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Summer Wildlife Photography Tour

Quick Details


  • Private & customizable (just your group!)
  • One-on-one instruction on using your camera, composition, utilizing natural light for optimizing photos, and more
  • Vast wide-open landscapes and abundant wildlife
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style
  • Interpretation of wildlife activity and behavior through observation and dynamic, engaging discussions
Summer 2024 Rates
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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  bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, golden and bald eagles, coyotes, and numerous other species large and small.  While not as common, based on current conditions and with the expertise of your local Naturalist Photographer Guide, you may also be gifted with the chance of seeing and potentially photographing wolves, grizzly and black bears, foxes, moose, badges, owls, and more.

Depending on the month, we may focus on seasonal wildlife highlights including bellowing bison in rut throughout July and August or the magnificent bugling elk during their breeding season in September and October. Spring in Yellowstone means animal babies abound and your day could find you witnessing a bison, pronghorn, or elk birth on the emerald-green bottomlands of the Lamar Valley in May and June. Perhaps bear cubs or badger kits are to be found scampering in a world entirely new to them!

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.

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See what other photographers are saying!

Unforgettable adventure we will always remember

We had a memorable morning in Yellowstone National Park. Our (photo) tour guide Evan tried very hard and was able to bring us many different animals in front of the lens. He also explained a lot about the Yellowstone National Park and patiently answered all our questions. Without this tour and without Evan we would not have seen so many animals. Thank you, it was an unforgettable adventure that we will always remember.

– Christine Schwingenschlögl, Google Reviews
Photography Tour with Rob

I saw that Yellowstone Wild was offering a week-long tour in May to see cubs and calves in springtime. I didn't have that kind of time, but it was a great idea so I booked a private photography tour for a day instead. My guide Rob is full of Yellowstone facts, great stories, and clear enthusiasm for the stunning beauty and variety of the National Park he loves. He's also a photographer, so pretty soon we were just two pals driving around looking at wildlife and taking pictures; one guy just happens to know where everything is and how to get those shots. Rob also follows, as I do, the Yellowstone Code of Ethics and is a protector and steward of this sacred place. I would recommend Yellowstone Wild and Rob to any photography enthusiast looking to feel Yellowstone, not just visit.

– Hubert C., TripAdvisor
Great day!

Evan was courteous and knowledgeable. The wildlife and scenery made it memorable. Evan answered all of our questions, really helped Allen with his photography. We saw so many animals. I never thought that we could see Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Moose, Grey Wolves, Black Bears and a Grizzly all in one day. Amazing.

– Allen B., TripAdvisor
Thank you!!

We had an outstanding morning with Rob. My brother said, in his 53 years, this experience was #1 and we've been to Churchill to see polar bears!! A great company with great guides that provide an excellent tour experience!! Thank you!! Susan and David

– Susan Sutherland, Google Reviews