Springtime in the South: Savannah to Charleston Photography Workshop 


Monday, March 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Workshop Fee:

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by January 31, 2019

$1495 Early Registration by 1/31/19 

$1595 Registration after 1/31/19

We're also offering the option to do half the workshop, either the Savannah portion or the Charleston portion.

$825 Early Registration by 1/31/19
$875 Registration after 1/31/19


Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
(571) 594-2390 (East Coast)


Sue Bloom
Susan Ruddick Bloom Photography
(410) 259-1398 (East Coast)

Getting There

The workshop starts in Savannah, GA and ends in Charleston, South Carolina. Both hotels are around a 30 min drive from the airports in Savannah (SAV) and Charleston (CHS). Participants who arrive by plane should consider renting a car. We will be driving in our cars from Savannah to Charleston. Carpooling is encouraged and we can help you connect with other participants to facilitate this.

For those who prefer not to drive themselves or in another participant's vehicle, a ground transportation option is now available for an additional cost. More information is provided on the registration page.

Please do not book your non-refundable airfare until notified to do so by workshop leaders.


Lodging is not included in the workshop fee.  We will be spending 3 nights in Savannah, GA and 3 nights in Charleston, SC. A block of rooms is being held at a special rate for workshop participants in both Savannah, GA  (La Quinta Inn and Suites $105/night + taxes/fees) and Charleston, SC (Town and Country Inn and Suites $109/night + taxes/fees Thurs & Sun, $169/night+taxes/fees Fri and Sat). Rooms with either two queen beds or one king bed are available.

If you are a solo traveller and would like to be matched with a roommate, please let us know.

Can I bring
a companion along?

Of course, they'll love it! We realize that this is an appealing destination even if you are not a photographer.

Registered partipants are welcome to bring a non-participating companion on the trip for approximately 1/4 price. Companions are welcome to join us at photography field sessions and workshop social activities like meals, but will not attend classroom sessions or receive instruction. If your travel companion doesn't wish to join us except for evening meals, a companion fee is not necessary.

Our lodging locations are convenient to both downtown Savannah and Charleston and your travel companion can take advantage of all the historic walks, shopping, dining and other activities that the area offers while you are involved with the workshop activities. 


Comments from Previous
Workshop Participants

"Sue, I want to thank you very, very much for not only excellent instruction, but the priceless amount of information you so generously shared with us" - D.

“I would recommend Mary Louise’s class to anyone who wants to expand their horizons in photography
from the realistic to the abstract and artistic” - Chip F.

"Sue - thank you for the inspiration and tools to bring it to life" - T.

“Love, love, love, her.  Really amazing ability to teach! Mary Louise’s passion comes through and is understandable.  Her ability to translate skill, passion and knowledge – phenomenal!” – Marji G.

"Sue, thank you for being humble and approachable. You are a world class act" – A.

“Mary Louise is great - she obviously understands photography and all of the equipment so thoroughly that she can explain technical details to novices” – Jan W.

"Sue creates an environment that helps you go up a notch." - E.

"Sue has a fantastic personality and wonderful enthusiasm to share." - S.

Live Oaks and Azaleas by Mary Louise Ravese

Spring in the South brings an amazing explosion of color, texture, and charm that is irresistible to photograph. Join acclaimed photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom in a week-long workshop exploring the South's Low Country from Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina.

Our itinerary will engage all your senses from the visual beauty of the region, to the floral scent in the air and the taste of comforting classic southern fare.

Your instructors Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom are both professional photographers and seasoned instructors who offer lots of practical tips and guidance in the field and classroom.

Our maximum 6:1 student to instructor ratio is ideal for optimizing your learning experience.

Magnolia Plantation Bridge by Mary Louise Ravese

Unique Photo Opportunities Await You

  • Superb garden locations when azaleas, wisteria, camellias and more are expected to be in bloom

  • Avenues lines with ancient live oak trees draped with Spanish moss

  • Plantations, charming Victorian houses, and colorful row homes

    Digital Painting by Sue Bloom
  • Historic cemeteries and ruins 

  • Interesting wildlife including birds and gators

  • Expand your skills by learning new techniques like digital painting and collage, Black and White, Infrared, HDR, and phone-ography
In addition to our time in the field photographing, throughout the week there will be lectures, assignments, and supportive image feedback sessions, so you can improve your picture making along the way.


Who Should Attend

My Eyes on You by Mary Louise Ravese All skill levels are welcome.  During this multi-day workshop the instructors will be able to offer personalized guidance suitable to your skill level. Participants must be familiar with basic camera operation, including the setting of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Some experience with image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Photoshop Elements is advisable. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop running the latest version of their image editing software.

Digital Painting and Collage techniques will be demonstrated using Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Lightroom may be used for other demonstrations.

What's not included with your tuition

  • Lodging
  • Meals (except for breakfasts in Savannah)
  • Ground Transportation

About the Instructors


Having access to two instructors means more personal attention to your individual learning needs thanks to a low student to instructor ratio.

MLRMary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university & corporate collections in over 40 states and are exhibited nationally. She has published images in calendars, magazines, books and websites. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. Based in North Carolina, Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad. 

Sue Bloom came to photography in theSue Bloom mid-1980s, coinciding with the release of the first Mac in 1984. She bought one and starting experimenting with alternative printing processes for photographs. She was digitally collaging before Photoshop was invented.

She has written three books for Focal Press on techniques to enhance and transform photographic images. They have sold worldwide and have been translated into several languages. She continues to write magazine articles, from Australia to the US and Canada, and teach photo workshops across the country.

Sue holds a BFA and an MFA and was an art professor for 34 years. She has exhibited nationally and is also recognized for her work with infrared photography. She serves on the board for FreeStyle Photography in California.