Policies

Registration

To provide the greatest value for participants, space in our workshops is limited. Payment in Full must be received by Saugatuck Photographic Workshops (SPW) to secure your enrollment.

We accept registrations until the workshop starts or until the workshop is filled. We fill workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of our workshops have very limited enrollment to ensure the greatest value to our participants and fill quickly.

Wait List

If a workshop you are interested in is full, you may place yourself on a wait list to be contacted in the event space should open up for that class.

Included with Tuition

Workshop lectures and instructions, both group and individual, critique sessions; any hand out materials, etc. 

Payment Options

1. Online credit card payments may be made using our secure servers through the Registration link at the top of the web site pages. This payment option will instantly register you and secure your spot in an open workshop.

2. Payment by telephone: You may phone us with your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card at (616) 928-2221. If we are conducting a workshop or it is outside of regular hours, please leave your name and telephone number and we will return your call promptly.

3. To pay by check: Make your check payable to Saugatuck Photographic Workshops, note the workshop(s) and date(s) you are registering for and mail to Saugatuck Photographic Workshops, P.O. Box 22, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Please include your email address & contact telephone number for your confirmation/receipt & for important workshop information.

Cancellation Policy

SPW strives its best to conduct all workshops as scheduled. SPW does however, reserve the right to change workshop instructors should that become necessary. Cancellation of a workshop may be announced by SPW at any time. Arrangements for workshops are based on a minimum number of participants. Should that number of registrants not be met, the workshop may be cancelled and all funds will be refunded.

Cancellation can also occur due to workshop instructor cancellation, or any other event that may be out of our control. All fees will be refunded to the payer if SPW cancels a workshop. Fees may also be applied toward another scheduled open workshop. Please check on workshop status before making travel arrangements. SPW's responsibility is limited to return of workshop fees.

For photo tours, we encourage all participants to consider purchasing travel insurance.

Purchase/Refund Policy

All requests for refund must be made via email or by writing to: Saugatuck Photographic Workshops, P.O. Box 22, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

One Day Workshops
If you notify us at least eight days before the Workshop, tuition is refunded in full less 15% processing fee. If your cancellation is received fewer than eight days prior the workshop, full tuition is retained by Saugatuck Photographic Workshops. However, your payment may be applied to a future Workshop provided we can fill your reserved space with someone from the wait list. No refunds are given for cancellations or no shows after the workshop is in progress.

Guest instructor workshops require a minimum 30-day advance cancellation. No refunds will be granted within 30 days of workshop start.

Please see specific refund policy for Photo Tours with each photo tour.

With all that said, when circumstances cause someone to cancel and they have to forfeit funds, at our discretion we will work with them to find ways to recover that loss on a future workshop.

Copyrights and Model Releases

SPW does not include copyrights or model releases for images created in our workshops. We have a standard set of forms available that participants may utilize. It is each photographer's responsibility to obtain releases directly from any subjects or models photographed.

Non-discrimination and Conduct Guidelines

SPW has a strict non-discrimination policy in all aspects of our work and teaching environment. We firmly require all students and instructors to handle themselves in a polite and considerate manner. The Instructor maintains the right to ask any participant they believe is disrupting a workshop to leave. Discussion of any possible refund will occur at a later time on a one-on-one basis with SPW administrative staff, depending on circumstances.

Privacy Policy

Saugatuck Photographic Workshops respects each individual's right to personal privacy. Saugatuck Photographic Workshops does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you.

You may receive additional announcements from us about products, services, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for your privacy you have the option to not receive these types of communications.

Liability

SPW is not liable for injury or accident resulting from participation in any of our programs. It is the participant's responsibility to obtain information about any risks involved. Registration in a workshop verifies release of SPW and their instructors.