Photography with Stuart:

Every Stay Is Picture-Perfect

Picture this: the sun is making its final breathtaking appearance across the Montana landscape and, this time, you’ll have the skills to capture it with justice. This summer, let Paws Up Resort Photographer Stuart Thurlkill lead you on a wilderness walk as you learn how to capture that perfect photo. It’s a chance for you and your kids to gain a better understanding of light, composition and color, as well as a deeper appreciation for nature. You’ll see the world through a different lens, and head home with a collection of photographs to cherish your time in Big Sky Country.

Photography With Stuart

Sunset Photography

Join Stuart Thurlkill for a brief tutorial on how best to capture subjects and landscapes in the setting sunlight, and then venture out into the field together to actually take photos during the golden hour. Bring your camera, or feel free to use the one on your phone. (Lesson is complimentary.)

Nature Walk Photography

After a quick tutorial of camera (or smartphone) fundamentals, you’ll be transported to a scenic drop-off point, where you’ll hike with Join Stuart Thurlkill to enjoy and document Montana’s unique flora and fauna firsthand. (Lesson is $75 per person.)


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sunset Photography

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Sunset Photography

Friday, August 18, 2017
Nature Walk Photography

Note: Space is limited. Reserve early. Thurlkill is also available on a fee basis for private lessons or as a personal photographer to document your visit. Contact Concierge Services to schedule.


Stuart's mobile phone photography tour was a highlight of my Paws Up stay; his passion for photography is infectious as he enthusiastically demonstrates how to take compelling and unexpected pictures from everyday walks, just by changing one's perspective. Ideal for children and adults alike, this will have you looking at the world from angles you never considered.
—Michelle Payer, Freelance (Miami Herald INDULGE)


As a professional photographer, I am always eager to join locally guided tours. While in Montana for the first time at Paws Up, I was so excited to join Stuart's nature walk and guided photo tour to see the local beauty and wildlife through his eye! I was impressed by his guiding style and willingness to teach to each person's level. Even though I had my pro level camera with me, I was pleased that I learned a few things from his personal approach and even got some simplistic shots with my cell phone camera that I may had never thought of!
—Joani White, Freelance Photographer (Aspen Luxury Life (CO))


Loved, loved the photography walk with Stuart Thurkill. I learned something so simple and valuable about taking photos during the first five minutes of our walk, and it just kept getting better and more fun from there!
—Elaine Doremus, Sheridan Road (IL)

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