Yellowstone Intimate Landscapes
Yellowstone is a photographer's paradise, full of intricate details that are easily missed if you don't take your time to really look around. In this unique workshop, we will encourage you to slow down and open your eyes to the incredible beauty surrounding you in this national park. From steamy thermal features to rainbow-filled waterfalls and geysers, there is an incredible variety of stunning subjects to capture in Yellowstone. This workshop is designed for those who want to challenge themselves and push their creative boundaries. You'll have the opportunity to experiment with different techniques and perspectives while exploring Yellowstone's diverse and captivating landscapes.
September 15-20, 2024
Yellowstone National Park is a paradise for creating intimate landscapes (Small Scenes). The possibilities for creating meaningful photographs unique to your vision are endless. Photographers often overlook Yellowstone because it lacks the obvious grand scenics that draw people to other national parks; instead, it is a park filled with natural wonders which require time to explore more deeply.
One of the unique aspects of Yellowstone National Park is the incredible array of thermal features. From bubbling hot springs and geysers to boiling mud pots, these natural wonders provide endless opportunities for capturing intimate landscapes. The bacterial mats surrounding these thermal features are a fascinating subject to photograph, with their intricate patterns and vibrant colors.
In addition to the thermal features, Yellowstone also boasts stunning canyon walls and waterfalls, which provide endless inspiration for the contemplative photographer. The park's diverse ecosystems, from forests and meadows to rivers and lakes, offer a wide range of photographic opportunities.
During our workshop, we will focus on practicing Slow and Contemplative Photography techniques, allowing us to connect with the landscape and uniquely capture its beauty. We will spend time exploring the park and discovering its hidden gems, slowing down and noticing the details that often go unnoticed.
This workshop is designed for photographers who understand their camera well and want to challenge their creativity to find their unique vision of the world. Join us in Yellowstone National Park for an unforgettable photography experience.
Important DetailsLodging: We have rooms held at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone for $359/night. You are welcome to stay anywhere in the West Yellowstone area. More details will be emailed after signing up.
Preparation: Upon registration, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you, ensuring all the details are at your fingertips to help you plan your travel arrangements seamlessly.
Day 1 - Kickoff and Immersion:
- 5:00 pm: Meet at the hotel for introductions.
- Dinner: Enjoy an early group dinner to beat the crowds.
- Evening Session: Engaging presentations at the hotel to prime you for the art of photographing intimate landscapes.
Days 2-5 - In-depth Exploration and Learning:
- Early Morning (sunrise until 10:00 am): Capture the delicate beauty of the park in the soft early morning light.
- Brunch & Rest: Return to West Yellowstone for a replenishing meal and a quick nap.
- Afternoon (1:00 - 2:00 pm): Engage in an hour-long presentation, followed by a tailored assignment and a focus on post-processing techniques in Lightroom.
- Late Afternoon (4:00 pm onwards): Head back into the park to explore and photograph diverse locations, accompanied by a convenient sack lunch.
- Return: Arrive back at the hotel around 9:30 pm to rest.
Day 6 - Reflection and Farewell:
- 8:00 am: Gather for image critiques and feedback, sharing insights and growth.
- 11:00 am: Workshop concludes, leaving you inspired and enriched with new skills, perspectives, and friendships.
I have done quite a few photography workshops and what David and Jennifer is offering is so unique and special that is on a whole other level. They truly care about their clients' learning and progress in photography. I did a six day Yellowstone intimate photography workshop and it was the most exhilarating significant experience in my photography journey so far. Their only focus was for each of us to connect to ourselves and to nature on a much deeper level and find ways to express ourselves using nature. They gave us all the tools we needed, the inspiration and excitement before going out as well as the feedback and support we wanted in the field. Their ability to provide the guidance while giving us the space to find our own way and vision was so different than other photography guides. In addition, David provided extremely valuable post processing tips that will make this this part so much easier. I highly recommend them as they give their all to their clients before during and after the workshop.
Jennifer and David's Intimate Details workshop in Yellowstone was outstanding! They have extensive knowledge about the area which was very helpful when navigating the busy park at the best times to avoid traffic congestion as well as diverting to a different location if necessary. In four days we were able to shoot a huge variety of intimate and wider scenes from geysers to waterfalls to autumnal grasses to bacterial mat details. The afternoon post processing sessions were incredibly helpful for me. Jennifer and David have an obvious love and respect for nature. They were very kind and supportive to all of the participants and I could not have asked for a better experience. I will most definitely be doing another one of their workshops!
Jennifer and David know Yellowstone down to individual thermal features, and they have the forecasting expertise to predict when and where conditions will create the greatest photographic potential for their workshop groups. At any given site, they are alert to the changes in atmospherics and light that create opportunities, and they are there with group and individual coaching on technique for the situation. At the same time, there's no feeling of herding, no pressure to conform; only encouragement of each participant's curiosity and vision. I've never felt at once so free and so supported during a workshop.
What is Included
What is Not Included
* Please note that carpooling is REQUIRED. We must get down to three vehicles for our group since parking can be a challenge at times.
Important Note: This workshop is focused on intimate landscapes, also known as small scenes. Although we may photograph grand landscapes if the opportunity arises, it will not be our main focus. Additionally, we will not be stopping for wildlife sightings as we have specific timelines to adhere to, and getting stuck in a wildlife jam would not be conducive to achieving our goals.
Safe, Legal, Responsible.
We are proud members of Nature First Photography. This movement is dedicated to responsible nature photography. At its core are seven principles that we abide by and promote to our clients. We hope you will join the movement!
Concerned About Your Safety
We understand how important your safety is when we’re in remote locations. This is why David and Jennifer are both certified Wilderness First Responders, we are prepared for any situation large or small. We also carry satellite communication devices should we need rescue assistance in remote areas.
We always run our workshops on the up and up. For this workshop, Exploring Exposure is Authorized Permittee of Yellowstone National Park. We are also an equal opportunity service provider.
We encourage you to find your unique style of creativity with focused training based on your style and skill level. You will experience a rigorous learning experience in the field and the classroom to take your photography to the next level.
Our passion is seeing you grow in your photographic journey. We put your interests ahead of our own. Early on in the workshop, we will not photograph at all. Our focus is your learning experience, and we will not run off to chase the light and leave you behind. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner. This is so you can see how we approach a scene, demonstrate techniques, and create comradery with the group. Our focus will always remain with YOU.
We understand everyone comes to workshops at different points in their photography journeys. We will be there to guide and help you, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. There is always something to learn about photography, and we will do our best to help you find your creative vision.
Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you. With our small group size, we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, and there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.
This workshop will involve short hikes of 2-3 miles total daily. We will only be on the boardwalks so the hikes are easy, but carrying around your camera pack all day can get exhausting.
- If you are flying in there are several options:
- West Yellowstone Airport - 5 minutes to the hotel
- Bozeman International Airport - 1h 45m to the hotel
- Idaho Falls Airport - 1h 45m to the hotel
- Jackson Hole Airport - 2h 45m to the hotel
- We recommend using Google Flights to find the best option for where you are coming from.
Are spouses/partners welcome?
For this workshop, no. Unless they are paying full price for a seat. We must reduce the number of cars due to parking concerns.
Will I have cell signal during the Workshop?
Cell signal is extremely intermittent in most of the locations we will visit, you should not expect to be connected all the time, at certain locations you may be offline for long periods, enjoy the silence. There is cell service and wifi available in West Yellowstone.
Will the instructors take photos during the Workshop?
The instructors will take a few photos in a limited manner, this is so you can see how we approach a scene, create comradery with the group, and show you the same type of images you will be taking for our post-processing session. Our focus will always remain with you.
Will weather cancel the Workshop?
Dramatic weather is when the best photographs are created! Unless there are very dangerous conditions the weather will not stop us, in fact it will encourage us! No rain checks will be given for any weather related circumstances.
- If you cancel 90 days prior to the workshop we will refund your initial payment minus a $100 fee.
- 90 days before the start of the workshop, we will refund your initial payment only if we can fill your spot.
- The full balance is due 60 days before the workshop. There will be no refunds on the full amount owed. We will attempt to fill your spot, if filled there will be a $100 administrative fee charged and the rest of your payment will be refunded.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend trip insurance to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. We recommend Travelguard or World Nomads.
We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. we are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and for this reason we also recommend the purchase of trip insurance.
Please do not hesitate to send us any questions you may have, we would be happy to help.
Private Yellowtone Workshops
If you are looking for a private guide to show you around Yellowstone, look no further. We spend extended periods here and are constantly exploring the incredible landscape to find all it has to offer. We can be your private tour guide or we can turn your experience into a full workshop training you on composition, vision, post-processing with Lightroom and Photoshop, all without the group.