Grand Teton Early Winter Photo Workshop
November 28 - December 2nd, 2020
Fabulous Scenery, Wildlife and a great start to your Holiday Season.
Nowhere is more grand in the early winter at the beginning of the Holiday Season than Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming. Join Jess Lee and crew for this special early winter photography tour to the most photographic mountain range in North America. We will put you in great locations at the right time to capture unique images of this special place we call the Tetons. Not only is the scenery spectacular but the wildlife in Jackson Hole is abundant. The National Elk Refuge has an average of 7500 elk wintering in the heart of Jackson Hole and this is the time those elk will be migrating through the areas we will be photographing. The famous Moose of Jackson Hole should still have their massive antlers and hungry predators will be searching for prey. The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep will be some of our subjects during the beginning of their breeding season. Wolf and Mountain Lion sights are uncommon but every year these wary predators are found in the area. Jackson Hole has 47 species of mammals which also includes River Otters, Fox and Coyotes.
In addition to the natural splendor, Jackson will be decorated in the spirit of the holiday season. The famous elk antlers arches and the downtown area will be lit up with holiday decorations giving us great opportunities for early evening photo shoots. During this time there will also be the possibility of capturing the Lunar Eclipse and the full moon setting over the snowcapped Tetons.
Plan to arrive by mid-day on the 28th so you can be picked up at the Jackson Wyoming airport and we can prepare for a quick afternoon shoot to make sure your equipment is working and you are ready for the thrilling days ahead. Each morning we will leave Jackson well before dawn to be in position at a new location to capture the splendor of the majestic Teton Range lit by the predawn alpine glow. As the sun rises we will search for the prime conditioned wildlife in the frost covered valley of Jackson Hole. The morning can bring crisp clear magically sparkling ice crystal air, mystical fog or with luck a wind driven snow storm to add a sense of wonder to this fabulous place.
After our morning shoot we will head back to Jackson for a hot meal, time you review your mornings work and time to talk photography. With the short winter days we will soon be back on the road in the comfort of our four wheel drive SUV. We will be on our way to photograph more wildlife and then the evening glow as the sun sets behind the Tetons with the full moon rising to the east.
For our next sunrise we will be leaving earlier to capture the moon setting behind the Tetons as the valley is lit by the predawn light as we photograph to one of the most beautiful scenes you will find in any mountain range. Then as the light changes we will be off to photograph the Big Horn Sheep rut as they begin their breeding season. We nay even catch a couple of rams battle for the favor of one of the females. Or we may just track down the area where the bull moose gather after their breeding season is over. No matter which choice we make, on each outing we will be watching for hunting Coyotes, Foxes and even the elusive Teton wolf pack.One of the great things about this trip is that we are never short of awesome, unique photography subjects.
Too soon will come the morning of December 2nd where after a sunrise shoot and a final brunch you will be taken to the Jackson airport for you return flight home. Even after you arrive home Jess will be available to discuss your images and processing should the need arrive.
Jess has been living, photographing, guiding, and instructing in the Yellowstone-Teton eco-system for over 30 years. Jess has spent over a hundred days a year photographing Yellowstone- Grand Teton and its wildlife. Thousands of his award winning Yellowstone-Grand Teton photographs have appeared in publications such as National Wildlife, Sierra, Defenders of Wildlife, and Sports Afield. Jess's wild wolf images have appeared in prestigious publications such as covers on National Geographic, National Wildlife and Defenders of Wildlife, and many more wolf images have been used to promote the reintroduction of this critical species in publications such as Smithsonian and films including Ken Burns recent hit production " National Parks, Americas Best Idea". While most tour leaders come to Yellowstone for a few short weeks a year we are attuned to the local conditions and keep up to date on the wildlife activities by daily contact. In addition, we have a vast network of local friends who are constantly reporting to us on wildlife activities. This is your chance to learn from that vast base of experience.
Price $2495. Based on sharing a room. Including Lodging, Meals, Guiding, Park Fees Transportation including airport pickup and drop off with only 3 passengers per Luxury SUV for your comfort and safety. One of the most unique small group photography experiences on the planet...Holidays in the Tetons-Priceless.
Single Supplement $300. $1000 deposit holds your place
Plan to Arrive at Jackson Hole Airport by 3PM on the 28th if possible and Depart after 11 AM on December 2nd.
Terms and Conditions
GROUP MINIMUM: Occasionally I am able to run a trip below our group minimum which is generally 3. In such instances, it may be necessary to apply a small group supplement. You would be contacted regarding such a situation but you would not be obligated to accept the new terms.RESERVATIONS: Your deposit is required to secure your place on any trip, with the balance due120 days prior to the departure date..Details of hotels, flight arrival recommendations, and other trip tips will be mailed when the tour is full.MEALS: Some meals and refreshments are included depending on the trip details, but not alcoholic beverages.ADMISSIONS: Access to public buildings and national parks etc. are not included in the land price.CANCELLATIONS: All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, and due to costs incurred by Jess Lee Photos in arranging a tour, deposits are non-refundable. Payment in full is required 120 days prior to departure. Cancellations after 120 days will receive a full refund( except deposit) if your spot can be filled from a waiting list or if you can fill your spot.JessLeePhotos LLC strongly suggests that tour participants invest in trip cancellation insurance..CANCELED EXPEDITIONS: In the event of insufficient tour sign-ups, JessLeePhotos reserves the right to cancel any given trip. However, JessLeePhotos is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.LUGGAGE: JessLeePhotos request that tour participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag, and tripod. We ask that group members bear in mind space and comfort in our vehicles. All personal luggage is the responsibility of the owner so please keep the weight to a limit you can handle and other restrictions can be met.SMOKERS: Smoking is not permitted at meals or on vans. It can be permitted at photo stops where local ordinances permit, photography, and photographers are not affected.RESPONSIBILITY: JessLeePhotos LLC and its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, and as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay, or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause. JessLeePhotos reserves the right to substitute hotels, and other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.JessLeePhotos reserves the right to pass on to tour members any additional and unplanned expenditures incurred during the tour, via events beyond JessLeePhotos' control.The right is reserved to accept or decline any person as a member of any tour. Payment of tour fees by trip participants constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein including but not limited to injury, death, or other liability incurred during a trip.