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"You don't just teach photography. You also teach how to THINK about photography. That makes all the difference." ~Bob S.

"Colleen’s workshops go beyond the technical and help me to explore the magic of what I’m seeing." ~Cathy P.

"She has a beautiful gift to teach and to stretch a person’s ability to think out of their box." ~Kaylyn F.


My goal as a photographer, instructor, and human being is to help others feel brave enough to express themselves in their most authentic way possible while exploring the Great Outdoors.

My workshops aim to help you develop your skills, techniques, and approaches, both technically and creatively, to enable YOU to become a more competent, confident photographer. Combining my enthusiasm for continuously learning and helping others, all workshop activities are focused on delivering a photography education--giving photographers a supportive environment to explore and learn more about their craft, their surroundings, their own creative talents, and life, not on making a portfolio of trophy images of iconic locations.

This is a different approach than many photography workshops out there.

My workshops focus on developing your internal artist, interpreting external variables, and establishing a connection with the land in personally-meaningful ways. Those seeking specific direction as to where to put the tripod holes in iconic locations, what lens to use, what settings to use, etc. and chasing so-called "good light" will likely not appreciate the personal style and creative vision approach I encourage and therefore may enjoy photo tours/"workshops" with other guides instead. Please check out my Teaching Philosophy page for more information about how I approach workshops.

I operate my workshops on public lands under the required Commercial Use Authorizations (National Park Service) and other permits as stipulated by the USFS, BLM, state parks, and other managing organizations. I also conduct my workshops following Leave No Trace principles (which I'm formally trained in) and in observation of all site rules and regulations. To ensure your safety on my trips, I hold Wilderness First Responder certification and a Backcountry Food Handling license.

I am grateful to Singh-Ray Filters, for naming me a Singh-Ray Ambassador in 2021 and for sponsoring my workshops starting in 2019. Students will have the ability to test out their filters on my workshops and receive a special discount on gear.

Take your photography skills, passion for the outdoors, and love for adventure to the next level on my exciting, educational, and inspirational photography workshops, classes, presentations, and special events below! For those interested in online learning through webinars and small-group online critique sessions, please visit my Online Learning page.

(Click on date/workshop title to read a detailed workshop description and to register. Registration and payment of the listed deposit is required to confirm your workshop reservation. Email or verbal communication of your intent to register does not guarantee a reservation.)

2023 Workshops

Death Valley Sheography

Death Valley:
A Sheography™ All-Women's Photography Workshop

January 27-31, 2023
Cost: $1595/person
Limited to 10 women

Sold out - waitlist available!

Moab Sheography

Moab (Arches/Canyonlands):
A Sheography™ All-Women's Photography Workshop

March 4-8, 2023
Cost: $1695/person
Limited to 10 women

Sold out - waitlist available

Mexican Gold Poppy

Out of Desert Botanical (co-ed)

March 19-23, 2023
Cost: $3600/person
Limited to 45 participants

Sold out - waitlist available through OOC

Great Smoky Mountains

Spring in the Smokies:
A Sheography™ All-Women's Photography Workshop

April 14-18, 2023
Cost: $1695/person
Limited to 10 women

2 spots left!

Out of Olympic (co-ed)

May 7-11, 2023
Cost: $3200/person
Limited to 60 participants

Sold out - waitlist available through OOC

Southern Oregon Coast Sheography

Southern Oregon Coast:
A Sheography™ All-Women's Photography Workshop

May 13-17, 2023
Cost: $1695/person
Limited to 10 women

Sold out - waitlist available

Georgia O'Keeffe

In the Footsteps of Georgia O'Keeffe:
A Sheography™ All-Women's Photography Workshop

May 25-30, 2023 (6-days!)
Cost: $2495/person
Limited to 9 women

Sold out - waitlist available

Grand Canyon Rafting Photography Retreat (Co-ed)

August 23-31, 2023
Cost: $4395/person
Limited to 15 participants

Sold out - waitlist available

Autumn in Acadia (Co-ed)

Session #1: October 9-13, 2023--Sold out - waitlist available
Session #2:
October 16-20, 2023--Sold out - waitlist available
Cost: $2495/person
Limited to 10 participants/workshop


I maintain waitlists for all sold out workshops, so if you would like to add your name to a session that is currently full, please contact me at

I have a number of additional workshop ideas and opportunities that I'll announce on a rolling basis as things come together. Of course, if you have any requests for locations or private trips, please shoot me a note. I'm happy to put together custom workshops for private groups upon request!

Looking forward to helping you in your photographic and creative journey. See you out there!

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