Alaska

Location: Silver Salmon Creek Lodge

Dates: July 26 – Aug 2, 2020

Deposit: $3,000 / Tuition: $7,495

 Travel to America’s “Last Frontier”.

 Discover the most remote and natural settings of Alaska to photograph wildlife and beautiful scenics. Journey alongside the incredible nature photographers Melissa Groo and Kristi Odom as you capture stunning images of all of Alaska’s wild inhabitants, including bears, eagles, puffins, seals, sea lions, otters and more! We have been to Alaska numerous times and are excited to offer the best instructors to learn alongside while enjoying the beauty that is Alaska. 

 Take your nature photography to the next level by pairing up with the best in the business in an awe-inspiring location. Our Alaska workshop is not simply a photography trip, it’s an educational adventure that will make you a better and smarter photographer while loading up your portfolio with stunning nature and wildlife images. This is a small-group workshop with limited availability so reserve your spot today!! 

What To Know

We will be meeting in Anchorage, AK on the morning of July 21 to depart to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge by float plane. Participants are responsible for travel to and from Anchorage. To account for any travel delays, we recommend arriving in Anchorage on July 20, a day before the morning float plane departure. For lodging in Anchorage we recommend the Courtyard by Marriott, which is closely located to the airport and our departure area. We will be taking a float plane back to Anchorage on July 26, and recommend that participants book flights after 5:00pm if flying out on the same day.

The workshop hotel and classroom is Silver Salmon Creek Lodge.
Anchorage lodging before/after workshop – Courtyard Marriott.

Spouse and companion discounts are available for this workshop! These discounts are for non-photographers who want to share in this amazing experience with you. Please contact us for more information. 

Topics We Will Cover

Nature

Photography

Conservation

Photography

Storytelling

Environmental

Portraiture

2019 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo

Workshop Faculty

Melissa is a wildlife photographer, writer, speaker, and educator. She's a contributing editor to Audubon magazine, writes a column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. She speaks and writes extensively on issues of ethics and conservation in wildlife photography, and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Chair of the Ethics Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association from 2014-2018, she remains on the committee as a member, also serving on the Conservation Committee. Melissa has received awards and honorable mentions in photography competitions including Audubon (2015 Grand Prize winner), and Nature’s Best. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines, such as Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and Natural History. Melissa is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and has a long-term gallery at Audubon Greenwich in Connecticut.

Chris Steppig

Workshop Director

Chris runs the annual series of workshops and is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people. Chris is also an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Trip Highlights:

How to Research and Prepare for a Nature Photography Shoot.
Photograph nesting puffins.
Photograph bears, eagles, seals, otters, and more.
The Habits and Habitats of Alaska’s Wildlife.
How to Creatively Photograph Wildlife and Landscapes.
What to look for when Photographing in Alaska.

Ample one on one time for portfolio reviews with faculty.

 

Costs Included In Tuition:

ALL travel while in Alaska is included. 
*Includes float plane from Anchorage to Silver Salmon at beginning of workshop
and from Silver Salmon to Anchorage at the end of the workshop.
ALL meals and Silver Salmon lodging are included.

 

Not Included:

Travel to and from our departure point in Anchorage is NOT included.
Lodging while in Anchorage is NOT included.

Workshop Itinerary

July 26

Recommended arrival day into Anchorage.

July 27

We will wake up early to catch our float plane to Silver Salmon Creek. After taking a wildly scenic flight to the lodge, we’ll have time to check in and get settled. Depending on when we arrive there will likely be time to explore the area around the lodge for wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

 July 28

Welcome to the wild Alaskan wilderness! We will rise early before breakfast to photograph the sunrise and look for bears along the coast. After a great early morning outing, we’ll return to the lodge for breakfast and some time to edit the morning’s images before a brief critique session followed by lunch. The afternoon will be spent around the lodge learning about conservation and wildlife photography. We will head back out to the beach around sunset in search of more bears and spectacular scenery.

 July 29

Similar to yesterday, we will grab our cameras before the sun and head out in search of more brown bears. Rather than returning to the lodge for lunch, we will hop on a boat and head towards Bird Island to spend the rest of the afternoon photographing nesting puffins. We’ll return to the lodge in the afternoon for another lecture, some downtime, and another evening bear excursion.

July 30 – 31

We will rise early before breakfast to photograph the sunrise and look for bears along the coast. After a great early morning outing, we’ll return to the lodge for breakfast and some time to edit the morning’s images before a brief critique session followed by lunch. The afternoon will be spent around the lodge learning about conservation and wildlife photography. We will head back out to the beach around sunset in search of more bears and spectacular scenery.

Aug 1

Today we return to Anchorage via float plane. In case of weather, we suggest that return flights from Anchorage are scheduled for tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Aug 2 

Return home from Anchorage. Schedule return flights in the afternoon or evening just in case there is weather when trying to leave the lodge.