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“Cowboys and Kangaroos” Photoworkshop at BlissWood B&B

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Spend a weekend on a real, working Texas ranch, photographing cowboys, the ranching life, and a kangaroo.

Join us Friday, November 4th to Sunday, November 6th at Lehmann Legacy Ranch for a weekend photography workshop led by instructor Skeeter Hagler and Kevin Vandivier from Texas Highways Magazine.

What to Expect

It all starts with a social followed by dinner at Carol’s Restaurant in Cat Spring, Texas and a multimedia presentation meant to prepare you for the weekend.

On Saturday morning, we’ll all meet at the ranch where Skeeter will show us how to choose a location for shooting a cowboy portrait. Everybody will get a chance to snap a few shots too.

Following a chuckwagon breakfast, we’ll head over to a different part of the ranch to take pictures of some of the animals on the ranch—including a live kangaroo.

During the middle of the day, you and your partner will have the opportunity to explore the ranch and shoot photos on your own. We’ll all meet again at sunset for a demonstration on how to shoot a cowboy portrait using a flash.

We’ll end the day with a slideshow of your shots from the day, along with some professional critiques from Skeeter and Kevin on how to make your photos even better.

On Sunday morning, Skeeter will lead us in a photography session where we’ll shoot cowboys working cattle. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy another chuckwagon breakfast and then we’ll all be sent out on assignment to capture some aspects of the ranching life.

Finally, we’ll cap it all off with another slideshow presentation of your shots from the day and critiques on how to make them better.

What You’ll Learn:
  • How to direct and photograph cowboys
  • How to select a portrait location
  • What it takes to stand out among your competitors
  • How to critique your photographs
  • Basic lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits
  • Digital darkroom secrets and skills

We have 16 cottages and rooms for you and your partner to choose from. Click here to check availability or call Carol at 713-301-3235.

We look forward to seeing you!

Fall 2011 Round Top Antiques Fair

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

 

Round Top Antiques Fair

Photo by barron

Get ready for the 44th annual Round Top Antiques Fair! See where it all began in Round Top, Texas at the Big Red Barn on September 28, 29, 30 & October 1, 2011 and enjoy what has become one of the best antique shows in the nation.

With merchandise ranging from inexpensive knickknacks to museum quality pieces, every shopper is sure to find something to their liking.

Looking for a place to stay? BlissWood B&B in Cat Spring, Texas is just a short drive from the Round Top Antiques Fair. We offer lodging accommodations that include quiet seclusion on a real working Texas ranch. Check availability and reserve your spot for the Round Top Antiques Fair today!

How the Round Top Antiques Fair Began

The Round Top Antiques Fair began 44 years ago when Miss Emma Lee Turney and her business, Antique Productions, were asked to put on an antique show in the tiny town of Round Top, Texas: population 77.

The show was an immediate success and soon people from all over Texas were making the trip to Round Top every Spring and Fall. What was once a single show has spread to four towns—Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine, and Shelby—and includes about 35 separate shows and at least 2,500 merchants, according to the Round Top Register.

We hope to see you at the 44th Annual Round Top Antiques Fair!

Texas Photography Workshop at Lehmann Legacy Ranch

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Learn to take photos of real cowboys like this!

Want to learn how to photograph real cowboys and the ranching life from one of the best cowboy photographers in the world? You’re in luck, pardner!

Join us at Lehmann Legacy Ranch, a 650-acre working ranch, for a weekend long photo workshop this June as instructor Skeeter Hagler shows you how to take professional-grade photos of life on a working Texas ranch. You’ll even get a chance to take photos of a real kangaroo!

Kevin Vandivier from Texas Highways Magazine will be here to help out too, making this a truly unique experience to learn photography secrets and tips from industry professionals.

Dates and Location

The photography workshop will begin Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m., starting with a social and dinner at Carol’s Restaurant in Cat Spring, Texas. The social will end with a multimedia presentation to get you ready for the weekend workshop which includes two full days of shooting. There will even be a chuckwagon breakfast both mornings.

Click here for the full schedule and to register for the workshop.

And don’t forget to secure a room at BlissWood Bed & Breakfast for the ultimate Texas weekend getaway.

What you’ll learn at the photography workshop:

  • how to direct and photograph cowboys
  • basic lighting techniques for indoor and outdoor portraits
  • how to select a portrait location
  • digital darkroom secrets and skills
  • how to look at photos creatively
  • how to stand out from your competition

We expect the Texas ranch photography workshop to fill up quickly. So save your spot today.

Skeeter Hagler weekend a success

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The photojournalism workshop at Blisswood with Skeeter Hagler was a terrific success. Everyone had fun, learned a lot, and took fabulous photographs. One participant, Jenny, wrote, “I had an incredible weekend with you guys at Blisswood. I learned SO much and really enjoyed meeting everybody. What fun!!! Thank you SO much.” Her enthusiasm was shared by everyone, including Carol and Skeeter.

We hope Skeeter and his team will consider returning to Blisswood for another terrific Texas weekend getaway.

Below are some photographs taken by Jenny during the workshop.

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Skeeter Hagler at Blisswood

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
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Wildflowers at Blisswood

Pulitzer Prizewinning Photojournalist Skeeter Hagler is coming to Blisswood this weekend, April 17 – 19, for a photojournalism workshop. The workshop kicks off Friday night with a delicious dinner at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant, where Skeeter will offer opening remarks. Participants will learn what it is like to work as a real photojournalist and carry out an assignment from start to finish: through the shooting, editing, layout, criticism, and printing stages. Skeeter and his knowledgeable staff will work closely with workshop participants, guiding them on how to get the perfect shot, select a few photographs from the hundreds taken, and create a moving visual narrative. By the end of the workshop, students will have developed their eye and honed their skills as a photographer. They will also have a real feel for what it is like to work in the field.

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Since the workshop is being held at Blisswood at Lehman Legacy Ranch, why not stay at premier Texas bed and breakfast Blisswood during the workshop? Set on 650 acres of lush Texas land, with many farmhouses and cabins scattered privately among the live oaks, it is the perfect spot to stay while you tap into your creativity. You are welcome to bring your own food and cook for yourself, or enjoy the award-winning cuisine at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant, just down the road; the Almond Crusted Whitefish will undoubtedly inspire a great work of art.

Texas Weekend Getaway

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Have you been longing for places to visit near Houston? Look no farther. Blisswood Inn sits on 650 idyllic acres, just one hour west of Houston. This Cat Spring, Texas ranch, has horses, alpaca, camels, peacocks, and even American Bison. Drive an hour, and you feel like you are in a whole other world.

Blisswood is a great place to come if you love the feel of a working ranch, and being around animals. We are proud to be offering our guests the opportunity to learn more about horses on May 31, 2009, when The Lady Horse Whisperer comes to Cat Spring Texas to give a workshop.texas-vacation-packages Delve into the dreams of horses. Learn how to truly communicate with these majestic animals. Folks with no prior riding experience are welcome, or you are invited to bring your own horse for hands-on training (coggins necessary). You will meet good people, be fed a delicious lunch, and learn something new. Come to this Texas Bed and Breakfast for a truly unique experience.

Texas Bed and Breakfast: Houston Rodeo Uncorked

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Carol’s at Cat Spring was excited to be participants at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked Best Bites competition. What was even more exciting was that we won Third Place! There were over 60 Houston area restaurants competing, and more than 4,500 wine and food enthusiasts were at the event. Carol’s at Cat Spring was Grand Champion the first year of the event in 2004 and again in 2007. You can see why people love to come to Carol’s and Blisswood for their Texas Weekend Getaway!

In fact, we’ve been recognized for our outstanding cuisine almost every year! We were Reserve Champion in 2005 and won third place in 2006.

Our winning entry this year was a grilled hanger steak with pepper jack cheese grits, drizzled with a maple/thyme vinaigrette.

It’s not too late to plan a Texas Romantic Getaway! Come for our special Valentines Dinner or look forward to some of these delicious menu items at Carol’s next week:

Olive Tapenade with feta cheese of Italian toast

Pork fingers (fried bacon)
The event was held at the Reliant Center

Sweet Potato Fries

Grilled Bison Tenderloin with shrimp and mushroom brandy demi glace

Black and Blue Fillet: Beef center cut topped with bleu cheese crumbles & crispy onion rings

Cowboy Rib eye Steak: seasoned and grilled topped with red chile butter and chef vegetable blend

Hanger Steak: seasoned and grilled, then sliced into medallions with chefs vegetable blend

Wrangler Pork Chop: Seasoned grilled pork chop with cranberry chutney sauce served with potatoes

Hunters Plate: Grilled quail, wild boar sausage and grilled beef tenderloin. Served with three sauces

Blackened Salmon: Blackened Salmon with rice, vegetables and a light lemon butter sauce.

Cattleman’s Chicken Fried Steak: a center cut steak, pounded out, floured and fried, served with gravy.

Ken’s Pasta: Artichoke Hearts, tomatoes, roasted peppers, chicken and fresh herbs tossed with pasta

Yum! see you there!

A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

One week after our first photo workshop here at the Lehmann Legacy Ranch and the final prints are coming out beautifully!

For those of you who haven’t heard, our Texas Bed and Breakfast was privileged with the presence of famous Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Skeeter Hagler for an exclusive photo workshop over the weekend of November 7-9, 2008.

Skeeter described the weekend as a “perfect photographic weekend. Everyone was there for one purpose: to share information about photography and become better photographers. We lived and breathed photography for two days!”

There were 12 participants of varying age ranges, some in their mid to late 50’s as well as a few of Skeeter’s students from the University of Texas. Skeeter, a native Texan and Austin resident, has held these kind of photography workshops all over the nation. However this was the first he had ever held locally and said it was quite the learning experience and a unique Texas Weekend Getaway.

“I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the participants I thought would be the most amateur took the best photos! These workshops are also social gatherings; we drank a lot of wine and beer and looked at photos and talked about the art of photography.”

Skeeter says he feels lucky that he has spent his whole life working as a photographer, and yet he still gets excited about it.

“This workshop was really unbelievable,” said Skeeter, “Perfect weather, perfect location, perfect company.”

These photos really help to capture the beauty of the ranch, and I hope they will encourage you to consider Blisswood for your Outdoor Texas Wedding or your Texas Romantic Getaway.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Photo Workshop

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Blisswood is not like anywhere else.

I guess that’s why Skeeter Hagler choose our lovely home on the range for his innovative and once-in-a-lifetime event: The Blisswood Photo Workshop. November 7 through 9, this weekend is going to be like no other!

Skeeter Hagler is a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer and a native Texan. He won the Pulitzer for his documentary on the modern day cowboy. So I guess I understand what attracted him to the ranch!

The weekend retreat and workshop is going to be for those who wish to learn about photojournalism and gain real-life experience working under the critical eye of an editor Pulitzer prize winning photographer Skeeter Hagler is leading the Photo Workshopand have demanding daily deadlines. It’s gonna be exciting!

Students will be learning about how to make their photos talk: creating a visual narrative. Skeeter and his staff want to give every student on the retreat the chance to learn about making important, meaningful photography and give them skills to carry them into the future.

The weekend will include lodging on the ranch, dinner a Carol’s Restaurant both nights, and lots of fun!

It is a pretty amazing oppurtunity – and we feel so flattered that Skeeter would want to make Blisswood the location of honor for this exclusive and intriguing event.

If you want to know more about Skeeter, see some of the photos he has already taken here at Blisswood, or learn more about the event, please check the Blisswood Photo Workshop Site.


At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Email: Carol@BlissWood.net
Phone: 713-301-3235

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