Hummingbirds of British Columbia
5 DAYS – BC, CANADA
Discover the perfect setting to capture stunning photos of hummingbirds in North America. After eight years of searching, we’ve found the ultimate hummingbird spot at a quiet and relaxing venue nestled against stunning Rocky Mountain wilderness. With over 30,000 birds of three varieties (Rufous, Black Chinned, and Calliope) swarming the property to nest in late May and early June, this spectacle of nature offers incredible frame-filling headshots and brilliant flight shots.
Our cabins are beautifully appointed with river rock fireplaces, comfortable bedding, cottage-style decorations, and fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances. Our team of experts, including two helpers with 8 years of experience making multi-flash images, will be on hand to assist alongside us during our stay.
We’re excited to share with you some new game-changing techniques for hummingbirds in flight that we’ve learned, including a secret passed down from a photographer with over 20 years of experience. Our Hummingbirds of BC Photo Tour offers you the chance to create unforgettable memories and capture breathtaking photos.
Don’t miss out on this brilliant wildlife experience closer to home. Join us for our Hummingbirds of BC Photo Tour and discover the magic for yourself. Reserve your spot today and experience the extraordinary hummingbird pictures you’ve always dreamed of.
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“Aaron Baggenstos is one of those rare individuals who is super-talented with photographic, instructional, as well as superb people skills. Combined with his cutting edge technological approach to photographing nature, his advocacy of the environment and his sheer methodological genius, he sets himself apart from his peers. This is a young man who is definitely leading the photographic revolution in nature and I count myself amongst the lucky ones who have learned more in one week than I have in one year with other photographic instructors and courses. The aurora still shines brightly from one of the most fantastic photo tours I have ever participated in. In large measure, it is directly related to the the sage-like wisdom of Aaron.”
Accommodations, gourmet food starting with welcome dinner on day one, transportation throughout the tour, the use of our flash gear and multi-flash stations, use of natural light setups, photographic instruction, airport transfers.
- The perfect setting for photographing hummingbirds in North America, a spot that took 8 years to find.
- Nestled against stunning Rocky Mountain wilderness, our venue hosts over 30,000 birds of three varieties: Rufous, Black Chinned, and Calliope (the much sought-after).
- Our trip is timed perfectly to capture the spectacle of swarming hummingbirds on the property.
- Enjoy frame-filling headshots and brilliant flight shots of hummingbird.
- Learn new techniques for capturing extraordinary hummingbird pictures.
May 28-June 1, 2023 ((1 Spot Open Due To Recent Cancellation)
June 2-6, 2023 (Sold Out)
May 27- 31, 2024 (Now Booking)
Group Size: 10 Participants
2023 Cost: $4,995 ($495 Single Supplement)
We have a limited number of Single Supplements available and will take them on a first come first serve basis.
Payment: 25% Non-Refundable Deposit, Rest Due at 120 Days Before Departure
You can join the wait list for any sold out trip here.
Day 1: Arrival day. A driver will pick you up and transfer you to our first night hotel. Aaron will lead a welcome slideshow to help you prep for the days to come where he concentrates on camera settings and techniques relevant to photographing hummingbirds for your adventure.
At our hummingbird photography lodge, you will have an unforgettable experience that combines stunning photography with a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Our itinerary includes three full days dedicated to hummingbird photography, during which you will have the chance to capture frame-filling headshots and brilliant flight shots of these flying jewels.
In addition to hands-on photography sessions, we will also have slideshow presentations where you can learn tips and techniques from Aaron and our other experienced helpers. We believe that one-on-one teaching is key to helping you improve your photography skills, so we will be there to help you every step of the way.
Whether you prefer natural light or multi-flash photography, we have got you covered. Our lodge provides the perfect backdrop for capturing stunning images of hummingbirds and we will teach you the best techniques to make the most of this incredible opportunity.
But it’s not just about the photography – we also want you to have a great time. You’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and plenty of laughter as we share stories and experiences. We believe that a positive and supportive environment is key to helping you take your photography to the next level, and we can’t wait to share this experience with you. Here is what a typical day looks like:
8:00 am: Start your day with a delicious group breakfast, fueling up for a morning of hummingbird photography.
9:00 am: First morning shift begins at our flash stations, where you can capture stunning photos of these winged wonders in natural light or with multi-flash photography techniques. Our experienced helpers, including Aaron, will be there to guide you and provide one-on-one teaching as needed.
10:30 am: Second morning shift begins, giving you even more opportunities to capture the perfect shot. Break/Download: Take a break and relax in the beautiful surroundings of our lodge, download and post process your stunning images, or continue to photograph the hummingbirds. We’ll also have slideshow presentations and other activities for you to participate in.
12:30 pm: Enjoy a delicious group lunch, where you can share your experiences with your fellow photographers.
2:00 pm: Afternoon shifts at the natural light and flash stations. Fill up those memory cards and try to capture that one in a million pose at the perfect flower.
7:00 pm: Dinner followed by relaxing evenings spent sharing laughs and discussing photography with your fellow tour participants. We may also have additional presentations or workshops during these times to help you improve your skills and get the most out of your experience.
Day 5: Departures, private transfers to the airport. Please inquire with us for airport information and specific arrival and departure times before booking flights.
Physical Requirement: Easy
In the last 10 years Aaron has led over 200 wildlife photography tours around the world. He has earned a reputation for his gracious teaching style to photographers of all skill levels and extensive knowledge of Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras.