North Rim Fall Colors Photography

Trip Type: Photography, Art & Yoga Classes

Hike Level: Easy

Date: September 30 - October 3, 2019 (3 Days)

Group Size: 10

Price: $570 for members, $595 for nonmembers


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Many of the canyon’s signature peaks and pinnacles crouch, seemingly just out of reach, beneath the towering North Rim. Photographers have long flocked to the lofty overlooks of the higher rim to capture some of the most compelling compositions found anywhere in North America.

The goal of this workshop is to have participants in the right place at the right time with the right skills to make images with impact.

Trip Highlights
  • Photographing from stellar viewpoints

  • Learn compositional methods and experimentation with a variety of lighting situations to create “images with impact"

  • Daily critique sessions will allow participants to improve their skills as the workshop progresses.

  • Experience a stunning sunrises and sunsets from the Rim of this world-famous chasm

Photo description: North Rim sunrise
Photo description: Golden Aspens
Photo description: Mt Hayden
Photo description: Fall Color from the North Kaibab Trail


After a short meeting at 9:00 am class embarks to aspen groves, Angels Window, and a sunset shoot at Cape Royal. We aim to back at the North Rim by 9:00 pm.

Today's activities take class to Point Imperial for sunrise and a late afternoon hike on the Widforss Trail.

Meeting early, class heads to Bright Angel Point for sunrise. After a short break, we head to the North Kaibab Trail for a hike and photography below the Rim. The day is wrapped-up with a sunrise stroll on the Transept Trail.

Sunrise to Cape Royal for a final sunrise followed by a thorough review/critique and Lightroom demonstration.

Meet your Grand Canyon expert

Suzanne Mathia

Suzanne is a professional freelance photographer, author and workshop instructor, whose work regularly appears in Arizona Highways Magazine, as well as numerous national publications such as National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photographer and publications for the Nature Conservancy, Global Action Team, and Smith SouthWestern. Her prints are also exhibited in both commercial and private collections around the country.

An Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop, Suzanne teaches workshops in Landscape Photography for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops as well as her own private workshops and classes.

Suzanne was born and raised amidst the green rolling hills of the English countryside but is now completely at home surrounded by the arid desert and swirling sandstone of the Southwest. She finds Arizona a land of intense beauty and preposterous contradiction.

Her photographs capture the diversity of waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, autumn leaves, and desert sands, from the magnitude of the immense landscape to the smallest, most discreet of details.

“The desert can be unforgiving of even the smallest errors, treating the unprepared harshly. But, for the few with passion, those who are willing to begin their trek at the end of the road, the secret world of the Southwest is revealed.”

Suzanne loves to challenge the ruggedness of the land, the great distances to be traveled, and intense weather conditions to capture images of Arizona and the Southwest that expose its many treasures and extremes.

Her images reflect her keen sense of curiosity, patience, and the ability to see the world and its magic places in new and creative ways.

What's Included

Price for the class includes:

  • Our expert instructor.
  • Daily critique/review of your photographs.
  • Camping on the Rim at the North Rim Campground.
  • Park Entrance Fee Waiver.

What's not included

You are responsible for:

  • All of your hiking equipment (and camping gear if you chose to camp).
  • Camera Gear.
  • Transportation to and from the canyon.
  • Lodging or camping in the park before or after your trip.
  • Gratuity for your guide.

Additional notes

Suitable for beginners and experts alike.

The class carpools to the various shooting locations on paved and gravel roads.

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