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A Sheography™ Women's Photography Workshop

Death Valley Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes


SOLD OUT - Please email Colleen for waitlist.


DATES: January 27-31, 2023
COST: $1595/person
DEPOSIT: $500/person
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately strenuous. Best suited for active, sure-footed participants who are capable of hiking up to two-miles roundtrip on uneven, rocky or sandy uphill terrain while carrying their gear.


Calling all the ladies! Since 2011, Colleen's all-women's workshops have helped inspire photographic growth, personal development, wanderlust, and life-long friendships. And Sheography™ aims to continue that, to help women of all ages, backgrounds, and photographic skill become "the woman you were meant to be through the art of photography and adventure."

Join Colleen and other Sheographers™ for this desert-based photographic exploration in Death Valley National Park, where the landscape teams with life, movement, and visual inspiration to satisfy even the most discriminating landscape photographer. Feel alive with curiosity and adventure here!

In an learning-intensive, supportive, and small group setting, where pushing ourselves to try new things will be encouraged, attendees will learn more about how to:

To put our learnings and skills to use in the field, we'll visit photogenic locations like Badwater Salt Flats, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and Dante's View while exploring unnamed and lesser-known locations as well. Participants will get immediate feedback on their work in the field and during image critique sessions.






All cancellations must be provided in writing. Cancellations made:

If the vacated spot happens to fill prior to the workshop at any time, then a full refund, including the balance paid and the deposit minus a $100 administrative fee, will be granted.

Special COVID-19 Policy:
Should CMS Photography be required to cancel the workshop due to COVID-19 restrictions (travel, park closures, etc.), registrant will have the option of transferring workshop payment to a future workshop or receiving a full refund (inclusive of both the deposit and balance with no administration fee withheld).

There are no exceptions to this policy. CMS Photography strongly encourages you to purchase trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of unexpected circumstances preventing you from attending our workshops. 


“The number one criteria I look for in a photography workshop is the leaders ability to teach. I had experienced a couple of webinars with Colleen where she illustrated visual creativity. She has a beautiful gift to teach and to stretch a person’s ability to think out of their box. I also like that Colleen chooses shooting locations that are non-typical, offering a fresh perspective to create one’s own vision.” --Kaylyn F., 2022 Death Valley Sheographer

“Colleen’s workshops go beyond the technical and help me to explore the magic of what I’m seeing. Death Valley definitely offers beauty and challenges. Getting to a location is one thing but learning to experience it brings out the best in my photography." --Cathy P. , 2022 Death Valley Sheographer

“Colleen helps you become a better photographer by using all of your senses. You won’t just snap commonly known locations; you will document your experience and emotions.” --Kelly M., 2022 Death Valley Sheographer

"Death Valley was a delight to explore with Colleen. She is totally there for you throughout the workshop! I received far more than I expected; wonderful photographic opportunities, personal attention, technical assistance, and a sense of camaraderie and fun!" --Audrey P., 2020 Death Valley Sheographer

"Women only and Colleen as an inspiration-there's nothing better! We had a great time, were stretched, challenged and fulfilled. Death Valley provided the backdrop with its variety of scenery to top it all off." --Sue P., 2020 Death Valley Sheographer

"This is my third workshop with Colleen. Her workshops contain technical information that is carefully distilled to meet the varying needs of all the attendees. She has a no policy of, "no question is silly." this helps provide a nurturing and stimulating experience for all. Plus there was plenty of fun to be had on this trip! Thank you Colleen for once again exceeding my expectations and making me a better photographer!" --Kathleen F., 2019 Death Valley co-ed

"Colleen is a boundless bundle of energy encouraging even the most lethargic of us to stretch our limitations and, at times, burst through them." -- Ray L., 2019 Death Valley co-ed

"I really love that Colleen's workshops have a field part and a classroom/software/learning part in her workshops. As a result we have combined and complimentary learning experiences that enhance our improvement in both environments. She knows where the beautiful and unusual places are and the best timeframe to photograph." --Emma B., 2019 Death Valley co-ed

"The Sheography workshop exceeded my expectations. Colleen is a fun, free spirited and a gifted teacher. She helps you not only take better photos but helps you write a story with each composition. She really helped us to connect with nature in a personal and unique approach. Highly recommend attending one of her workshops." --Ginny K., 2018 Death Valley Sheographer

"Sheography fills a unique niche for women who are interested in enhancing their photography skills and "eye" in a supportive environment -- while at the same time having a little adventure (ok, a lot of adventure) in some of the world's most beautiful places. Colleen's leadership, mentoring, knowledge and personality make these trips a wonderful learning experience!" --Mary G., 2018 Death Valley Sheographer

"From start to finish Colleen's workshops are fun, informative, creative, well planned yet flexible depending on the group and conditions of location. I always learn new and invigorating ideas, concepts and skills." --Kathy B., 2018 Death Valley Sheographer

"Colleen is excellent at balancing classroom and photo taking opportunities and she is totally focused on the participants & helping them improve their photography skills." --Polly B., 2018 Death Valley Sheographer

"I chose to attend Colleen's Sheography workshop mostly because of the location, the supportive environment of an all women's workshop I thought might be a bonus. What I didn't realize was how much I would be inspired by both the instructor and the other attendees!" --Donna D., 2018 Death Valley Sheographer

"Colleen fosters a wonderful community for the participants in her workshops. Then from there we all grow creatively and technically. WHAT A FABULOUS LOCATION and Colleen knew exactly where to go and when." -- Emma B., 2018 Death Valley Sheographer


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