About Ralph Velasco

“It’s been said that one needs to be born with a photographic eye, that it can’t be learned, but I completely disagree.  Almost on a daily basis I see the progress my students and tour participants make towards developing their creative eye, and it inspires me.”

~ Ralph Velasco

Ralph Velasco is President, Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. d.b.a. PhotoEnrichment Adventures, as well as a travel photography instructor and international guide who has photographed in over 60 countries on 6 continents.

He’s the author of “Ralph Velasco On Travel Photography: 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More,” as well as the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch®.

Ralph was recently a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Travel Photographer of the Year award and was selected to a group of the Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World for 2014 by a site in the U.K., as well as one of the Top 10 Travel Photography Bloggers by USA Today’s 10best.com.  Additionally he was chosen to a list of 10 Photography Travel Bloggers to Inspire You This Year (2015) by FlipKey.com, a TripAdvisor company.

And two years in a row he was chosen “Open Photographer of the Year” by the Professional Photographers of Orange County.

Ralph has an MBA in International Business from United States International University in Mexico City and San Diego (1995), an undergraduate degree in Management from the Indiana University School of Business (1985), speaks Spanish and is a licensed private pilot SEL (single engine land).

He’s also been an integral member of several championship sailing teams in Chicago, San Diego and Newport Beach, California.

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CULTURAL TOURS
  • The Baltics
  • Lapland
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Turkey
  • Romania
  • Egypt
  • Iceland
  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Tuscany
  • Mexico’s Copper Canyon
  • Central Europe
  • The Adriatic
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • Cuba
  • Central European Christmas Markets
TEACHING
  • Saddleback College
  • Santa Ana College
  • B&H Photo and Video
  • Adorama
  • REI Outdoor School
  • Julia Dean Photo Workshops
  • U.C. Irvine Extension Program
  • City of San Juan Capistrano
  • Irvine Fine Arts Center
  • City of Newport Beach
  • City of Orange
SPEAKING
  • Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) ~ Lloret de Mar, Spain and Stockholm, Sweden
  • IOETI Conference ~ Cairo, Egypt
  • New York Times Travel Show ~ New York, NY
  • Travel & Adventure Shows ~ Chicago, Dallas, Long Beach, Santa Clara, San Diego
  • Out of Chicago and Out of New York photography conferences
  • Orange County Fair ~ Orange County, California
  • Calumet Photo Camera Stores ~ Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Francisco
  • Camera Craft Camera Store ~ Rockford, Illinois
  • Distant Lands Travel Store ~ Pasadena, California
  • Irvine Fine Arts Center ~ Irvine, California
  • The Circumnavigators Club ~ La Jolla, California
  • Various Meetups and Camera Clubs
EXHIBITS
  • Whittier Law Library
  • Newport Beach Public Library
  • Newport Beach City Hall
  • Bistango Restaurant and Gallery
  • Balboa Island Artwalk
  • Santiago Artwalk

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