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Private Individual Lessons

Private Lessons & Consultation Services:  Meet your photography goals at your own pace!

When you want dedicated consultation and/or instruction, one-on-one, at your own pace and on your own schedule, tailored private instruction can help you efficiently and effectively reach your learning goals.

Before your lessons begin, Lisa Langell will consult with you to build a custom Photography Learning Plan that is suited for the skills you want to learn.  The plan then becomes the compass by which we will organize your lessons, build your skills, and reflect upon your growth as you gain critical skills.

Packages are as follows:

•  3-hour package:   On-site - $345    •   Online/Live Web Conference:  $250 
•  5-hour package:   On-site:  $495    •   Online/Live Web Conference:  $375
•  10-hour package: On-Site:  $895    •   Online/Live Web Conference:  $695
Packages may be broken into sessions of 2+ hours each and must be completed within 180 days from purchase so that your learning is consistent and progressive.  

BONUS: Bring a friend for free!  As a gift for your friend, or to help defer costs, you may invite one additional person at no extra cost.   The learning objectives we develop will be followed according to your specific needs, so it is best if your friend is at a similar level of skill and has similar goals so that he/she may maximally benefit.  

Please Contact Lisa Langell at 602-345-0883 or via email for details and scheduling.

Western Shootout: Cowboys & Cattle Drive

FALL 2018:  Dates TBD!  Western Shootout & Cattle Drive

Back by popular demand!  Dates announced soon!  Located against the stunning backdrop of the legendary Superstition Mountains (about 45 minutes from Phoenix, AZ) on 5,800 acres of pristine Sonoran desert in Gold Canyon, Arizona, the D-Spur Ranch will be the setting for our 2-day Western Ranch Shoot! Weather permitting, we are planning photo opportunities that include, but are not limited to:

•  Working ranch shots of cowboys, cowgirls

•  Several cattle drives on horseback where the rare Longhorn Cattle will be driven into and around the ranch.

•  We will be coordinating with the cowboys via radio to optimize our photography opportunities.

•  Portraits of cowboys and cowgirls using both natural and strobe/studio lights combined with phenomenal western setups and backgrounds on the ranch

•  Landscapes and nature images of this stunning area that features the legendary Superstition Mountains and saguaro cacti as our backdrop

•  Photography of roping, herding, branding, and other related work that occurs on the ranch

•  Optional 2-hour horseback ride through the desert

•  Post-processing tips and instruction Evening campfire conversation and night photography with our cowboys under the stars to be notified of the Fall 2018 workshop

Gallery Exhibition: March 2018

Feb 28 - March 31, 2018:  Featured Artist at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior, AZ)

This innovative exhibit represents a significant departure from traditional wildlife photography. Making its debut at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Lisa's gallery will feature original, ethereal, creative pieces that required incorporating numerous techniques before, during and after the image was captured. It will feature vintage-styled, contemporary-styled, and few of her favorite images done in the classical style.

Not only has Lisa painstakingly worked for over a year to create images for this exhibit, she collaborated with her father, Skip Langell, to jointly create hand-crafted backdrops and mounts, locally sourced from reclaimed wood and found objects. She has combined her backgrounds in floral design, interior decorating, photography, and even psychology into these images.

Featured work includes:

•  Birds and wildlife of Arizona and the Western US
•  Arizona's iconic wild horses 
•  Landscapes and botanicals of Arizona 
•  Hand-crafted backdrops, frames and accents created using locally sourced reclaimed woods and found objects 
•  A wide assortment of hand-crafted gift items featuring Lisa's photography and mixed-media

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Intro to Manual Settings: Part 1 & 2

March 21, 2018 (7-10pm): Getting Started with Manual Settings:  Part 1  (Scottsdale, AZ)

If you have always wondered why (and how) to use the buttons, bells and whistles on your camera like Shutter Speed, ISO Aperture, and more, this class is for you!

This class is DIFFERENT from other "Photo 101" classes.

Why? Because most instructors forget a really important step that winds up leaving learners frustrated, confused and feeling stupid. Sad, but true! They teach a lot about settings without first helping you understand how to create the vision for your photograph! This is absolutely critical! Without it, manual settings mean nothing! This is akin to standing in your kitchen with a pile of ingredients, pans and utensils without a clue or recipe for what you're supposed to bake! Or being a painter with a blank canvas, brushes and paints -- but having no idea what it is you are supposed to paint!

In order for you to apply the right tools and settings, you MUST have a really good concept about the final vision for your photograph. Part 1 of this class introduces you to the important process of Creating your Vision. Understanding your vision will help you choose the best settings, techniques and tools you will need to take a beautiful photograph that looks the way you expect it to look when you're done! This class also gradually introduces you to Manual settings without overwhelming you.  (Read more...)

Details and registration (Part 1)

March 29, 2018 (6-9pm) Getting Started with Manual Settings:  Part 2 (Scottsdale, AZ)

( his is a continuation of the Part 1 class. Please ensure you have registered for Part 1 before you register for Part 2.)

Are you ready to take total creative control of your photography?
Via Part 1, you learned how to create the vision for your photographs, plus learned the basics of applying partial manual control via Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority to make images like those you imagined!

Now? It's time to continue your progression toward full manual photography. Manual settings gives you total creative control for your images with incredible results! We will use a hands-on approach to tonight's class, combining teaching tools and applied practice to build your knowledge and confidence in using Manual settings. We take it slow, ensure you're getting the skills you need, and stay away from throwing too much at you at once so that you can actually apply what you learn, rather than leave discouraged. Photography should be fun! Learning should be enjoyable. This class accomplishes what YOU need, as the learner. (Read more...) 

Details and registration (Part 2)

Florida Birding & Photo Festival

April 18-22, 2018:  Florida's Birding & Photo Festival (St. Augustine, FL)

Join me at the legendary Florida Birding & Photo Festival for a photography and bird extravaganza!  This iconic event is sure to delight you with an incredible lineup of birding and photography-related events!  I'll be teaching nine sessions, plus am the featured Keynote Speaker at this event--so come join me in some fun with nature, photography, and friendship!

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Arizona Hummingbirds & Night Sky

April 26-29, 2018:   Arizona Hummingbird & Night Sky Photography (in famous Madera Canyon)

Have you ever sat in one location and observed virtually an unending supply of hummingbirds frequenting your feeder? You will in Madera Canyon!

Learn how to use a 4-flash setup to capture stunning images of hummingbirds!  We provide one setup per person so that you never have to share a station--maximizing your learning and images!  You will be a part of a small group of participants and two instructors as you sit amidst myriad hummingbirds are concentrated in this renown area as they travel northward through Madera Canyon, an internationally known flyway for migrating hummingbirds.

April Sold out.  August 2018 is now OPEN - click for details!  

Watch the video about this workshop!

Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada

May 11, 2018 (Fri):   Lisa On Location - Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada

Join me FREE for a fun Photo walk!  I will be visiting the internationally known Point Pelee National Park near Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.  This park is famous for its migratory birds in the spring!  One may see over 100 species of birds in a single day during peak migration!  Join me here for photo tips and a meet-and-greet!

See registration site for details.

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Great Salt Lake Birding Festival

May 17-22, 2018:  Great Salt Lake Birding Festival (Salt Lake City, UT)

Join me for one of two classes and field trips I"ll be conducting at this incredible birding festival in Salt Lake City, UT!  I'l be teaching classes on Friday, May 18, 2018.  


Details, pricing and registration information  (Click here)

Magic of Alaska - Kenai Peninsula

June 2018:  Magic of Alaska Photo Workshop and Tour - Alaska

This is truly one of the most diverse and unique photography workshop and tour experiences you can find in all of Alaska!

WEEK 1 - SOLD OUT:    Lead by Lisa Langell and Alex McClure 

June 4-10, 2018:  Magic of Alaska Tour - 7 days & 6 nights

June 11-13, 2018:  Bear Extravaganza Add-On Tour--3 days & 3 nights


Week 2 - SOLD OUT: Lead by Lisa Langell & Leonard Hill

June 16-22, 2018:  Magic of Alaska Tour -- 7 days & 6 nights

June 22-25, 2018:  Bear Extravaganza Add-On Tour -- 3 days & 3 nights


Join award-winning, professional photographer, Lisa Langell  and an additional photography instructor for added support and personalized assistance while you partake in a very customized, boutique-style nature photography adventure! This workshop is intentionally kept small and intimate—you are one of only six (6) participants on an incredible journey through some of Alaska’s most stunning scenery and wildlife habitats along the Kenai Peninsula and Gulf of Alaska.

Click the link below for video, details, pricing and registration information!

Details, videos, pricing and registration info

Southwest Michigan Photo Conference

July 27-29, 2018:  Southwest Michigan Summer Weekend of Photography (Holland, MI)

Join Lisa Langell and an incredible lineup of other talented photography instructors in a 2-day extravaganza of utter photography bliss!  

Lisa Langell is formerly from Michigan and returns to teach some incredible classes that will be sure to inspire!  Hosted by the Southwest Michigan Camera Club Council ( this event is affordable, exciting, and a whole ton of fun!

Details and registration are available through the SWMCCC website

Arizona Hummingbirds & Bats

August 23-26, 2018:   Arizona Hummingbird & Bat Photography (Madera Canyon, AZ)

Have you ever sat in one location and observed virtually an unending supply of hummingbirds frequenting your feeder? You will in Madera Canyon! Learn how to use a 4-flash setup to capture stunning images of hummingbirds!  We provide one setup per person so that you never have to share a station--maximizing your learning and images!  

You will be a part of a small group of participants and two instructors as you sit amidst myriad hummingbirds are concentrated in this renown area as they travel northward through Madera Canyon, an internationally known flyway for migrating hummingbirds.

Enjoy abundant opportunities to photograph hummingbirds by day and then we will help you transition your setups to attract nectar bats by night if you desire to photograph these fascinating creatures!  Lodging, the flash setups, instruction and more are included.  Click the link below for details.

Details and registration

Florida's Best Bird & Nature Photography

March 2019:  Florida's Best Bird & Nature Photography - Coast to Coast  (Dates TBD)

Join expert nature photographers, Lisa Langell on a very special, custom 5-day, 5-night all-inclusive tour of multiple hot spots for birding and wildlife across Southern Florida, including the Everglades, Ding Darling (Sanibel Island), Green Cay,  Tigertail Beach / Marco Island, Bunche Beach, and more.  

There will be opportunities to observe and photograph an estimated 60-80 species, with high likelihood for close-ups of specialties like Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Anhinga, the endangered Florida Scrub Jay, Black Skimmers, American Oystercatchers, Reddish Egrets, Barred Owls, Burrowing Owls, Purple Gallinules, Limpkin, Painted Buntings, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Sandhill Cranes, Crested Caracara, American Avocet, Swallowtail Kite, Black-Necked Stilts, Black and Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, Osprey, various terns, and so much more.  

This small-group tour will start in the West Palm Beach (Boyton Beach) area and gradually we will migrate southwest along the Everglades and on into the Southwest Florida region for five full days of photography during prime breeding and nesting season for herons, egrets and anhinga. There will also be chances to photograph turtles, alligators, armadillos, and possibly the rare Florida Panther.  

Pricing, itinerary and registration information:

Details forthcoming in Spring 2018 for the 2019 dates and itinerary.
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Magic of Cuba - Wild, Sea, Land & Street

Spring 2019:  Magic of Cuba--Wild, Sea, Land & Street

NOTE:  Due to the current governmental warnings that were set in place in Fall 2017, this trip is currently in a "holding pattern."  We are waiting for additional information before proceeding further in scheduling this event.  Please feel free to sign up below to be included on updates.

  Interested in heading to Cuba with award-winning wildlife and street Photographer, Lisa Langell (AZ) and native Cuban and highly skilled portrait, landscape and wildlife photographer, Fernando Trujillo (NJ),?

We are excited to be working together on this really unique adventure and photographic experience!  Currently, we are in the early planning stages for a Spring 2019 workshop and tour of Cuba.  The tour/workshop is currently planned for approximately seven days, all-expenses included once you arrive in Cuba. We anticipate keeping the registration to approximately eight people.  

The goal of the workshop will be to provide you with opportunities to photograph the unique landscape, seascape, wildlife (birds, mammals, reptiles, etc.) street portraiture, classic cars, and more -- all that is iconic in Cuba.   There is a great deal of permitting and "red tape" involved in this endeavor and so we are collecting an early method for those interested to be notified of updates, itineraries, dates, pricing, and registration information when it becomes available.  If you are interested in learning more, please complete the form below.  We will update you via email with additional details as they become available. 

Thank you! Lisa Langell & Fernando Trujillo

Interested in receiving updates and registration info for the Cuba Workshop when it is available?  Sign up here. 

Magically Africa

September 9-19, 2019:  Magically Africa--Classic Tanzania Safari

Magically.  Emotionally.  Photographically...AFRICA!

Announcing an exciting, truly unique and memorable photography experience in Africa!  The emphasis on this exclusive, intimate tour and workshop will be to visit places in Tanzania  that get us away from the crowds and get you into some of the most beautiful landscapes filled with wildlife, birds, stunning scenery and several additional secret experiences I have to keep "under wraps" a little while longer--but I guarantee you'll be amazed and delighted!

Highlights will include viewing the Reverse Migration on the Mara River, stunning landscapes, the Ngorongoro Crater to search for elephants,  hippos, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, black rhino, lions, cheetas, hyenas and so much more!  We'll also visit  the Tarangire filled with beautiful Baobob trees, that offer shelter and food to giraffes, lions, and many of the aforementioned species, plus birds and so much more!  We will also visit villagers and tribes for truly special moments and photographic opportunities. 

Seating is comfortable with one person per "row" in the safari vehicles, making for optimal viewing and photography.  You will have two expert instructors (myself and a very special partner to be announced soon!).  This is a truly special safari!       

Those on this mailing list will have "first dibs" for registration when it opens, so sign up to get updates, further details as available, and  your chance to register if you wish as soon as it opens.     


What are people saying about Lisa's Classes and Workshops?

"Lisa, thank you so very much!! I learned so much last night and really look forward to your classes!! You are such and inspiration:) I feel honored to be able to learn from the best!!"

-- Katie Rodriguez (Florence, Arizona, USA)

"Lisa talks a lot about vision in her photography, a focus point for many of us. Lisa is a great educator. She gracefully combines a heart of education with a spirit of creative inspiration--A lot to learn from this gal! The more I watch, listen and get to know her she is pure inspiration and such a kind heart to share her knowledge and experience. An Alaska trip with her is definitely on my MUST DO list...hoping for 2017!"

-- Peggy Coleman (Phoenix, AZ)

“Definitely one of the most memorable weeks of my life! Lisa took us to places to photograph wildlife like I had only ever dreamed was possible. Her knowledge of both photography and Alaska ensure you will get pictures that will forever be favorites.”

–Julie Chen (California, USA)

"Lisa is an amazing and wonderful young lady that can, by simply talking with you, give you inspiration."

--Kerry Hutchings (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

"Lisa, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the two workshops we took from you at last weekend's retreat. Your patience and use of such logical analogies were so appreciated. I've taken other classes over the years, but never understood the settings as I did when you explained them. And your enthusiasm and obvious love of photography is infectious. I hope to be able to take other workshops from you in the future, and maybe even take one of your fabulous photo trips. I'll keep an eye on your schedule and see what I can do. Thanks again! You really do teach an enjoyable workshop. I'm sure everyone in your workshop enjoyed them as much as we did. Looking forward to the next one . . ."

--Lisa McCarrell (Victorville, California, USA)

“I participated in the Magic of Alaska 2015 tour and workshop.  Beyond the obvious benefit of touching a rare piece of nature and somewhat expected camaraderie, I have thoroughly enjoyed, at this time, six month of friendship on Facebook from my fellow participants and beyond. Many of these people are world-class nature photographers who grace my Facebook news feed, on a daily basis with awesome and wondrous photographs they have captured from across the continent and around the world. It really is a trip that keeps on giving, and totally unexpected. I am so grateful for these people, their work and their willingness to share. It really is a trip that keeps on giving.”

–Jim Semple (Arizona, USA)

"I loved Lisa's humbleness about her ability and knowledge--and her willingness to reach out to all of us. She was very well organized.

--(Anon., Arizona, USA)

"Lisa, your presentation was fabulous. I came away with so many ideas and things to try. The way you mixed in video with the stills was very effective. What a great way for us to practice observing nature and then discuss what we saw, while in the classroom. I'm excited to go out and try this "what if" approach (as I'm calling it), and look forward to taking some of your upcoming classes. Thanks again!"

-- Kathleen Farr Prince (Florence, Arizona, USA)

“GO to Alaska! As a 2015 participant, I can tell you it’s a wonderful workshop!”

–Emily Bristor (Arizona, USA)

"This workshop was so interactive, interesting, engaging, and informative. Lisa is an excellent instructor who listens and responds to the needs of her students. She meets them right where they are--whether novice or advanced--ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to improve his or her ability as a photographer. Thank you for providing this workshop, Lisa. I learned so much, and am excited to explore more about photography. Thank you, Lisa. :-)"

--Katie GoForth (Tennessee, USA)

“I encourage anyone who has never done a tour with Lisa to go for it! You will have a great time!”

— Craig Brown (Ontario, Canada)

“Lisa is an awesome photographer and workshop leader. She goes above and beyond to ensure your time in Alaska is maximized. This trip will provide you with the opportunity to see and experience some amazing scenery and wildlife. (The lodge) is one of my favorite places I have ever stayed and their hospitality is unmatched!”

— Jacqueline Deely (California, USA)

"The subject matter was awesome. The weather was perfect. I loved everything about the workshop. My favorite thing was your photo examples of the types of light..And the opportunity to take pictures and have you critique them on the spot. This workshop was an amazing learning experience. The location and the instructor Lisa could not have been better. She provided invaluable material in an interesting manner. I can't wait to take more of her classes !!"

-Dawn B. (Arizona, USA)

“Alaska is a fabulous workshop – Lisa knows all the best places to go for wildlife and scenery. Hopefully I will be able to go again in 2017.”

–Patti Cooter (Illinois, USA)

"Absolutely over-the-top GORGEOUS presentation!!!! Breathtakingly beautiful images!!! Be sure to attend Lisa Langell's classes!!!

-- Pat Googelmann (Florence, Arizona, USA)

"I've taken several beginner classes and always left feeling overwhelmed and unsure of my ability to apply what I learned. Lisa did just the opposite. She provided clear information and tools to help me apply my knowledge after class."

--April Eisle (Colorado, USA)

I" have taken a few classes with Lisa, and have never been overwhelmed with technical knowledge. It is just enough and has always left me wanting more. Lisa is a great instructor, sharing knowledge of her photography skill even if your question does not pertain to the subject matter. She make learning fun. Thanks, Lisa!"

-Jon Weiland (Queen Creek, AZ)

"The time and attention to set up that Lisa made prior to class made for attendee success. What an enjoyable event!"

Cassie Chronic (Soldotna, Alaska)

"Lisa is an excellent instructor. She explained everything that was necessary and it was very well laid out"  (Anon., Phoenix, AZ)

"Lisa actually cares if her students learn and have fun doing it. While I expected to learn about taking hummingbird pictures, I never expected to walk away with several good shots on my first try. Well worth your time and money."

-Bill.  (Gilbert, AZ)

"Lisa is an exceptional instructor, no matter what level of photography you are at, you are going to learn something."

-Anon (Phoenix, AZ)

"Lisa is a very personable and knowledgeable instructor willing to share her tips and techniques with students who want to improve their own skills."

-Bob Bennett (Mesa, AZ)

"I enjoyed Lisa wonderful personality & informative instructions. A natural teacher & makes learning photography fun. I will be back for another class. I am grateful that she donates her time, talent and enthusiasm."

Lee Navarro (Florence , AZ)

"I love Lisa's classes. I am a visual learner and she always has such great examples and she explains things so well that any level of photographer can understand. Her classes are fun and upbeat. The light bulbs went on during the last class I took of Lisa's. It was so refreshing to learn what I have been doing incorrectly! No more "death by cropping" or over sharpening my photos and I really need to stop cluttering my shots. Last but not least I need to stop doing "documentation shots" and get creative, do things that no one else is doing. Thank you Lisa for opening my eyes and getting me to the next step in my photography journey!!!"

-Pamela Parker, (Mesa, AZ)

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