What you need to know ahead of time
These photography and wildlife tours will be geared towards photographers of all skill levels and will be custom designed for the individual. Where we go and what we see will depend on your goals.
To be eco-friendly, we ask that all participants refrain from smoking or using scents of any kind. We will carefully follow the park rules and instructions given us by the rangers. Short hikes, less than 1/2 mile, will be allowed, if desired but we will be careful to not damage the park’s resources or disturb the wildlife. We want you to enjoy Yellowstone and get great photos while being safe and preserving our national park.
Weather and what to bring:
The weather in Yellowstone can vary 20 to 40 degrees in minutes so always be prepared with layers. A jacket, hat and gloves for early morning and t-shirt for afternoon. Sunscreen and a hat are important. With a rain jacket in between. For our tours, you must wear sturdy shoes.
Before booking, let me know where you will be staying, what kind of camera gear you own and your familiarity with same, and if you have any special dietary needs. For drinks, I provide coffee, tea and water, only – no sodas – so you might need to bring your own beverages. Let me know your goals for our tour.
Included in each tour will be a full day in the park, with as much photo instruction as you desire, and lunch if available for your tour. You will need to bring bear spray, binoculars, camera equipment, including a tripod, and scope if you have one.
We can not guarantee that you will see any particular animals, or that you will be able to get closeup shots if the situation is unsafe or unlawful. For wildlife photography we recommend a minimum of a 400mm lens – 500 or 600 is preferable and a tripod. Bean bags for shooting from the vehicle, are recommended. Bring plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. If available, you can rent a Nikon D610 with a Sigma 150-600 lens for the day, at an added cost. Tripod may or may not be available. I will have a scope that we can use for viewing distant wildlife. The amount of time you want to spend watching animal behavior will be entirely up to you – but the focus will be on photography.
Full day, 10 hour tours, begin approximately 1 hour before sunrise, unless you prefer another starting time.
Booking and refund policy:
Booking in advance is required with 1/2 payment – balance due two weeks before your tour. If cancelled 5 days before, 1/2 of the tour amount will be refunded. Trip insurance highly recommended. Be familiar with the park rules and be prepared to follow them.
Lodging, transportation from airport, park pass (good for 7 days) and gratuity not included in this price. Fun, great photos and enhanced knowledge of the wildlife and park are included.
*Note, it is important that you know the basic settings of your camera prior to the workshop, so that you can get the most out of your day with us.
Not permitted on tour:
Firearms, smoking and perfumed scents are not permitted.
Deby Dixon is a permitted photography and art guide with Yellowstone National Park and is trained in CPR.