Photo Workshop FAQs

Have questions about our workshop procedures and policies? Read below or send an email to

What makes Saucier Photography workshops different from other photographer's workshops?

Every photo workshop teacher, in addition to possessing an overarching desire to be the best professional photographers he or she can be, came to our profession through the route of the workshop experience. We have seen, and learned firsthand, what it means to participate in a wonderful and meaningful workshop, and what it means when the workshops fell short of our expectations.

During Saucier Photography’s workshops, we want our participants to know what it is to have the very best experience and to gain as photographers from having spent their time with us. Yet, more than that, we want to teach participants how to create images with heart.  We strive to inspire fellow photographers to see beyond the labels designated by our brains and to reach inside to share their creativity and vision of their subjects. Additionally, we set our goal for each workshop as showing participants the difference between photography that records a subject and photography that creates a subject. That in itself is worth the time, funds and effort to attend one of our workshop.

What is the difference between a Saucier Photography workshop and a photo tour?

A workshop is combination of classroom teachings, instruction in the field and critiques. Participants in a workshop are studying a particular topic, such as abstract or macro photography, or our “The Art of Seeing” course.   Instructors rarely shoot during workshops (see more info below). Photographers at all levels will gain much from one of our workshops.

A photo tour is about photographing in the best locations during the prime time. There is seldom classroom sessions during a photo tour.  Instructors shoot during photo tours, but they are always available to offer suggestions, assist participants and answer questions. Photo tours are for all levels of photographers.

What is a typical workshop or photo tour day like?

A typical day for a workshop would be to get up before sunrise and travel to a “first-light” location. Typically, we will spend the morning at one or two locations, travel to breakfast and/or lunch as a group, spend the afternoon in the classroom, and then travel back out to the field for afternoon light and sunset opportunities. We will then enjoy the fun and fellowship of dinner together. The classroom (which is approximately 30-40% of the workshop), contains presentations, instruction, and critiques and discussion of participants’ images from the field and/or assignments given during the workshop.

A typical day for a photo tour would be to rise before sunrise, travel to a “first-light” location to be part of the magic of dawn. Typically, we will spend the morning at four or five locations, travel to lunch as a group, take a short break, go back out to the field for three or four locations, and the afternoon light and sunset opportunities. Participants are encouraged to dine together whenever possible during the tour.

Do the instructors photograph in the field?

During workshops, it is our policy that instructors offer their undivided attention at all times to our participants and, therefore, do not, as a general matter, photograph in the field. There are occasions when, in the course of demonstrating a particular technique, instructors will set up their equipment and photograph for instructional purposes. Occasionally, during sunrise and sunset opportunities, instructors will join the participants in photographing, but never in such a way as to not be immediately available to assist participants or answer their questions.

During photo tours, instructors always shoot but are also available to offer suggestions, assist participants and answer questions.

How many participants are in each workshop and photo tour?

 A full workshop is eight to 10 participants with either one or two teachers. Photo Tours are 10 to 16 participants with two teachers.  As leaders, we take pride in the fact that we are always present, not working on our photography (leaders photograph during photo tours), and eager to make your experience as enriching as possible.

What are the prerequisites for attending your workshop/tour?

Workshops are open to photographers who are comfortable with their cameras, who photograph with a tripod and who have a DSLR/CSC or mirrorless camera with a variety of lenses. If you are a digital photographer, participants are asked to have a basic knowledge of how to download images and how to post-process those images for projection.

How do I register?

You can register online with the  “Add to Cart” button above the workshop’s description. Payment is process via PayPal, but you don’t need to have a PayPal account. Any major credit card will work. Our website is secured with an SSL certificate, so transactions are safe and private.

What does my registration include?

For workshops, your registration includes the tuition, instruction and handouts. For photo tours, your registration includes tuition. Tuition does not include lodging, food, transportation, or personal expenses incurred in order to attend the workshop or photo tour.

Am I eligible for the 10% discount on a workshop or photo tour?

Many of our participants are repeat clients. To show our appreciation, we offer a 10% discount for returning because we love to see folks come back for another workshop or two!

If you have taken a Saucier Photography workshop or photo tour of three days or more within the last five year, you’re eligible to receive a 10% discount on the registration fees for future workshops and photo tours that are three days or more. (Sorry, photo club sponsored workshops don’t qualify for this discount, nor do our one-day or two-day workshops.)

For example, four years ago you took a five-day workshop here in Brevard. Today you want to sign up for our five-day Charleston Photo Tour. You are eligible to use the 10% discount on the photo tour’s registration fee. 

To apply the discount at check out, enter discount code: RETURN10 in the gray box named “Coupon Code,” then click the “Apply Coupon” box. You will see your discount reflected in the Cart Totals.

What if I am registered for a workshop, class or photo tour and need to cancel?

Important question. Here’s the answer.

A workshop, class or photo tour (“the event”) cancellation before 30 days of the first day of the workshop, class or photo tour will receive a refund for the event’s tuition paid minus a $25.00 processing charge. No refunds will be given within 30 days of the event. No refunds will be given for cancellations or no-shows once the event has started. To initiate a refund, please send an email to or a letter via mail to Saucier Photography, 250 Gawanv Ct, Brevard, NC 28712. These are our cancellation policies unless otherwise stated regarding a specific workshop, class or photo tour.

Saucier Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop, class or photo tour. Should the cancellation of an event by Saucier Photography be necessary, participants will be informed as soon as possible and tuition fees refunded in full. Saucier Photography is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of such a cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable transportation fares and/or to purchase trip cancellation insurance. By registering for a workshop, it’s understood that you are aware of and agree to our cancellation policies.

Where do I stay during workshops?

Rooms are usually blocked and groups rates are available. You’ll receive that information after you register and pay for a workshop, class, or photo tour. Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodations.

Where do I eat?

We feel very strongly that much is learned during meals and there is an excellent connection and fellowship that occurs when like-minded souls dine together. We, therefore, take much time and energy in organizing a variety of dining locations and making reservations so that our time eating does not interfere with either our classroom time or our time photographing.

What will I learn?

You will learn an appreciation of nature, you will increase your knowledge of the craft of photography, and you’ll learn how to optimize your experience in the field. You will receive immediate feedback – during the workshops, in the form of critique discussions – generally every day. You will also learn who you are in the creative process as we feel this is such an important tool – often underestimated. We emphasize the four stages of creative vision:

  • Seeing the subject – everyone sees the world differently
  • Capturing the subject with your photo skills and equipment – emphasizing what caught your eye to the viewer
  • Post-processing or optimizing your image – another chance to emphasize what caught your attention to the viewer
  • Sharing your images with the world – how can you enlarge the universe, if you don’t share your vision with others
What kind of physical shape do I have to be in?

Generally, there are very few long hikes. We feel that we want you to use your time with us photographing and learning – not hiking. All that said, you should feel comfortable walking about one mile with your camera gear and experiencing full days from sunrise to sunset.

What do I need to bring?

Upon registration, you’ll soon receive a “what to bring” list. This is not meant to be a shopping list, but rather just a list that will add to your experience with us. You should, however, have two cameras bodies (if possible), a variety of lenses, a tripod, and a way to download and view your images – preferably a laptop.

Would it be OK if I brought my spouse or best friend?

We welcome non-paying spouses or best friends to join us for meals and in the field – as long as they are not photographing with any type of camera, including smartphones.

If a spouse or friend does photograph, the guilty party will be asked to stop, and if it should happen again, the party will be asked to leave the workshop or photo tour. Additionally, we don’t allow spouses or friends to sit in the classroom teaching and critique sessions, as this is unfair to our paying participants.

One last question… what kind of name is Saucier?

Saucier is French for “maker of sauces” or sauce chef, or as we say in the south, “gravy cook.” Some pronounce “Saucier” as “so-sure,” which is how it’s said in Saucier, MS. In other parts of the country, people pronounce it, “so-shay.”

Les likes and uses the French pronunciation, “saw-see-AY.” He’s heard it pronounced every way you can think of, so if how you say it sounds close, he’ll answer.