Imagine joining me in an unforgettable photography workshop...

in a place with the most spectacular backdrop

celebrating nature's beauty through your lens

making lifelong friends with your camera...

enjoying the experience of a lifetime

and becoming the photographer you want to be

Are you ready to re-energize your passion for sharing your world? 

We invite you to join us for a spectacular, yet intimate, and inspiring adventure

that will change the way you take photos forever.

Nick Kelsh’s

Santa Fe Photography Workshop:

High Desert Enchantment in New Mexico

October 2-5, 2018

With optional add-on day:

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 6, 2018





(See details below)

It’s about you, your camera, and the stories of your life.

Nick Kelsh's Workshops

offer an amazing opportunity to become lifelong friends with your camera ... and your fellow photographers! Each workshop has a carefully chosen location with a program designed specific to that area and the season to create an experience in which you'll expand both your photographic and cultural horizons ... not to mention your friendships! In fact, because each place, season and group creates such a unique experience, a quarter of our participants have become repeat attendees! Click through the slider below to get the flavor of our past workshops.

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Each experience uniquely programmed for its time and place

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Farmstay and Photography in Rural New York

Fall Foliage in the Catskills

Philadelphia Workshop

History and Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

New Orleans Workshop

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Connect... Inspire... Support... Grow... Enjoy...


An exclusive invitation to a spectacular part of the world

“It is all very beautiful and magical here—a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it … the skies and land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite that wherever you are you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro, where everything is sidewise under you and over you, and the clocks stopped long ago.” – Ansel Adams

The rugged beauty of Santa Fe blends Native American, Spanish and Wild West influences with textures and colors shining in legendary beautiful light to create a photographer’s dream destination.  It is a magical and colorful landscape that will delight and enchant any photographer’s eye – just as it has for many of photography’s greatest.

This is one of the classic destinations in the history of photography; it’s practically a pilgrimageSanta Fe has been a mecca for numerous photographers, including the iconic Ansel Adams … and now it’s your turn to capture the beauty of the Southwest.

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, beautiful sunsets and amazing vistas, Santa Fe is a wonderful place for a photographic adventure.  Adobe buildings against brilliant blue skies are just the beginning of life in “The City Different.”  Multi-cultural influences are visible in everything from art to architecture, from jewelry to food, all designed to thrill the senses.  Not only has this area inspired photographers, it has moved artists and painters such as Georgia O’Keefe, a pioneer of American modernism known for her iconic Southwestern illustrations of flowers, cityscapes, animal skulls and landscapes. 

“Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him.”  – Ansel Adams

In other words, Santa Fe and its surrounding areas are a photographer’s paradise!

You can also extend your experience and learning opportunities with our Optional Add-On Day at the Alburquerque International Balloon Festival!  As hundreds of hot air balloons ascend from Balloon Fiesta Park, the skies are filled with a rainbow of colors and your viewfinder with an unending source of opportunities to capture this breathtaking beauty. It is one of the world’s most photographed events and for good reason!

We’re excited to invite you to join us for a truly special experience … a Southwestern getaway combined with an intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from my lifetime of shooting photographs while visiting one of our country’s most spectacular landscapes.

You’ll be inspired and challenged. You’ll photograph, eat, play, relax, explore, grow, bond and, I predict, above all else, be absolutely thrilled with how it will change your photography forever.

You’ll gain the skills and confidence to take control of your camera. You’ll enjoy a memorable getaway and return home with those memories beautifully captured in the kind of photographs you’ve always dreamed of shooting. The kind that you’ll now be comfortable shooting consistently – photographs that will enrich your life and the lives of those you love.


Why spend this time with me in New Mexico?

Very simply, you want to shoot beautiful photographs. Maybe you have a fancy expensive camera that you’ve never taken full advantage of. You’d love to confidently shoot in manual mode and you’ve decided you’re finally going to crack the proper exposure “code.”

You aspire to professional looking photos with out-of-focus backgrounds, the beautiful soft focus of bokeh lights, or the blur of motion captured, but think you could never do that!  Or maybe you can already do that but you want to free your imagination to explore your artistic side, using the amazing creative controls your manual settings offer.

And you’ve always wanted to dedicate time away from your daily distractions to your passion for photography. Getting together for a few days with like-minded photographers who share your enthusiasm for this miraclous medium sounds like heaven. 

I can help you. This workshop is for you. No question.

I’ve hosted hundreds of seminars, retreats, public speaking events, webinars, and written and/or photographed nine books and I’ve come to the conclusion that the small group over a period of days may very well be the perfect teaching and learning format. There’s enough time for me to connect with every student personally and still give you time to be alone with your cameras and exercise your mind’s eye—in other words, shoot great photographs.

For me personally, these workshops could possibly be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career.  A list of the great photographic experiences of my life would have to include some of these workshops. They were thrilling, and I’m incredibly proud that the attendees have repeatedly asked when we can do it again – and come back for subsequent workshops!

Yes, we’re going to make sure you’re secure in knowing how to use your camera in manual mode but I want more than that for you. I want you to think like a photographer. I want you to think in terms of photographic communication—I want you to tap into your inner storyteller. I want you to create images—during the workshop and beyond—that will enrich your life and the lives of the people you love.

I want to help you get there. And I want you to have good old-fashioned fun doing it. 

Oh, and one more thing…

I guarantee you’ll leave a better photographer.

But don’t just take my word for it…

See what others have said below:

My workshops are nothing, if not fun!

Below are some moments from various events I’ve done.


Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on OPRAH and THE TODAY SHOW—who has become a photo-guru and friend to many thousands of family memory keepers and photographers of all levels. Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun on his How To Photograph Your Life website, blog and Facebook Page, and in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

The shared experience of a Nick Kelsh Photography Workshop will feed your photographic soul…

I went to the fall foliage workshop just wanting to have fun with other photographers, enjoy a chance to play with my camera, and figure out a few difficulties I had technically. I got that and so much more. So when Nick says it will re-energize your passion and build your confidence, it is NO EXAGGERATION!!!!! And it is loads of fun to boot!!!! (I hope to see y’all at another workshop down the road!) A workshop with Nick is not only a learning experience, but one where we laughed and shared our love for photography while building friendships in the process! I get emotional every time I look at the photos. Trying to find the words to capture the weekend and explain it to friends and family… “Awesome” and “amazing” and “wonderful” repeated over and over and over is pretty much what I’ve come up with so far. I think this is a case where I’ll have to let my photos speak for themselves! Nick and his wife Anne are as kind and fun as they seem online…even more so in person, I do believe! I hope to be able to attend once again! One of the attendees described it as a “once in a lifetime experience that I hope happens more than just once”— a perfect description of how I feel! 

Terryl Hicks, Louisiana

Nick Kelsh, totally from the heart, the (country) photography weekend workshop was really perfect for me… exactly what I needed and what I expected.  I was honored to be there, and would love to do it again.  Thank you so much for taking the time to top off our weekend with all that discussion and analysis in the post-workshop webinar session. It was the perfect way to review all the great times we had and the things we learned, along with tons of editing advice. It was fabulous, you are fabulous, Anne is fabulous. Thank you so much for everything. I am aching to do it all again. And I hope you (and ALL my new photographer-friends!) will come to Boston one of these days soon. I want more!!!”   🙂    🙂    🙂

Cindy Ringer, Massachusetts

Wow, Nick! Thanks for the incredible weekend! I was the newbie of the weekend, having just discovered your teachings a few months before the workshop. I still hadn’t had time to finish a single class. But fate intervened. With two weeks notice, I discovered an extremely rare open weekend in our family schedule. No easy feat with four young children. I took a chance and dove headfirst into an amazing experience. I was definitely the least experienced photographer for the weekend. And walked away with skills I will use the rest of my life. And friends.  Even the imperfections of the weekend are what made it perfect. I’m forever grateful to be a part of the first weekend workshop. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. I’m no longer just a mom who likes to take pictures. I’m a photographer!”

Cynthia Barclay, Ohio

Here’s What You Get:

A three-day, three-night immersive photography workshop in the rugged beauty of the American Southwest – in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We’ll kick off the event with a welcome dinner and introductory photo slideshow and discussion on Tuesday evening.  Take advantage of your free bonus session by coming early on Tuesday for your camera settings checkup with Nick. (Individual sessions are guaranteed to the first 5 registrants, and then available on a first-come, first-served basis to other attendees – individually or in a group by camera type, as time allows.)  

We’ll then spend the next days diving into lessons, assignments, photo shoots, reviews/critiques and editing. As always with photography, we’ll be working on mastering or reviewing your camera settings, lighting, composition, and many other specialized techniques and general tips. We’ll shoot in various locations in and around Santa Fe capturing the people, places and things that make Santa Fe “The City Different.”

Our schedule will include both lessons/discussions and in-the-field training.  We’re going to do our best to find optimum spots in the vicinity—not to mention optimum time of day and light conditions (calling all earlybirds!)—for viewing and photographing the area.  We’ll build in flexibility to adjust for whatever current weather, lighting and other conditions the days bring.

You’ll leave refreshed and re-energized, with deeper photographic knowledge and skills; wonderful new photo-friends, a collection of photographs you’ll be proud of, and the confidence, creativity and control of your camera to consistently capture the photos you’ve always dreamed of shooting.

My Santa Fe Photography Workshop is a magical three-day event that will:

  • Give you the confidence and skills to control your camera creatively in the daily situations that make for great photographs. 
  • Improve your understanding of various lighting situations and techniques, ability to expose photographs properly, compositional thinking, storytelling tactics and your post-processing and editing skills.
  • Establish new ways of thinking about your photography and the way you take pictures. It will help you not just relax but empower you … and it all shows up in your pictures. 
  • Make you aware of just what makes photographs that work…and photographs that don’t. You’ll be guided by me and enjoy the support and feedback from a diverse group of photographers who share your passion.
  • Give you a heart, head, and photo album filled with wonderful memories of a unique experience shared with what are surely to become lifetime friends. This is guaranteed to be unforgettable. 

Limited-Time Offer:

Get our special add-on option…

An overnight photography trip to the world-famous


(October 6, 2018)

for FREE!

(A $345 Value!)


When you register for our Santa Fe Workshop you’ll have the chance to add our optional visit to the Albuquerqure International Balloon Fiesta—he world’s largest hot air ballooning event!  With hundreds of balloons rising from the fiesta grounds, this event is said to be one of the most photographed events in the country.  You’ll feast your eyes on the beauty and color of the balloons, and capture the experience through the lens of your camera … a combination sure to take your photography up, up and away!

Our visit will include both the morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday, to give us the best chance to see – and photograph – the inflations, ascensions and glows of the balloons.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that balloons will inflate and/or fly during the times we are at the Balloon Fiesta, as inflations and launches are determined by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and are subject to wind and weather conditions and other factors beyond our control.  While our photography day with Nick will end Saturday evening, you may choose to extend your stay and return to the Balloon Fiesta for additional sessions on subsequent days – however, those accommodations and excursions will be at your own expense, as they are not included as part of the workshop’s Add-On Day.

Add the Balloon Fiesta Day to take your workshop experience over the top!



Limited-Time Offer:

Get this special add-on option at the


Regularly $345


(For a limited time only)

*Accommodations and Meals not included

Here’s how to get your FREE Add-On Day:

Register for the Santa Fe Workshop

Add the Balloon Fiesta Add-On Day to your cart

Use code: BALLOONFIESTA to save $345!


Before the workshop begins you’ll be asked to upload a set of ten photographs to give us a sense of who you are and where you are in your photographic journey. It could be a picture of your family and then your photographic greatest hits and/or mistakes! I’ll review these with you in a private consultation call before the workshop and then we’ll share them with the group in our opening night presentation, as we get to know each other and all share our photographic achievements, challenges, and goals.


We welcome a diversity of experience and skill levels among attendees. I know that we’ll have students attending this weekend who could probably teach significant portions of it. On the other hand, we’ll have people with expensive cameras who lack the understanding of how to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles.

To level the playing field, I want to make sure that all attendees are relatively comfortable with their camera settings before we get to the first day of shooting.  If anyone who’s attending wants to get on the phone with me before the workshop, I will be happy to walk you through your settings.

You’ll be asked to watch (or review) my 60-minute “F-stops, Shutter Speeds, and ISO Made Easy” training in advance of the workshop.

Also, I will be available on location during the day on Tuesday, October 2, for anyone who wants to be among the first to arrive so that I can sit down with you to demystify your camera settings. A basic knowledge of the exposure triangle and a rough understanding of how to take a light reading is going to go a long way here. (Time for these sessions is limited, so register and arrive early to take advantage of this bonus – the first 5 attendees to register for the workshop will be guaranteed a slot for these sessions.  All others will be held on a first-come, first-served basis.)

On the other hand, for some students, coming to grips with their cameras settings over the course of the weekend may be the huge personal milestone they’ve been dreaming of reaching. It’s all good, believe me. My point is this: I want to help you before the weekend really gets going so we can maximize our time shooting photographs and telling stories.


We shoot photographs to tell stories so we will spend time addressing this all-important topic.

We’ll talk about the how to tell a story in a single image and how to shoot a collection of images that tell a story.  We’ll focus on shooting photographs during this workshop that tell stories in a personal way…your way. I want you to go home with a set of pictures that was taken by a specific personality—you. That’s, after all, what good storytelling is all about; it’s the way the story is told and not the story itself.

I want your pictures to say something about how you feel about the world and the people you’re with. That attitude is going to result in the very best family photos when you get home.

And we’ll discuss the difficult but necessary task of choosing which images to keep and which to delete. We’ll discuss how cropping, editing, and converting to black and white can enhance your photos and the storyline.

Storytelling with a camera is an art and you will not leave the weekend having mastered it, believe me. But your ability to be a visual communicator will grow and flourish.

Essentially, we’re all going to photograph the same mountains, trees, lakes, people and views but, as all great storytellers know, the story is in the telling.  This is a profound lesson to learn as a photographer. 

It’s not about being self-centered, it’s actually the opposite. It’s about sharing your vision with the world. It’s what we photographers do.


A couple of weeks or so after the workshop we’ll have a follow-up session via webinar for a final overview of the weekend, review of your photos and editing lessons.

You’ll be asked to evaluate and edit your collection of photographs during the week following the workshop and submit a sample of them for my review with the group. We’ll discuss content, technique, composition, and storytelling and I’ll demonstrate editing techniques in Lightroom.

You’ll receive a recording of this session to download for review as needed—and as a keepsake of the group’s greatest hits and our shared experiences together during this memorable workshop.

Get 4 Great Training Bonuses!



(Total value:  $813)


In order to give you all the support you need, we're giving you the added benefit of the following bonuses, making your workshop package even more valuable. This is our way of preparing you to get the most out of your workshop, and for optimal success afterwards. 



SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS: Free Portraits by Nick

During the workshop you'll get FREE personal portraits by Nick Kelsh! Joining Nick in a live workshop gives you a great opportunity to be professionally photographed by a renowned photographer—location, lighting and schedule will dictate when you'll be photographed, as you'll be dealing with an artist at work! 🙂  Includes retouched digital files.  (Valued at $350)

Our Santa Fe Accommodations:

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa

We will be headquartered at the beautiful La Posada de Santa Fe, where the vibrant history of New Mexico blends with modern amenities to create a magical place of beauty and legend.  Your Southwestern getaway begins at one of the most renowned resorts in Santa Fe.  Featuring authentic adobe-style architecture, La Posada is located on six acres of beautifully landscaped land, just steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  

The rooms wrap you in the spirit of the Southwest with their art and craftsmanship while the hotel’s amenities set it apart from others in the area.  La Posada includes lovingly restored casita-style rooms and suites, some dating back more than 230 years. Every casita is different, as they reflect the resort’s historic roots with features like original adobe walls and traditional viga (exposed beam) and latilla (exposed wood slat) ceilings. Most guest rooms have original hardwood or Saltillo tile floors or carpeting.

Amenities you may enjoy include an outdoor heated saline swimming pool and hot tub, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, In-house professionally curated art gallery, on-site restaurants and bars, and high-speed Wi-Fi access in each accommodation.  You’ll also be pampered with complimentary bottled water, a 37-inch LCD panel television, plush bathrobes, spa toiletries by O. Bigelow®, in-room coffee & Tazo® Teas, iron and ironing boards (available in most rooms), hairdryers, Complimentary newspaper (USA Today®, The New York Times or The Santa Fe New Mexican), and an in-room safe.

And, as an attendee, you’ll get a 10% discount on any spa services you may choose to utilize during the workshop or if you choose to come a day or two early or extend your visit after the workshop.

Our Albuquerque Accommodations:

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North

For our add-on adventure in Albuquerque, the Marriott Pyramid North will be our home base.  The hotel has spacious guest rooms and a friendly staff, and is one of the closest to the Balloon Fiesta Park.  A brilliant atrium has plenty of space to rest and relax, and we’ll have a beautiful suite in which to gather together to learn, review, and edit photographs!


Sweeping Vistas… Stunning Sunsets… Inspiring Landscapes… Adobe Buildings… People… Beautiful Light…

Join us to capture the splendor!

And the fun 🙂 

Treat yourself to this valuable experience.

You deserve it!

There’s no doubt that this is a significant investment.

It’s a commitment to yourself and your passion that will pay you back for the rest of your life.

Consider this: for the cost of a memorable getaway under the experienced guidance of a renowned photographer, you will grow as a photographer in joyful and unexpected ways that will enrich your relationship with photography for as long as you live.

You’ll always be able to tap into the moments and insights that are going to make this workshop so amazing. 

Plus you’re guaranteed to go home with some amazing photographs—and an amazing group of new photo-friends!

This is an opportunity you’ll want to experience if you can.

Ready to take your photography to the next level?

Join us now to be part of this spectacular experience!

Don’t miss this opportunity to grab your spot for an amazing southwestern photography workshop.  (It’s 100% refundable for 72 hours, so it’s risk-free to reserve your spot while you make suitable travel arrangements!)

Space is limited to 12 participants, so register now to get the best value.

Is the Enchanted Southwest calling YOU?

Join us for Nick Kelsh’s


3-Day Workshop is


Limited-Time Offer:

Add a 4th Day at the


for FREE!

(A $345 Value!)

*Accommodations and Meals not included


Hurry to register now if you want to…

  • Get the Optional Add-On Day at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for FREE!
  • Grab your 4 BONUS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES plus take advantage of a chance to be professionally photographed by Nick.
  • Be first in line to claim a slot for your personal one-on-one  Camera Settings Session with Nick (individual sessions guaranteed to the first 5 registrants).
  • Get the room you want (first come, first served).
  • Be sure to get in.  The workshop is limited to just 12 participants and, given the popularity of this destination, we expect it to fill up!

Once those slots are filled you’ll miss the opportunity to enjoy this rare experience on the road to photographic improvement—and to enjoy a spectacular southwestern getaway with like-minded photography enthusiasts.

Want in, but not sure about travel/housing yet?

No worries… it’s RISK-FREE to secure your spot!

We understand that you may need a little time to look into travel arrangements or make plans with potential roommates—and we can help coordinate both— so we welcome you to register now to get a discounted spot (and secure your bonuses). No worries … we will allow a full refund of your workshop fee for 72 hours following your registration, so it’s risk-free to reserve your spot while you make suitable travel arrangements!

So you can reserve your spot with absolutely no risk, while you take the time you need to finalize your travel plans.

Still on the fence?

You may have lots of questions, so below are lots of answers!



Very simply, this workshop is for anyone who wants to become a better photographer. Photographers of all levels are welcome. Probably the most satisfying experience will be had by owners of an SLR or DSLR camera, as you want to be able to manually adjust your f-stops, shutter speed and ISO settings. Having said that, if you want to do this workshop with only a smartphone camera, I would welcome that challenge (as long as you wouldn’t mind all the discussion of manual photography) – that could be a wonderful photographic experience for sure. I will try to make the challenge for each participant personal and appropriate to their level and interest.

Due to the challenges presented by a location at a higher altitude (Santa Fe sits at 7,000 feet above sea level) and the walking/hiking it may entail, we recommend that attendees have a moderate fitness level and mobility.


The workshop fee includes:

  • Three-day photography workshop with hands-on instruction, assignments, photo review, and editing instruction
  • Skype consultation & photo review with Nick prior to the workshop
  • Bonus Camera Settings Checkup with Nick if you arrive early on Tuesday. The first 5 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.
  • Nick’s Basic Photography Course (self study)
  • Nick’s Going Manual Course (self-study version)
  • Bonus Portrait by Nick at the workshop (you get edited/retouched digital files)
  • A welcome dinner on Tuesday evening, all breakfasts, and the closing meal (lunch) in Santa Fe on on Friday.
  • All admission fees for any attractions we visit on the group photo tours
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Follow-up webinar after the workshop for photo review and editing instruction

Not included:

  • Accommodations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque are not included and must be booked separately (See next question for housing details.)
  • Flights and Airport transfers
  • Any meals not mentioned above. 



We will be headquartered at: (Hotel Details and rates coming soon…)

Workshop registrants will receive detailed pricing and reservation information after registering for the workshop.  For double-occupancy rooms, let us know if you have a roommate request—otherwise you’ll be assigned a roommate.  Limited private rooms are available, or you are welcome to reserve your own room in any nearby hotel of your choice. 

For those attendees who have chosen to include the Add-On Day experience at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, we will be staying at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North.  As in Santa Fe, the rooms will be reserved through us.  Shared rooms will be $105 per person per night based on double occupancy, while single rooms are $209 per night. As we will be attending both the morning and evening sessions of the Balloon Fiesta, we will stay at the Marriott both Friday and Saturday nights.


Yes! We’ll appreciate you sharing accommodations with friends or fellow participants, as most rooms will need to be booked on a double occupancy basis. Rooms will be booked first come, first serve, so if you and a friend register for the workshop at the same time, you’ll be able to book a room together. After you register for the workshop, you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group for attendees, and you can find a roommate there if you don’t already know one. If you don’t book with someone you know and do not choose a private room, you’ll be assigned a roommate if available … a great way to make new photo-friends!


Yes, absolutely! It’s great to take advantage of such an opportunity to share such a trip.

We realize, though, that many of you will be looking forward to focusing on yourself and your photography during the workshop—and bonding with fellow participants—so we will all, of course, respect that as the goal of our group. However, traveling companions will certainly be welcome to join us for meals and touring activities as space allows.

To bring a guest simply add the appropriate Workshop Guest Package option to your cart at checkout:

3-Day Workshop Guest Package is $250

4-Day Workshop Guest Package is $325

Guest Registration Package covers the same meals/admission fees/transportation as workshop attendees—but does not include any participation in photography instruction sessions.


Tuesday’s welcome dinner, daily beakfasts, and a closing meal on Friday are provided.  Other meals are at your own expense—feel free to go out on your own, or you’re welcome to join Anne and me in a group.


There will be WiFi access.


We will be headquartered at the La Posada de Santa Fe, 330 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.986.0000

Our home base for the Add-On Day at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109  | 505-821-3333


Your airport options are the Santa Fe Municipal Airport or the Albuquerque International Sunport.  If you are participating in the Add-On Option of the Balloon Fiesta, you will want to fly out of Albuquerque at the end of the event.  You can find information about ground transportation from Albuquerque to Santa Fe on the airport’s website.  You may also be able to share rides with other attendees and organize those arrangements through our private attendee Facebook group.


We’ll arrange for local transportation for the group during the workshop. 


Please let us know if you have any special dietary or mobility needs.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Santa Fe is located at a height of 7000 feet, and we will likely be doing some walking along trails.  Therefore, we recommend that participants have a moderate fitness level.  You can email Workshop Coordinator Terryl Hicks at [email protected], or let us know if you’d like a phone call to discuss how to accommodate any concerns.


Bring your camera and all the lenses you may want to use. If you have a tripod—and it’s not a hassle to bring—bring it. (Many folks in the past have brought their tripods and ended up not using them. It’s your call. It’s NOT mandatory.) If you own a detachable “speedlight” you can bring that, too.  (Although, again, past participants have ended up not using them, so you decide.) And, of course, chargers, portable batteries, a flash drive.

When you pack your equipment for our photo-tours, try to keep yourself light and mobile. Your choice of camera bag is important. There will be some walking involved — and for the most part you’ll be using your camera and whatever lenses you own. 

Bring your laptop for post-processing your photos. We will do some editing work onsite during the workshop. I use Lightroom for editing and I’m going to suggest you do, too. If you plan to use Lightroom it would be good to have it installed before you get there.  If you need help learning to use it before the workshop, here’s a course I recommend:  ?


Comfortable walking shoes are mandatory.  Bring layers to adjust for varying degrees of cold or warm. A raincoat (which we hope you won’t need!) Rain/sun hat. Jacket or coat for nights. You may want to look half way decent for eating in a big city restaurant, but certainly relaxed casual. Average temperatures for that time of year in Santa Fe are mid-60’s-70’s days / 40’s nights—but anything can happen weather-wise these days!

Keep in mind that you could end up in photos taken by me or others throughout the weekend (which I may share in my blog or facebook page), so keep that in mind—seasonal city clothes, avoid t-shirts with logos, etc.

*And for the bonus portrait sessions, remember to bring whatever clothes you want to be photographed in. If you’re wondering what’s best to wear for that, ask yourself what you want these photos for… a nice personal photo for your family or social media? A business headshot for your work?  With your camera for your photography page? Just dress accordingly. In terms of colors, black isn’t great, bright white is the worst and solid colors are always the safest way to go. 


Of course we hope it will be picture-perfect but we have to be prepared that anything can happen weather-wise. (Our itinerary will be flexible to accommodate weather and light and we will shift outdooor/indoor shoots accordingly.)    Santa Fe’s weather can change rapidly and often. Average temperatures in Santa Fe in October are highs in the mid-60’s to 70’s, and lows in the 40’s/high 30’s. 

A good weather service to check for greatest accuracy is AccuWeather (

And a good app to download to your smartphone is:    Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you’re standing.


Your workshop fee is fully refundable for 72 hours following your registration. This will allow you to secure your spot—to take advantage of the discount and special bonus—but be risk-free, with time afterward to be sure you can get travel arrangements in place. (Please contact us at [email protected] if you’d like help with arrangements.)


Our visit will include both the morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday, to give us the best chance to see – and photograph – the inflations, ascensions and glows of the balloons.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that balloons will inflate and/or fly during the times we are at the Balloon Fiesta, as inflations and launches are determined by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and are subject to wind and weather conditions and other factors beyond our control.  While our photography day with Nick will end Saturday evening, you may choose to extend your stay and return to the Balloon Fiesta for additional sessions on subsequent days – however, those accommodations and excursions will be at your own expense, as they are not included as part of the workshop’s Add-On Day.


Please email our workshop coordinator Terryl Hicks at [email protected], or Anne Kelsh at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to address any questions you may have by computer or phone.  We can offer advice about transportation, rooming and other logistics to help make the trip manageable, affordable and possible for you

Are you ready to experience the enchantment of New Mexico in Autumn?

REGISTER NOW to reserve your place and claim your bonuses!

This special getaway which I, as your trusty photography guide, have carefully and lovingly programmed for you, is sure to engage, enrich and inspire you…in mind, body and soul!  

Don’t delay, as space is limited to 12 participants and we expect this workshop to fill quickly.

Also, rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis, so book soon to have the widest choice.

Register NOW to reserve your spot and get the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Add-on Day for FREE!  

I hope you’ll join us for a memorable experience and I look forward to helping you…

Stay in focus.


Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on Oprah and The Today Show—who has become a photo-guru and friend to many thousands of family memory keepers and photographers of all levels. Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun on his How To Photograph Your Life website and blog and Facebook Page, and in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

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