Field Notes: A Life Well-Lived

I believe that a good photograph is the result of a life well-lived. It’s about how you love and live. It’s about the music you listen to, the books you read and the art that not only you make but also the art you take the time to understand and appreciate. It’s about the friends you have, the generosity you share and how (if!) you find a way to pay it forward. I could go on and on . . .

Sculptor and MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández said it best, “Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth, the size of the world you make for yourselves, your ability to influence the things you believe in, your obsessions, your failures — all of these components will also become the raw material for the art you make.”

-Craig Varjabedian

Title: Indian Rice Grass, Early Spring, White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico, 2015.
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED lens
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Tripod with BH-40 LR Ballhead
Processing: Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop
Lighting: Overcast
Photographer: Craig Varjabedian



See your images as they should be seen

To be sure, providing feedback on a student’s photographic work is a critical part of a good workshop. For years at Eloquent Light Photography Workshops we used a digital projector to project images on a screen so that an entire group could see the images and offer comment.

Recently we changed the way we present student work with the addition of an NEC Display Solutions of America’s excellent Multisync V554 large format display. This amazing high-resolution 55-inch display is color calibrated and the images presented on it simply knock our socks off! We are pleased to present the work of our students in such a beautiful way.

Learn more about this NEC monitor.



Kerry Stewart on the White Sands Photography Workshop

In November 2009, I participated in an Eloquent Light Photography Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Being very inexperienced, Craig Varjabedian helped to ignite a passion within me for photography. The workshop was an incredible experience! It served as great motivation to move forward in learning new skills and to discover the beauty and significance of light in photography.

Almost five years later, I rejoined Eloquent Light for a White Sands Photography Workshop. Our small group hiked across the gypsum sands enjoying and photographing the beautiful scenery. White Sands put on a magnificent show for us and Craig guided us to the “best seats in the house!”

Thank you, Craig, for another wonderful experience! I look forward to our paths crossing again in a future adventure.

-Kerry Stewart


Taste of New Mexico Workshop: Santa Fe

Our Taste of New Mexico Workshops (sm) are abbreviated versions of some of our popular New Mexico offerings and are generally two days long. They are a kind of delicious amuse-bouche or delightful smaller serving of our regular workshops. These workshops are designed for photographers with limited time, yet a strong desire to make wonderful pictures and are priced accordingly.

SANTA FE: People and the Land

Santa Fe was called the Dancing Ground of the Sun by early Native Americans and nicknamed The City Different by town fathers at the turn of the 20th century. By any name, Santa Fe is one of the world’s top award-winning and most beloved destinations—four centuries of history, surrounded by a majestic landscape of juniper and piñon-covered hills, cottonwood groves with deep blue skies and radiant light . . .  Award winning photographer Craig Varjabedian will share his favorite places and people with you and guide you to the best locations to capture the magical light that has inspired artists here for centuries.

Award winning photographer Craig Varjabedian will share his favorite places and people with you and guide you to the best locations to capture the magical light that has inspired artists here for centuries.”

Learn more this workshop experience this August in Santa Fe.


Photographs by Workshop Participants Robyn & Walter Mehmke

It was a pleasure to share White Sands National Monument with Robyn & Walter Mehmke. Ranchers and farmers by vocation and photographers by passion, Robyn and Walter made some beautiful images. We thank them both for sending along a few images as well as these kind words about their time with us:

What a fantastic workshop we were treated to at White Sands National Monument. Thank you, Craig, Tye, and Cindy, for sharing this wonderful adventure with us and for being so patient. We carried home memories that will last a lifetime. Our eyes were opened to things that we had not seen before.

We came home with not only images of the stark beauty of White Sands, but knowledge learned in the classroom and in the field, plus friendships. This was my third workshop with Craig Varjabedian and my husband’s first. It was a wonderful experience for both of us and did not disappoint.