One to Three Day Workshops

Stewart's one to three day workshops are on the art of photographic composition. Each workshop takes place in a unique location that adds to the power and enjoyment of the experience.

Weeklong (or longer) Workshops

Stewart's destination workshops take place at even more exotic locales around the planet – New Zealand, Venice, Cuba, Cambodia, Thailand, and more!

"My goal is to help each group member to develop their own unique style and vision - no matter what level they bring to either the tours or workshops. Because all tour and workshops have limited enrollment everyone is assured of personal attention"


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A Photographic Voyage to the Heart of the
Wondrous Khmer Temple Region

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Join American photographer Stewart D Halperin on this 10 day Journey to Cambodia.

We will be joined by St. Louis based photographer Jeff Hirsch who not only will provide his incredible photo prowess, but insight and hands on help with his vast skills on work flow and digital processing.

StewartStarting the trip in Siem Reap throws you right into the heart of the magic of the Khmer Temple region. Upon arrival we will be met by Fin Tes our Cambodian co leader and Siem Reap resident. Fin will astound with his knowledge of the past, present and future of Cambodia and more specifically the Angkor Wat area.

For the next eight days we will be based at the Soma Devi Resort and Spa - a well appointed hotel right in the center of Siem Reap and a fabulous location for walking to the night markets, Pub Street and a host of other attractions.

girlsOn our first day we will dive right into one of the most interesting temple areas - Preah Khan. Built during the 12th Century this temple is partially swallowed by the vegetation that surrounds it- but makes for incredible juxtaposition of the intricate carvings and the power of the roots and vines that have a strangle hold on the temple.

A early evening with a welcome dinner at a fabulous traditional Cambodia Café

Over the next eight days we will be visiting a host of incredible temples sites, as well as functioning monasteries, rural villages and even one of the finest art institutes in Siem Reap area.

Places to be visited:

  • Ta Som, East Mebon, (second day) early morning for our first view and explorations of Angkor Wat. As the sun rises we start our visit among all the intricate areas and temples that make up Angkor
  • Visit Psa Leu - this open air market that will be a visual feast of grand proportions. Then a rest at a café nearby and back to market for those that need more time shooting.
  • headsA sunrise photo opportunity awaits you at the vantage point from Srah Srang, from there we continue on to Ta Prohm and Ta Nei Temple
  • Now we travel a bit more like the locals and split up into a number of Tuk Tuks riding through the back streets of Siem Reap to another fabulous market called Rolous - It's smaller but with a more local small village feeling. From there on to Bakong Temple
  • Today we delve deeper into the Khmer Empire and head towards Koh Ker and Beng Mealea and possibly Banteay Srei
  • On day eight we start off early to catch a boat across Tone Le Sap Lake and then along the river up to Battambang
  • Day nine we will explore Battambang by tuk tuk.
  • We van back to Siem Reap with lots of stops along the way for farm lands, rice paddies and village life. A long day But a fabulous view of Cambodian country life.



  • 11 nights along with breakfast and lunch
  • Transportation with airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • Transport includes boat trips
  • All lunches are included for the entire trip
  • Entry fees to all temples and sites visited
  • Photography sessions, critiques (during and after the trip)

Not Included:

  • International flights to Siem Reap Cambodia
  • All dinners and drinks
  • Tips, laundry and other hotel incidentals

Trip Price: $4100.00
Single Room Supplement: $450.00

A deposit of $500.00 will reserve your space. (Fully refundable until June 1.)
Final Payment is due June 25, 2017




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Venice is a magical city without equal. It is a travel destination which possesses an unmatched ability to leave visitors breathless with wonder. Its art, architecture, and rich history can be found in every building, square, and street. There is nothing quite like Venice anywhere else in the world and the experience compels its visitors to return again and again to savor the beauty known around the world as “La Serenissima”.

Carnival ClownsThe city itself is made up of dozens of smaller islands, each interconnected by a seemingly endless series of bridges and canals that serve as the main thoroughfares for people and goods throughout Venice. The entire city can be easily explored on foot or by boat with a new adventure awaiting you around every corner.

The vaporetto or “water bus” public transit system makes travel within the city incredibly easy. You will have a voucher for the week that grants you unlimited passage on any vaporetto. If you ever get tired of walking, take comfort in knowing that one of the many vaporetto stations is never far away and ready to return you to your hotel.

Our day typically begins and ends at the vaporetto station located directly across the street from our hotel on the nearby island of Lido. After a short ten-minute ride, we arrive in the city ready for a day of shooting, walking, and eating. Not only will you have endless opportunities to take beautiful photos in and around the various islands of Venice, but each day, one of the city’s most well-known and respected guides, Luisella Romeo, will lead the way. Her enchanting descriptions and explanations of the politics, culture, art, architecture, and history, which have shaped Venice, will give you a much deeper understanding of everything you are seeing and photographing. This rich interpretive material will Foggy Venice Morningaid you in creating educated and informed photographs during Carnival and the days that follow.

The world famous Carnival of Venice is an annual festival that starts two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (aka Fat Tuesday, Martedì Grasso, or Mardi Gras). Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means ‘farewell to meat’ and is celebrated throughout Italy. It was first held in Venice in the 11th century and consisted of over two months of revelry, until it fell into decline during the 18th century. It was revived in 1979 with great success and nowadays is a great excuse for anyone and everyone to don a mask and costume, parade around the city, and enjoy the live music in the main squares of the city. To be in Venice for carnival is a picturesque adventure like no other that all photographers should experience at least once in their lifetime.

During Carnival, fantastic costumes and masks are displayed all day and night in St. Mark’s Square, making Venice the perfect backdrop for amazing photographs. As a photographer, you have a unique opportunity to capture the magic of carnival without limitations. Everywhere you go, opportunities arise to photograph intricately disguised Carnival goers-Mother and daughter some of whom have spent a year in planning and as much as 10,000 euros to make elaborate and elegant costumes beyond your wildest imagination. When you’ve had enough of the energetic crowds in St. Mark’s square, retreating to one of the smaller camps and quiet side streets provides a chance to encounter individuals or pairs walking along the bridges and canals that stitch together the magical city known as Venice. Everywhere you look, you will find subjects eager and willing to be photographed.

Our home for the week will be the delightful Hotel Panorama located on the island of Lido, only a few minutes away from the heart of the city when traveling by boat. We have been staying at this charming hotel for many years now and are treated as family. Each morning we convene in the breakfast room for a delicious and hearty meal to fuel our adventures for the day, and each evening a lavish view awaits your return.

BuranoThe trip to Venice is only just a part of the one-of-a-kind experience we are offering. The photographic adventure continues long after the trip is over and you have returned home. Participants will take part in two days of photographic workshops leading up to a fundraising exhibition at the Robert Bullivant Gallery. In the first workshop, your photos will be curated, edited, and prepared for printing. And in the second all-day workshop you will learn the ins and outs of fine art printing, including the hands-on experience of making large archival quality prints of your very own photos on a variety of fine art papers from world renowned German paper manufacture Hahnemühle. The experiences culminates with the grand opening of a gallery exhibition that features the work of each participant along with food and drinks directed by James Beard award winning chef and local restaurateur, Gerard Craft.



Your guides:

Print WorkshopStewart Halperin has traveled the world with his cameras for over 45 years. A savvy travel photographer, Stewart has visited and documented over 95 countries, spanning almost five decades. He is a popular photography workshop leader and has led photography trips around the world for over 20 years.

Joining Stewart will be photographer and teacher, Jeff Hirsch, who offers that rare combination of digital imaging expertise at the highest level matched with a deep passion for the art of photography. Jeff has a gift for “geek-to-English” translation that he uses to help make technology more accessible to all photographers.

Robert Bullivant is the owner of Bullivant Gallery and Consulting, a business he started 20 years ago to work with artists, photographers, museums and galleries. The Gallery creates limited edition fine art prints of his work as well as that of the more than a hundred artists who have become clients over the years. Bullivant Gallery is one of a very small number of certified Hahnemühle Fine Art Digital Printers, an honor bestowed on the most accomplished fine art printers world wide.Print workshop

Our Venetian guide, Luisella Romeo, is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the history, art, architecture, politics, and landscape of Venice. She is consistently rated as one of the single best guides in Venice and after five minutes in her presence, you’ll know why. Her rich and textured knowledge will give meaning and insight to the photographs you make.

This trip is limited to 12 participants.

Trip price: $4,700.00 (add $400 for single occupancy)
Included in the price of the trip

  • 8 nights hotel with breakfast and lunches
  • Transport to and from the Marco Polo Airport
  • Venice Pass all eight days of the trip (includes all transport while in Venice and the surrounding islands)
  • Special guides services by Luisella Romeo rated the top guide in Venice by “Tripadvisor”
  • Entrance to all museums and sites

After-trip components

  • Editing sessions, critiques, and image preparation for printing
  • Print Workshop. Including printing of three images per person
  • Framing of all the images
  • Opening of the “Venice Project” fund-raiser exhibition at Robert Bullivant Galleries

Not included in this trip

  • International flights (flights can be arranged and booked)
  • Evening meals and all drinks
  • Tips and additional in room expenses

A deposit of $500.00 will reserve your spot for this trip.


There are only a few spaces remaining for this trip.
Please contact us for more information, questions, or for reservations:

Stewart Halperin                         Robert Bullivant         
314-652-0330                             314-865-0077

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Exhibit opening at Bullivant Gallery

Photographing Cuba - An Island in Transition

January 2017

Stewart Halperin Photography
and Jeff Hirsch LLC

In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel

January 8 – 15 2017


"Half an hour from Miami and half a world away."

Almost a stone’s throw from our shores, Cuba was until recently off-limits for most Americans. Now, both Cuba and the USA have embarked on a new era of mutual cooperation and the beginnings of an open door policy. As a result, Cuba is on the precipice of significant change. This is the time to be there, before too much change occurs.

Cuba offers a visual feast for photographers at every street and every turn. Its cities and towns are time capsule artifacts of the twentieth century.

Join photographer Stewart Halperin, who for over 45 years has traveled the world with his cameras. A savvy travel photographer, Stewart has traveled to over 95 countries, spanning almost five decades; he is a popular photography workshop leader and has led photography trips around the world for over 20 years.

Both Stewart’s insights into street shooting and his modeling of interactions with people we meet along the way will move you to make the best of the photo ops you encounter and inspire you to achieve a higher photographic level.

During the past four years Stewart has been leading trips to Cuba and has been captivated with this small Island just 97 miles from our shores.

Joining Stewart will be St. Louis based photographer and teacher Jeff Hirsch, who will be available to participants throughout the entire Cuba journey. Jeff offers that rare combination of digital imaging expertise at the highest level matched with a deep passion for the art of photography. He also has a gift for "geek-to-english" translation that he uses to help make technology more accessible to all photographers.

He is an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop, and will lead a post-production session for the photographers shortly after our return home to the United States. Jeff is delighted to be returning with Stewart to Cuba to photograph more of it's beautiful people, places, and natural wonders.

A special itinerary has been planned in cooperation with Cuba Educational Travel, considered the top organization for people-to-people travel to Cuba. This trip will give you an opportunity to take in the vibrant culture and pulse of Cuba today - in your heart and in your images.

Limited to only 12 people. Reserve your space now with a deposit of $1,000.00 before September 8, 2016.

The trip itinerary is included below. Please note that dates for the post-travel events have yet to be determined.

Itinerary for:

PHOTOGRAPHING CUBA - An Island in Transition

with Halperin Photography and Jeff Hirsch LLC
In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel

January 8 – 15, 2017

Daybreak in Trinidad

Saturday, Jan 7

Arrive to Miami, check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 950 NW 42nd Avenue Miami, FL 33126.
(Later we will have a meeting date to discuss the program and get ready for the trip.)

Sunday, Jan 8

Mid-day: Arrival in Havana, Cuba (flight information pending).

3 pm – Upon arrival, we will visit to Morro Castle, one of the earliest constructed and most important Spanish
forts in the Americas, featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape.

4 pmVisit a centuries-old home in the Vedado Neighborhood, where we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the interior of the home, including the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and study, all with their original artifacts.

5:30 pm – Check-in at hotel.

7:30 pmWelcome Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal. Located in the heart of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation of excellence in both atmosphere and local cuisine. Enjoy great food while the locale takes you back to the 1940s and 50s.

Monday, Jan 9

9 amSocio-economic discussion with urban planner Miguel Coyula, whose presentation will touch on housing, infrastructure, investment and restoration programs. It’s bound to leave you with a better understanding of why Havana looks the way it does today and possibilities moving forward. Discussion to take place at La Casa de La Amistad, a 19th century mansion in the Vedado neighborhood.

11 amWalking tour of the Old City. Wander through the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit the Plaza Vieja, surrounded by sumptuous houses of the Havana aristocracy from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana.

1 pmLunch and discussion with journalist Marc Frank. Author of “Cuba Revelations” and the longest serving foreign correspondent in Cuba, Frank writes for Reuters, the Financial Times and the Economist, and is an authority on the Cuban economy. His will offer insight into important economic, political and social issues on the island and share colorful stories about being a reporter in Cuba. Place TBD.

4 pmVisit to Judo training center, where we’ll learn about this important community project and have an opportunity to photograph the children training.

6:30 pm Sunset photo walk along the Malecon, Havana’s famous seawall, featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape. Join the people of Havana, young and old, as they take their evemomg walk along this popular oceanfront boulevard. A great place for people watching and admiring the variety of vintage U.S. automobiles that are constantly on parade!

Evening free – dinner on your own

Tuesday, Jan 10

Early morning free

10:30 amVisit to Christopher Colon Cemetery, one of the oldest and most prestigious cemeteries in Latin
America, where we will receive a guided tour.

12 pmLunch at La Paila, a simple open air local restaurant specializing in meat and fish.

2 pmVisit to local boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers and boxers.

4 pmVisit to the Lizt Alfonso Academy, a women-led dance company and school for local youth, specializing in various types of dance. We will watch a private performance by the adolescent dance group, and sit with the dancers afterward to discuss how they came to join the school and the impact it has had on them. The talent and work ethic at this school is impressive.

7 pmDinner at Paladar Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house, which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting.

Wednesday, Jan 11

Morning walk and photo shooting.

11:30 amVisit to La Finca Vigía. Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it still houses his expansive collection of books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre tales from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating.

1 pmLunch at La Terraza de Cojimar. La Terraza was originally the village fish market where boats unloaded the day’s catch to be packaged and sent to Havana. After Hemingway died, it molted into a seafood restaurant. After lunch, enjoy some time to wander around, explore and shoot. Ernest Hemingway loved this little town. He kept his boat, El Pilar, in harbor of Cojimar, and he used this village setting for his story The Old Man and the Sea, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

Free afternoon to explore and photo shoot.

6 pmPrivate musical performance by renowned singer and songwriter Frank Delgado at Café Madrigal. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating artwork. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails while discussing about the nueva trova movement in Cuba. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails.

Thursday, Jan 12

8:30 amCheck-out and depart for Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel.

1 pmEnjoy lunch at Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la Musica.

2:30 pmConversation with artist Yami Martínez at her gallery, La Casa de los Conspiradores. Yami has achieved international recognition for her art depicting the strains of life on Cuban women.

3 pmCity Tour with Nancy Benítez, a local architect, historian and restoration specialist. Ms. Benitez will provide an overview of the city’s history from an architectural, economic and infrastructural point of view. Photo walk through the town center.

5:30 pmCheck-in at bed and breakfasts, known as “casas particulares,” or “private homes.” Since the 1990s Cuban families have been permitted to rent rooms out of their family homes to foreigners. Featuring comfortable accommodations and ample privacy, it’s a great way to interact with everyday Cubans.

7 pm – Enjoy a tasty meal cooked by local families at your private homestay.

Friday, Jan 13

9 amVisit the local Afro-Cuban village “Manaca Iznaga”, that still demonstrates cultural traits of the first groups of freed slaves. This will be a unique opportunity for photo shooting and learning about the Afro- Cuban religion and History. Architect Nancy Benitez will accompany us.

On the way we will stop at the viewpoint of the Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley) for breathtaking photos of the walley and the South Coast of Trinidad.

12:30 pmEnjoy lunch at the Bar Restaurant Esquerra, located in the very heart of the historic center, it offers a very good food and a nice ambiance.

Afternoon walk and photo shooting.

Evening free.

Saturday, Jan 14

Early morning free

11 amDepart for Cienfuegos, referred to as the “Pearl of the South,” Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s largest Bays, the city offers beautiful ocean front landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture.

12:30 pm – Lunch at las Mamparas, a family run paladar. Quick and simple, the food is extraordinary and the family that runs it even better.

2 amPhoto tour of Cienfuegos by the City Historian’s Office, including visits to the main square, the beautiful
Palacio Del Valle and Punta Gorda.

4 pmEnjoy a private performance by the local Cienfuegos choir Canticus Novus, which will perform classics like Shenandoah and contemporary Cuban hits. This hard-working choir makes evident their passion for performing. Click here to watch a recent concert performance by these angelic young voices as they perform an a capella version of the classic Cuban song "Chan Chan".

5:30 pmCheck-in at the Hotel Jagua, located in the beautiful Punta Gorda section of Cienfuegos.

7:30 pmFarewell dinner at Finca del Mar, a small, modern paladar overlooking the calm waters of the
Cienfuegos Bay.

Sunday, Jan 15

Morning: Hotel check-out, depart for airport.

Mid-day: Return flight to U.S. (flight information pending).

Post-Travel (After returning to U.S.)

TBD: Half-day curating and editing session for all photographers

Trip Pricing and Details:

Ground Package*: $4,450 per person
Round-Trip Airfare (MIA to HAV)**:  $500 per person

*Pricing for ground package is based on double occupancy, single occupancy carries a $300 supplement.

**Charter flights are based on current pricing and are not included in the ground package. This is subject to change based on resumption of commercial flights.


  • 8 night accommodations (1 night in Miami, 7 nights in Cuba)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals (as specified on the itinerary)
  • Full time, professional, bilingual guide
  • Local ground transportation
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
  • Cuban Visa
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
  • Speaker fees
  • Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
  • Coordination of all listed activities
  • Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC)

Not Included:    

  • Round-trip Airfare U.S. – Cuba – U.S.
    NOTE: The MIA > HAV > MIA round-trip flight is listed as separate item above since it is technically not part of the ground package.
  • Domestic airfare to/from Miami
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Meals other than listed on itinerary
  • Individual house/hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
  • Tips for local guides (Recommended tips for guides and drivers range from $12 to $20 per person per day depending on group size.)

Deposit: $1,000 per person due by September 8, 2016

Contact Us:

 Adam Linderman:  (215) 704 4637 – Cuba Educational Travel
Stewart Halperin:   (314) 277-1376 – Stewart Halperin Photography

Venetian Tour Guide – Luisella Romeo

We have been privileged to have Luisella Romeo (pictured, center) as our Venitian tour guide each year we have gone. Her unparalleled knowledge of the art, architecture, history, and culture of this storied city has been priceless and she is a vital part of our Venice experience.

Click here or on the image below for more information on her tour services and to see a gallery of Stewart's photos taken during previous Venice trips.

Photographer & Master Printer - Robert Bullivant

Bullivant Gallery

Owner of Bullivant Gallery and Consulting a business he started 20 years ago to work with artists, photographers, museums and galleries. The Gallery creates limited edition fine art prints of his work as well as that of the more than a hundred artists who have become clients over the years. Bullivant Gallery is one of a very small number of certified Hahnemühle Fine Art Digital Printers, an honor bestowed on the most accomplished fine art printers world wide.

Photographer and Adobe Certified Lightroom Expert - Jeff Hirsch

photo by Valerie J. Snyder

We are also fortunate to have photographer, tech guru, and photo-educator Jeff Hirsch along on our Venice trip this year to provide "after-the-click" expertise in managing the entire digital photography workflow — everything from capture to storage to output. His knowledge and skill in the field of digital imaging will be of great benefit to each and every member of the trip, no matter what their level of experience.

An expert photo-educator, Jeff will show us how Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop combine to give the shooter an unprecedented amount of control over both the organization and reproduction of photographic images.

STEWART D HALPERIN   •   •   Voice: (314) 652-0330   •   Fax: (314) 652-7668