Winter In Yellowstone - juanpons

Winter in Yellowstone

January 7 - 14, 2020

January 20 - 27, 2021

January 7 - 14, 2020 (Only 3 spots Left)
January 20 - 27, 2021 (Only 2 spots Left)

Yellowstone National Park, USA

$6,495 - $6,995 USD
$600 Single Supplement

Your Pros:
Juan Pons

Fitness Level:

3 Spots Left for 2020
2 Spots Left for 2021

“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, linx, elk, bison, moose, coyotes, foxes as well as other 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 word, 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 my Yellowstone photo workshops apart

First know that I have been leading winter photo workshops in Yellowstone for 16 years, every year. In Yellowstone it is imperative that you have a guide that knows the park very well. Yellowstone is vast, and you need to know the trends in the animal behaviors to know where to find them and how to photograph them in the bets possible way.

I believe that in order to truly enjoy your time and get the most out of a photography tour and/or workshop you need to have small groups, and a very high ratio of instructors to participants. My Yellowstone workshops are very unique in that the group is very small, no more than 6 participants with 2 instructors, that is a 3:1 ratio! The reason our Yellowstone groups are so small is very simple, I want EVERY participant to have their own door and window out of the vehicles. This provides participants with the best opportunities to capture those images when speed is of the essence in exiting the vehicles and setting up or when it is necessary to shoot out of the window. Additionally I want to make sure you have plenty of room for your gear and warm clothing.

Compare that most other tours were you have one instructor and up to 14 participants in a single van, with no operable windows! With me you are assured to have the best vantage point at all times, and never be held back by sitting in an overcrowded van.

As a photo workshop leader I take my responsibilities seriously. I work closely with the National Parks and I always operate with all the proper insurance, permits and certifications. I am an Authorized Permittee of the Yellowstone National Park.

What you will learn

You will be accompanied by Juan, an accomplished professional photographer, and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors. I believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, I will be shooting alongside you, demonstrating my vision, technique and sharing my love and knowledge of Yellowstone. However, my priority is always YOU, and helping you get the best images YOU can get. Additionally, I freely share my equipment with you in order to give you some “in-the-field” experience with some of the equipment you may have been thinking of acquiring.

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 asthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs

• Storytelling thru natural history photography

• Best use of equipment

• Digital Workflow

• Adobe Lightroom basics

• Image presentations and critiques

What to expect

My workshops are pretty intense, and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our tour. 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 recouperate.

Within 2 working days of registering for the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with a request for your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will email you a registration confirmation as well as the details you will need to book your airfare. I will then be emailing you periodically with any pertinent information about the workshop, including checklists for clothing and gear to bring.

About 6 to 8 weeks prior to the workshop, you then start hearing from us on a more regular basis. At that point I 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.

However, I am always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop.


Tuition for the workshop is $6,495.00 USD for 2020 (in 2021 price will go up to $6,995.00) for double occupancy per person.

If you would like a single room this is an option for an additional fee of $600. There are a limited number of single rooms so please make sure to sign up quickly if you want this option.

If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop you can do so with a $2,995.00 USD deposit. The balance of the workshop fee ($3,500) is due November 1st 2019.

What is Included

• All Lodging

• All Meals

• Ground transportation including private Snowcoach

• Snacks and water in the vehicles at all times

• All permits & fees

• Instruction

• Inspiration

• Camaraderie

• A great time

What is NOT Included

• Alcoholic Drinks

• Making your way to Bozeman, MT (Airfare)

You will be picked up at the Bozeman, MT (BZN) airport. I ask that you please arrive in Bozeman no later than 2pm on the first day of the workshop.

The Fine Print

• You are responsible for making your own flight arrangements to and from Bozeman, MT. Don't worry, I will help you with flight arrival times and departures

• Deposit is fully refundable up until November 1st, 2019

• No refunds after November 2nd, 2019

• 2021 dates are subject to slight change as we await final rooms allotments in YNP

Typical Travel Itinerary


• Arrive at Bozeman, MT (BZN) Airport

• Instructors to pick participants at airport and transfer to Hotel in Gardiner

• Introduction meeting and go over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary

• Overnight in Gardiner


• Introduction to Yellowstone Day

• Brief stop at Mammoth to introduce geological features

• Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way

• Lunch in Cook City

• Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar

• Evening photography opportunity at Mammoth thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography

• Overnight in Gardiner


• Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way

• Lunch in Cook City

• Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar


• Travel via private snow coach along the Madison River looking for wildlife opportunities as well as scenics

• Many wildlife and scenic opportunities along the way

• Evening photography opportunity at Old Faithful thermal features doing light painting and Long Exposure photography

• Overnight in Old Faithful

DAY 5 

• Travel via private snow coach in the interior of the park looking for wildlife and scenics

• Visit West Thumb Geyser basin, and  Hayden Valley

• Old Faithful thermal features late ofternoon

• Overnight in Old Faithful


• Travel via private snowcoach back to Mammoth

• Visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

• Many wildlife and scenic opportunities along the way

• Overnight in Gardiner


• Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way

• Lunch in Cook City

• Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar

• Evening trip recap and image presentations

• Overnight in Gardiner

 DAY 8

• Travel to Bozeman airport for departures

• All airline departures must be after 11am 

Photos From Previous Trips

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