verb | ex·plore | \ik-ˈsplȯr\
Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.


verb | cre·ate | \krē-ˈāt, ˈkrē-ˌ\
To cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.


verb | \ˈgrō\
To become better or improved in some way: to become more developed, mature, etc.

Photo Tours

  • Yellowstone and the Tetons

    Sep 28th 2018 - Oct 6th 2018
    The Greater Yellowstone Area has been called the Serengeti of North America. It is home to large herds of majestic grazing animals, as well as the predators that prey on them. When you add to that the raw scenic beauty you have a truly epic place.
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    8 participants
  • Birds and Wildlife of Ecuador

    Nov 24th 2018 - Dec 4th 2018
    Join us for a spectacular photographic adventure to Ecuador. Experience the wonders of the Andean cloudforest as we photograph birds and other wildlife of the Tandayapa Valley and Sumaco foothills. Then join us for an optional extension to the most biologically diverse place in the world, deep in the heart of the Amazon!
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    8 participants
    due to a cancellation we have one spot open for a male traveler
  • Wildlife of Tanzania

    Feb 14th 2019 - Feb 27th 2019
    An epic adventure: Photographing the hunt of a lion, the birth of Wildebeests, the explosion of a Cheetah running at full speed, the sublime connection within a herd of elephants, the gentle gaze of giraffes – this is where memories of a lifetime are created! Join us as we experience life on the dark continent!
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    10 participants
    Full Get on our early announce list for 2020 trip!
  • The Magic of Monarchs

    Mar 6th 2019 - Mar 10th 2019
    Our world is blessed with many unique and amazing natural splendors. One of those is the magical and mysterious migration of the Monarch butterfly where virtually the entire world’s population flies to one tiny mountain area deep in the heart of Mexico. Join us as we experience this incredible wildlife spectacle.
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    10 participants
    Trip is full accepting waitlist
  • Costa Rica – Cloud Forest Adventure

    Mar 22nd 2019 - Apr 1st 2019
    With such a diversity of subject matter it’s no wonder Costa Rica is such a popular destination. From the beautiful scenery and plants, to incredible birds, reptiles, insects, and even poison dart frogs Costa Rica has something for everyone. It should come as no surprise to anyone that it is one of our favorite places on the globe!
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    8 participants
    Over half full!
  • Costa Rica – Osa Peninsula

    Apr 6th 2019 - Apr 16th 2019
    Osa Penninsula is Costa Rica’s most remote and wild destination. With Corcovado National Park covering nearly half of the peninsula. It contains an astounding diversity of wildlife, including large populations of Tapir, Jaguar, Giant Anteaters, Macaws, and so much more. Join us for a journey into the true wilds of Costa Rica.
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    8 participants
    Filling fast!
  • Arizona Bats, Birds and More

    May 4th 2018 - May 8th 2018
    World-renowned for its wildlife diversity. Madera Canyon is a true photographic hotspot. Join us on an all-new adventure with incredible opportunities for stop-action photography of bats and hummingbirds using high-speed flash and more.
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    6 participants
    Full accepting waiting list
  • Galapagos Island Tour 2019

    Nov 7th 2019 - Nov 19th 2019
    If you are like most people a trip to the Galapagos Islands is very likely on your “bucket list”. If you are a nature photographer probably doubly so! And so it should be, because The Galapagos Islands are nature photography Nirvana!
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    14 participants
    Returning 2019
  • Tours Currently in The Planning Stages

    Winter in Yellowstone January 2019
    Newfoundland Puffins Gannets and more July 2019
    Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River August 2019
    Brazil – Jaguars, the Pantanal September 2019
    Peru – Machu Picchu and the Amazon
    Alaska’s Grizzlies

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    Our trips fill up very quickly. For advance notice of an upcoming trip sign up below.


  • New Experience – The Weekender!

    Jan 1st 2018 - Dec 31st 2018
    Take a short flight and spend a long weekend immersed in unique nature-rich environments tailored to the best photographic opportunities the season has to offer! These exciting new adventures will be a combination photo tour/workshop giving you the best of both experiences.
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    6 participants
    Coming Soon
  • Spring in the Smokies

    Apr 20th 2018 - Apr 23rd 2018
    Spring is our absolute favorite time to be in the Smokies. This workshop is timed to coincide with the peak of spring wildflower season. The flower photography will be rounded out with birds, bears and waterfalls. The price also includes lodging in a beautiful log cabin five minutes from the park.
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    8 participants
    Filling fast!
  • Spring in the Northwoods Wildflowers and More

    May 26th 2018 - May 29th 2018
    There is something very special about Spring in the Northwoods. Because of the shorter growing season life just seems to erupt after the long winter. We will be in place to photograph the arriving Spring in all its glory! Our days will be spent with wildflowers, waterfalls, migrating birds and other signs of Spring.
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    8 participants
    Full Accepting waitlist
  • Raptors in Flight Simcoe, Ontario

    Feb 2nd 2019 - Feb 3rd 2019
    We are proud to offer this exciting photographic experience. The workshop will be offered 4 times a year, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each workshop we will have two three hour sessions participants will have the opportunity to photograph a total of six Raptors in flight and six Raptors on beautiful perches.
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    10 participants
    2019 Winter and Spring Full a few spots remain for Summer and Fall!
  • Birds of Prey Model Shoot at The Howell Nature Center

    Oct 13th 2018 - Oct 14th 2018
    These world class raptor workshops are one of the main fundraisers for The Howell Nature Center. The Center rehabilitates and releases back into the wild thousands of injured and orphaned animals each year. The workshops take place four times a year, two in the fall, one in the winter, and a spring shoot.
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    45 participants
    Registration available
  • Fall Color Photography in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

    Oct 11th 2019 - Oct 14th 2019
    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of the National Park System’s hidden gems. This location has it all, 15 miles of 200 foot tall colorful sandstone cliff, beautiful fall color, dozens of photogenic waterfalls, and scenic quiet lakes blanketed in fog.
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    8 participants
    Returning Fall of 2019
  • Macro Photography at Steve’s House

    May 12th 2018 - Sep 30th 2018
    One of the things to love about Macro Photography is that it’s very accessible, it doesn’t require a lot of equipment and you can spend your entire life in a meadow behind your house and never exhaust the possibilities. Learn how during these ongoing, very unique semi-private workshops.
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    8 participants
    Returning Spring 2018
  • Custom Photo Tours and Experiences

    Jan 1st 2016 - Jan 31st 2060
    Do you learn better in a one on one setting? Do you have a certain skill or specialty you want to work on? Perhaps a private half day workshop is the answer. Additionally we are happy to give you an estimate on a custom Workshop or Photo Tour to your dream destination, anywhere in the world.
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    1 participants

Tours vs Workshops Difference

Photo Tours

Tours are more location based. Photo tours are typically longer and always to amazing photographic destinations. The focus of a photo tour is photography plain and simple. Tours are about total immersion in a place and our creative process.

Our role during a photo tour is to take care of the travel logistics and all of the little details so you can focus on creating images. But, most importantly we will make sure you are in great locations at the right time to create great images. While Steve will often be shooting during a photo tour his images will always be secondary to your images. His main purpose will be to help you get great images. Steve will always be available to answer questions or help solve a problem.

Instruction is a large part of a photo tour. But to get the most out of a photo tour, participants in most tours will want to have an understanding of basic camera operation.

Photo Workshops

Workshops are definitely more instruction based than a tour. Shorter and more intense, workshops are super-charged with creativity and learning.

Group sizes are kept smaller (usually eight or less) in order to provide for more one on one instruction. The main thrust of one of our workshops will always be to spend quality time out in the field learning. Learning to see, learning new techniques, learning to identify and solve photographic problems, and of course making great images. Steve's role during a workshop will be to help you find and create great images, and to help you see and solve potential problems in the field.

Steve rarely shoots during a workshop and when he does, it will be near the end of the workshop and then to demonstrate how he would solve a problem or handle a particular situation.

The Goal

In the end photography is about seeing, and more importantly, it’s about effectively communicating your vision, and your message, through the images you create. During the course of either a workshop or a photo tour Steve will share with you how he sees, and give you an insight into how you see.

After either experience you will more effectively communicate your vision. Your work will speak more clearly without technical flaws and visual distractions that detract from your chosen message.

Hope to see you soon!