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Sapelo Island Photography Workshop

with Karekin Goekjian

Workshop has been postponed. Sign-up on Wait List to be notified when re-scheduled.

Information below gives a general idea of details of next workshop but prices, etc may be different.

Dates: October 31 thru November 4, 2017

Days: Tuesday thru Saturday

Times: TBD - Will include daytime & nighttime shoots

Length of Stay: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Length of Workshop: 4 Days / Nights

Cost of Workshop (Includes transportation to workshop locations on island, accommodations & 7 meals):  
  • OCAF Members - Single Room $990.00 / Shared Room $710.00 
  • Non-members - Single Room $1,000.00 / Shared Room $720.00

  • Refunds for deposits & tuition are refundable, minus a 30% processing fee, NO refunds will be given after Sept 17. 

Additional Fee: $10 Ferry fee ($5.00 each way) - Ferry leaves from Meridan, GA, aprox 25 miles north of Brunswick.


Accommodation information: Rental home sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms (click here to see info on the home):

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king
  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin beds
  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin beds

Please be aware that unless you pay for a single room you will be sharing room &/or bed with someone else. Because of this you might consider having a friend or family member also register for the workshop. If you are attending with someone else, please give us their name (box available on the registration form) so that we can book you both in the same room.

Meal Information:

  • Includes lunch on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Includes dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Breakfast not included
  • There are no grocery stores or restaurants on the island. Bring your own beverages / food for breakfast & snacks.


Skill Level: Basic knowledge of photography & use of camera required.

Age: 18+

Minimum / Maximum Registrations: 6 / 8

Class Description: Topics will include: Night photography -  instruction in using moonlight and "lightpainting" techniques; Nature photography - capturing patterns created by wind, water and other forces of nature, sunrise & sunset images, reflections in water. Will include class instruction and time shooting images as well as critique sessions.

A pre-meeting will be scheduled about 1 month prior to the start of the workshop. Topics to be discussed during the meeting will include: materials & equipment needed, scheduling of location shoots, etc.



Register Here for the Sapelo Island Photography Workshop Wait List





“It's not the subject matter that makes a good photo, it's the light. Once I realized that, all I wanted to concentrate on was to make the feeling of light a part of my being.'' Karekin Goekjian

Karekin Goekjian’s portfolio showcases a wide range of subject matter and his photographs, both powerful & dramatic, draw the viewer into the image with the use of unusual photographic techniques on every-day subjects. These techniques include long exposures using moonlight and an assortment of flashlights which he uses to “lightpaint” & illuminate objects otherwise hidden in the dark.

Karekin’s images have appeared in Life Magazine, Oxford America, International Photography and other periodicals. Two books of his photographs have been published: Light After Dark: A Portrait of Southern Ruins (Lucinne, 1994) and, with Robert Peacock, Light of the Spirit: Portraits of Outsider Artists (University Press of Mississippi, 1998). His work has been shown worldwide, including in Paris, FR, Milan, IT, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Oklahoma City, OK. and can be found in many permanent collections including those of the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and Georgia’s State Art Collection as well as in numerous corporate collections.

Karekin was born into the family of an Armenian shoemaker in Beruit, Lebanon and moved to the US in 1970. He is married to Ginger Goekjian, also a photographer, and now resides mainly on Sapelo Island, GA. He occasionally abandons his daily routine of fishing and relaxing to return to his home in Athens, GA but only after much coercion from his wife and only for brief periods of time.