A photojournalism workshop on Maine's coast.


Join some of the nation's most highly-regarded photographers and photo editors for a unique and amazing experience in learning the art of storytelling.

Passionate, creative, intimate.

Founded in 2008, Roots Workshop is a safe space for wedding and portrait photographers interested in pushing themselves and learning the fundamentals of photojournalism.

Ten photographers. Four instructors. Two teams. Living under the same roof at the luxurious Beach Rose Farm in Stockton Springs, Maine, students and leaders learn and grow together.

Find your inner storyteller.

Come with an open mind. Engage in the experience to the fullest. Work hard. Play hard. Build a solid storytelling foundation.

May 1 – 6, 2016


Your journey begins here.


Rest up. Intensive learning and massive fun lie ahead.



arrival & welcome bbq

Your journey to French's Point may not be a short one. That's okay. There's a cold drink and a yummy bbq awaiting you on the other side. We'll break the ice with round-table dinner conversation and guided fireside chats, with s'mores. 



presentations & group shooting

Hope you slept well! We'll be up and at 'em after breakfast with a keynote speaker and a half day of school-style lectures to set the tone for the week. After lunch, your team will depart for a top secret shooting adventure.


Tuesday & Wednesday

INDIVIDUAL assignments

You. Alone. With your camera. You may find yourself photographing in a house, at a school, on a boat. These days will start early and go late.

OK, so we won't totally abandon you. And we'll check in during the day to provide some one-on-one attention. At night you'll review your work with your team in a formal critique session. We'll keep the coffee pot on.

Thursday & Friday

final ediT & LObster bake

Your leaders will curate a selection of your images to be color-corrected and assembled into a slideshow. That evening, after a classic New England lobster bake, you'll share your work under the stars. 

We'll party. We'll hug. And we'll say our farewells on Friday morning.  

They'll kick your butt.


Pulitzer Prize winners. Newspaper editors. University professors. Globally-ranked wedding photographers. Roots has attracted them all over the years.

Joining us in 2016 are some of our best:

More names will be added in the coming months.


The way life should be.


Two hours north of Portland you'll find the stunning French's Point estate. We'll gather to learn at the seaside retreat, while the adjacent Beach Rose Farm will house our beds.

246 Hersey Retreat Road
Stockton Springs, ME

Nearby airports

Bangor International Airport (35 minutes)
Portland International Jetport (2.5 hours)
Boston Logan International Airport (5 hours)



It's all there.


May 1 – 6, 2016

Personal instruction.

5 nights of luxury, seaside accommodations.

Home-cooked meals.

Rediscovery of your roots.