Route 66: Albuquerque to Winslow


Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Winslow, Arizona

Dates: October 23-27, 2024 Wednesday at 7:00 pm – Sunday after morning shoot

Cost: $1599

Details: We start our photo tour on Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM  and continue all the way to Winslow, AZ.  We will be based out of classic Route 66 hotels during the trip (El Vado, El Rancho and The Wigwam Motel) and the La Posada, and have maximized our photography time and minimized our driving time between locations.   

On our road trip, we will:  1) discuss how to create an effective picture story 2) explain techniques needed to produce a compelling portfolio of images.  We will shoot long exposures of street scenes, and photograph neon at night.  Participants will have the opportunity for portrait photography using available light, speed lights and studio strobes.  Our days will be filled photographing all aspects of Route 66.  Get ready for classic Americana including neon signs, landscapes, people, petrified wood, classic cars and more!

On this course you will learn about:

  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Creating the Picture Story
  • Filter Use
  • Flash in Travel Photography
  • Compelling travel portraits

Hotels: One of the highlights of this workshop is staying in vintage motels. Be sure to book early as these motels have limited space. We have four great vintage motels to for our road trip. We stay in a luxury hotel in Winslow to end the workshop in style.

Albuquerque  October 23: El Vado Hotel This vintage hotel was recently renovated – and has what Tom calls “very swanky” rooms. Call the front desk at (505) 361-1667. Choose between the standard King approx. or the King Suites

Gallup  October 24: We will be staying at the El Rancho Hotel,  This was a former hangout for Hollywood movie stars.

Holbrook  October 25: We will sleep in a wigwam at the Wigwam Motel . This is a small motel so be sure to book early.  Reservations can be made online at or by phone between 3-9 standard mountain time at (928) 524-3048. Mention you are in Cree’s group or they may say it is SOLD OUT

Winslow October 26: We move to the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow. This hotel was once the finest hotel in Northern Arizona.  We will be “standing on the corner” in Winslow, Arizona, for the final shoot of the workshop.

Closest Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport. Drive time from Sunport to the El Vado is 20 minutes.  Drive time from Winslow to Albuquerque is about 4 hours.

Recommended camera gear:

  • Camera body
  • Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 70-300mm
  • Tripod
  • Polarizing filter
  • Speed light (optional)

Included in the fee:

  • All instruction
  • Location and permit fees
  • Model fees
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs

Students will provide their own:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation, airfare, rental car 

Know Before You Go: Rated Easy. This trip involves walking up to one mile per day on mostly pavement.

Deposit for Route 66 West

Dates: Oct 23-27, 2024


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