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Local & Travel Photo Workshops


BlueHour Photo Ventures with
Paul Nguyen, Lauren Chagaris & Allie Richards

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Local & Travel Photo Workshops


BlueHour Photo Ventures with
Paul Nguyen, Lauren Chagaris & Allie Richards

VENTURE FURTHER, SPEND BETTER™

The undisputed best value in hands-on
TRAVEL & nature photography workshops

Our workshops bring you and your camera into the moment, on location and closer to the action at the most memorable destinations on earth. If you've ever been to an amazing place or witnessed an incredible moment, but wondered why your photographs just don't seem to measure up, we're here to help by providing hands-on guidance.  Great photographs don't happen by accident, and our goal at BlueHour Photo Ventures is to not only train you on-location at some of our planet's most exciting and memorable outdoor destinations, but to give you a lifetime's worth of photography skills and knowledge that will inspire you to see your future travels and photographic adventures in an entirely different way.

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YOUR Instructors


Fun-loving adventure seekers,
experienced teachers.

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YOUR Instructors


Fun-loving adventure seekers,
experienced teachers.

Our highly skilled and experienced instructors, Paul Nguyen, Lauren Chagaris, and Allie Richards embrace a professional approach to photography, but want to have as much fun taking pictures as you do!

BlueHour is Paul's brainchild - a dream at long-last come true. He is a professional photographer who spends most of his time selling prints at art shows or speaking or judging at local camera clubs. He pores over the planning of photo shoots for each of our workshops, from the angles of the rising sun to the turning of tides. Lauren, now a resident of Seattle, studied photography and marketing in college, and is an instructor for our West coast workshops. Allie, our newest addition, has practiced photography from a young age, and instructs on the East coast. Each of us share a passion for photography, travel, and sharing our experiences with others. Read more about us on our bio page!

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OUR Students


Photographers of all skill levels

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OUR Students


Photographers of all skill levels


Our students sign up with BlueHour because they understand the value of small-group, hands on instruction. We cater to photographers of all backgrounds and skill levels. It is our goal to empower our students with the knowledge and tools they need to improve their technique and know-how. See what some of our students have had to say about us:
 

"Oregon was my second trip with Blue Hour Photo Ventures. My first was a long weekend to Acadia National Park in Maine. I was delighted with the Acadia trip and Paul and Allie's easy going attitude and their knowledge of both the area and subject matter. My second venture out with the Blue Hour team was with Paul and Lauren to Oregon. Paul is a wealth of information and is always ready to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for and about photography. Lauren and Allie are a great compliment to the Blue Hour team and though I tend to gravitate to Paul for his greater technical skills, Lauren and Allie should not be overlooked for their own unique perspective and skills. The fact that all three partners have different styles and tastes makes for a more rounded program on each adventure. I think the partnership works well especially in groups where there tends to be more diverse needs, tastes and styles. The BlueHour team is able to provide something for everyone, no matter your proficiency level or style. Love Landscapes? You're covered. Macro, covered. Flowers, fields and wildlife, yep, you're covered!" - Matt


  • Really loved the challenges to “detail in”! and to really take time to set up, observe surroundings, and look at the landscape in very different ways than I may have on my own.
    — Monique F.
  • Paul has a wealth of knowledge about almost everything photography, and is good at explaining and simplifying things to convey ideas. Lauren is passionate about ‘detailing in’ on things, and very good at working at skills relating to this (close focus, seeing things in different ways).
    — MBP
  • One private lesson and a group tour to Acadia showed me so many different things about my camera and how I could use them better. I honestly feel that there is a definite improvement in my photography because of these sessions with BlueHour. I would recommend them to anyone/everyone I know that wants to improve how they take photos.
    — Acadia Student
  • The instructors are great people, easy to work with, have ease of explaining and demonstrating how to do things - it is remarkable. I truly learned so much. I’m also more motivated to get out and try the techniques they showed me. Can’t wait to put together a list of what I know I need help with and schedule more time. Thank you for the classes/tours you’ve put together and for teaching us!
    — Student
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ON Location


Learn photography in some of the
world's most brilliant landscapes.

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ON Location


Learn photography in some of the
world's most brilliant landscapes.

We currently offer workshops to places like: 

  • Oregon & The Columbia River Gorge
  • Moore State Park, MA
  • Scituate Lighthouse, MA
  • Nubble Lighthouse, York, ME
  • Annisquam Lighthouse, Gloucester, MA
  • Halibut Point, Rockport, MA
  • North Point Park, Cambridge, MA

We also offer full package tours to places like:

  • Acadia National Park
  • The Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper & Banff
  • Iceland
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Kenya, Africa


And we're always looking to add more. At right are just some of the upcoming workshops and tours in store for this year!


Click here to view the full calendar


READY TO JOIN US?

 Look no further! Use this module to book a workshop. For tours, please visit the tour pages for more information.