Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot

Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot


Join us and enjoy the opportunity to photograph raptors, amphibians and wildlife animals that might include a turtle, a snake, an owl, a hawk, a skunk, a bat and possibly an artic fox. Although these are all wild creatures, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph. We'll be in a wooded setting and will have the opportunity to photograph each of them. The raptors will be tethered on a natural perch while the other critters will be held by the handler or on a leash on the ground.

We'll work with each participant helping with exposure settings, lighting, composition and focus to make sure everyone captures outstanding photos.

Recommended equipment:  A DSLR or mirrorless camera, any lenses in the range 70mm to 200mm are fine (longer lenses may work well too but are not required), a fully charged battery (a spare can be helpful), sufficient memory cards, a sturdy tripod, a cable release or remote trigger and the owner's manual for your camera.

Our location for this class is at Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,500 acre oasis of Northern Virginia where you'll find majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows, vast wetlands and incredible birding as well. Some of the best wildlife watching in the area is enjoyed here so when the class is over explore the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower. You'll find beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons and more.

A good portion of the proceeds from this class are donated to The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center and we're happy to support their efforts.

Class Limit:  18

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar

Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar

Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.

As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. She finds capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.

Marie Joabar enjoys photographing nature and the outdoors. She's extremely knowledgeable with cameras and the technical settings they offer and loves helping people get more familiar and comfortable with their equipment.

Together, Emily and Marie will offer advice and expertise to help you photograph raptors and wildlife and come away from the Birds of Prey and Wildlife Critters Field Shoot with amazing images.  

Date: April 22 2018

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM




Huntley Meadows Park. 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.