Route 66: Headed West

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Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona

Dates: October 14-18, 2020 Wednesday at 5:00 pm (for first photo shoot)  – Sunday morning at 11am

Cost: $1299

Details: Our first Route 66 Workshop was so popular that we added the next segment: Albuquerque to Flagstaff.  Steeped in history and Americana, Route 66 was one of America’s first highways stretching from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA.  During the dustbowl of the 1930s thousands migrated west on Route 66 looking for jobs and a better life.  In later years Route 66 was replaced by the interstate highway system, but many segments were preserved and are still drivable today.   More recently many classic neon signs, diners and hotels have been restored, and we plan to photograph some of the best sights along Route 66.

Our route starts on Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM  and continues all the way to Flagstaff, AZ.  We will be based out of classic Route 66 hotels during the trip (El Vado, El Rancho and The Wigwam Motel), 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, speedlights and studio strobes.  In the evenings we can review the day’s images and talk about image processing.  Our days will be filled photographing all aspects of Route 66.  Get ready for the second segment of this classic Americana road trip!


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 three great vintage motels to choose from for our road trip. We stay in a modern hotel in Flagstaff with plenty of wifi to bring your classic photo story to life.

Albuquerque October 14: El Vado Hotel This vintage hotel was just completely renovated – and has what Tom calls “very swanky” rooms. Call the front desk and ask for the  Tom Bol Photo Workshop Group at (505) 361-1667. Choose between the standard King approx. $109/night or the King Suites approx. $159/night.

Gallup October 15: We will be staying at the El Rancho Hotel,  This was a former hangout for Hollywood movie stars. They are now taking room reservations online at with several different room sizes and rates available.

Holbrook October 16: We have rooms reserved at the Wigwam Motel for our group. Singles are currently $69 and doubles are $76. This is a small motel so be sure to book early.  Call 928-524-3048 between the hours of 3 pm and 9 pm. Ask for the Tom Bol Photo Workshop group when booking.

Flagstaff October 17: We move to the Drury Inn in Flagstaff for all the modern convenience you need to prepare your picture story for the final critique session on Sunday morning. The group rate is $195. Be sure to ask for the Tom Bol Photo Workshop group when booking or use code 2395302. Reservations for the block should be made before September 17, 2020.

Closest Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport. Drive time from Sunport to the El Vado is 20 minutes.  Drive time from Flagstaff to Albuquerque is 4.5 hours.

Recommended camera gear:

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


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

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