COME TO THE PALOUSE TO CAPTURE ITS DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES ALL YEAR LONG.
THE SHADES OF GREEN, GOLDEN HARVEST AND STARK WINTER BEAUTY.
“Teri Lou is a brilliant photographer and a joy to tour with. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the Palouse makes taking incredible images easy and fun.”
— Dewitt Jones, retired National Geographic Photographer
,The landscape is incredible this time of year because of the yellow mustard and canola flower that blankets the hills among the shades of green. As always the treasured red barns, old trucks and abandoned buildings will not be missed.
This tour was scheduled during the New Moon phase to provide the opportunity of learning night photography techniques. Teri Lou will be instructing two nights of light painting, star trails and how to best capture the Milky Way.
Harvest is a time when farmers, hired hands and seasonal truck drivers are in full swing. Photographers will to capture amazing patterns in the fields, dust billowing behind combines, and up close and personal vantage points during farm visits.
Photography Clubs from all over the USA have hired Teri Lou to tour them through the Palouse. Each tour is different depending on the desires and size of the group. She has over 300 favorite locations to choose from, therefore a customized tour is easy for her to create.
Each Tour is individualized. If you would like to capture red barns all day Teri Lou can guide you to them. If sweeping landscapes are your desire she has several options to choose from. If you want to pack the day with Teri Lou's Hot Spots she will be happy to guide you to them.
Interested in learning more about creative editing. Teri Lou loves to capture and edit her images of the Palouse in creative ways that reflect the mood and feeling of the moment. Antique layers. hand painted vignettes, focused leading lines and textures are some of her often used techniques.
The Palouse is full of beautiful personality. Every year the field patterns are different since the crops are rotated between wheat, peas, lentils, garbs and rye and canola. The shades of green dotted with hints of yellow canola can be seen throughout the 4000 square mile region. Come harvest time, the Palouse goes from green to ginger, bronze and golden. The combines work the fields from dawn to dusk as hard working farmers bring in their crops. The sounds of amber grain whispers at you throughout the region, putting a smile on your face. Winter brings its own beauty with croplines and bare trees. Now is a good time to photograph the stark simple beauty. Come to the Palouse all year long you won't be disappointed.
"Excellent tour, wonderful sites to see and we had a very knowledgeable tour guide, ( Teri Lou.) The scenery in the Palouse area is wonderful, the places we went to photograph were so awesome. The people we met along the way were very friendly and helpful, not to mention generous with their spaces and time. It was everything I expected and then more. Thanks a lot Teri Lou."
"Teri Lou did a stellar job of juggling everyone's wishes and expectations with the practical logistics of guiding a diverse group around a vast area for the 4 day workshop. She's so cheerful and obliging and really knows her stuff. If you really want to squeeze the max out of the hours you have and be at the right place for the time of day and weather conditions (as far as humanly possible), Teri is definitely your "go-to girl". I had a blast. ”
"We had a wonderful time with you. My husband, Leon, is very happy with his photos. We appreciated your relaxed demeanor, the access to your special locations and your flexibility with mixing it up throughout the day." ~Suzette"Teri Lou did a great job organizing the tour and picking wonderful photo opportunities."
"With Teri Lou I got more than I could have ever hoped for. She is not just a guide who brings in tours once a year but comes many times a year and has done so for a lot longer than the Palouse has been the "latest photographer’s dream area" to shoot.And Teri Lou does not just come to the Palouse. She immerses herself into the area and the people in it. I learned about the land, farming and believe it or not a ton about iPhone photography. Watch me step up my game there too. We were even able to sit down and have dinner with her good friend Rod (a farmer in the Palouse) and I was given the great luxury to meet one of the most decent, open and humble men I have ever met.Thank you Teri. It was a most special journey and I more than gladly recommend Teri as the guide of choice for the Palouse. And I look forward to our continuing friendship."
Q. What makes your tour different then the rest?
Teri Lou, a Washington State native, has traveled the paved, gravel and dirt roads throughout the Palouse since 2004. She not only knows the best photographic locations, she shares personal stories of farming life, has knowledge of the types of fields planted in the area and brings photographers to the farms. Participants leave the Palouse with wonderful images and a greater appreciation for what it takes to be a 4th generation farmer.
Q. When is the best time to photograph the Palouse?
The Palouse is full of beauty in all 4 seasons. However, most photographers come for the first time in Spring, May and June. In August, harvest is in full production with combines bringing in the grains. In Autumn, farmers are preparing and planting the fields with winter wheat. Winter is beautiful with snow, field lines and simplified photographic opportunities.
Q. How big is the Palouse and what is planted there?
The Palouse is a region in Washington and Idaho about a 1 hour drive south of Spokane. This 4000 square mile region consists of most 3rd and 4th generation family owned farms. The rolling hills are not irrigated and rely on Mother Nature to provide the rain and sunshine needed to optimize wheat yield potential. Soft white wheat is the most common crop with rye, hard wheat, lentils, garbanzo beans, and peas the other common crops.
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