N E W   Y O R K   C I T Y

MONDAY September 11 - FRIDAY September 15, 2017

This workshop is for those with a true passion for photography and the desire to expand their sense of empathy thru the creative process. Intensive group sessions will be highly interactive with each day led by one of the professional photographers listed below.  We will see and hear about their life’s work, engage in group exercises, and participate in daily critiques of both images brought from home and new pictures we create of the dynamic people and neighborhoods of Manhattan.


This is a collaborative endeavor - come prepared to ask questions, contribute to the group discussions, and develop a new understanding of your unique approach to photography.

Instructors & Guest Speakers

  • Doug Menuez

Doug Menuez is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist who has shot assignments for The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, LIFE and more as well as ad campaigns for the world’s largest global firms. His work includes Fearless Genius a book documenting his unprecedented access to Steve Jobs and other technology pioneers in Silicon Valley’s golden age.


  • Seth Resnick

Seth Resnick is a contemporary photographer with a prolific career spanning education,fine art, editorial, stock and commercial work. Seth was chosen by Photo District News as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade. He is the co-founder of both D-65, an organization teaching digital workflow and Digital Photo Destinations, a digital photography workshop travelling to exotic locales around the globe including Antarctica, Iceland, Namibia and more.


  • Stephen Wilkes


Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, photographer Stephen Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work.  His photographs are included in several institutional and private collections. His editorial work has appeared in, and on the covers of, leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others.



  • Joseph Cartright

Joseph is known in the photographic community for his fashion and beauty work.  He is a generous and thoughtful artist with an impeccable eye for lighting, technique, and aesthetic design. Cartright enjoys a position as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and traveled nationally with his ASMP lecture series. His impressive client list includes ELLE, New York Times, L’Oreal, Halston, & Victoria’s Secret.


  • Jamie Smith

In 2007 Jamie Smith produced his first of over 50 week-long photography workshops for Jay Maisel in New York City.  In 2015 he drew from that experience to develop his own independent workshop series.  Jamie's teaching style creates a challenging and collaborative group environment.  Each session has it’s own unique and diverse demographic where everyone is encouraged to fail, explore, be curious, participate, create, give and receive honest criticism.  Engaged participants typically discover something new about themselves, their world, the kind of pictures they make, how their photography resonates with an audience and why certain images articulate their identity and artistic vision.

Jamie's Bio

  •  A Note About Instructors/Guest Speakers:

Due to the nature of their profession it is possible that we would need to substitute one of our confirmed instructors with someone else if there is a scheduling conflict.  If this happens we will notify you in advance and replace that photographer.

Below is a list of past speakers who have participated to give you an idea of the caliber of instructor that may be substituted:


• Jay Maisel      • Duane Michals      • Peter Turnley      • Barbara Bordnick     • Geoff Green

Program Highlights

  • Intensive workshop sessions in the studio will be highly interactive, with each day led by one of our professional photographer instructors.  We will see their work and some will also lead group critiques of both the images you bring from home and what you shoot during the week.
  • On a technical level, participants are expected to be comfortable using their own digital camera, laptop, and editing software.

  • The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Classes  take place at Go-Studios:  318 West 39th St. (Between 8th & 9th Ave) - Private Penthouse Studio  gostudios.nyc
  • The workshop day will begin at 9am and will last through dinner (except one evening, usually Thursday night, which is a free evening). 
  • Where to stay? There are (5) hotels on this block alone.  The studio is a short walk to Port Authority, Times Square, and Penn Station. Those who live in NYC or prefer to stay and explore any other neighborhoods have plenty of transportation options.
  • Except for Thursday night, we will unwind, relax, talk shop and end each day dining at a top rated New York City restaurant.
  • On Thursday evening you will be at your leisure to explore New York City on your own – take your camera to a new neighborhood, shop, meet up with your spouse, try a new restaurant or take in a show.
  • Healthy and delicious breakfast items will be available in the studio in the morning.  Lunches will be hosted.  Typically we eat at venues that are close by or order in to save time.

Tuition:  $5,000

 Inclusions:  (5) days of instruction, all breakfasts and lunches, and (4) group dinners.

Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare and hotel.  One evening (typically Thursday) will also be free for you to dine and explore New York on your own.

Registration: Complete the Registration Form below to sign up.  

NYC September 11-15, 2017 Registration Form

Instructions: Please fill in your information and click the submit botton found at the bottom. All fields are required unless marked (optional).
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Registrations are reviewed in the order they are received. Full payment is required to confirm enrollment. Please click the submit button below and An automated message will appear on your screen to verify we have received your form.


Registration forms are reviewed in the order they are received.  Spaces are reserved on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of the full amount due.  Please expect an enrollment confirmation email after we've processed both your form and payment.

Checks should be made out to Jamie Smith Photography and mailed to:

Jamie Smith Photography (NYC Workshop)
312 Wyoming Ave, First Floor
Wyoming, Pa  18644

Please email a request with the subject "Transfer Instruction Request" if you prefer to pay via wire or bank transfer.  Jamie@JamieSmith.com

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel, your fee will be refunded if we can fill your space with a replacement from the wait list.  Travel insurance is also a good idea and always recommended.

We need a minimum of (8) confirmed participants in order hold the workshop so please wait to hear from us  before booking your air and hotel or making any other non-refundable travel arrangements.


Wait List or Questions?

If you have any questions, or wish to be on the wait list for priority notification about future sessions, please let us know.



"Dear Jamie,
I just wanted to say thank you for an excellent workshop. I know it's hard to read us Brits but I want you to know I had a great time!
Thanks for your patience. Our group was an interesting mix. Your calm, measured approach was much appreciated.  You changed us all and I hope in my case the change continues. Old dogs. New tricks. But let's hope.
Please also pass on my personal thanks to Seth, Doug, Geoff and Joseph. They made up quite a faculty!
In their unique ways they are all impressive artists and I am more than happy to have met them. They straddled the line between showing us the horizon and inducing a camera-tossing despair of ever reaching it very delicately!
Take care and don't forget to be good to yourself too amidst your laudable philanthropy. You too deserve your place in the world.
Best wishes,  Steven"
  • Steven Shone, London, England

"It was definitely worth the investment made to attend. I found the variety of participants and their respective photo interests and styles stimulating. I especially found the variety of guest speakers a real plus as it exposed me to a wide range of approaches, philosophies, and styles of photography. I appreciated each of their efforts to “translate” their insights to us even though we weren’t always shooting the exact type of images they were. The depth of their belief and commitment to their art was impressive and clearly were major drivers in their quest for their “best” photographic production."
  • Ray Scott, Little Rock, AR

"The workshop was very intense, with great discussions.  The selection of guest speakers and their experience was priceless. Learned a lot from their experience and enjoyed seeing their extensive work.  The studio was spacious and comfortable."
  • Marta Amaral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Ideveloped a better perspective on my own work and have begun to develop a perspective on it not so much as an assortment of interesting individual images but as a body of work where individual images are related to others and represent my individual perspective on the world around me.
It was interesting to see the reactions of diverse individuals to the same group of images and to note which photographs they responded to.  So the critical reviews were the best part."
  • Tom Dackow, Summit, NJ

"When I speak of this past week, I speak of the creativity and stimulation that I felt.  I learned from each and everyone’s images.  And, I learned the necessity of being able to engage people, something I can do in a studio environment, less so on the streets of New York.
Well, of course the critiques of our work.  We so seldom are exposed to women photographers, and Barbara Bordnick’s critique was spot on.  I didn’t understand why one of my images captured me, but after’s Seth’s exercise in writing down key words, I fully realized why those things mattered—the still zen like feeling.  I fully connected with each day.  I found each hour to be beneficial."
  • Deanna Bittker, New York, NY

"I learned a lot about how to ‘think’ like a photographer and ‘see’ like a photographer.  This was very valuable to me.  As was the small group size and critiques."
  • Fran Meckler, San Francisco, CA

"Great balance of peer interaction, engagement with master photographers, and the technical and artistic sides of photography.
I most enjoyed the collegiality and peer critiques, balance of workshop time with shooting time and daily presentation by different master photographers."
  • David Rider, New York, NY 

“After producing Jay Maisel's photography workshops for many years, Jamie Smith is now hosting his own workshops, which include many of the elements that made Jay's so successful.  Jamie’s workshops feature photographers I really respect, such as Seth Resnick. I've been to a lot of "lightweight" workshops that are fun and informative, but if you *really* want to dive deep into photography and have an intensively educational and inspirational experience, this is the kind of workshop you want to take, and Jaime's one of the best at producing them.”
  • Scott Smith,  Washington D.C.

"Tell Mr. Wilkes that it was something else on Ellis Island that pushed him along to finish quick and get out.  I love those images!  I enjoyed Barbara’s lecture and visit to her studio.  She is wonderful.  I wish I could give her another hug.  Seth has a unique boyish view of life and it shows in his images.  I love his color work.  Immensely enjoyed his lecture.  And Jay, I love him!
If a friend asked about the course, I would advise to take it.  I would tell them that the artist speakers are worth the class.  The students attending the workshop are important and it was great meeting these folks and interacting with them."
  • Victor Santos, Fallbrook, Ca