off Location: North Union and Cameron Streets, Old Town, Alexandria, VA
  • Parking Locations: See Parking Map Old Town

Workshop Introduction

This workshop, led by 2X Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Essdras M Suarez and assisted by travel and cultural photographer M-J L. Adelman, has been designed by a photographer with you, the photographer, in mind:

  • To show you the best way to capture some of DC’s better-known attractions in new ways and through new perspectives. 
  • To provide you with hands-on photographic expertise at each location on your composition, white balance, f stop/shutter speed,  and ISO settings while you are taking the pictures, so that you can make the necessary corrections to achieve professional-quality images;
  • To acquaint you with you some of the lesser-known but equally appealing attractions that can be found in the area including natural habitats and less frequented destinations such as the Steven Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum.

In addition, we took two very important points into consideration when designing this program – to:

  • Avoid the weekend summer crowds at the nation’s capital, thus the Wednesday to Friday schedule.
  • Maximize our time outside during the early morning and late-evening light hours, and to keep us inside during the mid-day light hours and heat of the day.

Workshop Overview

Day 1: DC – Washington Proper

On this first day, we will visit memorials and galleries in and around DC: 

  • We will begin the day at sunrise visiting the Lincoln, Viet Nam and Korean Memorials.
  • Afternoon takes us to the National Gallery of Art where we will visit and have lunch at Pavilion Café, then move on to the National Portrait Gallery. 
  • Lastly, we will visit the Artechouse, which is best described by their own website as the nation’s first innovative art destination where art, science and technology come together.
  • At dinner time, we will then travel to the Pentagon Mall where you can choose to eat dinner in the food court if you want to get a quick bite or at one of the local restaurants. 
  • We will regroup at sunset to photograph once more the Lincoln (Reflective Pond), Viet Nam and WWII memorials, which have their own unique and different photographic appeal at nighttime.

Day 2: Alexandria and the City

In the morning and afternoon, time will be spent at two of local photographers’ favorite locations. 

  • Early-morning we will enjoy all the wildlife offered by Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria from the walkway through vast wetlands bursting with life. 
  • Mid-morning, we will return to DC to photograph the Washington National Cathedral. 
  • Lunch time will find us at the National Mall where you’ll get to partake on the local custom of eating from a cornucopia of food trucks on the Mall. 
  • After lunch, you will have a couple of options:
    • Have a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant or taste some of the offerings from one of the many food trucks in the mall. 
    • Spend time on your own to visit nearby destinations in the area such as the Holocaust Museum, Washington Monument and the many Smithsonian museums in the area, which are just a short walk from the area. 
    • Or you could accompany your program photo leaders and visit the Smithsonian National History Museum, one of Essdras’ favorite. 
  • In the late afternoon, we will regroup and take the bus to Alexandria’s beloved and historic Old Town. Here, in addition to doing some Street Photography with Essdras as well as photographing the architecture of this charming area, you can also grab a quick dinner. 
  • We will photograph the very colorful parks along the waterfront, which tend to be bustling with activity. 

Day 3: The City and Chantilly

We will begin our day, once again in the city, then venture to the suburbs.

  • Sunrise is the ideal time to photograph the Airforce Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Memorial).
  • Then, we will take a short bus ride to Theodore Roosevelt Island where we will find one of the most unique memorial monuments in the area. The island also is home to a myriad of birds, raptors and warblers
  • At mid-day, we will take the bus to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center where we will have lunch and then we will explore the facility where hundreds of aviation and space artifacts are displayed including the famous spy plane SR-71 a.k.a. Black Bird, and even one of the space shuttle Discovery.
  • We will finish the day with a relaxing visit to the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. 
  • Lastly, will conclude our workshop with a Farewell Dinner in Old Town.

Workshop cost is $875

  • Registration deadline: July 23, 2021, with a deposit of $300
    • Note: 5% of the deposit is non-refundable
  • Final Payment deadline:  August 12 , 2021, with a payment of $575 – or –
  • Make a Final Payment: August 12, 2021 of $875

Included in Cost:

  • All photographic instruction included
  • Transportation central location to and from all sites
  • Entry fees into all sites
  • Bottles of water and snacks
  • Farewell Dinner in Old Town

Not included in Cost:

  • Flights, train, or any other means of transportation you will need in order to participate in the workshop 
  • Transportation to and from your lodging
  • Lodging – Recommendations:
    • Arrive one day prior – August 31 – since we start bright and early the following day.
    • Be in or near Old Town, Alexandria, VA (Old Town, Del Ray, Arlandria, Pentagon City, Crystal City, etc.). 
  • Meals – except Farewell Dinner
  • Additional costs incurred by participants – souvenirs, drinks, etc.