Sedona - Spirit of the Southwest
— March 11th to 15th, 2016 —

An exclusive five day field workshop in Sedona's Red Rocks Country
with Alain and Natalie Briot

1 seat available due to a cancellation

Sedona Evening

"I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic workshop. 
I admit I was a little hesitant about joining a workshop with someone I have not met before, however, I was pleasantly surprised. 
The quality of the instruction, the handouts, and Alain's keen insights beyond the technical aspects of photography
made this workshop second-to-none and a valuable investment to me. 
Your scheduling and organization of the workshop was flawless. 
In addition, phenomenal locations and a fun and diverse group of participants made this workshop a clear winner.  
It was definitely worth the money and more."

Rene Pirolt, April 2004 Antelope Canyon Workshop participant
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Announcing an exciting Northern Arizona workshop to Sedona with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
When it comes to Sedona there are two types of photographers: those who have been there and those who want to be there. But, not matter which category you currently fit it, both have something in common: we all want to return to Sedona over and over again.

I first visited Sedona in 1983 and since then I have been back every year, most years on several occasions. Why? In two words: stunning beauty. Beauty of the red rock formation whose shapes never cease to surprise the eye and trigger the imagination. Beauty of the colors, from the red and orange sandstone to the deep green of the Juniper, Pinyon Pines and Cottonwood trees to the deep blue water of Oak Creek which acts as a liquid mirror reflecting the entire landscape. Beauty of the light which, twice a day, for a short time only, transforms the landscape into what may be the most photogenic opportunity in the world, leaving up to us the opportunity to capture this splendor with the camera.

And this is what this workshop is precisely about: learning how to capture this incredibly beautiful location with the camera so that we can transform what we have seen into what we have captured. Learning to bridge the gap between what our eyes see and what our cameras can capture, between what we see in nature and what our film, or digital sensors, see.

Sinagua Petroglyph, Sedona, Arizona
Linhof Master Teknica,210mm Rodenstock, Fuji Provia 100F

Your Workshop Itinerary
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities. We will start and conclude this workshop in Sedona where Natalie and I will welcome you. The exact location and time of our first meeting will be emailed to you after you register. We will use Sedona as our home base and lodging for the duration of the workshop will be in Sedona.

Friday, March 11th, 2016
Meeting and orientation near Bell Rock in Sedona followed by sunset shoot. 

Alain and Natalie will present the goals and expectations for the workshop and the participants will introduce themselves  to each other.  Informal discussion about the workshop goals and expectations followed by a question and answer session.  Sunset shoot at Bell Rock following orientation.

Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Oak Creek Canyon

Photograph sunrise from Bell Rock to provide the participants with the opportunity to shoot the same location at both sunrise and sunset and compare the photographs.  After Breakfast, we will explore Oak Creek Canyon, stopping along the road to photograph.  The highlight will be a leisurely hike along the West Fork of Oak Creek, which provides stunning opportunities for river views with red rocks and foliage.

Sunset will be at Red Rock Crossing.

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Cottonwood, Jerome mining and ghost town and Tuzigoot National Monument

We will explore and photograph the towns of Cottonwood and Jerome, Arizona.  Jerome is located only a short distance from Sedona.  We will start driving to Jerome after breakfast, photograph in Jerome most of the morning, have lunch in Jerome, and do some more shooting after lunch.  In the afternoon we will drive to Tuzigoot National Monument, which is just down the road from Jerome, and photograph there.

We will photograph sunset along the Verde River which runs right next to Tuzigoot National Monument. This will be a great opportunity to work on reflections. 

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Red Tank Draw, Red Rock Crossing

We will start our day by photographing Montezuma’s Castle as well as the Verde River (great reflections) which runs through the Monument.  Montezuma’s Castle includes Indian ruins perched high up in a cliff.

After photographing Montezuma’s Castle we will drive to a little known canyon nearby and photograph Indian Rock art in a pristine natural environment.  A short hike is required, over river rocks, so sturdy footwear and camera backpacks are necessary to make your experience enjoyable. 

We will end the day with a second sunset opportunity at Red Rock Crossing.  We will photograph this stunning location from a different place than our first shoot to provide you with two different views of this world class location.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Sunrise along Oak Creek Canyon

We will get up early to photograph sunrise along Oak Creek Canyon.  Afterwards, we will have breakfast as a group.  The workshop ends after breakfast to provide participants with plenty of time to catch their return flight

Red Rock Crossing and Cattails
Linhof Master Teknica, Rodenstock 150mm, Fuji Provia 100F

Alain framing a composition through the Linhoff Multifocus Viewfinder at Red Rock Crossing
©Natalie Briot

Alain showing the view "under the black cloth" to a student at Red Rock Crossing
©Natalie Briot

Luminous Canyon
West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon

Important things to keep in mind:

Meeting place:
Sedona, Arizona

Closest airport:
The closest airport is Phoenix, Arizona.  Driving time from Phoenix to Sedona is approximately 2 hours.  There can be roadwork and or traffic jams between Phoenix and Sedona so give yourself extra time if you are catching a connecting flight.

- Lodging for the duration of the workshop will be in Sedona at the hotel of your choice. A list of accommodations in Sedona will be emailed to us after you register. We will use Sedona as our "home base".

- 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 other 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 gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to Sedona as well as a list of hotels in Sedona when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

- We will be photographing from 4000 to 6000 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 since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

- 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. 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.

Montezuma's Castle
Jackie Stoken, workshop participant
David Mayer, workshop participant

Cost and registration:
The cost of this once in a lifetime workshop is only $1395. To reserve your seat in this workshop:

1- Use the Paypal button below:

2016 Sedona Spirit of the Southwest Workshop
$1395 only

2- Email us at
3- Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )

We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. As you can imagine seats in this unique workshop are going to be in high demand so to be fair with everyone reservations will be made on a first come first served basis. If this workshop is for you, if you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, becoming more serious about your photography, or if want to visit very rarely photographed locations which offer exciting photographic possibilities: sign up now.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry or call us at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 . We look forward to assist you with your questions.

Alain Briot specializes in creating large format, fine art landscape photographs for display in home, offices and public spaces. His work is part of thousands of private and public collections in 138 countries worldwide and in all 50 states. Alain has been photographing since 1980 in Europe and since 1983 in the United States. Alain has 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. He has 20 years of experience photographing the Southwest and Utah's Canyon Country, the fascinating region we will explore during this river rafting workshop.

Natalie Briot 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.

We will take you to each of the locations shown in the photographs on this page so you can bring back your own photographs from these amazing places! The detailed itinerary on this page lists the specific locations we will visit during the workshop.

Church and Reflections, Jerome
Jim Witkowski, workshop participant
Verde River Reflections
William Bud James, workshop participant

The four unique and exciting aspects of this workshop:

1- You will be working under the guidance of not one but two instructors: Alain, professional large format photographer and Natalie, painter and Certified Art Teacher.

You will be working with two professional instructors who both have intimate knowledge each location where we will be taking you. Having two instructors for a small group is a huge benefit. It means that you will literally get one-on-one attention. This will result in much faster skill improvements than if you were working either on your own or as part of a large group.

Natalie and I also have a widely different teaching style. I focus upon taking photographs, finding the best light and the best composition possible and then framing the scene, calculating the exposure and so on. Natalie, on the other hand, takes a more relaxed and less driven approach, focusing on helping you build visual skills one at a time and completing your Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises in a constructive manner. As I said before (and I cannot say it enough) Natalie is very patient and very dedicated.

Working with both of us, and being exposed to our two teaching approaches, will be a pleasurable and effective experience for you. While I will focus on technical photographic aspects as well as on composition and finding the best photograph, Natalie will focus on helping you with your exercises, with answering questions and with providing additional information on a variety of topics.

Connor Hotel, Jerome
Bank Building, Jerome

2-We will take you to some lesser known locations which we discovered after years of exploration.
We found many little known, or completely unknown locations during the many years we have photographed and explored the Sedona area. We will be taking you to some of these locations, selecting those that do not require extensive hiking. Of course, knowing me and my work you know that I will choose locations that offer the most exciting photographic opportunities! Of course, visiting these locations is dependent on the weather and on road conditions. We may adapt our itinerary depending on these unpredictable variables.

3-You will be practicing Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises daily
In my book Mastering Landscape Photography and Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, I introduce the Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises. This concept is based on approaching photography as an activity in which visual training is necessary. This approach is based on conducting specific exercises designed to allow you to practice your photographic skills.

While my books describe these exercises and provides you with the theory behind them, my workshops are designed to go much farther by providing an environment where you can apply the skills you learned in my articles under the guidance of Natalie and I. Natalie is very personable, very patient and very attentive to everyone needs. I know you will love working with her.

Of course, you can get as little or as much instruction and input as you want. If you prefer to focus on your own work you will have all the time needed to create your images. Just let us know and we will work with you to provide a learning environment tailored to your needs.

4-You will enjoy a visit led by instructors intimately familiar with Sedona, Jerome and all the other areas we will be visiting
This is a definite advantage for you. As you know Natalie and I have lived in Arizona since 1986. Personally, I have been exploring, hiking, river running and of course photographing Arizona since 1983. To this day this is 21 years of experience photographing this specific area!

Our intimate knowledge means that we will be able to provide you with a unique introduction to the area and to historic and prehistoric Indian cultures, including the Sinagua, whose dwellings and rock art are found throughout the Sedona Area.

Abandoned Mining Equipment, Jerome, Arizona

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.

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 two transfers 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. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. 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. We cannot transfer consulting fees towards workshop registration or vice versa. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund. By registering for this workshop you agree to this policy.

Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, Arizona
Linhof Master Teknica, Rodenstock 210mm, Fuji Provia 100F

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.

All photographs Copyright © Alain Briot 2015