Big Bend Adventure Days
Have an extra large spirit for adventure? So does professional landscape photographer Mandy Lea! The Big Bend region is enormous and you simply can’t see it all in a few days. While the first part of our Big Bend Photo Classics Workshop focuses on easier to reach vistas (nothing longer than about a mile hike) these extra two days will pack in a lot of adventure for those with a little extra energy. We will hike up to 6 or 8 miles per day over steep, rocky terrain.
We will shoot locations both days for sunrise and sunset. Our group will enjoy great photo opportunities reached by classic and lesser-known hikes within the National Park. One of our sunrise locations is a favorite amongst students who have taken both of our West Texas workshops! And if that isn’t enough, we’ll go to Mexico! There is a legal border crossing into the small town of Boquillas del Carmen, a slightly run down yet charming place that’s chalk full of unique photographic opportunities. Plus, they serve a mean margarita! You MUST have a valid U.S. Passport to join on this day.
This workshop will be limited to 8 participants. Please note that there will be a lot of moderately difficult hiking (some at over 5,000 feet elevation) and that temperatures can sometimes be in the 90’s or even 100’s. We keep a constant eye on the weather forecast and the schedule could change based on conditions and temperatures.
Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
You can choose to sign up for only these two days or save by adding it on to the earlier workshop. This workshop can be added onto the Big Bend Photo Classics Workshop at a discounted rate ($249) or taken as a standalone workshop ($349).
The fee includes the workshop only. Transportation, lodging, park entry fees, food, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included. About a month before the workshop all registrants will receive an email with a rough itinerary and planning details.
There will be a $100 fee for any spouse who wishes to join the group at our shooting locations, but does NOT photograph. Of course, our workshops include photography instruction, but they also include our guiding services and sharing our knowledge of the area.
We recommend staying at the Big Bend Resort & Adventures in Terlingua. The group will explore both the National and State parks, which makes Terlingua a great central location. In addition to the motel, this location also offers the option of RV/tent camping with electric and water hookups.
Big Bend Resort & Adventures
Route 118 at Route 170 – Terlingua TX 79852
It is highly recommended to stay in or as close to Big Bend Resort & Adventures as possible to facilitate early departures for shooting sunrises.
Transportation to/from Terlingua and during the workshop is the responsibility of each participant. During the workshop carpooling will be necessary due to limited parking at several of the shooting locations. We will do our best to help coordinate carpooling. There will also be a fee per vehicle for entering the National Park and per person for the State Park. National Park Passes and Texas State Parks Passes are accepted at each.
What to Bring
• Memory cards & readers
• Batteries & chargers
• Laptop (for image review)
• Note taking supplies
• Sturdy shoes
• Comfortable clothing (hiking boots, layers & rain gear)
• Bug spray
About the instructor
Mandy is an adventurous spirit with an insatiable lust for travel and photography. She enjoys blending the technical aspect of taking a photograph with the experience of creating an image. This is what moves her to create art, and what she hopes to inspire in each person who she has the opportunity to share knowledge with.
After 17 years of working in camera stores and freelancing, Mandy took to the road. Supporting herself as a photographer, she now lives on the road out of her teardrop trailer. She shares her photography, passion, and adventure through her workshops and videos.
Please review our events and class cancellation policy below.
Class & Event Cancellations
Excursions- Big Bend Classes, Joshua Tree, Padre Island, etc.
You have up until 30 days before an excursion to cancel and receive a full refund. We will retain 10 percent of the registration to cover non-refundable costs for the high amount of resources required for each excursion. If you do not show up for an excursion, your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund of any amount or to reschedule.
How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email email@example.com to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or Meetup.com messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.
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