Monument Valley, Landscapes and Native American Portraiture - With Sony Artisan and Singh-Ray Ambassador Don Smith and former Sports Illustrated staffer, Ron Modra

Francis, Navajo Female Elder, Monument Valley

Francis, Navajo Female Elder, Monument Valley

Francis, Navajo Female Elder, Monument Valley, Utah, United States.

Join Sony Artisan of Imagery and Singh-Ray Ambassador, Don Smith, and 26-year Sports Illustrated staff photographer, Ron Modra, for a unique Photo Landscape and Portraiture Workshop at iconic Monument Valley, Utah.

The landscape portion of the workshop will center on capturing the most iconic buttes, mitten, and spires that Monument Valley has to offer. We have timed this workshop to coincide with the full moon cycle at a time of year where we will not be dealing with the normal hordes of tourists.

We will be staying at the View Hotel on the rim of Monument Valley where every room will have a view of the famed Mittens and Merrick Butte right from you back deck!

With some luck, we may even get a bit of snow. We will have (4) sunset and (4) sunrise shoots along with some incredible light early and late. We will also offer one class on night photography. Moreover, one of the sunset shoots will involve a full moonrise over the famed Mittens!

During the day,  be prepared to photograph portraits of Native American's in this beautiful environment. We will be invited into a Navajo Hogan, a traditional living area where Ron will show you how to pose and make use of the available light.

Also, we will use the Valley as a backdrop with locals on horseback here we will also do some portrait work, another highlight will be a rider on horseback riding out on John Fords point.

If you are a fan of the old west and classic western movies like Stagecoach and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. We we will be using some of the iconic locations used by John Ford and John Wayne. 

We expect this workshop to fill quickly so please don't delay.

NOTE: We will not be able to get you the moonrise through the mitten shot as that will not be happening on these dates but we will substitute a night shoot instead!

Workshop Price: $3785.00 (Includes 4 nights single lodging at The View Hotel on the rim of Monument Valley). Everyone gets a Valley View from your room and back patio!

NOTE: We are just adding to our waiting list as of now. We currently have 12 on the list. We have been told by the Navajo administrators that we will be granted a permit but will not have that confirmed until late February; thus, we are not accepting any form of payment until we have a permit in place.  Please email us to get on the list:

Frequently Asked Questions: Monument Valley FAQ's: CLICK HERE.

Lodging/Meals: Lodging for 4 nights is included at The View at Monument Valley. Each participant will have a private room. Meals are not included in price of workshop.

Transportation: We will ride private transportation to shooting locations. Participants are required to have transportation from their airport of choice.

Guides and Models: All guides and models are covered under you workshop fee. We have three days of Portrait and Environmental Portrait planned with local Native American models whom will be dressed in native Navajo clothing.

Spousal/Friend Policy: To view our cancellation policy, please CLICK HERE: Spousal, Relative and Friend Policy.


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Don Smith Photo Workshops carries valid Commercial Use Authorization Permits. We are fully insured and instructors have certified advanced first aid training.

Travel and other expenses: Under no circumstances will I refund any charge not paid to me, such as (but not limited to) airfare, lodging, car rental, or meals. Though I’ve never had to cancel a workshop, and consider the possibility extremely remote, for your peace of mind I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.

Don Smith Photography LLC cannot be held liable for any Park closures or weather-related closures.

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