June 8-10, 2018
Grand Teton National Park, WY
Curious what lies beyond the easy-to-reach shooting locations? The beauty of Grand Teton National Park extends from the valley floor all the way to the tops of the highest peaks. Join photographer Mandy Lea as we venture to some of her favorite places in the park that require a little more effort than the typical photographer is willing to exert.
These Adventure Days will include strenuous uphill hikes between 5-10 miles while carrying all of our camera gear. Please be honest about your physical fitness level when considering this workshop. Getting to these spots won’t be easy, but the views (and the photos) will be totally worth it!
Of course, we’ll shoot sunrise and sunset, but we’ll also make our way to some of the higher mountain lakes and into the canyons that stretch up into the heart of the Tetons. June is a great time of year with the lingering snow on the high peaks rapidly melting; creating gushing streams and beautiful wildflowers throughout the park. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even see some wildlife!
Throughout the workshop there will be plenty of opportunities in the field to photograph the beautiful mountain landscapes. In addition, the limited class size allows students to receive more personalized instruction from Mandy and a final day image review session with other students.
If you prefer to ease into the Adventure Days by photographing all of the classic easy-to-reach spots first then consider adding on the Grand Teton Excursion. This workshop can be added onto the Grand Teton Excursion at a discounted rate ($299) or taken as a standalone workshop ($349). When signing up for BOTH workshops, use coupon code “TetonCombo”.
Please note that during this time of year lingering snow stretching down to the lower elevations is possible. This could make some trails impassable. Our itinerary is subject to change based on current trail conditions. The safety of participants will take priority over any photograph.
Workshop Size Limit – 8 Note: The group size is being limited to eight participants to ensure each student gets an appropriate amount of instruction both in the field and with reviewing/editing images.
Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
Camera gear to bring:
- Camera (DSLR)
- Lenses (primarily wide angle, wide-mid zoom)
- Memory Cards & Readers
- Batteries & Chargers
- Laptop (for image review)
- Backpack to carry camera gear to shooting locations
- Cable release or intervalometer (recommended)
Other Things to Consider:
Transportation: Most of our driving will be on pavement. However, some shooting locations may be on somewhat rough dirt roads that may be a bit too much for low-clearance 2WD cars.
Altitude: We will be doing strenuous activities at elevations between 6-10k feet during this workshop. Everyone’s body reacts to the effects of elevation differently. Some people have no problems at all, while others struggle. The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. There are over-the-counter medicines to help alleviate these symptoms. The most important thing is to stay hydrated and avoid overuse of alcohol if you’re not used to the effects of altitude.
Physical Fitness: These are called Adventure Days for a reason. When venturing into the Tetons almost all hiking trails go steeply uphill. We’ll be hiking anywhere from 5-10 miles per day and carrying all of our camera gear along the way. The terrain will be rocky, uneven, and steep. So, comfortable hiking shoes/boots are recommended. Trekking poles are also very useful for the steep up and downhill hikes.
Weather: Temperatures can vary greatly in the Tetons during the summer months. The morning and evening temperatures can be downright cold. It is strongly recommended to bring warm gear (gloves, hats, warm coats, water/windproof jackets, warm pants, base layer pants, etc.) and dress in layers if you are not used to mountain weather. The sun is also much stronger at higher elevations than most people are used to experiencing—WEAR SUNSCREEN!
Insurance: Travel insurance and/or refundable tickets are highly encouraged as weather or other factors may cause last minute changes or cancellations to the workshop.
Recommended Accommodations: Lodging reservations are the responsibility of each attendee. To ensure you have a place to stay, please make reservations when completing workshop registration. Jackson, WY is a busy town in the summer and things fill fast!
Hotels in Jackson, WY (arrive: 6/8/18, checkout: 6/10/18)
- Flat Creek Inn
1935 N. Highway 89/26, Jackson, WY 83001
Phone: (307) 733-5276
- Elk Refuge Inn
1755 US Highway 89/191, Jackson, WY 83001
Phone: (307) 200-0981
- RV and tent campgrounds with full hookups are plentiful in the Jackson area. It is recommended to stay as close to the northern edge of town as possible for easier access to National Park. Book early since this is a busy time of year and things fill fast!
- Boondocking (dry camping for free – no hookups) on National Forest land is also available. Contact Mandy if you’re interested in this option!