About Aaron’s Photo Tours
Aaron’s Photo Tours specializes in small group and private photographic tours and workshops to some of the premier wildlife destinations on the planet. If you are looking for a one of a kind wildlife adventure, designed for both beginner and advanced photographers alike, you have come to the right place.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a photo tour?
Aaron’s Photo Tours are adventures designed for nature and wildlife photographers of all levels. On our tours you will photograph some of the world’s most exciting wildlife phenomenons and majestic landscapes while learning to master your camera equipment and digital processing techniques. You’ll spend a maximum amount of time in the field photographing at the best locations while receiving personal One-on-One photography instruction and mentoring from Aaron.
We use our extensive experience to do the trip planning so you don’t have to and provide detailed pre-trip documents to help you prepare for your adventure as well as access to our team of Adventure Travel Specialists who can assist you with everything from flights to dietary and medical concerns
Come to learn, have a blast, and take some of the best images you have ever shot. We look forward to hosting you!
What photography skills do I need to join a tour?
Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to join us – whether you just bought your first camera or are looking for more advanced photographic instruction. We understand that each photographer has different expectations, equipment, knowledge, and skills. We spend less time in a classroom setting and more time in the field practicing and learning as we go. Aaron is by your side to guide and teach you as you need help. Aaron is familiar with a variety of camera systems (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji) and keeps up to date with the latest camera bodies and technologies.
Are non-photographers and or spouses welcome?
Of course, we commonly host non-photographer companions so feel free to invite your spouse along.
What is included in the price?
Most Aaron’s Photo Tours are all inclusive including lodging, meals, transportation, and all photographic instruction which generally starts with a welcome presentation and ends with a farewell dinner on the last night. For details on what is included in each tour please refer to the individual tour page.
What type of vehicles will we be in?
We like to ride in style utilizing a full range of transportation options depending on the location including boats, luxury SUV’s, high end land-crusiers, and in some cases tour buses or sprinter vans.
What is the average age of your guests?
Average age of our guests is 40 to 70 years old. Typically we do not have children on our tours, however, on occasion we’ve had teenagers accompanied by a chaperone. Teenagers must have the patience and maturity to join our groups and converse with adults. If you have any limitations or disabilities please communicate them up front so we do our best to accommodate for your needs.
What should I bring on a photo tour?
About 90 days before your departure you will receive our Pre-departure Brief containing travel information including recommended camera gear and clothing, weather to expect, detailed lodging & transportation information, and other helpful travel tips that pertain specifically to the tour you registered for.
To help you prioritize we have also organized these items into three categories Essential, Recommended, and Optional. If you have any question about what to bring please contact the office, we are hear to help.
Can you accommodate my diet?
Yes. Please communicate dietary needs or preferences in advance on our booking form so we can prepare for your arrival and share the info with the lodges and restaurants we will be dining at. Our custom is to stop at restaurants and grocery stores that offer rich, whole, and healthy foods. However, some small towns have limited options so dietary needs need to be planned for in advance.
What types of accommodations do you offer on the tours?
Accommodations are an important part of the experiences we provide. Weather its a jungle lodge in Costa Rica or a luxury tented camp in the Savannas of Africa we are sure you will enjoy your stay at our hand picked locations as much as you enjoy your experiences in nature. Although the accommodations vary around the world, we continually strive to pick mid-to-high end accommodations with paramount access to our subjects whenever they are possible. We want you to enjoy your experience both in the field and back at your room.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please review our Terms & Conditions for details.
How many guests are on a tour?
Aaron’s Photo Tours strives to provide some of the smallest group sizes in the industry, which allows us to focus on your individual needs and provide personalized photography instruction. Group sizes range from 5-12 participants max on most tours. We keep group size appropriate for what it is we will be photographing. Each tour/workshop page will note the maximum group size for that particular trip.
What if the weather is bad?
It is our planets diverse and constantly changing weather systems that give our photographs variety and keep our images unique and different. There are many products for sale that protect our equipment from the elements. We make every effort to photograph in all weather systems, rain or shine, sleet or snow. On multi day trips participation is always voluntary on bad weather days. In some cases this means shooting from our vehicle and in others under an umbrella. In unusual conditions, say in the arctic or in pouring down rain, we sometimes opt to focus on the processing side of photography from a coffee shop or the comfort of our hotels making use of every moment of the tour or workshop.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Aaron’s Photo Tours recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency, Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, go to https://www.travelexinsurance.com/or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference our location number 47-0251. Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.
The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 83I
What is your smoking policy?
Smoking is not permitted when you are within the vicinity of the instructor or other participants, in the field or during indoor presentations.
How quickly do your tours fill up?
Our tours commonly fill up over a year in advance so try to plan ahead and book early. You can visit each tour page for availability. If you want to be the first to be notified about new tours make sure to join our mailing list.
What Sets Us Apart?
- Trips custom designed for nature photography enthusiasts of all levels
- Small groups
- Receive personal One-on-One photography instruction and mentoring from Aaron
- We extensively scout and choose the world’s premiere destinations and the best times of year to be there to avoid the crowds
- Access to private lands and preserves
- We plan the whole trip so you don’t have to. This includes providing detailed pre-trip documents to help you prepare for your adventure as well as access to our team of Adventure Travel Specialists who can assist you with everything from flights to dietary and medical concerns
- Senior friendly trips (minimal physical requirements on most tours)
- We are fully licensed with the National Parks
- When possible we privately charter and custom outfit our own, airplanes, vehicles, and boats
- We like to eat well and can accommodate all diets (ie vegetarian, gluten free, allergies)
- Allow our experience and fine attention to detail guide you on the trip of a lifetime