Carefully Designed

*We are currently in the process of updating our five day workshop. We still run them, but they will not follow all the details currently outlined on this page.

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 provide 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

Our five day workshop is spread over 6 days (4 full days and two part days.) We will meet Chiang Mai, Thailand on the afternoon of the first day for introductions and orientation and our first evening shoot.

Our itinerary includes four sessions with beautiful Thai models in various different traditional costumes. We will work with you and interact with the models, set up the lighting and find the best backgrounds. One session with a model we will also be working with an elephant. Other locations may include temples, a waterfall, tropical forest, etc.

Another day we visit one of our favorite locations for photographing, Baan Thong Luang. This is an “eco-agricultural hill tribes village”. Pansa and I have been visiting here for over five years with our photography workshops and built up some lovely relationships with the people. This village provides the best opportunity to photograph the various northern Thai ethnic minority people in their traditional clothing and living conditions. Our relationship with them means you will get better portraits of them. If you are not sure about visiting this type of location, please take a look at this video by Marko Randelovic to learn more about it from a Kayan long necks woman’s perspective.

One or two evening photography sessions are included as are two sessions of computer post processing. If you are interested to have a traditional Thai massage, this can also be included on one or more evenings.

All meals are included. We prefer to eat Thai and introduce you to amazing Thai dishes you may not encounter as a tourist.

We have designed our five day workshop to provide a wide range of photography opportunities we believe are unique and uncommon.

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.)


We are currently re-working the schedule for our 5 day workshop, so please regard this itinerary as a guideline rather than being fixed.

Day 1

Gather in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We will pick you up at the airport and get you checked into your 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 8 am. 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 8 am. 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 overlooking 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 a 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 8 am. 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, Thailand including Chiang Mai airport transfers.
  • Three meals each day as well as snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments.
  • Five nights single occupancy accommodation (we will discount for couples sharing a room)
  • 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 cutoff 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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Two Thai models in traditional clothing qualities of a good photograph