Wrangle up your camera bags...you're going on a Western Shootout--Arizona Style!
Thank you so much for joining this event. Your business is genuinely appreciated and I look forward to showing you an amazing time while you're here with me.
You will be part of a great group of people who are joining us in a phenomenal photography extravaganza on an authentic Arizona Desert Ranch! You'll learn plenty about photography and have your days packed full of instruction and photo opportunities. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of not only photography -- but of true working-ranch living, longhorn cattle, the history of the area, and what it really takes to be a cowboy or cowgirl!
(*All activities and times are guidelines, but are subject to change due to weather or other factors. We will adjust accordingly to maximize shooting opportunities and accommodate creativity, opportunities for light, action, weather, group needs, cattle behavior, and more.)
Take a ride through the desert and capture additional photographic moments during the day! Your wrangler will lead you and your horse through some stunning landscapes in the same areas that history was written in the Wild West of Arizona.
(Note, lunch is not served for those participating in the pre-workshop horseback ride. Restaurants are nearby—you will have time to eat before the workshop begins.)
9:00pm: Depart for the evening.
The Superstition Mountains offer gorgeous views for morning landscape and nature photography. The Sonoran Desert may also provide us with opportunities to photograph blooming wildflowers, desert cottontail, collared peccary (Javelina), lizards, and numerous birds common to the region. These birds include Gambel's Quail, phainopepla, roadrunner, mourning doves, mockingbirds, curve-billed thrashers, cactus wren, Harris hawk, red-tailed hawk, verdin, and ravens. We will explore the area and photograph it at first light. We will also be photographing cattle once our cowboys ready them for the morning’s shoot.
Meals will be catered on-property. We will provide delicious meals specially selected to fit our western lifestyle for the weekend!
We also work to accommodate most reasonable dietary restrictions. We will contact you in advance of the workshop if we need clarification or cannot accommodate the restriction. Should you wish to purchase additional groceries or sundries, is Basha's Grocery Store in the area, along with various restaurants and convenience stores.
Optional lodging is available via the Best Western Gold Canyon, a short drive from the ranch. Breakfast is served at the hotel, but does not start until 6:30am. As such, coffee, water, and other grab-and-go type snacks (granola bars, fruit, nuts, breakfast bars, muffins, etc) will be provided at the ranch.
Transportation: Air & Ground:
Rental cars are available from both Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Mesa Gateway Airport. You will find shuttle/cab services via SuperShuttle, Lyft, Uber or Taxi as well, though they may be costly from the airport (45-60 min drive). The ranch is located just a few miles down a well-maintained, easily drivable dirt road that any sedan can easily handle.
Though it is typically sunny in Arizona, we occasionally get winter storms, rain, and unseasonably high or low temperatures. For this event, be prepared for diverse weather.
The ranch is off-the-grid and electrical power is not typically available. Please ensure your devices and batteries are fully charged before you arrive each day. Bottled water and wash stations are available on the ranch. Clean porta-potties are provided throughout the ranch.
We welcome all photography enthusiasts! That said, it is especially helpful to you if you attend already familiar with basic ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture settings and the basic functionality of your camera. We will support your learning at whatever level you are at when you arrive and work to take you further along in your journey of learning and photographic experiences.
Langell Photography workshops and classes emphasize a fun, open, down-to-earth, caring culture of learning experiences.
We welcome all who are friendly, positive, open to learning, open to sharing, and believe negativity, arrogance, inflexibility, and strong ego are detrimental to everyone's learning process and experience. We are not judgmental about what gear you have, your level of photography knowledge, or what you do/did for a living. We want to create a respectful, emotionally safe, enjoyable and positive learning experience for anyone who attends.
We do not tolerate disrespectfulness, rudeness, ill treatment toward guests, harassment, or off-putting behavior by guests or staff. To put it simply, we believe in the Golden Rule and expect our attendees to do the same. After all, photography should be FUN!
If you wish to participate in the horseback riding event, please contact the D-Spur Ranch directly to reserve your space. Call (480) 982-7822 (http://www.dondonnellyd-spur.com). Tell the reservationist that you are with Lisa Langell's Photography Group and need the 10am-12pm Horseback Ride on Friday, October 29, 2021. There is a separate fee of $80/person (subject to change) and it is payable directly to the ranch.
Personal Mobile: 480-737-6115 (text/calls are fine)
Thank you again for joining and I look forward to meeting you!