Art is an expression, a feeling, a liberation, a vision. It has a heartbeat of its own that lives inside of you. It is something that you take everywhere you go. I am not talking about the education of art. I am talking about the soul that cannot rest until its vision is complete. A passion that takes over to pursue a dream or a whim. The beginning with no end in mind, the start of something fresh, an idea, a thought, an impression, a faint notion, an awakening…
— The Art of Photography- denise ippolito 2013

Visual Expressions, Slide Program/Lecture

Many times, as photographers, we arrive at a location that is stunningly beautiful. We then scour the scene looking for a shot that will reflect the beauty that we see in front of us. Often times we will not be able to create an epic shot even when the view is utterly fantastic. Just because a vista is stunningly beautiful does not mean that it will make a great photograph. Part of that problem is, we are feeling the beauty as much as we are seeing it- and that is where most folks get into trouble. They are not able to visually express what they are experiencing…

Adventures in Nature Travel, Slide Program/Lecture

Travel around the world with me during this one hour adventure filled lecture/slide program which will include a variety of images from the Galapagos, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, Japan, Torres del Paine in Chile, Greece, Alaska, Florida, Bosque del Apache New Mexico, Camargue France, Iceland, Keukenhof in Holland and more... This slide program is for nature lovers and contains a lot of bird photography. I will share some of my photography tips and techniques as well as some of my experiences at each location.

Bloomin' Ideas Slide Program/Lecture

My one hour slide program/lecture "Bloomin' Ideas" will cover the in-camera techniques that I use to capture beautiful flower images: composition, depth-of-field and selective focus, the use of extension tubes and reflectors, and the use of natural light. You will learn to create impressionistic flower blurs by using your camera as your paintbrush. I will also go into detail explaining my creative processing and multiple filtering effects that I use on a daily basis. You will be inspired to step out of the box and develop your creative vision and your own original works of art. If you love to photograph flowers this program is for you.

A Blend of Art and Nature Slide Program/Lecture

My one hour slide show “A Blend of Art and Nature” will explore the combination of art and nature. My artistic bird photographs and creative filter designs will inspire you to step out of the box of conformity. I will share some of my pleasing blur images along with some of my tack sharp flight shots. A visual experience of photographs from local hot spots to images from around the country. This slide show will have something for everyone.

Creative Blurs Slide Program/Lecture

This one hour slide show/lecture covers all the techniques that I use to create my pleasingly blurred flower and bird images. This presentation is based on my newest eBook "A Guide to Creative Blurs". Many factors determine the degree of blur and those will all be covered in-depth during this program. Learn how to capture bird blast-offs and impressionistic flower images. I also have a segment on Multiple Exposure Blurs included in the slide show.

*To book an event for your club or group please
contact me for more information. All programs can be tailored.




January 4-8 Death Valley

January 10-14 Death Valley-Group 2

January 26-31 ~ Greece

Japan- February 9-22

Norway March 1-8

March 19-25 Charleston

Private -March, 25-29

May 2nd Olympic Peaks Camera Club

May 1-10-ONP scouting trip

May 18-29- Patagonia

June 2-6 Palouse

June 15-22 -UK Puffins

June 22-29th, Group 2 ~ UK Puffins

July 7-12 ~ Coastal Brown Bear Cubs in Kodiak Alaska

August 18- Girls Who Click with Ashley Scully, NJ

Sept 9-13 ~ Swan Island Dahlia

Sept 21-Oct 1 -Kenya

October 10th South Jersey Camera Club

Oct 17th-Lehigh Valley Photo Club

November 12- Garden Club Boonton Township, NJ

November 21- December 2, 2019-Fujian, China Photo Tour

Dec 7-11 Bosque del Apache NM


January 3-8 Death Valley

February 11-23 -Japan

March 9-20th- Tanzania

March 25-28 Charleston

March 30-31 Kiawah presentation & workshop

April 19- May 3-Namibia

May 12-25 - Vietnam

June 1-5 Palouse

June 8-12 Olympic Peninsula

June-22-29 Birds & Blooms-Bulgaria

July 8-15 - Camargue

Sept. 21- Oct. 1- Kenya

October 17th-Canada-TBA


January 1-23 -Falklands 3 weeks

February -Japan-TBA

March 1-8 Norway TBA

May 18-25th-Patagonia-TBA

November 6-15-Ethiopia -TBA

Dec 6- 13 Falklands-private


Jan 26-31-Greece

Ridgewood Camera Club Meetup Group Speaking Engagement Kudos ~

"Fantastic", "Terrific", "Fabulous" are the words that are being used to describe yesterday"s event.
I just love it when speakers make me look like a hero.
I'm sure that Kudos will continue to pour in.

Excellent! The speakers were talented, informative and a pleasure to listen to. I felt inspired to go out and do some shooting.
Robert Matthews

Terrific!! Each presenter was outstanding. I learned a great deal from the presenters as well as the audience questions. The images shown were extraordinary. Fabulous program.
Fran Toepfer

The speakers were amazing. Wonderful photos with thorough explanations. Great tips for us to improve our photography.
Lori Henderson

I never would have thought someone could make such beautiful artistic photos moving the camera and still allowing viewers to recognize the subject of the image.
John Taranto

First class speakers...this event was really good and inspirational.
I can't wait to make the same kind of images, and for the next event.
Thanks Marty, Robert And Lisa for organizing this event.
Boris Hardouin

Dom Leone

FABULOUS. Marty you simply GREAT at this kind of thing.
Allan Schneider

Terrific program! Another job well-done by the organizers of Ridgewood Camera Club. Thank you for your efforts.
Mike Iuzzolino

All three speakers held your interest and were very informative in different ways. Well done!
Lisa Matthews

Informative, enjoyable, well organized - I look forward to your next such event.
Mark Lasser

Very informative and enjoyable
ginger white

The photos were great, truly beautiful and very well done. Their comments were right on! Very professional! Everyone there must have learned a great deal. Thanks for organizing!
Alyce Parseghian

The program was very enjoyable, informative and inspiring. The images that were shown by each presenter were Terrific! Thank you Marty and the organizers of the Ridgewood Camera Club for hosting such a Fabulous event!
Debra Wallace

Excellent Program. So glad I made the 2-1/2 drive from the quiet corner of CT to attend.
Steve Abbott

NY Weekend Seminar Kudos:

Hi Denise
Thank you so much! Your creativity, passion and enthusiasm inspire. Your ability and willingness to share your thought process, approach and technique stimulate folks to view and approach familiar subjects in new ways.
Thanks! Hope to see you soon!
Tom Pfeifer

Thank you so much Denise, for a wonderful weekend! It was great to meet you and I learned so much. Now time to put it to use...(easier said than done! :) )
Debbie Zilli

Denise - I just wanted to drop you a note and say how much I enjoyed meeting you and Artie and getting a glimpse into your extremely creative mind, your thought process and your workflow.
By the way I signed up for the B&H workshop on the hope that since it is just before the holidays I'll be able to sneak away from the office for a couple of hours.
Hope to see you then and thanks again for all the tips, tricks and wisdom.
Rachel Hollander

Hi Denise,
Mark Hendricks here. I wanted to thank you again for the amazing presentation that you put on. It was educational and inspiring and I gained so much from the experience. Your work is absolutely breathtaking and you've inspired me to look at flowers again. Florals were one of the first subjects I used to take photographs of but in the last few years most of my attention has been geared towards wildlife. And thank you again for the fun filled evening at dinner. Carolina and I had such a blast. And thanks for your invaluable input when looking at my images. We look forward to seeing you and Artie again one day.

Hi Denise ,
WOW, I am still trying to process all that we went over these past two days and feel SO incredibly lucky to have been able to attend your seminar! You both bring such positive energy, amazing insight and world wide experiene to share with those who participate in your workshops. I am just in awe at the amount of information that we covered these past two days and have already begun to review my notes while still fresh. Artie said on the first day that thankfully you hadn't built a business solely on the stock photography world, but EDUCATION….We are the lucky ones!! Attending your workshops is a must a for anyone who is inspired by photography ….Your passion for the art/craft is contagious and evident each minute of the time we were there You both compliment each others strengths and are downright superstars. I just loved these past two days and can't wait to put some of the new info and techniques to use. I am especially eager to play with some of the software….yes, C-S6 is downloaded already.
In addition, I am tickled too that i won a tripod!! Thank you and thanks to your generous sponsors for offering to give you these items. Denise, i have already put on the head that i won from the a Sunflower shoot….will be my go to for macro work! I am so glad to have met you both!! Thank you very much.
My very best,
Sherb Naulty

I just wanted to take a minute to say “Thank you very much for last weekend!” I had a great time, and I learned an awful lot. It was a nice way to spend my birthday weekend, and you topped it off nicely by picking my number for the Think Tank Airstream rolling bag door prize; it’s something I’ve been wanting badly! I just finished transcribing my notes from the seminar days and can’t believe how much new info I garnered. I am anxious to put it to use. The day spent in the field, despite the foggy and wet conditions, were a big help to me. I really appreciated the individual attention you both provided. You are both masters in the field and it was a privilege to be able to spend time with you. Thanks also for the great lunch on Monday! Wishing you both a wonderful holiday. I hope that our paths cross again in the future. Thanks again for Everything!
Sharon Hallowell

Dear  Denise, I attended your Staten Island seminar and really learned tons. Thank you both for sharing your knowledge. I also purchased Denise’s book and can’t wait to use some of the filters. I feel that I am well on my way to making better pictures. Thanks again!
Gerry Matteo

Denise, I wanted to thank you for a great weekend. I got a lot out of the two days of classes and the morning of shooting in Howard Beach was great despite the fog and rain. In just a weekend I learned so much that I would never have thought of by myself. It reinforced what I have read in Artie’s two books. Once again, thank you! I hope to see you both again soon.
Jeff Friedhoffer

Tampa Seminar Kudos:

This week I actually had to chance to practice what I had learned at the weekend seminar in Tampa/Brandon.
You  Denise have no idea how much I learned…but more importantly, how much I was inspired, during those two days…I genuinely can’t thank you two enough!
Thanks much!
Best regards,
Greg Clarkson

I did manage to get a good angle on the baby great horned owl at Fort Desoto yesterday. My thanks to you and Artie for a great weekend of learning.
Mark Jones

Thank you for an enjoyable and educational weekend. I always get a lot out of spending time around you Artie, and the addition of Denise's expertise with macros and blurs was wonderful to experience first hand. Denise was great about helping me in the field also.
I plan to work hard this year looking around all the time, really looking at a subject and understanding what is appealing to me about it, and to think before I just push that shutter button.
Thanks again for everything and hope to see both of you soon.
Aaron Chandler

Hi Denise
I want to thank you for a great photography weekend. Watching you demonstrate your creative blur techniques was just what I needed to get me thinking of various ways to “ jump in”.
I’m looking forward to trying these techniques on the interior of the Washington National Cathedral in DC. The stained glass reflections on the stone interior are already phenomenal. Our kids in DC accuse me of visiting them just so that I can go spend hours photographing the stunning views on a sunny day. Just think of how long I can get lost in there now!
Thanks again
Linda Sullivan

Hi Denise,
Many thanks to both you and Art for a wonderful seminar in Tampa.It is always a good sign when you wish that it would have gone on for a couple of days longer.So much to learn.
Have a great trip to Holland and good shooting to you both.
Best Wishes,
Bill Eaton

Dear  Denise,
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the photo seminar this weekend. I picked up a lot of new information and was reminded of some techniques I haven't used in a while. I especially enjoyed the session on blurs. I've done macro but have never been fond of it. Now I'm truly inspired to get out the dusty (I hope not literally!) lens and try out some of the creative ideas presented by Denise.
I also appreciated the Lowepro Bag I got as a door prize. Please extend my thanks to whoever donated it.
I hope to have the opportunity some day to travel with both of you.
All the best,
Arla Altman

hey Denise :
THANK YOU for a wonderful, interesting, and informative weekend! One can see how much work went into your presentation, even though you do this often, and your team work is impressive. I took a whole notebook full of notes and, although I have been doing photography for many years, found many things you said valuable. I also really appreciate your comments and suggestions considering my impending camera upgrade - and your picture critiques.
Every moment spent was worthwhile to me...........and I don’t want to neglect saying how much I enjoyed the opportunity to see all those wonderful images. Just want to throw in one more thing : two years ago at BirdFest Artie gave a talk that included tips for cleaning up an image.......and I am still appreciating what I learned then. And Denise, as you know, your work really “speaks to me”.........I love your style!
As a bonus, I met some incredibly interesting people who were fellow class participants. I ended up having dinner with a poet/writer, lunch with a Nasa science engineer, meeting a near [within 20 miles] neighbor with whom I intend to shoot, and that is just scratching the surface.
Hope tomorrow at DeSota is a great’s supposed to be sunny!
patsy hall

I wanted to thank both you and Denise for a great seminar. I certainly learned a lot and I enjoyed the stories! It was well worth both the time and money when you have two instructors so eager to share their knowledge with others.
Trygve Anderson
PS I never win anything so it was surreal and a great bonus to get one of the goodies!

“The classroom sessions with you were excellent! I really learned a lot about proper exposure and it’s already made big difference in my success rate shooting birds. The field session at Ft. Desoto park was awesome. We had great opportunities with a lot of cooperative birds, and it was a special treat to have that very tame long-billed curlew parading around—that’s a new bird for my life list, and I got some great images.
However, the single thing that was most useful to me was watching you review and edit your images during the lunch after the field trip. I’d already had a chance to do a quick review of what I’d shot in the morning, and I thought I’d done pretty well. But then as we watched you run through what you’d shot that morning, it was more than a bit deflating! Virtually all of your stuff was better than my stuff, and it was mostly because I hadn’t fully followed through on what you’d taught in class: I lowered my tripod to get low as you showed us in class, but while shooting the same bird, you were lying on your belly in the sand. I stayed cleaner, but you got better shots. After seeing exactly what you had captured in the same situation, it really drove home what you’d been preaching.
Thanks again, the classroom sessions followed by the field trip made a great combo, and being able to compare what I shot to what you got when we were in the same place at the same time was INVALUABLE.”
Chuck Murphy

Hi Denise
I was at the Tampa seminar and was thrilled to meet both you and Artie. Learned so much from the both of you. Thank you for your inspiration and sharing what you have learned. I would like if possible to know the exact set of your tripod. I saw your list of gear but not sure what is on your tripod. I like the way it moves around so easily.
Thank you
Linda Oneill

Flower Photography Weekend Seminar/Workshop Kudos:

I slipped out yesterday a little before the class ended and before I could get a chance to say how much I LOVED Friday and Saturday's class. It was an outstanding experience and I learned so much and got a chance to try out some new shooting ideas. Your coaches were excellent, you were very organized and shared your beautiful vision so well. I am looking forward to more opportunities to share and learn from you. Thank you so very much.
Sue Harvey Eberhart

Thanks for yesterday! I learned a lot and I think you did a terrific job. I can't wait to spend time with you in France!!!
Nancylee Cranmer Mudd

Your seminar today was fantastic!!!! You have so much energy and are so creative...thanks for all the help...will have to do more flower photography with you...thank you so much!
Nancy Thorington

A big shout out to Denise Ippolito who did a fantastic job today teaching an enthusiastic AND lively! group of photographers! A well deserved night of chilling out I hope is on her docket. Thank you for allowing me to be a "helper." And I did learn a few new things along the way. :-)
Kate M Ryan

Got great value from Saturday.Thanks.
Frank Kirshenbaum

Thank you for the great day. You have beautiful work.
I wish a little of your talent would rub off on me. I do think what you do is more of a a result of your innate artistic talent !!! Of course having the technical knowledge is a plus.
I did learn a lot today so thanks again.
Danielle D'Ermo

Hi Denise,
Thanks for a great seminar! I really learned a lot about Photoshop and the various creative plug ins (which was my primary reason for signing up)!
Denise Molzahn

Thank you so much for a great workshop. I learned a lot from you and the other instructors because you pushed me to try some new techniques. I have checked your W/S schedule and will try to find one that fits my calendar and budget.
John Monroe

Hi Denise!
I hope you are recovering today from the high energy of the week-end. You give so much!
I had a dinner engagement with my Maryland family and a drive to get there, and consequently left the workshop as soon as we ended. I do want to thank you for a great presentation; your creativity inspires new ideas and techniques, and I very much appreciated being a part of the workshop. It was GREAT!!
I was also delighted that my friends Tom and Lisa assisted you; they are extremely talented as well, and two of the best teachers I know. They tell me that you, Tony Sweet and John Barclay (an old friend), may be coming to Connecticut this summer! That will be amazing I am sure!
Many, many thanks for all you give and do!
My Best,
Barbara Vietzke

It is important to allow yourself to fail without fear; only then can you create freely...
— denise ippolito