Let Pictures Drive the Words: Rosarito, Baja, Mexico

Ever wondered why some travel blogs or magazine articles seem to lure you into the experience while others leave you flat? It’s not a question of posting photos of an exotic destination. Creating a good read is all about being tuned-in to your surroundings and telling the story from your own unique perspective. On this 4-day workshop we’ll merge the view of the photographer with the soul of the writer. You’ll shoot photos, collect ideas, identify bullet points, write sentences and build engaging photo-driven travel stories that leave your readers wanting more.


This Viewpoint workshop takes photographers to the Mexican state of Baja, California. Your home for 3 nights is the tiny community (Campo) of El Pescador, located 10 miles south of the resort town of Rosarito Beach. For over 20 years, this section of the Baja coast has been a 2nd home to tour director Diane Tempest. Her knowledge of the area provides photographers with opportunities to capture images unique to the area and off the beaten path.



September 6 – Upon arrival in San Diego you will be met by Diane and her daughter Denise. Enroute to El Pescador we’ll make a lunch stop at a local taqueria. Following lunch we’ll check you into your houses and take a quick tour of the campo.  Afterwards we’ll have a workshop orientation and class session.

Early this evening we’ll begin our photography mission in backcountry Baja at All the Pretty Horses, an animal sanctuary 30 minutes from the campo. This working ranch offers beautiful sunset vistas where goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, macaws, dogs and horses are part of the landscape.  Tonight’s dinner will be at the ranch.

September 7 – After meeting for a continental breakfast and photography briefing we’ll take a walk along the uninhabited beach outside our campo (tide permitting). The beach offers breathtaking views, tide pools, intriguing rock formations and bird watching. Next we visit the small active fishing village of Popotla. Here is where local fisherman launch their boats and later set up small stands to display and sell the day’s catch.  At this unique location you can see fisherman cleaning their catch and bartering with customers over the price.

The afternoon will be dedicated to working on your photo story. Each participant will be able to print 3 - 5 of his or her recent images for display at tonight’s First Friday art event.

This is your chance to add an out-of-the-country art show to your resume. It’s true. All workshop attendees will be participating in a pop-up ‘story line*’ show in Baja, CA. We’ll take photos on Thursday and Friday, edit on Friday afternoon, print the images and install a photography show at Tempest Trading, one of Baja’s hippest First Friday venues for art, music, food, drink, and partying folks. You’ll be introduced and have a chance to party and mingle with the locals and expats.

*A ‘line’ show has been a common activity for traveling artists throughout the ages, whether they’re drying watercolors, block prints or cyanotypes…when it’s almost dry and the surface needs air, hanging it on a line is a quick fix. Making an event out of hanging art is a good chance to share your work and get feedback. We’re taking that idea to a new level by creating a ‘story line’ show. Photographers will title their images, leading the viewer through their story.

September 8 – Today begins with an early morning continental breakfast and class session. Afterwards we visit the Primo Tapia street market.  Here you find a number of street vendors catering to locals who come to shop, gossip and mingle. This is an authentic market free of other photographers. Next we head to Tijuana. Enroute we will make a stop at one of Tijuana’s oldest cemeteries and resting place of Juan Soldado the city’s unofficial folk saint. His guidance has been sought by border crossers since his death in 1938. His alter is a visual feast of offerings, letters, prayers and more.  After a quick stop at the Mercado Miguel Hidalgo we have a walking tour of the heart of Tijuana’s arts, culture and foods district.  Lunch will be in TJ at a Collectivo.

Once we return to the campo there will be a last official class session to fine-tune your words and pictures.

September 9 – This morning, after a continental breakfast, we’ll head back to San Diego to the world famous Balboa Park. The park is home to 16 museums, arts venues, gardens, trails and restaurants. We will visit the Museum of Photographic Arts, one of the few independent institutions in the country devoted to photography film and video. The museum will feature an exhibition by American photographer Irving Penn, and the annual youth photography exhibition.

The park presents a perfect setting to capture some final images for your story. We leave the park in the late afternoon for the San Diego airport and you return flight home.


Workshop Format – We’ll start with a presentation, then put theory to practice as we work our way through the itinerary. You’ll shoot photos, collect ideas, identify bullet points, write sentences and build engaging photo-driven travel stories. This workshop requires that you bring your camera, laptop and flash drive.

Meals – One dinner and 3 continental breakfasts are included in the price.

Transportation – Round trip transportation will be provided from San Diego to Rosarito. 



Accommodations – are in 3 private homes in the gated community where Diane and Denise live. In most cases you will have a private room with a shared bath. Rooms/houses are assigned in order of registration.

Workshop Price - $795.00 per person

There is a $100. 00 deposit due upon registration.

Final payment will be due July 26, 2018

**The minimum number of participants is 5 the maximum is 8


There will be a $100.00 per person cancellation fee until July 22, 2018. Thereafter payment/s are non refundable.


Price includes:

Round trip transportation

All sightseeing/photo excursions

Continental breakfast daily

One dinner

Workshop instruction

$100.00 donation to Viewpoint

Admission to the Museum of Photographic Arts


Not included: Tips to drivers and guides



Ingrid Lundquist, Author/Street Photographer

Words and pictures are a natural fit for me. In 2010, after a career as a Certified Special Event Professional, I refocused my attention on art and writing, and found I was surprisingly good at both. I’ve written two award-winning business books, a photo storybook, and am finishing a novel. In 2011, I adopted photography as my art medium. Since then I have won awards and participated in more than 70 juried shows in Texas, Oregon, Arizona, Massachusetts, California, New York, Colorado and Vermont, as well as group shows in Florence and London. I’ve also had two solo photography shows: “Hola Baja,” Viewpoint Gallery 2015, and “The Odd & The Ordinary” (photographs from my book In The Hood: focus on the Details) Panama Pottery during Photography Month Sacramento 2018.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Fine Art and English from ‘Sac State.’ For ten years, I taught at UC Davis in the Marketing Certificate program, and currently teach as an adjunct instructor at CSUS in the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate program; Sierra College in the Community Continuing Education program; and at Port Townsend School of the Arts, Washington State.

My blog FiveWeeksInFlorence.com has been read in more than 60 countries.





Diane Tempest has been a student of photography since closing her art gallery, Blooming Art, 8 years ago. Prior to going into the gallery business Ms. Tempest was a group tour director for Giselle’s, Patterson and American Express Travel. She has led tours to over 40 countries and the United States. Her primary photographic interests are travel and street photography. She has directed successful Viewpoint workshops to Baja, Guatemala and San Francisco. She currently divides her time between Sacramento and Baja where she has opened a business, Tempest Trading Baja (follow us on Facebook).


Questions: Contact Diane at dtempest@me.com

September 6 2018 12:00 AM   through   September 9 2018 12:00 AM
Workshop Price $ 795.00
Deposit $ 100.00

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