North Rim of the Grand Canyon Photography Workshop

In the Mist

Monsoon on the North Rim
of the Grand Canyon

Limited to 4 participants

This Grand Canyon photography workshop takes place during the monsoon season, a great time to capture the canyon with stormy skies and dramatic light. The monsoon season is when I have made some of my most dramatic photographs of the Grand Canyon and it's when the odds are most in our favor of photographing lightning and capturing rainbows.

Small Group Size

I am now running workshops with smaller groups so that we can photograph from areas that aren't spacious enough to support large groups, and so that I can give each of you more one-on-one instruction. For these reasons, this workshop is limited to 4 participants.

Rainbow on Hayden

Photography Locations

We photograph from popular locations such Cape Royal and Point Imperial, but we will also be photographing from other nearby locations that are not named or marked on the map.That said, due to the nature of chasing light and adapting to unpredictability of monsoon weather, it's not possible to guarantee that we will stop at any specific location or that we will capture lightning and rainbows. The reality is that it can take many years and multiple trips to photograph a location under the best light and weather.Photographic success comes from being spontaneous while being true to your creative vision. As photographers, we must be able to adapt to changes in light & weather (and a change of plans) while asking ourselves what we feel in the moment and then making a photo that honors and expresses that feeling. My personal approach to photography is to be open, creatively speaking, to new ideas. This means that while I may go somewhere with a specific shot in mind, I am ready to adapt to change and see the new opportunities as they are presented. I genuinely believe that a good photographer can make a great photograph in any light. This is one of the many things I hope to pass along to you on this workshop.

Nankoweap Rain Veil


Our days will start very early and end late as we take advantage of the best light. The mid-day is set aside to get a bit of rest so that you and your camera batteries are recharged and ready to take advantage of the late light.

Day 1: Meet and greet at 3:00 pm at Kaibab Lodge for orientation. We will then drive to Cape Royal for sunset. Topics covered include setting up your camera for landscape photography and the technical workflow I use to ensure that I'm achieving proper exposures and sharp images.

Day 2: Sunrise shoot back at Cape Royal to capture the sunrise on Wotans Throne. After sunrise we will drive back to the lodge for breakfast. The afternoon and sunset session will be from an unnamed location on the Walhalla Plateau.

If weather and atmospheric conditions permit, we will also photograph the canyon under moonlight with night sky.

Day 3: Sunrise this morning will be from an overlook near Angels Window. If the weather permits, there will be a follow-up session at Vista Encantada, and then we will return to the lodge for a late breakfast. The afternoon session will be spent wandering the ponderosa pine forest of the Walhalla Glades section of the park to work on making photographs using Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) to create a painterly effect. You can see examples of photographs made using ICM at the bottom of this page. The sunset session will be from an unnamed viewpoint near Cape Royal.

Day 4: Sunrise shoot at Point Imperial. I will be available to answer any final questions you may have.

Note: Before breakfast on day 2 and day 3, if we see bison near the North Rim entrance station we will stop to photograph them. In 2021 the National Park Service was culling the bison herd a bit on the North Rim due to the herd growing too large for the ecosystem. The result was that the bison went into the forest instead of wandering the meadows near the entrance. Hopefully we will have an opportunity in 2023 to photograph them.

Milky Way over Angels Window

Lodging is Included

This workshop includes private lodging in private cabins at Kaibab Lodge, just a few miles from the entrance to the North Rim.

Cabin Upgrade Available

You may upgrade your cabin to one with a small refrigerator and microwave for an upgrade fee of only $360.00. Only two of these upgraded cabins are available, and as an added bonus, the upgraded cabins have a nice front porch looking across the beautiful meadows of the Kaibab Plateau. The cabin upgrade is a great option if you are traveling with a spouse or friend.

What's not Included?

Meals, transportation, and entrance fees into Grand Canyon National Park are not provided. We will caravan to our photography locations.

Bring a Friend or Family Member!

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member along on the workshop as a guest. This guest is allowed to use the room, but they may only participate in the workshop if they purchase a participant spot.

2019 Desert Thunder Photography Workshop Group

We Hope You Can Join Us!

Please feel free to reach out to Sally or me if you have any questions. You can send us a message through the Contact form on this website, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you can join us for this opportunity to photograph the Grand Canyon from the majestic North Rim during the monsoon season.

Angels Window

Workshop Cost and Payment Terms

The cost for this workshop is $2400.00 which includes the private lodging. A deposit of $1200.00 is required to reserve a spot on this workshop. The final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to the workshop.

Workshop Dates

Due to the popularity of this workshop, I am offering it three times in 2023. Each workshop is limited to 4 participants. The workshop is scheduled on the following dates:
• August 11th to 14th - Group A - three spots left
• August 14th to 17th - Group B - three spots left
• August 17th to 20th - Group C - only one spot left!

When registering for a workshop, be sure to contact me and let me know which one you would like to participate in.

Sign Me up!

You can reserve your spot on this workshop by adding the workshop fee of $2,400.00 to your cart and completing the payment. Once your payment is received, I will reach out to with the registration paperwork.

I look forward to seeing you at the Grand Canyon!

Payment methods accepted on this website.

Angels Window
Rainbow on Hayden
Renewed Fortitude
Silent Guardian
Imperial View
Sunkissed Angel
Dawn on Mount Hayden
Rain of Fire
The Ponderosas of Walhalla Glades
Sublime Dreams
Cliff Springs Grove