Intensive Wildlife Photography Instruction
January 16–21, 2023
The Yukon is renowned for its wildlife and is also one of the best places in the world to spot the northern lights. In this intensive learning workshop, we provide you with plenty of opportunities to photograph both!
For the wildlife portion of this workshop, we’ll be shooting at a wildlife preserve that specializes in photographic opportunities, allowing you to capture stunning portraits of iconic animals in a controlled setting. Our target species are Canada lynx, red fox, silver fox, Arctic fox, muskox, Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, woodland bison, elk, moose, and mule deer, all set against backdrops of mountain and forest. Throughout the workshop we’ll be focusing on five key elements for wildlife photography success: research, pre-visualization, decision making, post-processing, and evaluation.
At night, we’ll turn our attention to the skies, and weather-permitting, we should have several nights of dancing aurora. To experience this stunning natural phenomenon is unforgettable, but we’ll also teach you how to capture the experience in your images. Ready for a unique adventure? Join us in the Yukon!
About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
January 16, 2023: Arrive in Whitehorse during the day and we will meet at 6:00 PM to go over the week’s itinerary. After dinner, if the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active, we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in Yukon.
January 17, 2023: We will start our day early with a presentation on how to use your research and pre-visualization techniques we discussed before the trip. I will prepare you for the various scenes you will encounter during the trip and go into detail on settings, composition, and techniques. We will then head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for your first day of private photo sessions with the animals of Yukon. After dinner, if the skies cooperate and the aurora forecast is active, we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in Yukon.
January 18, 2023: We will start our day early with a presentation to review images from day one. The purpose of this meeting is to help you learn from any mistakes that may have occurred on day one. We will then head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for your second day of private photo sessions with the animals of Yukon. After dinner, if the skies cooperate, we will chase the aurora.
January 19, 2023: We will start our day at 7:00 AM with a presentation to review images from day two. The purpose of this meeting is to help you learn from any mistakes that may have occurred on day two. We will also edit some of your images so you can learn some editing skills you might have wanted to learn during our time together. We will then head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for your third day of private photo sessions with the animals of Yukon. After dinner, if the skies cooperate, we will chase the aurora.
January 20, 2023: Today is a day for enjoying the landscapes in southern Yukon. Our group will head out and capture many of the amazing photography locations we have scouted over the years in southern Yukon. We will have one final image review late in the afternoon. This is the opportunity to have one final image review by Kevin while we are in Yukon. After dinner, if the skies cooperate, we will chase the aurora.
January 21, 2023: Departure Day. You can schedule your flights home at any time on this day.
Moderate: You must be able to conduct long walks in snowy and very cold conditions. The days are long while shooting wildlife.
Arrive Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY), Whitehorse, Yukon before 5:30 PM on January 16, 2023. Flights out can be made anytime on January 21, 2023.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $500 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Kevin Pepper
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Whitehorse, Yukon.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $500 supplement.
“I’ve been on several photography workshops with Kevin. He has been reliable and willing to go the extra distance for his clients. He is very knowledgeable about the places and subjects and is a wonderful photographer. Always a fun experience, as well as informative. Highly recommended. ”