Join National Geographic Photographer

Peter Essick

along with noted photographer Jessica Hines


Dewees Island, South Carolina

Dewees Island ©Judy Faircloth

October 12, 13, 14, 15

for shooting, critiquing, boating,

and hanging out talking photography


What is Dewees Island?

Dewees Island is a private island off the coast of Charleston. Dewees is part of a chain of barrier islands in South Carolina that stretch from Georgetown to Beaufort.  The island is about three miles long, and lies between Capers Island and the Isle of Palms. There are only residences on the island, no commerce is allowed. Please download the Dewees Island app for more information.
Dewees Sunrise ©Judy Faircloth

Who Lives on Dewees Island?

A very small community of avid naturalists and environmentally conscious people who decided that living in a sensitive barrier island demanded attention to the original vegetation and  inhabitants. The island has only 150 homesites, no paved roads, and very strict building codes, that demand a small footprint and very little clearing of natural vegetation. All the houses are nestled in the island forests. They don’t encroach on the three miles of beachfront, and that creates spectacular views. When you walk on the beach, you feel like you are on a deserted island.
Dewees Sunset ©Judy Faircloth



What will I find on Dewees Island?

First and foremost, Dewees is a nature preserve. You will find shorebirds, turtles, white-tail deer, and racoons. You will also find quiet. Bring your books, and your pen. It’s a lovely place to write, read, and reflect.

Who is Peter Essick?

Recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by
Outdoor Photography Magazine, Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades making photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land. Essick has photographed stories on many environmental issues including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste and freshwater.
Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine for 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. Essick has won many journalistic awards and his photographs have been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his wife, Jackie and his son, Jalen.

Who is Jessica Hines?

Artist and storyteller Jessica Hines uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of Hines’ work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind. Hines began to cultivate her creative disposition early in life and her love of the arts led her to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Continuing to pursue her interests, she studied photography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Hines most recently won 1st Place in the Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1st Place in NEXT: New Photographic Visions, Castell Photography Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Avedon, Asheville, North Carolina, Humanitarian Documentary Grant in the WPGA Annual, Pollux Awards, juried by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC .Hines lives near a swamp she photographs regularly in Southeast Georgia.

Agenda and What’s Included

Ferry passes for 4 days
 Welcome Lunch at the Huyler House on Dewees
Shooting in the afternoon with Peter and Jessica
Cocktail hour presentation by Jessica
Dinner at the Clubhouse
After-dinner presentation by Peter
 Morning Shooting on the Island
Lunch at the Huyler House
Shooting on the island
Boat Ride/Shoot for 1/2 the class on the Reilly’s 40′ Schooner
Other half of class will shoot on the island
or have critiques
Happy Hour at the Huyler House
Dinner on your own
Sunrise Shoot and Breakfast on Dewees
at the home of Judy Fairchild (address to come)
5am til 8
Shooting on the island
Lunch at the Clubhouse12-2
Shooting on the island
Boat Ride/Shoot for 1/2 the class on the Reilly’s 40′ Schooner
Other half of class will shoot on the island
or have critiques
Dinner at the Huyler House
Breakfast and last-minute Q&A
 NOTE: We will attempt to stick to this agenda as closely as possible. However, some students may choose to do other things and that’s fine. Please just let us know if you’re deviating off schedule so we won’t worry. Thank you.

What isn’t included:

Travel expense from your home to the Dewees Ferry at Isle of Palms dock
Housing on Dewees (please contact Judy Fairchild at  843-259-1713 for info on house rentals – and if you would like to share a house be sure to let her know! 
Friday dinner

Total $950 per person

Spouses and partners are invited to join us for meals and boat rides for a companion rate of $300

Click Here for Photographer only rate of $950

Click Here for Companion only rate of $300

Click Here for Photographer + Companion rate of $1250


If you would prefer to pay be check please email Thank you!