Camping and Photographing Bears in Alaska, July 2018

This is definitely only for campers! It is more of a rugged workshop with the emphasis on being in nature and getting up close with Grizzly bears! We have scored permits to camp at the gorgeous Brooks Falls Campground in Katmai National Park during peak bear-viewing season. There are only 4 participants slots available which will give us a 2 to 1 teacher-student ratio with Darren and me as teachers in the field. You have to be comfortable camping as well as preparing your own meals at the campground (or you can eat your meals at the lodge, but those are pricey).  


July 16th:  Arrive in Anchorage and meet at the Summerset B&B for an opening night lecture and orientation. After everyone has arrived, we will hit the town of Anchorage for dinner. Overnight at the B&B. Dinner provided

July 17th:  Breakfast together at Summerset B&B then head to the airport for our small flight to Brooks Camp. Upon arrival at Brooks camp, we will set up and get ready for our first day with the Grizzly bears. Breakfast provided. All other meals not provided.

July 18th and 19th: Full days of bear shooting, one-on-one tutorials, and hanging by the fire in the lodge. Meals not provided.

July 20th: Pack up camp and head back to the water to catch our prop planes back to Anchorage.  Meals not provided. End of tour.

Notes:  If you do not want to prepare your meal at the campsite, there is a lodge that you can buy buffet style meals. To get to Brooks Falls you have to take a small float plane in which there are strict weight limits for luggage. With weather and other unknown circumstances, these flights are sometimes delayed and/or canceled. Therefore, you will need to have your own travel insurance. The bears are all around the area especially during this time of year. There are viewing platforms that are a great spot to see to see the bears feeding on the salmon in the falls. During busy times, you may have to wait for a spot. Also, no tripods are allowed on the platforms.

Cost: $3195
Included in costs: 2 to 1 teacher student ration for 4 days of photographing bears at Katmai National Park, Camping Fees, anchorage accomidation, opening night dinner, closing night dinner, transfers to and from the airport

Not Included: Flights to Anchorage, flights from Anchorage to Brooks Camp ($850 per person), any other meals not listed, camping gear.

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Past Speaking/Workshops

  • WPPI Masterclass: February 26, 2018, Las Vegas, The Power of the Personal Project
  • NineDots: Nov 15, 2017, London UK, Emotional Explosion
  • Nikon Theater: Feb 9, 2017, WPPI, Las Vegas Shoot for Emotion: Taking Photography to Higher Emotional Levels
  • WPPI Masterclass: Feb 8, 2017, Las Vegas, The Roaming Photographer: How to Fund Your Lust for Travel
  • Masterclass in Sumatra: Feb 12-23, 2017, Sumatra, Indonesia Photographing Critically Endangered Orangutans
  • Inspire Photo Retreats: Feb 28, 2017, Rhode Island, The Power of the Personal Project
  • Northern Virginia Photographic Society: April 4th, 2017, Virginia, The Power of the Personal Project
  • Nikon Theater: March 7-8, 2016, WPPI, Las Vegas, Destination Weddings: from the Prep to the Shoot
  • WPPI Masterclass: March 9, 2016, Las Vegas, Elevate your Work to Competition Level & Profit From Your Awards
  • Fearless Conference: November 2015, It’s Personal
  • DC Capital Area Photographers: March 2015, What it Takes to Win Awards
  • Adventure Always: Oct 22, 2013, Long Beach, California, The Power of Personal Projects & Outside Influences
  • Women’s Wedding Network, January 12, 2011, Women with CourageTraveling & Living Abroad
  •, November 15, 2010, Photographer Spotlight, Kristi Odom
  • REI, 2006 Kristi Odom on Photographing Outdoors
  • Atlanta Youth Academy: March 14, 2008, Six Continents, A Girl, & A Camera
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: March 13, 2007, Women with Courage: Traveling & Living Abroad


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