Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Retreat

What do you get when you combine the splendor of Montana scenery with majestic horses, authentic cowboys, and wildlife? The answer is a photographer’s dream vacation.

Escape to the Bar W on Spencer Lake, in the fall, for a photography vacation of a lifetime. Catering to amateurs and professional photographers, the Bar W is offering an all inclusive 6-night photography week package – complete with professional instructor.  With over 15 years of wildlife photography experience, Danny Nestor focused his lens on horses, where he discovered an appreciation for Western culture. Danny’s portrait, “Painted,” of a decorated palomino horse won Cowboy’s and Indian’s Magazine 2017 Photo of the Year.

This full week of unparalleled photo opportunities, both on and off the Ranch. This is your chance to photograph the splendor and beauty of Montana nature, as well as the wildlife provided by the Triple D Game Farm. Triple D’s facilities include over 120 exotic animals, typically including mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves, and a variety of young cats. The week also includes a herd of running horses, cowboys and cowgirls in full regalia, fly fishing scenes, action shots, and incredible landscape photo opportunities.

After a full day of photography, relax with our informal cocktail hour by the fire, or loosen up in our hot tub before a homemade dinner you will not soon forget. So grab your camera and prepare to be awed!  

Package Details

  • Full accommodations including all meals
  • Trail riding & horsemanship lessons
  • Skeet shooting, fly fishing, and archery
  • Wagon rides, cookout dinners, campfires, and cowboy singing
  • All photo shoots (cameras not provided)
MAIN LODGE ROOMS
Per Person RatesAppaloosaTamarackSolitudeWhitetailSunroomAspen
Single Occupancy$2,323.50$2,413.50$2,773.50$2,773.50$3,223.50$3,433.50
Double Occupancy*$2,023.50$2,068.50$2,248.50$2,248.50$2,473.50$2,578.50
Triple Occupancy*N/AN/A$2,153.50$2,153.50$2,303.50$2,373.50
Four Person Occupancy*N/AN/A$2,106.00$2,106.00$2,218.50$2,271.00
CABIN SUITES
Per Person RatesEagles NestBear Den
Single Occupancy$3,433.50$3,223.50
Double Occupancy*$2,578.50$2,473.50
Triple Occupancy*$2,373.50$2,303.50
Four Person Occupancy*$2,271.00$2,218.50

TENTS
Per Person RatesGlamping
Single Occupancy$2,773.50
Double Occupancy*$2,248.50
Triple Occupancy*$2,153.50
Four Person Occupancy*$2,106.00

Prices do not include tax, a 13% ranch fee, or additional gratuity.
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Package Details

2019 Dates: October 20 – 26, 2019
2020 Dates: October 18 – 24, 2020

Guests can get a true western experience paired with incredible photo opportunities. Montana’s diverse terrain and wide variety of wildlife will certainly fill your photo album. Join the Bar W this October for a photography vacation of a lifetime.

“Photography Vacation” Daily Schedule

We have included these shoots in past Photography Weeks.

  • Native American Indian in Full Dress
  • Reflections Shoot Around Pond
  • Horse Portraits in Shadows
  • Old Truck with Dog and Model
  • Western Tack and Gear with Wranglers
  • Draft Horses Round Up with Wranglers
  • Horses Round Up with Wranglers
  • Wranglers galloping with American Flag Panning
  • Shoot in Old Western Town with Western Props
  • Triple D Game Farm Exotic Animals i.e. Mountain Lion, Wolves
  • Horse Round Up # 2
  • Shooting Around Campfire
  • Birds of Prey with Native American Indian in Full Dress
  • Staged Rodeo Shoot
  • Sunrise Silhouette Shoot, Horses, Wranglers, Mountains
  • Old Barn Shoot with Old Truck, Western Tack, Models, Dog

Some shoots are scheduled and others will be scheduled depending
on the weather and light.

Sunday
Check in
Horse Orientation
Hors D’oeuvre Reception
Dinner
Review Shoot Schedule

Monday
Breakfast
Morning Shoot
Lunch
Afternoon Activities
Dinner
Early Evening Shoot
Night Shoot

Tuesday
Breakfast
Morning Shoot
Lunch
Afternoon Activities
Dinner
Evening Shoot

Wednesday
Breakfast
Morning Shoot
Lunch
Afternoon Shoot
Dinner

Thursday
Breakfast
Morning Shoot
Lunch
Afternoon Activities
Dinner
Evening Shoot

Friday
Breakfast
Morning Shoot
Lunch
Afternoon Activities
Supper – Cookout
Campfire with Cowboy Singer

Saturday
Breakfast
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and … See ya soon!

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