I’m excited to announce a new endeavor with photography instruction and workshops. From March 15 to March 30 2015 I will be partnering with New Mexico Jeep Tours, based in Albuquerque, in providing a unique offering in the growing field of destination photography workshops and tours. I’ve presented and taught my own small group workshops in Dayton and Hocking Hills, Ohio, as well as Hilton Head Island S.C., but this will be the first time of joining resources with a well-established and professionally managed outdoor touring firm.
This unique combination will provide clients with both the value of top quality photography field instruction and the proven experience and practicality of guided, safe transportation to areas of the New Mexico high desert that are not open to the public. There are many other choices when it comes to destination workshops, however very few offer access to scenic areas that are private and away from the noise and crowds of popular and often visited and frequently photographed parks of the American West. Just recently Outside Magazine published an article about the challenges of photography in our National Parks and monuments and increase in restrictions and costly permit requirements.
Subjects for photography and photography instruction with New Mexico Jeep Tours – on a 20,000 acre private ranch – include rarely seen ghost towns, protected and preserved artifacts and fossils, amazing displays of petroglyphs, wild horses, raptors and striking landscapes presented in a light so unique to this region that it has attracted and held the creative imagination of visual artists who have become icons in their respective mediums over the last two centuries.
New Mexico Jeep Tours can accommodate a group size up to nine people for photography tours. The firm operates three, four-wheel drive Jeep Wranglers that are safe, fun and fully equipped to traverse the desert and canyon landscape for photographic opportunities off the beaten path. Meals are provided too.
The photography tour is a TOTAL learning experience, not only through the hands-on instruction and guidance of my teaching photography in the field but participants will also learn a great deal regarding our subject matter, including Native American history of the area, the intriguing stories of early settlements and amazing details of the flora and fauna of the canyons and desert.
From my years of leading and teaching workshops I have found that participants are most comfortable learning in a safe, small group setting and outside, on-location where I can easily demonstrate the tools, techniques and tips of nature and landscape photography that moves imagery from mere snapshots to striking works of art.
Guiding and instructing small groups in the field is the type of teaching that I personally find most rewarding because it’s fun, results-oriented and I love to see that spark and light go on in the eyes of my students, igniting a renewed passion for the photographic experience and photographers discovering their signature style. For those participants with the New Mexico Jeep Tours photo workshop program wishing to learn more beyond field instruction I will also be offering evening sessions in the “digital darkroom” covering my best practices for digital image editing and file management.
This truly will be an EXPERIENCE and not just a typical vacation trip or workshop. I have photographed with New Mexico Jeep Tours and my good friend Roch Hart – the owner – since 2009. Roch has very impressive and well-earned reviews and rated #3 of all the activities listed for Albuquerque on Trip Advisor.
If you love photography and are looking for a destination with professional guidance and instruction – something truly rewarding and off the beaten path – please consider the opportunity to join me and New Mexico Jeep Tours for a learning experience that will make a difference with your photographic skills and artistic vision for years to come. Not only that, but it’s just flat-out FUN! I have never gone out to New Mexico and NOT come back with amazing imagery.
For detailed information including pricing and reservations please see http://nmjeeptours.com/photography-workshop-tours-march-15-30-2015.