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West Texas Photographic Adventures/Full of adventures!

Last Of The Rugged West


There is no place in the USA like West Texas! The rugged landscapes of West Texas will take all back to a time where cowboys ruled the West and mother nature ruled the cowboys and Indians! The landscapes of West Texas will make you feel that you might have landed on Mars. You just never know what you will get in this part of the world. Chances are good you might run into a bear or mountain lion. Over head hawks and eagles cruise the skies. At night the skies are completely free from skyglow. The stars are incredibly bright and countless. Both Big Bend State Park and National Park offer up the majesty of West Texas!

Everything starts with a fellowship dinner to get to know each other and hear from your professional photographic Instructor Kevin Vandivier. 

The plan is for all student photographers to help tell the story of West Texas Borderlands, Big Bend, Santa Elena Canyon, Rio Grande River, Lajitas, Terlingua, etc., through incredible photography. Each day students will either work on their assignments, free shoot or follow Vandivier as he demo's his approach photographing a certain subject. Vandivier will meet one on one with with all his students, which is limited to seven, throughout the week to critique your work and dialogue about your photographic goals and how to achieve them. The best of everyones photos will be published to tell this story in our non profit magazine, National Photographic Magazine, of which participants will receive several copies to show off to their friends and family.  Just to make it a little more fun, each evening after dinner, students will pick their best photo of the day and all will vote to decide the best photo, winning a nice prize. At the end of the workshop, all will present their best shot from the workshop the winner will win a new iPad. 

This adventure is not just about helping you shoot great photos and tell stories using photography 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.

The Exciting Highlights


  • 11/11/2020: Meet in Lajitas, Texas at 3pm for introductions and receiving your magazine assignments. After dinner everyone will join Kevin Vandivier for a demo on shooting star trails.
  • 11/12/2020: Each student will start the day working on their magazine assignments throughout the early morning. After lunch Vandivier will demo some of his post production techniques. Afterwards students are free to shoot what they wish for the rest of the day/night. Dinner will be served at four pm.
  • 11/13/2020: Students will start the day free shooting what they wish. After a gourmet lunch one on one meetings with Vandivier will begin. After dinner at four students will head out to work on their magazine assignments.
  • 11/14/2020: Students will head out early to finish up their magazine assignments and then return for more one on one meetings with Vandivier. After another gourmet dinner, students will be free to shoot what they want for the rest of the evening.
  • 11/15/2020: After one last morning free shoot, students will return for a late gourmet breakfast, followed by final one on one meetings with Vandivier. Our final dinner together will finish with all voting for the best shot from the workshop to be awarded a new iPad!

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. 512-636-7373. Only 7 spots will be available.

Dates, Cost and General Info


  • 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:  November 11-15, 2020. Based at our VRBO home with meals.
  • Cost: $3,900 per person; Double Occupancy, Meals Included. Single Occupancy request will be charged an extra fee of $900. Only 7 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.
  • Deposit: $500 Non refundable after 6/1/2020
  • Final Payment: Full amount due by September 1, 2020. Non refundable
  • Cancellation Policy: There is a $300 cancellation fee per person. The cancellation fee can be applied toward another adventure if reserved within six 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.



  • All instructors.
  • Meals and 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.
  • 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.
  • Any insurances, travel or cancellation.

Loose Ends and Testimonials

Fitness level is mild or light

Climate is balmy/cool during the day. Nights the temps drop to about freezing. It is highly recommended to keep water with you at all times.


 "I try to attend professional workshops and photo adventures 1-2 times a year, given by proven professionals on location in areas ideal for the focus of that particular trek.  I find myself coming back to Kevin over and over.  Kevin's background as both a professional photographer and magazine photo editor gives him both the knowledge of how to make the shot as well as what editors look for in selecting photos for their publication." - George Gilchrist

"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