September 7-13, 2014 NEW MEXICO Photo Tour $1150.00 Click Here for More info and Registration

I have been visiting New Mexico since 1992 when a friend, moved to Chama, New Mexico from Baltimore. I fell in love with the culture, architecture, landscape and art of the area. I am happy to offer this photography tour and share my love of New Mexico with you.

About this Photo Tour:

This "Photo Tour" is packed with great adventure as well as culture. There is no other place that combines the architectural influence of the Spanish with the American Indian culture and the magnificent landscape of the American South West.
The tour will start on Sunday September 8 in the afternoon at 4:00 at the:

Best Western Plus
3650 Cerrillos Road US Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87507-2909, United States
Phone: 505/438-3822
The Best Western will be our base hotel Sunday, September 7 through Tuesday, September 9 and is located 4 1/2 miles from historic locations in Santa Fe. We will return here on Friday night September 12. You might want to extend your stay and depart Sunday morning the 14th.
(Best Western will be holding a block of rooms under Karen Messick Photography. Reservations are not included in the workshop price; therefore workshop participants will need to make their own reservations by contacting the Best Western and let them know you are with the group for a discount rate. 
From Santa Fe we will travel to the Cochiti Pueblo and visit the  Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument where we will hike into the canyon. We will visit the dusty ghost town of Los Cerillos and the eclectic town of Madrid. We will spend a day walking and photographing in the charming and historic streets, churches and shops of Santa Fe. When you have some personal time, have fun exploring many, museums, art galleries and attractions along Canyon Road. We will head North to Abiqui, the last permanent home of Georgia O'Keeffe. We will have a personal tour of her home (unfortunately no photographs are allowed within the premises). After the tour we will spend time walking the dusty streets of Abiqui.
After departing Abiqui we will head north to Chama where the temps will be colder and the Aspens may be displaying their amazing fall colors. The road to Chama is beautiful and the rock formations along the highway will present numerous opportunities to stop and shoot. We will make images in the old train yards of the Cumbres-Toltec narrow gauge railroad.  Along the road we will stop in Plaza Blanca, Embudo, Tierra Amarilla, and maybe even visit the Village of Earthships....and  as a photographer I am always open to serendipitous events so we will keep our eyes open for cool subjects along the way. We will return to Santa Fe on Friday night and finish our tour with a short trip to the Eaves Movie Ranch on Saturday morning.
All along the way I will be helping participants make stunning compositions and assist with camera functions. We will fit in a photo critique session as travel allows. 

This tour requires driving about 100 miles in a day, on several days. To save money I suggest flying into Albuquerque and renting a car for the drive to Santa Fe.

We will be staying in Chama on Wednesday night, September 10 and Thursday night, September 11, at the Branding Iron Hotel.
511 Highway 17 
Chama, NM 87520
(Tour participants will also need to make their own reservations for the evenings of September 10 and 11)


Not included in the price of the tour. I suggest you fly into Albuquerque a day ahead of the workshop and acclimate to the high altitude environment. 
If you are not going to rent a vehicle I suggest flying into Santa Fe, and taking local transportation, Roadrunner Shuttle, to the hotel.

If you do not plan on renting a car, I will try to match you up with someone that is and would not mind a traveler. It will be best on the day trips to minimize cars due to parking constraints.


A DSLR camera is recommended a tripod is a must! It is also recommended to bring a cable release or remote to trigger your shutter during low light conditions.
Bring: an assortment of lenses, a laptop, a thumb drive and down loading device, to use for processing and editing images for any critiques. A thumb drive is also recommended to transfer your images from your laptop.


The average temps in Santa Fe and Chama vary greatly at this time of year due to altitude, so be prepared for freezing temps one or two mornings, although we may not experience them it will be cold in the mornings in Chama. Santa Fe average highs in September are in the mid 70's. The weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for wet and cool/cold conditions we could even see some snow in the high country. Appropriate footwear for hiking, although we will not be doing any real strenuous hiking walking in the desert terrain is best with hike boots.  Gloves and hat are recommended and layers of clothing would be a good idea.

Payment $1150.00

The workshop price is for instruction and tour only. It does not include food, lodging, transportation, incidental expenses, etc. a down payment of half the tour price will hold your spot. 

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and meals are not included in the tour fee. Rooms need to be booked by the participant. I suggest as soon as you have committed to the tour that you book your room.


The Georgia O'Keeffe house tour in Abiqui is included as well as the fee for admission to the Eaves Movie Ranch. All other admissions and fees are not.


Full refunds* will be given if registration is canceled more than 90 days before the start of the workshop. Exception: if the workshop was full, payment will only be refunded if the space can be filled. No refunds will be given if the registration is canceled less than 90 days before the workshop.
*(If payment was made through PayPal a 5% service fee will be deducted from your refund) 

Liability Waivers
While I do not expect any safety issues, Liability waivers will be required to be signed by all workshop participants before the tour begins.

Your place on the tour can be reserved by booking now.


Feedback from past Tour Participants
The tour met and exceeded my expectations. Shooting locations offered both easy and challenging shots. There was a variety of subjects both man made and natural at every stop. You were available for coaching and the food was outstanding. It was a fantastic tour from beginning to end. ~ Sue