Combining photographic story telling with photographic editing for a fresh ADVENTURE

Monument Valley Photographic tours will fill you with Adventure

The Soul of The Southwest-September 16-20, 2020


Photographing the sunrise at Monument Valley will bring tears to your eyes with our monument valley photographic tours. It's like watching the earth being born. This area is a photographers dream and perfect for monument valley photographic workshops. The color of light seems to increase in intensity here. The stars at night will leave you speechless. The unique structures of the landscapes will make it feel as though time has stopped just for you. You will sense the independent spirit of this area through the wild mustangs and the native Navajo peoples on the Navajo Nation Lands. Your photos will become Icons of the American West!

Plan on capturing amazing photos of the colorful rock formations throughout Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods and the surrounding area. We will photograph the wild horses in the area and the wild San Juan river that has formed the famous Goose Necks. We will photograph the famous Highway 163 vista, now called Forrest Gump Point. Of course this area begs for night photography. Our timing is planned for the monsoon season so we can also capture our landscapes with magnificent thunderheads. 

Everyone will be given key assignments to not just shoot stand alone images, but photos that tell us stories of the area. In the end we will take the best of everyones work and produce a photo essay to be published in our non-profit magazine, The National Photographic Magazine of which everyone will receive multiple copies for their coffee tables at home.

This adventure is not just about helping you capture great photos, but to give you the experience of what professional photojournalist go through while on assignment, including the reward of seeing the best of your work in print.

Adventure Itinerary Overview


  • 9/16/2020: Meet at 6 p.m. for a introductions and a great meal ending with our first evening shoot!
  • 9/17/2020: Meet at pre determined location for pre-dawn shoot. After an early breakfast we will all load up to scout Monument Valley and demo by Vandivier.  After dinner, we will leave for our evening shoot.
  • 9/18/2020: Shoot Monument Valley at dawn/sunrise. Meet after lunch at NPA Central. Shoot Gump Point and Monument Valley into the evening.
  • 9/19/2020: Head to Mystery Valley for sunrise shoot. Indian portrait demo and shoot,  then Goosenecks for sunset shoot.
  • 9/20/2020: Shooting sunrise with the wild mustangs. Meet one final time to celebrate the Adventure together.

By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.

CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. 512-636-7134. Only 7 spots will be available.

Dates, Cost, Lodging & other details

Monument Valley at sunrise

  • Photographic Mentor: KEVIN VANDIVIER has been shooting assignment photography for more than 40 years. His works have appeared in many of the top magazines and galleries including LIFE MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, and TEXAS MONTHLY. Kevin is also the former Photography Editor for TEXAS HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE. 
  • Dates: September 16-20, 2020, based at The View Hotel at Monument Valley ( 
  • Cost: $3,900 per person; Double Occupancy,  Single Occupancy request will be charged an extra fee of $900. Only 3 spots available. We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set the adventure prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single occupancy fee.
  • We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set the adventure prices and the date of travel.  
  • Deposit: $500 Non refundable after 12/1/2019
  • Payment: $1000 by March 1, 2020.  Non refundable after 4/1/2020
  • Final Payment: Full amount due by July 1, 2020. 
  • Cancellation Policy: There is a $300 cancellation fee per person. The cancellation fee can be applied toward another adventure if reserved within three months of the cancelled trip’s start date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that could reimburse your trip costs in the event of your cancellation.

Included and Not Included


  • All mentors, Instructor fees, park entry fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional.
  • Lodging
  • Model Fees and Guide Fees.
  • 5 copies of National Photographic Magazine with your best shots published in it. Additional copies available for $20 per copy.


  • All airfare, airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees.
  • Meals 
  • Transportation
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Gratuities – tipping is, of course, discretionary.
  • Equipment, e.g., photography, computers, software, flashlights, tripods, etc.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them when you make your Reservation.
  • Any insurances, travel or cancellation

Loose Ends and Testimonials

Fitness level is mild or light

Climate is desert. Temps can be hot in the days and very cold at night. It is highly recommended to keep water with you at all times.


"When I look for a great photo trip, I always end up joining one of the adventures at National Photographic Adventures. Kevin does an amazing job and I love seeing my shots in their magazine!"-Kaitlin Lowe

"When it comes to investing into a photo workshop I'm very picky! This company has always exceeded my expectations. I have taken what I've learned from Kevin and it has resulted in my work being published in professional magazines. Thats a rush!"-Kelly Leeves