WORKSHOPS - Suzanne Mathia Photography




LIGHTROOM 101 - The Essentials

                                   April 13th    


LIGHTROOM 102 - Digital Post Processing                     

                                  May 18th



January 19 - January 21   2019 - SOLD OUT

January 18 - January 30 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

March 18-March 22 2018  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: $2,395 / $500 deposit  

Havasupai: Land of Blue Green Waters



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 3 - 6 , 2019         White Pocket on the Colorado Plateau 1


May 7 - 10 2019          White Pocket on the Colorado Plateau 2


Sept 12 - 15  , 2019          White Pocket on the Colorado Plateau 3

Added a third trip later in the year due to popular demand


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   - 

2020 Dates coming soon   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


Suzanne Mathia 

July 12 - 14, 2019      GRAND CANYON ASSOCIATION

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


  • Sleepy Bear
  • Colorado River in the glow of sunrise from Navajo Point

August 2019  Grand Canyon South Rim - MONSOON

Call for details

The summer monsoon is one of the most dramatic times to photograph the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Sensational thunderclouds bring dramatic light patterns, lighting shows and magical rainbows. Each day we will work on capturing stunning photos of the Canyon and working in Lightroom and other editors to simplify digital asset management, raw conversion and development, image enhancement and output for the web or print. Everything from capture to print

AUG or Sept 2019             White Sands

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.

Our trip will coincide with the annual balloon festival which allows some amazing shots of the hot air ballons over the White SAnds!

Pricing: $1,495 / $500 deposit



September 30- October 3,  2019  - 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: $570 for members, $595 for nonmembers


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

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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