–Photography Workshops–


Workshop Brochure


Contact Brittany Ratliffe at 208-726-5191 ext. 19 or email brittany@drsphoto.com

To see all of the workshop dates, hover your mouse over “Photography workshops” on this page and you’ll see the drop down menu.


Each workshop costs $1500 which includes meals and the $500 nonrefundable security deposit.  The remaining balance of the workshop is due four weeks before the date of your workshop.

Stoecklein Photography offers a series of photo workshops led by Dave Stoecklein.  Some workshops are held at and around Dave’s 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.  Other workshops are hosted at various ranches around the West.  Dave invites you to accompany him as he continues his exploration and documentation of the American West. He’ll share his knowledge and experience (and even some of his secrets!).

You’ll find yourself right along side Dave, shooting in the thick of the action, marveling at a quiet sunset over the mountains, or tracking down some of the elusive wildlife in a gorgeous and remote landscape. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience the western way of life,  hang out with Dave as he shoots photos of real working cowboys and cowgirls at nearby ranches . Find out what inspires Dave and hear some side-splitting anecdotes about his time on the road.

Dave has spent more than 30 years creating images that capture the spirit of the American West. He has worked closely with ranchers and cowboys from every western state. Through his work, Dave has gained a deep understanding and admiration for cowboys. His quest to keep the spirit of the West alive is heartfelt and uncompromising. He spends every free moment photographing cowboys and all elements of their lives, preserving their rich western heritage and a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.


with Taylor Stoecklein

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 Lightroom program. Taylor Stoecklein will show you how to import photos, as well as explain all the basic functions of Lightroom. Please have Lightroom downloaded on your laptop before the workshop begins. This is a fantastic course to get you familiar with your computer, Lightroom, and your camera. It will really prepare you for the next two days of photography and it is the perfect jumpstart to an action-packed weekend. The course requires a separate sign-up from the photo workshop.

• The cost is $400 with a $150 deposit.

For the Workshop Plus: Lightroom Class with Taylor, please email

brittany@drsphoto.com or call (208) 726-5191 ext. 19 to reserve a spot.




This year Drew Stoecklein will offer a series of photo workshops at premier fly fishing lodges in Montana and Idaho. Come join Drew on the rivers and spring creeks to improve your photography skills. At these workshops students will be shooting side by side with Drew and will learn a wide range of photography skills. Drew is an internationally recognized photographer. For the past 10 years Drew has traveled around the globe for commercial and editorial clients, standing behind the lens as a photographer and in front of it as a professional skier. His first book, Seasons of the Steelhead, received the Best Book of the Year Award from The American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

• Workshops are $1,000; lodging is separate and varies from location to location.

For more information about and dates for Drew’s new Fly Fishing Workshops, please see www.drsphoto.net or www.drewstoecklein.com for dates or call (208) 720-5731 to sign up.


Private Photo Workshops

Join David at your location or his in Mackay, ID for a private photography workshop.  Choose either one or two days to photograph alongside David, pick his brain, hear his hilarious stories, gain knowledge and fine tune those photo skills!  Private workshops are limited to no more than two people.

The private workshop fee is $5000 plus travel expenses.



On the evening of arrival, students enjoy an overview of coming days,  along with appetizers, dinner and cocktails.  Dave will offer his help and direction after each day’s shoot. You and the other members of the workshop will be able to trade ideas  and refine new techniques, get inspired by new subject matter, and enjoy the unique surroundings.


In the winter, join Dave, his wife Mary and a great group of local working cowboys for spectacular photo-shooting scenarios with horses running through the snow, winter mornings (hopefully some fog and mist), working cowdogs and many more. In past winter workshops, attendees were able to shoot photographs of winter sleigh rides and experience a true western mountain winter.

Past Attendees’ Comments:

“The workshop was incredible.  Dave really out-did himself, and the cowboys and cowgirls we really great.  They are all really amazing people…These workshops really are the best thing I’ve done in along time.  You feel alive when you get done.”  -  Andrea, Idaho

“What a great, albeit short, but wonderful workshop we enjoyed with Dave!!  I also loved the feeling of being at a home and not in a studio, hotel suite, conference room, etc…”  -  Amy, Colorado

“Well, what can I say except that the clinic was as perfect as it could be? The imagination used to create neat shots, the setting, the models, Mary and Dave’s hospitality, and Dave’s never ending enthusiasm for our efforts – it all was just terrific! ”  -  Meli, Oklahoma

“I’m coming back for my third workshop which says it all.   David’s easy going informative teaching style, Drew’s technical instruction and Mary who makes you feel right at home adds up to not just a workshop, but an experience that that will last you a lifetime, as well as the pictures you took.  Interaction with the models goes far and beyond what you would expect. The days start early and end late, but at the end of the class you are pleasantly surprised at your results. I learned a lot, and look forward to more workshops in the future..5 Stars!”  -  John, Arizona

“The workshop was educational, entertaining, and inspiring. David, himself, is the highlight. The Bar Horseshoe Ranch is a great place to be. I learned how to use my equipment better, which things I most want to upgrade, how to set up shots better, and about software.”  -  Tom, Washington


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Photos ©David R. Stoecklein


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 David R. Stoecklein. 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.  David has never sold any type of royalty free stock and has built his carrier on selling rights managed stock photos.  He is doing these workshops to share his forty years of professional knowledge, his intent is not to build stock libraries for his students, only to teach others how to take photos.  These rules do not change and will not change.  Please respect Dave’s views and you will come away with a wealth of knowledge!

In the past,  attendees have tipped the models and staff. This is much appreciated, $20 – $50 per student is suggested.



Due to limited space in the workshops, registered students have the choice of transferring their $500 non-fundable security deposit to another workshop date within the 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.


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