Joshua Tree 2019

The Joshua Tree Photo Experience


Joshua Tree is known for forests of giant yuccas that are the park’s namesake and massive out-of-this-world rock formations. Spend 4-days becoming immersed in one of America’s most unique landscapes through rock climbing, hiking, and camping all while learning to capture the spirit of the desert through photography. This workshop focuses on unique photo techniques that will enhance your personal narrative and help you create a story that will inspire an emotional connection with the natural world. With a maximum of 8 guests and a 4:1 instructor ratio there will be loads of group and private instruction given by Kristi and Darren.

Participants must be comfortable sleeping in a tent and sleeping bag.


4-day itinerary


March 4

  • Arrive in Joshua Tree
  • Meet and greet at Joshua Tree Saloon
  • Check-in and get settled with our hosts
  • Dinner provided by Seth and Sabra and Cliffhanger Guides
  • Lesson 1: Voice, Storytelling, and the Power of Composition

Explore how to use photography to capture and share an adventure and how to bring emotion and feeling into your work.  

March 5

  • Activity: Team building and personal discovery

One of the most important pillars of building an adventure in the outdoors is trust. Embark on a full day of guided rock climbing provided by Cliffhanger Guides (the best guiding outfit in Joshua Tree). Push your limits, reach new “heights”, and get the opportunity to take photos while on ropes. This day is all about adventure and becoming immersed in the uniqueness of Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Picnic lunch provided by Cliffhanger Guides
  • Camping in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lesson 2: Landscapes and Environmental Portraiture

Learn to use advanced camera techniques such as time-lapse, focus stacking, long exposures, and light painting to uniquely elevate your message. Work on incorporating human subjects into your landscape photography to create an impactful environment portrait.

March 6

  • Activity: Environmental Portraiture

Explore the desert wilderness of Joshua Tree and get to know the residents. Select a portrait subject from amongst climbers, hikers, campers, or townsfolk and produce a portrait that tells a story of both person and place.   

  • Exploring Joshua Tree Town and National Park hiking trails
  • Kristi and Darren will be available for one-on-one mentoring
  • Camping in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lesson: Editing and Finishing Your Images for Impact

Creating a compelling story through photography is only half over once you release the shutter. Explore new techniques to captivate a viewer through editing and hone in your post processing skills.

March 7

  • Activity: Self Directed

Continue to explore Joshua Tree and build your adventure narrative. Kristi and Darren will be available for one-on-one mentoring and photo review. Complete your edits and finalize your story in preparation for the nights group review.

  • Camping at Seth’s and Sabra’s
  • Dinner provided by Seth and Sabra and Cliffhanger Guides
  • Photo Stories:

Meet at dinner and share with one another our favorite images from our Joshua Tree Experience.

March 8

  • Break camp
  • Transfer to airport

Cost: $2150 Early Bird rate (until Nov 30th), $2300 (after Dec 1st)