Lake Powell by Houseboat Photo Workshop

5 Days - Page, AZ
Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2019
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


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 .

Registration deadline: September 1, 2019

Experience the natural wonders and hidden geological gems of Lake Powell as Gary Ladd and Suzanne Mathia 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.


Our exact itinerary will be modified to fit weather conditions and lake levels. But here is the general plan: much of the first day will be spent motoring up the lake toward the Escalante Arm. It is in the Escalante Arm that desert varnish tapestries, deep alcoves and twisting slot canyons are at their absolute best. We’ll find a scenic spot to beach the boats and get to work as quickly as possible.


Days two, three and perhaps part of four will give us time to explore and photograph the Great Alcove of Willow Canyon, the dim recesses of Cathedral in the Desert as it exits today (half-flooded by Lake Powell), and view a crazy Ancestral Puebloan toehold route up the walls of Fifty Mile Canyon.
There are also a couple of great photo locations near the mouth of the Escalante: Pool Canyon and Forest Alcove. Both offer tapestried walls and shaded pools of water.


Wherever we go in the Escalante Area we’ll be on the lookout for dazzling “light web” displays on darkened canyon walls, undulating reflections of the canyon cliffs and unusual lighting conditions made possible by the canyon’s many deep alcoves.


Eventually we will need to return to Wahweap Marina. On the way back we may make a quick stop at Rainbow Bridge, Anasazi Canyon, or Cathedral Canyon but our main goal is Padre Bay, the largest expanse of open water on Lake Powell. Although there are numerous locations and canyons of interest here, Weathering Pit Ridge is our main target because of its extraordinary exposures of wild cross-bedding patterns in the sandstone and its wonderful omni-directional views.

Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic and post-processing instruction
  • Houseboat lodging with double-sized beds
  • Houseboat fuel
  • All meals aboard the boat
  • All applicable permit and tour fees
  • Gratuities for the houseboat pilots
  • Post workshop critique
    * Space is extremely limited on the houseboats. Participants should use only soft-sided duffels for their luggage and bring a sleeping bag, pillow and camera gear. Any gear that does not fit in your personal space will be stored under cover on the top deck.

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change due to weather, tide and lighting conditions. We want to give you the best photo opportunities.

Day One – Sunday, October 6

  • Meet at 9:00am in the conference room at Lake Powell Resort at the Wahweap Marina for an orientation and presentation by Suzanne & Gary.
  • Gary will talk about what to expect during the week on the Lake, including general safety items and sleeping area assignments.
  • We will transfer to the marina where we will check-in on the manifest and load our gear on the boat.
  • Then we will be off motoring across the lake toward our first photo stop.

Day Two thru Four – Monday-Wednesday, October 7-9

  • Each morning we will rise with the sun to capture the beautiful light as it casts soft hues over the lake and bounces off the preposterous rock formations.
  • Throughout each day we will venture into coves and canyons to photograph reflections, waterfalls and the unique geological landscape of Lake Powell.
  • As each day comes to an end, we will enjoy sitting on the deck and looking at the starry skies, relaxing and sharing stories about our photo adventures.

Day Five – Thursday, October 10

  • Early rise for our last sunrise on the Lake before heading out to capture our final photographic treasures of the trip. We will return to the Wahweap Marina between 2-3pm.
  • Workshop Adjourns

Strenuous Rating: Moderate to Mildly Strenuous

This is a true outdoor photo experience. As a houseboat-based workshop participants will be spending five full days in the great outdoors. Participants are responsible for their own gear and luggage handling. The outfitter has many duties including boat captain, chef and sometimes even a model. It is important that people are self sufficient and flexible. We will take a few land excursions on a variety of terrain including sand, slick sandstone rock and other non-maintained surfaces, the longest hike is a 3/4 mile steep hike up to a ridge line on slick rock. Good footing and good footwear is necessary. Hiking and water shoes a must along with a hat and sunscreen.

The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:
Lake Powell Resort – Wahweap Marina
Page, AZ
Phone: 888.896.3829

The day of departure we will meet in the conference room at Lake Powell Resort -Wahweap Marina for an orientation and briefing on safety and what to expect during our time on the lake. You may make pre-lodging arrangements directly with Lake Powell Resort or any of the area hotels. Lake Powell Resort does not offer a courtesy block so you are encouraged to make your lodging reservations early.


Lodging During the Workshop

53′ Adventurer Houseboat

Two boats, each with four double beds will be the accommodations during this workshop. Two of the beds on each boat are in private staterooms and the other two doubles share a split area below deck. Any couples registering will be assigned one of the private rooms.









Gary Ladd
Suzanne Mathia
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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.


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.  Our past generosity and leniency unfortunately must come to an end.  We appreciate your understanding.


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.