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Sean O'Neill/ Newfoundland photography workshop

Sean O’Neill is a Montreal based commercial, corporate, and editorial photographer with over 30 years of professional experience. Montreal has provided an excellent base for Sean’s Canadian and international work. With very short notice he can be packing his bags and equipment and heading for the airport. He has shot in many parts of the world, for example: Caribbean, Europe, United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, French Polynesia, Falkland Islands, Galapagos etc. Having dual citizenship, Canadian and Irish, simplifies things for him when working in Europe. Completely comfortable in the studio, he has fully equipped facilities in Montreal, and in St. Bride's, Newfoundland.

His client list is quite varied and travelling to the far-flung corners of the earth has been a hallmark of his photographic career. Every assignment no matter how small or large gets his full attention. A perfectionist by nature, he is not satisfied unless the final images are of the highest quality.

A small sample of his client list would include:

Commercial work for clients including: Scotia Bank, Government of Nunavut, St. George’s School of Montreal, Club Med, Duke University, Vortex Aquatic Structures International, Mont Tremblant, Athans Communications, Nexia Biotechnologies, St. Patrick's Basilica, The Biodome of Montreal, etc.  
Editorial work has appeared in the following publications: Canadian Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Readers Digest, World Wildlife Federation, Time Magazine, Ski Canada, Ski Magazine, Swiss Press, W Magazine, Montreal Gazette, etc.

In addition to his professional photography work, for the last 10 years, Sean has also been teaching photography. In 2010, he began hosting photography workshops in Newfoundland.

In addition to my work as a professional photographer, I have taught photography for the last 10 years, and led photography workshops in Newfoundland for the past 6 years. I have been very impressed by the passion and interest for still photography shown by the people I meet. There is tremendous raw talent out there, but some direction is always helpful when developing one’s talent.

The digital photography workshops I lead are designed to provide the right opportunity and instruction for adults with a passion for photography. The workshops are one week in length, and will be limited to a maximum of 6 participants. The price of the workshops includes: photography instruction and mentoring, airport pick-up and drop-off, land travel within Newfoundland, accommodation, and a whale-watching excursion. .

Our base for most of the week-long workshop will be in St. Bride’s on the Southwest point of the Avalon Peninsula. Most of the photography locations we will visit are on the Avalon Peninsula. We will be leaving the Avalon Peninsula when we travel north to photograph puffins, and possibly icebergs. The specific itinerary will vary depending on the weather. Weather in Newfoundland is quite changeable and we adapt to what it offers us.

Newfoundland is the ideal place to learn photography; it is also a wonderful place to meet interesting people, to experience a unique culture, to learn more about Canada’s geography and history.


Day 1: pick up at St. John's airport, overnight at hotel in St. John’s.

Day 2: AM St. John’s urban architectural photography of colourful downtown St. John’s, Signal Hill photograph panoramic view of city; PM boat trip Bay Bulls photograph whales and seabirds overnight at hotel in St. John's.

Day 3: AM drive to St. Bride's with stops along the way,  PM Cape St. Mary’s Ecological reserve photograph seabird colony.

Day 4: AM sandy beach and rocks at Gooseberry cove and numerous spots along the way, PM Placentia and Argentia.

Day 5: AM Point Lance beach, and raw coast line, PM hike and photograph in Branch: beach, town, and fossils.

Day 6: Travel to Bonavista and Elliston to photograph puffins, lighthouses, root cellars and much more, overnight at hotel in Port Rexton area.

Day 7: AM Puffins , PM Trinity and area overnight Clarenville.

Day 8 Return to St. John’s airport,  possible stop at Cape Spears on route.

The above is the proposed itinerary. The itinerary may change to accommodate for the weather and photographic opportunities; the specified locations will be visited, but the order may be changed.  Itinerary may also change to accommodate the specific  interests of the group.

Cost: $3500CAD incl Hst or $2700USD incl Hst, based on double occupancy, $500 single supplement. (in certain circumstances the single supplement might be waived)

 A $500 non-refundable deposit is payable on booking. The balance is payable 45 days before the commencement of the workshop. All amounts are payable by cheque, electronic transfer or PAYPAL. Flights to Newfoundland are not included in the price of the workshop. Ideally, please arrange your flights to arrive in the early to mid afternoon of the first day of the workshop, and depart in the early afternoon on the day of the return to St. John's.

 Space available for 2017 workshops: first workshop  July 22 – 29;  season workshop August 12-19

OTHER DATES MAY BE AVAILABLE UPON SPECIAL REQUEST. Minimum number of 4 people registered necessary for workshop to proceed.

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