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LIGHTROOM 101 - The Essentials



LIGHTROOM 102 - Digital Post Processing                    



January 18 - January 20  2020


      Winter in the Grand Canyon


Winter in Grand Canyon Winter at the Grand Canyon is a photographers delight offering cool crisp air and crystalline light along the canyon's South Rim. Soft hues of purple, red and blue paint the sky against the canyon walls. Join Suzanne Mathia for this winter escape to Arizona's majestic Grand Canyon.  

Winter is one of the best seasons for photography at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The summer crowds are gone and the days are replaced with crisp cool air and tranquil serenity. With fewer people, it also means more opportunity to find wildlife within camera range.

Pricing: $995.00

Outsiders Photography Conference

KANAB Utah - March 20 -22 2020

Join me, Art Wolfe, Adam Gibbs, Michael Shainblum, Sarah Marino, Alex Noriega, Joshua Cripps, Jennifer Renwick, Nick Page and other incredible photographers and speakers at the OUTSIDERS LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE March 20-22nd 2020. KANAB, Utah Instruction will happen in a fun, conference style setting with large-group lectures, round-table discussions, panel discussions, small-group classes, debates, and discussions.

The full schedule including post conference workshops will be published leading up to the conference. I have a limited number of discounted tickets available for my friends and followers.

Please use my personal discount code MATHIA150 in the final checkout section to save $150 off the conference.

This 3-day conference will be held inside the BRAND NEW Kanab Convention Center which is perfectly situated in the crossroads of the Southwest. Kanab is central to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, The Wave, White Pocket, Lake Powell, Grand Staircase Escalante and more. The photographic opportunities in this area are endless!!

a landscape photography conference unlike anything you’ve experienced before! Learn from industry pros in a relaxed environment while catching up on the latest in gear and technology from our vendor partners. Kanab, UT is central to the most scenic areas of the Desert Southwest and is the ideal place to bring together a like-minded community of landscape photographers.

Register your spot today - seating is limited! If you have a discount code, please enter at checkout Included with your ticket: -3 days of intense landscape photography instruction -Round table discussions and interaction with the industry's top landscape photographers -Opening night welcome dinner -Catered lunch on all three days of the conference -Attendee swag bag *Note: This conference is intended for photographers of any and all skill levels from beginner/novice, serious enthusiast to seasoned pro.

March 25 - March 29 2020

Slot Canyons & The Colorado Plateau


Etched into the crust of the Colorado Plateau are the most photogenic and captivating canyons in the world. Join us as we explore the twisting sandstone labyrinths of the slot canyons, the strangely formed hoodoos, mysterious petroglyphs and a 270 degree view of the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend. We will even take a leittle raft trip from the Dam through Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River.

Pricing: $2,695 / $500 deposit  

Havasupai: Land of Blue Green Waters

CHECK BACK in January FOR POSSIBLE 2020 dates


Journey to the “Shangri-La” of the Southwest, Havasu Canyon. The Land of Blue Green Waters. This small branch of the Grand Canyon contains Havasupai, Navajo and Mooney Falls, three of the most beloved waterfalls in the American West and 2 new spectacular falls created in just the last few years.

Duration: 5 days | Activity level: 6.0 | Price: $3,495  

May 1 - 4  , 2020        White Pocket on the Colorado Plateau 1


May 5 - 8 2020         White Pocket on the Colorado Plateau 2



Hidden within the desert expanse of the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs National Monument near the Arizona/Utah border sits a little known but magical spot called White Pocket. Relatively unknown until recent years and not easily accessed, White Pocket is fast becoming the next photographer's paradise for capturing uniquely strange and colorful rock formations.

Get access to one of the most unique landscapes in North America to photograph strange and interesting rock formations when Arizona Highways Photo Workshops takes you to the hidden gem known as White Pocket. Limited to 9 participants, this small group workshop ensures individual attention so you go home with this spectacular shots!

Join Suzanne Mathia on this outfitter guided trip as we camp and explore the Paria Plateau.

 Pricing: $1,595 / $500 deposit   - 

June 22 - June 26 2020   OLYMPIC PENINSULA


Explore lush green rainforests, misty flowing waterfalls and spectacular coastline as we journey around the Olympic Peninsula. This workshop provides a full range of photo opportunities from macro shots and smooth milky waterfalls to moody sunsets and grand coastal landscapes, lush rain forests, wildlife and mountains

Pricing: $2,695 / $500 deposit



Suzanne Mathia 

July 10 - 12, 2020    

The lofty overlooks along the park’s South Rim provide spectacular photographic opportunities, especially as summer crests and the scenery is augmented by sensational cloud buildups. Late afternoon storms are the norm, bringing with them dramatic skies, lightning and the occasional rainbow. The challenge is to turn great views into great images. During this workshop, participants will learn how to compose scenes for the wow effect and work with varied natural light to create vibrant images. In this workshop, novice and professional alike will have the opportunity to make winter images from a variety of locations, exploring different compositional methods and experimenting with a variety of lighting situations to make "images with impact."

Photographing from stellar viewpoints Learn compositional methods and experimenting with a variety of lighting situations to make "images with impact" Daily critique sessions will allow participants to improve their skills as the workshop progresses. Experience a stunning sunrises and sunsets from the Rim of this world-famous chasm

$460 for members, $485 for non members


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North Rim Views


Arizona Highways Photoscapes

August 13 - August 16, 2020

The North Rim of The Grand Canyon offers a completely different experience than the South Rim. The North Rim gets one-tenth of the visitors, and because it gets more precipitation than the South, the canyon walls are more eroded and sloping, making it easier to see the river below. Trails and vista points are not crowded, and best of all; the views are more expansive and unique. The Monsoon season at the rim is the most spectacular. The mornings are usually clear and we’ll have the opportunity to capture some amazing sunrises over the canyon. It is common to see grazing buffalo and deer in the lush and beautiful meadows that are abundant with wildflowers late into the summer. As the day progresses billowing clouds form and we are often treated to spectacular lighting storms, rainbows and the most dramatic skies ever. Sunsets at the various overlooks are often the most unique and impressive. The solitude, quietness, and grandeur of these glorious views can be quite overwhelming and the photographic possibilities are endless. This is the place to capture nature on a truly grand scale. We will be staying in cabins right at the rim and dining at the historic North Rim Lodge. Our mornings will start early with sunrise shoots along the rim. Photographer Suzanne Mathia, will teach you the best techniques for capturing memorable, creative and unique images. Each day after breakfast we will meet for critique sessions and discussions on technique.

Pricing: $1,795 / Deposit $500.00

White Sands

Arizona Highways Photoscapes 

September 10 - 13 2020


Hues of pinks, blues and purples paint an endless landscape as the desert sky meets the rolling gypsum dunes known in White Sands National Monument. Spanning 275 square miles this uniquely arid terrain offers magical opportunities for photographing shadows, light and texture.

Situated in the world’s largest gypsum dune field, White Sands National Monument stands as a testament to one of the most magical places in the Southwest. Its gleaming white dunes continually change as the wind forms ripples, curved dunes and unique patterns that make stunning subjects for the camera. Under a wide sky, light and shadows play across the landscape, where a variety of plants and animals have adapted to the environment. Curious white lizards scurry across the sand, leaving a line of tracks near the stark yuccas and other plants that punctuate the desert. At sunrise and twilight, the dunes take on a pink glow and more pronounced patterns emerge as shadows lengthen. We will be out on the dunes in time for sunrise and have special permission to be out after sunset to capture the dunes while a little sunset light is available to make striking images. Join expert White Sands photographer Suzanne Mathia to open up your creative palette  to all the photographic possibilities.

Pricing: $1,595 / $500 deposit


September 25 - 28  - Grand Canyon Association

Many of the canyon’s signature peaks and pinnacles crouch, seemingly just out of reach, beneath the towering North Rim. Photographers have long flocked to the lofty overlooks of the higher rim to capture some of the most compelling compositions found anywhere in North America. The goal of this workshop is to have participants in the right place at the right time with the right skills to make images with impact.

Photographing from stellar viewpoints. Learn compositional methods and experimenting with a variety of lighting situations to make “images with impact" Daily critique sessions will allow participants to improve their skills as the workshop progresses. Experience a stunning sunrises and sunsets from the Rim of this world-famous chasm during its most colorful season

Price: $575 for members, $600 for nonmembers



October 1  - 5 2020

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Lake Powell by Houseboat

October 2021 - Dates to be announced

Photo Workshop 5 Days - Page, AZActivity Level●●●●●○ $3,495.00 Lake Powell, with its awesome red rock towers and brilliant blue-green water, offers us a bountiful feast of photographic opportunities. With two houseboats serving as our base camp, Lake Powell experts, Gary Ladd and Suzanne Mathia will help you create stunning images of the many canyons, coves, arches and natural bridges .

Experience the natural wonders and hidden geological gems of Lake Powell as we take you on a photo adventure deep into the Escalante arm of the lake. For five days we will visit side canyons, alcoves and miles of incredible towering canyon walls as we create interesting compositions of color, texture and patterns. When not enjoying our sessions in the field, Gary will share his expert knowledge of the lake’s formation and its impact on the region and Suzanne will work with the group on post-processing techniques. Together this team combines the best of photography, geology, history and astronomy.


Available for private one on one or small group photography workshops and tours.

Call to discuss potential locations and itineraries

Canyon-Colorado River Raft Trip

Dates TBD - Inquire if Interested -

Private Group

One of the most life changing experiences.  A 10 - 18 days photographic exploration of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. 

 We  will “shoot” some of the world’s most famous rapids, sleep under the stars each night by the side of the river, Hike the  inner canyons  and photograph some of the most jaw dropping scenes on earth! For ten days, you will experience a true wilderness experience, away from phones, the internet, and civilization.  This trip is especially designed for Photographers.  our custom itinerary has been designed with only one goal in mind: to maximize photographic potential.  Two professional instructors with intimate knowledge of the river will be there to  teach and mentor you and to hone your photographic skills so that you will leave with incredible images as well as life long memories.

 Our Outfitters have extensive  knowledge of the river and understand our photographic priorities.   We explore secrets of the Grand Canyon accessible only by the river from huge caverns to  slot canyons, waterfalls, reflecting pools, hanging gardens, seeps, springs, ancient granaries, photographing at the best possible time of the day to create prized images of sight seen by few.

Call or email for more details

Price TBD 

February  - California Coast - Big Sur

Small group custom workshop

7 Days, Six Nights (3 Morro Bay; 3 Big Sur)

From the moment you start this amazing road trip, you'll leave the world behind as you wind up, over & down along 350 miles of the world's most rugged coastline in a land where populations dwindle, trees and mountains soar & waves crash in a landscape cold, green & beautiful. For seven days & nights, we'll wind our way along legendary U.S. Highway 1 thru four separate coastal regions of incomparable beauty: Santa Barbara; Morro Bay/San Simeon; Big Sur; Carmel/Monterey. The journey will offer an amazing diversity of photographic opportunities: seascapes of all order; quaint boat harbors; Spanish Mission architecture; ocean wildlife & sea birds; tidepools; winter waves; redwoods & live oaks; sand dunes; historic span bridges, & more.

   Hunts Mesa - Monument Valley

SEPTEMBER 2019 dates TBD inquire if interested

Group Custom Workshop

Monsoon conditions produce some of the most dramatic & original opportunities for photography in the southwest. Join us for an incredible expedition to some of the most epic vistas in the American Southwest. Over four days, we will explore the whole of this magical and sacred land of mesas and monuments including Totem Pole & Y'ei Bi Chei, the arches, petroglyphs and ruins of Mystery Valley, Navajo rug weavers and sheepherders, and of course two evenings to capture the legendary Mitten Shadow. Will we complete the adventure with and an unforgettable journey to an overnight stay at Hunt's Mesa, high above the valley floor.


Spend a week with a small group at the Redoubt Mountain Lodge in Lake Clark, Alaska. It is the only lodge and privately owned property on the 9-mile long, glacier-fed Crescent Lake. The area surrounding the lodge is home to Alaskan Brown & Black Bears and is regarded as some of the best Bear Viewing in the state. No roads lead to the park and it can only be reached by small aircraft, float planes. Lake Clark National Park is one of the least visited in the National Park System, averaging just 5,000 visitors per year. Incredible bear viewing, superb food and hospitality, incomparable scenery, Redoubt Mountain Lodge is definitely the place to be. Photograph these amazing animals all day, in their natural habitat, feasting on spawning salmon, tending to their cubs napping and playing. Travel in small flat bottom boats to allow us to get to perfect spots to capture a variety of scenes and behaviours.

Nature First is built on seven core principles that help communicate how each of us can enjoy nature photography responsibly. The Seven Principles of Nature First Photography were developed to help educate and guide both professional and recreational photographers in sustainable, minimal impact practices that will help preserve nature’s beautiful locations. #naturefirst


Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

Use discretion if sharing locations. Know and follow rules and regulations.

Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

Actively promote and educate others about these principles

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