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 mountains 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 during the workshop
- 4 Nights Lodging in Shared 2-bdrm/1ba cabin*
- Water, snacks, and a farewell dinner
- All applicable entrance, park, permit, and tour fees
- Post Workshop Critique
*One-bedroom cabins are available for an additional supplement. Limited cabins available. First-come, first-serve with registratio.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes is an authorized permittee of Grand Teton National Park.
Please be aware that the 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 5:30 am) and sunset is late (around 9 pm) which can make for very long days. We will have some downtime in the middle of the day.
Day 1 – Wednesday, May 31, 2023
- The workshop will start at 1:00pm at Teton Cabins with a presentation by Henry Holdsworth.
- Late afternoon we will head out for a sunset shoot.
Day 2 – Thursday, June 1, 2023
- 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 participants’ previous work and downtime to recharge batteries and download images.
- In the late afternoon/early evening, we will go in search of more wildlife and do a sunset shoot.
Day 3 – Friday, June 2, 2023
- 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 – Saturday, June 3, 2023
- 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 – Sunday, June 4, 2023
- 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 a 1-mile round-trip both on and off-trail. The 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 does not show up on demand, so patience and diligence are 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
During our workshop, we will be based out of Luton’s Teton Cabins located off of Hwy 26, five miles east of the Moran Jct. turn-off. One and two-bedroom cabins are available. Participants will share a two-bedroom cabin with a shared bath. There are limited one-bedroom cabins available for an additional supplement. All cabins are nicely furnished with a full kitchen, living spaces, and separate bedrooms. Should you be arriving the day prior and need additional lodging please select the pre-night option at registration.
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CANCELATION POLICY: All cancelations must be in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you cancel your reservation 181 days or more from departure, your deposit will be refunded less a $100 cancelation fee.
- If you must cancel your reservation between 120 days and 180 days prior to your trip, you will be refunded any amount you have paid less a $500 cancelation fee.
- If your cancelation occurs between 90-119 days before your workshop departure, Arizona Highways PhotoScapes will issue a credit voucher less the cancelation fee. The remainder of the fees paid can be used toward a future workshop within 18 months of cancelation.
- Should you cancel less than 90 days prior to your trip, no refunds will be made and you will forfeit any funds paid to Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.
If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less a $100 processing fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but are not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging, and more require firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can sometimes be unavoidable which is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions. Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits. If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date. Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.
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