Chris Suspect (C)

with Chris Suspect

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is one of the most colorful and charming holidays of the year. It is the time when Mexicans welcome the dead back to earth for a visit, even while mocking death itself.  Featuring several parades, all night celebrations at beautifully decorated cemeteries, art installations, dances and lusciously decorated public altars in homes and the streets around the entire town.

San Miguel de Allende was named " Best City in the World" by Travel and Leisure and has been named one of the top destinations in the world. Its cobblestone streets, colorful architecture and bustling art and music scene, along with fantastic food, are some of the reasons why people visit this charming colonial town in Mexico.

​Join acclaimed street photographer Chris Suspect and take your street photography to the next level. Chris will review  the basics of street photography, what street photography is and is not, and the history of street photography including the work of the masters.

Learn how one “reads” a street photography image and how to identify the elements of what makes a street photograph successful. Chris will discuss visual cues to keep in the back of your mind when shooting from juxtapositions, tricks of perspective, multiple points of interest, capturing raw emotion, layering, obscuring elements, geometric principles, shadow play, and harnessing the subliminal power of semiotics. Chris also works a lot with flash and will share techniques to shoot at night in the festivities around of San Miguel.

This workshop is for all levels but a basic understanding of how to operate your camera is expected. Laptop and thumb drive will be required for editing and the feedback sessions. Any camera is accepted.



Oct 29 - Nov 4, 2020 




SCHEDULE: We will have breakfast every day as a group. Then we will meet daily in the mornings to review work and give feedback. The group will go out and shoot at different times and locations depending on the Dead of the Day festivities and schedule of events.

The workshop starts on the  29 in the evening with a group dinner (after all students have arrived ) and ends the

4th at approx. 8am after group breakfast. You can make travel arrangements to depart San Miguel anytime after 8 AM on  the 4th.


EARLY BIRD: $2,500 if registered before July 1st !


-Tuition for the workshop

-Personal review of your portfolio

-Single accommodations for 6 nights/7 days in Hotel Mansion del Bosque, a charming colonial hotel in the center of  San Miguel de Allende, or similar ( hotel might be subject to change)

 -Full breakfast daily

-Two group dinners (first and last night)

-Does not include air travel or transfers to/from San Miguel de Allende 


GETTING TO SAN  MIGUEL: The best way is to fly to either the cities of Leon/Bajio ( BJX ) or Queretaro (QRO) and then take a taxi/transfer to San Miguel . Travel from Leon to SMA is approx 2hrs and from Queretaro 1.5 hrs.  Another option is to fly to Mexico City and then ride a bus/car transfer to San Miguel ( approx. 4hrs drive ). We can assist in making transfer arrangements to SMA from the airport. ( it's cheaper to travel as a group from the airport )


Fill out the registration form below to register .

A deposit of $1,250 is required to secure your spot for this workshop.

Full  balance is due by September 1st, 2020.

(Please also see our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page)

NEED MORE INFO:  Contact Juan Jose Reyes at

Juan is the founder and executive director of the Miami Street Photography Festival and will accompany the group on this trip. Juan will share insights on the Miami Street Photography Festival , the leading and largest street photography event in the world.

Cancellation:  If cancelled more than 90 days in advance:  Full refund.  

                            If cancelled between 90-60 days :  Full refund minus a $195 cancellation fee.
                            If cancelled between 60 and 45 days:  We will refund the  amount paid minus the deposit
                            If cancelled within 45 days :   No refund , but If we can fill your spot with another student from a waiting list we will                                            refund the amount paid minus the $195 cancellation fee.)