Creepy Crawly Critters Photography Workshop

1 Day - Mesa, Arizona
November 13, 2021
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: November 8, 2021

Arizona is home to more species of scary animals than any other state in the United States. From rattlesnakes to scorpions to Gila Monsters Arizona boasts the most of the worst. Up until now it has taken an unusual and well trained sort of photographer to capture the grandeur of these critters. After all unless you are trained and have nerves of steel photographing rattlesnakes at close range is not for the average Joe. Even getting close enough to photograph the nonvenomous gopher snake takes some courage that many find difficult to muster. So if you want to take some fantastic photographs of many of Arizona’s venomous and nonvenomous Creepy, Crawly, Critters you are welcome to join Wildlife Photographer Bruce D Taubert and animal wrangler Randy Babb for a day long adventure.


The day will begin with a presentation on how to photograph these strange creatures and how to be safe doing so. After the presentation you will go to a desert location so that your photos can be taken in a habitat type that truly represents where the animals are found in nature. The remainder of the morning will be spent photographing rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters, other snakes and lizards. While Bruce is assisting you in taking the photographs Randy will pose the animals in a natural position so you can take their portraits. Both Bruce and Randy will ensure your safety during the morning portrait sessions.


Next you will return to the classroom for lunch, a debriefing on what went well, where improvements can be made, and for some critiques of the photographs that you took that AM. Following lunch and the critiques we will turn the lights off so that you can experience photographing desert hairy scorpions (the largest scorpions) under black lights. This is a unique and interesting way to take photographs of these venomous arachnids.


After this brief photography session you will return to the field to continue photographing all of the Creepy, Crawly, Critters that Randy and Bruce have brought with them. At a minimum you will have the opportunity to photograph three species of rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters, Scorpions and an assortment of other snakes and lizards.


Your day with the scary critters will end at about dusk and you will leave with lots of photos of your favorite (or least favorite) animals and a new appreciation for what it takes to take great photos of Creepy, Crawly, Critters.

What’s Included:

  • Instruction
  • Lunch is included in your workshop fee.
  • Post workshop Image Critique


Saturday, November 13, 2021

  • We will begin the workshop Saturday morning at 8:00 am at the Mesa Office of Arizona Game and Fish._Bruce Taubert will give a photography presentation followed by a safety orientation with Animal Handler, Randy Babb. The overview will include a discussion of the mechanics of using a digital camera._We will discuss various settings, f-stop, shutter-speeds, ISO, light meters, camera modes, exposure, etc._We will also discuss lenses, tripods, and other support equipment.
  • The group will then go outside into the natural desert habitat to begin photographing these amazing creatures.
  • After our morning session, we will head back into the classroom for lunch.
  • After lunch, we will allow participants to download their images and present 3 images for critique.
  • Following the critique, the class will be split into two groups to work with black lights and flash photography capturing those elusive creatures of the night.
  • After a quick mid-afternoon break, the group will resume photographing more snakes, Gila monsters, and other creepy critters.
  • The workshop will conclude by 5:00 pm

Strenuous Rating: Easy

We will be doing all of our field shooting in and around the Mesa Game and Fish Department. Participants will need to be at ground level for photographing. Ground covering will be provided, however it is recommended participants bring knee pads for added comfort.

Workshop is Based:

Arizona Game & Fish
7200 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ  85207

Bruce Taubert
Ivan Martinez
Photo Guide
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please pay careful attention to our cancellation policy.  We are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including family and medical emergencies.  No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of this workshop. A 10% administrative fee will apply to other cancellations.


Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.


PAYMENT TERMS:  Payment in full is due at registration unless otherwise indicated.