COVID 19 UPDATE: Your personal health and safety are of the utmost concern to Neil. Neil wears a mask during the entire session and adheres to all current CDC guidelines. He will avoid crowded areas or locations where close contact is likely and social distancing cannot be achieved. All tours are conducted entirely outdoors.
PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS IN WASHINGTON, DC
Professional photographer Neil Colton leads private photography tours in the beautiful Capital City of Washington, DC. These private tours are designed for individual photographers and groups of up to four. Topics include travel photography, lifestyle photography, architectural photography and photojournalism. During the tour, you will capture images of the iconic, historic sites of this beautiful city and learn to tell the story of your visit with compelling photographic essays.
With its broad well lit streets, low skyline and easy access to monuments, memorials and museums, Washington, DC is one of the most photogenic and photographer-friendly cities in the world.
Tours are 4 hours long and open to any level of photographer. Tours can include:
- The Icons of Washington, including the White House, The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial and other iconic sites on The National Mall
- Capitol Hill
- DuPont Circle
- Adams Morgan
- Your Custom Itinerary
Neil will lead you to the popular places in Washington to create compelling pictures of this historic Capital City. He will also take you to sites off the beaten path, where tourists and visitors rarely go. As a longtime resident and former lead instructor for one of Washington’s most popular photography tour companies, Neil knows the city well.
Unlike fast-paced, heavily scripted tours, your itinerary is flexible and can be changed on the fly. Throughout the day, Neil works alongside you, at your pace and without pressure, to make sure you see the city as you want to see it and that you capture wonderful images of the city of Washington, DC. At the end of the tour, you wil have a compelling new portfolio of images of this beautiful Capital City!
Tours are offered through all seasons of the year and during iconic events, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival. Sunrise and sunset tours are a popular option and yield some of the most dramatic images of this photogenic city!
Neil began his photography career as an architectural photographer, creating images of award winning projects for architects and design firms. He has worked as a photojournalist, a commercial lifestyle photographer and as a contract photographer for a media company in New York, creating portraits of CEOs and CFOs in the financial world. His travel photography has been featured in regional publications and travel magazines. His commercial clients have included ad agencies representing Airbnb, American Express, AT&T and Anheuser Busch. His documentary portraits of The People of Haiti were used as the stage backdrop for high profile benefit concerts in the US, following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Haiti in 2010. They have also been used by several international non-profit organizations and NGOs for worldwide promotional campaigns.
His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Professional Photographer, Elan’ Magazine and Hilton Head Magazine, among others.
- For solo photographers, the rate is $325.
- For 2 photographers, the rate is $285 per photographer.
- For groups of 3- 4 photographers, the tour rate is $275 per photographer.
To schedule a private photography tour, or for more information, contact Neil here.
“It was truly a great experience having you personally taking me around Washington, DC and teaching me excellent photography tips and insights from your considerable personal experience. “
Dr. Ian L., Santa Monica, CA
I was heading to Europe, ready to take great pictures of the cities and sights in England, Spain, France and Italy. My new camera was all that I expected, but my pictures were not. They were more like snapshots: flat and boring. A friend recommended that I take a travel photography workshop with Neil before the trip. I am so glad that I did! In a few short hours Neil showed me how to compose a photograph and ‘see’ the picture, before I snapped the shutter. He also showed me how ‘tell a story’ with my pictures. Working with Neil has given me the confidence to take on Europe with my camera!
I can’t wait for the plane to take off!
Steven S., Bethesda, MD
I have taken many workshops and tours, but Neil’s private tour in DC has been the best of them all. I learned more in 3 hours with Neil than I did in the 3 years I have owned my DSLR. His instruction is clear and simple and he takes the time to work with you individually. I definitely recommend Neil to anyone who wants to improve their photography and create great images.
Linda C., Washington, DC