Magic of Alaska: Springtime Photo Tour

      Sterling, AK, USA

      Langell Photography, LLC
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      37 reviews
      May 21 - 26, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 6
      Magic of Alaska: Springtime Photo Tour
      Sterling, AK, USA

      Langell Photography, LLC
      • Facebook verified
      37 reviews

      May 21 - 26, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 6

      About this trip

      Get ready to check Alaska off your Top 10 list!  THIS is the tour for you.

      Year after year, participants have said it themselves - "This is just SO magical!" and thus it inspired the name for this tour.  

      Prepare to have a truly magical, private, small-group experience!  You will explore the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska with your guides as we take you to spectacular locations each day.  This unique region is often called "Alaska in Miniature" because virtually every Alaskan wildlife habitat type except Arctic tundra is represented here.  This tour will provide any nature-loving individual with an experience of a lifetime!  The crowd-free atmosphere gives you the peace, flexibility, mental and physical space to  photograph Alaska from your own unique point of view. In addition, your caring leader(s) are also experienced and skilled photographers who can help provide advice, instruction and guidance that enables you to capture incredible images of Alaska through your lens.   This truly is a world-class experience.

      Our beautiful and private lodge sits along the world-famous Kenai River and offers ample photography opportunities throughout the property--including wildlife, wildflowers, riverscapes and more.  Each day, you will be treated to incredibly delicious meals crafted by our private chef that feature a variety of fresh and local ingredients.  These dishes are highly rated by our guests and we have been told they are worth the trip itself!  Interested in catching one of the millions of salmon that pass by your front door?  We will even teach you how to fish right from our dock!   This incredibly unique experience sets the Magic of Alaska tour far apart from the competition and it is truly unlike any other photography tour offered in Alaska.

      • We typically see 70-90 species of wildlife - including moose, bear, eagles, puffins, whales and more
      • Only 6 participants on each wonderfully private, one-of-a-kind, first class adventure
      • Journey by boat, plane, SUV, and if you choose - even a dogsled - to capture dramatic images 
      • You are never without support!  Lisa Langell will be there with one of her personally trained photography guides.  You will be joined by either guide (and sometimes both) on each daily excursion and at the lodge throughout the tour.  Both will offer tailored photographic guidance and support.  This is in addition to the boat captains, bear guides and other experts that will be supporting your experience
      • This incredible experience is designed to be original and unlike any other photography tour offered in Alaska


      Physical Fitness & Photography Skill

      Suggested Physical Fitness level: Level 3 – Moderate 

      Elevation:  0 to 3000 feet, with most excursions below 500' elevation.

      Photography Skill Level:  All levels.  Hands-on instruction provided by 2 instructors.  Knowledge of manual settings and your camera body is strongly recommended. 

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Cancelation Policy:

      The following is an excerpt from the full terms and conditions provided at the time of registration.

      Langell Photography understands that unexpected situations arise that result in your inability to join us on this event.  We will definitely miss you and realize this is a difficult decision for you. 

      If you do not have travel insurance, which is very strongly recommended, here is what to expect:

      Your initial deposit is non-refundable.  No exceptions or credits provided. Payments due are scheduled approximately as follows, based on the start date of your event.  Once paid, they become non-refundable:

      Deposit:  Due at registration

      1st Installment: 10 months from start date

      2nd Installment: 7 months from start date

      3rd Installment: 5 months from start date

      Final installment: 3 months from start date

      If you need to cancel your reservation, all payments you have made up until the date of cancelation are non-refundable. Payments not made on-time will have a 5-day grace period for you to complete payment.  If your payment is not completed by that time, your seat may be cancelled and no refund issued.  For your convenience, we offer auto-billing to your credit card so that you never miss a payment.

      If you choose to pay for the entire event up front in one lump sum, should you need to cancel, your refund will be pro-rated according to the due dates for each installment, compared to your cancelation date.    (For example, if you canceled after the 3rd installment was due—but prior to the final installment due date, the amount equal to the portion calculated for the final installment will be refunded to you.)

      No refunds, credit, certificates, etc. will be issued for cancelations as a large percentage of your payments are directed toward non-refundable fees we pay to secure your excursions, lodging, meals, transportation, staffing and more.

      Langell Photography, LLC reserves the right to resell, gift or otherwise utilize your canceled reservation for any purpose at the discretion of Langell Photography, LLC without further obligation or consideration to you.

      Substitutions/transfers:  If you wish to substitute another individual in your place, we will gladly transfer your reservation to another individual providing you notify us in writing via email and include their name, address, phone number and email address. Langell Photography, LLC. will credit the new buyer as follows:

      The individual to be transferred/substituted in your seat must be approved by Langell Photography, must be over 18 years of age, confirm he/she is mentally and physically able to participate, agree to all terms, and pay Langell Photography in full for any amounts remaining by the due dates provided in your reservation.

      What’s included

      • Meals
        Upon arrival at the lodge, all meals are included for the duration of your tour.
      • Ground transportation
        All ground transportation to and from Kenai (ENA) airport and throughout the tour is provided.
      • Lodging
        Lodging (shared living area, private bedroom, shared bath)
      • Excursions
        All bush flights, boat tours and guided excursions listed in the tour
      • Gratuities
        All staff and guides are fairly compensated. Additional tips are always appreciated, but not required.
      • Airfare
        Airfare or ground transportation to/from your city of origin to/from Kenai, AK
      • Alcohol

      Available Packages

      Single Room

      This single room offers 2 beds (either 2 twin, or 1 twin and 1 full).  It is offered as a private room for one person only.  

      Deposit: $2,500


      Day 1:
      Arrival & Kenai River wildlife tour by boat

      Arrive at the lodge, settle in, capture images of wildlife along the Kenai River, and get acquainted with your fellow travelers.  

      After a hearty meal, we will explore the Kenai River by boat!  

      Our private boat will take us on a beautiful excursion along the world famous Kenai River as we scout for moose, eagles, loons, mergansers, grebes, kingfishers, cranes, Arctic terns, Bonaparte's gulls, shorebirds and more.  Capture great images while taking in stunning scenery and fresh Alaskan air.

      Your Organizer

      Langell Photography, LLC
      37 reviews
      A nature photographer and birder from the age of eight, Lisa is the founder of Langell Photography, LLC. She began her own business in 2010 after long vibrant careers as a floral designer, educational psychologist, consultant and in helping launch and manage two startups that grew into leading companies in the Ed-Tech space. Since then, she has earned numerous awards and has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick and more.


      This was the best photography outing I ever attended. The leaders were constantly helpful. They came to work with each of us very frequently and did not shoot themselves. This was a hummingbird/bat shoot. The location in Madeira canyon, AZ was convenient and comfortable. It is probably the best location for photographing hummingbirds. The shooting was done from stations which were close to the living quarters. I have some mobility limitations and the leaders were especially helpful to me. This was something I have been trying to schedule for several years. It exceeded all my expectations.. In addition to the humming birs we had organized bat shoots..There are many other birds in the area that one can see. Finally we had a photo procession that was quite helpful. If you want to photograph humming birds, this is a must.
      By George F for Magic of Hummingbirds - Sept 4-7, 2023 on Sep 17, 2023
      This was my first-ever photography workshop and it won't be my last. Langell Photography was ready for every contingency, with Plans B, C, and D at the ready when original destinations were weathered out. The flexibility was surpassed only by the photography instruction, the accommodations, the meals -- it was all wonderful! The partnership with Tamron was admirable; Lisa and Erica complemented one another's teachings to the benefit of everyone. The feedback was powerful. I learned SO MUCH and had a great time. I would recommend Magic of Alaska workshops to anyone.
      By Helen N for Magic of Alaska: Tamron Tour on Sep 13, 2023
      We had a great time! Lisa and Kim are very knowledgeable in cameras, and in birds! The birds were amazing! Great experience!
      By Diane (Dee Dee) W for Magic of Hummingbirds - Sept 7-10, 2023 on Sep 13, 2023
      Fantastic trip, even with weather challenges. Lisa and Erica were wonderful leaders. I truly enjoyed the scenery, the photography, the comradery, and Barb's great cooking. A memorable experience. Thanks Lisa, Erica, and Mason.
      By Stuart A for Magic of Alaska: Tamron Tour on Sep 13, 2023
      The "Magic of Hummingbirds" workshop was truly magical! Lisa and Kim worked with us individually to ensure that our set-ups would give us beautiful and unique hummingbird images. Since there are bats in Madera Canyon in the fall, we were able to shoot them at night. The whole workshop was very well planned, with time for shooting, critiques, and breaks. Before our meeting, we were given very detailed lists for equipment and personal effects, along with videos to help with post-processing. They were very responsive to the needs of individual participants. Besides using regular light, we worked in high and low-key, with time built in to choose what type of photos we most wanted to make. This is an experience that you will always remember.
      By Barbara D for Magic of Hummingbirds - Sept 4-7, 2023 on Sep 12, 2023
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