For fifteen years I’ve been leading hands-on shooting workshops around the world. They range from weekends in the U.S. to two-week adventures on the other side of the planet. Group sizes vary based on the trip, but my goals are always the same – to help you improve as a photographer, come back with pictures to hang on your wall, and have memorable experiences and fun. To me, photography is a great social experience, and more enjoyable when done with people who share a passion for it. These are the trips I have planned right now, with new ones added as they’re scheduled. At the bottom of the page you’ll find a link to galleries of photos from past workshops, plus some videos.
April 4 – 9, 2017 – Utah – WAITING LIST – I’m calling this “five days of the greatest hits of Utah’s National Parks,” because that’s just what it is. We’ll visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reed, Arches and Canyonlands over five days, timing our stops for the best light at the best spots. If you’ve never been to the National Parks of the southwest, or if you have and have wanted to return, this is the trip for you. Another Mentor Series trip, save $50 by using the discount code RH50. Details are here.
May 21, 2017 – Powell Gardens – This is the third time I’ve run an all-day hands-on workshop at these beautiful gardens just outside Kansas City. I’ve booked the large Multipurpose room, where we’ll start with some tips and suggestions, then spend the rest of the day alternating between working outside in the gardens and review sessions inside (I’ll have a laptop and projector for those). The workshop will run from 8:30am to 4pm (though you’re welcome to use the gardens until 6), and includes instruction, admission and use of the facilities. You can either bring a lunch or buy one at the cafe. I’m limiting this to just ten people to make sure everyone gets hand-on instruction, so email me for more details and to reserve your spot. Fee for the full day is just $195.
June 2 – 10, 2017 – Russia and Estonia – JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT – This is a trip I’ve been wanting to lead for several years now. Russia has an amazing history, and Moscow and Saint Petersburg display that history in two very distinct and different and unique ways. One was built by Peter the Great as a showcase for Russia in the time of the Czars, Moscow has been the center of government of one of the great powers of the world. Not only will be we there during summer, where night is brief (giving us more time to shoot), but we’ll finish with a visit to one of Russia’s most picturesque neighbors Estonia. A Pop Photo Mentor trip, you can save $50 by using the code “RH50” on checkout. Details are here.
September 23 – Oct. 1, 2017, Alaska Polar Bears, Northern Lights – SOLD OUT – If you’re looking for adventure and a truly unique trip, this is it. We’ll take a bush plane from Fairbanks to an Inupiat village on the edge of the Arctic Sea where polar bears congregate. While there, we’ll stay with people who’ve managed to survive in this hostile environment and have great stories to tell. And, we may even get to witness a traditional whale hunt! Plus we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights, learn about the Inupiat culture, try local foods and soak in hot springs. A true adventure to the end of the world, this trip is for those hardy souls looking for something special. Limited to just six people, this trip should sell out fast, by the end of summer 2016. Arranged by Pack Paddle Ski, who’ve led trips there for years, the details can be found here.
Oct. 12 – 19, 2017 – Italy, France and Switzerland – Join me and the Mentor Series for an unforgettable trip to one of the most beautiful areas of Europe, where three countries share borders in the Alps. Mountains, cable cars, castles, old ski villages, European architecture – it’s got it all. This will be my second visit to some of these areas, as we visited some of these area in 2011. You can see photos from that workshop here. And remember, if you sign up, use the code RH50 for a $50 discount. All the details are here.
Jan. 7-13, 2018 – Yellowstone in Winter – I’ve been fortunate to visit Yellowstone many times, and it quickly became one of my favorite places for photography. If you’ve been there, you know what I mean. And winter makes it even better. We split our time between the heated lodges in Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful, and spend out days exploring this amazing winter wonderland by van, foot, snowshoe and snowcat. I’ve led this trip once before, in 2015, so you can see photos of what we did here. Another trip organized by my old friends at Pack Paddle Ski, we’ll also have Deb French along as my co-leader, who’s had many adventures there in winter and would love to take anyone interested cross-country skiing or on longer snowshoe hikes. Details are here.
April 16 – 25, 2018 – Peru – This is one of my regular trips because it’s such and easy one and makes for great photos. I like to say, “People go to Peru for Machu Picchu, but they come home loving the people photography they’ve done.” Yes, the Incan culture is fascinating, and anyone who’s been to Machu Picchu understands why it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But the people are as great a find, friendly and welcoming, with a rich life and culture tied closely to the land. We have an excellent itinerary thanks to the many past trips, and you can see photos from those trips here. Another Pack Paddle Ski trip, all the details are here.
Iceland, July, 2018 – Ancient lava fields, towering mountains, glaciers, majestic fijords, geysers, waterfalls – a true landscaper’s dream, no one picture does this country justice. Add in how compact the country is, and their famous horses and puffins (plus perhaps a few whales) and you’ve got a picture-perfect trip. I did this trip in 2016, so we’re re-visiting with a few small changes to make it even better. You can see photos from that trip here. Details on this new one should be finished soon. Email me if you want to be notified when that happens.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Oct. 11 – 21, 2018 – If you love interesting and unique wildlife, this is your trip. We’ll snorkel with sea lions, visit giant tortoises, see one of only two species of warm-water penguins in the world and delight in the many species of spectacular birds on this warm-weather adventure. To make the most of our time (and photography!), we stay on three of the four inhabited islands. That lets us explore the local towns and spend more time taking pictures, as well as minimizing time spent on the water. Another trip I’ve led several times, you can see photos from those past trips here. This is also a Pack Paddle Ski trip, and all the details are here.
As I get details on future trips, I’ll post them here.