Texas Hill Country Spring Photography Retreat
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Join us for this fun 3-day weekend photography retreat in the beautiful Texas Hill Country!

Texas Hill Country Spring Photography Retreat : March 31 - April 3, 2022

 

  • At beautiful Mo Ranch Retreat Center in the Texas Hill Country
  • A fun 3-day weekend of photographing on this beautiful 500 acre ranch
  • Arrive on a Thursday evening, depart on Sunday
  • It’s a photographer’s paradise on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River with hiking trails and habitats including aquatic, riparian areas, grasslands, oak-juniper woodlands and limestone hills
  • Don’t think of it as a workshop.  Think of this as a fun photographers “retreat” to get away and just have fun exploring with other photographers.
  • This place is beautiful and a perfect location to retreat from daily life.
  • We'll do a “photographers’ scavenger hunt” to put everyone on a search to photograph specific things
  • Mo Ranch offers lodging in motel-style rooms with two full-size beds and a full bath
  • Shared dining in their dining hall offering a wide variety of savory and fresh buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner options, prepared daily by their culinary staff who use only the freshest ingredients
  • Explore the fascinating architecture of the many buildings and old chapel on the ranch
  • Participants can capture images of wildlife and birds throughout the property and along the river
  • The wildflowers at Mo-Ranch and the nearby Hill Country habitat include Bluebonnets, Wine Cups, Indian Paintbrushes, Indian Blanket, Antelope Horn Milkweed, Milk Vetch, Spiderwort, Texas Lantana, Drummond’s Phlox, Texas Groundsel, Texas Vervain, White Prickly Poppies, Pink Evening Primrose and many, many more
  • Weather permitting, we will also try to capture some beautiful sunrise photos and for those willing to stay up late, we’ll show you how to create great images of the beautiful night sky and Milky Way
  • Let's have some fun with outdoor "light painting" techniques also!
  • Try out some HDR photography techniques, if you want to learn that
  • Attend/take the workshop with a photographer friend and you can share a room to reduce costs
  • Bring along a non-photographer spouse/partner on the trip, and only pay a nominal added fee


Join us on this fun adventure!  Space is limited!

Pricing includes photography workshop and activities.
Lodging and meals are extra.
Once you sign up for the workshop, you will be
given further information for booking your room.


You have 6 months to pay, if you use PayPal Credit!
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Texas Hill Country Spring Photography Retreat
March 31 - April 3, 2022

  • Choose this option if just YOU are signing up for this fun adventure
  • Arrive Thursday Afternoon March 31, 2022
  • Depart Sunday April 3, 2022
  • EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
    $399 if you register by December 25th SAVE $50!
    $449 Standard Price
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TO REGISTER

Texas Hill Country Spring Photography Retreat  PLUS 1
March 31 - April 3, 2022

  • Choose this option if a non-photographer spouse/partner is going to join you on this fun adventure
  • Arrive Thursday Afternoon March 31, 2022
  • Depart Sunday April 3, 2022
  • EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT AVAILABLE!
    $449 if you register by December 25th SAVE $50!
    $499 Standard Price

Here's what participants said about our last retreat:
  • "I highly recommend this fun weekend applying and improving your photography techniques in a beautiful setting. Kevin provides opportunities for creative exploration of the grounds and the variety of photography techniques needed; instruction is tailored to an individual's needs, and all will leave having gained some new skill and improved confidence."
  • "I had time to practice techniques and improve practices that hadn't completely clicked previously. It was great to have time to ask you questions and to be reminded of setting recommendations and why, in the field as I needed them. I enjoyed the scavenger hunt, as I was encouraged to spend time outside looking around me in potentially creative ways."
  • "I loved the time in nature, and I really enjoyed interacting with the other participants. ... Really, there was nothing about the weekend that I didn't enjoy!"
  • "At the 3-Day retreat, Mo Ranch provided many opportunities for photography, learning/practicing new skills, hiking, enjoying nature, architecture, history, and most importantly: reconnecting with yourself and the fun of photography."
  • "What did I like about the weekend? Mo Ranch: the location, history, diversity of the landscape---Being able to hike so many different trails---Learning HDR and light painting was wonderful---Classmates; the class size was just right---The teacher---Getting away (even though we were busy it was such a recharge for me that I didn't realize I needed. I hit the ground running Monday morning with regular mundane chores, but I had such a good attitude about all of it. Nature is such a good brain reset.) Thank you so much, Kevin, for giving us the opportunity to attend such an awesome workshop."
  • "We very much enjoyed the weekend. Kevin had a variety of optional learning opportunities and activities to learn new techniques and ideas for improvement. I came out of The Weeknd feeling stronger with bracketing and my tripod. My photography skills took a solid step forward."
  • "What did I like about the weekend? Lots of photo opportunities in an idyllic setting."
  • "The best thing, though, was you as a leader, you were so patient and kind, and so helpful, whether it was a small thing or if a participant needed a lot of help. Your love of photography and helping others to love it, too, was so evident - not just a job. I don't know how much they were used, but the walkie-talkies are a brilliant addition to stay connected when the group goes off in so many directions. I've never been with a group that had that available. I was never afraid to be off by myself, and it added another layer to a stress-free weekend. I also greatly appreciated all the printouts. There is always something to learn - or refresh - and your explanations were very well presented."
  • "The retreat was pure joy--beautiful landscapes, comfortable rooms, good food, and the enjoying benefit of Kevin's extensive knowledge and exceptional teaching skills."
  • "What did I like about the weekend? All the flexibility! I enjoyed the opportunity to discover on my own, yet check in with others to learn what they were finding. It was a congenial group, with folks open to chat and problem solve with others. It was just the right balance of structure and open schedule to enable us to pursue places multiple times, or not at all! Mo Ranch was a great venue."
  • "This workshop was a fun learning environment with ultimate flexibility and a superb location. We had numerous opportunities to get our questions answered by Kevin."
  • "Wonderful opportunity to embrace photography in a relaxing atmosphere. Many interesting things to photograph."
  • "This was a great weekend to provide photography opportunities of a wide variety of settings and brief structured learning opportunities. Kevin was there to spend 1:1 time with any one who needed it to answer individual questions regarding camera settings or processing challenges."
  • "Enjoyed the weekend in the idyllic location and gained important skills in photography in the process. Kevin is a passionate and energetic teacher."
  • "I think the weekend was perfectly planned. I particularly enjoyed the flexibility."
  • "What did I like about the weekend? The quietness. Stillness. And ability to learn one on one!"
  • "The weekend at Mo Ranch was very tranquil and magical- It was a perfect opportunity to get to learn photography on an individual basis along with the group teaching- And the ranch is a perfect setting for this workshop."
  • "What did I like about the weekend? Getting away and spending three days roaming a beautiful camp with fellow photographers, talking photography, and relaxing from the tensions of life."

The Photography Experience

Upon arrival, Thursday afternoon, you will be greeted by the beauty and serenity of Mo Ranch. Once you're checked in, you might wander the grounds a little and then join the group for dinner, followed by an after dinner meeting.

We'll have a common meeting space we use to discuss activities and plans. You will have plenty of time to explore, photograph, relax, and have fun. We'll work on various group photographic projects, enjoying the wonder of Mo Ranch. Kevin will be there to help you with any photography challenges you might encounter and to answer any questions.

Weather permitting, you will have opportunities to go out with Kevin at night to photograph the night sky and play around with light painting techniques. If you're an early morning person, you can join the group to go out before breakfast and photograph the sunrise from one of the many overlooks above the Guadalupe River.

In our classroom time, we will discuss different types of photography and camera settings that work best, do some activities to enhance your artistic experience, and inspire you to maybe see the surroundings a little more "deeply" and use your photography as an expression of your gratitude for the beauty that surrounds you. We'll also go on a "photographic scavenger hunt" where you will be given a list of things to look for and photograph. We'll share the results of our experience in our classroom time. You are encouraged to bring a computer so you can sort through your photos and select some to share with the group.

We'll wrap up our activities on Sunday morning at sunrise followed by breakfast and we'll pack up and leave. Check out time is 11am on Sunday.

Would your non-photographer spouse/partner like to join you just to tag along for the fun?
They can join us for a nominal additional fee of $50.

What type of camera gear should I bring?
A DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera would be perfect. Actually, all lens focal lengths from 15mm (ultra wide angle) to 400mm (telephoto) are really useful for photography at Mo Ranch. If your lenses don't cover that range, no worries at all! Come with what you have. If you have more questions about that, just ask Kevin! Also, bring a tripod for any night or early morning photography. If you want to play around with "light painting" techniques, bring a strong flashlight or maybe an electronic flash/speedlight (not required).

Is WiFi available?
YES!

Does the retreat/workshop price include meals and lodging?
No. You book that separately. Once you book the workshop, we'll give you more information about booking your room. We usually stay in their Pheasant Run hotel lodging. The food in their Wagon Wheel cafe is wonderful!

Check in time: 4pm on Thursday (or you could arrive a little early and just explore a bit, if you'd like, while you are waiting on your room)

Check out time: 11am on Sunday

 

Here are a few photos of Mo Ranch:

 

yes, this is a porcupine :-)