The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. This beautiful landscape is recognized as the world's first International Peace Park in partnership with United States Glacier National Park and has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 2-1/2 hours South of Calgary or 1-1/2 hours West of Lethbridge.



A camera with the capability of switching to aperture-priority, shutter-priority or full manual (DSLR or mirrorless) is required. It is highly recommended to have a sturdy tripod as well to get the most out of this workshop. I do have a spare tripod I can offer but I do not have enough for all participates. If you have a wide-angle or telephoto lens certainly bring those as well as there will be plenty of opportunities to use them! As we will be outdoors and the weather can be unpredictable, it is recommended to bring warm clothing as well as waterproof clothing for yourself and an umbrella or bag for your camera in case of rain. Appropriate footwear is required. Depending on the current conditions it might be helpful to bring some sunscreen and bug-spray as well. You will have the opportunity to purchase snacks or beverages at the beginning of the workshop and before/after dinner but if you want to bring your own I will have a cooler in the vehicle available to store them. All participates will be required to sign the following waiver prior to attending the workshop:

If you wish to extend your stay in the area, over-night accommodation can be offered. Located 25 minutes Northeast of Waterton Lakes National Park my family cottage offers two private rooms each with a queen-sized bed. Access to the shared living space, kitchen and washroom as well as a large deck with outdoor seating overlooking a 17-acre pond with mountain views. Continental breakfast will be served in the morning. $175 per room, check-out is 11:30am. Please contact me for additional information or if you wish to book a room. A separate invoice will be sent for accommodation via PayPal.

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For more information about Waterton Lakes National Park please visit their website by clicking below:

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Nature Photography Workshop
​Waterton Lakes National Park

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JUNE 2018:

OCTOBER 2018:

Come out to beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park and join myself, Kyla Black, a Lethbridge-based professional photographer, as I lead the workshop and take you to some of the key spots within the park. Each workshop will run approx 6-7 hours and will start at Twin Butte Country General Store & Mexican Restaurant mid-afternoon. This will be a great opportunity to pop into the store and pick up any snacks or beverages you wish to have for the workshop before we head out. We will be travelling as a group in my vehicle so the short 15 minute drive to the park will give us a chance for introductions and some background of the area. 


Once arriving at Waterton Lakes National Park we will begin with an outdoor classroom session where we will discuss the fundamentals of exposure, composition, go-to camera settings and an introduction to the benefits of filters. Once everyone is feeling more confident with their camera we will head to Middle Waterton Lake to test out what you've learned as we photograph the iconic Price of Wales Hotel before heading to Cameron Falls to try your hand at some long-exposure images. 


We will then head back to Twin Butte Country General Store & Mexican Restaurant for dinner and discuss our adventures from the day. After dinner we will head back into the park to scout for wildlife before ending the day shooting sunset over beautiful mountain vistas. We will then head back to Twin Butte where I will drop you off at your vehicle. 


*Please note that due to the varying time of sunset, workshop hours will fluctuate throughout the season. Spring/Summer workshops will run 3:00pm - 9:30/10:00pm. Late Summer/Fall workshops will run 1:00pm - 7:00pm/7:30pm. A confirmation of itinerary and times will be sent upon booking for your selected date. 

AUGUST 2018:

$225 for individual, $375 for group of two, $495 for group of three or $625 for group of four. Limit of four per workshop. Invite your friends and family to join you on an evening of exploring, dining and fun! Instruction, park entry, travel within the park, dinner at Twin Butte Country General Store & Mexican Restaurant (entrée and one beverage) are included in the workshop price. 

SEPTEMBER 2018:

The workshop begins at Twin Butte Country General Store & Mexican Restaurant in Twin Butte. Located 15 minutes North of Waterton Lakes National Park or 25 minutes South of Pincher Creek on Highway 6 (Cowboy Trail). We will meet at this location before joining me in my vehicle for the duration of the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Twin Butte. 

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Please see calendars below for availability of dates and participants. Number shown indicates how many spots are available on that date. "X" refers to sold out or unavailable dates. 

For more information about Twin Butte Country General Store & Mexican Restaurant and to view the menu, please visit their website by clicking below:

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Cancellations will be issued up to seven days prior to the start of your workshop. You will be given the choice of rescheduling for another available date or receiving a refund for the package price less a 15% admin fee. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than seven days prior to the start of your workshop date. As this is an outdoor workshop there will be times when the conditions are less than ideal. Workshops will run regardless of poor weather and will only be cancelled if a weather alert has been issued and safety is a concern. 

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