Autumn Cowboys, Scenic Northern Idaho Photography Workshop

Nov 3-8, 2018

Autumn Cowgirl

This spectacular autumn Cowboy workshop will take place north of beautiful Sandpoint Idaho where rugged mountains, dense forests and wide rivers, will be mantled with the last leaves of Aspen and Birch and be aglow with the fresh orange color of the freshly turning Western Larch trees. The scene is more beautiful than you can imagine. This workshop is a dynamic and authentic Western experience that you will never forget.

We will start this all inclusive workshop in Spokane Saturday November 3rd. where we will have a meet and greet dinner at a local restaurant to discuss the next mornings photography and a brief overview of the workshop. After Sunday mornings photo shoot where we will check your cameras setting and give any instruction you may need in preparation for the next thrilling days at the ranch we will drive north to Sandpoint and our ranch. We will be headquartered at the incomparable Western Pleasure guest ranch named the #1 Western Vacation Ranch in America by World Property Journal. WPJ says, “If you’re looking for a true Western experience, in a family-owned – for four generations – Pacific Northwest mountain hideaway, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is it.”

 Idaho Cowboy greeting

The moment you set foot at the ranch you will be greeted by warm western hospitality. The ranch is a true testament to the hardworking cowboys and cowgirls that are still getting it done the traditional way. Late Autumn is when the larch is turning yellow amongst the tall pines providing us with stunning backdrops.

Idaho Cowboy
Cattle drive Idaho
Autumn Cowboy Workshop
Idaho Cowboys

As we immerse ourselves in the traditions of the Old West, photographing cowboys at work, horses, and cattle. You will learn how to push light to it's limit and embrace the iconic elements of the American West. Here you'll find yourself shooting in the thick of the action and capturing breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in this gorgeous private and remote setting.  We will study natural light, learn intimate portraiture and the elements of strong visual storytelling. You discover ways to be ready when the unexpected unfolds in front of you and develop your own strengths and style in a way you may never have imagined. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to experience the western way of life.

Our Accommodations

Upstaris common
Great room
Main Lodge
Guest room


All of the rooms/cabins at the ranch have a private tucked away feeling, most with stunning views where you can watch cattle and horses grazing, and maybe even observe a few deer, elk, or moose passing through the valley.  

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers and beginners are encouraged to attend.  We encourage participants to bring some previously shot images for critique during our afternoon post processing sessions. 

What do I bring?

Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses,  a laptop computer with Lightroom or Photoshop CC installed and working. (We will provide a complete list of necessary gear/clothing before the workshop begins.)

Cost of the workshop is $3695.  (meals except for alcohol, lodging, transportation from Spokane and instruction are included )

A $1000. non-refundable deposit holds your spot. The balance is due 45 days prior to the workshop.  You may either mail us check, or request a invoice for credit card payment.

What happens if I find out I cannot attend?

Deposits are non-refundable unless we can fill your spot. We recommend trip insurance for all of our workshops.  We would be happy to share the names of some insurance providers for those interested.


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GROUP MINIMUM: Occasionally I am able to run a trip below our group minimum which is generally 3. In such instances it may be necessary to apply a small group supplement. You would be contacted regarding such a situation but you would not be obligated to accept the new terms.
RESERVATIONS: Your $ 500 deposit is required to secure your place on any trip, with the balance due120 days prior to the departure date.
Details of hotels, flight arrival recommendations and other trip tips will be mailed when the tour is full.
MEALS: Some meals and refreshments are included depending on the trip details, but not alcoholic beverages.
ADMISSIONS: Access to public buildings and national parks etc. is not included in the land price.
CANCELLATIONS: All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, and due to costs incurred by Jess Lee Photos in arranging a tour, deposits are non refundable.
Payment in full is required 120 days prior to departure. Cancellations after 120 days will receive a full refund( except deposit) if your spot can be filled from a waiting list or if you can fill your spot.
JessLeePhotos LLC strongly suggest that tour participants invest in trip cancellation insurance.

CANCELED EXPEDITIONS: In the event of insufficient tour sign-ups, JessLeePhotos reserves the right to cancel any given trip. In that event 100% of moneys received will be returned. However, JessLeePhotos is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
LUGGAGE: JessLeePhotos request that tour participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag and tripod. We do not wish to be dictatorial in this matter, but asks that group members bear in mind space and comfort in our vans. All personal luggage is the responsibility of the owner so please keep the weight to a limit YOU can handle and other restrictions can be met.
SMOKERS: Smoking is not permitted at meals or on vans. It can be permitted at photo stops where local ordinances permit, photography and photographers are not affected.
RESPONSIBILITY: JessLeePhotos LLC and its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, and as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause. JessLeePhotos reserves the right to substitute hotels, and other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
JessLeePhotos reserves the right to pass on to tour members any additional and unplanned expenditures incurred during the tour, via events beyond JessLeePhotos' control.
The right is reserved to accept or decline any person as a member of any tour.
Payment of tour fees by trip participants constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein including but not limited to injury, death or other liability incurred during a trip..

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