Testimonials

Iceland Winter Photo Workshop, Iceland, www.JansenPhotoExpeditions.com

My wife and I spent a beautiful day with Mark and Holly photographing in Santa Ynez Valley and along the Santa Barbara coast. Not only did we learn a lot about landscape photography, we also discovered some beautiful locations in the process. Last but not least we had a great time and enjoyed every minute of that day. Mark and Holly are very nice people and experienced professional photographers. I highly recommend their tours and workshops to anybody interested in improving their photography skills.

Olaf & Kuniko Schuchardt, Heidelberg, Germany
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I have taken two photography workshops with Mark and Holly and am looking forward to taking more. The first workshop was beginning landscape photography on Ventura Beach. This is the first time that I used a tripod outdoors with a wide angle lens. This is all it took, and now I am hooked on landscape photography. These were the best beach photos that I have ever taken and all it took was some professional tips from Mark and Holly. I also got some great action shots of windsurfers and surfers. Their approachable and friendly instruction has given me the confidence to go out on my own and take my photography to the next level. On top of this, we had an amazingly great time. They are both lovely and professional.

 
My second workshop was a day trip to Anacapa Island during the Western gull nesting season. The Island, a beautiful location any time of the year, was covered with nesting gulls and adorable baby gulls. The Lighthouse and the view was spectacular and this is where I took some of my most favorite photos ever. To top it all off, we were escorted back to the mainland by hundreds of jumping dolphins! It was a magical day that I will never forget.
So if you enjoy photography and nature and want a leg up in getting proficient, I highly recommend Holly and Mark Jansen.
Donna M- Long Beach, CA
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I took the online iPhone class. I learned a lot in the class as it improved both the taking and the developing of the photos on my iPhone. I particularly enjoyed trying out many different ‘photo finishing’ apps–ones to improve exposure or add drama to an image. Holly’s clear instructions and examples helped me learn how to use each app alone as well as in concert. I am getting a lot of compliments on my photos after taking her class.
Sarah K

 
I took Mark and Holly’s iPhone photography workshop and learned SO much. I love to take pictures with my iPhone, but now I take beautiful photos that are well-composed and fun. I learned about great new apps and I am definitely more confident, creative and have a new eye for looking at scenery, especially the light that falls on different images. I highly recommend it.
Gloria M.,  Camarillo, CA
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I took the Santa Barbara IPhone Photography Workshop this morning and I learned so much in the time we were together!  Holly and Mark, the instructors, were very knowledgeable and easy to follow.  They walked me through step by step in what to download and how to use the features of that app.  I was amazed at what I could do. 

I am very happy I will be able to use my new skills when I take my big vacation to the Galapagos Islands next month!!  Thank you, Holly and Mark!
Dee E., Santa Barbara, CA
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I’ve done photojournalism, industrial photography and portraiture for the Air National Guard for the last 20 years. Now that I have retired I wanted to move in a more artistic direction. I looked around for a way to get a different critique and direction and I found Mark and Holly. We spent several days traveling around the Big Sur coast shooting and critiquing what I shot. It was a big eye opener and put me back on the direction that started me in photography in the first place. They taught me the mechanical techniques that will help to make my images sharper and better composed. And just hearing Mark and Holly, with their background critique my photos gave me a better understanding of how to capture and process my photos was simply outstanding.
Dave B. – Newbury Park, CA
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My wife and I spent a beautiful day with Mark and Holly photographing in Santa Ynez Valley and along the Santa Barbara coast. Not only did we learn a lot about landscape photography, we also discovered some beautiful locations in the process. Last but not least we had a great time and enjoyed every minute of that day.  Mark and Holly are very nice people and experienced professional photographers. I highly recommend their tours and workshops to anybody interested in improving their photography skills.
Olaf S., Speyer, Germany
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Mark and Holly both make their Photo Expeditions fun and enlightening for all skill levels and ages. Their timely, helpful suggestions delivered in a nurturing fashion, inspire learning and respect for their knowledge, efforts and ultimately, your results.
This dynamic husband and wife team make up the perfect dream team!
Rick H., Oak Park, CA
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“Without a doubt, Mark & Holly understand landscape photography. Moreover, they have a great sense of place and light. Coupled with their knowledge of Big Sur and the Central California Coast, one can expect to have exceptional opportunities to photograph one of America’s most beautiful natural treasures.”
Carl V., Westlake Village, CA
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“Thank you once again for offering the birding photo workshop.  I noticed improvement in my bird-in-flight pictures right away.  I can already see where I would have liked different f-stops at times for a lesser or greater depth of field, but now I have a better idea of what I’m doing.  I was glad to have the practice with the birds.  After the session, I went up the street to the Channel Islands National Park building and bought a little book that has all local area birds in it.”
Colleen B. – Oxnard, CA
 
 
I was a raw beginner and Holly and Mark from Jansen Photo Expeditions made it very accessible and doable and gave me tools that I can use. As a 61-year-old alternative medical professional, I’m super excited about exploring photography as an art with Holly and Mark. I would highly recommend their services.
Laurie E. –  Ojai
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Holly and Mark are are amazing.  They really know their stuff and give a lot of one to one attention.  I can tell they are dedicated to providing a great experience with a lot of knowledge and enjoy sharing their passion for photography.
Linda L.

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I took a private digital SLR Class with Mark and Holly Jansen from Jansen Photo Expeditions in Ventura.  We went over all the basics like lens and camera and settings, and they gave me great suggestions for more advanced creative options and I feel more confidant every time I pick it up.  I would highly recommend taking one of their private workshops.
Melissa H – Carpinteria,  CA

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I had a great time this weekend and you helped put me on the track I want to be on with my photography. Thank you!
David B. – Oxnard, CA

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I still have dreams about my wonderful experience with Jansen Photo Expeditions in Yosemite. My short time in Yosemite with them was honestly the most relaxing and fulfilling vacation I’ve had in many, many years. I came back to LA with a much changed eye when it comes to designing shots and lighting. It’s the best money I’ve ever spent. Thank you so much.
Morgan G. – Tarzana, CA

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Travel photography is tough.  You go to unfamiliar places and want to get the best pictures possible. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you can find someone who can recommend a spot.  Mark and Holly help take the guesswork out.  They have been to the places before – many times, and guide you where to go and at what time of day to take the best pictures possible.  Whether it’s the iconic half dome or El Capitan shot, or lesser known places like Diamond Beach in Iceland, they get you to the right place at the right time to have the best light so you can get the best image possible. Mark and Holly actively work with you during the workshop – as a group and one on one, showing you how they would take the shot and why.  You come away with great pictures and learn their approach in the process.
Jesse R., Manhattan Beach, CA

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“I’ve done photojournalism, industrial photography and portraiture for the Air National Guard for the last 20 years. Now that I have retired I wanted to move in a more artistic direction. I looked around for a way to get a different critique and direction and I found Mark and Holly. We spent several days traveling around the Big Sur coast shooting and critiquing what I shot. It was a big eye opener and put me back on the direction that started me in photography in the first place. They taught me the mechanical techniques that will help to make my images sharper and better composed. And just hearing Mark and Holly, with their background critique my photos gave me a better understanding of how to capture and process my photos was simply outstanding.”
David B., Oxnard, CA