Little Known Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra Workshop
— June 11th to 16th, 2021 —

A private, advanced and by reservation only, six day field workshop
to the little known areas of the The Eastern Sierra Nevada
with Alain and Natalie Briot

Limited to 6 participants

Mono Lake

Of all the photography classes I've attended, the Alain Briot Workshops have opened the door to unexpected forms of creativity. I am very happy with the images I produced on that Workshop. In fact, I ended up with more interesting images from your workshop than from any other. Thanks again!

Joel Geffen

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Announcing a unique workshop to the Lesser Known areas of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra Nevada with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
Natalie and I have been offering workshops in the Eastern Sierra Nevada for over 10 years now.

So far we have offered workshops for groups of 12 to 14 photographers. This group size allows us to offer our workshops at an affordable price. However, it also limits us to visiting areas that can accommodate a large group.

Most of the Eastern Sierra is difficult to access with a large group. Most of the Eastern Sierra is also little known and rarely traveled through except by local residents. This is unfortunate because these lesser known areas of he Eastern Sierra are just as photogenic as the most famous ones, if not more.

The Eastern Sierra Nevada is a vast area. After several years offering the regular Eastern Sierra Workshop we realized that we were missing out on many areas because we could not photograph them with a large group. These areas were remote and could only be accessed in a small group.

Multiple photography sessions at Mono Lake
We also wanted to focus on Mono Lake and spend extra time photographing this location because of the unique photographic opportunities it presents. To this end the workshop schedule features multiple sunrise, sunset and daytime photography sessions at Mono Lake. In addition these photography sessions take place in different areas of the lake, areas we do not photograph during our regular Eastern Sierra Workshop

Two days of photography in Yosemite
Yosemite is one of the jewels of the Eastern Sierra. To do it justice we will spend two full days photographing Yosemite National Park, accessing the park via Tioga Pass from Lee Vining. We will photograph the High Sierra area of the park as well as Tenaya Lake and the Yosemite Valley.

About Alain and Natalie Briot
I specialize in creating large format, fine art landscape photographs and I have been photographing since 1980 in Europe and since 1983 in the United States. I have 6 years of experience teaching photography and communication courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. I have 20 years of experience photographing the Southwest, Navajoland and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the fascinating region we will explore during this workshop.

Natalie is a certified Art Teacher. She has been teaching since 1992, first in Houghton, Michigan, then in Chinle, in the heart of Navajoland, starting in 1995. Natalie loves teaching and specializes in helping her students fulfill their vision through visual exercises. Natalie is extremely patient and attentive to her students' needs.

Mono Lake

The unique aspects of this workshop:

1 - You will be photographing areas that are rarely, if ever photographed.
Some of the areas that we will be visiting are known only to local residents, and those residents are not photographers. This is therefore one of the finest opportunities to create original work, to take photographs of areas that you will not see everywhere, and to develop a unique body of work.

2 - You will be able to work on your personal work under the guidance of Natalie and I
We have structured this workshop, both in the schedule and through the small number of participants, so that you have the largest number of opportunities to work on your own projects. If you have been considering creating your first portfolio, or if you are working on a new portfolio, this is the ideal opportunity to create personal images from areas that are rarely photographed.

We strongly recommend that you bring with you an artist statement for your work and a list of artistic and photographic goals that you want to achieve during the workshop. While not an absolute requirement for the workshop, we feel that this will help you get the most from this experience. Keep in mind that the small size of our group and the remote locations we will be visiting will be conducive both to inspiration and to personal work.

3 - A unique print review
We will focus on your own style, approach and goals during the print review. Instead of focusing only on what works and what does not work, as we do during our regular workshop print reviews, our focus in this review will be to help you achieve your photographic goals. The review will be aimed at helping you define what is your personal vision, your personal style and the unique characteristics that define your work. We recommend that you bring a collection of your most recent work, in print sizes 10x15 or larger.


4 - An adventure and an exploration
In many ways this workshop is an exploration of rarely seen areas, areas that are away from the touristic routes and that are traveled almost exclusively by locals going about their business. We will be driving on a lot of dirt roads, and we will be seeing places that few people see. The roads are smooth dirt for the most part and are passable with a passenger car.

5 - You will enjoy a visit led by instructors intimately familiar with the Eastern Sierra
This is a definite advantage for you and the guarantee of an enjoyable visit. As you know Natalie and I have lived in the Southwest for many years (my first visit was in 1983 and I have lived here since 1986). This extensive experience means that we have been exploring and photographing the Eastern Sierra area for many years, constantly looking for new and exciting locations to photograph.

This intimate knowledge means that we will be able to provide you with a unique approach to the Eastern Sierra Nevada, and of course take you to locations that you would not find on your own, locations that even the locals don't always know about.


6 - Your Itinerary
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with the goal of taking you to areas that we cannot visit with a large group. Our goal was also to avoid visiting the areas we visit during our regular Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshop. There is few crossover locations between the Regular and the Little Known Eastern Sierra workshop.

Friday, June 11th, 2021
On Friday we will be meet you in Lee Vining, California, where we will start our adventure into the lesser known areas of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. You will receive the time and location of our meeting place approximately two weeks before the workshop.

We will photograph sunset at Mono Lake from the South Beach location that evening.

We will stay in Lee Vining that night.

Saturday, June 12th, 2021
On Saturday sunrise will be at Mono Lake from the South Beach location. After Breakfast we will drive from Lee vining East towards Nevada exploring the Ponderosa Forest along the East end of Mono Lake. We will continue into Nevada photographing mining towns and interesting historical artifacts along the way.

Sunset will be either in Nevada or at Mono Lake depending how late we return.

We will stay in Lee Vining that night.

Mono Lake

Sunday, June 13th, 2021
On Tuesday we will sleep in and take a break from Sunrise shooting because we will have another long photography day.

After breakfast we will drive to Bodie where we will spend the day photographing the ghost towns and the surrounding locations. Bodie is perhaps the best preserved ghost town, and most likely the largest, in the Southwest. It is also the most photogenic in my view. We will have all day to photograph and explore it.

We will photograph Sunset at Mono Lake from the Navy Beach Location.

We will stay in Lee Vining that evening.

Monday, June 14th, 2021
On Monday we will photograph sunrise over Mono Lake, at the old marina location.

After breakfast, we will drive into Yosemite National Park to explore and photograph the Tioga Pass area. This will be the first of two days photographing Yosemite.
We will photograph sunset in the Tioga Pass area.

We will stay in Lee Vining that night.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
On Tuesday we will start by photographing sunrise over June lake on the South End near Lee Vining.

After Breakfast we will start our second photography day into Yosemite, driving into the park through Tioga Pass. This time our goal will be to make it all the way into Yosemite Valley where we will spend the day photographing locations in the Yosemite Valley and along Tenaya Lake.

Sunset will be in Yosemite, either in the Valley or along the Tioga Pass road.

The workshop ends that evening. You can start driving back that evening or stay the night in Lee Vining and drive back on the 16th.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
If you stay the night in Lee Vining you have the option of doing one more sunrise near Lee Vining, either over Mono Lake or another lake chosen during the workshop. This sunrise is optional and you can decide to join us or not during the workshop.

7 - Important things to keep in mind:
- Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: "bad weather equals good photographs."

- Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while others may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will give you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to Lee Vining, where we will meet on the first day, as well as the hotel we will be staying at when you register. You will receive an email with the Friday afternoon meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

- We will be photographing from 4000 to 9000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

- A passenger car is suitable for this workshop. We will be driving on a smooth dirt roads that are passable with a regular car.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. Spouses and significant others must be registered for the entire length of the workshop. We cannot do single day registrations for this workshop as we do occasionally for our other workshops. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

- We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.


8 - Cost:
The cost of this once in a lifetime workshop is $3300. The maximum number of participants is strictly limited to 6 (plus one transfer but we don't always get transfers). All participants must be Alumni meaning have attended a workshop with us previously. The higher cost of this workshop compared to our regular workshops is due to the much smaller number of participants (6 instead of 12) and to the extended schedule (1 day longer). The Alumni discount is included in the cost of this workshop (the regular non-Alumni fee is $3500)

There are three ways to reserve your seat in this workshop:

1 - Use the paypal button below - this button is for previous workshop participants and includes the $200 Alumni discount:

Alain Briot
2021 Little Known Mono Lake Eastern Sierra Workshop

$3300 Alumni price

2 - Email us at
3 - Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466) and register over the phone.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one installment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because this workshop will sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

9 -Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset, with a break for breakfast and lunch, during the entire duration of the workshop.

10 - Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept one transfer per workshop. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. A ten percent transfer fee will be applied at the time of transfer. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.

11 - Transfer policy specific to this workshop
Our regular workshops are limited to 12 photographers plus two transfers. "Transfers" refer to participants who cancelled participation in a previous workshop and transferred to a workshop other than the one they originally signed up for. Transfers are always in addition to the number of photographers the workshop is set for.

The Little Known Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshop is unique in our current workshop line up in that it is limited to 6 photographers. Since it is half the size of our regular workshops, we can only accept half the number of transfer participants. This means we can only accept 1 transfer instead of 2 for our regular workshops.

Mono Lake Sunrise

12 - Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography,, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .

Mono Lake

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