Have you ever wished your photos reflected more of the magic of everything you saw and felt in the moment? 

If so, you're in the right place...

  • Watery Dance of Delight
  • Emergence
  • Window to Wonderland

VisionQuest allows you to see more, feel more and create more beautiful images that fully reflect your true creative vision.

VisionQuest Photography Programs

We'll help you realize your true creative potential.  VisionQuest helps photographers awaken to the essence and imagery of their unique experience that tells the story of a world worth seeing, celebrating and saving.  The impetus for this teaching arose out of the question...

"Can we learn to see the magic of the wild world through the eyes of our soul."

Create images that truly reflect the magic of everything you experience in the moment.  Learning to access "constant creative flow" will help forever change the way you see and feel about yourself and nature.   VisionQuest offers trainings and mentorships for all Soul centered photographers wanting to embody their fullest creative expression.

3 Ways of learning VisionQuest Photography

Level 1 - Introductory teaching - Photo Workshops

VisionQuest photo workshops are great fit for you if...

• You want an introduction to the VisionQuest teachings.

You learn best in the field where you can apply "in real time" new creative techniques.

• You want hands on guidance with how to best manage and configure your gear for creative solutions in the moment.

• You want help translating what you are seeing and feeling in the moment into a compelling composition.

If you are ready for a multi-day journey into the discovery of your creative genius, VisionQuest Photo Workshops provide you hands on guidance and an immerse field experience to awaken your unique style and expression.  

Level 2 - 5 Day Immersion Retreat

VisionQuest Photography immersion retreat is a great fit for you if...

• You are wanting to explore the outer reaches of your imagination and creative potential.

• Learn best through a direct teaching experience and repeated practice in the field.

• You want to learn how to effectively bring meditative and contemplative states directly into your creative experience in the field.

• You want to embody new ways of seeing, sensing and feeling into the creative possibilities in every moment. 

If you are ready to take your photography to the next level, a VisionQuest retreat is an immerse experience devoted entirely to realizing and embodying new creative possibilities. 

Level 3 - Visionary Embodiment - 1:1 Mentorship

VisionQuest 1:1 mentorship is a great fit for you if...

• You learn best one-on-one.

• You want to develop a highly individualized photographic practice and process that you can grow and evolve with over time. 

• You would like help with specific creative capacities such as:  mental clarity and focus, emotional and sensory attunement, cultivating creative flow states, innovative field practices,, gear simplification, artistic post processing thats coherent and reflective of your experience at the time of capture and many more...  

• You're already an experienced photographer and simply want the systems, strategies and visionary embodiment practices I provide with the smallest investment of your time. 

• You want the most complete and comprehensive immersion into the VisionQuest teachings.

If you are ready for a completely immersive and transformative experience into your creative development as a photographer,  VisionQuest gets you there and beyond.  Mentorship provides you with the guidance and personalized practices to allow your journey as a visual artist to grow with life as you do over time.  It provides you with the awareness, skills and knowledge to break through any and all creative plateaus you may experience now or in the future.  


“It’s one thing to visit amazing places but another to really capture the way you felt when you were there. That is the great challenge of photography and certainly my goal as a photographer. Shane McDermott helped me make, take a big step toward that objective when I had the opportunity to work with him in Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra.

Shane helped me in both “right brain” and “left brain” ways. He helped me simplify my process in the field, which for me was an important step. Shane has the ability to think about complex problems in very simple ways, which helped me get to the essence of what needs to happen to capture an exceptional image.

On the more artistic side, working with Shane helped me develop a better sense of colors, layers and compositions. He helped me develop a better ability to transfer breathtaking sights into breathtaking pictures.

Perhaps most importantly, attending a workshop with Shane McDermott was inspiring for me. Shane gave me some very practical skills, an increased development of my artistic sense and a large dose of inspiration for my next photography trip.”

Mark Lawson


"Shane McDermott's workshops are really a treat. I have attended a number of them over the years and enjoyed each one immensely. What a talented photographer! But as much as I love his images, I love his ability to help me focus my creative "voice" and get the most out of my photography.

Shane's technical knowledge, creativity, and unique approach to photography have really added to the tools I use when I am out shooting. I find myself going through many of the things he taught me each time I shoot. These methods and ideas have truly improved my photography.

I am especially impressed by Shane's ability to work specifically with each workshop attendee. He focuses in on each person, understanding their individual issues, and helping them to improve. I know my photography is better because of his instruction and input. I will certainly be attending workshops with Shane in the future."

Julie Dickerson

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