Spring in Yellowstone Photo Workshop

Exclusive with SnapChick

May 21 - 30, 2020

May 21 - 30, 2020

Yellowstone National Park, USA

$5,995 USD

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Only 3 Spots Left

“The Serengeti of North America”

Yellowstone has been called the Serengeti of North America and with good reason: it contains the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states. The numbers are staggering, sixty-seven different mammals live here, including grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, lynx, elk, bison, moose, coyotes, foxes as well as numerous small mammals.

Any description of Yellowstone will be filled with superlatives; first national park in the world, greatest concentration of thermal features in the world, up until recently the largest national park in the lower 48 states, home to the largest bison herd in the world, and of course, it is home to, perhaps, the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful.

What sets this Yellowstone photo workshop apart?

We believe that in order to truly enjoy your time on location and get the most out of a photography workshop it is best to work in small groups, with a high ratio of instructors to participants. This workshop will have a maximum of 10 participants with 2 instructors. Spring is truly a magical time of year in Yellowstone. The landscape is going through a transformation with wildflowers blooming and baby animals are out and about getting familiar with their surroundings. Spring is also a time of variable weather, what this means is that we could very well have a warm sunny day followed by a light blanket of snow the following day making for some truly spectacular photographic possibilities.

This workshop will allow access to a rich variety of shooting locations as all the park roads are open at this time of year. To cover a lot of territory, we will be on the move. We will travel through Lamar Valley, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, The Beartooth Mountains and Grand Tetons National Park and much much more.

Wildlife photographers will be happy to hear that this workshop will provide great opportunities to make images of bears, moose, bison, wolves, elk, pronghorn, pikas, mountain goats, big horn sheep, as well as some great scenic vistas.

This is a special workshop being co-led by two photo pros, Juan Pons and Leigh The SnapChick, along with Leigh's trusty sidekick Raymond. Juan has been leading photo workshops all over the world and in Yellowstone for over 16 years, so he knows all the best locations and will guide the group to the best spots to capture wildlife images and dramatic landscape photographs. Very importantly, Juan is an authorized commercial operator in Yellowstone National Park. Leigh is a well known photographer who has a very loyal following on YouTube and other social media. They have partnered to create this special and exclusive workshop for fans of SnapChick.

This Yellowstone workshop is designed as a small group experience with just 10 participants and 2 instructors. And two large vans to ensure everyone's comfort. Other tours take up to 14 participants with just one instructor.

What you will learn

As you will be accompanied by two professional photographers during the workshop, there will be ample opportunity to learn new techniques and advance your photography to the next level. Juan Pons, is an accomplished professional photographer and photographic educator, will share his deep passion for nature and wildlife photography. Leigh is an online photography educator who has been sharing her knowledge and adventures in photography for over 10 years on YouTube and other social media channels. Leigh will share her love of the outdoors and capturing it with a camera.

Both Juan and Leigh will help participants while shooting on location and in post-processing sessions. Their top priority will be helping you get the best images YOU can get.

The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group while being able to maintain the flexibility required by variable weather. This allows us to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:

• How to create aesthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs

• Storytelling thru natural history photography

• Best use of equipment

• Digital Workflow

• Adobe Lightroom basics

• Image presentations and reviews

What to expect

Our goal is to help you make the best images you can but also have a truly memorable experience. This photography workshops will offer a wide range of photo opportunities and as such this workshops will be pretty intense, you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. What this means is that our days are long, typically starting before dawn and ending after sunset. However, we typically will take a long lunch to rest and recuperate.

Once we receive your deposit, we will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. We will then be emailing you periodically with other pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.

About 3 months prior to the workshop, you start hearing from us on a more regular basis. At that point we will provide you with detailed lodging and contact information, go over more details of the workshop and get you excited and thinking about the images you want to capture during the workshop. At this time you will also receive from us a list of recommended clothing, equipment and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this once on a lifetime trip

Exclusively for participants of this workshop Leigh will be sharing a number of videos on topics such as preparation, gear and travel tips.

Please keep in mind that we are always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop.


Tuition for the workshop is $5,995 USD for double occupancy per person. This workshop is ALL INCLUSIVE. For details see the "What is included" section below.

If you would like a single room this is an option for an additional fee of $1,150 (this is our cost). There are a limited number of single rooms so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

To reserve your spot on this workshop you can do so with a $1,995.00 USD deposit. The balance of the workshop fee ($4,000) is due March 1st 2020.

What is Included

• All Lodging (9 nights)

• All Meals

• Snacks and water in the vehicles at all times

• Ground transportation

• Permits & fees

• Instruction

• Inspiration

• Camaraderie

• A great time

What is NOT Included

• Alcoholic Drinks

• Items of personal nature

• Flights into Jackson Hole (JAC) and out of Bozeman (BZN)

I highly recommend Travel Insurance from a reputable insurance company. I have partnered with Ripcord insurance, one of the best in the industry. You can check them out here: https://www.ripcordrescuetravelinsurance.com

You will be picked up at the Jackson Hole, WY (JAC) airport, and delivered to the Bozeman, MT (BZN) airport on the last day. When booking your flights make sure to arrive no later than 1pm at the Jackson Hole Airport on May 21, and depart no earlier than 11 from Bozeman Airport on May 30th.

If you need to come in earlier or stay later to make these times, we can give you hotel recommendations in the area.

The Fine Print

You are responsible for making your own flight arrangements to Jackson Hole, WY and from Bozeman, MT. We will help you with flight arrival times and departures.

Deposit is fully refundable up until Feb 1st, 2020

No refunds after Feb 1st, 2020

If you need to cancel after Feb 1st, we will make every effort to fill your spot. A partial refund will be provided if we are able to fill your space on the workshop.

Our Workshop Itinerary

Day 1

• Arrive at Jackson Hole, WY (JAC) Airport

• Instructors to pick participants at airport and we immediately start looking for photographic opportunities.

• Explore photo opportunities around Jenny Lake and Snake River

• Target species are Moose, Elk, Fox, Coyote, Bears, Red Squirrel, Beaver, Otter plus flowers and vistas

• Introduction evening meeting and to over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary • Overnight in Jackson Lake Lodge

Day 2

• Explore more photo opportunities along the Snake River, Mormon Row, Schwabacker Landing, and more

• Target species are Moose, Elk, Fox, Coyote, Bears, Red Squirrel, Beaver, Otter plus flowers and vistas

• Overnight in Jackson Lake Lodge

Day 3

• We go for one last early morning shoot in Grand Tetons and depart for Cooke City traveling through both Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks

• On this day we will travel through both Hayden and Lamar valleys looking for wildlife opportunities as well as landscapes

• Target species are Bison, Moose, Elk, Fox, Coyote, Bears, plus flowers and vistas

• Overnight in Cooke City

Day 4

• Travel to Beartooth Mountains weather permitting

• The Beartooth road has been described as the most beautiful road in the US

• Target species are Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Pika, Marmots, Moose

• Overnight in Cooke City

Day 5

• More wildlife opportunities in Lamar Valley

• We will spend the majority of the day in the Lamar Valley searching for more wildlife and landscape opportunities

• If time permits we may take a short hike up to Trout Lake

• Target species are Moose, Elk, Fox, Coyote, Bears, Red Squirrel, Beaver, Otter plus flowers and vistas

• Formal image review

• Overnight in West Yellowstone

Day 6

• Travel to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin

• Our focus this day will be thermal features including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic, Fountain Paint Pots and numerous other thermal features

• Overnight in West Yellowstone

Day 7

• Travel along the Madison and Firehole rivers

• Our focus on this day will be the numerous vistas along these rivers as well as their waterfalls and the wildlife surrounding these rivers

• Formal image review

• Overnight in West Yellowstone

Day 8

• Travel to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

• This day we will spend most the day photographing the numerous overlooks of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone river, the Lower and Upper falls as well as some of the vistas along the River

• Overnight in Gardiner

Day 9

• Mammoth and Old Faithful Road

• On this day we will visit the thermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs, Boiling River and the Old Yellowstone Road looking for photographic opportunities and wildlife

• Farewell Dinner

• Overnight in Gardiner

Day 10

• After a leisurely breakfast in town we will head towards the Bozeman / Yellowstone airport for home departures.

Note: Daily schedule subject to change based on weather and wildlife opportunities

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