Last Chance (for awhile) for oopoomoo Photography Workshops

Summer is flying by! In Alberta, there’s already a nip in the air — autumn is basically here! The brisk winds and unsettled skies always seem to indicate that change is in the air…and for us here at oopoomoo, we’ve decided to continue with the spirit of exploration that we’ve created by beginning our creative sabbatical. In 2015, we plan to pursue some exciting opportunities to learn and grow and continue our quest for ‘the good life’.

Road into sunrise

The road less traveled? ©Darwin Wiggett

This means we will be taking a hiatus from the whirlwind of workshops we’ve been organizing or involved in over the last few years in order to continue with the spirit of our creative sabbatical. We will share our adventures from time to time with you on our blog, but for those of you who have always wanted to come on an oopoomoo photo workshop, now is your last chance for a little while! Outside of photography events organized with Camera Clubs, we will not be running our usual slate of oopoomoo workshops in 2015.

While there is still plenty of opportunities to get involved this fall, space is limited! Click on a link below to learn more and for info on how to register:

Workshops out of Aurum Lodge in the Canadian Rockies

Glory of Autumn, Sept. 23-28 – This popular workshop was sold out, but one opening has just come up due to a cancellation! We explore the grand vistas as well as the secret nooks of this stunning region during a season when nature dons her most beautiful colours. One spot left.

Fall Colours on the Kootenay Plains - ©Darwin Wiggett

Fall Colours on the Kootenay Plains. ©Darwin Wiggett

Beyond the Icon, Oct. 21-26 – Tired of taking the same old shots? Do you struggle to express your own creative ideas or ‘see’ photo opportunities in the field? In this field-intensive workshop, we dig deep, encouraging you to develop your creative vision through the study of one of nature photography’s most challenging styles – intimate landscapes. Four spots left.

Allstones Creek, Kootenay Plains, Alberta, Canada

It’s in the details…©Samantha Chrysanthou

Fire and Ice, Nov. 4-9 – Devoted photographers visit the Canadian Rockies in late fall/early winter. They know that they’ll have the quiet roads to themselves yet still experience the charm that this season of flux can bring. From snow squalls to shorts weather, the variability leads to exciting photo opportunities. Oh, and did we mention the fiery light? Six spots left.

North Saskatchewan River - Kootenay Plains - Alberta Canada

Icy fringe and fiery light…what’s not to like? ©Darwin Wiggett

Artists in Residence (until Nov. 15) – Can’t make any of these dates? Now is the perfect time to take advantage of our presence at Aurum Lodge as Artists in Residence. Customize your learning! We work with you on your personal learning goals in these value-packed sessions.

Yellow leaves in blue pond

Creative filtering in nature photography. ©Darwin Wiggett

Watch for these oopoomoo photography workshops in 2014 and 2015!

Edmonton, September 2014 and May, 2015 – The Creative Landscape Photography course we delivered this past spring at the Burwell School of Photography was a smash hit! Two  more dates have been added to this popular workshop and one is just around the corner, starting September 19. Offerings with other Clubs and schools are the best bang for your buck since you can save on accommodation costs when we’re in your neck of the woods – so check ’em out and support local education!

Toronto, April 2015 – More details coming soon!

Winnipeg, May 2015 – More details coming soon!

And to all of you who said you would visit us at Aurum Lodge…come see us already!

Sam and Darwin relaxing in their cabin at Aurum Lodge

It’s tough being Artists in Residence! Here, we take a break with our chicken friends. ©Darwin Wiggett

Our home away from home - Aurum Lodge, ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Our home away from home – Aurum Lodge. ©Samantha Chrysanthou


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Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!


  1. Christine Bertschy
    September 3, 2014

    Eek! No more workshops! I have long held dreams of being able to come to one of your workshops, and was especially excited to see you taking your creative sabbatical in my favourite part of the world. I share your passion deeply for the greater Nordegg and Kootenay Plains area and love what you are doing to educate the world about it’s significance. Alas, being the mom of 2 young girls with a husband who works away, the dream will have to wait a little longer 😉 Until then I will have to content myself with all your awesome guides and online posts. Just wanted to let you know I think your work, your ethic and your missions are superior and very inspiring 🙂

  2. Darwin Wiggett
    September 3, 2014

    Hi Christine, thanks so much for the very kind comments!

    If you can’t make a 5-day Aurum-based Rockies workshop what about a weekend workshop in Edmonton? We have our Creative Landscape Photography workshop in September this year and May next year if you can get away.

  3. Shirley
    September 4, 2014

    Looking forward to May 2015 Winnipeg details coming soon.

  4. Allison
    September 18, 2014

    you guys are so darn cute sitting with your chicken friends…lol


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