Visit both iconic and off-the-trail attractions with top pros, great light, a variety of wildlife and breathtaking views all while surrounded by like-minded friends.
Experience Yellowstone like few do. Hike to majestic locations, encounter wildlife, breathe the fresh air and see the stars.
FYF is an exclusive event and space is limited. This means more one-on-one time and amazing experiences for all. Limited space.
Nothing builds community like like-minded people sharing experiences together. Hikes, meals, image cafes and more.
It's like summer camp for grown-ups. Lodging is on a private ranch just outside the park and meals are homemade. Additional Fee required*
Thanks to our tremendous sponsors, you will have access to thousands of $$$ in lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma with focal lengths up to 800mm.
Explore Yellowstone with other like- minded individuals and create connections that last a lifetime.
Yellowstone is a photographer's haven--the grandest of locations in the best light. Images from FYF are wall-worthy. See Images from FYF 2018
Escape the mundane and be recharged, refreshed and encouraged. FYF will ignite new creativity and inspiration for you and your craft.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
'Find your Focus' is geared to photographers who just simply love photography and want to see with a fresh perspective. This is not your ordinary workshop. "Find your Focus" is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is an event that is sure to leave you refreshed, inspired and more passionate about your craft than ever before. This is a retreat. At 'Find your Focus' you will fall in love with photography all over again, be motivated to chase your dreams and be inspired to be better than before. This is all about building relationships with other photographers, creating a network of friends that last a lifetime and becoming great photographers.
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Yellowstone National Park is America's first and oldest national park. Covering 3.5 million acres, 2500 square miles and 3 states, YNP is bucket list location. From the sprawling hills and streams of Lamar Valley, to the rustic woods of the canyon, to the thermal features and everywhere in between, Yellowstone provides an unparalleled canvas for the creative. Experience this national treasure with other like- minded people who get excited when the car stops. You will not see YNP like you do at FYF with any other photographic tour or workshop.
Local transportation is included with your registration. You are responsible for your travel to and from Bozeman, MT (BZN). We will pick you up and take you back. This is not a tour bus, but mini vans that allow you to experience the park in comfort. More details on the registration page.
The Lodge at The Historic McDonald ranch will be our home base. Located along the Yellowstone River, this is a destination all by its self. Additional fee required* $985/person. This fee guarantees you a bed and a min of 2 meals/day.
Tuition for this event is only $965 per person and includes local transportation, shirt, world class locations, instruction, social activities and loaner gear. Pay in full and receive a $100 discount. FYF is an event unlike any other.
Q: What is FYF?
A: Find you Focus is a photographic experience unlike any other. Set in beautiful Yellowstone National Park you have the adventure you have always wanted as you share the experience along side some of the leading minds in photography today. You will be able to shoot, recharge and connect with pros and peers in a way few get to experience.
Q: Is this a landscape workshop?
A: That and much more. While at Find Your Focus, it would be a sin not to photograph the target rich environment, yet there will be much more to "Find your Focus" than just landscape. We will be having evening fire-side chats covering several different topics from enhancing your images with Lightroom, Photoshop, lighting on location, leadership and business and open forums to ask the questions you have always wanted to ask. You will also have great networking opportunities as well as a time to recharge your batteries.
Q: What will I learn?
A: When you get some of the world's leaders in photography in the most majestic location on the planet, the answer is more than you can imagine. You will shoot, chat, connect and relax with pros and peers alike in an intimate environment. Find your Focus is limited to no more than 20 paid participants so your access to these leading minds is virtually unlimited. You will learn shooting techniques, digital work flow, leadership and business tips and whatever your mind is open to.
Q: Where do I fly/drive?
A: Yellowstone is easily accessible via air to Bozeman, MT airport (BZN). The lodging is located just outside of the North entrance to Yellowstone. We have directions, maps and airline info on our registration page. If flying, we will have transportation from the airport for you. (some restrictions apply).
Q: How does the transportation work?
A: Your registration includes transportation to and from the Bozeman airport as well as all week in the park. We have several vehicles that seat 6, and seats are randomly assigned. At home you may always ride shotgun, but at FYF, you can find yourself in any seat. If you feel that you can not ride in any seat of a vehicle, consider bringing your own vehicle. There is no discount for bringing your own vehicle.
Q: When should I arrive/depart?
A: To take part of the free transportation, your flight must arrive before 3pm MST on Sunday Sept 15th and depart no earlier than 11:30am on Fri Sept 20th. If driving, arrive at the ranch before 6pm on Sunday and you may leave on Friday.
Q: Am I required to pay the food & lodging fee?
A: Yes. The fee of $985 per person guarantees you a bed and a minimum of 2 meals a day. The rate is actually at a lower cost than staying at a hotel.
Q: What is the food & lodging fee for?
A: We will be staying at the MacDonald ranch in Gardiner, MT, just outside the park entrance. The Food and Lodging fee is $985 for the week and includes your own bed (in most cases, your own room) and two meals a day. We do have discounts for those wanting to share a bed.
Q: What about food allergies?
A: We understand and know the difficulty it can be finding meals. At FYF, we provide a min of 2 meals a day. We have gluten free options available. Please list any sever food allergies on the registration form.
Q: Will there be hiking?
A: Yes, each day we will have excursions. Some will be available by road and others by foot. Most trails will be an out and back so you do not have to go the distance to keep up. Hiking is an "your own pace". You can view the previous year's itinerary here
Q: Are the trails difficult?
A: This is a hard question. Each person will have different ideas of difficulty. Hikes and trails range from 0-800' elevation changes and can be as long as 6 miles. Each location we visit has options for the uber explorer and the Sunday stroller, so no one is left out. At FYF, we ask that attendees can maintain a 30 minute mile.
Q: Can we go any where we want?
A: Yes and no. All locations on the itinerary have been scouted and planned so that you have the best experience possible. At FYF, we have a scheduled time line with freedom to explore built in. For your safety, it is best to stay in groups of 3 or more.
Q: Where will we be hiking?
A: A compete itinerary will be published closer to the event date. Some trails and attractions that may be included are as follows.
Old faithful area, Mammoth Hot Springs, North canyon Rim, Red Rock Trail, Woody falls, Trout lake, Sentinel Ridge, Lost lake Trail, Black tail Plateau. You can web search these locations.
Q: What does the registration include?
A: Your registration includes the admission to the 'Find your Focus' event, world-class education in Yellowstone National Park, T-Shirt, $K of loaner gear, travel to and from BZN airport and in the park along with a closing evening reception event. A hospitality suite is also available all week with water, drinks and light snacks.
Q: What other expenses are there?
A: You will be responsible for your lodging. We will be staying at the MacDonald ranch in Gardiner, MT, just outside the park entrance. The Food and Lodging fee is $985 for the week and includes your own bed (in most cases, your own room) and two meals a day. You will be responsible for your air travel, some meals, gate fees, alcohol, gifts, souvenirs and personal items.
Q: Cancellation policy.
A: If I cancel, do I get my money back. Unfortunately no. Due to the inclusive nature of the event and the demand for space at these locations refunds can not be issued. However, your ticket may be transferred to another person or rolled over to a following event or FYF product. In rare cases, exceptions and partial refunds may be made on a case by case basis. If you feel you may not be able to attend, many companies offer trip insurance at very affordable rates. Check with your local agent for details.
Q: What do I bring?
A: Check out our Attendee info page for a packing list and suggested clothing.
Q: How does the loaner gear work?
A: Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have over $70K in loaner gear for you to use at no additional cost. Each day, through a random drawing, each person can select the piece they wish to use. After everyone has gone, all remaining gear is free to use. If you have a piece of gear you want to yourself, consider bringing it with you.
“I have attended all but the first Find Your Focus and now every year I set aside time and resources to attend Find Your Focus. This is one week that I will not miss! "
It was an amazing experience and everything I hoped for. I knew some of the attendees before I went, but others were unknown to me. By the end of the event they were all good friends and we all bonded over our love of photography. I can’t recommend this workshop more highly, The equipment that Arlington Camera and Sigma supplied for our use, free of charge, was outstanding. Cris and Deanna’s organization skills made it all run smoothly. If you are thinking of going to the next FYF, stop thinking and GO! It will be the best decision you ever made in photography. Thanks Cris and Deanna, keep on FYFing
“This was my second year to join Cris and Deanna on one of their workshops. They put together such a great venue and this gave everyone some amazing photographic opportunities. Best of all, our group bonded like no other workshop group I've experienced. Being out doors with like-minded photographers, sharing stories and experiences helped to break down walls like I've never seen before. Cris and Deanna put their hearts and souls into these workshops. You'll come out of them a better photographer and a better person."