We Got Through This Together

Because of the pandemic, the last couple of years were pretty challenging for many of us.

I will be forever grateful for all of the generous individuals who helped our little studio survive the financial challenges imposed by the pandemic. Your response of love and help was totally amazing and humbling. During the brunt of the pandemic, our studio was completely shut down for a year, and I redesigned all of my classes to be presented over Zoom sessions. I thank all of you who took those classes during our most-challenging time.

To reciprocate for all of your kind support during that time, I also did something to help others who wanted to take my classes but similarly were experiencing financial hardships. I took a leap of faith and made my classes be priced to whatever you could afford. My pandemic pricing scheme was quite simple: “name your own price.” That worked out beautifully.

Ultimately, we got through the worst of the pandemic by helping each other. We got through this together.

I just wanted to celebrate that. I am so very grateful to all of you, my clients, students, and friends.

Kevin Gourley


Ready to Learn the Important Fundamentals of Photography?

I offer several excellent options to help you!

Photography 101 – Fundamentals of Great Photography
Multiple options in August and a possible option in June!

Photographers Weekend Boot Camp
Weekend option in mid August!

2022 Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop
Especially check out this fun extended workshop at a beautiful retreat ranch on the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country in late October!

Online or In-Person Private Instruction
Customize your learning to your specific needs and schedule.


Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop – Reasons THIS is the Year to Join Us!

Any of you who have joined us on our Summer or Fall Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops, you know how fun they are and what a wonderful adventure they are for photographers! Join us again! Tell your friends!

Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop
July 2022

Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop
September 2022

I wanted to give you all an extra encouragement to JOIN US THIS YEAR for a variety of reasons! Want me to list the reasons? Well here ya go:

  • The workshops are already filling up! Also lodging options are also filling up fast. Don’t wait to the last minute to sign up and be disappointed that you missed out!
  • Join us while you can!! At least right now, I do not know for sure if I will offer them in 2023. I’m just not sure yet. I might take a break? If you have really been wanting to go, do it this year!!
  • Read some of the reviews from former workshop participants! That is reason enough to sign up! Just scroll down to the bottom of this post!
  • We have had participants return and do the workshop again many times! Yes, it’s that much fun!
  • The workshops are VERY reasonably priced for all you are getting! The 4 day workshop includes over 40 hours of learning and adventures with two pre-trip meetings, plus some additional learning options (SummerFall)! The 9 day options offer you double the experiences, wildlife photo opportunities and double the fun!
  • Do you have a non-photographer spouse/partner who would like to join you on this big adventure? They are welcome to join us at no additional fee! Bring them with you!
  • Love nature photography? – Landscapes, Mountains, Waterfalls, Rivers, Lakes, Wildlife, Elk, Deer, Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Marmots, Birds, Sunrises, Wildflowers, Aspen Fall Colors, etc. This is the workshop for you!
  • Group Sizes are intentionally kept small!
  • We follow all national park guidelines and have obtained required permits to lead these workshops in the park.
  • Your workshop leader, Kevin Gourley, has years of experience leading these workshops in this magnificent national park.

“A 5 star experience from beginning to end…”

Participant Comments: 

  • “I just returned from Kevin Gourley’s fall photography workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park. Wow! The level of preparation, expertise and personal attention Kevin put into his workshop was exceptional and truly made this experience outstanding. Kevin traveled days ahead of the workshop to ensure the best locations for fall foliage, wildlife sightings and waterfalls. He pointed out optimal stances for photographs which was very helpful for me as a novice. He even offered helpful advice after each day’s session. The two sessions prior to our adventure helped me know what to expect on a practical level and helped me better understand technical aspects of photography. I’m extremely pleased with the entire experience and would highly recommend Kevin Gourley’s workshops to anyone looking for a top-notch photography experience.”
  • “Fantastic opportunity for improving photography skills. Kevin’s detailed understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park provides a lot of wildlife viewing/photography opportunities by being at the right place at the right time. Kevin’s leadership and positive attitude sets the tone for excellent communications, sharing and a fantastic time for all. This is the most organized photography workshop I have ever attended.”
  • “This workshop has been outstanding! I’d rate this as an 11.5 on a scale of 1-10!!”
  • “The workshop in RMNP was a truly wonderful experience. Kevin’s thorough knowledge of photography, RMNP, pre trip planning and scoping out current conditions before we arrived provided excellent photo opportunities. Kevin communicates so well that it takes all the guess work out of the trip. Kevin is knowledgable, patient, kind and provides individual help when requested. Our small group bonded quickly and new friendships were made. I hope for the opportunity to return again for a future workshop.”
  • “Having attended Kevin Gourley’s Rocky Mountain Workshop, I can assure you that it was one of the best Wildlife Photography experiences I have ever had. Importantly, not only are the photo ops incredible, Kevin makes the entire trip seamlessly smooth from accommodations, restaurant choices and reservations, to travel to the various locations. To top off the experience, Kevin also provides excellent instruction in photography enabling even the most amateur photographer the ability to learn and to come away with excellent images that anyone would treasure for a lifetime. I cannot recommend this trip in particular or any of Kevin’s workshops in general more highly.” Dr. S. Hurwitz
  • “What did I like about the workshop? All of it. Your pre trip planning, communication, accommodations, shooting locations, your kindness, expertise, willingness answer all questions and even extra help during the down time. I loved being at RMNP with you. You and Gail made us feel like family. I also enjoyed eating together at different restaurants (all great choices) as a group. I enjoyed being in a small group so we all got to know each other and have personal attention when needed. I enjoyed never being rushed at any location and all of the beautiful scenery and animals and our very close proximity to the park entrance.”
  • “I have taken classes in the studio and have had the opportunity to be in Rocky Mtn. National Park with Kevin. You can always count on Kevin to deliver understandable content, be attentive to your questions and needs. I highly recommend Kevin as a consummate professional and better person.” – Dennis Ellis
  • “The Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop turned out to be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies while learning with a small group of incredible photographers. I learned every day both from Kevin and other photographers in the small group. I cannot imagine a better opportunity than this workshop for photographers who love nature and want to hone their skills.”
  • “Kevin guided us to a variety of great photographic places when the lighting was ideal. We were able to photograph beautiful lake and mountain sunrises, a lot of wildlife including moose and many herds of elk. Kevin knew when to be at different areas when there were the best chances to see wildlife. Thanks Kevin for a great trip.”
  • “Kevin is an excellent workshop leader. He takes you to the best spots at the right time and gets you set up to get your best photos. Highly recommend.”
  • “The workshop was outstanding because we had total access to Kevin and Gail’s knowledge and experience in photography. We were presented with multiple shooting locations and lighting situations from which to learn. Kevin was always available to provide advice and help resolve any problems with camera settings or answer questions. The availability of daily photo reviews permitted one to make any adjustments to shooting techniques before the next day. This was the most hands-on learning experience I have had and I look forward to more with Kevin.”
  • “This workshop provided a broad depth of experiences in the RMNP because Kevin is so knowledgeable about the area and about the best way to photograph it. I really appreciated the care given to maximize each student’s experience, no matter their skill level. I will definitely consider taking other trips with Kevin and Gail.”
  • “Could not be happier with how the workshop turned out. Everyone involved was so nice and easy to get along with. Kevin was an excellent teacher – patient, explained well, relaxed and never felt rushed or that I may be holding others back. It was very rewarding and would highly recommend Kevin’s workshops!!”
  • “Kevin is a natural-born teacher and superbly facilitated the group while providing one-on-one attention. I learned a lot without feeling overwhelmed with technical details and had fun in the process. I highly recommend this workshop!”
  • “This exceeded all my expectations!”
  • “The natural beauty of RMNP was enhanced by Kevin’s knowledge of the park and locations that were custom picked for great photographic shots. Kevin’s calm, patient and knowledgeable teaching style meant that everyone, at whatever level they were at, felt comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, learning from them and then getting immeasurably better pictures as a result. The improvement in my photography from Day 1 to Day 4 was unbelievable. I came thinking the auto settings on my camera really took better pictures than I did, and I left seeing and believing that the pictures I now understood how to take were vastly superior to anything the camera could capture in auto mode. It was a 5 star experience from beginning to end.
  • “This is a workshop you can’t afford to miss! I came to the workshop with a goal of never using Auto settings again… I achieved that and more. Kevin is such a great teacher and is able to work with photographers of all levels. He made everyone comfortable, I am from Virginia and did not know anyone in the group (as were several others) by the end of the work shop I had made a group of new friends! We were able to get so many landscape and wildlife pictures. The whole experience was amazing. I’m ready to sign up for the next workshop! Thank you Kevin” – Barb
  • “The Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop was an amazing experience! The success of the workshop begins with the organization and preparation of the instructor. Kevin and Gail were superbly organized and prepared! It was a treat to be lead to the best spots at the optimum time of the day to photograph the spectacular beauty and wildlife in the park. They demonstrated great flexibility and adaptability in meeting the needs of the group with the ever changing clouds, weather, and wildlife. It was also an incredible learning experience having a photography professional available to coach and instruct on the best methods for creatively composing a scene, capturing stunning images, and the correct use of a wide range of photographic equipment. Not only can I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop, but I’m already scheduled for a Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop with Kevin!”
  • “Thanks for another spectacularly successful workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park! The conditions were even more challenging than last Summer, yet everything progressed flawlessly. We were at the right place at the right time to capture some incredible images. Thanks for everything!”

I Love Studio Photography

I have such a love of photography, all types of photography whether it be nature, wildlife, landscapes, portraiture, fine art, etc.

I get particular enjoyment out of studio photography because a studio is a collaborative creative space for producing art.

In a studio, you truly don’t “take a photograph” you “create a photograph.” So many factors combine beautifully between posing, composition, light, mood, and creativity.

I just felt like sharing some of my studio work. I have so many images, it was hard to choose just a few.

If YOU would like to explore the wonderful world of studio portraiture, check out this limited offer that expires on December 25th!
Model: Anna Freeman
Model: Xavier Anthony
Model: Elizabeth Rhodes Styling: Kathy Thalman
Model: Lindsey Dukes
Model: Amanda Chapa
Model: Vanessa Nova
Model: Allaina Bouldin
Model: Stephen Condon
Model: Camille Khali
Model: Ella Rose Hall
Model: Camille Khali
Model: Joy Schmalzle
Model: Saril May

Just Make Art

I have known far too many photographers who have gotten caught up into comparing their work with others, feeling discouraged that their work is just not good enough. While it is true that this can serve as a great motivator to learn more, improve technique, and grow in technical skills, discouragement also can sometimes stifle creativity and inspiration. If you make mistakes (and we all do) don’t let that discourage you. Learn from your mistakes and move on! That is a good strategy for life in general.

I am a big believer in all artists pursuing their art simply because they enjoy it. Experiment, explore, and find your unique path in artistic creation. You don’t have to “be like everyone else.” You don’t have to enter photo contests to prove your worth to the world. Art does not have to be a competition. Yes, it IS sufficient if you are happy with the art you are creating. That is enough. Find what YOU enjoy and DO THAT.

Doing what YOU enjoy, expressing your art in YOUR way, celebrates your uniqueness and is the gift you bring to the world.

Happy Picture-Creating, my friends!


I thought I’d share a few quotes from various wise people, some thoughts to consider:

  • “The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” – Piet Mondrian
  • “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
  • “When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver
  • “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
  • “We all get so afraid of vulnerability that we actually stop trying to do things that we are not already good at doing.  When we give up being new and awkward, we stop growing and we stop living.” – Brene Brown
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Suess
  • “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.” – Leo Buscaglia
  • “It’s better to fail in originality, than succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville
  • “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso
  • “You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” – Frederick Terral
  • “Find something only you can say” – James Dickey
  • “I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.” – Brene Brown
  • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
  • “No person has the right to dictate what other people should perceive, create or produce. Everyone should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams
  • “Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” – Tom Peters
  • “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” – Neil Gaiman

I have a class that might help you if you are feeling stuck, not sure what you might do to find new inspiration or creativity:

Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop
Whether you are just starting out in photography or you have years of experience, this class will meet you where you are and help you find new directions to head to discover your unique artistic expression in photography! Fall in love with photography, all over again!


Lonely Camera, Looking For A Companion

Attractive, single, camera, seeking committed relationship.

It happens. The excitement of a new camera wears off over time. The relationship gets boring, uninspired, and the next thing you know, the poor lonely camera sits untouched, longing for someone to pick it up again.

Give your camera the excitement it has been yearning for. We’ll help you explore new possibilities with your camera, whether it be in learning technical skills or finding new inspiration in photography.

Consider it “couples counseling” for you and your camera. 🙂

Check out all of our upcoming classes. CLICK HERE

P.S. Interested in Bird Photography? We’ll be announcing a new opportunity soon! Contact us if you’re interested at kevin@kgphotoworkshops.com

Support Local Small Business

We’re definitely “Local Small Business!” Please help us out during the holidays. Tell your friends about our classes. We are a small independent business in Austin, Texas. Your referrals mean the world to us. We are not an impersonal large corporation running ads on TV, radio, and the Internet. We (my wife Gail and I) have been in business for 16 years, and our priority is to help you become a better photographer, find new artistic inspiration, and have fun! We have loved the people we serve and are sincerely grateful for your business. The pandemic has made the past couple of years particularly challenging, but your continued support has meant so much to us. Thank you all! (And please tell others! 😉 )


Whatever You Are, Be A Good One

Dear photographer friends,

I encourage you, as a photographer, to purse the greatness within you. Your art can (and should) be distinctively your art! Sometimes we artists might find our creative selves sort of drifting between copying other’s styles or losing inspiration entirely.

I am a firm believer in embracing your individuality and don’t really worry about imitating others or even seeking the approval of others. Find the part of this art that motivates you to create more art, to improve in your skills and vision, which will lead to even better art!

Photography has been my life for a lot of years, and know first-hand how we artists can sometimes lose our inspiration. Or even if we do feel “inspired,” we still might feel like there must be something more we can do to expand our creativity.

Having taught countless photographers over many years, I have found many photographers think the key to better photography is just knowing their camera features better, and managing exposure modes, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and all that. Yes of course those aspects are important. They are our “tools of the trade,” but they are just the starting point. The REAL journey in the art of photography begins when you get in touch with yourself and your creative vision.

I consider this SO important, I created a class for that called Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop. The funny thing I’ve observed is that a lot of photographers think they don’t need that class but I sincerely believe every photographer would benefit from this workshop, so I can’t emphasize it enough.

Here’s one example comment from a class participant:

“It’s so easy as an amateur photographer to become overwhelmed with all the technical aspects of photography. And as a photographer at any level, there is often an expectation of working to get the best technical picture. Kevin does a wonderful job of teaching the technical aspects of photography, for sure, but his Finding Your Way class focuses instead on the joy of photography, on photography as an experience and way to express ourselves. We are all creative beings, an image of the great Creator, and it is healing to the soul to pursue that. In addition to revealing the depth of Kevin as an amazing person, this class gives permission and encouragement to explore our individual path of creativity using photography. We laughed, we cried, we learned, and we found the spark that drew us to photography in the first place. Thanks, Kevin.”

At times, I am tempted to say this class is required of any photographer who wants to take any of my other classes, but such a requirement just isn’t practical. So, I am left with just “urging” you to sign up, and see what you discover about you and your photography. (You can thank me later! 🙂 )

Whatever type of photographer you turn out to be, be a good one!

Here’s The Link to Learn More and Sign Up

Some Insights to Consider:

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”

Edward de Bono

There is no such thing as creative and non-creative people, only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.

Brene Brown

The Path to Learning Photography

There are many ways to learn photography. While there is no one “right way,” there are choices you can make in where you devote your energy while trying to learn. For example, if you have a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, you’ll find it has so many options and features. Which modes should you use? Which should you avoid? What features matter most? These questions lead to important answers. When you are just starting out, you don’t really even know the questions to ask. All you know is you want to take better photographs!

As with anything in life, some lessons have to be learned the hard way. You’ll make mistakes, but those are learning opportunities. If you find a solution for a problem you’ve encountered, you have grown in the process. Still, I want to encourage you to consider some suggestions on paths you might choose in your process of learning photography.

Learn the Fundamentals

Get to know the basics of how a camera operates. Learn about the Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure Modes, White Balance, etc. While you could just use your camera’s fully automatic mode, you’ll miss out on some great capabilities you might not even realize your camera can do. Starting with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of photography is always a good possibility for beginning your learning. I have a class called Photography 101 Fundamentals of Great Photography that would be a good starting point. Also check out my book on Amazon, “30 Practical Tips for Better Photographs.

Expand Your Creativity and Inspiration

Just as important as the technical details are the artistic considerations. More than camera settings, this is about how you see the world, what excites you, what motivates you, and what inspires you. It is so important to explore this side of the art of photography as well. In fact this is also a good starting point. Or after you learn the basics, I’d recommend devoting some time to this other artistic side of photography. I highly recommend taking this course I teach “Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop.

Gradually Advance Your Skills Further

Once you have been exposed to the basics of camera settings, etc. It is wise to remain always in that mode of seeking to learn more, and practice, practice, practice. I encourage you to keep striving to be more comfortable with adjusting camera settings for a variety of different scenarios, indoors, outdoors, actions shots, night sky shots, portraits, wildlife, nature, etc. I have a Photography 201 – Expand Your Photography Skills class you might consider. Also, sharpen your nature photography skills with this class: Nature Essentials Photography Class.

Be a Student of LIGHT

Pay attention to light, both in the good qualities of light and the not-so-good qualities of light. Learn to manage and manipulate light. Quite often a photograph can be improved dramatically by simply using better light. I occasionally offer a course on light and photography. As we move further past this pandemic, I am sure I will offer this class again! Either way, this is something you can study on your own, too. Pay attention to the qualities of light that you find attractive, and take more photographs with that type of light. The more you do this, the better your photographs will be! Also, if you are trying to figure out how to use electronic flashes (often called SpeedLights) I have a class for that: Flash / Speedlight Photography Workshop.

Learn the Software

A very important part of digital photography is the process you choose for managing and enhancing your photographs on the computer. I love Adobe Lightroom Classic. It’s a very powerful and full-featured program. I offer a class that will get you off to a great start: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workshop. And then, when you are ready to really explore the full amazing photo editing capabilities of Photoshop, I offer this class: Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers Workshop.


My Love of Photography and Teaching

I have always loved photography.

With my having a Master of Science Degree and a love of art, photography is a perfect combination of science and art for me.

I also love teaching. The first photography class I ever taught was back in college, which was decades ago. I have since organized numerous photography groups in the Austin area, and have taught countless numbers of photographers from beginner to very advanced.

I love helping people improve their photography skills and find their own artistic expression through the camera. In my later years, especially, I am finding great joy in that. (That’s one reason I encourage every photographer take my “Photograph: Finding Your Way: Creativity and Inspiration Workshop.“)

To be honest, I’ve never been one who is too motivated to “market myself” to impress others about how great I am. In fact, in many cases, ego gets in the way of true artistic expression. I believe we all just need to pursue the art that excites and inspires us without worrying about comparing ourselves to others.

I love this insight from Ansel Adams:

“No person has the right to dictate what other people should perceive, create or produce. Everyone should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

When I look back on my career, what I remember most fondly are the experiences I have had and the wonderful people I have met along the way. In fact, I can honestly say I have really loved the people and the experiences even more than the photography itself.

I feel so blessed to have had this experience as a photographer and educator and friend to so many people who have come through the door of studio or joined me on our many destination workshops.

What I find particularly touching are all the kind and humbling words I have heard from former clients/students. Thank you for that.

Click Here to See What Former Students Have Said

I am in a perpetual journey of gratitude for my experiences with all of you. Thank you all for being a part of my life, either because you gave me the honor of allowing me to photograph you or teach you about the art and science of photography.

Kevin Gourley


The Importance of YOU

It is often so tempting to think the most important aspect of our photography is the camera we own. Ansel Adam’s insight is critical for all of us photographers to acknowledge. “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!” (YOU).

If you want to improve your photography, instead of upgrading your camera, upgrade the photographer! Photography is all about YOU and how you see the world around you, AND it is about operating that little machine called the camera. Remember the camera is just a machine. You are the artist.

We offer a workshop that I encourage ALL photographers to take. It is called “Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop.”

If you are wondering what steps you can take to advance your photography, this class will help you discover the way forward. It is about photography. It is about you. It is about your art. It is about creative expression. It is what I wholeheartedly believe all photographers will benefit from exploring.

Journey with us as we help you find your way to better photography, greater artistic inspiration, and if you feel like you’ve been in a rut, we’ll get you out of that rut and back on the road to creativity!

See what former class participants have said about my Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop:

  • “I really didn’t think I needed this class, but I signed up anyway. Wow, I am SO glad I did. This class totally renewed my passion for photography and how I see the world around me! I fell in love with photography all over again! Thank you!!!”
  • “It’s so easy as an amateur photographer to become overwhelmed with all the technical aspects of photography. And as a photographer at any level, there is often an expectation of working to get the best technical picture. Kevin does a wonderful job of teaching the technical aspects of photography, for sure, but his Finding Your Way class focuses instead on the joy of photography, on photography as an experience and way to express ourselves. We are all creative beings, an image of the great Creator, and it is healing to the soul to pursue that. In addition to revealing the depth of Kevin as an amazing person, this class gives permission and encouragement to explore our individual path of creativity using photography. We laughed, we cried, we learned, and we found the spark that drew us to photography in the first place. Thanks, Kevin.”
  • “I just finished taking Kevin’s “Finding Your Way” Workshop. Wow. I have been a passionate photographer for most of my life but over the last 18 months I have struggled due to my health. As a nature, wildlife and landscape photographer it became very difficult to photograph the things that spoke to me for so long. So, having taken many classes from Kevin before, I decided to see if I could re-ignite my flame for photography. I did some soul searching and was able to focus my attention using a different approach. Now I have several projects lined up as well as a strategy of combining three of these projects together to reach a goal. Kevin, as always, you never disappoint. You are not only a great photographer and teacher but even more importantly a great person. I can recommend Kevin’s workshops without reservation. Thanks so much.” – Don Simpson
  • “Thank you for providing an avenue for me to begin to recapture my love of photography!”
  • “When I was preparing my homework for the Finding Your Way class, I found that I actually enjoyed it; whereas, in the past the thought of sharing my work with others absolutely terrified me. This is huge.
  • “If you are in a rut and don’t know what to shoot or don’t even know if you still like to shoot, you MUST take this class. It is a virtual buffet of ideas that builds on itself each day of the class. There are dozens of ideas, videos, music, poems that are guaranteed to stimulate your imagination and make you want to get out and start taking pictures. This is one of the best photography classes I have taken in a long time and I now have a long list of project ideas to work with. Even if you have great technical skills or know everything you need to know about Photoshop and Lightroom, this class is for you. It is not about skills, it is about tapping into your creative mind which so often gets pushed to the side. This is one of the best investments you can make as a photographer.”
  • “This class has been an inspiration, and an opportunity to once again learn how photographers see so differently from one another. I have learned much from your sharing of your photo projects, and from the other participants as well. It’s been a great use of my time and effort!
  • “Thank you for a wonderful workshop. I always believed you could not teach someone to be creative. You did it. I came home with many ideas that I could tackle that would bring my unique self to my photographs.”
  • This class is different than any other photography course I’ve ever taken in that it lends one to truly thinking about photography in a way that deepens the connection and benefit one gets from not only taking images, but how they interpret and share them. The material and content was diverse and thorough and ultimately Kevin assembled and presented a large collection of information that everyone can put in their personal creative toolbox and use it every time they use their camera. As usual, Kevin also provides nice outlines and a notebook to memorialize the experience and collective analysis of a topic that any photographer who is wanting to up their personal approach will take aways in a very meaningful manner.”
  • “I took this class last year and it was so good and inspiring and so broad in its scope. I could not imagine how I could learn creativity by taking a class, and I was so shocked to discover how well you did it.”
  • “I want to tell you that the class yesterday was EXCELLENT. It is different than any other and better than most any. I have played it over in my mind many times even in the short time since it ended.”
  • Great inspiration and offerings to stretch my thinking when considering a photograph. Made me THINK! And finally a photography project to implement those thoughts.”
  • “Once in awhile, as constant learner, you take a class that shifts your way of thinking and approach to a subject. I found Kevin’s course to have that affect. As an amateur and hobbyist photographer, I really appreciated Kevins approach to looking inside your self and how you view it vs. getting new equipment or going to an exotic place for inspiration. As the saying goes the change comes within yourself. I like this new approach to getting out of a rut. Kevin also demonstrated that you can take your photography to other venues of providing service . I think this helped me look at possibilities of going into a different venue for photography. That in itself was worth the class. I highly recommend this class if you want to start carrying your camera again and just start shooting. Great course.”
  • “Kevin presented a rousing, creative program that really enabled me to visualize a host of new directions for me move that will give me more joy in my photography. He helped me ‘take my blinders off.’ Now it’s apparent that there is a universe of new ways to help make my photos more meaningful TO ME!”
  • “I felt the thoughtful, caring attitude that was projected not only by the teacher but students was the strong point. I very much liked the huge number of thought provoking suggestions and the videos were delightful but more than that they got the points across.”
  • “I like the stimulation to get out of my photographic rut(s). Showing me innumerable examples of different photographic approaches was very helpful. But mostly, I liked your non-critical, non-directive encouragement for me to find more satisfying ways to enjoy photography.”
  • “I have been on a number of workshops with Kevin, which were all amazing, but this was exceptionally different.”
  • “a chance to consider new ideas and approaches, a chance to try new things”
  • “I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for new sparks or wanting to push yourself in new ways creatively and technically.”
  • “really helped me to look at my photography in a more emotional way rather than being so concerned about technical aspects”
  • “I loved the projects and homework we were given to apply the information after leaving the workshop”
  • “It was a fantastic experience.”
  • “Kevin’s creative ideas for sparking photographic enthusiasm and the opportunity to think about project ideas, and go out and photograph with that new philosophy, made holding a camera in my hand new and exciting again.”

Kevin Gourley Photography Workshops, Austin, TX – Austin Photography Classes