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Dear Jack,

…thank you for your kind attention on Saturday. Your genuine appreciation of Ani and all the ways you supported her personally and photographically made it a truly memorable day for us both.

Ani’s still talking about it and continues to edit and experiment with photos from that day and since.  It took us 90 min. to make the 45 min. drive home from Point Reyes Station because we were both “seeing” in a much more meaningful way.  Had to stop and take pictures every few miles!

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with you and to witness your commitment to walking your talk in the world. Until next time…

- Annelisa (& Ani), April, 2022

Hey Jack,

Just want to let you know that Clay and I feel extremely enlightened with what we learned today.  Before, I was very impressed with your poise as a photographer but today was blown away with your integrity and ability as a teacher. We had no idea we would get so much out of the class. Thanks for a great learning experience.

- Scott, May 2019

Dear Jack,

It's hard to know where to begin - there is so much to thank you for! 

I really appreciated having the day to spend together at your workshop - you taught me so much more than I've ever known about my camera.  I especially enjoyed learning about the manual settings on my camera, and how you answered all of our questions - I learned so much about seeing and light and how to ask myself questions while I'm working so that I can create a better photo.

I especially appreciated your kindness in teaching me how to deal with my inner critic,  which allowed me to relax and really enjoy the day and have fun!  More than that though, you taught me about the art of looking - new ways to compose pictures to make them more dynamic and interesting.  Thanks again so much, and I look forward to the next one!


Hey Jack,

Thanks for an awesome class!  I still feel incredibly empowered with my camera!  Woot! 

I am interested in more DSLR practice, preferably field practice.  Keep me in the loop, I definitely want to do it again.  I looked back at my photos for the day and saw that my images are looking quite a bit different because of the control I was exhibiting and I also feel like I have a lot to learn. 

Thanks for being a resource!

- Geej



Hi Jack,

I have taken classroom style classes and never had my interest peaked enough to want to get out and use my camera. Your teaching style is so informative and fun...you make it seem easy. 

The fact that I could barely operate my camera and was taking time delay shots of the GG Bridge with a tripod at the end of our day together was so exciting for me. You really taught me how to see what I'm looking at which is huge. Please keep me on your email list for future classes and let's do a dog one! 

Thank you for a wonderful experience.....it was a gift.


I had such a wonderful time yesterday and I learned so much. You are such a unique professional; first, you obviously love and are great at what you do and secondly, you have no fear or are not threatened by sharing information. In fact, your joy brings us right into your world. The class was phenomenal! The classmates were fun and engaging and best of all nothing was threatening.

Sometimes adults forget that little kids often embrace new experiences, “just because," and adults slip into the world of worrying what someone else might think. Not yesterday. We were all wide eyed kids learning so much and having so much fun. I was reminded of a quote by George Bernard Shaw (I think), “We do not forget to play because we grow old, we grow old because we forget to play."  Thank you for letting me play yesterday and push back the clock.

Linda Spangler

Thanks for a very enjoyable class today, Jack. It was a pleasure to see light bulbs go on in each person's head one or more times throughout the day. I am confident that all of us benefited from both the technical discussion and the hands-on work in among the trees. (I sure did.) 

...you can ad lib with the best of them, drawing on your almost life-long closeness to photography and your fine lens-side manner, fired in the crucible of putting large groups of people at ease in the altogether.  I really appreciated your demo of those reflectors. (I have a new set that I am now eager to use.) I learned a lot, and found new impetus for my own current passions (tree bark and macro photos of flowers and insects).

- Joe Meyers


Thanks again Jack for spending so much time with us.  It was an incredibly fun way to spend the day, and I left feeling inspired and re-energized to pick up my camera.  Now if only my camera had a battery...

- Mike Riepe

Above, a wild coyote in the hills of west Marin County appeared during our Field Trip workshop!

Hi Jack,

You are a great teacher!  I had the best time in your class and really want to take another one... I've been playing around with both (aperture and shutter speeds) to see how the light and clarity change when I adjust one or the other or both.

Please let me know when your next class will be.  In the meantime, I'll practice with my camera...

- Chris Babalis


Thank you again for the class.  It was an exceptional day of beauty, learning, and quiet fun.

- Jenny Girsang



I had a wonderful time yesterday!  I think you are doing a great job at teaching.  I have attached a few of my favorite pictures from that day.  It is amazing how much we learned in one afternoon.  I look forward to taking another class with you again soon. 

Tiffany O

Dear Jack,

Thank you so much for a wonderful "Gone to the Dogs" photo workshop at Golden Gate Park.  We were blessed with a beautiful day & very cooperative pups!  Thanks so much for the fun, informative experience & I look forward to your upcoming workshops.


Dear Jack,
I had the most marvelous day and I learned so much.  I learned much at our first session but yesterday it seemed that I could get my fingers to do what my brain had come up with and why!  I learn best when I can practice as I learn.  The lessons by the gopher hole and especially with the tripods were mind blowing for me.  Somewhere in there the light bulb went off and I can better understand the concept of planning the picture or trying to get what I want and why.  The cogs are meshing slowly, but still meshing, and it is all thanks to you.  As I said, you have a great way of making someone feel at ease – I am sure it started with your parents, took you through your time in NY but that “easability” is one of the things that make you so absolutely a pleasure to work with and learn from.  Thank you again.




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