“I thoroughly enjoyed my recent workshop in Santa Fe Faces of the American West: Portraits of the Cowboy and the Native American at Eloquent Light Photography Workshops. The name is so descriptive of the kind of photography we were able to do. Lots of western and cowboys shoots. The models and the locations were excellent. We were a small group and had lots of personal attention with our photography. Portraits have never been easy for me, but I think with the new things I learned to practice I will improve substantially. I look forward to participating in another workshop with Eloquent Light Workshops in the future...”
“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.”
I recently attended Eloquent Light's Santa Fe photography workshop, called Santa Fe: The People And The Land. We had a small group, so we got a lot of individual attention from Craig, and his assistant. Both Craig and his assistant are amazing photographers, and good teachers and coaches. They took us to a number of great sites of interest to photograph, including a working ranch. Of special interest was their coaching on how to use HDR to manage high contrast light. On the last day, they reviewed our photos, giving us valuable tips and tricks. We learned a lot on this workshop, and had a lot of fun too! Thanks, guys!
"Thank you for a genuinely unique experience. I have attended other workshops by other photographers before, but not one that I found to be so much fun. The defining quality of your workshop was its intimacy - the small number of students; the close personal attention you provided to each of us; gaining entry to sites not open to everyone; and the sense that you not only know photography, but also the people and history of New Mexico. When anyone asks me where they can learn more, I never hesitate to recommend they take a workshop with you."
"The first workshop was an incredible experience! It served as great motivation to move forward in learning new skills and to discover the beauty and significance of light in photography. Almost five years later, I rejoined Eloquent Light for a White Sands Photography Workshop. Our small group hiked across the gypsum sands enjoying and photographing the beautiful scenery. White Sands put on a magnificent show for us and Craig guided us to the "best seats in the house!" Thank you, Craig, for another wonderful experience!."
"It was truly amazing. I didn’t need instructor Craig Varjabedian to turn me on to the magic of the place, but I sure appreciated his reverence for White Sands and his deep intimacy with it. He encouraged each of us to feel and see it in our own ways, while also helping us to see in new ways. He is an excellent teacher, who naturally paces information, technique, demonstration, and constructive feedback in concrete, individualized ways. Craig was easygoing yet attentive. He was keenly attuned to the weather, individual needs, and group dynamics, and managed to stay just a step ahead, anticipating changing needs. He made sure that we were in place to take advantage of the best light conditions, that each of us got the attention we needed, and that we learned from each other. We all felt respected, listened to, and learned lots from the experience while having a terrific time! I highly recommend the experience."
"I would like to thank you for a great workshop. The Santa Fe & New Mexico Landscape Workshop was a great introduction to this beautiful part of the country. The workshop was a great mix of classroom and location instruction. All the locations that we photographed were perfectly chosen to get us there at the optimal times. I never felt rushed and felt all my questions were answered. I am very happy with the photographs I captured."
"Instructor Craig Varjabedian reawakened that part of me that used to see the world through an artist's eyes (before decades of technical career). As a teacher, Craig Varjabedian does not tell you what you should do. He talks to you and watches you in order to understand what it is that you want to do and then he helps you to get there. He has the experience and expertise to perform this magic with novice and professional alike. I recommend Craig Varjabedian's workshops for anyone who loves photography and wants to get better at it."
I've had the good fortune to work with Craig Varjabedian in three private workshops over the past 18 months. Each of those workshops has been a fun, productive and intense learning experience for me. Craig is a dedicated, experienced, generous and highly engaging teacher. He genuinely wants his students to learn and get full value from their investment of time and money in his workshops.
I booked a two-day private workshop with Eloquent Light while recently in Santa Fe. Craig Varjabedian was a perfect photography coach and guide to northern New Mexico. Craig is an accomplished professional artist and photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting the light in the Southwest. He is an amicable conversationalist, kindhearted, and strikes just the right balance between gentle coaching and letting me explore my own vision. This allowed me to learn from him but also spend time on my own exploring and shooting the beautiful locations we visited.
Craig made special arrangements to visit sites that were, at the time, closed to the public. This created wonderful and rare opportunities for seeing and shooting.
I learned Craig has special powers as well. Every time we needed a cloud to pass in front of our lenses – a white puffy New Mexico cloud appeared. :-)
Cindy, Craig’s partner and chief organizer, made everything work like clockwork and provided a number of terrific suggestions for other activities in and around Santa Fe.
I highly recommend Eloquent Light. Thanks!