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Testimonials

Ken and Mary, Thank you sooooooo much for all your help. I learned so much with you guys and leave completely inspired. - Sharon, Escondido, CA
National Geographic classes have a student teacher ratio of 25:1. Hawaii Photo Retreats ratio is 1:2. Sure looks like a no brainer to me! And then there is also Hawaii! - Michael, Toronto Canada
I spent two days with Mary Goodrich on photo tour and I can't think of a better way to delight in and capture the magical sites of the Volcano area of the Big Island (and beyond). Mary and Ken know all the best places to go and are the best of photography teachers. They are inspirational, knowledgeable, resourceful and truly a delight to spend time with. I was inspired by their creativity and skill level and learned so much just by shooting with them and looking at images together. I only wish I would have had more time to tap into their knowledge of the area and creative, artistic and technical photography skills. I would strongly recommend Hawaii Photo Tours to all photographers from point and shooters to the highly evolved. It will be an experience you will never forget! - Julie, Santa Barbara CA
The whole experience enriched our lives! And isn’t that the whole idea? Thanks for being such gracious hosts. - Michael and Carol, Pahoa, Hawaii
We reminisce about our trip to the big island often and I guarantee we will visit you again. We had a terrific time there. All the best, - Michael
What a great experience! Thank you Mary and Ken for your warm hospitality. Our trip to the Big Island and the 2 days of photography workshop is definitely the highlight of our trip. You two are great photographers who offer tremendous amount of knowledge and creative ideas. You brought out the creative side of me and even made my wife think of starting a photography hobby after your valuable insights. It's worth every penny and we highly recommend it to anybody who loves arts and photography. We are looking forward to spend a longer retreat with you. Again Thank you! - Choi and Esther, California
We had a great time with you both, learned a lot, and got pictures we would have never otherwise gotten. Definitely impressed my friends. - Dan and Kelly
Hi Mary and Ken, I had such a great time with you, it was the highlight of my vacation! I'd tell anyone traveling to the Big Island to take one of your tours so that they can capture some great memories. - Jeannine
The day we shared last February was a thorough pleasure and really opened my eyes to what my camera can (and I might) do. Up to that time I had barely got it off ``auto-everything``. I've had several courses here at home since and really know how much I don't know, but also feel confident in my ability to learn more. Many thanks again for a great learning experience, very gracious and patient instruction, and wonderful hospitality. - Rich, Vashon Island, WA
Thank you and Ken both for making Nicole's gift a wonderful day full of lots of memories and great experiences. We were both thrilled with the day, which of course, for a birthday present was the goal! - Duncan, Brisbane, Australia
I was in a “photo-funk” before I spent a few days with Mary and Ken doing their photo workshop/tour. I was so surprised that Mary had been able to discern so much about me from our brief telephone conversation. As we began our first day of shooting, Mary had already prepared some helpful guiding material for me and was asking me thoughtful questions and really listening to me. When I reviewed my images at the end of the first day, there was such a clear boundary between the images pre-M and K and when I started shooting with them; it was like suddenly I was present. This individualized, customized, flexible type of programme/itinerary was even more than I could have hoped for. During our three days together I benefited from M and K’s hospitality, their generous and warm spirits, and their combined years of experience as photographers and artists. They communicate very differently about various aspects of creating images, but for me the words they both use were very meaningful, and were supplemented by hands on demos and written guidance. In a short time I was shooting with much more excitement and was more satisfied with the images I was creating. The time I spent with M and K was really the heart of my time in Hawaii… I couldn’t imagine spending less than 3 days because there isn’t a single place we visited that I would have wanted to have missed. I would love to return and spend more time shooting with M and K, to continue to learn from them and be inspired by them. - Stephanie, Vancouver BC
Ken and Mary are both excellent photographers. Together they bring both an artistic perspective and a deep knowledge of the technical aspects of photography and post processing techniques. Additionally they were terrific listeners and made sure our expectations were met even though my husband and I had different skill levels and different interests. The five days we spent with Mary and Ken made our trip to Hawaii an exceptional experience. - Karen and Larry, Saint Louis, Missouri
We just got back to Virginia. Really loved Hawaii especially the Big Island due to your tour and your time. You exceeded our expectations, beyond just where and how to take a pictures, to include a taste of the island and its people and culture. I will send you a sample of my pictures.
Again thank you ! - Dwight,Doris, and Pam, Stephens City, Virginia
The Hawaii Photo workshop with Mary and Ken Goodrich was a truly amazing photo workshop, because of their hands-on, personalized approach. I have had many years of photographic experiences, but from the first moment of the workshop Mary and Ken were able to teach me new skills including the latest Photoshop tips, new infrared techniques and different approaches on lighting and composition. On top of that they are great guides to the beautiful Big Island with photo outings to the Volcano, the Botanical gardens and the black beaches. I can truly recommend their photo workshop for anybody who wants to discover their island and come back with some truly great photos and memories. - Yannick C., Belgium
Thank you so much for the fabulous photographic workshop that I recently attended with you. The big island and your personal attention to my photographic questions and needs were a pleasant surprise to me. And thank you for the model shoot experience – it was my first and I was indeed nervous. Dorothea proved to be fabulous. Of course all of this has only left me wanting more – in studying the map of the Big Island it appears that there is so much more to explore and photograph. It seems that there would be two additional one week tours that I should book with you. Thank you for everything…..mahalo! - Francis, Heber City, Utah
_ THANK YOU for an absolutely wonderful photo tour!!!!!!! We had a great time and we both leaned an incredible amount. I believe that my ``eye`` has improved another step under your respective guidances. I can't wait to return and work with you both again. - Sharon and Bruce, Escondido, California
For several years now, my wife and I have been traveling to Kona on the Big Island to stay for one week each time. I always bring my cameras and try to take the best photographs possible. There are books to refer to in order to find beautiful places, but its tough with poorly marked roads and “No Trespassing” signs. On this past trip, we decided to stay closer to the East side for a few days to make it a shorter drive to Volcano National Park. In searching for possible workshop/tours, I came upon the “Hawaii Photo Retreat” . Upon e-mail inquiry, I received very friendly and informative responses. They helped direct us to a place to stay and where to pick up supplies. In meeting our guides, I found that Mary and Ken Goodrich are not only outstanding photographers, but excellent people as well. It was like an old friendship that was to be rekindled. The tour took us to places that we would not have been able to find alone. My non-photographer wife even had a great time and took some great shots. We took a two day tour that ended up in several different photographic locations. We also were able to sample different restaurants that we have never been to before. The photo trip made this trip to the Big Island a memorable one and one where I was able to take some photographs that I am extremely happy with. If you have time to spend with Ken and Mary, it will be time well spent. - Wilton and Lonnie, San Francisco, CA