Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

Photography WorkshopA Photography Workshop, a new fall program and experience, will take place from Wednesday, Sept. 23-Friday, Sept. 25 in Lakeside Chautauqua and throughout the local region.

Together, David FitzSimmons, Art Weber and Jim McCormac, all highly skilled nature photographers, will lead a three-day workshop that will include both classroom and field experience.  Also during the workshop, more than $1,000 in door prizes will be offered.

FitzSimmons, a Sigma Pro photographer, has had his work published in Shutterbug, Popular Photography & Imaging and Ohio regional publications.

He is currently at work on two books, Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools and Waterfalls of Ohio. He is also the author of popular children’s book series, Curious Critters, which had a new book, Curious Critters: Marine, released this past spring.

Weber, a director of nature photography, is a well-known nature photographer and writer. He served as Toledo Area Metroparks Public Information Manager for 30 years.

He has published thousands of nature photographs and has written hundreds of columns and two critically acclaimed books. Weber’s works have won more than 100 prestigious international, national, regional and state awards along the way.

McCormac works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in birds, education and wildlife diversity issues.

He is the author of several books, including Birds of Ohio, Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage and The Great Lakes Nature Guide. McCormac also writes a column entitled ‘Nature’ for the Columbus Dispatch.

These experts will lead participants through the exploration of landscapes, macro and wildlife photography along the beautiful, south Lake Erie shoreline.

Attendees will expand their photographic knowledge and skills throughout each day and a wide variety of loaner lenses in popular mounts will be available for use.

Sunrises, sunsets, wetlands, Lake Erie shorelines, birds, flowers, glacial grooves and the Marblehead Lighthouse will also captured.

In addition, attendees will enjoy a private bird photography session at Back to the Wild® Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Education Center, located in Castalia, Ohio.


Registration includes attendance at all workshops, meals and accommodations. The workshop runs from 3 p.m. Wednesday to early afternoon on Friday.

Download the Lakeside Photography Workshop Registration Form to reserve a space. Mail the completed form with payment to: Lakeside Chautauqua, Attn: Lakeside Photography Workshop, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.

For more information, contact  (419) 798-4461, ext. 347 or