Volunteers are incredible people! Especially Virginia State Park Volunteers! They never cease to amaze me. One of those special people is Matt Asai. He has been photographing the State Parks for a while now. As a volunteer photographer, he has photographed events and facilities at seven state parks in the northeastern and northern half of Virginia. Matt also taught Outdoor Photography sessions for the Women’s Wellness Weekend at Westmoreland State Park. From there he offered to hold workshops for not only the public but staff. Classes will be first offered at the State Parks in the Northern Neck and later in Northern VA.
Matthew Asai has been an avid photographer for over 35 years. 35mm photography was his main medium until he switched to digital photography about five years ago. His passion is landscape photography. To hone his skills he attended the Andsel Adams Gallery Advanced Landscape Photography seminar in Yosemite National Park. He has also photographed numerous weddings throughout the years and enjoys doing portraits.
His work has been published in Virginia Wildlife, The Bay Journal, Free Lance Star and the Virginia State Park E-news.His photos can be viewed at www.mattasai.com
The first work shops will be held the last weekend in January:
The class will be a two-hour program for digital photography and will cover:
Your camera; composition & artistry; tools & settings. Techniques & shooting modes
In the field – advice and critique.
Bring your camera and something to take notes. Part of the class will be outside, weather permitting, please dress appropriately. The two-hour class is free but parking fees will apply and participants will be asked to share photos taken with the park. Also, donations to help support programming can be made to the “Friends” support organization of each park.
Reservations are required. Space is limited so please choose your location and make
reservations as soon as possible.
Westmoreland State Park – January 30th – 9-11am
Brad Ramsey, Chief Ranger – (804)493-8821
Belle Isle State Park – January 30th – 1:30-3:30pm
Charlene Talcott, Chief Ranger Interpreter – (804) 462-0162
Caledon Natural Area – January 31st – 1:30-3:30pm
Sammy Zambon, Chief Ranger – (540) 663-3861
For directions visit www.virginiastateparks.gov