2022 Grand Teton
First of Summer Photo Workshop

With Matt Suess June 21 - June 25, 2022

Join me this summer as the Park comes alive as we chase amazing light, photograph the wildlife, search for elk and moose, and have an incredible experience together all while improving your photography skills.

June 21 - 25, 2022
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

"Thank you, Matt! I know I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been but for me it was an experience I will never forget! The Tetons are awesome and to be able to capture their beauty with your guidance was truly a blessing! 

You have the utmost patience and instead of just telling me to do something, or how to do something, you helped me to think about solutions. Many instructors/leaders have an ego and those individuals are difficult to learn from. 

You don’t. You are a top-notch instructor. "
Jill E.
2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

The Basics:

Dates

5 Days
Tuesday June 21 - Saturday June 25, 2022

We will be out shooting sunrises and sunsets, and any other time the light is amazing.

Location 

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The closest airport is in Jackson, Wyoming.

Class Details 

Open to any skill level from beginner to advanced. 

Limited to just 8 photographers.

I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

Imagine the crisp clear mountain air, wildflowers, wildlife, and stunning vistas...

...want to photograph them with me?

Late spring / early summer is a rewarding season to photograph
the rebirth of life in the Park.

Ahhh late spring / early summer in the Tetons...

There is such a beauty and breath of freshness in the air in Grand Teton National Park at that time of year.

Wildflowers are blooming, birds are chirping, bison & elk & moose & bears are filling their bellies and tending to their young, and the golden morning light and sometimes epic colors of sunset are truly spectacular.
Join me for a photographic journey during a rewarding time to photograph in the Tetons.

Sometimes the light is just unbelievable this time of year (check out some of the photos on this page for example). You are photographing an amazing sunset filled with color and drama. Shot after amazing shot, you change your composition often, working the scene in front of you. Your memory card is filling up just as fast as your camera battery is draining.

Then for some reason you turn around 180 degrees.

And you notice the light is equally amazing behind you. 😮
There are some nights and mornings when no matter where you look you quickly find something striking to photograph.

And sometimes it is a little more challenging, like those times there isn't a cloud in the sky.
What do you photograph? What other possibilities are there?

With the right leader & instructor, you can learn to see things more than the obvious. You can learn to change an initially uninspired evening into some wonderful photos you never would have seen before.

With challenge comes great reward. Your reward will be photos you never thought possible, photos you never even saw or thought to take.

Are you ready to be challenged? Are you ready to become a better photographer?

If so I invite you to join me in the Tetons for this challenging and rewarding workshop that will push you to new heights.

Breathe in the magic of the Tetons this early summer and together share in that amazing experience my workshops provide. You will bring home with you the memories from an incredible time together unlike any you’ve had before, with a new group of friends you’re sure to stay in contact with.


You will learn more about nature. You will learn more about seeing with your camera. 

And ultimately you will learn important skills that allow you to become a better photographer.

Do not hesitate to register as this, like my other workshops, usually sells out.

Keep scrolling through this page viewing the photographs. Imagine yourself in that spot with me this year during a once in a lifetime experience, and come join us there!!

Hi - I'm Matt Suess - and I'm Here to Help You!

Spend 5 days in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park with me photographing the amazing landscape and wildlife. I will be there to teach you all I know about photographing nature. The proper camera settings are essential to getting the right shot, and I will share with you my techniques for proper exposure. Composition is equally important and I will be working with you throughout the workshop enhancing and fine-tuning your composition skills.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with both one-on-one and group instruction in the field. It is mostly a landscape workshop however we will definitely be spending some time looking for and photographing the wildlife.

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING

    🌼 A Great Time of Year for Wildflowers & Wildlife 🦌

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful and majestic landscapes in the world, with the Teton Range rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has some of the more dramatic scenery in the Rocky Mountains. It is sure to be an inspiration for any photographer looking to create beautiful images.

This workshop is scheduled for the first of summer, when the Park features wildflowers and wildlife enjoying the long warm days. 

Some days there are nothing but blue skies. Other days we are treated to amazing light from early summer clouds and even storms.

But regardless of the cloud cover there is always something wonderful to photograph in the Tetons this time of year!
"Matt is the best instructor I've had for any creative activity, but especially photography. He is patient in explaining things, and really helps you focus on the areas that YOU want to develop rather than focusing on what he thinks you need improvement on. 

 He also is the only instructor I've had in creative endeavors that is so supportive of you owning your unique style - I've always been one to do things my way, and most instructors struggle with students who don't "do as you're told," but Matt teaches to help you learn rather than trying to get you to do things his way. 

Matt also is great about making sure that each person gets heard and gets time for their questions to be answered, which requires facilitation of the discussions in such a way that people aren't talked over but also that people don't feel like they are being shut down...this is not an easy thing to do. Plus, he has a great sense of humor, which is always appreciated!

The Milky Way Workshop felt more about learning some techniques, setting up the shot, then waiting to see if it worked. This was more thinking on your feet and instantly applying things and adjusting (which was likely part of my challenge...my brain wasn't ready). 

 I would recommend both trips, and have so loved showing people the magic that was captured both times. And it's fun to be able to brag about the great teacher we had each time. "
Emily L.
2018 June Tetons Milky Way and 2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

  WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to Achieve Perfect Exposures By Understanding the Histogram
  • Finding the Best Composition & Framing
  • ​How to Choose the Correct Focal Length Lens for the Situation
  • ​How to Choose the Correct ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed and White Balance
  • ​Photographing Stitched Panoramas
  • ​Working a Scene to Create Numerous Photos & Compositions from One Location
  • ​Long Exposures up to 10 Minutes in the Daylight for Creative Cloud Effects
  • ​Techniques for Reducing Noise
  • ​Using Split-Neutral Density Filters to Control Exposures
  • Proper Camera Settings for Landscape & Wildlife Photos
  • ​How to Work a Scene from Multiple Angles & Focal Lengths
  • ​How to Photograph the Obvious, and Especially the Not So Obvious
  • ​And Much, Much More!!
With a small class size of just 8 students there will be plenty of time to work with me on a one-on-one basis.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR/Mirrorless or equivalent camera with interchangeable lenses AND a sturdy tripod are required, as well as a basic working knowledge of your camera.

Most students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. My workshops are filled with hands-on instruction & demonstrations. I encourage & help find and develop each students unique personal style of photography.

4 Unique Features of This Workshop

  Very Small Class Size: Only 8 Students! Some photo workshops allow as many as 12 students, but this workshop is limited to just 8. This means more one-on-one time with me and less distractions from a large group.
  It's All About the Light & Location: We will be going to some popular iconic locations but also many less known but stunning locations that I have found with my years of experience photographing in Grand Teton National Park.
  Bring Your Camera Filters: We will be shooting quite a bit with filters on this workshop. From CPL's to split-neutral density to solid neutral density filters. Don't worry if you've never even heard of some of them! I'll provide a list of filters to bring, and by the end of the workshop you'll be creating photos like a pro with them!
  Special Group Study: This workshop features 3 Unique Focus Areas: Technique, Composition, and Personal Style. With such a small group I will be able to work with you individually to help you begin to develop or to refine your own personal style, which will be accomplished through the use of various camera techniques, composition, & post processing.

     $759 In BONUSES Included

These Bonuses are unique to my workshops.

You will not find another instructor providing so much extra value to move you forward with your photography!!

Bonus #1

  • 1.5hr LIVE Online Group Welcome Party: Approx. 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the workshop we will all meet online for a welcome party. I'll cover where we will be going, discuss safety, show you some photos of what to expect, discuss what to bring, and will go over some basic camera settings. Bring your questions and meet your fellow workshop students in this informal social gathering. ($175 Value)

Bonus #2

  • What to Do With These Photos! You will get access to my mini course on organizing your photos, captioning, adding keywords, and storing your photos. ($37 Value)

Bonus #3

  • ​How to Post Process Your Tetons Images: An online course teaching you my secrets to post processing early summer photos from the Tetons. ($197 Value)

Bonus #4

  • 1.5hr LIVE Online Group Review and Q&A: Approx. 2-3 weeks following the workshop we will all meet online again. I know that a few weeks following a workshop, a bunch of questions come up from what was learned (and sometimes forgotten). Most other workshops, once you leave that final day, you are on your own. This isn't the case here! Use this as your opportunity to get all of those questions that come up following a workshop answered, get feedback on your photos, and connect with your fellow students once again. ($175 Value)

Bonus #5

  • ​Special $175 Savings on Your Next Workshop: You will receive a Special Alumni Credit that can be applied to any future field workshop that starts within 2 years of this workshop's start date. ($175 Value)

Each BONUS is specifically designed to help you with your photography journey beyond the short time we are all together in-person.

     Total Value In BONUSES: $759

ITINERARY

We will be at our locations photographing just before sunrise and ending our day just after sunset. During mid day when the light isn’t great we will be taking a break for a few hours to recharge batteries, download images, and rest up for the evening sessions. 

However we are ultimately at the mercy of Mother Nature and I will be diligently studying weather forecasts during our time together with the numerous weather resources I always use when planning for the best light. So our day-to-day schedule is absolutely always subject to change immensely based on the light/photography potential on any given day. There have been numerous times on other workshops where we ended up not taking the scheduled mid-day break to instead chase the light. And our efforts were always rewarded with amazing photographs...

So in other words, be prepared for the unexpected!

NOTE: Due to the late sunset & early sunrise hours at this time of year, no night photography of the stars is planned. There is the possibility however that if I believe we will have no clouds for a particular sunset shoot, we will skip that evening's shoot to instead head out super early the next morning (like 1AM or 2AM or so) to photograph the night sky and we will stay out through and after sunrise. Again there are no guarantees of photographing the night sky during this workshop, and the decision to do so will be made during the workshop depending on the weather.

Tuesday Evening June 21, 2022

If flying into Jackson on Friday, it is advised to get to your hotel as early as possible as we will be meeting later that evening a few hours before sunset. At this time of year, sunset is at approx. at 9:08PM

Wednesday - Friday

Plan on meeting for sunrise at approx. 5:00AM well before sunrise (sunrise is at approx. 6:26AM). Depending on the light most days will end by noon, with a break throughout the afternoon before we meet again a few hours before sunset. Evening session will usually end by 1hr after sunset depending on the light.

Saturday Morning June 25, 2022

Plan on meeting for sunrise at approx. 5:00AM well before sunrise. We will photograph as long as the light is great up till noon. A group breakfast is possible depending on where we are. 

If flying out of Jackson that day, try to plan for flights after 3:00PM to allow time for hotel checkout and car rental return.
"As with any outside landscape/wildlife workshop, a lot depends on the weather, animal behavior/time of year and other factors (crowds) that the workshop has little control over. 

However, when circumstances weren't 'great' for where we were and what we were trying to do, you always brought up the concept of looking for something else to work on while at the location. And many times, just plain patience was all that was needed to bring in that 'AHHHH' moment.

I think the way you handled the workshop was as near perfect as any student could ask for."
Harley M.
2019 Fall Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

Where to Stay

Book your hotel reservations ASAP! Hotel rooms usually fill fast for the early summer season.

This workshop isn't going to be based out of any hotel location, so you can choose to stay at any hotel of your choice. I would highly recommend though staying within a few miles of the Square in downtown Jackson. Avoid far away areas like Teton Village. If you are considering a place and have any questions, feel free to contact me before you book.

ALSO super important - make sure the place you make your reservation gives you the ability to cancel within a few days of your arrival. If you are flying to Jackson, check with your airline regarding their specific cancellation policy. This is especially important in this time of COVID where things can get shut down pretty quickly.

What to Bring

A complete list of What to Bring will be provided. This list will mention required and suggested items regarding camera equipment and clothing.

Keep in mind that this workshop takes place in the early summer when the weather can range from overnight lows on average in the upper 30's F to daytime temps on average in the upper 70's F. Rain is always a possibility.

Terms & Cancellation Policy

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration or you may choose to make a partial payment now with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to the start..

Tuition does not include park admission which is paid at a ranger station upon entering the park and good for 7 days. 

Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. 

Enroll Here!

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FAQ's Regarding My Tetons Summer Workshop

Here are a few answers to my most common questions regarding this workshop.

Is there a lot of walking/hiking during this workshop?
No there isn't. My permit from Grand Teton National Park only allows us to travel 1/2 mile along any trail so that would be the longest walk. There is also little to no elevation gain on any walks we will do.
Are there restrictions on participation?
My workshops do not normally entail strenuous activity unless specified. Nevertheless, participants must be able to complete moderate walks/hikes with their required photo gear, sometimes on uneven or slippery surfaces. If you have any health problems or physical limitations, please let me know prior to booking.
I am a pure beginner (or advanced) photographer. Is this workshop for me?
This workshop is open to all photography levels from beginner to advanced. I have had students who didn't know what an f-stop was and I have had those who are just about ready to or are already selling their own prints. Being a small class, I am able to work with each student individually no matter their experience level to help them improve and reach their individual goals.
What is your experience photographing in Grand Teton National Park?
I have been photographing the Tetons since 2012 and began teaching photo workshops there in 2015. Each year I usually teach at least 3 scheduled group workshops including a Milky Way workshop as well as a spring and fall workshop. As far as I can tell, no other instructor teaches more scheduled group photo workshops in the Tetons than myself.
 
I live just 4.5 hours away from the Tetons and often travel down there throughout the year for my own personal photos as well.
 
I know of numerous locations to bring my students depending on the time of day and the lighting conditions to maximize time in the field photographing.
Will we work on our computers and learn how to process our photos?
In normal years that answer would have been a yes. In the age of Covid, I have moved such sessions online with pre-recorded content as well as a live group Q&A following the workshop. In the event that Covid is not a concern then we will certainly devote some time to computer work during the workshop.
Is this primarily a landscape or wildlife workshop?
This is mostly a landscape workshop. However over the years I have become more familiar with where and when one could potentially expect some wildlife. So we will be spending some time looking for wildlife during this workshop. In terms of time spent, well more than 75% of our time will be devoted towards landscape photography.

General FAQ's Regarding My Photo Workshops & Tours

Here are a few answers to my most common questions regarding my photo workshops & tours.

What sets your workshops apart from other workshops?
I absolutely love teaching! I have over 30 years of experience making my career with my cameras and teaching & sharing my experiences along the way.
 
I am detail orientated and put the needs of my students first. I have extensive experience dealing with all types of situations and people and love answering all of my students' questions.
 
I have a unique photo background with experience creating and selling my work in such diverse fields as photojournalism, sports, portrait, wedding, editorial, and commercial photography. My specialty since 2006 has been fine art landscape photography.
 
I draw from all of those life experiences to provide you with whatever technical and artistic guidance you need. With my help, you will grow and expand your visual expression as well as your technical skills. In addition, I hope you have a great time in the process, immersing yourself in the total experience and sharing in my passion for photography.
Why should I attend one of your workshops?
I will teach you how to create inspiring and amazing fine art quality photographs. You will learn how to see more creatively and how to translate that vision into a final image that has emotional impact.
 
I make it easy to learn techniques and concepts that you will take with you every time you walk out the door with your camera. I have extensive experience shooting and selling my fine art photography as well as teaching the concepts of photography. I am a hands-on learner myself and teach using a hands-on approach that will give you the best opportunity to retain information and further your photography skills long after the workshop has concluded.
 
Lastly I love teaching small groups. Most of my workshops feature small sizes with up to 10 students on average. This allows for extremely low teacher to student ratios and provides valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me during the workshop.
Can my spouse, relative, friend, pet, etc. attend any or all of the workshop?
Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, I have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who haven’t registered are unable to partake in any group functions. Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs. If a spouse or friend wants to attend they will need to register.
Do you photograph during field workshops?
Yes I do on occasion and only when the light is amazing or when I need to photograph certain subjects for later classroom use. When I do photograph along with my students, the goal is to inspire them to learn to see an image the way I do. It can be extremely valuable watching me work a scene. Rest assured however that I am far more concerned that my students get the shot and ALWAYS put their needs first.
What level of photography experience do I have to have in order to attend one of your workshops?
It depends upon the workshop, so please check with the specific workshop you are interested. I especially love teaching beginner and intermediate photographers.
Do you provide travel insurance for your workshop participants?
I do NOT provide travel insurance as part of my workshop fees, but definitely recommend it. I highly recommend trip insurance that also includes travel health insurance. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating (although note I have no personal experience with this company). The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other variable factors.
What’s included in my tuition? Rooms, transportation, meals?
Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, classroom instruction and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions. Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless otherwise specified.
What should I bring with me to one of your workshops?
You will receive a workshop welcome kit before the start that will contain detailed information regarding the proper gear to bring with you.
What happens in bad weather?
I love weather of all sorts! Great photos can be found under some seemingly dreary skies. Many times we will be out in stormy weather, provided it’s not putting you or your equipment at risk. Great pictures can happen during fog, snow, rain and mist. If conditions are too extreme, we will find a location to wait out the weather. During this time, we can work on our images on our laptops while I assist you and give demonstrations.
Do you provide transportation?
I do not supply transportation for my workshops unless otherwise specified. I encourage participants to carpool once the program has begun, to minimize our impact on the environment and to facilitate parking. Please come expecting to share your car with others or to jump in and share someone else’s.
What is your cancellation policy?

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   Important Covid Information

Safety is always my #1 priority for everyone attending my workshops, and especially in regards to Covid. 

All current local guidelines regarding Covid and Grand Teton National Park will be followed as per the condition of my permit to teach in the Tetons. You can find up to date Covid policies at the Tetons on their website here.

Plan on needing your own transportation during the workshop. We will carpool with those that are comfortable carpooling. 

Should this workshop get postponed due to covid, or you are not able to attend due to your own concerns over safety, any and all fees paid in advance will be transferred to a future workshop or coaching program of mine of your choice up to two years in the future at no additional charge. Full details can be found on my policy & cancellation page.

About Matt Suess

I am honored to be sponsored by Olympus as an Olympus Educator

Even though I now shoot with Olympus full-time, it doesn't mean that you have to as well. I am quite experienced with many cameras (especially Canon, Nikon & Sony which I have shot with before) and all brands are welcome on my workshops 😊
MATT SUESS
Fine Art Photographer and Olympus Educator

Photography has always been a huge part of my life starting at the age of 12 when I had my own black & white chemical darkroom. That early interest launched a full-time professional photography career that began in 1990 and continues today.

For the first 17 years of my career I was a photojournalist based in New England. I am a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90’s, helping bring digital cameras to two different newspapers. I was awarded the 2003 New England Press Associations Photographer of the Year award for my work at the Cape Cod Times. During my time as a photojournalist, I also photographed weddings & portraits, as well as corporate & commercial assignments.

In 2006 I decided to leave all of that behind and move West, where I am now a fine art landscape & nature photographer, educator, and publisher. In addition, I also accept select luxury resort & architectural photography assignments. 

I teach numerous field & classroom workshops throughout the year as well as online courses and I provide occasional free online webinars. You may have already seen my videos for software companies such as Skylum and ON1. My passion for sharing and teaching what I have learned during my long career is evident in my down-to-earth and encouraging approach with my students.

I is sponsored by Olympus as an Olympus Educator. One does not need to shoot with Olympus gear though to take my workshops.

I live in Bozeman, Montana with my fiance and fine art painter Whitney Hall and our two blue heeler cattle dogs. 

You can find me online on Instagram and YouTube at @mattsuessphoto
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