Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops
Join professional nature photographer, John Slonina, for a photo tour or photo workshop to some of North America's most beautiful and wild places. We visit several national parks which include Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Everglades, Mt Rainier, Olympic, Arches, Canyonlands, Big Cypress, Alaska, Katmai and Lake Clark. We lead moose and bear photography workshops, photo classes and photo safari's. We also teach Lightroom and Photoshop.
Our group size is small. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to professional.
Yellowstone Grand Teton Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops (Fall)
Yellowstone Grand Teton Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops (Fall)
Best of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park
Photo Tours and Workshops Fall
I am an Authorized Permittee of the National Parks
World famous Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are some of the most exciting places in the world to photograph landscapes and wildlife. This is a must see on any nature photographer's and wildlife lover's list. Join us as we explore this park and the surrounding areas.
The Greater Yellowstone ecosystem is a mountainous region bisected by the continental divide. Several peaks like Grand Teton are over 13,000 feet. Powerful geological forces created this landscape.
Fall is a great time to visit as the huge summer crowds and traffic jams are gone. Wildlife is more abundant. It is the time of year when many other professional photographers and videographers visit the park annually.
Yellowstone has one the great concentration of thermal activity. It is home to the famous Old Faithful. It also has beautiful rivers, geysers, springs, mudpots, waterfalls, canyons, ponds, and mountains. Vibrant leaves of aspen and cottonwood show off their fall color. We will visit a gorge carved by time and water that some people think rivals the Grand Canyon.
These two parks are the premiere wildlife viewing areas in the US. Creatures great and small await us at almost every corner. We will be visiting the parks during the rut for elk, moose, and pronghorn. This is a great time to photograph great wildlife behavior like courtship, territorial displays, and sparing. The elk will bugle, spar, and herd cows this time of year. Other species that are commonly photographed are moose, bison, big horned sheep, mule deer, coyotes, wolves, and bears. The mammals will have their prime winter fur since they are getting ready for the harsh winter ahead. Bird sightings can be very exciting as we will look for trumpeter swans and great grey owls or whatever else we discover.
Our itinerary will be planned around recent wildlife activity, lighting, and weather conditions. We need to take advantage of the unique opportunities. Our goal is to see the beauty of the parks. Come and enjoy the autumn tranquility of this great ecosystem.
John Slonina has been leading photo tours and workshops for several years at both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He knows the backroads to find the elusive wildlife and landscapes. He has been studying and photographing wildlife for years.
Sept 16-23, 2018 (Limited Space Available). We also go in Jan and May
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Tour begins and ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We will have an optional pickup and drop-off to and from the airport. If you want to stay longer please consult with us and we will give you ideas on where to stay visit etc.
Per person includes hotel (your own room), Park admission and transportation.
Balance Due: July 1st
Gallery: Review the photo gallery from previous Yellowstone tours.
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Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. If you prefer to use credit card you can call our office at (508) 736-1167 or use the shopping carts on our website.
Each day is paced to maximize the best opportunities and time of day.
Day 1: Participants fly into the Jackson, WY (JAC) Airport for optional pickup or taxi.
4 pm: We will have an introductory meeting, review safety guidelines, and discuss recent wildlife sightings and behavior. We will also discuss plans, goals and objectives for the upcoming week.
We will start our first photo shoot and stay out until sunset at the Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Tetons is loaded with wildlife and incredible scenery.
Hotel: The hotel is located in downtown Jackson. It is within walking distance to many famous shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Day 2 : We will photograph sunrise in the Grand Tetons and then drive to Yellowstone with many stops along the way. We will check in to the hotel and leave for an afternoon photo session until sunset.
Hotel: West Yellowstone Area
Day 3 : We will photograph sunrise and wildlife during peak activity. We will also photograph geysers, wildlife, waterfalls etc.
Day 4: We will photograph sunrise, early morning light and then check out of hotel, We will drive to next hotel with many photo stops along the way. We will check in to hotel and photograph until sunset.
Hotel: Gardiner MT
Day 5: We will photograph sunrise to sunset in Yellowstone National Park. We will explore the Lamar Valley and many other areas while looking for beautiful landscapes, elk, pronghorn, bears and wolves.
Day 6: We will photograph sunrise to sunset in Yellowstone National Park. We will check out of the hotel and drive south to the Grand Tetons with several stops along the way.
Day 7: We will photograph the Grand Tetons. Our subjects will include mountain reflections, fall color, and of course wildlife. We will be exploring several different areas and secret locations.
Day 8: We will photograph sunrise in the Grand Tetons and return to hotel before checkout time. I will be able to drop-off people to airport for afternoon flights or you could take a taxi from the hotel.
If you decide to skip sunrise on the last day. i can drop you off at the airport in time for 7 am flights before the group does sunrise.
Our group size is limited to six people which is substantially smaller than other tour companies. This will maximize learning and allow us to get closer to wildlife.
This offers several advantages.
Personalized one on one attention, critiques, and photography advice. Both in the field and in the classroom. I want to make sure you get the best shots while we are on location.
We get much better access to remote areas than bus tours, day tours and car pools. There are several incredible places which only have room for one or two cars.
We will be traveling in one vehicle designed for wildlife viewing. We can access more remote areas and respond quicker to where wildlife has been spotted.
Our smaller groups allow a closer approach to wildlife. Larger groups makes animals more nervous.
This trip will involve some short flat walks. None of the hikes are long. Most of them are within sight of my tour van, so you do not have to be in great shape for this tour.
The hotels are included in this tour (7 nights stay). Single Occupancy
Also included are gates fees and permits
We will be providing optional transportation to and from Jackson Airport.
Food and drinks will not be included. We will visit various restaurants in and out of the park. Each participant will be responsible for their own food tab. We will stop for snacks and drinks.
Air travel is NOT included.
Jackson, Wyoming Airport(JAC)
Optional Pickup and Drop-off at Airport
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 30 years. John has a love of natural history. During the workshop, you will receive information on photography techniques and the natural world. Understanding nature not only increases your appreciation of it but also helps you become a better nature photographer.