Falling for New Mexico


"Santa Fe is America’s answer to France’s Provence, the place with the luminous light discovered by the artists in the late 19th century; a place with ancient cultures that are not veneers laid over the landscape, not transplants, but that have grown up in symbiosis with the land, and truly belong."⁣

― Henry Shukman, writer

Autumn in New Mexico. The last sturdy wildflowers lighting up the hills. Aspens turning gold in the mountains. Piñon smoke rising in the evening air. Northern New Mexico is sand and sage, plains and mesas, flame-colored cliffs—surrounded by sky and clouds that herald the change of time and weather. Join award winning photographer Craig Varjabedian this fall for four days to capture one of our favorite seasons in this enchanted land.

The sun will rise over adobe churches and we will be there to witness and photograph. At sunset, cliffs will turn gold and crimson, and our cameras will focus on this miraculous change and beauty. This workshop is both a celebration and a challenge—to see the magic and beauty of the Land of Enchantment and to make your own images, from adobe details to magnificent wide-open landscapes. Wandering over the rocky hillsides, we’ll have the chance to see a unique New Mexico—the essential land in all its beauty and simplicity.

This workshop will be guided by award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian who has spent over 30 years photographing New Mexico and will share his favorite places with you. The land and light of New Mexico has drawn artists, painters, and photographers for more than a century with its quaint adobe architecture, brilliant light and multi-cultural flavors of the Native Americans, Spanish and the Old West. You will photograph this enchanted land with Craig, in an unique environment in an atmosphere of adventure and discovery.

In this workshop you will receive one-on-one instruction in the field, on technical and aesthetic issues. You will come to understand the many aspects of digital photography such as histograms and be introduced to HDR. In order to provide premier one-on-one instruction this workshop is limited to ten participants. 

This workshop is a terrific for all digital photographers who are essentially familiar with their cameras. You will need to know, before you get here, how to set and use auto bracketing on your camera, if your camera has this feature. You should be able to download, edit and manage images on your laptop computer. You need to be able to carry your own camera gear and tripod and be capable of walking and light hiking on trails of varied terrain.

1. Bring your digital camera with lenses, a tripod and polarizing filter(s). We recommend a camera backpack which works well for field workshops.

2. A laptop computer with your favorite image editing software installed and working. We do not provide computers or monitors. Bring removable media like a hard drive to back up your images.(We will provide a complete list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)

3. Bring ten of your images to share with the group. We can look at images in any form: prints, reproductions, electronic slideshows. Prints or individual electronic files that can be browsed in Adobe Bridge are ideal for portfolio reviews. Most people bring images as jpegs (1024x768pixels) on a jump drive.

4. We will be photographing at inspiring locations to make your images. Participants will have time in the evenings to work on their own to download their images and edit them, clean camera and lenses and charge batteries.

5. Bring something to take notes with. For some a computer keyboard works well. Others use pen and paper and/or audio recorders.

6. Write down a a one-sentence statement about what you would like to accomplish during the workshop.

7. Expect to meet interesting photographers, who share similar passions and interests, who will see things from new and different perspectives.

8. Come with an open mind. This is probably the MOST important thing to bring to any workshop.

9. It is our wish that this workshop will exceed your expectations and that you will leave us feeling more focused, confident and inspired.

All photographic instruction in the field and in the classroom and last night celebration meal. Location fee is listed separately.

We highly recommend you purchase travel/trip insurance just in case. There are several companies and credit card companies that provide this service. We recommend Roam Right for trip insurance.

Have any questions, suggestions or concerns? Feel free to contact us any time—we will be more than happy to help! Call Workshop Manager and Director of Karmic Activity Cindy at (505) 983-2934 or email

Craig Varjabedian, the founder and main instructor at Eloquent Light, is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making profound pictures of the land and the people who live on it, telling stories. . . one photograph at a time. A gifted teacher, Craig has taught photography to people from around the world for over thirty years.

Ask any alumnus of the Eloquent Light experience and two things that stand out in memory are 1) the one-on-one attention from workshop director, Craig Varjabedian, that takes you to a new level of skill and creativity, and 2) the wide open spaces as the setting for exquisite Southwest light and landscape.

Head to storied New Mexico locations such as Ghost Ranch, Rio Chama, White City, a pueblo or two, or the streets of Santa Fe. The Eloquent Light team structures the experience at each location as you learn the characteristics of light and scenery that capture an image revealing the essence of a hillside, an old Spanish Mission, a historic church, or a simple doorway of an adobe home.

The Eloquent Light team has spent thirty years building relationships with people and places that bring an authentic experience to each and every participant.

― Margaret S., Florida, Workshop Participant

WORKSHOP DIARIES | My First Workshop by Elizabeth Beall “The staff at Eloquent Light creates a workshop experience that is safe, encouraging, honest and so much fun!  My workshop ended and I found that I had some beautiful photographs that I was extremely proud to have taken.. . “
Read Elizabeth Beall’s fun account of her experience in this workshop.


September 23 - 26, 2019


Santa Fe, New Mexico

Class Size

8 participants


Craig Varjabedian



Location Fee