Upcoming Workshops, Classes, Seminars…



More info including date, soon.

CLASS:  iPhone, iPad Photography, UW Center for Urban Horticulture/Spring Quarter:

Become the boss of your iPhone’s camera (iPads and Androids, too). Join photographer and author, David Perry, in a playful and plainspoken introduction to the wonders of your iPhone’s camera, as well as a simple path to mastery of it. In this four session class, transform from merely owning a cell phone with a nice camera in it to mastering an amazing camera that also happens to be a miniature darkroom, internet portal and cell phone. Learn how to make your camera focus where you want it, how to save pictures, how to crop and beautify them with a few inexpensive, easy-to-master apps, how to add words to them, where your pictures live in your iPhone/iPad, and finally, how to share them seamlessly with your friends and the world. You are smarter than your smartphone camera. You just don’t know it yet.

Lecture/Workshop: Picturing the Garden in Winter

WHEN Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9am – 12pm
WHERE UW Botanic Gardens – Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112)

Winter in Seattle offers a bounty of botanical treasures, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum. Want to learn to capture the beauty of the winter garden and bring it inside? Learn the best techniques in an extraordinary setting with master photographer and storyteller, David Perry. This class begins with short tour of the garden led by the UW Botanic Gardens Tour Coordinator, then a photo shoot, moves indoors for a warm-up and instructional lecture, and then continues back outside for an opportunity to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice. David will inspire you with his fantastic images, and explain how to photograph your own winter garden as well as how to set up simple indoor photo sessions. Bring your camera (point-and-shoots and smartphones are most welcome), for equipment tips.
This class is a great outing for those in town for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show to see and experience the beautiful Winter Garden.
Cost: $60
Register Online or call 206-685-8033

Northwest Flower & Garden Show


Slide Lecture: In The Garden of His Imagination. Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 5:45pm. 

A garden is truly a world set apart, a painted canvas meant to elicit a response. Gardens affect their visitors in many unique ways. Join David as he shares a collection of personal images, offering insights about how one might sit with a garden, see deeply into it and occasionally, enter into profound conversation with it. Learn how David treats his garden visits as open-ended meditations, sharing captured glimpses of them as questions asked; visual poems awaiting a response from the viewer.


San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Slide Lecture: Picture Perfect Plant Portraits. Friday, March 18, 3:45 PM  Event Pavilion Stage 

It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have–you can learn to make stunning plant portraits with just a handful of easy to understand principles. Join David for a lively and inspiring exploration of his own adventures as a plant portraitist, from making better close-ups, to capturing the dreamy moods and environments that will elicit the ooohs and as of others. Learn how seeing better pictures in your mind’s eye will improve the photos you actually capture, and how to avoid many common pitfalls.


Following his lecture, accompany Seattle expert photographer Dave Perry into the shows gardens to practice the elements covered in his free talk of the same title (at 3:45 on the “Discovery Stage” in the Meeting Pavilion). Students will be guided through the Show’s beautiful display gardens to capture examples of the Close-Up, the Group Portrait, the Environmental Portrait and the Telling Detail portrait. You’ll re-gather with Dave for a review and discussion of each person’s captures. Bring your camera, your point & shoot or your smartphone. Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm following David’s free talk. Limit 20 participants. (Note: This workshop fee, $35.00, is IN ADDITION to the cost of a Show ticket. A Show ticket is needed for entrance.)

Lecture & Workshop: Marin Art and Garden Center, March 19/20

Join Saxon Holt and David Perry for a joint lecture and photographic workshop at the Marin Art and Garden Center. More information soon.

CLASS: Telling Better Stories, Bellevue College/Winter Quarter:

DP – Telling Better Stories
Item: W9464 David Perry
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM North Campus   Room: V1122
Sessions: 5 Tu Address: 14673 NE 29th Place Bellevue, WA 98007
2/16/2016 – 3/15/2016 Fee: $259.00

Some photographs can pull us instantly through time and space into moments we would never be able experience otherwise. They invest us in those moments, infer their meanings and help us relate. When they manage that, when they somehow transport us past the mere notion of ‘what’ and into those deliciously nuanced realms of when, why, and how, photos become far more than image alone. They become ‘story.’ Give yourself the gift of becoming a better storyteller. Join master photographer/storyteller, David Perry as we explore the ways that imbuing pictures with story makes them more powerful, more fascinating and ever so much more memorable.

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Bumblebee at rest. Important, native garden pollinator.

If you’re interested in booking David for a lecture or workshop in your area and would like to know more about possible topics, etc., please check out these links: Topics & DescriptionsGreat Garden Speakers WebsiteOf course, David is always willing to customize his presentations to specific audiences. Tell me what you’re hoping for and let’s see how we can accomodate your venue or garden club.

Booking now for Spring/Summer, 2016


Breakfast Photo Workshops in My Garden:  

Yes, I’m offering a limited number of one-on-one and/or two-on-one workshop slots again this year where I will serve as both as your cook and your photographic instructor during select, early mornings throughout late spring and summer. Click to learn more.