Cook is internationally acclaimed and a very popular local photographer and photography instructor in Ouray County. She is known for her elegant design and expertise in capturing the essence of dramatic, natural lighting. Cook’s images have been consistently published in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. and along with national advertising work, her credits include participation in various Sierra Club publications, Eastman Kodak calendars and books, and the publications Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, View Camera, American Photo, and National Geographic.
Cook has completed four books; the most recent, Spirit of the San Juans, a large format book showcasing her vision of the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado; Yosemite, Valley of Thunder; Exploring Mountain Highways; and The Million Dollar Highway, a book dealing with the area between Ouray and Durango. She has also produced a 45-minute documentary film based on the book of the same name, Spirit of the San Juans.
Although her success warrants extensive traveling, her home base is in Ouray and the majestic San Juan Mountains. Connected to her home base and her extensive knowledge of the beauty of the area, Cook will be offering a “Wildflower Photography Workshop” through Weehawken Creative Arts this month.
In this workshop, traditional film photographers and digital photographers are both welcome. The course is geared towards all levels of photographers – from beginners to advanced. No matter what level of the photographer or type of camera they are shooting, all participants will have the pleasure of capturing breathtaking wildflowers and scenery in the San Juan Mountains.
Those enrolling in this workshop can expect to work in various lighting and weather conditions from early morning to late afternoon. Much of this class takes place on site, or in the field with the guidance of Cook’s expertise.
On the first day of the workshop, (July 17) class will begin in Ouray at 7 p.m. at the Beaumont Hotel. During this portion of the class, participants will meet their classmates and have the opportunity to show a small portfolio or samples of their recent works. Additionally, Cook will present a brief slideshow that will get students acquainted with her work. The second day (July 18) of class is a full day of learning, with class running from sunrise to sunset in the field with a midday break for lunch and some personal time. Students may choose to join Cook for the whole day or part of this day for this session. Finally, on day three (July 19), students will work with Cook on site from sunrise until 10 a.m. Following that session, students will join together for a critique and edit session and end the experience with a wine and cheese event and complimentary showing of Cook’s Spirit of the San Juans.
Students are encouraged to register at www.weehawkenarts.org or by phone by or before the “GO Date” of July 10. Those registering and paying by July 10 will actually receive a discount on the class fee (posted on Weehawken's website). Class fees are $275 for WCA Members who enroll and pay by or before July 10 ($305 after July 10) and $305 for non-members who enroll and pay by or before July 10 ($335 after July 10). At Weehawken Creative Arts, the “GO Date” is the date when, if the minimum number of students has registered, they know the class will be held. If the minimum number of students has not registered by the listed “GO Date”, the class will be cancelled.
Cooks’s workshops have been highly attended and have been regularly met with great praises from students. She is hailed as a patient instructor and a skilled communicator. She teaches her students to think while looking through the viewfinder, offers a personal experience, personal critique, and offers access and knowledge of the area that many others would not know or have access to.
Students can register for this workshop through Weehawken Creative Arts, either by visiting and registering on their website: www.weehawkenarts.org or by calling Ashley King at 970/318-0150. More information, including supply lists and lodging discounts and details can also be found on this site.