Landscape Photography in the Heart of the Bayou
November 8 – 12, 2024
Caddo Lake has an otherworldly quality to it. Majestic bald cypress trees rise from tannin-stained waters, their crowns draped in Spanish moss. In autumn, their needles turn red and orange, lending fiery color to the otherwise muted landscape. Fog swirls around the broad cypress trunks and rises among their branches. Wildlife thrives in these quiet forests, including abundant species of birds. With luck, we may even see an alligator!
As an internationally protected wetland area and home to one of the most extensive flooded cypress forests in the world, the Caddo Lake ecosystem provides plenty of photographic opportunities. We’ll be shooting from special flat-bottomed boats, which will allow us an intimate perspective of the trees and get us close to wildlife. Along the way, you will learn to use a variety of focal lengths and perspectives to create compelling images of this unique environment. From grand landscapes to small intimate scenes, Caddo Lake has it all!
We’ll stay at comfortable local hotels and shoot at sunrise and sundown. We’ll be conducting classroom learning on Lightroom and holding our signature image review sessions when not in the field. Join us in the magical flooded bayou!
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
November 8, 2024: Arrive at the airport in Shreveport, Louisiana no later than 11:00 AM. We will meet you there and then transport you to our hotel in nearby Marshall, Texas. After a quick orientation, we will head out onto the water for our first afternoon and sunset shooting session!
November 9–12, 2024: We will spend every sunrise on the water shooting the mysterious cypress trees as they appear from the mist. Always have a long lens at the ready because wildlife sightings are frequent and you won’t want to miss a shot! In the afternoons, you can count on us hitting the water again to take advantage of the dramatic light as it streams through the trees and turns the Spanish moss to gold. In the evenings and during other downtime, we’ll have our signature image reviews and critiques. During one of these days, we will have a very long post-processing and feedback session as well.
November 12, 2024: On our final day, we will have our last sunrise session on the water where we will hunt for stunning and colorful cypress trees. After packing up, we will return to Shreveport by noon for your departure.
Easy: You must be able to get in and out of small boats for our shooting sessions, which can be a few hours in length.
Arrive Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV), Shreveport, Louisiana before 11:00 AM on November 8, 2024. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on November 12, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $450 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Talor Stone.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!.
- Travel to and from Shreveport, Louisiana.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $450 supplement.
“This workshop exceeded my expectations and am so glad that I signed up for it. Talor was also fantastic. ”
“Talor was very knowledgable and the critiques were awesome. Talor Stone is a great workshop leader. Really made the workshop fun. Would gladly take another workshop with her as the leader. ”
“Talor was an excellent and dynamic leader. She is also an excellent photographer and willing to share her knowledge with group participants. Image reviews were excellent learning opportunities for every individual no matter who the photographer was. We all learned from each other and appreciated seeing the same scene with a different POV. This helped us build camaraderie and Talor built on that during every shoot. I also appreciate that Talor had done a thorough reconnaissance of boats and lodging and locations before our arrival. ”