Photo Tours & Workshops
The difference between the two is that photo tours are for a single person or a very small group that has a specific trip in mind and wants go during a specific time, while 'workshops' (groups of 3-5 photographers) have a program set by me and at a defined time in the year. So it is up to you what kind of participation you prefer.
Experience and photograph the spectacular American Southwest and West with a person who knows it like just a few and who is very well equipped to give you a level of safety which is absolutely needed in the wilderness.
I can provide you with a list of possible destinations and plan an entire tour for you. Be aware that many places need at least 6 months of planing ahead. There might be permit requirements to get to some of these locations. Some agencies can take quite a while to provide a permit while others are based on a lottery system. Disappointments can be quite big if the permit is not granted or not available due to short notice and or planing.
I will pick you up preferentially at the airport in Albuquerque, NM or any international airport in the Four Corners area (Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver). We will begin the trip right away or the next morning, depending on your arrival time. Whether you are a beginner with a new digital camera, or a seasoned pro, the scenery will take your breath away and the photographs will last a lifetime! Lodging and meals are not included in the tour prices, but I will be glad to recommend great places to stay whether it be luxurious, resourceful or even primitive. I will be your host, so that you can learn as much as you would like in awesome landscapes.
You need to be physically fit enough to participate in outdoor photography exercises in field locations. I will do everything possible to take you to your areas of interest. Most of the excursions are day trips based out of motels in proximity to the places of interest. All trips can be expanded from very short hikes and drive-up overlooks to daypack hikes taking several hours or more.
- Transport & hosting (US$ 180-220/day depending on the itinerary) - includes my fully off-road equipped Jeep + off-road trailer but NOT the gas
- 2 way radios
- Water for adequate hydration
- Recommendations for overnight and where to have meals
- Tent in case of camping in the wilderness (in this case very simple meals, sleeping bag and matress can be supplied)
For your trip you should bring:
- Digital camera with lots of memory & reserve batteries
- Wide-angle, medium lens and a tele lens
- Diverse filters including a polarizing and neutral density filter(s)
- Hiking shoes/ socks
- Hiking poles
- Rain jacket / Fleece jacket
- Sunglasses / Sunscreen
- Watershoes, neopren socks and neoprene pants in case of canyoneering
- I will provide you with a detailed list of necessary items depending on your tour
Travel hassle free and safely through the remote and rugged regions of the American Southwest and West with a seasoned photographer who knows the Southwest - its beauties and its dangers! Read through the testimonials and see what other people have to say about their experiences with my hosting.
For a custom trip tailored to your timetable, contact me with the dates you have in mind. Early contact is strongly recommended since many areas require special permits and I have to accomodate my busy schedule too.
Any trips I organize or organize with another photographer are private and non-business. I am a physician by trade and I take people along with me on my trips because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to help people get to know and photograph the Southwest. I do not make a business out of it. My goal is to have a pleasant, safe trip with artistic value photography as a result. We share expenses, gear, ideas, and experiences. We do nothing that would require me or a co-host to be a concessionaire or CUA holder in any federal or state lands we may visit or photograph. We will not be going anyplace on public lands that are not generally open to the public. No photographs you take on public lands may be used to promote the sale or use of a product or service. We will not do any "commercial filming" as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations nor will we do any "still photography" that would require a permit from any agency administering any public land which we photograph.
We will respect nature, leave only footprints where we are allowed to leave footprints, and take only our images, memories, and friendships home with us.