Whacky Day in New York City Photography Workshop

They say it isn’t strange if it happens in New York City, but it sure can look pretty weird. Join professional photographers Loren Fisher and Ron Lake for a fun New York City photography workshop where you’ll photograph some of the more unique aspects of New York City and the people who hang out there. You will transported all day in Loren’s 12 passenger Sprinter van, so you don’t need to worry about how to get around. You’ll be taken to the closest possible drop off for each location.

The photography starts at 1:00 p.m. at one of New York’s special events, the Tartan Day Parade. We’ll go to the staging area where we’ll photograph the Scottish parade marchers as they get ready. There will be lots of men wearing skirts! OK, kilts, but it is a visual feast.

We then jump in the Sprinter and scurry down to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village for one of the stranger events in New York, which is saying a lot. It is the annual pillow fight, where hundreds come out to smack each other with fluffy pillows. You can get right in the middle of the battle and take some blows or photograph the fun from the fringes. There will be plenty of other characters and scenes to photograph while we are in the Village. 

Then it’s back in the Sprinter and we go to the southern tip of Manhattan and hop on the Staten Island Ferry. We’ll cruise past the Statue of Liberty and end up in Staten Island, where we’ll immediately jump on the next ferry back to Manhattan. The ride is free and it has great views of the city and something unexpectedly fun always seems to happen on the ride. There’s plenty of room to move around on the ferry to get the angles you want. The light will be getting low and the photos of the statue and lower Manhattan will be great.

We end the day at the hot bed of whacky: Times Square at dusk. The lights of the signs combining with dusk and blue hour makes for wonderful photos. Plus there’s the tourists, locals, a cowboy in his underwear, body paintings and much more. You never know what you’ll see there and the photos are always unique. It is a great place to wrap up our fun day of photography.

This is a workshop for any level of photographer, even those who prefer shooting with an iPhone! Not only will you be transported to great locations, Loren and Ron will make sure you are getting the best shots possible and help you with any photographic needs.

There are three places where you can join the tour: the Bridgewater, NJ, train station, Penn Station in New York or Grand Central Terminal. Pickups are at 10:30 a.m. in Bridgewater, noon at NYC Penn Station or 12:30 p.m. at Grand Central. Exact locations will be sent after you register.

You will be transported to the great locations so there won’t be a tremendous amount of walking, but you still will need to walk two or three blocks in some locations. 

For photo equipment you’ll want a wide angle lens and a telephoto as a minimum; a wide angle to telephoto zoom is great to have in the city. You can leave things in the van while you are out at specific locations but you are better off using a small bag or backpack and have your lenses with you. You never know what you will see. A sturdy tripod is a must for dusk shots at the Brooklyn Bridge, Ron and Loren will be shooting with a tripod the entire time. You might want a polarizing filter but you really won’t need any special filters but be sure to have plenty of memory cards and batteries. There will be an inverter in the van so if you bring a battery charger we can probably keep your batteries going.

This is April in the Northeast so it could be chilly, especially after sunset. Bring plenty of layers to keep warm, you can leave extra ones in the van. We’ll be shooting even if we have some rain, so be prepared.


We will moving as a group but you may want to wander away from the group at some locations. There will be meeting times and locations at every stop, it is imperative that you are at the meeting place on time, I won’t hold up the entire group waiting for one person. If you are late and we had to leave, you’ll have to grab a cab to catch up with us. You will be given the cell phone number of myself and Ron so we can always be in touch.

Saturday, April 4
1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Limited to 10 photographers

Premium/Returning clients: $199
Regular registration: $229


Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:
60 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund.
59 to 30 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost. Your payment will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
29 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. Your payment will be refunded if your spot can be filled.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid. But if the workshop is cancelled, LorenPhotos, LLC will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as transportation tickets or hotel deposit, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. 

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will receive a packet of information about the trip. It includes a Liability Release Form that needs to be immediately returned, an Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form and more suggestions for equipment and clothing.

Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call 802-332-6611. 

To register go to my partner’s website at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/whacky-day-in-nyc-photography-workshop/