Horses and Cowboys Photography Workshop

3 Days - Marana, Arizona
Apr 26 - Apr 28, 2019
Activity Level


Join us for an authentic Old West photography workshop at White Stallion Ranch with Arizona Highways Photo Editor Jeff Kida. This unique ‘Horses and Cowboys’ workshop will give you a real-life western experience with horse round-ups, barrel racing, cattle penning, and other fun activities at the ranch.

Registration deadline: January 25, 2019

If you spent Saturdays watching Western Movies (or wish you did) this is the perfect workshop for you, and Jeff Kida is the ideal photographer to lead it.  Grab your camera and join us for this old west photography workshop at the White Stallion Ranch just outside of Tucson, Arizona.  Our Horses and Cowboys workshop has been a favorite for many, won over by the western charm and stallion stampedes this course has to offer.


You will gain photography experience during both planned portrait sessions and photographing spontaneously around the ranch. Sunrise and sunset shoots will allow you to capture majestic images of horses in the dramatic light of sunrise, and the beautiful desert landscape with more saguaros than you have ever seen in one place. Jeff will show you how to manipulate natural light to create the best photographs possible of the cowboys and cowgirls on the ranch.


Take a journey into Arizona’s iconic landscape of rugged mountains and wide open spaces and photograph a timeless world of horses and cowboys.


Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Two nights lodging based on double occupancy. Single rooms and deluxe single rooms are available for an additional fee.
  • All meals while at the ranch
  • All applicable model, gratuity, park, permit and tour fees
  • Post workshop critique

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.

Day 1 – Friday, April 26

  • We’ll meet at the ranch at 8:00am for Jeff Kida’s presentation on compositional techniques and how to photograph action and portraits.
  • In mid-morning we will do a walk-about in the corrals and tack rooms and work with our ranch models using available light.
  • Before lunch we will review and discuss what makes a good photo: composition, metering, exposure, etc.
  • Lunch followed by a field session on macro and still life in the Saddle Repair Shop.
  • Late afternoon we will photograph cowboys and longhorns at sunset.
  • Dinner
  • Night shoot painting cowboy models with light


Day 2 – Saturday, April 27

  • Saturday will be packed with activity from sunrise until after sunset. You’ll photograph the morning horse drive, wranglers grooming and saddling the horses and other ranch scenes.
  • We’ll begin our day with the morning horse drive followed by a field session on natural lighting techniques with our cowboys doctoring horses and working in the tack room.
  • We’ll enjoy a bit of downtime to download images prior to lunch.
  • After lunch we’ll reconvene in the Longhorn room for a photo critique.
  • Late afternoon we’ll head out to the corral for photos of the ranch rodeo, including roping and cattle penning.
  • Before dinner we will receive team assignments for portrait shoots.
  • Dinner
  • Following dinner we will do some light painting in the tack room.


Day 3 – Sunday, April 28

  • Sunrise shoot of a beautiful horse and rider.
  • Breakfast
  • After our breakfast, we’ll move through the various portrait spots.
  • Ranch check-out followed by our last critique. We’ll finish up after lunch.
  • Workshop adjourns by 3:00pm

Strenuous Rating: Easy  
Based at the White Stallion Ranch, all the activities will take place in and around the property. All dirt walkways and trails are manicured for easy access. At times we will be inside the corrals and arenas, standing on fence rungs, and standing near livestock. It is important to always be aware of your surroundings. Temperatures this time of year can range from a low in the 50’s to highs in the low 90’s. Please remember a wide-brimmed hat, comfortable clothing, and sturdy walking shoes or boots. Wearing sunscreen and drinking lots of water is encouraged.

White Stallion Ranch
9251 W. Twin Peaks Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85743
Phone: (520)-297-0252
Workshop participants will stay at the White Stallion Ranch. Lodging and meals are included in your workshop fee. Lodging is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee. The Ranch is an all-inclusive facility, and as such additional nights booked include lodging, meals and other activities. During peak season there is no discounted rate available. There are other less expensive options available within a 15 minute drive of the ranch. To request additional lodging options, please contact our office at 602-712-2004. The White Stallion Ranch does provide airport shuttle service for an additional fee.

Jeff Kida
Jack Jordan
Photo Guide
John Frelich
Photo Guide
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Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following cancellation policy applies – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • 90 days full payment is due
  • 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee.  Voucher is good for 18 months.
  • * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.

* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.

NOTE:  Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days.  Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can some time be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.


Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.


PAYMENT TERMS:  A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space.  Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit.  Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.