Western Lifestyle Photography Workshop


OCTOBER 13-16, 2022

Join us for a memorable Western Lifestyle Photography workshop, in the beautiful mountains of Northern Idaho, in the Fall.

We will take advantage of the natural beauty of the area during prime Fall color and the gorgeous light North Idaho has to offer while photographing authentic cowboys and cowgirls on this fifth-generation ranch. You will be fully immersed in the Western Lifestyle while you stay and learn how to photograph everything our Western Lifestyle has to offer.

This workshop is geared for everyone from amateurs to professional photographers. If you are looking to improve your photo skills, fine-tune specific areas, and go back home to apply your enhanced skills, or just want to get a true western experience and northern hospitality during a once in a lifetime relaxing photographic vacation then this is for you!”

The workshop is limited to 10 people to allow the instructor to work with you one on one and help you develop your skills. The first night will have an informational discussion and go over some of the basics of photography, lens choices, settings, composition, and how to train your eye to tell a story. During your shoot times on the ranch, you will be photographing a multitude of western life while having the instructor right there to help you along.

Between shoot times you will have the opportunity to edit images on your own laptops, with whatever software you are using. Amy shoots Canon and uses Lightroom for cataloging and editing on a MAC. You will get a lot more out of the workshop if you have an editing system in place and understand how to use it prior to arrival.

It is best to understand the basics functions of your camera and equipment. However, your instructor can help you work through choosing which settings are available for different scenarios to get the look you are striving for. If you want to make that jump from auto settings to manually controlling every aspect of your photo, this is a great opportunity to do so!

Cowboy Riding Horse
Silhouette of cowboy and cowgirl holding their hats up in the air
Horse herd running with rider out front photography workshop


I am a native of Sandpoint ID, and have been blessed with growing up in the mountains of North Idaho which has provided me with great photo opportunities right out my back door. My love for photography started early in life taking trips with my family into mountain lakes and along alpine ridge tops, the kind of backdrops that many others never see. It continued to grow as I watched my children’s involvement in the outdoors, striving to capture all the little things that helped make them who they are, the type of activities that can’t be easily photographed in a traditional studio. My passion for photography has exploded over the years. Shooting a variety of subjects has helped my work evolve into very beautiful natural light landscapes, wildlife, ranch living and outdoor life photography.

I am a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT and strive to learn and grow wherever and whenever I can. I am a member of PPA and a Certified Professional Photographer.

I have a small studio in the Selle Valley that is my “happy place” where I do a variety of studio work and develop my creative side as a photographic artist.

While I love to photograph small intimate country weddings, families, children and senior photos, my passion is lifestyle and environmental portraiture in rural settings. You will most likely find me spending time in the saddle, up on a ridge, in my tree stand or out at the barn with my camera in hand. My hope is to portray the lifestyles that many don’t see anymore and help preserve the rural heritage of our land.

To learn more about Amy and her work visit the Selkirk Ridge Photography website.

Cowboy ina green coat sitting on a horse tan horse
Little boy in cowboy hat leaning on a stick and smiling
Cowgirl wearing a hat with sorrel horse by a fence


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is rich in authentic Idaho beauty and history. Stunning views and fresh mountain air surround you at this Idaho dude ranch where you experience the adventure and spirit of the West.

Lodging is provided in one of the private rooms in the 10,000 square foot log lodge or for groups of three or more lodging will be in one of the hand hewn log cabins. Ranch gourmet meals and access to many amenities the ranch grounds has to offer are also included in the workshop package. Horseback riding is not included but can be scheduled ahead of time. Extended stays after the completion of the workshop can also be arranged.

Silhoette of cowboys and cowgirls riding horses and hold their hats in the air
Mountain man in buffalo rug with gun
Silhouette of cowboy and horse at cross


(This schedule is subject to change based on weather, models, horses, and ranch happenings)

Thursday, October 13
(October 12, 4:00 pm - October 13, 3:00 pm, see information below regarding the Lightroom add on class)
3:00 – 4:00 – Check-in
4:00 – 6:00 – Meet and greet followed by Introduction by Amy. Welcome from the ranch and a bit of history and legacy. Discussion and 15-minute slideshow on our upcoming shoots.
5:30 – 6:00 – Mini shoot on the lawn to gauge everyone’s starting point.
6:30 – Dinner

Friday, October 14
7:00 – Leave for Sunrise shoot at one location 3-4 shooting options. Quick to-go food will be available.
9:30 – Edit and critique the sunrise shoot photos and discuss next shoot
10:00 – Brunch
12:00 – High Noon shoot if time/weather allows
4:00- Leave for evening Sunset shoot at chosen location and 3-4 shooting options
7:30 – Dinner

Saturday, October 15
7:00 – Leave for sunrise shoot at one location 2-3 shooting options. Quick to-go food will be available.
9:30 – Sort, edit, critique, discussion of sunrise shoot
10:00 – Brunch
1:00 – 3:00 Edit photos
3:00 – Submit top images and set up for the slideshow.
6:30 – Dinner
7:30 – Slideshow

Sunday, October 16
9:00 – Breakfast
11:00 – Check Out – See you next time!

Photographer sitting on the ground taking a photo of a rider in the field
Photographer taking photos of cowboy with horse
Boy riding with American Flag with two photographers taking photos

All-Inclusive Workshop Cost

$2000 per person
(Tax and gratuity not included)

Add-On Costs

Mini Shoot and Lightroom Classic Basics Course – $625
October 12, 2022 - October 13, 2022
Meals and lodging included

Wednesday, October 12th
3:00 – Check-in
4:00 - Program loading, tech check, and cataloging
6:30 - Dinner

Thurday, October 13
9:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Mini Shoot, cataloging, and editing
12:30 - Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Class continues

To enhance your workshop experience, it is highly recommended that you take this course. We will start the first afternoon by making sure programs are loaded correctly and begin learning about Lightroom cataloging. The next morning will begin with a quick mini shoot to gain content for cataloging and editing in Lightroom Classic. Come with Lightroom loaded onto your computer and ready to learn the basics of importing, cataloging, key-wording, flagging, and how to use the basic tools for editing and image enhancement. Designed for people who want to learn lightroom classic or become more efficient with your workflow and the basics. If you have never used Lightroom and plan on using Lightroom during the workshop, you must sign up for the lightroom class.

Additional Night – $135/$180
 Looking to extend your stay for a little extra get-a-way before the workshop? Additional nights can be added to your reservation for $135 per night for lodge rooms or $180 per night for a cabin.

Additional Person (non – participant) – $600
Bring along a significant other, friend, or family member and they can enjoy the beauty of North Idaho in the Fall as well! This non-participant price includes lodging and meals. No activities are included. Non-participants cannot participate in or attend the photoshoot sessions.

Horseback Riding (reservations required) – $90 per person. The best times to schedule a horseback ride to fit into the workshop schedule would be Thursday at 2:00 pm before check-in or Saturday at 2:00 pm.


A $500 deposit is due at registration. The balance will be due 30 days prior to the workshop. Cancelation with a refund of deposit up to 30 days prior to the 1st day of the workshop. If canceling within 30 days of the workshop, the full amount of the workshop will be retained unless the spot can be filled. If we can fill the spot a full refund will be offered.

At this workshop, we are offering an educational experience to learn how to shoot Western Lifestyle Photography and to tell a story with your images. Shoot scenarios, props, models, and photo opportunities are put together by the instructor for learning purposes and are her creative work as a photographic artist.

Model and Property releases will not be given for this shoot. Students of the workshop are able to use the images for their own personal use as prints and photo gifts as well as using the images in a personal portfolio. The intent of the workshop is not to create images for profit or release the rights to be sold for stock photography or contests where rights are released for further usage and publications. It is solely for educational purposes, to give you experience and to learn about photographing and appreciating the Western Lifestyle. We would love for you to share your work and experience on social media and ask that you tag with Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and Selkirk Ridge Photography in your posts. We strongly recommend watermarking your digital images for anything posted online, so that credit for the image itself is given to you.

To make reservations and for questions regarding lodging:

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
phone: (888) 863-9066
email: [email protected]

For questions regarding workshop, topics covered, equipment, etc:

Amy Peterson, CPP
Kiah Mays, Photographer/Videographer
Selkirk Ridge Photography
Selkirk Ridge Instagram
Western Lifestyle Instagram

For questions regarding workshop, topics covered, equipment, etc:

Kiah Mays, Digital Creative/Photographer/Videographer

2021 Workshop

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2020 Workshop

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2019 Workshop

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