Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, Photoville, NY, 2013. Image © Chris Bartlett

Award-winning photographer, and videographer, Jason Florio, and photography producer, and videographer, Helen Jones-Florio, are available for Photos Tell Stories photography workshops and presentations of their work about their West Africa expeditions: ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ 2013-14 and ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ 2009.

Please contact: helen.jones@floriophoto.com

Also, see F.A.Q. at the bottom of the page


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Image courtesy of Julie Grahame / aCurator : The Florios, Foto Care, NYC ‘River Gambia’ presentation

The Workshops:

Beginners, intermediates, amateurs –  one-one or group workshops. Each workshop can be tailored to your needs and/or will cover topics such as: a brief history of photography; what is a photograph; portraiture; environmental portraiture; reportage; landscape photography; guides and techniques; what makes a good photograph; guidelines of photography (rule of thirds, leading lines, etc.); lighting; editing. Last, but not least, how to tell stories using the medium of photography.

Photos Tell Stories - 72dpi_FLAT‘Photos Tell Stories’ Photography Workshops – The Gambia, West Africa, 2014:

Senior High School Students – Fajara, The Kombos

Kembujeh Secondary School, Kembujeh

Secondary Senior School, Farafenni

Silicon Institute, Soma

Basic Secondary School, Kartong, The Gambia

Photos Tell Stories photography students with Helen Jones-Florio – image © Jason Florio
Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio
Photos Tell Stories – students portrait photography work
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Photos Tell Stories – students portrait photography work
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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click on image or here to view
Youtube: Jason Florio – B&H interview, NYC
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GRTS – Gambia Radio & TV – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ exhibition opening night, May 2014

Media appearances:

2014 Gambia Radio & TV (GRTS)
2013 National Geographic Weekend radio with Boyd Matson
2011 Excess Baggage – BBC Radio 4, UK
2009 Expedition Gambia  – Gambia Television
2009 The Fatou Show – Gambia Television
2009 Nick Wallace show BBC Surrey County Radio, UK
2005  Leonard Lopate show – National Public Radio ,USA
2002  Fox News ‘911 Experiences’ , USA

Guest Speaker:
2013 Photo Voices – Athens Photo Festival, Greece
2013 Foto Care – NYC
2011 Mailman School of Public Health, NYC
2011  Fotofusion, Palm Beach, Florida
2010  APA/NY  Image Makers Lecture Series – Apple Soho NYC
2009  Beacon School, NYC
2005  The Half King Series, NYC

Published work – click on the below image to view slideshow selection. See more at floriophoto.com

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‘Boy in Mask‘ River Gambia © Jason Florio
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‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’ The Gambia © Jason Florio
'Silafando' - a gift to you on behalf of my journey
‘Silafando’ – from ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’

Please contact: helen.jones@floriophoto.com for further information and bookings




Q: Can I book a Photos Tell Stories photography workshop with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

A: Yes! Please check out ‘Book a Photography Workshop or Presentation‘ or email helen.jones@floriophoto.com

Q: What is the duration of the entire workshop?

A: 1-3 days, depending on your time and how much you want to learn about photography. A typical day consist of:

9am-4pm:  theory and practical/on location.

4-6pm (*optional): The editing process of your work with Jason and Helen. * If you wish to do this, then please bring a disc or thumb drive (memory stick) to save your work on.

Q: Do I have to bring my own camera?

A: You may feel more comfortable using your own camera. However, we have a number of FujiFilm basic point and shoot digital cameras for workshop participants to use.

Q: Are the workshops only available for groups?

A: Not at all – workshops can be booked, with Jason, for 1-10 people.

Q: What is the maximum number per group?

A: 10 maximum – this ensures that each student gets equal attention and tutorage from Jason.

Q: If I just want to learn about i.e. portraiture, will the workshop be dedicated to this?

A: Yes – each workshop can be  catered for individually needs if required. This can be discussed prior to booking.

Q: Do the workshops include food/beverages?

A: Each workshop will include lunch and cold drinks (water and soft drinks only).

Q: Do you provide transport?

A: Each person will be expected to make their own way to and from the designated workshop location. However, if the workshop includes traveling to another location, during any particular day, we will provide local transport.

All workshop participant will receive a Photos Tell Stories ‘certificate of attendance‘ on completion of the workshop.

Medical care: a basic medical kit will be available during each workshop. However, each participant will be responsible for themselves and although non of the workshops will include any kind of extreme activity, please ensure you have adequate insurance coverage.

PLEASE NOTE: Jason is not a specialist in wildlife photography – i.e. apologies, but we do not cater to birders/twitchers.

Things to consider bringing when out on location (in The Gambia):

  • High factor sunscreen
  • A cap or wide brimmed hat
  • A long-sleeved shirt
  • Mosquito repellent (especially for later in the afternoon)
  • If bringing you own camera, please ensure that you have enough batteries to last for the duration of the workshop – adequate power supply can often be problematic and/or non-existent
  • Please bear in mind that The Gambia is a predominantly Muslim country. Therefore, please respect their customs – i.e. refrain from wearing short shorts (men and women!), mini-skirts, bikini tops, or going about bare-chested (men!).

You may also like to check out the work from previous Photos Tell Stories students work

If you have any further questions about the above information, please contact helen.jones@floriophoto.com

Thank you!

Jason and Helen Florio

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