DC Photography Workshop & Tour Testimonials


It was truly a great experience having you personally taking me around Washington, DC and teaching me excellent photography tips and insights from your personal experience. “

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, 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 since I moved up to a DSLR, but Neil’s workshop 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.

Linda S., Washington, DC

 Hi Neil,

I just wanted to take the time and let you know what a pleasure it was working with you in our private instructional session. Your advice and expertise was constructive yet supportive at the same time. Not only did you help me refine my technique, you offered professional guidance in starting my business as a professional portrait photographer. You are a wonderful mentor and I truly believe you could help anyone take their career to the next level.

With your help and consultation, I now feel more comfortable in creating a ‘story’ for my portrait sessions and I have gained a greater understanding about equipment, processing, and printing. I also learned what it takes to be a professional photographer and run a business. You gave me the confidence I needed to kick-start my career, and for that I am so grateful!!

You have gone above and beyond anything I ever expected, and I cannot thank you enough for all your support and guidance throughout my learning process!

Thank you again!!!

Lisa S., Leesburg, VA


I attended a children’s portrait workshop with Neil and loved his teaching style and easygoing personality. I also had a private tutoring session, where Neil was happy to help me with whatever I needed – to jump from topic to topic to shots and back. He is an amazing resource for beginners, seasoned pros, and everyone in between! He wants you to succeed and works very hard to give you the advice and direction that will most help you. Not only does he patiently go through your shots with you and offer constructive criticism, he is open to providing guidance beyond the class.

He is such a talented artist and also a great teacher – a perfect combination! I look forward to more workshops and instruction with Neil!

Erin C., Leesburg, VA

I bought my first DSLR camera to capture my son’s soccer games as high quality images. Even with all of the features on the camera, I never ventured out of Auto Mode. I didn’t know how to use them and I didn’t want to miss a single picture.

After spending an afternoon with Neil, I had the confidence to leave my comfort zone and explore other shooting modes and techniques. Neil has a clear and complete understanding of these things and he conveys them in a way that is easy to understand and to use.

Using real world examples and hands-on instruction, Neil taught me how to ‘tell a story’ with good, well composed photographs. Neil also introduced me to Aperture Priority, to create artistic images.  By the end of the session, I was taking creative shots fir the first time.

I felt like a pro!


Abdul O., Bristow, VA




Neil Colton creates beautiful original images of people and places.