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Photography Workshop: Spirit of Montana

May 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - June 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am

- $3891

Wild Sky Photo Safaris presents
“Spirit of Montana Photography Workshop”
– The Experience that will Never Leave You –
May 29 – June 2, 2017

How will Montana’s beauty touch your heart? It is said that every photograph is a self portrait. When we use the camera to tell our own story and share our own vision, we reveal a piece of ourselves.

Join professional, award-winning photographer and Montana local, Pam Voth, for a guided journey to connect with Nature and discover the magic of Western Montana. Bear Creek Lodge is the perfect place to call home as we tune in to the power and wonder of Nature. Together, we will immerse and explore as we use our cameras to capture our own unique vision and learn new ways of seeing. The lodge is nestled in a pine forest at the base of the magnificent Bitterroot Mountains, so we need only to walk out the door to find ourselves surrounded by Nature’s beauty. After each day of chasing the light, we will return to Bear Creek Lodge to relax on comfortable couches in the Media Room to share our images on the large monitor and relive the stories of the day.

Your guide, Pam Voth, offers the perfect balance of inspiration and instruction. You’ll be able to practice your skills and learn new techniques that will help you grow as a creative image maker.


Slow down and look around. As we spend time exploring the trails on the land surrounding Bear Creek Lodge, we discover so much Nature has for us to ponder.

• Greet the sunrise at the overlook
• Capture the dancing light reflected from the crystal clear Bear Creek
• Practice macro shots of Springtime wildflowers
• Use depth of field to tell a story about the forest
• Experiment with shutter speed to freeze or blur the motion of the creek
• Explore how the direction of light reveals the textures of the forest
• Be ready to photograph wildlife that emerges when you slow down and open
yourself to what is around you
• Stay up late to photograph the night skies at the overlook


We’ll take day trips to discover Western Montana through your lens.

• Photograph water birds, raptors, wild turkeys and other wildlife at Lee Metcalf
National Wildlife Refuge
• Focus on a wide variety of Montana wildlife and stunning Mission Mountain
landscapes at the National Bison Range and Nine Pipes National Wildlife Refuge
• Frame the Milky Way or shoot star trails over craggy mountain peaks


Spirit of Montana Photography Workshop Itinerary*

Monday, May 29
Check in anytime after 1pm (please be sure to have lunch before arriving at Bear Creek Lodge. No lunch service provided today)
Welcome Orientation & Introductions begin at 4pm
Optional: Bring 5 images from your portfolio to share with the group.
Optional: Guided meditation to set our intentions for the week.
Sunset field shoot at the Bear Creek Overlook
Tuesday, May 30
Sunrise field shoot at Bear Creek Overlook
Brunch/Breakfast at the lodge
Download/edit images
Optional: Guided meditation
Field shoot: immerse yourself in the trails, creeks & forest at Bear Creek Lodge
Sunset field shoot: Bitterroot Mountain Range
Campfire and S’Mores at Bear Creek Lodge
Optional: Night Photography of Campfire & Light Painting the Forest
Wednesday, May 31
Sunrise field shoot: Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge & Bitterroot Mountain Range
Breakfast/Brunch at Bear Creek Lodge
Download/edit images
Optional: Guided meditation

Field shoot: Waterfalls, Canyon views, trails and forests near Bear Creek Lodge
Download/edit images

Campfire and S’Mores at Bear Creek Lodge
Optional: Night Photography of stars & mountain peaks in Bitterroot Valley

Thursday, June 1

Early breakfast at Bear Creek Lodge
Drive to National Bison Range (approx 1.5 hours)
Field Shoot: National Bison Range
Picnic: packed lunch provided by Bear Creek Lodge
Field Shoot: National Bison Range
Optional: additional field shoot at Nine Pipes National Wildlife Refuge & Mission Mountain Range
Optional: Historic St. Ignatius Mission cathedral
Return to Bear Creek Lodge
Download/edit images
Farewell Dinner at Bear Creek Lodge
Final Slideshow
Optional:  Guided evening meditation to reflect on your experience
Campfire & S’Mores at Bear Creek Lodge

Friday, June 2

Breakfast at Bear Creek Lodge
Optional: Closing meditation to set your intention for your creative vision as you  continue your artistic journey
Check out by 11am and depart Bear Creek Lodge
*Itinerary subject to change

About Pam Voth

Pam Voth is an award-winning, internationally published, professional photographer specializing in nature, wildlife, travel, lifestyle and commercial imagery. Her love of photography motivated trips throughout India, Africa, Central America, Europe and North America to capture images that embrace the beauty of wildlife, nature, landscapes and people. She regularly photographs for clients in the outdoor recreation, tourism and luxury hospitality industries.

She loves to share her passion for photography by teaching photographic skills and techniques to students of all levels. She has guided multiple on-location nature and wildlife photography workshops and presented educational lectures through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

She will tell you the light makes her heart race. Students and clients will tell you her enthusiasm for nature and wildlife photography is contagious and a delight to be around.

To view her portfolio, please visit: http://www.pamvoth.net/.

Reviews from past workshop participants

“Pam’s knowledge and competency in photography was equaled only by her teaching ability and joy shared with all of us. She taught us how to use different settings on our cameras, no matter the style and make of camera; how to see and use light and color; and how to frame photographs before taking them.

Attention was given to each individual, and every question was answered with detailed and helpful responses. I was a novice and felt much more comfortable after the three days with my camera and with experimenting with shots, lighting, and set-up. Overall the quality of the presentations was excellent…I highly recommend this adventure as an experience of a lifetime.”

~Susan Roy


“Pam was a wonderful resource. With her solid knowledge of photographic techniques, she cheerfully helped each one of us to get the most out of our cameras. She gave me some pointers about lighting and contrast that enabled me to get some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken!”

~ Alice Caplins


“Pam’s enthusiasm for photography is both invigorating and contagious. She not only got us all excited about learning, but provided pertinent and helpful suggestions based on our personal skill level. Pam personally helped me to better understand how to compose photographs with horses as subjects as well as how to use my camera to its fullest potential.

~ Laura Bosak


$3891 per person (Includes Montana State Bed Tax)

50% deposit to hold space made payable to Bear Creek Lodge.

Cancellation Policy:

If the minimum number of 5 participants is not reached by May 19, any money paid will be refunded and the workshop will not occur.

If participant cancels from May 1 to May 19, 50% of monies paid will be refunded.
If participant cancels after May 19 no refund will be made.

Price Includes:

Lodging at Bear Creek Lodge in shared rooms, double occupancy and one private bath per room. (depending on number of participants, single rooms may be available)
All meals indicated in the itinerary
Photography instruction, inspiration and guidance
Entry fee to National Bison Range

Price Does Not Include:

Transportation to/from Bear Creek Lodge
Travel during the workshop (please bring your own vehicle or arrange for a rental car prior to arriving at Bear Creek Lodge)



You will need to bring your own camera equipment to use during the workshop.

Suggested Camera Equipment Check List:

• 35 mm DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera or point and shoot camera
• Wide, medium and telephoto lenses, (either zoom or fixed focal length)
• Macro lens if you have one
• Camera bag(s) to transport gear during short hikes to overlook and on trails throughout Bear Creek Lodge
• Tripod
• Memory cards
• Camera batteries
• Battery charger
• Lens cleaning cloth and solution
• Camera manual
• Method for downloading, sorting, viewing and sharing images during critiques (eg:memory card reader, USB thumb drive, laptop loaded with image editing software, external hard drive with enough capacity to store the images you shoot during the workshop)
• Large plastic bag (like kitchen trash bag) to protect equipment in case of sudden rain
• Remote shutter release (optional for night photography)
• Flashlight or headlamp (for night photography and pre-sunrise/post-sunset)
• Binoculars or spotting scope (optional for wildlife viewing)


May 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
June 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am


Bear Creek Lodge
1184 Bear Creek Trail
Victor, MT 59875 United States
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Tonya Chandler