Sean Fitzgerald Photography (workshops, events, speaking)
In June and July, Vermejo Park Ranch comes alive with newborn animals and abundant wildflowers, along with all the other amazing wildlife and landscape opportunities Vermejo has to offer. You can join us as we chase these photo opportunites at our “Babes and Blooms” photo workshop.
With help from one of Vermejo’s expert guides, we will search for wildlife (especially searching for young bison in their red coats, elk, deer, black bear with cubs, bighorn sheep, etc.) from comfortable 4WD vehicles that serve as excellent mobile blinds. We will also search out Vermejo’s best meadows and mountain-tops for incredible wildflower displays that happen most years. Geographically we go from the middle of Vermejo and its mid-elevation meadows upward to 12,000 feet mountaintops as we look for photo opportunities and unique experiences.
At our August workshop, we explore from the mid-elevations south to the prairies, including Vermejo ghost towns and in September, we photograph bull elk in rut and autumn aspens.
Guests also have an option to extend their stay another two days if they wish to experience more of what Vermejo has to offer or more time for photography instruction.
Cost is $2400 (excluding tax) and includes lodging, meals, professional guides and on-site transportation.There is an optional two day extension available for anyone who wants more time to shoot or explore ($600/extra day, subject to room availability).
Workshop limited to 6 photographers.
Lodging is for standard accommodation. Optional upgrade to Casa Grande available for $1000 per room, per stay.
Company Store purchases, alcoholic beverages, staff and guide gratuity and New Mexico State sales tax are not included. Click here for more information about tipping and my Vermejo workshops in general.
We will adjust our itinerary depending on the weather and those serendipitous opportunities that will likely present themselves. But this gives you an idea of what to expect.
I will also be available during our down times to work with each participant on their images, their photo techniques, or digital issues. Bring your laptop and I can look over your shoulder if you wish! If the weather and action is good, however, we will spend as much time out in the field as we can, chasing photo opportunities.
In the afternoon, we will hang out on the patio to chat about what you would like to see or achieve during the workshop. We will then go on a photo drive before returning for dinner and a good night sleep.
Late in the morning we will return to relax and get lunch, with an opportunity for everyone to get help with their photo techniques and equipment.
Depending on the light and winds, we will go out to different areas to look for wildlife. We try to adapt to where animals have been sighted, such as bears with cubs and the larger bison herds with young calves. After sunset, we will return to the lodge for a well-deserved dinner.
Our exact itinerary will vary depending on what I have scouted beforehand and what areas are really “hopping.” We never know what we might find.
After we return, if anyone has the energy to do a little late-night light painting on Castle Rock, I will be game (especially since we sleep in on our last day).
Those staying for the extra two day extension have the morning off and time to work on their images. In the evening, we will be back out to shoot into the night.