Explore Grand Teton National Park through a different lens. This full day private photography experience offers you the opportunity to enhance your photography skills while you travel through the national park with a professional photography guide. The stunning backdrop of Teton Mountain landscapes and diversity of wildlife creates photo opportunities you’ll only find here in Jackson Hole.
This is a wildlife safari tour with a photography focus.
- Premium Photography Safari
- Personalized Instruction & Creative Direction
- Grand Teton Landscapes & Wildlife Sightings
Our professional photography guides will maximize your goals and expand your skill set whether you identify as an amateur or professional photographer. Throughout the day, your guide will work with you to advance your skill set covering topics such as gear, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, lighting, composition, editing, and more.
Always keep in mind that landscape photography opportunities are subject to change due to weather conditions and wildlife photography is dependent on, well…wildlife, and sometimes wildlife can be finicky. Your professional photography guide will be happy to help you with your photography gear, answer any questions you may have about photography, and share some of their best photography practices.
This tour is van-based with ample time out of the vehicle for photography and instruction. Please come prepared for a variety of conditions and terrain.
A full day private photography tour begins with an early-morning pick up to maximize wildlife and landscape opportunities. Pick up time may vary based on the days weather and lighting conditions and our professional photography guides will cater the trip to your creative interests and goals. Whether you are aspiring to be a new-age Ansel Adams or just love capturing images in an awe-striking natural landscape, a full day private photography tour into Grand Teton National Park is a perfect opportunity to have an experienced guide lead you to prime scenic viewpoints and the most fruitful spots to find wildlife.
Your personal guide will navigate you through over 50 miles of roadway within the park with mindful attention to elements conducive to successful photography conditions, along which a variety of strategically placed pullouts can be found, each offering dramatic vistas of either winding rivers, crystalline bodies of water that mirror open sky, craggy, alpine peaks and the potential for spectacular wildlife sightings. Working in this wild space also results in no two pictures being the same, even if snapping a photo from a popular spot such as the Snake River Overlook or the Oxbow Bend; the weather, clouds and lighting vary on a near daily basis. Our guides are well-versed in popular photography spots and will also help encourage you to experiment at each location and challenge you to produce unique work. Each tour will be customized to your physical and technical skills.
The unpredictability of wildlife enhances the experience as well. While many animals, like bison, moose and pronghorn, have distinct habitats they are typically found amongst during certain seasons, there is always the chance of finding them in unexpected places that could create the set up for an entirely unique photo. Then there are less frequently seen species, such as otters, wolves, great gray owls and grizzly bears. These animals keep you on your toes, potentially darting along a river bank or dashing through an open field and vanishing before the click of a shutter.
To understand more about the seasonal nature of Jackson Hole’s wildlife, you can read more about the seasons and what you’re most likely to see in Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park or even Yellowstone at different times of the year. If you have a certain subject in mind, plan your arrival accordingly in order to optimize your chances of seeing it in the wild.
Weather and light dependent, we will utilize the warmest (and often slowest) part of the day to review images, discuss successes, areas of improvement, and expand your knowledge of Lightroom. Our guides will not only put you in the right habitat to get your dream shot, but also help bring your creative vision to life during our editing workshops. One goal of the tour is to see you go home with several successful images that demonstrate your growth and understanding of photographic concepts covered on the tour.
It is important to note that appropriate gear for the season is necessary to accommodate for times when we will need to walk short distances in variable weather conditions.
Professional photography guide
Assorted snack basket
Hot and cold beverages
Use of UHD binoculars and spotting scopes
National Park entrance fees
Personal photography equipment
All guests are picked up and returned to their place of lodging. We pick up at hotels and condos in Jackson and Teton Village. Your exact pickup time will be determined by your hotel location and the season. Please make note of your pickup time, and save it for your reference.
Please be ready and waiting in the hotel lobby a few minutes before your pickup. Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes for your guide to arrive just in case they are delayed for any reason.
Changes to trip timing may be made to accommodate daylight and/or optimum wildlife viewing.
Approximate pickup times for Jackson Hole include:
May 1 – September 14
- 6:30 AM
September 15 – October 31
- 7:00 AM
On the Menu
Excellent customer service, high quality product, thoughtful and intentional production.
Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris is proud to partner with Teton Lunch Counter to serve a locally-sourced, sustainable lunch option for all our guests on this tour. The menu includes a sandwich with meats, veggies, and bread, served with chips and a cookie, all from locally-grown products and nearby vendors. Lunch is served in a zero-waste, reusable container.
Since the products come from small growers, bakers and butchers, some substitutions may be made for ingredients that are temporarily or seasonally unavailable. The folks at Teton Lunch Counter will make sure that each meal is sustainably sourced and spectacularly delicious, no matter the season.
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals are available. Please indicate if you have a food allergy at the time of booking so we can discuss your meal options prior to your tour.
(Winter tours will make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch).
The guide brought us to choice wildlife viewing and photography sites. We would not have found these on our own. Perfect for a shorter vacation time span. The excellent guide also provided information on wildlife environmental patterns and preferences so we knew how to look further on our own.
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What equipment should we bring for a full day photography safari tour?
Bring the photography equipment you are familiar with using on a daily basis. Before you head out, make sure you have fully charged batteries, including a spare for the day. We recommend having extra memory cards on hand. For landscape photography, a 14mm-24mm and 24mm-70mm lens are best. For wildlife photography, a 300mm, 500mm and 600mm lens are best. A tripod is optional; if you have your own, and would like to bring it, you may do so.
What should we wear for a full day photography tour in Grand Teton National Park?
For the summer season, the weather can be variable throughout the day. Early and late summer can experience wild temperature swings from early morning to midday. It’s best to come prepared with synthetic or wool layers that can easily be put on or taken off as the temperatures change. Make sure to include a wind/rain shell to keep yourself dry if needed. Sturdy shoes are a must. We will be in and out of the vehicle and crossing uneven terrain to get some of our shots. Hiking boots are a good option if you have them. If not, a sturdy walking shoe will also work just as well.
For the winter season, layers are a must. Choose lightweight wicking layers to wear against the skin and add insulating layers to keep you warm. A wind/snow shell is key in order to keep you dry. Sturdy waterproof snow boots with good traction should be worn with wool or synthetic socks to keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t forget to bring a wool or fleece hat and warm pair of gloves or mittens.
What's the best time of year for a Grand Teton photography safari tour?
Wildlife sightings vary throughout the seasons and there’s not one season that is better than another; it only depends on your photography goals. The diversity of flora and fauna in Grand Teton National Park is impressive; sometimes, you just need to know where, and when, to look. In the spring months (April, May, June) you’ll be more likely to see bison calves, grizzly bears, black bears and blue birds. In the height of summer (June, July, August), you might see bison and pronghorn. During the fall, (August, September, October), you could see black bears and moose. During the winter months (November – March) you may see elk, bighorn sheep, moose (possibly without antlers), coyotes and foxes.
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