Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spirit of Montana Photography Workshop April 24 – 28, 2017

Pam Voth Photography and Wild Sky Photo Safaris

In Association With Bear Creek Lodge

“Spirit of Montana Photography Workshop”
– The Experience that will Never Leave You –

April 24 – 28, 2017

How will Montana’s beauty touch your heart? It is said that every photograph is a self portrait. When we use the camera to tell our own story and share our own vision, we reveal a piece of ourselves.

Join professional, award-winning photographer and Montana local, Pam Voth, for a guided journey to connect with Nature and discover the magic of Western Montana. Bear Creek Lodge is the perfect place to call home as we tune in to the power and wonder of Nature. Together, we will immerse and explore as we use our cameras to capture our own unique vision and learn new ways of seeing. The lodge is nestled in a pine forest on 155 private acres at the base of the magnificent Bitterroot Mountains near Victor, MT, so we need only to walk out the door to find ourselves surrounded by Nature’s beauty. After each day of chasing the light, we will return to Bear Creek Lodge to relax on comfortable couches in the Media Room to share our images on the large monitor and relive the stories of the day.

Your guide, Pam Voth, offers the perfect balance of inspiration and instruction. You’ll be able to practice your skills and learn new techniques that will help you grow as a creative image maker.

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Slow down and look around. As we spend time exploring the trails on the land surrounding Bear Creek Lodge, we discover so much Nature has for us to ponder.

• Greet the sunrise at the overlook
• Capture the dancing light reflected from the crystal clear Bear Creek
• Practice macro shots of Springtime wildflowers
• Use depth of field to tell a story about the forest
• Experiment with shutter speed to freeze or blur the motion of the creek
• Explore how the direction of light reveals the textures of the forest
• Be ready to photograph wildlife that emerges when you slow down and open
yourself to what is around you
• Stay up late to photograph the night skies at the overlook


We’ll take day trips to discover Western Montana through your lens.

• Photograph water birds, raptors, wild turkeys and other wildlife at Lee Metcalf
National Wildlife Refuge
• Focus on a wide variety of Montana wildlife and stunning Mission Mountain
landscapes at the National Bison Range and Nine Pipes National Wildlife Refuge
• Frame the Milky Way or shoot star trails over craggy mountain peaks

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Spirit of Montana Photography Workshop Itinerary*

Monday, April 24


Check in anytime after 1pm (please be sure to have lunch before arriving at Bear Creek Lodge. No lunch service provided today)

Welcome Orientation & Introductions begin at 4pm

Optional: Bring 5 images from your portfolio to share with the group.

Optional: Guided meditation to set our intentions for the week.



Sunset field shoot at the Bear Creek Overlook

Tuesday, April 25


Sunrise field shoot at Bear Creek Overlook

Brunch/Breakfast at the lodge

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Optional: Guided meditation




Field shoot: immerse yourself in the trails, creeks & forest at Bear Creek Lodge



Sunset field shoot: Bitterroot Mountain Range

Campfire and S’Mores at Bear Creek Lodge

Optional: Night Photography of Campfire & Light Painting the Forest

Wednesday, April 26


Sunrise field shoot: Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge & Bitterroot Mountain Range

Breakfast/Brunch at Bear Creek Lodge

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Optional: Guided meditation




Field shoot: Waterfalls, Canyon views, trails and forests near Bear Creek Lodge

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Campfire and S’Mores at Bear Creek Lodge

Optional: Night Photography of stars & mountain peaks in Bitterroot Valley

Thursday April 27


Early breakfast at Bear Creek Lodge

Drive to National Bison Range (approx 1.5 hours)

Field Shoot: National Bison Range


Picnic: packed lunch provided by Bear Creek Lodge

Field Shoot: National Bison Range

Optional: additional field shoot at Nine Pipes National Wildlife Refuge & Mission Mountain Range

Optional: Historic St. Ignatius Mission cathedral

Return to Bear Creek Lodge

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Farewell Dinner at Bear Creek Lodge

Final Slideshow

Optional:  Guided evening meditation to reflect on your experience

Campfire & S’Mores at Bear Creek Lodge

Friday, April 28


Breakfast at Bear Creek Lodge

Optional: Closing meditation to set your intention for your creative vision as you continue your artistic journey

Check out by 11am and depart Bear Creek Lodge

*Itinerary subject to change

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About Pam Voth

Pam Voth is an award-winning, internationally published, professional photographer specializing in nature, wildlife, travel, lifestyle and commercial imagery. Her love of photography motivated trips throughout India, Africa, Central America, Europe and North America to capture images that embrace the beauty of wildlife, nature, landscapes and people. She regularly photographs for clients in the outdoor recreation, tourism and luxury hospitality industries.

She loves to share her passion for photography by teaching photographic skills and techniques to students of all levels. She has guided multiple on-location nature and wildlife photography workshops and presented educational lectures through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

She will tell you the light makes her heart race. Students and clients will tell you her enthusiasm for nature and wildlife photography is contagious and a delight to be around.

To view her portfolio, please visit:


Reviews from past workshop participants

“Pam’s knowledge and competency in photography was equaled only by her teaching ability and joy shared with all of us. She taught us how to use different settings on our cameras, no matter the style and make of camera; how to see and use light and color; and how to frame photographs before taking them.

Attention was given to each individual, and every question was answered with detailed and helpful responses. I was a novice and felt much more comfortable after the three days with my camera and with experimenting with shots, lighting, and set-up. Overall the quality of the presentations was excellent…I highly recommend this adventure as an experience of a lifetime.”

~Susan Roy


“Pam was a wonderful resource. With her solid knowledge of photographic techniques, she cheerfully helped each one of us to get the most out of our cameras. She gave me some pointers about lighting and contrast that enabled me to get some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken!”

~ Alice Caplins


“Pam’s enthusiasm for photography is both invigorating and contagious. She not only got us all excited about learning, but provided pertinent and helpful suggestions based on our personal skill level. Pam personally helped me to better understand how to compose photographs with horses as subjects as well as how to use my camera to its fullest potential.

~ Laura Bosak

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$3891 per person (Includes Montana State Bed Tax)

50% deposit to hold space made payable to Bear Creek Lodge.

Cancellation Policy:

If the minimum number of 5 participants is not reached by April 16, any money paid will be refunded and the workshop will not occur.

If participant cancels from April 1 to April 16, 50% of monies paid will be refunded.
If participant cancels after April 16, no refund will be made.

Price Includes:

Lodging at Bear Creek Lodge in shared rooms, double occupancy and one private bath per room. (Single supplements not available.)
All meals indicated in the itinerary
Photography instruction, inspiration and guidance
Entry fee to National Bison Range

Price Does Not Include:

Transportation to/from Bear Creek Lodge
Travel during the workshop (please bring your own vehicle or arrange for a rental car prior to arriving at Bear Creek Lodge)

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You will need to bring your own camera equipment to use during the workshop.

Suggested Camera Equipment Check List:

• 35 mm DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera or point and shoot camera
• Wide, medium and telephoto lenses, (either zoom or fixed focal length)
• Macro lens if you have one
• Camera bag(s) to transport gear during short hikes to overlook and on trails throughout Bear Creek Lodge
• Tripod
• Memory cards
• Camera batteries
• Battery charger
• Lens cleaning cloth and solution
• Camera manual
• Method for downloading, sorting, viewing and sharing images during critiques (eg:memory card reader, USB thumb drive, laptop loaded with image editing software, external hard drive with enough capacity to store the images you shoot during the workshop)
• Large plastic bag (like kitchen trash bag) to protect equipment in case of sudden rain
• Remote shutter release (optional for night photography)
• Flashlight or headlamp (for night photography and pre-sunrise/post-sunset)
• Binoculars or spotting scope (optional for wildlife viewing)

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