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Private Wildlife Photography Tour

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Wildlife Photo Tour with Local Professional Wildlife Photographer

Spend the day immersed in photographing Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich Lamar Valley area, revered as the gem of North American wildlife photography. Yellowstone boasts the largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone, and scientists believe the park is now as rich, diverse and healthy as it has ever been. Capturing images of bison in the morning light with thermals in the background or a mother grizzly bear with cubs in a sea of silver-green sage is on any photographer’s dream list and would be a signature Yellowstone image to add to any portfolio. On our photo tours this dream can become a reality.

Exploring Yellowstone’s Northern Range, our focus will likely be on the predators and their prey, who are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. We will spend our time in the best places to find these icons of American wilderness, while discussing the ecology and natural history driving their behavior. Understanding the ecology and behavior of your subjects will help you tell their story through your photographs and will help you read and predict their movements to best position yourself to capture outstanding images.

On these excursions, we will likely encounter wolves, grizzly and black bears, bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, otters, and numerous other species, large and small. Depending on the season, we may focus additional time on any one of many different aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It might be the bugling elk during their breeding season in September/October or the bashing heads of the bighorn rams during their breeding season in November/December. It might be the birthing bison on the emerald green bottomlands of the Lamar Valley in May or the spawning cutthroat trout in June. Late May through early June is the best time to find a mother grizzly with her tiny cubs foraging along a mountain stream and across a sage-covered slope.

There is something totally magical happening everyday somewhere in Yellowstone; it’s just a matter of finding it. Every day in Yellowstone is different and unpredictable, and therefore, we like to leave room for adapting to situations as they arise to fully maximize each opportunity as it presents itself. Whether it’s a grizzly bear crossing the road, a lightning storm over Electric Peak, or the array of autumn colors of aspen, cottonwood, and willows along the Lamar River, we aim to take full advantage of every bit of magic that Yellowstone presents to us.


Photograph the magic of Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife and iconic beauty
Full-day (~8 hours) private guided photo tour
One-on-one instruction
Vast wide-open landscapes and abundant wildlife
Small private group – no more than 6 guests
All skill levels welcome
Breakfast and lunch – picnic style – catered by the region’s best boutique eco-lodge, the Wonderland Café and Lodge
Interpretation of wildlife activity and behavior through observation and dynamic, engaging discussions
Informed and accurate information on the biology, geology, and conservation issues surrounding the wildlife and landscapes you will experience on our tours

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