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The Pocono Mountains are home to rolling mountain terrain, beautiful overlooks, stunning waterfalls, winding rivers, and pristine lakes. While beautiful in every season, autumn provides some of the best and most varied fall foliage colors than anywhere in the entire world. Being a short drive from New York City and Philadelphia, the Poconos is one of the most convenient destinations to leave the stress of city-life behind and reconnect with nature. In short, the variety of autumn colors and location convenience make it one of the best spots for fall photography workshop.

All photography levels welcome. Beginners and intermediate levels will benefit most from the teaching format of this workshop. Chrissy will work with you to address your learning desires and goals for the weekend. Overall, the workshop will focus on elements such as understanding how to create compelling compositions, your camera’s histogram, and the exposure triangle. Moreover, it will teach techniques on managing high dynamic range scenes, such as the use of photography filters. Overall, Chrissy will showcase how to work with the landscape’s light within a scene.

Participants must be in good physical condition. Be prepared for moderate to strenuous activity level. For example, moderate activity level includes hiking on average 4 miles throughout the day on uneven ground and gravel paths with gear. In addition, there will be some portions of the hikes which are steep with rocky terrain to reach an overlook or waterfall.

Most Beneficial Photography Gear:

  • Camera body & lenses
  • Tripod
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Memory cards
  • Headlamp
  • Photography filters (circular polarizer & neutral density) – optional


  • Warm clothing (layers are best)
  • Gloves and hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Sturdy shoes or boots

Optional but Highly Recommended:

  • Backpack
  • Water & snacks
  • Sun protection
  • Pen & pencil
  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed

The workshop will keep a flexible and fluid schedule. Chrissy and Matt will adapt the itinerary each day based on the current fall foliage and weather conditions.  Our goal is to put you in the best place at the right time to get a beautiful image of the Poconos.  Therefore, the weekend will be its own adventure with as much photography as we can fit into it. It will be a combination of in-field photography shooting and classroom instruction. Meals at the hotel or on the go in between shooting locations.

A typical photography workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Friday: Guests arrive at the hotel and check-into their accommodations. To start, the group will gather in the evening for a meet-and-greet and short presentation on compositions. After that, the group will have a dinner together.
  • Saturday: We will leave early in the morning. A shuttle will transport the group to our first sunrise shoot location. Additionally, we will continue shooting as we follow the morning light. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel to grab some food and have a short amount of downtime with an optional post-processing session. Then, we would have an evening departure for a sunset shoot and return to the hotel for late group dinner.
  • Sunday: We will leave early for one last sunrise shoot. Last, we will return to hotel to say goodbye and allow guests pack and prepare for check-out.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and in order to comply with state, federal, and commercial use permit mandates, the following procedures have been put in place to minimize exposure and maximize group safety.

  • No one is permitted to attend the workshop if he or she has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had contact with someone who has tested positive within 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.
  • Do not attend the workshop if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Temperature checks will be administered at the start of the workshop.
  • Practice social distancing as often as possible when in the field. All workshop guests will be required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose when within six feet of other attendees or instructors, when indoors together, or when in vehicles.  If possible, please bring your own mask.
  • Shared vehicle space, meeting spaces, and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized regularly.
  • Hand-washing stations and hand-sanitizer will be available frequently for hands and equipment.

Our primary goal is to keep all guests, instructors, staff, and their families as safe as possible while still providing a comfortable, fun, and rewarding experience. These requirements and procedures are subject to change as the official guidance evolves.


  • Guidance to unique photography locations in the Pocono Mountain and Endless Mountains
  • In-field instruction to include composition, understanding histograms and high dynamic range, focus stacking, etc.
  • Fresh air, fun, and fall foliage

Not Included:

  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Travel to Pocono Mountains
  • Snacks, beverages, and other personal purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Travel or cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the case that your trip is jeopardized due to unforeseen circumstances

Hotel lodging in Wilkes-Barre will provide the most comfortable accommodations with plenty of restaurant and grocery store options nearby. The drive to the park’s trailhead is approximately 45 minutes.

TUITION: The tuition of the workshop is yet to be determined which includes everything in the “what’s included” toggle. A non-refundable deposit of $XY is required to reserve one of the twelve spots on this workshop. The final balance of $XX is due and payable 45 days before the workshop begins.  Full payment is due at this time. In most cases, there will be no refunds on the full amount if you cancel after the final payment. However, in the event we are able to find a client to fill your spot and the workshop is ultimately full at the start, you will receive a full refund ($XX) minus your non-refundable deposit ($XY). Registration and payment can be made using the registration button.

INDEMNITY WAIVER: All participants are required to sign a standard workshop indemnity waiver prior to the start of the workshop. The indemnity waiver can be found here.

CANCELLATIONS: The cancellation policy is there are no refunds on the $XY deposit because it requires additional effort to re-open enrollment and/or to engage in further promotional efforts to fill the workshop on short notice.  The $XX balance is refundable up to the 45 day deadline. The only way the $XX balance is refundable within the 45 day window is if we are able to find a client to fill and take your spot and the workshop is ultimately full when it begins. At that point you will receive a full refund of the $XX balance within 14 business days of the workshop’s conclusion.  All refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee.

If the workshop is postponed or cancelled due to an infectious disease event 45 days or more before the workshop begins, you will be given the option to apply the cost paid towards a future scheduled or to-be scheduled workshop or receive a full refund of the $XX balance.

Fall Photography Workshop Overview

  • October TBD 2022
  • With Nature and Landscape Photography Instructor Chrissy Donadi
  • Limit to 10 participants
  • All photography levels welcome as this is a teaching workshop
  • Seminar on composition and creativity
  • In-field instruction at different photography locations
  • Option for post-processing overview
  • A weekend of autumn colors shared with photography enthusiasts

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About Chrissy Donadi, Travel, Nature, and Landscape PhotographerChrissy Donadi is a professional photographer, writer, and photo educator born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.  She spent many years in the engineering world working long hours and with stressful deadlines. Then a career-based moved to a foreign country pushed her into photography. With no friends or family near or even in the same time zone, Chrissy found herself with a lot of free time, a camera, and some nearby mountains were calling her name. What started as fun weekend excursions quickly developed into a hobby and then spiraled into an intoxicating and blissful obsession.  She spent the subsequent years maturing her talents and now works solely as a travel, nature, and landscape photographer. With as much as Chrissy thrives in creating images, she equally enjoys teaching and sharing her passion with others.