I have been taking workshops with Vern for the last 3 years and while I have taken workshops with others the vast majority of what I have learned about photography is from Vern. Vern's ability to feel and see an image is incredible and his knowledge of the Eastern Sierra, as a photographer, is unrivaled. I have gone from being a complete beginner to advanced photographer with people now asking me for my images. What I have learned about composition with Vern is unmatched by anything else I tried. Most workshops focus primarily on shooting, but Vern does it all from shooting at great locations, going through the basics of photography and then critiquing images. He's passionate that you learn something, and that you walk away from the workshop with as Vern would say "with a printable image". Vern always takes the time to help you out and provide the feedback that you need. He also pushes you to see the image that you might not have seen yourself some of my favorite aspen images have been a result of this. I attribute what I have learned to Vern. Take a workshop with him and you will understand. Vern is honest, caring and all around great person. I have captured some of my very best images while I have been with Vern.
Renee Rivera, September 2013