Maine is at the center of the Down East photographic workshops

The coast of Maine is one of the most spectacular and photographed places in the country. Thanks to a jagged and rolling coastline that has a myriad of coves, inlets and bays, it totals up to a staggering 3,478 miles. For photographers, this means there are endless opportunities to photograph rocky headlands, lobster boats and lighthouses. It’s a menu of sunrises and sunsets, pine trees, remote islands and an ever-changing ocean. As for the rest of the state, there’s no shortage of subjects in the mountains, lakes, and wilderness of western and northern Maine. Cue moose, loons and bald eagles.

Enter seasoned photographers from Lower East magazine, a publication that has chronicled the people, hobbies and passions of the great state of Maine for 60 years. The magazine’s stable of photographers is the talent behind Lower East Photography workshops, guided photo workshops and multi-day trips for those who want to see more of Vacationland and hone their photography skills. These trips and workshops are small, very popular and tend to sell out quickly. Here’s what’s still on offer for 2022.

Midcoast Maine Photography Workshop

A four-day workshop with magazine photographer Benjamin Williamson and collaborating photographer DarylAnn Leonard June 23-26, 2022. The Pemaquid Coast in Port Clyde perfectly encapsulates this mystique. Ben will determine the best locations each day of the workshop based on his reading of the weather and conditions. Possible locations include Harpswell, Orr and Bailey Islands, Popham Beach, Five Islands, Pemaquid Point Light, New Harbor, Port Clyde, Marshall Point Light, Owls Head, Rockland, Rockport and Ports of Camden. These workshops are designed to maximize learning opportunities and provide guidance on creating the type of images clients want to create. This is not a photography tour, but offers one-on-one instruction based on participants’ goals and questions. Participants on all Lower East travelers are responsible for their own accommodation. The base of this workshop is Brunswick.

Allagash Photography Workshop

The Allagash River waterway is renowned for offering some of the best wilderness canoeing in the Lower 48. On this photographic journey, Lower East partnered with Canoe the Wild, led by registered Maine guide Dave Conley, for a 5-day all-inclusive guided canoe trip along the Allagash River. The focus is on wildlife and scenic photography. Photographer Benjamin Williamson will lead the daily workshops. The pace of this trip is leisurely paddling, with a photographic eye for eagles, loons, moose and other animals. This is a wild camping trip, not lodge based, and the dates are August 7-11, 2022.

Western Maine Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

The focus is on the fall foliage in the spectacular mountains of western Maine. Led by photographers Benjamin Williamson and DarylAnn Leonard, the trip is based in Bethel, in the foothills of the White Mountains. Possible photo stops include Grafton Notch, Sunday River Covered Bridge, Evans Notch, Rangeley’s Height of Land, Magalloway and Bennett Covered Bridge, Carrabassett Valley and Wire Bridge. There will be individual instructions based on a guest’s goals and questions.

Lower East also offers one-day workshops, including a MidCoast Photo Workshop on May 27, 2022; a Drone Photo Workshop on June 11, 2022 and a Lakes and Mountains Photography Workshop on August 19, 2022.

Michael E. Marquez