Terms And Conditions
Licenses & Certifications
As workshop instructors, Mike Berenson and Darren White operate under permits from the National Parks Service that allows them to conduct workshops as a guide in National Parks as needed. In some locations, they also operate under permits from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as needed. They also use insurance and current First Aid and CPR certifications as part of an overall strategy to do business in a manner that's considered safe, legal, and responsible.
The amount of the deposit is due at the time you book a workshop and your space is not reserved until we receive your deposit. The full balance is due 30 days prior to the date of the workshop. If we do not receive your balance by this time, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation and attempt to fill your spot. In the event of such a cancellation, no refunds will be provided.
- 60 or more days before event start date: student is eligible for either a refund on fees paid less $100 or a full credit on a future event
- 45-59 days before event start date: student is eligible for either a 50% refund on fees paid or a credit on a future event less $100
- 32-44 days before event start date: student is eligible for a 50% credit on a future event
- 31 or less days before event start date: student is not eligible for a refund or credit on a future event
Cancellation requests must be made in writing - via mail or email. No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, flights, or other events beyond our control, either before, during, or after your workshop. In cases where a credit is issued, students are encouraged to use it within a 2 year period. After that time, if a student has not used his/her credit, it will no longer be available to use toward a workshop event.
If you have a personal emergency such as a death in the family or an injury that prevents you from attending, please contact us. We are willing to work with people on a case by case basis. That said, we strongly encourage students to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance as it goes a long way in mitigating the risk of surprises affecting your travel and workshop plans.
The Weather Factor
- In order for night photography to be successful, we typically hope for what we'll consider to be ideal conditions: either clear or partly cloudy skies. We will however, look to make the most of whatever conditions we have available to us.
- Workshop events are typically only cancelled in the rare cases where the weather is so extreme that it risks the safety of our group. And even then, we typically will try to wait out the bad conditions and show some flexibility in our timing (or location) rather cancel an event entirely.