While much planning and preparation has gone into this itinerary, we may need to make some last minute changes due to extreme weather conditions.  We are hoping for ice at Point Betsie, but will shoot no matter what.  Please bring your flexibility, and we will have a wonderful and rich time of learning!



5:00 - 6:00

Check In

Arrive at Hotel Frankfort, and settle in.

6:00 - 7:00

Dinner & Introduction

Over pizza from Storm Cloud Brewery, we will share introductions and our goals for the weekend. 

7:00 - 9:00

Discussion: "Envisioning Your Image"

So much of being able to capture an image effectively starts with your imagination.  We will share with you how we have learned to "see" our photographs in our minds before taking our cameras out of the bag.  We will walk you through planning the best use of available light.  We'll also discuss the logistics of protecting your camera gear during and after shooting in the cold.

9:00 - 10:00

Wine Cellar Tour

The Hotel Frankfort has a truly historic and amazing wine cellar.  You'll have the opportunity to sip and photograph an iconic cellar that used to be Al Capone's hideout!



7:00 - 10:00

Sunrise Shoot at Point Betsie

We will rise before dawn, activate our hand warmers, fill our coffee mugs, and put our spare camera batteries inside our clothes.  A light breakfast on the go (fruit, granola bars) will be available.  We plan to be out at Point Betsie by first light, and are  looking forward to guiding you as you capture some of winter's incredible beauty.

10:00 - 12:00

Warm Up Break

At mid-morning we will head back to the Hotel for warm showers, hot tubs, and more coffee!

12:00 - 1:00


Soup, salad, and bread.

1:00 - 4:00

Discussion: "Breathing Life into Your Art"

One of the most rewarding aspects of digital photography is taking a RAW camera file and transforming it into a complete work of art.  This is where your creative personality is expressed, and the imagined picture comes to life.  We will share our post-processing workflow, our favorite editing software, and show you how we finish our images.

4:00 - 5:30

Sunset Shoot

We will walk down to the Frankfort pier and beach and hope for some incredible light.  

6:00 - 8:00

Dinner at Fusion

Enjoy some truly excellent Pan-Asian cuisine!

8:30 - 10:00

Fireside Chat

We will recap the day around the Hotel's cozy fireplace.  We would love to review some of your images captured earlier in the day!





7:00 - 10:00

Morning Shoot

We will either return to Point Betsie or take a dune hike on the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy trails to Old Baldy. 

10:00 - 11:00

Warm Up & Check Out


Breakfast at The Lighthouse Cafe, Elberta

We will wrap up our weekend over a hearty breakfast.