Northern New Mexico Workshop
Santa Fe - Taos - Hernandez - Ghost Ranch

September 6th to 10th, 2013

This is a unique 5 day Workshop during which we will explore
the Northern New Mexico Landscape and Architecture

An exclusive field workshop with two of the Southwest's finest landscape photography instructors
This workshop is appropriate for all photographers regardless of camera format or level of experience

Open to 12 photographers maximum
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Workshop Focus: Vision and Personal Style in Fine Art Photography

Mission and Ladder

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop.
It was a great group of people who participated, your location choices were excellent
and I greatly appreciated your concise but very pertinent guidance and comments.
I learned a great deal.

Nothing was forced, there was no intimidation (except self-imposed),
and everyone shared unreservedly of their knowledge,
work examples, and suggestions for better photography.

It was a wonderful mini-community that evolved in that short time.

John Sorce, Workshop participant

Workshops FAQ

Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented New Mexico workshop with professional photographer and instructor Alain Briot and art instructor Natalie Briot!
We are pleased to announce a brand new workshop, one that is quite different from those we have offered so far. This workshop focuses on Santa Fe, Taos and surrounding areas. During this workshop we will explore the photographic opportunities offered by the Santa Fe and Taos area in New Mexico. The focus of this workshop is Vision and Personal Style. The Northern New Mexico area is ideal for this focus because of the many artists who have worked and lived there. During our journey we will explore locations painted and photographs by artists that include Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams and many others. Their work, together with the actual locations they painted and photographed, will provide inspiration for your own work.

Your itinerary:
This workshop will take place September 6th to10th, 2013. We will meet you in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which will be our base for the entire workshop. This is a large area, with a a huge potential for the creation of unique and exciting photographs, and we will focus on one of these areas each day, exploring and photographing it to its full potential. The itinerary for the workshop was designed by Natalie and I with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities.

Here is a detailed account of your itinerary:

Friday, September 6th

We will meet you in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exact meeting location in Santa Fe will be emailed to you after you register. After doing orientation and giving our first presentation of the workshop, we will photograph in the Santa Fe area until sunset.

We will stay in Santa Fe Friday night.


Saturday September 7th
On Saturday we will depart Santa Fe for Taos, following the High Road to Taos. We will photograph along the way, exploring the many photographic opportunities offered by the Northern New Mexico Landscape, the Spanish Architecture and the Native American Pueblos. Our journey will take us to some of the most photogenic Spanish Missions in the United States, a unique photographic subject.

We will be photographing both the landscape and the Spanish and Pueblo architecture. Sunset will find us photographing the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos.

We will stay in Taos Saturday night.

Sunday September 8th
On Sunday we will start by photographing sunrise near Taos. After breakfast we will travel to Taos Pueblo, just north of town, to photograph one of the oldest Native American Pueblos in the United States. This pueblo was photographed by Ansel Adams and painted by Georgia O' Keefe. It has also been the subject of choice of many other artists. After Lunch we will continue exploring the area, focusing on one of the most famous Spanish Missions.

We will photograph sunset near Taos, at another prime location.

We will stay in Taos Sunday night

Taos Pueblo

Monday September 9th
On Monday we will travel from Taos to Ghost Ranch with many stops along the way. We will go to Hernandez where Ansel Adams created his most famous photograph and look at the very scene he photographed. Midday will find us at Ghost Ranch where Georgia O' keefe., as well as many other artists, lived and worked.

We will photograph sunset at Ghost Ranch.

We will stay at Ghost Ranch on Monday night.

Tuesday, September 10th
We will photograph Sunrise near Ghost Ranch, at a location selected the day before for its photographic opportunities. The workshop will end after breakfast to give you plenty of time to drive back to the airport and to your home destination.

Workshop Focus and Photographic Skill Exercises
The focus of this workshop is creativity, vision and developing a unique style with fine art photography. These are very important areas of photography that are rarely taught in workshops. They are the areas that will make your work stand out from everyone else's work by making your work unique to you.

You will be practicing photographic skills exercises designed to help you strengthen your skills in this area during the workshop. You will receive handouts with a description of each exercise and we will go over the exercises with you, explaining to you both the theory and the practical side of each exercise. You will then be asked to conduct these exercises on your own. Make sure to bring a folder where you can store your handouts, a notepad to take notes during the workshop, and several pens and pencils.

Ghost Ranch Panorama

Don't let this unique opportunity pass you by!
Because this is a new and unique workshop, we expect seats to be in high demand. To be fair reservations will be taken on a first come first served basis.

If you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, if you want to photograph some of the most beautiful photographic locations while receiving photographic instruction, don't hesitate another second: sign up now. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Cost and Contact information
The cost of this once in a lifetime workshop is only USD $1395.

You are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements. We will email you a list of accommodations in the cities where we will be staying during the workshop, and a list of the closest airports when you register. If you need this information prior to registering simply email or call us using the contact information below.

There are four ways to reserve your seat in this workshop:

1- Use the paypal button below:

2013 Northern New Mexico Workshop
$1395 only

2 - Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 (USA) or 928-252-2466 (International)
3 - Email Alain at
4 - Download the emailable Workshop Registration Form

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one installment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Registrations are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because our workshops sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

This workshop is for you if you have been thinking about studying photography under the guidance of Alain and Natalie Briot, two professional instructors, if you want to build up your photographic portfolio, develop your personal style, or if you visit and photograph locations that offer exciting and unique photographic possibilities.

Abiquiu Inn at Night

Things to keep in mind:
- Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: "bad weather equals good photographs."

- Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to Santa Fe as well as a list of hotels in Santa Fe and in the other locations where we will be staying when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

- We will be photographing from 2000 to 6000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

- A passenger car or small SUV is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

- We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Rio Grande Gorge

Print Review
A personal print review of your work will be conducted during this workshop. This print review will focus on composition, print quality, image optimization, personal approach to photography, and more. Make sure to bring 6 prints of your work, 10x15" or larger print size, to share with the group. Our print reviews are friendly and helpful and will allow you to present your work, ask questions, and receive answers and feedback from both the group and Natalie and Alain Briot. This is a print review, not a print critique. Our goal is to help you improve your skill and build your confidence level regarding your photographic skills. If you participated to our workshops previously we strongly recommend you bring photographs created during your previous workshops.

Instructor Availability
We will be giving presentations, helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset with a break for breakfast and lunch during the entire duration of the workshop.

Ristra, Taos

Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept two transfers per workshop. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. We cannot transfer consulting fees towards workshop registration or vice versa. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund. By registering for this workshop you agree to this policy.

Ghost Ranch

Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography,, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time.

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