Since 2010 Teri Lou has been leading Palouse Photography Tours for groups and individuals from all over the world. Her passion for this region shines through as she shares classic locations and her rarely visited treasures several times throughout each year.
Since the regions vast road system is often overwhelming for first time visitors, a group tour is the perfect solution.Teri Lou allows photographers to sit back and enjoy without having to worry about where to go for the best light at the right time. Group size is limited to only 10.
"We had a wonderful time with you. My husband, Leon, is very happy with his photos. We appreciated your relaxed demeanor, the access to your special locations and your flexibility with mixing it up throughout the day." ~Suzette
2016 Photography Tour options:
May 27-31 - Shades of Green 2 more spots
August 17-21 - Harvest Waves of Golden Grains
2017 Photography Tour options:
January 2017 – Palouse Winter Wonderful
May 2017 - Shades of Green
June 2017 - Shades of Green
August 2017 - Harvest Waves of Golden Grain
Each tour will start early in the morning before sunrise to capture the golden dawn and end after a spectacular sunset. As we carpool throughout the region making stops at best photographic locations I will share stories and educate participants on the history of the region. Since many days start at 4:30am and end at 9:30pm there is an afternoon break for naps, meals, processing and a photo sharing presentation.
Opportunities to expand your knowledge
Teri Lou's tours are for all photographers. Her knowledge of dSLR's, mirrorless, point and shoot, and mobile phone cameras can help all participants learn more about capturing great travel and sense of place photos. Also included:
- Basic camera techniques from exposure, focal points, depth the field will be available.
- Creative Compositions demonstrations while on location.
- Lessons on how to shoot HDR images, when to capture 3, 5 or 7 shots will be explained.
- How to improve mobile photography with "Tricks to Professional iPhone Captures." and "Creatively Process iPhone Captures." will be taught by Teri Lou during a 4 hour afternoon session.
"Teri Lou does not just come to the Palouse. She immerses herself into the area and the people in it. I learned about the land, farming and believe it or not a ton about iPhone photography." ~Richard
May 27-31 - Shades of Green
The May tour never disappoints, providing endless opportunities to capture so many shades of green among the rolling hills. Among those hills the landscape is dotted with family farms, some abandoned years ago. Together we will follow the perfect routes to capture red and weathered barns in the best light. Throughout the day as the light changes we will find treasured rusty trucks and majestic lone trees. If we are fortunate we will also spot fawns, young moose (calves), baby porcupines,nesting owls, hawks and even baby coyotes. The opportunities continue for 5 days as you fall more in love with the region as we round each bend.
June 5-10 - Shades of Green with
Milky Way Night Photography at Palouse Falls and Aerial Photography options
The June Photography Tour will be the same as in May with the addition of special Night Photography instruction. See Incredible Photos. This tour was scheduled during the New Moon phase to provide the option to learn Light Painting techniques and the best settings to capture the Milky Way. Also for those who are interested time will set aside during an afternoon for those participants who want the opportunity to schedule an aerial photography session at an additional cost per hour flight time. Please ask for more information.
August 17-21 - Harvest Waves of Golden Grains
Harvest provides the opportunity to find amazing patterns in the fields, dust billowing behind combines and harvest moon glowing at sunset. Also, the very popular farm tour with combine rides and the best farm dog ever, Maddie, will once again be offered during this photographic tour. Participants will have an opportunity to listen to stories and ask questions of a very photogenic 3rd generation Palouse farmer.
January 2017 - Winter Wonderful
The first time ever Winter Wonderful Tour of the Palouse will be offered in January 2017. Photography is bountiful whether there is snow on the ground, morning fog is settling in the valleys or frost and ice are scattered among the scenery. The stark beauty is incredible.
Details are still being sorted out. Please contact Teri Lou at email@example.com for more information.
What to Expect - Typical Tour:
The first day starts at 2:00pm with an introductions and the presentation "My Heart Sings in the Palouse" highlighting the regions amazing photographic opportunities that lie ahead.
That evening we continue to get acquainted during a group dinner at a local restaurant, wrapping up the day shooting sunset at a favorite location.
For the next three days we will start early in the morning before sunrise to capture the golden dawn and end after capturing a spectacular sunset. Since many days start at 4:30am and end at 9:30pm there is an afternoon break for naps, meals, processing and a photo sharing presentation.
During one or more afternoons an optional iPhone/iPad course "Tricks to Professional iPhone Captures." and "Creatively Process iPhone Captures." will be offered by Teri Lou.
On the last day we arise early to capture a local favorite sunrise location and then sneak in a couple more barns and fields before returning at the hotel about 9am giving plenty of time for breakfast, packing and goodbyes.
"Excellent tour,wonderful sites to see and we had a very knowledgeable tour guide, (Teri Lou.) The scenery in the Palouse area is wonderful, the places we went to photograph were so awesome. ~ Minnetta
The Cost and Deposit Details
The cost of each tour is $1075 per person, a deposit of $300 per person is required to hold your spot. The deposit is 100% refundable 90+ days prior to the tours start date with a written cancellation request, less than 90 days the deposit is non-refundable. The final payment is due in full 60 days prior to the start date. If full payment is not received 30 days prior to start date the participant's reservation will be cancelled and no refund will be given.
The Palouse region is located in beautiful Eastern Washington.
Arriving by Air - Most participants fly into Spokane International Airport(GEG), rent a car and drive about one hour south to Colfax.
Arriving by Car
Seattle: 4.5 hours
Glacier National Park: 6 hours
Portland: 5.5 hours
Where to Stay
May and August Tours:
Discounted rooms are available at the Best Western Wheatland in Colfax, WA The room rate in May and June is $102.99, in August is $111.99. The hotel serves a simple breakfast, has free Internet available throughout, a swimming pool and hot tub and has fresh baked cookies and tea available in the afternoon. Both King and 2 Queen rooms have been reserved. When making reservations call 509-397-0397 mention Teri Lou PhotoTour to access the group block and discount.
Discounted rooms are available at the Residence Inn Pullman in Pullman, WA. The room rate is $129 for a king room with kitchenette. The hotel has free Internet, free breakfast and fitness area. When making reservations please call 509-332-4400 and mention 'Palouse Photography Tours' for room block.
If you wish to share a room with another participant please let me know and I will inform others with the same wish.
Meals and Food Options
The Palouse region is full of family run cafes, taverns and corner grocery stores. There are a few fast food options too. For breakfast we will take advantage of the free hotel breakfast most mornings. Lunch will range from a Subway sandwich picnic to a round table discussion at a local cafe. Dinners will be mostly on your own to allow for individual time.
Please plan on packing water and a snack as we tour about because afternoons can be quite warm.
There will be cool mornings and warm days so plan on dressing in layers: coat, warm long sleeve top and short sleeve top. Long johns, a hat and gloves are nice to have on crisp mornings. I highly recommend always wearing long pants and sturdy shoes (hiking boots) so you will have access to areas with possible rusty bolts on floors or wire laying hidden in the glass. A rain coat is always nice to have on hand for possible rain showers.
The physical activity required is very little. At most locations a variety of images can be captured within a few hundred feet of the car. However optional opportunities to walk further will be offered at some locations.
During the farm visit, participants will be able to walk through harvested fields that are quite uneven and short treks to the tops of hills for scenic views will be offered. For those not wanting to venture out into the fields, many roadside opportunities will be available.
Once your payment is received I will send you a welcome letter with all the information you will need to prepare for this incredible adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life!
This tour may include activities, which may be strenuous, dangerous, or otherwise carry the risk of injury, death, or property damage. While this tour description is deemed reliable, it is not guaranteed complete by TERI LOU DANTZLER. When you choose to sign up, you agree that TERI LOU DANTZLER and her affiliates are not responsible for any inaccurate or incomplete information in this description. Also you assume all risks incidental to the tour for which an opening is booked, whether before, during or after the workshop. Further, you hereby waive any claims for personal injury, death, or property damage against TERI LOU DANTZLER and her affiliates on behalf of yourself and any accompanying minor for this event.