Exclusive Katmai Alaska Workshop with Gavriel Jecan


Join Gavriel Jecan as he leads this exclusive workshop to a private lodge in the Katmai region of Alaska with guidance from your private guide Jerry Jacques. This is a Katmai experience like no other as you join an intimate group of 8 to learn the nuances of nature photography taught in a truly wild atmosphere by a well-versed set of instructors.

  • Date: Jul 21-27, 2018
  • Destination: Katmai, Alaska, USA
  • Genre: Landscape, Nature, Adventure, Travel
  • Skill Levels: All Skill Levels
  • Group Size: Max. 8
  • Includes: All meals during the workshop, lodging, and transportation to and from the lodge

Workshop Details

Join Gavriel Jecan as he leads this exclusive workshop to a private lodge in the Katmai region of Alaska with guidance from our private guide Jerry Jacques.

You will have opportunities to view and photograph bears safely and will be creating dynamic images that are different than anything you have seen before.

This is a Katmai experience like no other due to the exclusivity of the location and the expert guidance from Jerry Jacques, who is also an excellent pilot.

You can be one of only 8 people to learn the nuances of nature photography taught in a truly wild atmosphere by a well-versed set of instructors.

Discovering the Last Frontier

It is the last frontier, a place where wild dominates humankind.

A place known as the land of the midnight sun, here alpenglow lasts for hours, not minutes. Imagine venturing into this wilderness where the bears do not fear humans, where the minimal human population has learned and adapted to live in harmony with them.

The bears rule, not only because they are strong, large, and on the top of their food chains, but because the humans believe that they should.

Now imagine being able to capture photos of these magnificent creatures from 15 feet away. This is Alaska!

Maximizing Your Creative Skills

All aspects of outdoor photography will be covered, including composition, field techniques, technology, and the unique philosophy of this highly specialized profession.

There will be informative lectures, rigorous critiques and portfolio reviews. Instead of concentrating only on f-stops and equipment, we will work on composition, imagination, and the control of every element in the image.

We do more than just take you to the location; we help you to maximize your creative and technological skills as a photographer.

Led by Gavriel Jecan

Katmai Guide: Jerry Jacques
Limited to 8 participants
Moderate hiking involved

Transportation and Accommodation

All meals during the workshop, lodging, and transportation to and from the lodge is included.

You will be responsible for your flight to and from Anchorage Alaska and for your hotel in Anchorage.

You are requested to arrive one day prior to the workshop so that the entire group can convene the morning of July 28th for departure. The organizers, Art Wolfe Inc. have secured group rate rooms at an Anchorage hotel. Upon registration you will be sent a PDF that includes the hotel information.

Please call the hotel directly and reference the Art Wolfe workshop to make your reservation.

Activity Level

The activity level for this workshop is moderate with proposed field outings that may involve approximately 4 miles of hiking over uneven ground to the photographic location. 

Please be aware of this before signing up. If there is any question regarding your ability to participate please contact us.

Workshop Schedule

Shooting schedules have the ability to be altered to effectively cater to the photographic desires of the group, as well as to adapt to changeable weather conditions.

Day 1

Meet and greet at 6pm no host dinner at restaurant in Anchorage.

Day 2

Depart Anchorage for Katmai lodge

Cabin assignments, waders and boots provided to each participant for trip, and settling in to lodge

Discussion of proper procedures around bears and the float plane

Day 3,4,5,6

Breakfast at lodge, and lunches distributed for field

Full day in the field with Gavriel

Lessons will be provided throughout the field outings

Flight back to lodge

Download images from the day. Dinner at lodge

Day 7

Arrive in Anchorage at approximately 11am.

Once you have made your booking, the organizers will get in touch with you to confirm the arrival time back in Anchorage - please do not make your flight arrangements prior to that.

Student Testimonial

“It was magical. The coastal brown bears of the Katmai spend their summers in the rivers and streams gorging themselves on salmon in preparation for the coming winter. They are so focused on the fish that they did not give us a second glance; even when we set up our tripods in the middle of their stream. The river that we went to is unlike the normal bear viewing sites like Brooks Falls and McNeil River where hundreds of visitors are shepherded by park rangers and restricted in their movements. We were in true wilderness – just the six of us and as many as forty bears at one time. And, we felt completely safe. In the midst of all this, Art found the time to provide guidance and instruction on how to best capture the experience. In the end, I came away with many images that I am very happy with, and even better memories of an extraordinary experience.”
—Michael R.