June 10-16, 2018
September 20-26, 2018
Willow Creek Ranch, Kaycee, WY, USA
$1500.00 All inclusive. Includes workshop, meals, snacks, and lodging when at Ranch, and airport-ranch-airport transportation.
Payment in full is required to reserve your spot.
You can pay by check or use your credit card, or Paypal.
Nearest airport is in Casper, WY, about 2 hours from the Ranch.
We provide transportation from Casper, to and from the Willow Creek Ranch, in order to avoid people having to rent cars. As your travel schedules become firm, please email me your travel information so I can start working on the logistics.
Other airports in the area are Sheridan, WY, ( 2 hours),
and Billings, MT, (3 ½ hours, comes through Sheridan).
Workshop arrival and departure time
Arrival: In June, attendees can aim to arrive at the workshop between 12-6 p.m. on the 10th
In September, attendees can aim to arrive at the workshop between 12-6pm on the 20th
Since travel logistics can vary, please check with us with your plans so
that we can accommodate and know when to expect everybody.
Most attendees will choose to leave the morning of June 16th for the Spring session, or in the fall, on Sept 26
Some folks will fly into Casper the day before, spend the night in a hotel, and get picked up around noon on the workshop arrival day.We can get most people to their flights out of Casper on the last day, if it their flight is not early in the morning.
For early morning flights, we suggest you spend the night in Casper, and leave on the following day.
About the workshop
A typical day could be to shoot the cowboys wrangling horses in the morning, eat breakfast, shoot them saddling up, and then loading up their horses in trailers to head off to parts unknown. Then it is classroom time, never enough, where we look at photos, ours and others, discuss ideas, answer questions, learn new stuff. After lunch, we might go back to the classroom for a short while, then go photograph and explore some more. I take stock of what I think people’s needs are, and try to address those. No set agenda, because everybody brings a different set of skills to the experience. I help edit images, and show some Photoshop methods, but try and keep it more about shooting and seeing and less about computer work. I bring a ton of pictures, videos, and film, along, much of it goes unseen, because it’s always such a fast 5 days. At night, folks can go back and work on pictures in the classroom if they want.
The ranch has a pretty familial atmosphere. I did my first workshop at Willow Creek in 2013, and the Crago family who own and run the ranch have make you feel like you are part of the family. The ranch is now feels to me, like a ‘home away from home’. Besides the ranch help, cowboys and crew, and family pets, we photograph in some very scenic areas. There are amazing vistas, old cabins, petroglyphs, horses, longhorn steers, clear, star-filled skies, and more.
The meals are plentiful, and snacks are always available. The cooking reminds me of visits to my grandmother’s in the deep south. Please note: I am not responsible for weight gain…
We go out to locations, where the cowboys are moving the cattle. We will be photographing cow-work and branding. One night we camp out at the spot where Butch Cassidy’s cabin used to be. It’s glamping, not camping, as tents are set up, food is cooked for us from the chuckwagon, and we are generally spoiled to death. We pretty much stop when we want to stop, and do what we want to do.
I always have a camera with me, and I shoot when I’m not helping others. I am often driving one of the ranch pickups as well. I don’t shoot extensively, and always tell my students that if their teacher is shooting more than they are, they are at the wrong workshop. I don’t show much of my work, because the workshop is about you, and not about me, I want the students to concentrate on their own work and push their own boundaries.
A good number of participants for me is 8 people, which ensures me the opportunity to give people all the attention they need.
Accommodations: There is a main bunkhouse/cookhouse, and several cabins. All the comforts of home. No hot tubs or golf course, but pretty much everything you need. You will probably have a cabin or room-mate.
I have had several repeat participants, and am in touch with many of my workshop people, so the workshop never really ends if you don’t want it to!
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