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2013 Ranch Retreat for Christian Photographers - August 9-11

ranch retreat - august 9-11, 2013

It's time to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to refocus your heart and mind. Spend a long weekend photographing cowboys on horseback, working cattle at Stone Meadow Cow Camp, a rustic ranch just outside of Yosemite National Park. Come enjoy a taste of western life in an environment of learning and devotion to Christ.

The retreat will include photography instruction and personal coaching, including four hands-on photography sessions (sunrise and sunset each day Saturday and Sunday) as well as afternoon devotional teachings and discussion times to help you grow in your relationship with God and inspire you to connect your faith with your photography.  

Photography topics will include: finding the light, creative exposures, compelling compositions, connected portraits, natural posing, Lightroom editing techniques, efficient workflow and anything else participants want to know. I am an open book when I teach!

Amateur and professional photographers are welcome. The only pre-requisite is that you have a Digital SLR camera and a general understanding of how to use your equipment and work in Manual mode.  

The photos your create at this retreat will be yours to do with as you wish, including selling as art or licensing for stock or publication.  


This Ranch Retreat will take place at a private ranch about 45 minutes east of Groveland, CA. 

The closest airports are Sacramento and Oakland. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the retreat, as well as your own hotel accommodations. You may be able to carpool and room share with others and I'll set up a Facebook group for participants to make these arrangements. 

Below are some photos from the ranch, taken by our host, Andra Erickson. 


about shelley


I am a Twin Cities, Minnesota-based equine, wedding and portrait photographer and photography mentor. I have also been involved in various areas of ministry, including youth pastoring and worship leading. I am passionate about helping photographers grow both in their craft and their faith.

price and registration

The cost is $800 per participant and includes all meals Friday evening August 9th through Sunday evening August 11th. A $400 deposit is required by each participant to hold their spot, with the balance being due 15 days before the retreat. You are responsible for your own lodging and transportation.

In order to give each participant quality instruction, this retreat is open to only six participants.

If you have questions, or are ready to register, please email me at



Yosemite Lakes RV Resort
approximately 10 miles from Workshop location

Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging  Groveland, CA
approximately 25 miles from Workshop location

Evergreen Lodge
Only a few miles from Workshop location, however, space is limited

Sunset Inn - Yosemite Cabins
Two cabins still available.

Diamond O Campground
This is strictly a campground with no hook-ups
Located only minutes from Workshop location

America’s Best Value Inn, Buck Meadows, CA
approximately 15 miles from Workshop location
Very limited availability (only 5 rooms left as of 6/1)

Yosemite Riverside Inn
Approximately 18 miles from Workshop location

Groveland Hotel
Approximately 30 miles from Workshop location

Blackberry Inn at Yosemite  Groveland, CA
Approximately 20 miles from Workshop location
Limited availability