General information and policies
About Our Trips
Our Photo Workshops and Tours are designed by a nature photographer, for nature photographers. We try hard to achieve our goal: "The Best Photo Trips to the Greatest Locations on Earth!" Weve chosen a select few truly superb locations, scouted out the best times and photo spots, and planned the Workshops and Photo Tours to maximize your photographic experience.
I personally believe that to get the best images you must maximize your time in the field. Besides skill, great photographs require the happy intersection of a number of factors weather, light, subject, season. Success requires patience and perseverance and sometimes plain old luck. To this end we have tried to design trips that spend a lot of time at our photo locations. By exploring an area in depth, we hope to give you maximum opportunities for it all to come together.
We have deliberately kept our group sizes small. This allows us to provide a high degree of personalized attention. It also prevents photographers from tripping over one another and gives you more space in which to operate.
What is the Difference Between a Workshop and a Photo Tour?
Our Photo Tours are designed to get you to the some of the best places anywhere for nature photography, and then give you plenty of time to photograph. While were always willing to provide assistance and guidance, the main focus of Photo Tours is not instruction. I will often be shooting alongside you although your comfort and the quality of your experience is my first priority. There will be plenty of in-between time to answer questions and discuss photography. Indeed, we will probably learn a great deal from each other. But when the sunrise breaks through, or the action begins, you will want to be looking through your viewfinder with your finger on the cable release or shutter button.
Our Photography Workshops provide you with in-depth instruction in fantastic field settings. The main focus of our Workshops is learning but because we go to great locations, you will certainly go home with wonderful images on film. Here especially, our small group sizes assure that you will have adequate time with the instructor and that your questions can be answered.
If youre still wondering which trip is right for you, dont hesitate to call, so we can help you choose.
What is Included
For all trips, the dates listed are the Arrival Date and Departure Date. We provide all lodging beginning the night of your arrival, checking out the day of departure. Lodging is generally double occupancy (single for Arizona Hummingbirds) in comfortable motels with private bath. Rooms are No Smoking when available. Contact us for rates if you would like to upgrade to single occupancy. We will pair you with a roommate, or you can request one if signing up with a companion.
All ground transportation during the trip, including pickup from and return to the designated airport, is included, unless otherwise noted. We pay all admission fees to tour and workshop destinations, and all tolls and parking.
We provide the meals specified under each trip description at no extra charge, as well as snacks in the field. For other meals (usually dinner) we will go as a group to local restaurants. You are responsible for the costs of any alcoholic beverages you order.
Upon receipt of your Deposit, we will send you a trip checklist to assist with your preparations.
What is Not Included
Airfare is not included (except for certain trips where specifically noted). Cost of meals other than those specified in the trip listing is not included, nor are items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.).
Registration and Payment
To hold a spot on a trip, we must receive the Deposit listed in the trip description. Full payment is required 120 days before departure. You may pay your deposit by personal check or online with a credit card via PayPal.
You may reserve a spot by phone, fax, e-mail, or through our Website and mail your payment to us the same day. We will hold your spot for five business days pending arrival of your payment.
Refund Policy - Cancellations
If you must cancel prior to departure, you are subject to our Refund and Cancellation Policies.
If for any reason we must cancel a trip before departure, you will receive a full refund of your payment and deposit.
We will generally be photographing in the area after the trip concludes. This can be an ideal time to go back and work favorite spots or further explore the area. If you would like to stay beyond the departure date, contact us in advance for rates and information.
No Smoking Policy
For the comfort of the participants, no smoking is allowed in the vehicle, lodging, or in the presence of the group.
We can rent selected equipment for your use during our trips when available. Please inquire.
Private Instruction and Guiding
I can provide private instruction and guiding for those who want a more personalized experience or who have schedule constraints. Contact us for more information.