Online Photography Classes with Ricky Tims

Photo Summit 2022


Join Ricky Tims and your photo enthusiast friends for three inspiring days in mountain paradise. Limited to 70 participants.

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$349 Registration
Limited to 70 registrants
Tuition covers the soiree, lectures, and syllabus
Lodging and meals are not included.

These are exciting times. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your friends, make new friends, and expand your love of photography!

Photo Summit Clinicians

Andy Schwartz (Colorado). New to Photo Summit, Andy is a well-known, award-winning fine art landscape photographer ( and gallery artist. But the extent of his photography is not limited only to landscape images. Andy lost his home (and dozens original framed works) in the December 30, 2021 Marshall Fire which destroyed over 1000 structures in Boulder County Colorado. Andy's resilient spirit is inspirational. He will be providing insightful options on how to enhance your photographic experience by getting your most important images out of the digital realm and into a tangible reality.

Judith Baker Montano
(Colorado) is an award-winning and world-renowned Canadian fiber artist, photographer, author, designer, and teacher. Photographers will recognize her work as being thoughtfully conceived and beautifully captured. Judith will be highlighting her love of the Spanish Peaks region and serve as an advisor on the best locations to find the magic that draws so many to this area.

Warren Lee
(Nevada) is an enthusiastic photographer living in the desert southwest. He claims to be a perpetual student of the school of countless trials and errors. His photos of wildlife and the night sky are breathtaking. Warren is excited about what he has learned since Photo Summit 2021 and is excited to share his newfound knowledge with the Photo Summit attendees.

Gail Garber
(New Mexico) is an artist with multiple passions. Her enjoyment of photography has perfectly integrated into her artistic endeavors and it now plays a significant role with her other passion—birds of prey. She will discuss her involvement with the non-profit Hawks Aloft—a bird rehabilitation and educational center in Albuquerque. Gail met and fell in love with a captive Red-tailed Hawk over 30 years ago and it changed her life. She is returning to us accompanied by an inspiring assortment of birds. You will get up close and personal with them.

Ricky Tims
(Colorado). Ricky will continue to guide and direct Photo Summit and play the role of host. He will be sharing unique ways to create inspirational, thoughtful, and impressionistic images.

Monday Night 
7:00pm The Sensational Soirée 
Schedule to be determined
Evening Photographer's Showcase
Schedule to be determined
Evening Photographer’s Showcase
Schedule to be determined
Evening Final Photographer’s Showcase
Additional Info
The format will flow from morning to night. Lunch breaks will be scheduled to be one hour and  half - or more, depending on your personal photo outing schedule. Dinner breaks are scheduled for two and half hours provided you choose not to shoot during the golden hour. 
Sunrise shooting will be suggested for the early birds who find morning magic to be favorable. These are optional.
Shooting during Golden Hour is not as a requirement. It’s a reminder that the light can be amazing during that time of the afternoon.
For the daily “photo adventures” you will be provided a list of suggested photo locations. You will choose where you wish to go - and for however long you wish to shoot. You may team up with friends, or navigate about on your own. You are also more than welcome to scout out your own locations.
Fun challenges and a photo scavenger hunt will be issued during the course of the summit.
Editing time is at your discretion as it fits into the framework of the schedule. You will be given a daily upload link(s) to upload your photos for the daily Photographer’s Showcase and the Final Photographer’s Showcase. You may upload at any time once you have the link. The deadline for uploading will be 1 hour prior to the showcases. 
Workshops Sessions
Five experts will lead the one-hour workshop sessions. See the list above.

The event is limited to 70 participants due to space restrictions in our little theater (the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts) where lectures will be held. I’ve also provided a little map (at the very bottom) for you to see how compact things will be. Seventy people lodging in La Veta will be pushing the limit of beds available. Should you book late and have problems finding lodging in La Veta, Walsenburg has a nice Best Western hotel on the interstate. You might check for places in Cuchara, which is 12 miles (15 minutes) up the mountain at 8600 ft. La Veta is at 7000 feet
I’ve provided a list of places in La Veta where my students have stayed and received positive reviews. Please keep in mind…La Veta is a very small town (only 800 residents). Our proprietors attempt to do their best with what we have available. 
I will note that The Warehouse Suite listed below is a bit different. It is a luxury apartment up a flight of stairs with 4 bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, 2 baths, and laundry. If you create a group of 4 - (or more should anyone want to share a bed), this is a lovely affordable place for a group. You can also manage making your own meals here.
The Two Fox Cabins are charming, rustic, well maintained, cabins. Some of them also have little kitchenettes which might suit those wishing to cook for themselves at times.
For meals - you will be on your own. Depending on the day, certain places will be available. You won’t go hungry. Our grocery market, Charlie’s, has a great deli in the back for lunch items. Depending on the demand, I would urge ordering a Charlie's sandwich in the morning and pick it up during your lunch break. During the afternoons they usually prepare some dinner items to take away like a roasted chicken or brisket. 
The Dog Bar is a legendary bar and grill in the village of Cuchara (a 15 minute drive up the mountain from La Veta). It’s a must - you will likely find it a great stop if you are shooting up that way for lunch or dinner. Bar and grill fare - nothing fancy - just charming.
Aly’s Restaurant (propounded Alice’s) is one of the best restaurants in Southern Colorado with amazing cuisine and a delightful menu that changes daily.
The Legends is a southwest style restaurant right on Main street that has quickly become a local favorite. They offer several daily specials and are open for lunch and dinner.
The Mission Deli is also a southwest style eatery with burritos, enchiladas, and other non-southwestern items.

Lokal Burger is a new establishment that opened in place of the previous Corners Diner. They are open for lunch and have salads, burgers, and sandwiches.

Deerprint Wine Bar is lovely. They serve wine with an assortment of cheeses and meats. You can practically make a meal of it if you wish.
The biggest message here is that you will find La Veta charming, but the amenities will require thinking a bit differently. Slow down. There is no stop light - and no fast food joints. The only ’chain store’ in La Veta is our Big R hardware store. The people are friendly and they will welcome you with open arms. The art galleries are a must visit, and there are places where you can find souvenirs and items made in Colorado.
Should you extend your time in La Veta (we end on Thursday night), our Oktoberfest, street fair with vendors, polka band, beer garden, and antique car show, happens on Saturday, October 1st.
There are now Air BnBs in and around the area. Check online. In addition, you will find:
  • Circle The Wagons RV Park  
    126 W. 2nd
    La Veta, CO
    RV Park with full hookups and even quaint little campers for rent. Conveniently located only four blocks from the Quilt Luminarium venue you will enjoy the sounds of the Cucharas River. 
  • Hardings Corner B&B
    Time comes to a stop; or at least you'll wish it did when visiting La Veta Colorado.
    Harding's Corner is a family Bed & Breakfast in every sense of the word; Sara help you feel at home.
    No Smoking or Pets. Cash or Checks only!
  • 140 West Grand Street, La Veta CO 81055
    For Current Rates and Availability; To Make Your Reservations: 719-742-5423
  • La Veta Inn  
    103 W Ryus
    La Veta, CO 81055
    Beautiful historic boutique Inn located in the heart of La Veta, featuring 17 updated, rooms and suites that will make you feel right at home. With views of the Spanish Peaks, and overlooking the patio of the new onsite restaurant and bar, Agatha's, you're sure to have an exceptional stay. One block walking distance to the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts. 
  • Two Fox Cabins & RVs  
    404 Oak Street
    La Veta, CO
    Two Fox Cabins & RVs has newly renovated cabins as well as full-hookup RV sites. These quaint, rustic cabins are extremely popular with visitors to La Veta and the Cucharas River runs through the property. Only a two-block walk to the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts. 
  • The Warehouse Suite  
    102 Ryus Ave
    La Veta, CO
    Built in 1903, the Kincaid Building has long been a part of La Veta's history and downtown. The upstairs was once a dance hall, movie theatre, meeting place, even a church! In 2007 it was restored to a 4 bedroom, 2 bath luxury apartment - available for short-term rental. One block walking distance to the event venue.  
  • Best Western Rambler (In Walsenburg 15 minutes east of La Veta)
    457 US Highway 85 87
    Walsenburg, CO
    Located 20 minute drive by car from La Veta in Walsenburg. 
  • I Love Lucy's RV Park  
    226 W. Grand St.
    La Veta, CO 81055
    Offering 27 fully shaded full hook-up sites (20/30amp), Lucy's RV Park has it all: green grass on every site, nice clean showers, and friendly service in this new family-owned business. Located only four blocks from the event venue.

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