Mexico - Keith Skelton

MEXICO D.F, TEOTIHUACAN AND TAXCO - 2019 - (Stay tuned for next dates)

I love Mexico. It’s a vibrant, beautiful country filled with friendly people, a vivacious energy, amazing architecture, and delicious food. There’s a lot more to Mexico beyond the stereotypes. One of the world’s great civilizations, Mexico offers a tantalizing blend of Meso-american cultures, Spanish traditions and contemporary arts. Mexico offers photographers limitless opportunities to photograph the people, culture and cityscapes.

As one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City has a lot to do. You’ll find world-class museums, sprawling markets, tons of historic buildings, squares, parks, and sights. Despite Mexico City’s huge scale, most of its tourist attractions are all centered around a fairly small geographical area so it’s easy to see everything.

The Zócalo is at the heart of Mexico City and it encompasses the Templo Mayor and the Palacio Nacional. Situated just off the Zócalo is La Catedral Metropolitana a magnificent cathedral fortified with gold and a beautiful example of Spanish colonial architecture.

Taxco is just 100 miles southwest of Mexico City is one of Mexico’s most beloved colonial towns. Perched on steep hillsides, Taxco (“tass-ko”) was once a silver mining town and is now best known for its silver craft. There are many shops throughout the town to buy inexpensive quality silver jewelry! Taxco is picturesque with white stucco buildings with red-roof tiles, winding cobbled streets, antique churches, and romantic little plazas overlooked by bougainvillea-laced balconies. Because of the hills, Taxco’s streets have a roller-coaster feel about them especially if you take a ride in the Vocho (Beatle) taxis . Taxco is an authentic colonial city. It has been declared a national heritage site by the government and building regulations here are strict.

This is a cultural and street style photography workshop. Both your instructors have extensive photojournalism and education skills. We will be using nearly all our time from dawn into the night to shoot a variety of subjects and scenes including people, architecture and cityscapes. In the five days you will improve your skills while experiencing an amazing slice of the country. We will practice both candid and posed portraits taking advantage of natural scenes and light using supplemental lighting. All should return home with new found experiences and dynamic photographs. Photo gallery HERE


THURSDAY - November 8, 2018 We will meet in Mexico City late in the day allowing people to travel. There will be three bus pickups at the airport. We will have orientation and introduce each other before heading out for a meal.

FRIDAY - November 9 There will be a early morning shoot in the Zocala “Plaza de la Constitución” and we will visit the Palacio Nacional home to many Diego Rivera murals. It is across the street from the Hotel. Afterwards we will take a private bus to the ancient Aztec Pryamids of Teotihuacan for a afternoon of photography and exploring. We will return by bus in the early evening for dinner.

SATURDAY - November 10 After breakfast we will take the private bus to Taxco, Mexico’s silver capital. It is about 2.5 hours from Mexico City.

SUNDAY - November 11 A full day of photographing and exploring Taxco.

MONDAY - November 12 Early morning shoot in Taxco before departing to Mexico City (Airport) for afternoon/evening flights.

Your Workshop Leaders

Armando Arorizo is a freelance Photojournalist with over 18 years of experience. He has shot everything from Presidential Inaugurations, the Academy Awards to the NBA Finals. He is currently a contract photographer with the Prensa Internacional and Agencia EFE News. He is also owner of the Perfect Exposure Gallery In Los Angeles. Born and raised in Mexico, he is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has previously led “The Art of Street Photography” photo workshops.

Keith Skelton began his career as a photojournalist moving to a career in commercial photography working since 1980. He has been leading California Photography Workshops for the last ten years teaching hundreds of adult students from around the world the skills of landscape, urban and street photography. Keith has traveled to and photographed Mexico numerous times since 1968. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography.


GETTING THERE Most major US cities have air service to Mexico City. Flights from Los Angeles can run between $200 and $400. Check Google Flights for up to date prices.

We offer three Mexico City Airport to hotel pickup times on Nov 8:

10:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

ACCOMMODATIONS Mexico City - Nov. 8th and 9th: The Gran Hotel is considered one of the top Mexican Hotels notable for its historic sophistication. Our rooms will face outward toward Zocola “Plaza de la Constitución”

Taxco - Nov. 10th and 11th: Hotel Posada San Javier Taxco en México sits is the heart of Taxco with amazing views of the city. The suites are modern, comfortable and spacious. The hotel has a rooftop restaurant and sitting decks all around. One just walks out the front door to experience the sites of the city. 

WHATS INCLUDED IN TRAVEL AGENT FEE: All lodging, tax, continental breakfast (Mexico City) transportation to/from Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport airport, deluxe private bus transportation to/from Mexico City and Taxco and private bus to Teotihuacan. Travel fees are $990.00. You will need to make your hotel and transportation reservations through travel agent below.

WHATS INCLUDED IN WORKSHOP FEE: Expert instruction and guidance from two experienced photography instructors. Every student will receive personal attention in whatever needs you may have including street photography, BW photography, camera skills, working with people and more. Time allowing we will process and/or study images using Adobe Lightroom. The workshop fee regular price is $ - and a returning student price of $- The class will be limited to 12 people. Make a PayPal payment below.

WHATS NOT INCLUDED: Airline tickets, food, tips, gallery entrance fees to museums/ruins, and drinks. We will eat together but it is not required.

WHAT TO BRING: All types of cameras are welcome. This is mostly about street photography so you might consider smaller cameras. A variety of lenses will be used from wide to telephoto. Small tripods are a personal preference. Bring some sort of water protection for your cameras. Mobile phones (many US carriers include Mexico and Canada in their plans) Laptop or iPads if you want to do editing on location. (not required)

CLIMATE: Mexico City (7,000’) and Taxco (5000’) are both at high elevations so the climate in mild ranging between 80-45F. We will check the forecast before departure. Generally one should have good walking shoes, light clothing, rain jacket and long trousers.

HEALTH: Visit your health professional 4 to 6 weeks before departure to check on possible immunizations you might need. CDC site HERE. On all my travels I carry a prescription for the antibiotic CIPRO which is good in case of bacterial infection. Most doctors will prescribe for travelers.


TIPS on culture and etiquette HERE

Official tourism guide HERE

Travel Insurance is highly recommended. World Nomads has good coverage. Look for the coverage that includes evacuation insurance.

Workshop reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Please provide a phone number and email address. I have training in both CPR and First Aid. However, you will be asked to sign releases forms before attending the class.

Contact for details.

The workshop fee regular price is $- and a returning student price of $-. The cost for Hotels and all transportation is $- USD per room. A 50% payment plan can be arranged if needed.




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