Book Photography Masterclasses, Mentoring, and Presentations with The Florios

The Gambia-ITC-Creative Industries. A group of photographers and filmmakers attending their first Masterclass with photographer and film maker, Jason Florio, May 2021. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Gambia: ITC-Creative Industries first Masterclass – ‘Storytelling Through Photography‘ with photographer and film maker, Jason Florio, May 2021. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio 2021

Award-winning photographer, and videographer, Jason Florio, and photography producer, and videographer, Helen Jones-Florio, are available for Photos Tell Stories photography masterclasses, one-one mentoring, and presentations.

The Gambia: Lighting Masterclass – as part of our program for ITC with the ‘Creative Industries’ Masterclasses and Mentoring Programs, working with a group of talented photographers & filmmakers.

Or book a presentation 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.

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Also, see F.A.Q. at the bottom of the page
Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio - wet plate collodion print portrait courtesy of Marcin Andrzejewski
Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio – portrait courtesy of Marcin Andrzejewski


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

The Masterclasses, Workshops, and One-One Mentoring 

Beginners, intermediates, amateurs –  masterclasses, work shops, and one-one mentoring. 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, and film. 

Photos Tell Stories - 72dpi_FLAT‘Photos Tell Stories’ Photography Workshops – The Gambia, West Africa, January 2020. Teaching photojournalism and ethics of documenting migration, for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Group shot of photography workshop facilitators, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio with IOM photojournalists
Photos Tell Stories workshop facilitators, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, with IOM’s photojournalist students, January 2020. The Gambia, West Africa


'Photos Tell Stories' Photography Workshop facilitator, Jason Florio, teaching editing techniques, for IOM, The Gambia
‘Photos Tell Stories’ Photography Workshop facilitator, Jason Florio, teaching editing techniques with young Gambian journalists
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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:

The Chronicle – Gambia

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

Presentations/Guest Speaker:

Photography Daily Podcasts/Breathe Pictures

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

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

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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’

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Q: Can I book a Photos Tell Stories photography a masterclass, one-one mentoring, or presentation with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

A: Yes! Please check out ‘Book a Photography Workshop or Presentation‘ or Please contact us here

Q: What is the duration of the Masterclasses?

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 hard drive or thumb drive (memory stick) to save your work on.

Q: Do I have to bring my own camera?

A: In most cases, yes (unless we have a camera sponsor at the time)

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, tea, and coffee

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 (i.e. in The Gambia, West Africa):

  • 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 a previous workshop in The Gambia: Photos Tell Stories students work

If you have any further questions about the above information, please contact

Thank you!

Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

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