Photography Workshops

Stoecklein Photography offers a series of photo workshops led by Drew and Taylor. Some workshops are held at and around David’s family private ranch, the Bar Horseshoe Ranch, in Mackay, Idaho (pronounced mack-key). The Bar Horseshoe Ranch is nestled against the tallest mountain peak in Idaho, Borah Peak, standing at 12,668 ft and folded into the majestic Big Lost mountain range. David’s wife, Mary, and two of their sons, Drew and Taylor, invite you to accompany them as they shoot photos of cowboys and cowgirls from nearby ranches.

Take your photography knowledge to a whole new level with Drew and Taylor as they shoot photos of real working cowboys and cowgirls at nearby ranches. You’ll find yourself shooting in the thick of the action and capturing breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in a gorgeous and remote setting. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience the western way of life.

2015 Photography Workshop Dates:

April 17-19, located in Weatherford, TX (SOLD OUT)
May 15-17
June 5-7
August 7-9
September 11-13
October 2-4
November 6-8

photography workshop

Our mission is to teach the essentials of digital photography
and to keep the spirit of the West alive through our images.

2015 Workshop Dates: May 15-17 • June 5-7 • August 7-9 • September 11-13 • October 2-4 • November 6-8

Photography WORKSHOP

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3 Full Days | Meals Included | $1,500 | $500 deposit required for registration

Students at Stoecklein Photography Workshops are given the opportunity to practice their photographic skills on one of the most beautiful and well-equipped photographic sets in the West. The family atmosphere and the feeling of the true West make the Stoecklein photography workshops a unique experience. Drew and Taylor’s goal is to teach the basic foundations of photography. They will teach you where to be and what angle to use and what exposure to try for different effects. Drew and Taylor will spend time working with you on your camera and computer to properly expose and develop your images. All levels of expertise are welcome at the Bar Horseshoe Ranch.


Photography Workshop with Taylor Stoecklein

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3 Full Days | Meals Included | Lightroom Tutorial | $1,900 with a $150 deposit

A new addition to the Stoecklein photography workshops is Workshop Plus. This is a class held the day before the first day of shooting. The course, usually on a Friday, starts at 9:30am, ends at 4:00pm, and lunch is served around noon. The first photography workshop dinner is served later that evening. This is a class to teach you how to use the Lightroom5 program. Taylor Stoecklein will show you how to import photos, as well as explain all the basic functions of Lightroom5. Please have Lightroom5 downloaded on your laptop before the workshop begins. This is a fantastic course to get you familiar with your computer, Lightroom5, and your camera. It will really prepare you for the next two days of photography and it is the perfect jump start to an action-packed weekend. The course requires a separate sign-up from the photo workshop.

Directions to Ranch

From Wood River Valley to Mackay (over Trail Creek)

  1. Head out on Sun Valley road towards Trail Creek (north)
  2. Follow Trail Creek over the pass. When road turns back to pavement, drive 9 1/2 miles to Old Chilly Rd.
  3. When you get to Old Chilly Road turn right
  4. Follow this road until you see 5600 W and turn right. (where the school bus sign is)

From Boise to Mackay:

  1. Take I-84E to exit 95 toward Mountain Home.
  2. Turn left at ID-51 N/Sun Valley Hwy/US 20E. Continue for 100 miles.
  3. Continue on Hwy 20E to Carey, ID.
  4. Take Hwy 93 north toward Arco.
  5. You will come to a “T” in the road. Head north towards Mackay, Idaho. This will take you right in to Mackay where all the motels are located.

From Idaho Falls Regional Airport:

  1. Get on I-15 S from N Skyline Dr
  2. Follow I-15 S, US-26 W and US-93 N to Fish Hatchery Rd/Old Chilly Rd in Custer County (120 miles)
  3. Continue on Fish Hatchery Rd. Take 5500 W to 5480 W St

Logding in Mackay, Idaho


Hwy 93
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: 208-588-2622


809 Custer St.
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: 208-588-2622
*Featuring: newly decorated rooms, RV hook-ups, showers and laundry facilities.


412 Spruce St.
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: 208-588-2483


3798 N. Hwy 93
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: 208-221-2994

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717 Capitol Ave.
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: 208-588-2296
*Featuring: RV hook-ups, camping, laundry facilities and showers.

Sample Photography Workshop Agenda

*Subject to change, attendees are free to edit and have free time between scheduled activities.


6:30 p.m. – Meet at the Pack Saddle Saloon, which is in the barn behind the bunkhouse on the left.
7:30 p.m. – Dinner and cocktails at the Ranch.


5:30 a.m. – Meet at the bunkhouse for breakfast and to start the morning shoot.
12:00 p.m. – Meet at the bunkhouse for lunch
5:00 p.m.- Dinner and great stories at the Stoecklein Bar Horseshoe Ranch, followed by a photo-shoot until sunset.


5:30 a.m. – Meet at the bunkhouse for breakfast and to start the morning shoot.
12:00 – p.m. – Meet at the bunkhouse for lunch
7:00 p.m. – Come and get it! Dinnertime! Cocktails, appetizers, dinner and great stories at the Stoecklein Bar Horseshoe Ranch. After dinner attendees will enjoy a slideshows of their work.


The slideshow is a chance for students to show off their best 10 photographs from the workshop. Drew and Taylor will put together a slideshow that will be viewed by all students, participants and ranch family members directly after dinner at the Pack Saddle Saloon. The slide show is the highlight of the photo workshop weekend and will be great fun with lots of commentary from everyone about the weekend.

“September, 2014 was my first Stoecklein workshop and what a great experience! Drew and Taylor were excellent instructors, working from sunrise to sunset, out in the field shooting then helping us work on our images using Lightroom. I was also amazed at the unique photo opportunities provided. The Stoecklein hospitality is wonderful, I truly felt like a family guest the entire weekend. A Stoecklein Workshop is a great experience…I can see why folks return year after year.”
~Sandi Kelly
“You didn’t leave us in the dust…you left a trail for us to follow. And we must all try to find our own way to follow in your prints.”
~Kara Tolle
“A great experience and a perfect indulgence for aspiring photographers. Drew and Taylor Stoecklein set the scenes so well it was hard to take a bad picture”
~Hanley Dawson
“This was a very professional workshop, perfectly executed by Drew and Taylor Stoecklein. Their knowledge of photography is impressive and their passion contagious.”
~Ian Prior

Photo Usage

Stoecklein Photography workshops are educational courses intended to enhance photographic skills and gain valuable experience. Knowledge gained at the workshops can be applied to everyday photography and attendees can also fine-tune professional talents. The workshops are not intended to build stock photography portfolios or libraries and images taken at workshops can only be used for personal purposes and gallery prints. Stoecklein Photography does not obtain or keep on file model releases for the workshop attendees and therefore images taken during the workshops cannot be sold as stock photography by the students. All models at the workshops are paid privately by the Stoecklein family. Attendees are encouraged to share images with friends and family, create personal calendars, notepads, postcards, gallery prints with their images taken at the workshops, as long as those items are not sold to other parties as stock photography.

*Students may enter their photos in photo competitions, but not in magazines as editorial images.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Due to limited space in the workshops, registered students have the choice of transferring their $500 non refundable security deposit to another workshop date within one year, as long as the workshop transfer takes place 30 days prior to the workshop. Workshop cancellations that are not made within the 30 days of the workshop will require the full balance be paid upon cancellation. However, students will still have the option to transfer to a different, available, workshop within the year.