Limited 7 Day Grand Canyon River Run Workshop


Join us for the 7 day Photography Workshop with Willie Holdman in the Grand Canyon that will take place April 22-28 in 2020. 

We will spend seven days rafting and floating down the Colorado River, which runs through one of the greatest wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon. Visit waterfalls, see turquoise colored rivers, and experience the wonder of the deep side canyons. You will also be able to view trickling springs and grottos filled with desert wildflowers. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon and capture it's magic with your own camera.

Willie has personally floated down the Grand Canyon numerous times on photography expeditions. He has teamed up with Western River Expeditions to offer this exclusive river run experience. This trip will be a photography workshop in every sense of the word. We will plan our adventures based on the best location and lighting for each time of day.


This is an all inclusive, fully catered trip. You will enjoy exquisite four star meals cooked by our guides. We will concentrate on our photography. Everything is provided except your camera gear. A basic understanding of photography, and knowing how to use your camera will really help you have the best experience possible.

Visit the Western River Expeditions web site to see more details about this trip and don't forget to check out the sample photographs, including photos Willie has taken on past visits on the photos page.

Willie has made arrangements with Western River Expeditions, a first class operation, to escort us down the Colorado river through the grand canyon. For those that are arriving to Marble Canyon by vehicle the night before we depart, we will take advantage of our location and shoot into the canyon that evening. We will also go shoot the surrounding canyons and rock formations in the early morning before we load into the raft. Once we hit the water be prepared for a visual feast like no other for 7 days! Part of the workshop will continue after we are flown out of the canyon where we will view and critique each others images, via on line, and give feedback. Editing and processing our images will also be part of the discussion. I will be doing a webinar with editing techniques on images from the trip. A link will be provided, or you can go to Holdman Light Chasers on facebook for info.

The trip is all about getting you to remote locations and capturing the beauty that lies in the Grand Canyon. This well thought out trip allows us to photograph at our own pace and on a different schedule than usual. These trips are very popular and only a certain number of people are allowed to go down the Grand Canyon each year. Some individuals have waited for up to 20 years to obtain a permit to float through the grand canyon.

Total cost of trip and instruction: $3450.00



"I've floated a lot of rivers but this is by far the Grand-Daddy of them all...Great scenery...Great Rapids...Great food!" -Willie Holdman

To Reserve your spot for 2018 click this link! photography-workshops/willie- holdman



About the instructor



Willie Holdman is a native Utahan and started experiencing the wonders of nature at an early age by assisting his father, Floyd, on photography assignments for National Geographic throughout the country. He managed to slip out and photograph the rural areas of Utah while at Brigham Young University where he received his BFA degree with an emphasis in photography. Willie resides at the base of majestic Mt. Timpanogos in Midway, Utah. Although he has photographed nature all over the world, it can't compare with the versatility and beauty of his home state, Utah. Whether it is high in an alpine meadow, or low in the red rock desert, this is home.

Willie's award-winning work has been used in numerous publications throughout the country and is collected by multiple corporate and personal identities; some of which include Robert Redford, Senator Orin Hatch, and Google. His work has been featured many times in Outdoor Photographer and has been used for the 2002 winter Olympics and is also displayed at the SLC Airport. Some of his other products are a calendar on Utah, posters, and screen savers for computers, and a hardcover book called Timpanogos as well as one in the works called Utah, Mountains to Deserts. His images have been chosen numerous times for the cover of the Utah Travel Council calendar.


To Register: Select one of the workshops above or contact Willie Holdman at [email protected]


What should I expect from this workshop?

We will be doing a fair amount of walking and hiking around and descent conditioning will be a big bonus in your comfort in the field.

We will get up early each morning and go to a predetermined spot. These locations will be chosen based on Willie's vast experience and knowledge of the seasons and local weather to allow for the best photography opportunities. Most of the time will be spent capturing Mother Nature in her glory. The main focus of these workshops will be in the field, shooting. The main goal of this workshop is to come away with an image of your own, that you would be proud to hang on your wall. Count on being outside during the optimal light hours of sunrise and sunset. You may be required to bring a sack lunch on certain days but most of the time we should be close enough to eat in one of the local eateries.

In the middle of the day or evenings, after the light is gone, we will spend time on the computer critiquing and going over digital processing and basic techniques to optimize your photographs. More details will be given at the workshop. This workshop is for you. We do not pursue our own photographic endeavors. We concentrate on what's best for the photographers and how we can build upon your existing skills and help you get a great shot.

What do the Wasatch Mountains have to offer?

Willie Holdman Photographs provides individuals an opportunity to explore the backcountry of Utah, one of the most breathtaking natural scenic places on earth. Your Instructor, Willie, has thoroughly explored every nook and cranny along the peaks of the Wasatch Front in the North, to the red rock canyons and vistas of the South. My home has always been here in the Wasatch mountains of Utah. Though I have traveled extensively, I can't seem to find a match to the beauty and versatility of the place I call home. Multiple things come into play while trying to make a memorable photograph. Drive, determination, desire, knowledge, skill, technique, location and luck. If you have the first three "D"s, we can help you with the other four, the last one is left up to Mother Nature.


Place yourself in the beautiful mountains of Utah. The small quaint town of Midway is situated 20 minutes from the Sundance resort in Provo canyon, Park City and Deer Valley in Utah. All the Wasatch Mountain Workshops will be headquartered here. With the majestic Timpanogos Mountain to the south, lakes on either side, and the Provo River winding its way through the valley, you will feel like a kid in a candy shop....only it will be eye-candy.... in every direction.

Ever wonder what the pros do when preparing for a photo shoot? How they choose where to go? What lens they pick and why? Wonder how they get such great images? All these questions will be answered and more.

Who is it for?

These nature photography workshops are for beginners, amateurs, or professionals who just want to take their own photographs in a spectacular setting. Each workshop will be classified to the level and experience you will need to maximize your photography experience. All attendees should have a SLR camera and know how it operates. Having a tripod isnt necessary, but it would be great to bring one. The majority of the workshop will be focused on digital capture.


A laptop computer would be a big plus in editing your images for review in the evening; however, we will not be using the computer while in the field. The workshops will never exceed 10 attendees. 4 attendees is the minimum requirement to hold the workshop.

What topics are covered


The art of seeing

Adding depth and meaning to your photographs

Camera settings when and where

Optimizing your photographs after Raw

How Professionals get remarkable photographs and how you can too



When the weekend is over, attendees will have a solid understanding of many basic and advanced principles related to nature photography, and the digital darkroom. There will be plenty of time throughout the workshop and in the field to ask Willie one-on-one questions.

What's included in the cost of the workshop?

3 full days with photography instructor Willie Holdman

Transportation to and from shooting locations

A 20x30 photographic print of your best photograph to take back with you

Dinner with the group on the final night

What about lodging?

visit each web site to see what accommodations fit your style. All of these are located right here in midway.

Invited Inn - Blue Boar - Zermatt Resort - Homestead - - Holiday Inn -www. The Holiday Inn is where our home base is and where I reserve a conference room for our indoor sessions. This will also be the place we start and end each day.

Mention you are with the Willie Holdman Photography Workshop, and you will get 10-20% off rates. You can also stay in Park City if you wish since it is only a 20 minute drive.

Lodging: For Capital Reef we will be staging out of Torrey, Utah, where several hotels are located. I usually stay at Days Inn but the Best Western sure is nice and offers great views. Honestly I usually camp out when I'm there so that is an option as well.

Other Workshop Locations: Midway, Utah

How much does this all cost?

Cost for the wasatch workshop is $595. The Capital Reef is $695.00

Please make sure you are committed to come. If something comes up where you can't attend we would be happy to give you credit for another workshop.

Do you offer private workshops?

Want to go out one-on-one and receive personal instruction? Want to hike to Willie's favorite locations and vistas? We offer private workshops to cater specifically for what you want. Contact us for details and schedules. The Charge is $125 an hour with an 5 hour minimum or $900 for a full day....and I mean full!

Do you offer a waiting list?

Waiting list: You may sign up for our waiting list and if we have a cancellation you will be contacted.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please don't hesitate to contact Willie Holdman [email protected]


Workshop Testimonials

"I attended a two day Canon workshop in Portland a few weeks ago that cost $1,000. It was good, but not as good as yours! The Utah landscapes are really breathtaking and you took us to some great spots that I had never seen before.


All in all, I would highly recommend your workshop to my friends and associates from both coasts looking at a Utah outdoor photo vacation workshop. It was an honor to learn from you."

John M. Provo, Utah

"Willie, thank you so much for a incredible workshop! This workshop was over the top. It was even better then I imagined, the scenery, the expertise, the weather, the people, everything was perfect! Thank you!"


Bruce O., Ogden, Utah

Number one, the seminar is a 10. Spending time in the field with a Landscape expert like Willie Holdman is an invaluable learning experience. Number two, being in the field, shooting photos with Willie right next to you, helping with composition, camera settings and his ideas on what he would shoot and when, is beyond amazing.


Warren D., Charleston, Utah

"I was a bit nervous coming into the workshop because I had no photography background. I left having had a great time with you and the other photographers, and now feel drawn into this world of nature photography. I am indebted to you for that."


Jay C. Chicago, Illinois

"You were very patient with us .Even answering the same question over and over. On some work shops I've been on the leader was more concerned about getting the shot than helping those who had paid for the class. I felt like I was imposing.Your passion for photography is contagious. Sharing how and what you see was most valuable."


Gus, Provo, Utah

"I would rate it a 9 out of 10. The in the field part was great and the locations were awesome. The way you explained things was easy for me to follow."


Johnny B., Oklahoma

"Thank for providing an excellent workshop. I learned a tremendous amount and the workshop exceeded my expectations."


Ryan P. Spanish Fork, Utah