2022 Alaska Photography Tour Itinerary
Bald Eagles – Brown Bears – Whales – Amazing Scenery – Glaciers & Lots More!
Our 2022 Alaska Photography Tour Itinerary is a follows (subject to change because of weather/availability). To keep this as intimate as possible, this photography tour is open to a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 photographers (not including Michael).
- July 8th: Fly into Anchorage’s ANC Airport (Ted Stevens Anchorage International) and take the hotel’s shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Once there, we’ll meet up with everyone. That evening, we’ll have dinner together and talk about our trip in more detail. We might even go on a close-by photo safari right there in Anchorage.
- July 9th: We’ll head out in the early morning and grab some snacks & groceries (and probably some bear spray) to have in the van while we travel. Then we’ll head towards Homer, Alaska! Pretty sure that there will be several stops along the way for scenery photos and any wildlife we happen to come across. I’ve got a great spot in mind in Soldotna for a nice lunch too. Then, I know of a great location about an hour from Soldotna that we’ll stop to photograph bald eagles for the first time! After that, once we arrive in Homer, we’ll get settled in at the hotel, and then check out the sights in Homer, including the famous Homer Spit!
- July 10th: We’ll check off a “bucket list” item right off the bat! We’re flying to Katmai National Park to photograph brown bears (aka grizzlies)! This is an amazing experience, not to be missed! We’ll fly with Bald Mountain Air Service, a terrific company in Homer!
- July 11th, 12th, and 13th: Each of these days will be spent photographing dozens of bald eagles at great locations in the Homer area! Each night we’ll have dinner together and talk about what worked and didn’t work so we can do even better the next day! (It’s important to remember that we’ll have lots of daylight in Alaska in July! So there could be nights that we choose to go back out after dinner – or our dinner could be on the late side some nights as well.)
- July 14th: We’ll head towards Seward, Alaska with photo stops along the way. After we check-in at our hotel, we’ll go exploring. I know of a couple of bald eagle nests that we can visit in the area. Maybe we’ll even take a moderate hike to nearby Exit Glacier!
- July 15th: We’ll go on an exciting 9-hour private boat charter out into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park! It’s our boat, so we can go after whatever we want to photograph. We’ll also go by whatever advice our captain might have as well.
- July 16th: We go on a second 9-hour private boat charter out into Resurrection Bay & Kenai Fjords National Park*!
- July 17th: Yes, you guessed it, because no two trips are ever the same, we’ll go on a third amazing 9-hour private boat charter out into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park*!
*Note that, because of cost, the second and third private charters are subject to the number of participants we have. If we have three of us, I’ll book two, if there’s four or more, I’ll reserve all three dates. Otherwise, we’ll take a long boat trip with a local company (along with the public) for the 2nd and 3rd days, probably with Major Marine Tours.
Whittier & Girdwood
- July 18th: We’ll hop in the van and drive towards our last hotel in Girdwood. But along the way, we’ll detour to the fishing town of Whittier to embark on a 4-1/2 hour jet ski tour into Prince William Sound! On this fun side-trip, we’ll see glaciers, amazing scenery, and maybe even some wildlife! That night, we might go to an old gold mine to do a light painting project (or two)!
- July 19th: Depart Girdwood for Anchorage and our fights home. You never know, there could be wildlife stops along the way back too!
When Is It? What Does It Cost & What’s Included?
The dates are July 8th to the 19th in 2022.
The cost of this amazing Alaska Photography Tour is $8950 (per person, double occupancy), or $10,450 for your own room at each location. (Note that this tour requires a minimum of 2 photographers.)
If there are 3 participants, the cost decreases $500 per person.
With 4 participants, the cost decreases by $1000 per person.
The 5th participant decreases the cost by $1500 per person.
The tour includes all of the following and is based on availability when you reserve your spot. The floatplane to Katmai will fill up fast, so if there’s no room aboard when you reserve, we cannot take you and you’ll get to hang out in Homer for the day. (You’ll receive an $875 credit/refund if the plane is full when you book):
- Transportation from our starting hotel in Anchorage.
- All 11 nights of hotel rooms in Anchorage, Homer, Seward, and Girdwood.
- It also includes the floatplane trip to Katmai National Park for brown bear viewing.
- Three full days of photographing bald eagles!
- In addition, we’ll take a 9-hour private boat charter on three consecutive days** out of Seward, Alaska. Each of those trips will be unique as we’ll photograph everything from humpback whales and orcas to puffins and glaciers!
- A 4- 1/2 hour jet ski trip to view glaciers and possibly wildlife too!
- A possible light painting project at a gold mine!
- Photography and post-production tips and instruction all along the way.
**one private boat charter for each participant we have along, not including Michael, up to three separate private charters.
Not included is your flight into and out of Anchorage, your food and beverages, trip insurance, camera equipment, tipping (at hotels, restaurants, and tours), and any souvenirs along the way.
To make this a great learning experience, the maximum number of photographers Michael will take is 5. So don’t wait! Contact Michael to lock in your spot on his Alaska Photography Tour today! (Note that this tour requires a minimum of 2 participants, not including Michael.)
Feel free to contact Michael with any questions you may have. The studio landline is 763-785-1177 and Michael’s email is: Michael@adesignerportraits.com