“I am sitting in the Phoenix airport awaiting my flight home, and I have been reflecting on my trip to the Grand Canyon last weekend. I wanted to send you a note of thanks for helping to make it such a great experience.
You were the consummate professional from our first contact through the end of the workshop, and you were extremely organized. You were an extremely enthusiastic and affirming teacher, and I learned a lot of things to help me take my photography skills to the next level. I also loved hearing all the stories and history about the Grand Canyon as well. It really brought the place to life for me.
Thanks again for all that you did to help ensure that I had a great time, learned a lot and saw the Grand Canyon in a way that others might not see it.
I hope our paths cross again some day.” ~ Nink A. from Alabama
“It was an honor to be able to attend your workshop!! Your knowledge of the Grand Canyon and photography REALLY educated me in so so many ways. I had a blast and would recommend EVERYONE to take your workshop!!!” ~ Satta E. from Thailand
“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the winter Grand Canyon workshop. I was impressed with your obvious energy, enthusiasm, and devotion to both the craft of photography, the Grand Canyon, and your clients.
By example, you very clearly made the participants of the workshop your primary focus. I appreciated your suggestions not only for compositions but to remind us of the progressions of lenses appropriate as the light changed, from wide angle to telephoto, etc, from broad scene to close study. The opportunity to explore some unique vistas at many of the locations, depending on our physical ability and interest, was also worthy of note. It is not often that a workshop leader makes the effort to literally cover all the area his clients are shooting from, at a location, to simply see how they are doing, answer any questions they may have, and offer further suggestions. Your attention to “how we were doing” was very important to all of us, I believe, regardless of our experience.
I also thought that your “class study” was geared toward achieving the most out of the workshop and the individual instruction and assistance on our images was well done.
Lastly, your ability to change the itinerary to take best advantage of the weather conditions, is an indispensable strength that helps make you a superior workshop leader. And you always got us in position to shoot, at the right time, something not always easily done when dealing with a group of 8.
Again, thank you for a wonderful shooting experience. Would I take another Adam Schallau workshop?…No question, YOU BET!” ~ John D. from New York
“I sure had a good time and learned a lot. It’s great to spend time with someone you know has a lot to teach you and who will tailor the teaching to the student’s level of knowledge and experience. That’s rock star quality service. And you’re good company too. I look forward to hooking up in the future.” ~ Leroy W. from Arizona
“Adam Schallau is a fantastic Grand Canyon photography tour guide. I recently hired him for multiple private sessions which included sunrise, sunset, and nighttime star sessions. He is very personable and professional, courteous, and punctual. Not only does he seem know every square inch of the park, how to move around the masses, and all of the great photo spots for the best light and weather conditions, he is also quite knowledgable about all aspects of the Grand Canyon: from its native and geological history, to anything current involving or affecting the Grand Canyon or its future. Adam seems to embrace the Grand Canyon as his home, and is quite passionate about sharing it with his clients. Not only did I have an amazing photography guide, but I had my own personal tour guide as well.
I consider myself an advanced hobbyist photographer, with a lot of experience with photography tours and instructors. Adam offered excellent, clear, concise guidance; and helped me take my landscape and astro photography to the next two or three levels. He was very familiar with my camera equipment, so we didn’t waste any time trying to understand gear. This was my first trip to the Grand Canyon and my first tour with Adam.
He really did a fantastic job….. I was very impressed. I will make sure I have Adam with me on any future trips to the Grand Canyon.” ~ Cheryl T. from Florida
“I wanted to let you know that Nellie and I very much enjoyed the day we spent with you, and really appreciated all you did for us during our workshop. Thanks again for your services. I can certainly highly recommend your Grand Canyon photography workshop to anyone that is interested! Hope we can meet again at some future time.” ~ Bill and Nellie K. from Canada
“Thank you ever so much for the great memory pictures of our photo shoot!!! Lance and I had such a great time and have shared with several friends our experiences. Hopefully next year we will get to Arizona in October and we will check out your regular workshops in case we can do one of them again and if that doesn’t work we will try to hire you for a day-shoot just to connect once more. I’m afraid there will be greater and greater demands on your time.
We have been on one other workshop several years back. There were over 13 photographers present, once again varied backgrounds, and the “classroom” was a platform for the leader to show his pics with little info as to how or where or what was done to get picture to print quality.
The amount of information that I took from that workshop compared to the amount of information I took from yours is worlds apart. That’s the difference between teaching photographers to take pictures and teaching photographers the ART of photography. Thank you again for the great memories.
You have definitely put together your understanding of painting and photography to produce some of the richest and most appealing pictures of the canyon I have ever seen.” ~ Cindi B. from Virginia
“Early mornings and late nights!!! You keep it moving during your workshops, but it all is worth it at the end… Great pictures, great friend and overall just an amazing experience!! I recommend it highly!!! Thanks again!!” ~ Mark S. from Texas
“I wanted to say thanks for an amazing day spent photographing the Grand Canyon. I think our chance encounter out at Lipan Point was some synchronicity at work. I had struggled for days with the complexity of the Canyon – and meeting you and arranging a day in the field was just what was needed. It was an amazing day in so many ways – your passion not only for photography but also for the Grand Canyon itself really created a special experience for me. I not only learned some valuable techniques but also learned so much about the history of the Grand Canyon – your “office”. You are a credit to the “Artist in Residence Program” – you are passing on your deep appreciation for an amazing place after that time afield there. After our workshop, I extended my stay in the Canyon for another week – and, after applying your ideas, the images captured were simply superior to what I had captured before our chance meeting. Adam, thanks again!!” ~ Stephen M. from the road
“I just wanted to say thanks again for a great experience at the Grand Canyon. I learned so much, and the whole experience was really enjoyable, better than I could have imagined!” ~Adam A. from Australia
“Thank you again for the fantastic time at the Grand Canyon. It was really good and we were very happy with all the things we did. I have been looking through my photos and I think it will take me a while to get to grips with them. Just from the initial review I have already noticed a great improvement.” ~ Niina K. from Finland
“My photography workshop in Taos with Adam Schallau was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. Adam’s knowledge of photography and his willingness to share that knowledge is a true gift. He went out of his way to accommodate my needs and desires for the workshop, creating a learning experience that was a lot of fun. This was by far one of the best photography experiences I have had. I can’t wait to book another workshop.” ~ Charlotte A. from Texas
“If you love landscape photography and are willing to do whatever it takes for a great photograph, this is the experience for you! We hired Adam Schallau, a local professional photographer, to be our guide for four days in the Canyon. Adam is a former artist in residence in the Canyon, and an amazing photographer. We had the experience of a lifetime. Each day, we were up by 3am, met Adam by 4am in the park, and traveled to the sunrise location for the day. We watched (and photographed) from Adam’s personal favorite vantage points as sunrise slowly washed over the scene. After breakfast and a break, we did some other photography mid-day, took a nap break, then met again late afternoon to go to the sunset vantage point for the day. We watched (and photographed) until dark, as the warm light of sunset morphed the landscape. This was the most amazing photographic experience we’ve ever had, and Adam is a fabulous guide.” ~ Steve C. from Massachusetts
“I hadn’t touched a camera since my kids were babies twenty years ago. Somehow I fell in to a photo workshop in Taos with Adam Schallau. It was a life-enhancing and continues to surprise me. Yes, he was patient, organized and thorough in all of the basics I needed to learn. Of course he is an experienced outdoor aficionado, steeped in safety practices and the methods of providing a comfortable journey. His knowledge and enthusiasm for appreciating the unique, natural places of the southwest is worth far more than the tuition fee.
He also taught me about how professional photographers give back to protect these rare and beautiful places. He donates his work and time to causes that support the appreciation and preservation of the outdoors. But far more importantly Adam taught me how to begin to “see” the world looking for color, textures, and the simplicity of beauty. I caught his enthusiasm and joy. I couldn’t be more grateful.” ~ Andy L. from California
“Thanks again for such a great workshop. I enjoyed our time together, and all that I learned about you and your photography. I also appreciate what I learned about MY camera. Taking photos now with much greater confidence in what the photo will actually look like when processed.” ~ Jim B. from Texas
“I enjoyed our 2-day workshop and time spent shooting together. I learned a lot from you and had a great time traveling and exploring so much of the area in and around Taos! Your ears must surely have been ringing because I have bragged about you and your work to many, and will certainly refer you to anyone I know of that might be traveling your way. So far I have won one finalist award for an image we shot together, taken on our walk through town. More than awards, though, I learned so much from you. You were very organized and succinct in your teaching.” ~ Patti C. from North Carolina
“I was fortunate enough to work with Adam for a day at the Grand Canyon National Park this past spring. It was truly wonderful to meet someone so passionate about his work and about this marvelous place, which really shined through in his work. Adam is not only a great photographer, but an excellent guide as well. With knowledge of the history of the canyon and its people, the workshop really was an overall learning experience. Photographically, Adam helped me see subtleties in the canyon that would have otherwise been missed. Not only did we witness incredible light, but Adam helped me capture it — and capture it well. Still today, I use many of the techniques Adam taught me. Being my first true experience of the Grand Canyon, Adam inspired me to pursue my passion for landscape photography and will always be remembered as the guy who showed me the light, figuratively speaking. Thanks, Adam! I hope to see you again soon.” ~ Michael S. from Kansas
“Thank you for a wonderful workshop! I just got finished looking through all my photos, from both the South Rim and North Rim of the Grand Canyon, marking the ones I want to process once I get home. I have at LEAST a dozen photos that so far above my skill level that I could have never dreamed of taking them before I met you. I figure if I practice all the things you taught me over the next year, I should be able to get a lot more out of the workshop by August 2012.” ~ Priscilla O. from California