Grand Teton National Park Fall Workshop 1
Grand Teton National Park is a haven for photographers, offering stunning scenery in every direction. From sunrise to sunset, the landscape resembles a painting with its vibrant colors. It's no surprise that photographers from all over the world flock to this valley, which boasts the largest concentration of wildlife in the Lower 48. Each season brings its own unique charm to this magical place. In the spring, the valley is adorned with a plethora of wildflowers and we get to witness the birth of fawns and calves from the ungulate species. As summer arrives, we see these young animals grow and the snow slowly melts away from the towering peaks. The autumn season transforms the valley into a golden wonderland as the leaves of the aspen trees change color. Additionally, this is the time when ungulate species enter their mating season and bears prepare for winter by building up their fat reserves. Finally, winter blankets both the peaks and the valley in a dazzling white, providing visitors with an awe-inspiring view.
Saturday, September 22 to Wednesday September 25, 2024
($1500 deposit due at time of registration, remaining balance due by August 1st, 2024)
Immerse yourself in one of America's most beautiful national parks - Grand Teton National Park
Explore the park's pristine wilderness, encounter diverse wildlife, and capture incredible light
Experience the spectacular colors of autumn in the Tetons
Discover the natural history of the Tetons
Small group size for personalized attention and intimate photography experiences
All listed meals and non-alcoholic beverages during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop
All lodging during the workshop (2 participants per room)
All permits and park fees
Professional photography guiding and instruction
Gratuity for service staff
What's Not Included
Transportation to and from Jackson, Wyoming (depending on flight arrival times, I may be able to pick you up from the airport).
Meals not listed as included on the itinerary
Lodging outside workshop dates
Souvenirs and personal items
Trip Insurance & Medical Evacuation Insurance
Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 1 (Travel Day)(D)
Plan to arrive in Jackson, Wyoming, for an orientation meeting and dinner. Please meet in the hotel lobby. We’ll go over camera gear and itinerary, and if time permits we'll head out to photograph the Moulton Barns as the sun sets.
Day 2 (B,L,D)
We will begin our adventure bright and early on our first morning, embarking before dawn to reach a spectacular spot for sunrise. After capturing the perfect shots, we will head to town for a wholesome breakfast before turning our attention to the local wildlife. If you join us in the fall, the elk and moose will be in rut, and much of the wildlife will be preparing for winter, and although we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings, the elk, moose, and bears should be active.
This evening we will setup at a famous spot for some dramatic backlighting as the sun sets behind the striking Teton Range. After dark we’ll head out for dinner in Jackson Hole or Teton Village.
Day 3 (B,L,D)
We will depart at daybreak and attempt to capture elk crossing the snake river while the sun dissipates the morning mist, and afterwards we will head to the Jackson Lake dam to hopefully photograph river otters playing.
After shooting our morning scene, we’ll of course be on the lookout for potential grizzly bear sightings as we drive through the Park. Grand Teton has always been noted for roadside wildlife sightings, so we’ll be able to “hunt” for wildlife from our vehicle.
We’ll break for a bit following lunch before gearing up for another stunning sunset. While on the away to our location, we’ll look for moose, Bald eagle, fox, Bighorn sheep, and any other wildlife that might show up along the way. After sunset we'll grab dinner then back to our hotel for a nice night of rest.
Day 4 (B,L,D)
One of the finest sunrise scenes in the park will be our destination for our morning shoot today. Here, at Oxbow Bend, as the Snake River flows east from Jackson Lake it leaves behind a perfect view and reflection of Mount Moran. Idyllic and iconic, this location will be as rewarding as any. Expect fall colors to add to this image on the autumn tour.
After sunrise we'll head out to photography wildlife and landscapes before grabbing breakfast.
We’ll take a midday break in order to rest and perhaps go over our images prior to heading back to the park in search of more wildlife, and of course another spectacular Teton sunset before dinner.
Day 5 (B)
We'll capture another great sunrise and one of the many fantastic locations in the park. After sunrise, we'll have a final group breakfast/brunch and conclude our journey.
Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures, and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and landscape photography, I cannot guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions.