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The Magic of Cowboys: (WOMEN ONLY EVENT) A Working Ranch Photo Workshop (Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020) | Donnelly's D-Spur Ranch & Stables | Friday, 31. January 2020

$1399/person.  WOMEN ONLY EVENT!  ($600 deposit holds your seat.) 
Includes specially prepared meals, lots of helpful instruction, refreshments, a follow-up interactive webinar show-and-share + processing tutorials, door prizes and more.  Lodging available for additional cost.
LIMIT:  20 PARTICIPANTS (and 5-6 instructors!)

WOMEN ONLY:  This photo experience is unique in that it is a Women's Only event.  By popular request, I am offering this opportunity for only women to join this event.  (If you prefer a mixed-gender group, I have an identical workshop January 17-19, 2020 that you are welcome to join!) 
Sponsored by:

As you may know, I am one of only 10 Tamron Ambassadors in the United States.  It is a huge honor for which I am really proud to have achieved.  As such, I get to offer you some fun perks!  Tamron has been interested in supporting Women's Only events -- and we are kicking them off with this workshop!  Tamron USA will be offering FREE lens rentals at this event!  Try different lenses while you shoot!  No pressure. Just fun!  We will also have a few surprises for you at the event, and extra photography support, too!  It's a win-win for our women participants!

Highlights of this weekend event:
Located against the stunning backdrop of the legendary Superstition Mountains on 5,800 acres of pristine Sonoran desert in Gold Canyon, Arizona, the D-Spur Ranch will be the setting for our 3-day Western Ranch Photography Shoot!   Weather permitting, we are planning photo opportunities* that include, but are not limited to:

Working ranch shots of cowboys, cowgirls 
Cowboys working cattle at the ranch (roping and herding)
Portraits of cowboys and cowgirls using both natural and strobe/studio lights combined with phenomenal western setups and backgrounds on the ranch
Staged, high-action western-style scene reinactments with authentically dressed actors!
Landscapes and nature images of this stunning area that features the legendary Superstition Mountains and saguaro cactai as our backdrop
Flat-lay photography with western themes!  We provide the special gear and instruction!
Evening entertainment at the campfire with singer/songwriter Steve Holmquist 
Optional 2-hour pre-workshop horseback ride through the desert
Post-processing tips and instruction (following workshop, via webinar)
Evening campfire conversation and night photography with our cowboys under the stars
Optional:  Get a roping lesson from our cowboys!  We'll use a steel "steer" as target practice and you can learn some of the tricks of the trade--Arizona style!

One of two Western Photo Sets avaiable for our use.

Detailed Agenda
(*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.)
11:30am-1:30pm:  Pre-workshop optional Horse-back ride (separate fee).  Arrive early for your ride!  Take a ride through the desert and capture additional photographic moments during the day!  Our wrangler will lead you and your horse through some of 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; however we will have snacks and beverages available upon your return.)
2:00pm:  If you have not registered for the pre-workshop optional horseback ride, plan to arrive on-property by 2:00pm.  We will do a meet-and-greet activity and then get to work with our photography!  We will also plan to photograph sunset among the mountains at the ranch.  
6pm-9pm:  Dnner and camaraderie with participants and the cowboys.  We'll have a ranch-style dinner and photo-ops while sitting around the campfire and listening to the incredible singer/songwriter, Steve Holmquist  play his guitar and share original songs about the history and folklore of the region.  (We can accommodate most dietary restrictions.)9pm:  Depart for the evening.


7:00am:  Arrive at the ranch to be ready to photograph sunrise by 7:00am!  We'll be working with a photogenic cowboy and horse as our subjets for stunning silhouettes and rim-light shots!  This all takes place in the land of stunning cholla, saguaro,  prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees and blooming flowers. Morning photography is incredible among the beautiful foothills of the Superstition Mountains!  You'll be able to snag some stunning landscapes as well!

Mid-Morning:  This is a working ranch.  We'll be photographing cowboy(s), cowgirls and some of the daily activities of the ranch.  We will also introduce you to basic portraiture in a VERY fun, relaxing, supportive way.  Even the most skeptical, avoidant non-portraiture photographers will have fun with the way we introduce you to portraiture! It really CAN be fun and easy!

Lunch:  A catered lunch will be served! We’ll be eating together with the men and women who live this lifestyle daily.  A great opportunity to have some fascinating conversations over lunch! (We can accommodate most dietary restrictions.)

Afternoon:  Welcome to the 1800's!  We will be working with real, authentically dressed (from the period) western actors who will put on a high-action show for us to photograph!  Just like it all happened in the wild west!  Plus we will have ample opportunities to photograph these amazing actors in costumes that will make you feel like you stepped into the 1800s!
During this time, we will also continue to teach you the basics of portrait photography!  Not only will there be opportunities to photograph ranch activities, you will also be able to join in the photo shoots where we will feature real working cowboys, cowgirls, and other "characters" that are a part of this incredible weekend event!

Evening Meal & Photography: We will provide a phenomenally delicious chuckwagon style meal for dinner while remaining on-premises in order to maximize our ability to photograph the cowboys, horses and/or cattle during sunset.  Our goals (weather permitting) will include mountain/desert sunset landscapes, wildlife, and/or silhouette shots with our cowboys and horses!  (We can accommodate most dietary restrictions.)

Night Photography Option:  For those who have a bit more energy left from the day, you are welcome to stay on and take advantage of night photography in the desert.  We will provide you with instruction during the daylight hours by request so that you can plan your shots for evening!

9:00pm:  Depart for the evening.


7:00am:  Silhouette and morning nature photography during sunrise.  Arrive at the ranch to be ready to photograph sunrise by 7:00am!  We'll have our cowboy(s) and horse(s) up early so that we can capture silhouettes or other amazing moments with them at sunrise. 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, coyote, jackrabbit, 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. 

Mid-morning:  Flat Lay Photography!  Learn a unique photography technique that is ideally suited for this event.  This creative option for western photography will give you the chance to capture images perfect for printing cards, wall hangings, personal art, business cards, and more!  We'll show you how and let you explore dozens of western antiques including chaps, spurs, currency, pistols and rifles (non-functioning/replica), boots, hats, and many other antiques!  

Ranch Photo Flex Time:  We will provide information on this portion of the day's activities based on weather and group interests.  It could include ranch/horse/cattle photography, portraits, or free shooting time to focus on the details, nature, and more that exist on the ranch.  Stay tuned!

12:00pm:  Lunch.  Catered lunch will be on-site.  (We can accommodate most dietary restrictions.)

1:00pm - 3:00pm – Get along, little doggies:    We will work with our ranch hands one last time for a late-afternoon shoot with multple horses, cowboys, cattle and antics! The action will be happening with these fabulous riders--watch how things are really done on the ranch! Get those shutter speeds up and ready for many frames per second of fantastic shooting! 

3:00pm:  Conclusion.  We'll wind down the day with a final group discussion and wrap-up activity.  We'll say goodbye to our friends, fellow participants, and the ranch hands who helped make this weekend memorable and photographable. TIPS:  Our actors, photography instructors, and ranch hands have been compensated for their time.  Tips are never expected, but are always graciously accepted and appreciated.  As "tip jars" cause challenges, please provide tips directly to the people you wish to tip.  

Follow-up Webinar:  Date TBD based on group availability.  We will login to show and share our work, discuss processing tips, and reminisce about the event!  

Meals, Lodging, Transportation and Services:
Meals:  Meals will be catered on-property.  We will provide delicious meals specially selected to fit our western lifestyle for the weekend!  Because of our limited options for food provisions and refrigeration/prep at the ranch, we may not be able to accommodate certain dietary requirements.  If you require a special diet, please indicate so in your registration form (there is space for it).   Should you wish to purchase additional groceries or sundries, there are several stores and Basha's Grocery Store in the area, along with various restaurants and convenience stores.
Lodging: Optional lodging is available via a special group reservation rate through the Best Western Gold Canyon, a short drive from the ranch.  Breakfast is served at the hotel at 6:30am, giving you time to grab a **** before heading to the ranch.    IMPORTANT:  You must contact the hotel no later than December 1, 2019 to secure your room.  Any unsold rooms from the discounted block reserved will be returned to the hotel after that Sky Harbor Airport is the primary airport in the region.  It is approximately 40-50 minutes west of Gold Canyon, AZ and about one hour from the ranch. (Drive times may vary due to traffic).  Mesa Gateway offers flights primarily through budget airline, Allegiant Air.  It is about 30 minutes southwest of Gold Canyon, AZ.  If you are coming from out-of-town, rental cars are available via both airports.    The workshop will conclude by 6:00pm on Sunday evening. 
Driving:  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.  The ranch is located just a few miles down a well-maintained, easily driveable dirt road that any sedan can easily Canyon, AZ offers a major grocery store, fuel station, several restaurants, a few fast-food options, and lodging at the Best Western Gold Canyon.  There is an Urgent Care in town (hours may vary) and major medical services are available within approximately 30-minute drive. 

FAQsWhat should I bring?

Camera Gear & Technology: A complete packing list will be sent to you via email (via URL) upon registration.  You will likely be photographing portraits, landscapes, wildflowers, wildlife/birds, and the cattle drive.  Thus, a variety of lens lengths is recommended, from about 18-400mm+ for most needs.  Minimum gear we recommend includes your primary camera, a back-up camera in the case of loss/damage, a variety of lenses for landscapes, portraits, macro, and action/wildlife.  You will also want to bring ample memory cards, charged batteries, a tripod and tripod head.  A remote trigger may also be useful for certain landscape shots (wired triggers are just fine for this purpose.)  Optional:  Your laptop computer with charger and plenty of storage (or an external hard drive and cords to back up your images each night).  You are welcome to bring additional gear as you see fit.  There are plenty of places to store your gear during the day.  You will be in close proximity to your car, which will all be on private property.   Please bring your camera's manual or have an electronic copy available.  

Clothing & Weather:  In the Valley of the Sun, the days in January are usually in the mid-60's during the day and mid 40's at night. That said, we occasionally get winter storms, rain, and unseasonably high or low temperatures.  For this event, be prepared for diverse weather.
We recommend packing clothing you can layer, such as a t-shirt, fleece, and outer jacket that is wind/weather resistant.  Jeans or cargo style pants are recommended (not shorts) due to the environment we will be in.  We are on a working ranch and will also potentially be walking short distances on trails in the desert.  For early morning or evenings,  bring gloves and a hat, especially if we have unseasonably cool weather.  Please wear comfortable (i.e., broken in) hiking shoes or boots that can handle dust or mud, depending on the weather.  Sneakers, flats, flip flops, etc. are NOT recommended.  If you plan to horseback ride, you must wear proper footware.  Inquire with the D-Spur Ranch directly for any questions regarding the horseback riding options, physical requirements and clothing requirements.

Extras:  We provide sturdy, premium folding chairs for each participant. 

Electricity/Water/Restrooms:  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 portable "potties" are provided throughout the ranch.  

What photography skills do I need for this workshop? 
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. 
Physical / Health / Age Requirements:
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this event. This workshop may involve substantial standing and/or walking of distances up to approximately 1/8 mile at one time on relatively even terrain.  Typically, the walking will be far less than that.  Some may choose to walk on trails in the Sonoran Desert with mild inclines/declines with occasional rocks.  If you have physical limitations that prevent you from walking out on the trails, you are welcome to stay near the ranch and/or drive to certain locations (not all are road-accessible).  A large portion of the shooting will be available within very short, flat walking distances.  For the optional horseback ride, please contact the D-Spur ranch for information on physical requirements for weight and mobility.  For those with "hay fever" or other environmental allergies:  We will be in the open desert on a ranch with a large number of cattle, horses, plants and dusty roads/trails.  We encourage you evaluate whether allergy medication or other accommodations will be needed. 
Please inquire with Langell Photography at lisa@langellphotography.com if you have additional questions or needs. 
What is the culture of this workshop? 
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!