Summit Adventure

Location: Jackson Hole, WY

Dates: September 8 – 11, 2021

Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,795

The Premiere Adventure Photography Workshop

 Set out on a photography journey in the Grand Tetons with our faculty of adventure photographers and editors from National Geographic, Red Bull, The North Face, and more. Work with the expert photographers and learn the shooting and scouting techniques that they use to land their images in top publications, meet the editors behind some of the world’s most daring photography expeditions and learn how they hire photographers, and even spend a night camping with the faculty as you network with them throughout the workshop. 

In this workshop, you’ll be exposed to every aspect of adventure photography, from adventure and outdoor sports photography to product and outdoor commercial photography. The Adventure Workshop is for photographers of all ages and skill levels, and although some hiking is required, there is no recommended minimum level of fitness. 

What you’ll learn:

The Business of Adventure Photography. How to Shoot Trail Running, Climbing, Kayaking, Lifestyle, and more! How to Light Outdoor Action and Adventure Sports. How to Pitch an Adventure/Expedition Shoot to an Editor. How to Effectively Shoot Outdoor Product Photography. Filmmaking Techniques. How to Solve Real Life Problems On-Location. Freelance Photography, How to Sell Your Photos

What To Know

You do not need to be a climber, hiker, kayaker, or adventure athlete to participate in this workshop. However, expect to hike, move across steep terrain, get wet, get rained on, and probably snowed on.

We will be camping for one night and temperatures can drop below freezing.

You do not need to own or bring camping equipment, tents, bags, etc are available to rent. 

The workshop classroom will be located at The Virginian near downtown Jackson. Group rates will be made available soon. 

Topics We Will Cover





With Brands




White Water






Ryan Taylor - Adventure Photography Workshop

Ryan Taylor

Workshop Faculty

Ryan is an action sports photographer and commercial cinematographer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing on wakeboarding and snowboarding, Ryan strive's to create something new and unique every time he shoots -- this often means implementing new lighting techniques as well as working with athletes to think of new creative ways to showcase their sports.

Dongfeng Race Training in Lorient, France on Monday July 17, 2017

Jen Edney

Workshop Faculty

In a practical sense, Jen Edney is a photographer and burgeoning filmmaker. But use a wider scope; these are just titles for a person set to take us on a visual journey. A self-proclaimed “water baby,” Edney is an adventurer and a storyteller whose aim is to capture the expeditionary heart of any situation she shoots. She is a sailor, a traveler, and thus a participant in the images she captures and the stories she tells, from mountains to seas—all begninning from her home on the Plains of Nebraska. Jen was named to a list of the “Nine Top Female Adventure Photographers” by National Geographic. With over 40,000 nautical miles sailed en route to visiting over 30 countries, there is no doubt as to her adventurous spirit. Edney has been selected to the OBR squad for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 and is the only female on the squad.


Savannah Cummins

Workshop Faculty

Savannah is a photographer and filmmaker based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, she grew up playing in the creek in her backyard. At 16, she had her first “real” outdoor experience, in Northern Minnesota, and since then she has been committed to combining her passion for the outdoors with her profession. When she picked up a camera for the first time in 2014, she knew she had found her niche. She was taken on to the North Face team in 2017, and in 2017 alone joined legendary climbers Alex Honnold, Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker on an expedition to Antarctica, documented Katie Bono’s speed record on Denali, and traveled to the Kashmir region of Northern India on an all-female first ascent expedition. Her clients include Google, The North Face, La Sportiva, Five Ten, Black Diamond, Canon, Osprey, REI, Darn Tough, Point6, Big Agnes, Stio, PrAna, Patagonia, Climbing Magazine, Rock and Ice, Alpinist, Gripped Magazine, Women’s Health, Native Eyewear, Gnarly Nutrition, Arc’teryx, Mad Rock, and Eider.

Ted Hesser

Ted Hesser

Workshop Faculty

Ted is a freelance adventure photographer, focusing on rock climbing and alpinism. His work has been published by National Geographic Online, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice Magazine, The Alpinist Magazine, Escalando climbing magazine and various others. Ted has worked on assignment for The North Face, covering some of the company’s highest profile expeditions in Nepal, Angola and Kenya. He shoots TNF’s athlete summits each year. Ted also works closely with Black Diamond Ltd, shooting commercial photo and video projects throughout the year. He is an official ambassador for Goalzero and Boulder Denim. Other clients have included Columbia Sportswear, DJI, Travel Alberta, Destination BC, ReelRock Films, Royal Robbins, ThermaRest, Cascade Designs, Utah Tourism, Feathered Friends & La Sportiva. Prior to focusing full-time on photography, Ted worked for nearly a decade in the clean energy industry. He received a masters degree in renewable energy engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelors degree in Physics from Colorado College.

Elise Streck

Workshop Faculty

Elise is an adventure, travel photographer living in Jackson, WY. Having grown up in the mountains, she is skilled in a number of backcountry sports that allow her to capture unique moments from the wild. Elise’s photography focuses on documenting the connections and interactions between humans and the natural world.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Workshop Faculty

Michael is an internationally published adventure photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on numerous assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, mountain bikers, big-wave surfers, sky divers and many more other extreme sports athletes, often working in remote locations around the world.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Workshop Highlights:

Professional Instruction on Techniques, Scouting, and Working With Brands

Premiere Networking Opportunities

Full Day Photographing Climbing With Exum Mountain Guides

Whitewater Rafting Day Photographing on the Snake River

Camping and Cookout On Top of Snow King Mountain


Costs Included In Tuition:

Activity Fees, Transportation Costs, Welcome Meals (details will be on your itinerary)


Not Included:

Hotels, Most Meals

Workshop Itinerary

** Covid Note: Some classroom activities such as lectures and portfolio reviews may be held in person or remotely before/after the workshop via Zoom, depending on Covid restrictions that might be in place at the time of the workshop. For the time being these activities have been left off of the schedule and we will keep everyone updated as the summer progresses.


Adventure Photography

Lighting Techniques

On-Location:  Mountain Biking/Running

Welcome Reception


On-Location: Mountain Biking, Trail Running and/or Lifestyle

Anatomy of a Commercial Photo Shoot

On-Location: Rock Climbing Shoot

Image Critiques


On Location: Kayaking/White Water

Camping Shoot – Lifestyle/Trail Running

Location Scouting/Shoot Logistics

On-Location: Fireside Talk and Life on Road


On Location: Camping Lifestyle/Fly Fishing/Climbing

Image Critiques

Instructor Roundtable

Photographers’ Social