Ecuador & The Andes

Montreal Jazz Festival

Blue Ridge Mountains Sunset

Biltmore Estate - Asheville

Venice, Italy

Bucks County, PA in Autumn

Carolina Lane - Asheville

Sayen Gardens Photo Tour

Dupont State Forest Waterfall

Brooklyn Bridge at Night

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 Multi-day Adventures

  • Smoky & Blue Ridge Mountains In Autumn

    This five-night tour takes in unique wildlife, historic architecture, valley streams, waterfalls, vast mountain vistas, an Appalachian sunset (or two), a hot air balloon festival and a music / art festival. Oh, and we’ll bathe our cameras in lots of autumn colors along the way!
    DATES: October 14 – 19, 2014

    Sanibel & Captiva Islands, FL – Sunrise to Sunset

    This three-day tour takes in the best of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, including both a sunrise and a sunset, with the highlight being a visit to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge for some bird photography. This tour is limited to only eight participants! DATES: December 26 – 28, 2014

    Italy – Venice

    Experience and photograph the splendor, color and people of one of the world’s most unique cities. This eight-day tour is the creative journey of a lifetime!
    DATES: March 8 – 15, 2015

    Ecuador – Inti Raymi Festival

    This special 8-day tour provides the perfect opportunity to photograph an authentic and colorful cultural event — the Inti Raymi festival that takes place over the summer solstice period. Time will also be allotted to visit local communities, roam the streets and markets of Otavalo and, hopefully, relax a little at the splendid Sacha Ji retreat (our “hotel”).
    DATES: June 15 – 22, 2014

  • Montreal Jazz Festival 2015

    Are you a music lover? How about “French” culture? This special five-day tour concentrates on “live music” photography, but also allows time to explore the wonderful city of Montreal.
    DATES: June 29 – July 3, 2015

    More Multi-day Photo Tours Coming in 2014 & 2015!

    Here’s a summary of what’s happening in 2014, and what we’re considering for future Vagabond Vistas photo tour adventures…


Asheville / WNC Tours

  • NC Mountain State Fair

    This special 3.5-hour tour is sure to be like no other Vagabond Vistas photo tour! The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make the WNC region what it is. This once-per-year event will provide the necessary insight to capture this special culture with your digital camera.
    DATE: September 9, 2014

    The Funky Side of Downtown Asheville

    This three-hour tour explores the edgier side of Downtown Asheville. Funky architecture. Colorful graffiti. Quirky doors and windows. All within a very small geographic area that is easy to navigate.
    DATES: Numerous summer 2014 dates.

    Asheville – River Arts District

    Looking for inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? What better place to feel such energy than the River Arts District? This tour focuses on architecture and architectural detail, and may include an encounter with a RAD artist at work.
    DATE: Numerous summer 2014 dates.

    Asheville – The Urban Trail

    If you’re looking for photographic variety in Asheville, as well as a perfect historical introduction to this wonderful mountain city, this is the tour for you! From the historic architecture to street buskers to the nooks and crannies. DATES: Numerous summer 2014 dates.

  • Asheville – The Biltmore House & Gardens

    The Biltmore Estate is by far Asheville’s most popular tourist attraction. The Biltmore photo tour explores the exterior of the extravagant building, as well as the colorful gardens near to the “house”. This tour takes advantage of the morning light, giving participants ample time to learn a few photo tricks with David, but still have time left over to wander through the interior of the mansion independently. DATES: Numerous summer 2014 dates.

    Vagabond Photo Walks – WNC MeetUp (Free!)

    Do you live in the Asheville / Western North Carolina area? Do you have a camera? Are you interested in meeting some new folks in a casual, creative setting, and do some urban shooting? Vagabond Photo Walks are a fantastic way to get some fresh air, some exercise, and to get those creative juices flowing. Best of all, it’s FREE!

    List of Asheville & WNC photo tours…

    Are you interested in a Vagabond Vistas photo tour in Asheville or Western North Carolina (WNC)? Here is a list of our most popular events in the area.


Workshops, Seminars & Speaking Gigs

  • Vagabond Photo Walks – WNC MeetUp (Free!)

    Do you live in the Asheville / Western North Carolina area? Do you have a camera? Are you interested in meeting some new folks in a casual, creative setting, and do some urban shooting? Vagabond Photo Walks are a fantastic way to get some fresh air, some exercise, and to get those creative juices flowing. Best of all, it’s FREE!

    List of Vagabond Vistas Workshops & Seminars

    So, you want to learn a thing or two about photography, but you’re having trouble finding a good match between your specific interests and what’s on offer in and around Asheville. Why not contact us to conduct a workshop or seminar for your camera club or organization?


Northeast USA Tours

  • New York City – Central Park / Midtown

    This tour provides a taste of all the Big Apple has to offer, from the green landscape of Central Park, to the hustle and bustle street life in Midtown, to the concrete jungle and architecture. There is truly something in this for everyone!
    DATE: October 24, 2014

    Ken Lockwood Gorge in Autumn (NJ)

    The Ken Lockwood Gorge — a short stretch of the South Branch of the Raritan River — is one of the best-kept secrets in New Jersey, if not the entire Northeast USA. Although well-known with local trout fly-fishermen (and women), its natural beauty and its tranquility remain under the radar of most New Jersey residents. DATE: October 26, 2014

    Philadelphia – Old City / Society Hill

    This tour tour begins in one of the most historic sections of the City of Brotherly Love, meandering its way through the nooks and crannies of Old City and Society Hill.  The general theme of this Photo Tour is urban life, architectural detail and history. Visits to landmarks such as Elfreth’s Alley and Independence Hall will be interwoven with good old-fashioned walking the streets.
    DATE: October 27, 2014

    Washington Crossing State Park in Autumn

    This half-day tour concentrates on the peaceful and historic Delaware Valley on the Pennsylvania side of the river, taking advantage of the peak color of the region’s famous fall foliage. DATE: October 28, 2014

  • Rural Bucks County, PA in Autumn

    The rural splendor of Bucks County, Pennsylvania draws visitors from across the country. Tucked away off of a side-road sits one of the most picturesque places that you will find in the Delaware Valley — Cuttalossa Farm.
    DATE: October 28, 2014

    Philadelphia – Eastern State Penitentiary

    This is one of the most unique photo tours in the Vagabond Vistas repertoire. The penitentiary, now a popular Philadelphia museum, once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone.
    DATE: October 29, 2014

    List of Northeast USA photo tours…

    Are you interested in a Vagabond Vistas photo tour in the Northeast USA (NYC / Philly / Delaware Valley)? Here is a list of our most popular events in the area.


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