Wild West Wyoming Photography Workshop

July 26 - July 31, 2021

Wild West Wyoming Photography Workshop

Photo credit – Dafydd Jones

Towering snow-capped granite peaks, alpine lakes, american west ranches, rodeos, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife and much more.

Dubois (Du with ‘u’ as in “Sue”; bois with ‘oi’ as in “voice”) is located below two great mountain ranges: the volcanic Absarokas spilling eastward from Yellowstone, and the southeastward-ranging Wind River Mountains, the tallest mountain range in Wyoming.  The Wind River winds through the valley as well.  Shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes and carved by glaciers, the area shifts from high alpine desert to brilliant arid badlands with spectacular views.

Being isolated and uncrowded, the valley offers spectacular opportunities for wildlife viewing. Deer, antelope, and elk are common place and if you’re very lucky, you might run across one of the nationally recognized bighorn sheep. If you’re careful, you might even be able to safely glimpse a bear or a wolf.

Scanning the skies you can spot and capture eagles, falcons, owls, and brilliant mountain bluebirds.  Be looking to the ground and valleys, you can photograph Indian paintbrush, masses of lupine, carpets of multicolored wildflowers, or the bright bulbs of cactus flower.

Join Lou & Todd in this six day, summer workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities outside Dubois, Wyoming in the Shoshone & Teton National Forests.  Year after year, this is the prime time to enjoy wildflowers, classic mountain grand vistas, river scenes, cascading water, and wildlife. Of course, with all the beautiful wildflowers, shooting macro is always very exciting. We arrive early to scout and help find the most desirable locations. We will provide classroom instruction on composition, prove tips & trick, discuss workflow and image processing.  In the field we will coach during the various shoots, and  return to the classroom for critiquing sessions on our captured images.

Come join us and some of your peers for a week of adventurous fun in America’s Wild West!

WORKSHOP: Monday, July 26, 2021 (5:00 pm MDT) to Saturday, July 31, – 2021 (7:00 pm MDT) – Dubois, WY

REGISTRATION FEE*: $3129  – *Includes Lodging / $800 deposit (secures spot & non-refundable) Max/Min – 12/5

LODGING (INCLUDED): Never Sweat Lodge (limit 5) & Wyndham Super 8, Dubois, WY



LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation.


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished professional landscape and nature photographer and teacher.  Lou’s images have been published in Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, North American Nature Photography Association’s Member Showcase and Chicago Wilderness Magazine and numerous other publications.  His photography has also earned numerous fine art exhibition awards.  Lou’s hallmark is his eagerness to share his professional experience while providing encouragement and humor in a teaching and coaching environment.

Todd Nettelhorst has had a passion for photography and videography much of his life.  His path to becoming a professional photographer began while documenting the honesty of his children’s lives as others asked him to capture that same spirit for their families.  His un-posed, unplanned, spontaneous style of people and his magnificent nature photography makes his portfolio unique.  Todd uses his unique perspective to enable his students to see the “pictures within pictures.”


All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, classes and lessons include their learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on your practice. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. Participants will learn techniques of photography tailored to their individual level of experience.  Lou and Todd are passionate about making great photographs. Their goal is to help you do the same.  They will make sure you get to the right place at the right time. To maximize photographic opportunities, the itinerary will be flexible to make the most of changing weather and lighting conditions.


A digital camera with an assortment of lenses is recommended.  Smartphone cameras are also an additional tool that comes in handy as well.  A tripod is highly recommended for this workshop as it aids in our coaching while in the field.  A laptop, external hard drive and additional memory cards are a must to get the most benefit and assist greatly in optimal workflow.  Lou and Todd will work with the equipment you have and we will be including a detailed list of recommended items in the workshop email after registration.

If you are considering purchasing equipment prior to the workshop or have questions, feel free to contact Lou or Todd for assistance: info@nettelhorstimages.com


Summer weather can be quite unpredictable in the mountains of Wyoming, so come prepared for combinations of wet, dry, cold and warm conditions.  Temperatures will be chilly for the sunrise shoots and will be hotter during the day hours, so layering is suggested.  Check the forecast and plan accordingly.  Please note:  This workshop is held rain or shine so participants should be prepared to shoot in all types of weather conditions.

Physical requirements:  Appropriate for people in good health and moderate to good shape.  We will be hiking and walking at high altitudes.  Dubois is at about 7,000 ft and the workshop activities will be going to higher altitudes from there, so be prepared for lower O2 levels at these higher altitudes.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop.  Closest airport is in Jackson, WY – Jackson Hole Airport.  Carpooling will be coordinated during the workshop to/from locations as necessary.  Breakfast cooler bags are provided for the included a la carte continental breakfast each morning.  All other meals are the participant’s responsibility.

LODGING (Included):

Never Sweat Lodge*  (Limited to 5 participants on a first come / first serve basis)

Wyndham – Super 8  (Remaining participants will stay here located next door)

*Workshop HQ will be at Never Sweat Lodge and all gatherings will be held there outside of certain meals.


Monday, July 26, 2021 (5:00pm) – Saturday, July 31, 2021 (7:00pm)

COST: $3129 (Includes Lodging) / $800 deposit (secures spot & non-refundable)

The registration fee is non-refundable unless the canceling party provides a replacement participant, in which case a $50 processing fee is charged.   Full payment is due at least 8 weeks prior to the workshop start but no later than June 1, 2021.  No exceptions to the above policy.  Travel insurance is strongly recommended. All transportation, meals, park entrance fees and any other miscellaneous expenses are the responsibility of the registrant.  Lodging and continental breakfast is included in workshop price.

CONTACT: info@nettelhorstimages.com

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  • I liked that Lou was able to work with each person according to their needs, photographic challenges & interests, respecting each person for who they are, and retaining a sense of community while doing so.
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  • I like the organization of the program and that all distractions were taken care of making it easy to focus on photography.  I especially like the on-site feedback and daily reviews.
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  • An overall fantastic workshop! This workshop has far exceeded my expectations, and really changed the way I look at photography. I look forward to joining you on a future trip!
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