Photography Shoots and Seminars offer the opportunity of a lifetime for any photography buff! Our photography sessions are unlike any other photo workshop you will attend. They are led by world-renowned wolf photographer Monty Sloan and allow you to photograph the animals from inside the enclosure!
The photography programs take place in Wolf Park’s seven-acre natural enclosure. We limit the number of photographers to increase everyone’s likelihood of excellent shots. The wolves roam the enclosure, posing on logs and the lake shore, and interacting with one another.
Day-long photography seminars provide participants with a training session regarding tips for photographing animals led by Wolf Park’s photographer, Monty Sloan. He’ll discuss how to get the best out of your time in with the wolves, including good angles, flash usage, and how to eliminate fencing and other background clutter in your shots. This is followed by sessions with the wolves. Participants receive about three hours’ time with the animals.
You do not have to be a “professional” photographer to attend! Bring the camera of your choice and learn how to photograph Wolf Park’s socialized wolves in a low-key, relaxed setting.
- 9:30am Tips and basic wolf photography methodologies.
- 11:00 Presentation regarding safely interacting with the animals (Required for entering the enclosure)
- Break for lunch
- Approximately three hours photographing various groups of wolves inside the enclosure.
- Wrap up by 5:00pm
Photography shoots are primarily directed at photographers that are already skilled at wildlife photography. No formal photography instruction is provided. Participants receive about five hours’ time with the animals.
- 9:30am Presentation regarding safely interacting with the animals (Required for entering the enclosure)
- 11:00 Animal photography session 1
- Break for lunch
- 2:00 Animal photography session 2
- Wrap up by 5:00pm
EVENING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOTS
During summer months and early fall, we offer evening photography shoots in the main enclosure. These are relaxed two-hour sessions with one group of wolves. These are limited to four people max. They offer good opportunities to talk with the staff, photograph the wolves in evening light, and enjoy the park at a peaceful time of day. If the weather is nice, we may even take the group out in the rowboat and photograph from there.
Check HERE for this year’s EVENING SHOOT DATES
GENERAL INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Flash is permitted. Tripods are discouraged. Tripods covered in foam padding are not allowed. Be sure to bring extra batteries, lenses, flash cards, etc. — so you do not have to keep leaving and re-entering the enclosure and disturbing the session. Wear garments with pockets in which to carry everything except your camera; camera bags are also not allowed in the enclosure as the wolves want to go “shopping” in them.
Plan for weather. We will be outside for long stretches. Dress warm. Bring changes of closes if necessary. Rubber rain coats are generally not allowed as the wolves may try to eat them. Bring small hand towels to shield your camera. Plastic bags and covers are not allowed.
Sessions will be held in most weather, including light rain or snow. Call ahead if you are uncertain about the weather. We have not yet cancelled a seminar due to weather; the wolves are actually more interesting, more active and the photo opportunities are better in inclement weather. There is usually time to dodge between the raindrops. The schedule may change if we are working around rain showers.
Snacks and sack lunches are encouraged. We may not break for lunch depending on the weather. We have refrigerator and microwave available upon request.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older and physically capable of safely interacting with the wolves.
Video by Tom O’Dowd