Leslie Shewring  |  A Pretty Fiesta - Photography and Styling |  Cabo San Lucas + Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico  | November 4 - 10, 2014

Baja, Mexico

Baja, Mexico

Leslie Shewring will be heading to the Baja, Mexico to teach with Ace Camps in November 2014.  This 6 night, 3 day workshop in the beautiful Baja, Mexico will include adventures in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and El Pescadero and will have an emphasis on styling shots that include entertaining, outdoor beach picnics, farms + gardens, flowers, architecture and crafts of Mexico. You will also learn about what to look for when taking travel and lifestyle shots of a local community.

We will spend 4 nights in the southern cape town of Cabo San Lucas and head to Todos Santos for 2 nights and visit the beautiful beaches in Pescadero and Todos Santos.

There will be free time to shop around Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. We will visit galleries, a local Farm to Table restaurant and on Saturday we'll head to Baja Beans Roasting Company for their breakfast followed by a visit to an amazing private home.

Baja California Sur is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands.  Expect to see the biggest cactus trees ever!

If you are interested in learning about photography, styling and learning how to photograph a lifestyle of a country while spending time learning about the cuisine of Mexico this is your chance.   SLR is required with understanding of basic elements of photography such as aperture, exposure, shutter speed. Tripod and a computer with photo imaging software is a plus.

images: Leslie Shewring

images: Leslie Shewring


Leslie Shewring is a designer, stylist and photographer living on Vancouver Island in Canada. Leslie has a long history in the design field with degrees in both Interior Design and Architecture. For many years Leslie designed mass retail products for large retail chains in the USA like Target, Walmart and Costco. She continues to do this work as well as doing new projects like collaborating with Cloud Nine to release a line of fabrics with her watercolor paintings on them. Leslie also co-wrote, styled and photographed the wildly popular new book “Decorate with Flowers” with Holly Becker, published by Chronicle Books. Occasionally, Leslie blogs at A Creative Mint but you can find her more often on Instagram. Leslie’s photography work has been used by American Greetings and has also been found in magazines like Style at Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Living Etc, Mollie Makes, Simple Things, Uppercase, Stampington’s Somerset Life and Domino.

image: Leslie Shewring

image: Leslie Shewring

This Ace Camp includes:

•    3 day workshop with Leslie Shewring

•    6 nights*  (based on shared occupancy) 4 nights in Cabo San Lucas + 2 nights in Todos Santos

•    6 breakfasts

•    4 lunches

•    4 dinners

Beverages + snacks throughout the workshop.

Airport transportation to and from San Jose del Cabo International Airport - and throughout the workshop. We are road trippin' - visiting beaches + small farms.

*Rooms are shared and there is no opportunity for single rooms.

This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Fee:  $1895.00 - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $1000.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $895.00 due September 15, 2014

Airfare is not included.

This Ace Camp will open for registration on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 9:00am PST.

Los Milagros, Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico

Los Milagros, Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico


When you arrive you'll be picked up at the airport and driven to Los Milagros for 2 nights.  Los Milagros is an oasis located in downtown Cabo San Lucas and the whole hotel is ours to enjoy.  There is a small pool at the hotel, a garden and an upstair terrace that we will use for our workshop, dining and socializing.  We will also be staying at Casa Tota  in Todos Santos - also with a pool and their own restaurant located very centrally so you can explore on your own.

1/ Punta Lobos   |   2/Fields of basil    |  3/Baja Beans Roasting Company

1/ Punta Lobos   |   2/Fields of basil    |  3/Baja Beans Roasting Company


ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. 

San Jose Del Cabo (SJD) is the airport.  You will be picked up at the airport and driven to Los Milagros for our Introduction to the Ace Camp, Meet + Greet followed by dinner in the garden.

You will be brought back to the airport following this workshop - if you would like to stay longer let me know, we can discuss the best places to visit.


Los Cabos has beautiful weather during all twelve months of the year, with the average temperature in the winter being in the 70's.  During the summer months the average temperature climbs up into the 90's, not getting as hot as other parts of Mexico at the same latitude due to its coastal location.  Most people choose to come to Los Cabos during North America's cooler months, from November through May, to escape the cold weather.


  • Paleteria La Paloma - a local ice cream shop with sorbet flavors including lemon-rosemary, rose petal, passion fruit, pitaya, corn, mamay and guava.
  • Dinner at Hierbabuena - an organic farm to table outdoor cafe in the middle of a field in Pescadero.
  • Brunch at Baja Beans Cafe.
  • Style and shoot a festive Mexican entertaining story.
  • A day at Los Cerritos Beach followed by a sunset beverage at a private home.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Arrive in Cabo San Lucas, stay 2 nights

You will be picked up at the airport.

The airport is in San Jose Del Cabo.
Hotel:  Los Milagros Hotel

Dinner in the gardens, meet + greet and overview of the week.

Wednesday November 5, 2014

Los Milagros Hotel

8:00 Breakfast

Workshop at hotel in the gardens. Setting the scene for a Mexican Fiesta.  Learn how to style a table for entertaining - flowers, succulents, pinatas, papel picado, beautiful mexican tableware. A starburst of festive colors. 

12:30 Lunch

Continue working on styling + photography using tropical fruits and traditional Mexican entertaining favorites like guacamole, flans, pico de gallo, watermelon, mango salsa, avocados, tamales and more. Consider wearing beautiful Mexican garments and become part of the photo shot.

Dinner:  In the gardens or on the upper terrace.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

8:00  Breakfast

Morning discussion about photographing on location then a drive to Todos Santos. Todos Santos is a 45 minute road trip and a beautiful journey along the Pacific Coast.

Check into Hotel in Todos Santos

Lunch in Todos Santos

Todos Santos is one of only 30 communities in Mexico to receive the honor of a “Pueblo Magico,” or “Magical Town,” a designation awarded for retaining its authentic historic and artistic charm. There are at least 20 art galleries on these dusty streets.

Following lunch - continue with assignment and walk around the town at your leisure. Leslie will meet with individuals at a selected location.

Dinner on your own.

Friday, November 7, 2014


Punto Lobos for the fish catch.  Here you will learn about taking photographs on a beach in bright light.  After we head to a quiet beach for a picnic lunch, styling and photo shoot.

Lunch - a private picnic lunch

You will have some time this afternoon to relax on the beach and swim in the ocean.

Following our day at the beach we head to a private home to freshen up and to learn and make special tropical beverages and appetizers.  During this short session we will discuss the best way to take "how to" photos.

Learn about Champurrado, Shrimp Tacos and how to make the best guacamole.

Dinner at Hierbabuena - a farm to table restaurant.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Enroute to Cabo San Lucas.

We head to Baja Beans Roasting Company for breakfast and the best coffee in the Baja.

Leslie will discuss about architectural photography and the etiquette of styling and photography in a private home.  Following the lecture we will head to a very special home for a photo shoot.

Afternoon - we drive to Cabo San Lucas and head out for lunch

Dinner on your own in the evening.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Following breakfast we head to The Drift Hotel in San Jose del Cabo .

Free afternoon for wandering, exploring, shopping or to finish your assignment.

Final dinner in the garden at Los Milagros.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Check out of hotel.

Transportation will be provided to the airport in San Jose del Cabo.  If you would like to stay extra days please let me know and we will be able to help you with an extended vacation.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.

Cerritos Beach, Pescadero, Baja, Mexico

Cerritos Beach, Pescadero, Baja, Mexico

image: Leslie Shewring

image: Leslie Shewring

image: Leslie Shewring

image: Leslie Shewring

image: Leslie Shewring

image: Leslie Shewring