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JUNE 24-30, 2020
TOUR IS LIMITED TO 12 Participants
The four nights in La Veta will be organized as single occupancy (unless a couple chooses to share a room - but the cost is same)
The three “away’ nights are organized as double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement for these three nights is an additional $350
A $1000 deposit is required to secure your place. Click the link above to request a registration form. The balance will be due on May 15th.
*Price includes:
Tuition to workshop sessions and photo field trips
Seven nights accommodation (double occupancy) 
Dinners most nights. When dinner is not included, it is for the benefit of having free time and doing things without the restriction of being with the group.
Tour price is the same for all. Non photographers will go on outings, audit the workshop sessions, but may choose not to edit or submit for Photo Showcases.
LODGING (click links below)
1. The historic La Veta Inn is directly next door to our workshop studio in La Veta. 
3. Hotel St. Francis in Sante Fe
• It is recommended that you fly into Colorado Springs - one hour forty-five minutes from La Veta.
• Pueblo may have options through Denver. Pueblo is an hour and fifteen minutes from La Veta
• The Denver International Airport is three hours (with no stopping) from La Veta. 

Join me for

52-Week Photo Challenge 2020


SAVE 72% through DECEMBER 10. Ricky Tims leads Part 1 (26 weeks) of an in-depth, three-part, 52-week digital photography class focusing on camera techniques, Lightroom, Photoshop, and composition.





The class is perfect for anyone interested in being a better artist by using photography as a medium for creative exploration and artistic discovery. Hobbyists and travelers will benefit too. You will learn to look at your world with an artistic eye. Proper camera gear and software is required - see below - please read EVERYTHING before registering.

The entire course (52 Weeks) when compared to other online photography courses is a $1200 value. 

Part 1 (26 weeks) a $599 value. EARLYBIRDS SAVE

From November 13 - December 10, Registration is 72% off at $169.00

From December 11 - December 20, Registration is 50% off at $299.00

After December 20, Full price, $599 for Part 1

Note: All participants wil have the opportunity to get Part 2 (13 weeks) and Part 3 (final 13 weeks) at the best discount (see below).

What You Will Learn
     • Learn camera basics
     • Learn in-camera specialty techniques
     • Learn the elements of art and principles of design
     • Learn Lightroom and Photoshop


The Scotland photo tour is near full, but if you act now you can secure one of the three spaces left.

The tour begins in Edinburgh. From there we will visit the rugged and wild Scottish Highlands. Take in the sights of Inverness and Loch Ness.

From there we travel to the Isle of Mull and will travel by boat to an uninhabited island to see the puffins.

There's so much more. Check out the full details below.



Connie Fanders is the Director of Education and Training for BERNINA of America where she leads a team of talented educators to develop trainings on BERNINA products, inspirational projects sewn on a BERNINA and test products that are in development.

Connie took the 52-Week Photo Challenge in 2016 and decided to repeat it in 2018. Here is a short interview about her experience. 


Challenge: Flowers/Macro, by Connie Fanders

R: What prompted you to sign up for the photo challenge class?
C: I’m a very beginner at taking photos plus I knew nothing about Lightroom and Photoshop. This was an un-intimidating and motivational way to learn and work within my schedule. It also provides a new way to be creative and a diversion from my work routine.

R: You submitted photos almost every week. As a very busy executive for BERNINA, how did you manage juggling your job with a fun/learning experience?
C:This was definitely a weekend project. Every Saturday morning I would look at the challenge and by Sunday night it would need to be ready to post. Many times I didn’t want to go far from home to take the photo so I had to get creative with what was in my house or in the yard.

R: What was the most difficult part of the class?
C: Finding the time to give a lot of thought to the challenge and plan the photo. I loved reading the new challenge each week and would start to think of the possibilities but then time wouldn’t allow me to search for the right shot.

R: Is there any particular challenge that stood out to you - memorable?
C: Drive pans. I had no success with this technique and really struggle to decide what is a good photo.

R: Was there any take-away from the experience that stays with you today?
C: Take a step back and look at your surroundings, photo opportunities are all over the place. The photos you take become a diary of where you have been, what you have done and who you enjoy.

R: Once didn’t seem to be enough so you signed up again to retake the course in 2018. Tell me why?
C: The first time it took the course everything was so new to me. Since I had to limit my time to the weekends for this project I would have one opportunity to take the challenge photo each week. After I took a series of photos I would go to Lightroom to fine tune the image and wish I would have taken it at a different angle, different setting etc but I didn’t have time to go back and re-shoot. Many weeks I felt I wanted to do it over.

The second time I took the course I had the first experience behind me and could more thoughtfully plan the photo and knew more of how to adjust the camera setting. Every challenge lesson I feel I understand more about the process.

R: What advice might you share for anyone considering participating in the next 52-Week Photo Challenges?
C: Do it!


Challenge: Decay, by Connie Fanders


Challenge: Forks, by Connie Fanders


Challenge: White on White, by Connie Fanders

Enrollment for 2019 Photo Challenge Class is open now.


70% off Deadline is December 2, 2018

50% off Deadline is December 19, 2019


Challenge: Panorama, by Connie Fanders

These are Pre-Orders ONLY. Kits are dyed-to-order at our studios in Colorado and take time. The large, full-size patterns are also printed on demand and are only available via Pre-Order. 
Orders are shipped in order they are received.
Ricky’s most requested pattern/kit is finally here!Dad’s Lone Star (96” x 96”) is a quilt that was made by Ricky and his father, the late Richard Tims. This quilt is believed to be the only father/son quilt to win awards in international quilt shows such as AQS and IQA. Their stunning collaborative quilt features flowing feathered appliqué and a glorious undulating pieced frame. This quilt is sure to be a prize-winner for you too!
KIT - regular price $539.95 
Save $200 - over 40%
(additional coupons or offers not valid for this item)

The kit includes 18 yards of hand-dyed fabric (a $450 value), plus the pattern and instructions (an $89.95 value). This $539.95 kit value is offered for $200 dollars off. Save over 40%! The kit includes all the fabric for the quilt top in the original colors shown* plus binding (backing and batting not included). The patterns are full size**. Rotary cutting instructions are provided for the lone star and assembly. Instructions include Ricky’s method for raw-edge, fused appliqué with blanket stitch, the main quilting design, and machine trapunto instructions. 
PATTERN - regular price $89.95 
(additional coupons or offers not valid for this item)
The pattern for Dad’s Lone Star is printed full size on large templates. It includes rotary cutting instructions for the center lone star and assembly. It also includes Ricky’s method for raw-edge, fused appliqué with blanket stitch, the main quilting motifs, and instructions for machine trapunto.
*colors are dyed to be as close as possible to the original quilt and some slight variances may occur.
**slight alterations from the original border appliqué have been included in order to minimize the amount of fabric required.

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