Jaguars in the Pantanal with Morgan Heim and Justin Black

You are floating quietly on a river in the dawn light. A chorus of birds fills the air, and then on silent paw, a jaguar, her pattern of gold and black spots, emerges from the jungle across from your boat. Your instinct says to take as many photos as you can before she disappears. But she doesn’t disappear. She has come to the river to swim, hunt, and give her young some playtime. You don’t have to absorb it all in a second. You can revel at the moments, be present, and come away with photos and a wildlife experience absolutely unforgettable in memory and reality.

I invite you to join me on this Visionary Wild adventure to Brazil’s Pantanal, where we are so assured to see jaguars that we designed the trip specifically around seeing these majestic big cats. You will get to see tons of other wildlife as well. The Pantanal is one of the most diverse, densely populated (in terms of animals), wildlife accessible destinations on the planet. Expect to see animals including hyacinth macaws, toucans and ocelots — occupants of the largest inland wetland in the world.

We’ve designed to trip to be intimate — only six slots per trip. That’s a one to three ration for instructor to attendee. You have two opportunities to get on board. I will be leading one trip with Visionary Wild founder Justin Black in early August, followed immediately by a second trip with the extraordinarily talented Michele Westmorland, another iLCP senior fellow. Both trips promise to be grand adventures! Sign up soon. Slots are filling up fast.

Dates: August 9-18 with Morgan Heim and Justin Black
August 18-27 with Morgan Heim and Michele Westmorland

Southwest Oregon with Ralph Nordstrom

Southwest Oregon has some of the most stunning scenery within the state. From the dramatic coast to some of the wildest rivers you will find anywhere to incomparable Crater Lake, this corner of Oregon can’t be beat.

Our goal is for you to not only return home with some great photographs but to broaden your technical and creative skills and unleash the artist within you.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with Tom Mace

Leg 1: Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Daddy of all National Parks is a nature photographer’s dream come true. With lush forests, thermal geysers, broad valleys, lakes, rivers, and a large diversity of wildlife; a photographer can immerse themselves in what many believe is the most complete photography experience of all the national parks. The park is uniquely laid out, allowing visitors to safely gain access to large concentrations of wildlife without disrupting their natural environment.
Leg 2: The Grand Tetons is a photographer’s playground. From capturing the abundant wildlife to the magnificent landscapes with the Tetons as your backdrop; our clients will have ample opportunities to explore everything this amazing National Park offers. Grand Teton National Park is very accessible and most wildlife and landscape photography happens directly outside our vehicle.
We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone each year relying on our experience and success we have had photographing in these parks in the past. Our itinerary is designed to give our clients a one of a kind experience and the best of what Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks have to offer. From landscape photography to understanding the best areas to photograph wildlife, we put you in the right place at the right time to maximize your visit in the parks. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of the parks.

This workshop is all inclusive, all ground transportation, lodging, meals, snacks, park fees, and all the little things are included in this price. See our website for more details.

Sleeing Bear Dunes with Neil Weaver and Aubrieta Hope

Join us for a workshop dedicated to landscape and nature photography at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Our goal is to help you improve technical skills, artistic vision, and most importantly, have fun! We’ll shoot at the park’s iconic locations during the best times of the day for good light.  In addition to shooting sessions we’ll show you our digital workflow and post processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom.

Shenandoah National Park with Tom Dwyer

The Shenandoah National Park website could not be more correct when it notes that the park “. . . is your escape to recreation and re-creation.” To that we should add, “you can’t go wrong if you are searching for a great photography venue” . . . actually many great photography venues. During our visit we train our lenses on cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, spectacular mountaintop vistas, and quiet wooded hollows. Sunrises and sunsets can be so stunning you forget to click the shutter.

Amid some 200,000 acres of protected lands we’ll focus not only our lenses but our thinking, our vision, our senses and our feelings on the “creation of artful images”. We won’t “take picture” or “capture photos”. Rather we will seek a better understanding of creating images “about” our subjects as opposed to “of” them. Participants should expect our days to be long and intense, yet filled with opportunities for exploring, and learning both in the classroom and in the field. And, don’t be surprised if the camaraderie of our mutual interest blossoms into new friendships. More importantly, expect to go home having grown in your capabilities as a photographer and with an even stronger desire to pursue the artfulness of your craft. For more information visit:

Sleeping Bear Dunes with Neil Weaver and Aubrieta Hope

Join us for a workshop dedicated to landscape and nature photography at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Our goal is to help you improve technical skills, artistic vision, and most importantly, have fun! We’ll shoot at the park’s iconic locations during the best times of the day for good light.  In addition to shooting sessions we’ll show you our digital workflow and post processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom.

Yellowstone and Tetons in Spring with John Slonina

These world famous parks are one of the most exciting places in the world to photograph landscapes and wildlife. They are a must see on any nature photographers list. This is the time of year to see the baby animals and predators hunting for food. Animals hunting and raising their young. The stunning scenery includes wildflowers, waterfalls, geysers, and snow capped mountain ranges and much more. This is the time of year for peak bear activity.

This workshop is led by professional nature photographer John Slonina who has been leading tours there for several years. Authorized permittee of the national park.
Small Group Size: 6 People
Transportation Provided to and from Airport. You do not have to rent a car.

All skill levels

John Slonina
Slonina Photography
Phone: 508-736-1167

Warblers and More in Michigan Upper Peninsula with Paul Rossi

Excellent opportunity to photograph many beautiful warblers: colors and patterns, as a group, unmatched.

The Eastern Upper Peninsula at and just north of Lake Huron can be spectacular for northern warblers at the time of this trip. 24 species breed in the area and 3 more migrate through at this time. Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed vireo, and many others join them. Many of the 24 species of warblers have a breeding range extending further north. And many individuals stay around the lake shore after crossing Lake Huron to feed on the super abundant midge hatches. The midges feed the incredible population of spiders, which the warblers also love. There is so much food around for warblers that their territories are often shrunken. On a 1.5 acre lot where I live we have had 7 species of warblers breed for over 15 years! The past few years there has been a Spruce Budworm outbreak along the lake front and in areas we will visit inland. The outbreak will continue this year. Spruce Budworm specialists such as Cape May and Tennessee Warblers are abundant, and many other species such as Blackburnian, Magnolia, Canada and Black-throated Green Warblers have increased their numbers. Last year a Bay-breasted pair attempted to nest.

Here is an animation of migrating birds in the western hemisphere that clearly shows that Michigan funnels migrating birds (especially northern warblers) through the area of this workshop at the time of the workshop: mid-to-late May.

We will strive for images with excellent composition, not just a bird on a stick large in the frame with a clean background. The types of opportunities you will have on this trip can never be found at a migration hotspot such as Magee Marsh or Pt Pelee, where there can be plenty of warblers but you can only hope that a bird might be close enough and land on a unblocked perch with a decent background. At these excellent viewing locations good photographic opportunities are often days apart. But we will have many excellent opportunities most days.

At the time of this trip the aggressive experienced males, which are in their brightest plumage, provide abundant opportunity in their breeding habitat, especially because of all the migrants of the same species around.

Dig Deeper Retreat in Tyro, Virginia with Jamie Konarski Davidson

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Nelson County, Virginia, this retreat-style workshop is perfect for the photographer looking to slow down, focus and dig deeper into what, how and why you photograph so that you can release the creative seeds and grow as a photographer & visual artist. If you’re tired of rushing to capture moments and feel like something is missing in your work or your approach to finding subjects and expressing your vision, this is for you. Limited to no more than five, you’ll find the pace just right, have plenty of hands-on instruction in the field, learn creative ways to post-process your images and relax. We’ll even have Lensbabies to play with during our time together.

Join Jamie Konarski Davidson for a time of wonder, growth and exploration in an amazingly energizing place. The star location for this workshop is Pharsalia, an antebellum plantation in Tyro, Virginia, where we have unfettered access. Spring blooms are abundant and blanket this magical place. Beyond Pharsalia, we visit a wonderful waterfall, ivy-covered church, historic grist mill and meander along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most meals provided. Prepare for creative stretching exercises and challenges.

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Costa Rica with Jeff Mauritzen and Steve Morello

Learn from two of the best nature photographers in one workshop! National Geographic Photographer Jeff Mauritzen & photographer Steve Morello will be instructing a one week workshop at Crocodile Bay Resort, located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Described by National Geographic, as one of “the most biologically intense paces on Earth”, the Osa Peninsula will offer us a chance to photograph all 4 species of monkeys that reside here, birds such as the Scarlet macaw and Chestnut-mandibled toucan, as well as a wealth of trees and poison dart frogs, snakes, turtles and of course, the beautiful rainforest!

Jeff and Steve have both led photo programs for National Geographic & Lindblad Expeditions all over the world, including many in Costa Rica. In our words, “We’ve set up this intensive wildlife photography workshop to bring you the best photo opportunities that Costa Rica has to offer.” Although we will have formal classroom instruction and feedback on your photos, the emphasis on teaching will be in the field, while we are on our excursions. This workshop is an opportunity to learn from two photographers who truly are experts in their field. Their combined experience covers every continent, every habitat, and years of working in the most difficult environments on the planet. Their experience will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to hone your photo skills and learn from the best.

For more details please visit the photo workshop link included here.