Spring is the beginning of new life. Snow melts, flowers bloom, and baby animals are born. This makes spring the perfect time of year to photograph the Grand Teton National Park. The snowcapped peaks of the mountains serve as a glorious backdrop to the colorful wildflowers and newborn animals. Renowned wildlife photographer Henry Holdsworth will take you on a journey through the Park to photograph spring’s renewal of the land.
Rising out of the vibrant scenery of Wyoming, the Teton Mountain Range is a sight to behold. After learning more about the local wildlife, you will begin photographing Schwabacher’s Landing, a prime location for capturing mountain reflecting in the Snake River. This trip will provide ample opportunity to photograph the mountains at both sunrise and sunset, capturing a rich canvas of color.
Spring is the best time to photograph wildlife in the Tetons, and you will not be disappointed. Bears, elk, moose, coyotes, pronghorns, and foxes are only a few of the animals you will have the chance to photograph, with many accompanied by their young, and photographing the free-roaming Jackson Hole bison herd is a real treat.
Henry Holdsworth is an expert in photographing the wildlife of the Grand Teton National Park. With his extensive knowledge, you will learn where, when, and how to take the best photographs possible of this amazing landscape. Register early – this workshop is limited to eight participants.
- Photographic instruction
- Transportation from Jackson Lake Lodge during the workshop
- Cottage Lodging based on Double Occupancy
- Water, snacks and a farewell dinner
- All applicable entrance, park, permit and tour fees
- Post Workshop Critique
Workshop Does Not Include:
- Meals except for farewell dinner
- Transportation to and from Jackson, Wyoming
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. Also be aware that sunrise this time of year is very early (around 5:30am) and sunset is late (around 9pm) which can make for very long days. We will have some downtime in the middle of the day.
Day 1 – Friday, May 31
- The workshop will start at noon at Jackson Lake Lodge where you will have lunch and a presentation by Henry Holdsworth.
- Late afternoon we will head out for a sunset shoot.
Day 2 – Saturday, June 1
- We will leave early for a sunrise shoot, and then go in search of grizzly bears, moose and elk.
- Our morning shoot will be followed by brunch, and then a critique of participant’s previous work and downtime to recharge batteries and download images.
- In late afternoon/early evening we will go in search of more wildlife and do a sunset shoot.
Day 3 – Sunday, June 2
- Another sunrise shoot of the beautiful landscape and hopefully some wildlife.
- After brunch, we will have free time to hike, edit photos or relax.
- Late afternoon/early evening we will be searching for more wildlife and take our sunset photos.
Day 4 – Monday, June 3
- We will start our morning at another prime sunrise location.
- We will break for brunch, stop off for a visit at Henry’s Gallery in Jackson and follow up with a critique session of participants’ images.
- We will begin the evening with a farewell dinner, followed by one last sunset shoot.
Day 5 -Tuesday, June 4
- One last early morning for sunrise and wildlife.
- Brunch and adjourn workshop.
Some of the locations we may visit:
- Schwabacher’s Landing: Perfect for landscapes, moose, waterfowl, great blue herons and beaver.
- Pilgrim Creek: Popular for wildlife and photographing the Teton Range with a foreground of lupine.
- Jackson Lake: Many wonderful areas for landscape and wildlife, and also exploring the overlooks at the top of Signal Mountain which is excellent habitat for mule deer, moose and blue grouse.
- Oxbow Bend of the Snake River: Incredible reflections of Mount Moran. The Oxbow is not only a great landscape location but also a wonderful habitat for moose, elk, bears and white pelicans.
- Moose-Wilson Road: A great place to search for moose and beavers as well as bears at the Rockefeller Preserve. We may also photograph aspen trees and waterfalls.
- Gros Ventre River: This river habitat is home to the largest concentration of moose in the park and it is possible to see cows, calves and bulls in this area. We will also check for owls, mountain bluebirds and trumpeter swans in the area.
- Elk Ranch Flats: The perfect place to look for elk, bison, pronghorn and wolves.
- Mormon Row: Home of the famous and historic Moulton Barns. A great place to work the landscapes at sunrise and hopefully find ourselves in the middle of the Jackson Hole bison herd shortly after the sun comes up. There should be plenty of orange baby bison bouncing along to entertain us.
- The fields of Antelope Flats: An ideal place to look for pronghorn fawns, sage grouse and long-billed curlews. There’s a possibility we may also capture coyotes, elk and wolves in this area.
Strenuous Rating: Moderate
We will have a few short hikes up to 1 mile round-trip both on and off-trail. Ground may be soft from spring thaw so appropriate footwear is essential. Our days are long as we will be continually searching out wildlife between our iconic landscape shoots. Wildlife do not show up on demand, so patience and diligence is required. Henry knows the best locations for viewing wildlife.
The following items are recommended to get the most value out of this workshop.
- Digital SLR– Two camera bodies are ideal if available.
- Macro and/or wide angle lenses for expansive landscapes and wildflowers
- Telephoto with teleconverter or Fixed Focal Length Lenses greater than 400mm.
- Wired or Wireless Cable remote
- Sturdy Tripod and Ball-head
- Laptop, Card Reader, Flash Drive
Lodging During the Workshop
Jackson Lake Lodge
Hwy 191 (North of Moran Jct.)
Moran, WY 83012
During this workshop we will be based out of the Cottages at Jackson Lake Lodge. Four nights lodging is included in your workshop fee. Lodging is based on double occupancy. Single cottages are available for an additional charge.
Workshop Registration Terms
- 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
- 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.
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: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.