GROUP PHOTO TOURS
Join me on a luxury photography adventure in Southeast Asia, Bhutan, China, Japan, or in Canada’s Banff and Lake Louise. Check out some of the tours here, and connect with me if you’d like more details.
These adventures are designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. My aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment. You’ll photograph people native to the region and observe the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Join me for the adventure of a lifetime.
Banff + Lake Louise Adventure
Banff National Park is Canada’s first park. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Banff is truly one of Canada’s greatest treasures. In the 1880’s the Transcontinental Railway was stretching her way across Canada and mountain towns were being settled for their natural resources. Banff, however, was settled with the tourist in mind from the very beginning. Tucked away in the bow valley and surrounded by hot springs, glacial lakes, canyons, and the most majestic mountain ranges, it’s difficult to count all the photographic possibilities.
As the railroad brought in the first adventurers, the hot springs at the Cave and Basin were soon opened to the public and people lined up to experience the healing powers of the warm waters. Although the Banff National Park is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, the vast expanse of this national treasure will leave you feeling as if you’re the only one enjoying the views.
Lake Louise, was originally named Lake of the Little Fishes by the First Nations people and later named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. This alpine lake is a breathtaking iconic gem with emerald glacial waters which are situated between glacial peaks. While the crowds may gather to the shore of Lake Louise, nearby Valley of the Ten Peaks and its Moraine Lake is a photographic opportunity not to be missed.
Due to the massive contrast in lighting from the base of the mountains to the peaks, we’ll learn tips on how to properly expose for each situation. Photographing mountains of this magnitude can be an overwhelming assignment, however, we will discuss ways to tell the story of the Rockies through your photographs.
July 16 – 25, 2021
July 15 – 24, 2022
Bhutan is awe inspiring from the moment you start flying over the Himalayas and land in a breathtaking valley. Known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, Bhutan is as magical as it gets. A country where a handsome young Elvis look-a-like became King, cigarettes are illegal, chillies are a staple, rice is red and protective erotic art is painted on houses, schools and temple walls. A land that treasures Gross National Happiness more than Gross National Product.
It is a small nation of about 750,000 people in the Eastern Himalayas, nestled between Tibet, China and India. It has a unique government which has intentionally kept itself isolated from modernity. Bhutan’s extraordinary Buddhist sites and undisturbed traditional culture makes it the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom.
October 17 – 26, 2021
February 28 – March 9, 2022 (Punakha Festival)
October 20 – 29, 2022
February 10 – 19, 2023 (Punakha Festival)
It’s hard to visit Cambodia and not come away with the feeling that you really need to return again and again. This is one of those countries that will leave a permanent impression on you. Cambodia has such a storied past, both good and bad, that is etched into the faces of its people. We think of Cambodia for two things: the temples of Angkor, and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge. But take this journey with us, and you’ll see that this country is much more than that.
Phnom Penh is an upcoming modern city on its own, with a revitalized arts and culture scene. But you can still see evidence of centuries-old markets and palaces that will forever flavour this spicy city. The future of Cambodia is showing itself here from behind the veil of its recent troubled past.
For many, the Temples of Angkor will always be their image of Cambodia. While this may very well be the case for most, after our adventure in this amazing country, you’ll have a new appreciation for it’s resilient people and history. Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, the temples represent one of humankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor, the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings – palaces, public buildings, and houses – were built of wood and have long since decayed and gone.
November 27 – December 04, 2021
December 03 – 10, 2022
China is one of those countries that everyone must see in their lifetime. And fortunately, it’s becoming easier to do just that. With the economy booming, and the government opening the borders to tourism, we can see the new China that is quickly becoming a country to understand.
Our journey into the Middle Kingdom will open your eyes into a world that may surprise you. The China we see today is not what we remember from our textbooks. This is a country that is full of contradictions, with new replacing old at a pace unmatched anywhere. We will endeavor to see the true China beneath the shiny, glossy wrapper of modern China. The China full of natural wonders, incredible scenery, centuries of history, and fabled cultures.
Join me in China, and experience places that have no equal anywhere in the world. Taste the wide variety of foods from it’s source, step back into a past with unrivaled history, witness the frenetic pace of growth in modern China. It’s just too much to imagine unless you truly experience it first hand.
May 5 – 13, 2022
May 4 – 12, 2023
May 13 – 21, 2022
May 12 – 20, 2023
The world is becoming homogenized more every day. With modern communication and technology, countries are starting to blend together. But amidst all this world-shrinking, Japan still maintains a very unique identity that is unmatched by any of its neighbours. Even if you visit the country just briefly, you’ll come away with a strong appreciation of all things Japanese. Things are just done differently here. Come and see for yourself.
Our adventure in Japan will give us many experiences that are just not seen anywhere else in the world. We’ll visit Japanese castles, spend time with Geishas and Sumo wrestlers, eat sushi that will numb your tongue, visit calm zen gardens and temples, and ride the rails at breakneck speeds. Japan’s curious blend of tradition and modern is unlike anything you’d experience anywhere else.
May 28 – June 06, 2021
June 05 – 14, 2022
An ancient Hindu manuscript describes Kathmandu, Nepal as the “Land of Gods surrounded by beautiful mountains”. The capital of modern Nepal is nestled in the middle of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains, in a valley surrounded by gentle, green terraced hills, ancient temples, shrines and red tiled-roofed houses. The Kathmandu valley hosts three districts that were previously part of different empires. Bhaktapur is the “City of Devotees”, filled with ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites; Patan (or Lalitpur) is the “City of Beauty”, famous for its wood and stone carvings and bas-reliefs; Kathmandu is the “City of Temples” – with its famous Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city, filled with exquisite monuments, sculptures and temples.
After Kathmandu valley we enter Bandipur, an ethnic local village with panoramic mountain views. Next up Pokhara, where your eyes will behold snowy mountain landscapes. You will pass through little hamlets and villages on the way that will give you some deep insights into Nepal’s rural lifestyles. Finally you reach Pokhara, a beautiful scenic lake town where nature is amplified with the views of majestic peaks almost at touching distance, and clean water lakes with boating and canoeing. You will also see some natural wonders of nature in waterfalls and gorges and at dusk when the sun dips behind the mountains, and glimpses of twilight lighten up the skies that herald the end of day.
October 07 – 16, 2021
October 10 – 19, 2022
Singapore + Indonesia Adventures
The countries of Singapore and Indonesia — neighbours in the furthest south region of southeast Asia — couldn’t be more different. The modern bustling metropolis of the city-state of Singapore is a world financial capital, with a small population and a strong desire to establish itself as one of the most liveable places to live in Asia. With casinos, theme parks, Formula 1 races, super clean streets, architectural wonders and an efficient mass transit, it attracts visitors year round. At only 280 mi², it’s a small country, with huge potential.
Indonesia, by contrast, is 2648 times bigger in size. And it’s the fourth biggest country in the world by population. It’s the Goliath to Singapore’s David. And with that massive size, comes an equally large variety of culture, topography, religions, history and languages. We’ll get a small taste of this variety, by visiting three very distinctly different islands in Indonesia. These three regions of the country are so very different from each other that you’d think it was in three countries. That’s what makes Indonesia the mosaic it is. From deeply Buddhist Borobudur, to hedonistic Bali, and rustic West Papua — you’ll come away with an understanding that Indonesia is more than you thought.
Indonesia has so many unique cultures that it’s almost impossible to describe in a simple sentence. The diversity of its people, its animals and flora, the many different geographical regions, and the contrasts of large cities and small villages makes Indonesia seem like a country of many countries.
Hidden amongst Bali’s luxury villas and world-class restaurants lies a culture that’s existed for thousands of years, with historical rituals carried down through generations. When we visit Java, we will witness the centuries-old temples, with massive Buddhist shrines deep in the jungle. And in West Papua, we will sit with vanishing tribes, that work hard to maintain their traditions, while modern Indonesia marches through their homeland.
With so much variety in a vast land, we are only just scraping the surface. But what we see on that surface will bring memories of experiences with cultures and people that are proud of their heritage.
Singapore + Indonesia
August 8 – 21, 2021
August 7 – 20, 2022
Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles. You’ll experience this many times over on your adventure with us in the Kingdom of Thailand. And you will leave this wondrous country with many smiles of your own. When you first arrive in Bangkok, the heartbeat of the country, your senses will be overloaded with the scents, sounds and tastes of one of the world’s most popular and exotic cultures.
Our journey will cover many aspects of the Thailand that most people imagine. We will photograph the massive golden shrines to Buddha, the bustling markets overflowing with everything imaginable for sale, pristine beaches with azure water and fine white sand, and the crazy nightlife that punctuates the end of every day. The colours, the people, the food, the beauty of Thailand will all be captured through our cameras every day in this amazing country.
Join me in Thailand, and witness how this fiercely independent country has carved out its place in our imagination. Experience Thai food at its origin, both simple and flavourful. Meet the genuinely gracious Thai people along the way. And come away with an appreciation of a culture that is unmatched anywhere in Asia.
January 14 – 25, 2022
January 13 – 24, 2023
November 13 – 22, 2021
November 02 – 11, 2022
Southeast Asian Odyssey
January 27 – February 9, 2022
January 26 – February 8, 2023
This is not your father’s Vietnam. Things have changed, and fast. Vietnam is one of SE Asia’s fastest growing economies, and our visit here will show plenty of evidence of that. But there is also lots of history on display in Old Vietnam, with substantial French colonial influence, and remnants of the American War everywhere.
This impressively resilient country will surprise you at every corner. Not only is it physically beautiful (amazing beaches, rice fields carved from mountains), but it’s also historically fascinating, and the people have a charm about them that will leave you with photographs and memories forever.
The Vietnam that is emerging today may well surprise you. It’s found a way to embrace it’s history will still managing to grow at a pace that is envied all over SE Asia. We will experience the legendary Vietnam hospitality, bear witness to it’s beautiful people, and breathe in it’s culture through historical sites and incredible beauty. With 1000-year-old cities that appear both ancient and incredibly modern at the same time, it’s easy to see how this country will become one of the most important places in the region.
November 01 -11, 2021
February 11 – 21, 2022
November 19 – 29, 2022
February 23 – March 5, 2023
Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper
July 15 – 24
February 28 – March 09 (Punakha festival)
October 20 – 29
December 03 – 10
The Middle Kingdom
May 05 – 13
May 13 – 21
June 05 – 14
October 10 – 19
Singapore + Indonesia
August 7 – 20
January 14 – 25
November 02 – 11
Southeast Asian Odyssey
January 27 – February 09
February 11 – 21
November 19 – 29