Good Morning Everybody!
Before looking forward, let me wrap up a quick look back at the past two months or so which has been a period of change. First I changed the name of my business from “It’s My Nature: Photography by Ed Vatza” to the much simpler, much more direct and I hope more personal “Ed Vatza Photography”. I explained the reasons for this in the past. Along with the name change, I upgraded my website. The domain has changed from www.itsmynaturephotography.com to the much simpler www.edvatza.com. If you access www.itsmynaturephotography.com, you will be seamlessly redirected to www.edvatza.com. I will be keeping both domain names for at least the next year. The same goes for e-mail addresses. My new e-mail is now firstname.lastname@example.org and I ask that you direct all e-mails to that address. However, I will also be keeping the email@example.com address for at least the next year. Clearly, I do not want to lose contact with any of you.
I mentioned upgrading my website. Over the past two months, I have clean up and out many of my galleries removing some images and adding others. And I still have a few galleries to go. I have approached this task with the mindset that only the strong survive. And I just added a whole new iPhoneography gallery (more about that later). I updated the “About Me” and “Artist Statement” pages to reflect where I am right now. Things change. I continue to grow, to develop as a photographer , an artist and a person and these two pages reflect that development. And maybe most important, I added a Print Store page where you will find more detailed information about purchasing original Ed Vatza prints in various sizes and I added and updated a 2011 Workshops and Tours page where I list one day and multiple day workshops/tours (more about that below).
Let me say that I am proud of my website which I have developed with the aid of my computer geek son-in-law and daughter. Making the changes above were not as easy as it might seem on the surface. But we did it and Ed Vatza Photography is poised to move forward into 2011. To that end, let me begin by talking a bit about the 2011 Workshops and Tours. I am really excited to be able to bring these opportunities to you because as well as being a photographer, I am also an educator. My undergraduate and graduate training was in Psychology. I taught Psychology at colleges in Pennsylvania and Georgia before moving on to a career in marketing which, among other things, has involved presenting to the senior management of some of the largest companies in the mid-Atlantic region. I have a genuine passion for sharing my knowledge and experiences with others and that is what I do in my workshops/tours.
Now I have been asked why I am only offering three multi-day workshops in 2011. (I am adding three one-day workshops today.) The answer is simple. While photography is my passion and I have put many hours into developing Ed Vatza Photography, I still do hold a full-time marketing position. So I am juggling the two jobs if you will. But I am rapidly approaching a point where I can consider retiring from the marketing position and devote all my time and energies to Ed Vatza Photography. At that time, the number of tours and workshops will grow dramatically. And it is possible that I will be able to add a few more workshops to the 2011 schedule as time permits. So here is how the 2011 workshop schedule is looking right now.
I said that I was adding three single day workshops and all are in the Spring.
The first one-day workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 and will be at the Delaware Canal State Park in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
I have often joked that this state park is about 60 miles long and 20 feet wide as it runs along the towpath of the Delaware Canal from Easton, PA to Bristol, PA. We will be focusing our attention on an area from Upper Black Eddy to the Tinicum County Park. And over the course of the day, we will have opportunity to photograph the canal, wildflowers, bridges (covered and otherwise) and Giving Pond. The workshop will begin at 7:00 am and end at 4:00 pm with a break for lunch. Cost is $175 per person with a limit of 12 people.
The second one-day workshop is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 and will cover Sandy Hook and the North Shore (NJ).
This workshop will begin at 5:30 am with sunrise over the dunes of Sandy Hook and will run until 4:00 pm with a break for lunch. Over the course of the day we will have the opportunity to photograph World War One ruins at Fort Hancock, wildflowers of the Hook and three lighthouses beginning with Sandy Hook and continuing with Twin Lights/Navesink and Sea Girt. These are three very different kinds of lighthouses. Sandy Hook is a tower. Twin Lights is literally a fortress. And Sea Girt is a small house with a lighthouse extending from the roof. Cost is $195 per person with a limit of 12 people.
The third one-day workshop is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 and will be in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (PA).
This workshop will focus on photographing water and wildflowers. Over the course of the day in the Gap we will visit Hidden Lake where we can focus on photographing reflections on the water as well as five waterfalls – Dingman’s, Silverthread, Factory, Fulmer and Deer Leap. Spring rains should result in a strong water flow over the falls and some top notch photo opportunities. The workshop will begin at 7:00 am and end at 4:00 pm with a break for lunch. Cost is $175 per person with a limit of 12 people.