–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 Drew and Taylor Stoecklein.  Some workshops are held at and around Davids 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 sons Drew and Taylor invite you to accompany them as they continue Davids exploration and documentation of the American West.

You’ll find yourself 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 Drew and Taylor Stoecklein as they shoot photos of real working cowboys and cowgirls at nearby ranches.


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 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.

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

For the Workshop Plus: Lightroom5 Class with Taylor, please email

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




On the evening of arrival, students enjoy an overview of coming days,  along with appetizers, dinner and cocktails.  Drew and Taylor Stoecklein will offer their 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 Mary, Drew and Taylor along with 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 cow dogs and many more. In past winter workshops, attendees were able to shoot photographs of winter sleigh rides and experience a true western mountain winter.


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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 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.

In the past,  attendees have tipped the models and staff. This is much appreciated, $50-$100 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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