The Fine Print

Cancellation Policy and other FAQ

Mandy Lea Photo is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Workshop fees only cover the cost of organizing and instructing and do NOT include the following:

  • Air/ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Trip insurance
  • Park entry fees
  • Other expenses

A deposit (only available for certain workshops), or full amount, is due upon signing up for each workshop. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of the workshop.

Instructor Cancellation Policy

The instructor reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Workshop does not meet the required minimum number of students
  • Unexpected instructor life events (death in family, illness, etc.)
  • Natural disaster in workshop location
  • Government closure impacting the operation of national/state-operated areas
  • Inability to obtain necessary permits
  • Other unforeseen events

In the event a workshop is cancelled due circumstances beyond the instructor’s control (natural disaster, government shutdown, etc.) Mandy Lea Photo may be unable to refund workshop fees. If this happens the workshop fees will be applied as a credit towards any other Mandy Lea Photo workshop.

If a workshop must be cancelled due to unforeseen instructor-related circumstances then students will have the choice between applying the paid fee towards a future workshop or receiving a full refund of workshop fees.

Student Cancellation Policy

Full refunds (less a $75 fee) will be issued to students who cancel at least 60 days prior to a workshop. Refunds will not be issued to cancellation requests made within 60 days of the start of a workshop unless the spot can be filled. If your spot is filled you will receive a full refund (less a $75 fee).

Cancellation requests made between 30-60 days prior to the start of a workshop are eligible for a credit to a future workshop within the next 12 months as long as we can fill your spot.

Trip Protection Insurance

Mandy Lea Photo will not be held responsible for any losses incurred by students resulting from any cancelled workshop or any expenses that occur as a result of participating in a workshop. These expenses include, but are not limited to, airline tickets, lodging, car rentals, damaged or lost equipment, medical expenses, automobile maintenance or towing, etc.

It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase Trip Protection Insurance and refundable tickets when booking any workshop. I’ve never had to cancel a workshop, but there’s always a possibility for unforeseen circumstances to arise both for the instructor and for the students.


Mandy Lea Photo workshops are subject to bad weather just like everything else in life. All workshops will go on as planned even in inclement weather. In the event of a natural disaster or other life-threatening weather the workshop may be cancelled or rescheduled as described above.

Insurance Coverage

Mandy Lea Photo workshops are fully covered by AIX Specialty Insurance Company.

Risk Waiver

Upon arrival at each Mandy Lea Photo workshop students will be asked to read and sign a risk and liability waiver. This is a requirement for all students.