Each year in December I travel to Tucson for a photography workshop with National Geographic Expeditions. The workshop is hosted at the beautiful, and very relaxing, Miraval Resort, the perfect location to explore creativity and being in the moment.
The photographer's mantra – LIGHT, COMPOSITION, and MOMENT– is taken to a new level with the addition of the word SPA.
Photographer's choose a workshop of many different reasons, but learning to be more creative usually ranks high. And creativity starts with passion. Discovering your passion takes your photography to the next level. Create a project and see it through. It might all start with a workshop.
Students in the workshop mix photography with SPA treatments, a very enjoyable way to be in the moment and learn to see the world in a new way. Photographic assignments visit nearby locations, including Catalina State Park and Purple Sage Ranch. Field shoots are followed by classroom sessions and image critiques.
The highlight of the weekend workshop is having the opportunity to photograph Tony Redhouse, a native American musician and healer who performs original music combined with traditional dance. Truly an honor and always a powerful experience.
Ralph Lee Hopkins, Tucson, Arizona