Roughin’ It Road Trip 2019

New Mexico is called “The Land of Enchantment” for a reason and if you’ve been you already understand why. Wide open spaces, blue skies that stretch from horizon to horizon, art and culture that are as unique as the land itself…these are just a small portion of what make New Mexico a place that all photographers ought to experience. However, if you have health issues, this is probably not the trip for you.

ATPI is experimenting with an adventure there for the first time. It will be designed for those who are ready to see new things as well as to see in new ways. “Roughin’ It” participants will stay in a “motel” made up of 1950s and ’60s mobile homes that have been largely remodeled. Hotel Luna Mystica is located outside Taos and will be the base from which we launch the photographic journeys each day. We will see some places that you might have seen in photographs before as well as sights that we guarantee you haven’t.

Bring your photographic strengths, but be ready to learn new ones.
Bring the clothing that you can move well in and toss in the trash at the day’s end.

BE PREPARED for hours in a van and sparsely located bathrooms.
BE PREPARED to try both the red and green chilies.


  • July 7-11, 2019


  • $850 – Double Occupancy (4)
  • $1050 – Single Occupancy (6)
  • $250 deposit required
  • Final payment due by March 15
  • No refunds after May 15


  • Workshop fees
  • Transportation from Albuquerque to Taos and back
  • All ground transportation during the workshop
  • All lodging
  • Four breakfasts and four dinners

Additional Details

Since this is the first time for ATPI to offer a trip like this it is limited to 10 participants. The participants will stay in the lodging we have arranged. You can plan to arrive at the Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) by noon on Sunday, July 7 and we will provide transportation to Taos, or you can meet us in Taos by 6 pm that evening. Book your flight to depart on Thursday, July 11 after 1 pm.

The workshop includes three full days of photographing in spots around northern New Mexico. The group will be traveling in two 6-passenger vans. The costs include four nights lodging, four breakfasts and four dinners. Lunch is on your own.

Participants should bring hats, long pants and long sleeve shirts along with good hiking shoes. No sandals. Bring one camera, lenses, extra memory cards, extra batteries and a laptop. We’ll have a couple of tripods available. And bring sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen.

If you have to cancel after May 15 we will only be able to provide a refund if we are able to secure another person to take your place.


Castor, Pollux, Ralphie, Yogi and Esmeralda. Just some of the names of vintage campers that we’ll be using for our road trip. Hotel Luna Mystica is a vintage trailer hotel located eight miles west of Taos on the Mesa of Taos. Each trailer is equipped with its own deck, bathroom, comfortable bed, and kitchen facilities. We’ll have two trailers for double occupancy and another six trailers for single occupancy participants. If you register for double occupancy please provide the name of your roommate on your registration form.


With over seven decades of experience in photography between them, our road trip will be led by the illustrious Ian McVea and the infamous Jeff Grimm. Grimm, the recently retired photo teacher from Trinity High School in Euless (TX), led one of the strongest high school photo programs in the nation for many years. During his time at Trinity he and his students did summer road trips to the American West twelve times. McVea, after a successful career for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, started teaching at Martin High School in Arlington (TX). He has won numerous awards from the Dallas Press Club, Society for Newspaper Design, AP Managing Editors, NPPA and was nominated for a Pulitzer. Both have taught at multiple ATPI Summer Workshops and Winter Conferences and bring a wealth of knowledge to the type of photography you’ll be doing.

Waiting List

Once the 10 spots are full we will start a waiting list in the event of any cancellations. Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

More Information

Need more information or have questions about this workshop? Contact Jeff Grimm at