Carefully Designed

We have designed these workshops so you can come and be immersed in northern Thai culture while enjoying rich photography experiences in a friendly, encouraging environment. Professional photographs Kevin and Pansa Landwer-Johan will provide you with a huge variety of photo opportunities, some of which are unique to Chiang Mai Photo Workshops, and will allow you to capture the most stunning images.

During our premium workshops you will have the opportunity to photograph:

  • Thai models in traditional costumes – including sessions with an elephant!
  • Various ethnic minority people living in their traditional surroundings, (including the Kayan long neck tribe,)
  • Special evening workshops
  • Buddhist monks receiving alms early in the morning
  • Temples
  • Landscapes
  • and more!

Unique Workshops

These unique workshops provides opportunities to photograph people and places you won’t find on regular tours. The groups are small, a maximum of six people, and your leaders are both professional photographers who have an intimate knowledge of the culture and photography. The locations are varied and diverse in rural and urban settings in and around Chiang Mai, Thailand. You will learn and/or reinforce photography techniques with on site tutoring from both Kevin and Pansa, or just be free to photograph. As time allows there will also be optional image reviews by our team with encouragement on how to improve both technically and creatively.

Workshop Outline

We will meet Chiang Mai, Thailand on the afternoon of the first day for introductions and orientation and our first evening shoot. Our first full day is outside the city where we will photograph with an elephant and also a model in traditional attire. Back in the city we spend the following days and evenings photographing temples, monks, more beautiful Thai models. We’ll also spend most of one day out of the city again photographing ethnic minority peoples living in their traditional environment and with Kevin’s portable daylight studio.

We are pleased to provide you with the opportunity to photograph beautiful Thai models during a number of our workshop sessions. We are aware that on many photography tours and workshops participants do not get to work with costumed models so we are delighted to offer this are part of our program. Northern Thai people are generally of a relaxed, friendly nature – even so, we choose our models carefully so they are comfortable to be photographed and easy to work with. Model releases for each model can be arranged if you wish.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to capture images of the diversity and richness of northern Thailand and it’s people with expert professional teaching and guidance and all accommodation, transport and meals catered for.

Our North Thailand Cultural Experience Photo Workshop is limited to just six participants so don’t delay, sign up today! (Please contact us if you have a non-photographer partner who would like to join you.)


Day 1

Gather in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We will pick you up at the airport and get you checked into you room before our introduction and orientation session. Our first evening shoot will be nearby at the ornate temple – Wat Pra Singh.

Day 2

Pick up is at 8am. We will spend the day at an elephant camp. In the morning photographing with the elephant and then in the afternoon with a model wearing a traditional Thai costume and elephant together.


Day 3

Pick up is at 8am. Our morning session is at Wat Don Quian with another costumed model. This temple has a pillared walkway around three sides which makes a great shooting location.

During the afternoon we spend time at our computers reviewing images and learning editing and post processing techniques. Choosing the best images is often difficult for many people and with Kevin and Pansa’s expert guidance they will lend you insights to confidently choose your best shots.

Our evening shoot is at the famous Wat Doi Suthep on the mountain over looking Chiang Mai. The skies are generally clear during this season so we can expect some wonderful vistas across the city as well as extraordinary temple scenes.


Day 4

Pick up is at 8am. Our morning session is spent at an historic temple site with another beautiful model in costume. Here we will focus on teaching skills to help your portraiture – for composing your images and communicating with the model.

In the afternoon we relocate to another, very different temple to work with a new model in costume and around the temple grounds themselves. At this temple there’s a Buddha statue ‘cemetery’ with a collection of broken and discarded idols. There’s also a series of 400 year old meditation tunnels we can explore and photograph.

In the evening we will be back in the city to photograph the historic Iron Bridge.


Day 5

Pick up is at 8am. We spend our morning at the ethnic minority peoples village. The people here are friendly and open to being photographed. Kevin and Pansa visit this location frequently and have built up a great rapport with the people. You will also have opportunity to make many portraits using Kevin’s special daylight portrait studio that will be set up on location.

We’ll stop for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in the countryside. Here we’ll also spend some time reviewing your photos and teaching more about post processing and digital workflow.

Later in the afternoon you have the option of enjoying a traditional Thai massage.

There’s no evening shoot planned as we have an early start on the morning of Day 6.


Day 6

Pick up is at 6am. We arise early in the morning and spend time photographing the Buddhist monks as the walk and receive alms from people in the street. This is an age old tradition the monks practice and is how they are provided for by the local community. You will also have opportunity to take part in making offerings if you wish to.

From here we head to our final shooting location and spend the time in a contemplative temple gardens capturing more nature, architecture and scenery.

Then we head back to the hotel to check out. Over lunch we will prepare for and present a final slide show of our images together.


What’s Included

  • All transportation from when we pick you up in Chiang Mai, Thaialnd on Nov 7th until the end of the workshop on Nov 12th (including Chiang Mai airport transfers.)
  • Three meals each day as well as snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments.
  • Five nights double occupancy accommodation (single occupancy option add 20,000 bt)
  • Photographic teaching and guidance from two professionals
  • Photography instruction, editing and post processing teaching
  • Information about Thai culture and history at the various locations

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to and from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Entry visa for Thailand.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips
  • Anything not specifically listed as included.


All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

We require a minimum of three people to register to enable us to run this workshop. If we do not have three people registered by the cut off date we will refund 100% of deposits that have already been made.

Workshop Price:

US$2,990 (95,000 Thai Baht) per person (on a single occupancy basis. We will adjust the price accordingly for couples wanting to share a room.)

Workshop Dates:

We run our 5 day workshops during the cool, dry season in Chiang Mai four times per year in November, December, January and February near the beginning of each month. Please contact us for specific dates.

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