Every event I offer is different in some way. The information provided here is intended only as an overview of what you can expect. Please read the information specific to each event.


The easiest way to sign up for any event is to register online through the register buttons provided on the event page. You can use your credit card or PayPal balance when registering online. If you would prefer to pay by personal check, please mail the check to Kevin Adams Photography at 283 Inman Branch Road, Waynesville, NC 28786. You must include an email address, as all correspondence regarding the event will be sent by email. If registering by check, it’s a good idea to call or email and let me know it’s on the way so someone else won’t take your place before the check arrives. . If you register by personal check, we will send you documents that you must sign and return.


Most events require full payment at the time of registration, although some require only a deposit, with the balance due within 90 days of the start. If this creates a burden, I’ll work with you to set up a payment plan that works for you. However, all payment plans will require the registration fee paid in full before the photo tour begins.


When you register for a photo tour, you’ll receive a Trip Planning document that discusses everything you need to know to prepare for your trip. For international photo tours, you’ll also receive an International Travel document that pertains to the country you’ll be visiting. I am always available to answer questions and help you prepare.


It varies with each event. On some photo tours, all you need to do is get yourself and your camera to the beginning location and I’ll take it from there, providing all meals, lodging, and transportation. On others, particularly the one-day events, only the guiding and photo instruction is included. This information is stated clearly with each photo tour.


Enrollment is strictly limited and varies with each event. Typically, a photo tour has between 4 and 12 participants, but may have more if there is a co-leader. Day field workshops usually have between 8 and 12 participants. On most events, I have assistants who take care of the basic housekeeping chores. This allows me to spend my time guiding and teaching photography. On some photo tours, I also have a co-leader. For all field events, the teacher-to-student ratio will be low enough to provide personal instruction.


Each photo tour has a beginning location, which will be the host hotel for overnight events and a field location for one-day events. On some photo tours, all you need to do is get to that locality and all transportation after that is included. On most of the shorter tours, transportation is not included and you will be asked to drive. Carpooling is encouraged during these events. Boat transportation is included on all tours that require it.


I feel that having meals together as a group is very important on a photo tour, so we will always be eating together. On some tours, all meals are included with registration. On others, it may be only breakfast. During field workshops in the U.S., we usually have lunch in the field, which is always included. Snacks and water are provided during all events.


Red and white wine are available in the evenings after dinner on some photo tours. At restaurants, you must pay for any alcoholic beverages you order, regardless of whether meals are included as part of registration.


All lodging during most extended photo tours (5 days or longer) is included in the registration fee. On shorter tours, lodging may or may not be included. If included on any tour, lodging is double occupancy, with the option of a single occupancy upgrade if available.


The registration fee for some photo tours includes all restaurant and other service tips during the tour, as well as all incidental fees such as parking, admission, etc. On shorter tours and one-day events, these expenses are generally not included. Items of a personal nature are not included with any event.


Have you ever participated in a photo tour during which the leader seemed more interested in taking photos himself or herself than in helping you with yours? That won’t happen on my tours. I may photograph during the photo tour, but you can be assured that my primary job is helping you make the best photos possible. You will come first!


All events are designated “Non Smoking.” You may not smoke in group vehicles, lodging facilities, classroom settings, or at any time while in the presence of other participants. However, many of these events take place in the Great Outdoors, so there will be opportunities to light up without breaking the rules.


Participants on photo tours and field workshops should be in good physical health. While none of these events requires strenuous physical activity, some tours entail hiking moderate distances, short bank scrambling, climbing into and out of boats, sun and wind exposure, and minor rock hopping. The fact that we are often shooting from sunrise to sunset requires a level of physical exertion that may not be normal for some persons. Read the specific information provided for each tour and contact me if you have any concerns.


Photo tour participants are required to sign a liability release at the start of the event. We will send you a copy of this release for review when you register. Please look it over and if you have any concerns, notify us immediately.


With any photo tour, particularly night-photography events, we are at the mercy of the weather. ALL events will go on rain or shine, and we will just have to make do the best we can if the weather does not cooperate. Refunds cannot be issued because of the weather.


Travel insurance may be money well spent. There are many plans available, with coverage for everything from trip cancellation to medical emergencies. Trip cancellation is the major reason most people buy travel insurance. If you have to cancel the trip for covered reasons, or if the tour company cancels the trip, the insurance company should reimburse you for any non-refundable amount you paid. However, you should read the policy carefully and make sure it covers everything you need it to. We’ve had experience with companies refusing coverage for things we would expect to be covered.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a trip, we will refund all money you have paid, but you could still lose any non-refundable amount you have paid to airlines or other companies associated with the trip. And if you cancel your trip, we may not be able to refund any money you paid. (Read the Cancellation Policy for each trip.) Travel insurance may protect you from these losses.

There are many choices available for travel insurance and the plans can be confusing. Most plans have pricing based on a percentage of the trip cost, so even for a trip that costs only a few hounded dollars, it might be worthwhile.

You should purchase travel insurance within a few days after registering for an event. The benefits for some policies require purchasing the insurance within a certain period after booking the trip, usually within one to three weeks.