May 2016 - Smith Island Workshop

   May is a great time of year to be on Smith Island: abundant wildlife, soft crabs and vibrant colors in the marsh. I led a group of three talented photographers from Great Falls, VA and Easton, MD on a three day photography workshop. Our itinerary included birds, still life subjects, working watermen and scenics capturing the character of Maryland's last inhabited island. May 2016 has been a wet month on the Chesapeake, and the three days that we were on Smith Island were no exception. We made the most out of the weather and spent a lot of time with the working watermen on the island, learning about their unique way of life.  

Left to Right: Douglas George, Dean Soules and Tony Masso 

Left to Right: Douglas George, Dean Soules and Tony Masso 

Douglas George - Smith Island Portfolio - May 2016

photographs © Douglas George

Who says you can’t teach an old “Doug” new tricks?!? Well, photographer Jay Fleming certainly can. And he did when I attended Jay’s May 2016 Smith Island Workshop. It was superior to any previous photo workshops I’ve attended, Nikon or otherwise. Jay works in small groups to help him quickly gain insights into your strengths and weaknesses. He patiently and constructively works with you to make your good photography great photography. Jay not only knows photography like the back of his hand, but he is committed to sharing his skills, experiences and insights . If you wish to genuinely improve your nature, storytelling and composition skills — not to mention have a great time with great people , then reserve your spot in a future Smith Island Workshop with Jay Fleming. You’ll be very happy you did!
— Doug George


photographs @ Dean Soules 

If you want to photographic the authentic Chesapeake, the Watermen, the fisheries, the birds, you need a great guide with connections to people and the bay and there is no one better than Jay. And to top it off he’s an amazing photographer himself.
— Dean Soules



I have done photography workshops all over the world, this workshop in my ‘backyard’ opened my eyes to a part of the Chesapeake Bay that is so unique. Our shooting itinerary was full, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. I will be doing more workshops with Jay in the future.
— Tony Masso