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Wyoming Photography Workshop: Ranches & Landscapes

Located outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

$1,475 total  [$475 due at registration] 

Get ready to photograph horses and cowboys/cowgirls in rolling fields set against an enormous mountain range along with the stunning landscape of the surrounding area of Bondurant, Wyoming. Traditionally dressed cowboys and cowgirls will gallop across the valley as the sun rises behind them, setting a spectacular western scene. I discovered this ranch while on road trip through Wyoming, wandering down the old dirt roads outside of Jackson Hole. It may be the most beautiful and picturesque ranch I’ve ever seen! Not to mention, the surrounding area is filled with beautiful landscapes scenes. With two shoots at the ranch and two shoots in the surrounding area, we'll have the opportunity capture it all!  

Experience Level

Beginner - Advanced 

Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address  strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.



All age levels are welcome on this photography workshop. Light hiking in is involved, but nothing to strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then walk to the best position.


Mountain Valleys & Ranch

The ranch is located in a lush mountain valley featuring rolling hills, a meandering steam along with massive mountain peaks as the backdrop.

Group Size

9 people

I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 9 people. 


Mastering Movement

In this photography workshop, you will learn about the methods for capturing rapid movement of running horses while focusing on the composition of the cowboys and landscape. This will include composing on the move, setting up your camera, lighting conditions, safety, how to approach ranchers for permission to shoot on their land and editing western images.


I will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique as the light changes. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. By keeping the group small we can react quickly to changing conditions and scout interesting locations.


We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques. 

Colorado Horse Ranches Photography Works

Image Composition 

Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, I will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.


Creative Editing

We will go through my editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. My editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

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Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop I will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, I guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.


 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Personal Feedback Session


The working ranch runs over 1,200 mother cows, produces 3,000 tons of hay and offers a glimpse of western heritage. Here's what was said in an article about the ranch: 

“You’ve got the Sawtooths and a section of the Gros Ventres staring you right in the face, along with about 8 miles of Dell Creek. It’s truly jaw-dropping — you have a lack of adjectives. … It’s one of those few properties that looks like the set of one of those iconic Western movies.”

What's Included in the Wyoming Ranches Photography Workshop: 

Instruction from Dan Ballard • Classroom Courses • Personal Feedback Session • Cowboys & Cowgirls Models and Horses • Snacks and Water
 Not included: flights, hotel, car and food 


There's so much more to Wyoming than the iconic Grand Tetons scenes! We'll discover and photograph some of the hidden gems in the Jackson-Hole area. 


Planning Your Trip

Please note that transportation and accommodations are NOT included and is up to each individual participant.

Lodging: We have reserved the entire ranch house and cabins at a wonderful and rustic guest ranch in Bondurant for the workshop dates. 

Car:  We will be carpooling during the workshop to each location. If you won't have your personal vehicle, I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. Driving conditions will consist mainly of paved roads, so a standard car should be sufficient. 

Flights: Jackson, WY airport is the closest and is about an hour drive to Bondurant. 


Workshop Schedule

Day 1, we will start the workshop off at 3:00PM at the guest ranch with an introduction followed by a classroom session on light and composition. We will have dinner at a local restaurant then head out to shoot sunset focusing on landscapes.


Day 2, we will spend the day at the ranch. We will rise before the sun to capture the horses and cowboys in morning light. After breakfast we will have some time off followed by a classroom session on image processing with Lightroom. After dinner, the group will head back to the ranch to shoot through sunset.


Day 3, we will shoot the early morning sunrise focusing on nearby landscapes. We will end with a feedback session that will break down 15-20 of your best images and give you new ideas on how to improve and finish up around 11AM.

* Exact schedule subject to change due to weather, good light, etc.

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