Alaska Wildlife Adventure
April 27 – May 4, 2022
May 6 – 13, 2022
Alaska is one of the last truly wild places in North America, and is aptly considered our modern day “last frontier.” The wildlife and landscape opportunities here are like no place else. Join me for 8 days (7 nights) on an amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Landscape Photo Adventure.
This workshop coincides with the Pacific Herring spawning season, one of the largest spring herring spawning occurrences on the west coast of North America. The widely distributed herring biomass is an essential resource for the existence of almost all marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. The herrings’ annual event is a celebration of this crucial component of Southeast Alaska’s natural environment.
Eagles gather by the thousands here, lining the tall tress along the shoreline with their majestic white heads. The eagles’ keen eyesight and winter-long hunger leads to a more formidable aerial presence; we will watch their elegant dives as they catch herring by the talon full. Seals and Steller sea lions rush through the tremendous schools of herring that ribbon the shallow waters. Humpback whales demonstrate a variety of foraging tactics to capture the extremely elusive schools of herring. It is not uncommon for us to observe the whales displaying the fascinating ‘bubble-net’ feeding behavior up close.
Lastly, of course, what Alaskan marine feeding frenzy would not be complete without an appearance of the oceans top predator, the killer whale? The orca’s nomadic travels most definitely include a ‘layover’ at this epic buffet presented by the herring’s spawning along beautiful isolated beaches.
During this workshop, we will be traveling aboard a privately chartered 84-foot world-class expedition yacht. This luxurious vessel was designed and constructed from steel with the same rugged integrity of vessels built for Alaska’s renowned commercial fisheries. It provides both comfort and accessibility to the most remote locations in southeast Alaska.
An onboard chef will prepare locally caught salmon, crab, halibut, shrimp, caviar and black cod purchased specifically for our culinary interests. Dinner will be served alongside a selection of boutique wines or specialty beers from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, chosen by our Captain.
I believe in order to truly enjoy your trip, and receive the most out of an adventure photography workshop, we must have small groups and a very high ratio of instructors to participants.
We’ve limited this workshop to a maximum of 7 participants and 2 instructors. By capping the number of seats, we’re ensuring everyone gets the attention and one-on-one instruction they need to make incredible images.
Our gatherings are distinctive in that we have taken thorough care of all the necessary logistics during your excursion so you can solely focus on the photography pursuits at hand. Your comfort and ease on this adventure is the utmost priority.
You will be accompanied by Juan Pons and Captain Dennis for this excursion. Juan is an accomplished professional wildlife and travel photographer and photographic educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors. Juan has been visiting this area of Alaska for 10 years, and he looks forward to instructing you in some of the most iconic and picturesque locations around this incredible southeastern Alaskan landscape. Dennis is the captain and owner of our amazing marine vessel. He has spent his lifetime in Alaska, first as a commercial fisherman and now the owner of an expedition yacht.
Juan believes the best way to teach is by demonstrating, and to this end, he will be shooting alongside you, showing you his technique, and sharing his love and knowledge of the culture and the landscape of Alaska. However, his priority is always YOU, and assisting you to get the best images YOU can.
The biggest advantage of having small groups is the flexibility they provide for customizing and adjusting the schedule to accommodate for the particular interests of the group as a whole. This allows the group to cover only those topics that you are all interested in, including:
• Techniques for creating exciting and captivating landscape and wildlife images
• Digital darkroom techniques to enhance the quality of your images
• Best use of your equipment
• Image reviews
My workshops are fairly intensive experiences, and as such, you should not expect this to be a leisurely vacation. My goal is to capture the best images we can during our time on our yacht. This means there will be days we begin very early, typically at dawn, and end after sunset. However, we will always have breaks and lunch rest hours to recuperate.
Within 2 working days of placing a deposit for the workshop, you will receive a booking confirmation email from my team. About 3 months prior to the workshop start date, you should expect to receive important details regarding your flight arrangements to Petersburg, Alaska via email.
Then, around 8 weeks prior to our gathering, you will start hearing from me on a regular basis. I will provide you with a Workshop Participant Information Packet with all relevant trip details, and share relevant resources to get you inspired and thinking about the images you want to capture during our workshop. At this time, you will also receive from me a tentative itinerary, a list of clothing and equipment recommendations, and even discounts for equipment you may want to acquire for this excursion.
The Northern Song is an 84-foot steel expedition yacht is designed to be safe, functional, and comfortable. It offers an ideal balance of private accommodations and roomy common areas with ample outdoor areas for photography and sight-seeing.
The Northern Song features three beautiful guest staterooms with an en suite private bathroom and shower, as well as an additional spacious Master Suite with a queen sized bed and an en suite private bathroom and shower.
Our yacht features expansive indoor common areas that are ideal for dining and relaxing. In addition, several covered and open decks provide a perfect platform for wildlife watching and photography.
For more detailed information and pictures of the Northern Song please go here.
My assistant, Jaclyn, and I are always available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the workshop- simply call or email and we can help you as best we can.
Additionally, we will schedule a Zoom meeting 4-6 weeks prior to the start of our workshop. There, you can meet your fellow workshop participants, ask any questions before traveling, receive insights and recommendations for reference books, and much more.
Tuition for the workshop is $8,995.00 USD for double occupancy per person.
We apologize, but there is no single supplement available on this trip. The number of cabins are limited.
If you would like to reserve your spot on this workshop you can do so with a $3,995.00 USD deposit. The remaining balance of the workshop fee ($5,000) is due the prior December 1st to departure.
If you would like to reserve the Suite the cost is an additional $1,000. Please let us know.
• Privately chartered Yacht
• Lodging for 8 days/7 nights
• All meals and snack during the workshop
• Beverages, including beer and wine during the workshop
• All permits, fees, and gratuities
• In-the-field instruction
• Creative inspiration
• Group camaraderie
• A great time
• Airfare and ground transportation to and from Petersburg, AK
• Travel Insurance (Highly recommended)
• Anything not listed in the “What is Included” section
• You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from the yacht in Petersburg, AK. My team and I will be sharing with you details on where and when to arrive.
• Deposit is fully refundable until 4 months prior to departure.
• No refunds after 4 months prior to departure.
• Make sure to check the Terms and Conditions for all my workshops.
I highly recommend Travel Insurance from a reputable insurance company. I have partnered with Squaremouth, a website that allows you to compare multiple travel policies from multiple providers to choose the best one for you based on your needs and costs. Check them out here: https://www.squaremouth.com/
We do not have a set schedule once onboard the yacht, as we will observe the behavior of the wildlife and weather conditions to maximize our photographic opportunities.
Best of all, our yacht is small enough, and our captain is experienced enough, to optimally position us for the best images possible.