Why is this photography experience so magical?
Magic of Cowboys is so much more than just your standard photography workshop with horses, cattle and cowboys. This is delightfully SO much more! Numerous participants have come back annually -- a testament to how special and beloved this event has become. Get your hats, boots, and camera gear ready because pard'ner, we're doing it again!
Feeding the heart, soul and camera, the Magic of Cowboys will lift your spirits! You'll have a buffet of photo opportunities that are creatively packed into three days of fun. Marvel at the diversity of high quality, unique images you'll come away with and how much you'll learn along the way.
There is a good deal of walking involved on the ranch. It is on flat terrain (no change in elevation), but one can be occasionally on uneven ground (e.g., ungraded arena, pasture land, with clumps of dirt, smaller rocks, etc.). We provide two 6-passenger golf carts and a driver to help shuttle those who need help from place to place. If you need further clarification, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Solid knowledge of manual exposure settings (Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO). A pre-workshop online course on using manual exposure settings is provided ($99 value) at no additional cost. Details are in the linked document you download from your confirmation email you will receive immediately after registering.
An easy, 45-minute drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport transports you to an entirely different place where time slows down, history is deep, and the traditional ways of cowboys and cowgirls are carried on. Located against the stunning backdrop of the legendary Superstition Mountains on 5,800 acres of the pristine Sonoran Desert in Gold Canyon, Arizona, lies the very special Donnelly D-Spur Ranch.
The “D-Spur” is a decades-old, privately owned, working ranch with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Valley of the Sun. Situated adjacent to the Tonto National Forest and legendary Superstition Mountains, It will be our jaw-dropping setting for your Magic of Cowboys Photo Experience!
*Percentages are estimates. Agenda may vary based on weather or other factors.
The Magic of Cowboys & Cattle is truly different from your typical photo tour or workshop. It's an immersive experience!
The entire experience is designed to bring out the best in your photography while immersing you in the rich culture of the cowboy and ranch life - right in the heart of the Wild West!
Cancellation Policy, Terms & Conditions and FAQs:
Please review our terms and conditions. These will be provided to you again at the end of your completed registration to initial and sign.
1. Should I get travel insurance? Yes. Travel insurance helps protect your investment should something arise (e.g., change of plans, health issues, etc.) that requires you to cancel your reservation or end your tour early.
Your initial deposit is non-refundable. No exceptions or credits provided. Payments due are scheduled approximately as follows, based on the start date of your event. Once paid, they become non-refundable:
Deposit: Due at registration (nonrefundable)
2nd Installment: Due July 1, 2023
3rd Installment: Due Oct 1, 2023
What if I need to cancel? You have several options:
Option 1: You may submit your claim to travel insurance.
Option 2: You have self-insured your trip and will absorb any losses from cancellation.
Option 3: You may transfer your seat to a qualified* friend for a fee ($250). The friend is responsible for any remaining balance.
Option 4: You may request that we attempt to resell your seat for up to full price wherever possible. To do so, there is a fee of $350. We cannot guarantee it will be resold, but we will market it to our waitlist for this tour if there is reasonable time before the start date to do so. *Qualified friend is someone who meets the criteria for the tour, has agreed to all terms & conditions, and agrees to pay for any balance due and/or future costs that arise.
Detailed cancellation information is available on our cancellation request form.
What if I pay in full up front? If you choose to pay for the entire event up front in one lump sum, should you need to cancel, your refund will be pro-rated according to the due dates for each installment, compared to your cancelation date. (For example, if you canceled after the 2nd installment was due—but prior to the final installment due date, the amount equal to the portion calculated for the final installment will be refunded to you.)
May I receive a credit toward a future event? No refunds, credit, certificates, etc. will be issued for cancelations as a large percentage of your payments are directed toward non-refundable fees we pay to secure your excursions, lodging, meals, transportation, staffing and more.
We will host a registrants-only live webinar to help wet your whistle for this wonderful event! We'll answer questions, give you tastes of what to expect, and give you a moment to meet some of the leaders and participants who you will see in-person in January!