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James Kay


Glacier National Park, Montana   July 15-21, 2019



"I just wanted to take a moment to thank both of you for a fantastic, productive, creative, and most enjoyable photo session - the best that I have had to date. I've learned more on your workshops than all the other workshops I've taken combined! Thank you for being the best of the best, or to use a marketing term... you are the Best in Class!" Fred Kraut - Salt Lake City, UT   See all testimonials


Known as the "Crown of the Continent" and designated a World Heritage Site, Glacier National Park contains some of the most majestic mountain scenery on the North American continent. This jewel of our national park system is defined by soaring peaks, turquoise-colored lakes, wildflower-carpeted meadows, countless waterfalls, deep glacier-carved valleys filled with enormous lakes, and unlimited photographic possibilities. Essentially a southern extension of the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies, the mountains of Glacier serve as sanctuary for Grizzly bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolverine, lynx and countless other species, making it one of the largest remaining, essentially intact ecosystems in the lower 48. We've reserved rooms in Glacier's classic old-world lodges located inside the park with their rustic charm and stunning views. With our small group of 8 participants, we'll maximize our time out in the field for 5 full days photographing and exploring all of Glacier's most iconic locations surrounding Lake McDonald, Logan Pass, Saint Mary Lake, and the Many Glacier region.  READ MORE


$4,300.00 - Single Occupancy
$3,500.00 - Double Occupancy (Only one bed per room in one of our lodges.)
Includes 6 nights accommodations with 5 full days of photography instruction in the field. 


Register now with a $750.00 deposit. We'll charge your card for the final balance 2 months prior to the trip. We'll email you a detailed information package once you register.  Spouse/Partner Policy   Cancellation Policy  


Dates: July 15-21, 2019
Maximum Number of participants: 8
Accommodations: Included in the price of this workshop - All of our accommodations are located inside the park, not in the surrounding communities. We've reserved rooms in both of Glacier's historic/rustic old-world lodges with one night at Lake McDonald Lodge in their newly-refurbished Deluxe rooms and cabins plus three nights in the Many Glacier Hotel in their coveted Deluxe Lakeside rooms with their stunning views across Swiftcurrent Lake. We'll also spend two nights at the quaint/rustic Rising Sun Motor Inn adjacent to the shoreline of spectacular Saint Mary Lake. We feel that the ambiance and unique character of these classic lodges are an essential part of the Glacier experience. As with all our workshops, we've reserved the most desirable rooms in each lodge. With only one bed per room at one of our lodges, the double-occupancy discount would only be available for two people sharing one bed.
Meals: We'll have meals both in our lodges and in the field during our hikes & excursions. We will handle all meal reservations and we'll dine together as a group. All meals in the field included in the price; restaurant meals will be the responsibility of each participant.
Ground Transportation: You are responsible for both your travel arrangements to Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park and your return trip home from Many Glacier Hotel at the end of the workshop. During the workshop, we will share vehicles and carpool to our various locations. 
Photography Skill Level: Novice to advanced - Jim will work closely with each participant based on his/her individual skill level.
Physical Difficulty: MODERATE/STRENUOUS  While many of our photo locations will involve short, easy walks; we'll also have two easy/moderate hikes of 2-4 round-trip miles each; one easy/moderate hike of 10 round-trip miles with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet; and one moderate/strenuous hike of 7.5 round-trip miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. For this last hike, there is an easier option available with 1/3 the elevation gain and distance. All hikes will be along well-maintained trails. For specific details on each hike, see the workshop itinerary below.




As a field workshop, we'll maximize our time outdoors for 5 full days capturing images in a wide diversity of locations throughout the park. We will likely need to adjust this itinerary to accommodate weather and field conditions.
Monday July 15, 2019
4:30pm - Opening-night reception at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park.
5:30 - Dinner in the lodge.
Tuesday July 16, 2019
6:00am – Depart our lodge for our morning photo session at a beautiful water-sculpted canyon brimming with turquoise glacial meltwater. An easy stroll.
9:30 – Breakfast in our lodge.
11:00 - Check out of our lodge and travel over the Continental Divide on Going-to-the-Sun Road to the shores of glacier-carved Saint Mary Lake where we'll spend the early afternoon exploring and photographing the towering peaks above the lake. An easy walk from our vehicles.
2:30 - Lunch at Rising Sun Lodge on Saint Mary Lake followed by room check-in.
4:00 - Depart for our evening photo location where we'll explore
a series of thundering waterfalls and turquoise meltwater streams in the heart of the park. An easy/moderate hike of 4 round-trip miles.
9:45- Arrive back at our lodge.

Wednesday July 17, 2019
6:30am – Breakfast in our lodge.
7:30 –
Depart for our day of photography along the crest of the Continental Divide. We'll travel along the awe-inspiring Going-to-the-Sun Road to our trailhead where we'll begin an easy/moderate hike to a lofty vantage point overlooking a sweeping panorama of ice-sculpted mountains. We'll spend the day photographing wildflowers, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, high alpine lakes and jagged peaks in the heart of the park. We'll hike a total of 3-4 miles today along well-maintained trails with a total elevation gain around 800 feet.   
5:30 – Dinner in our lodge.
7:00 - Depart for our evening photo session along the Saint Mary Valley. An easy stroll from our vehicles.
Thursday July 18, 2019
5:00am – Depart our lodge for our sunrise photo location at the edge of ten-mile long Saint Mary Lake. Surrounded by battalions of massive peaks, this lake provides one of the most iconic photography locations of any national park in America. An easy stroll from our vehicles.
8:30 – Breakfast in our lodge.
10:00 - Check out of our rooms and depart for the Many Glacier region; considered by many to be the heart of the park with its massive glacier-carved valleys and turquoise lakes. In a land of superlatives, the Many Glacier area stands alone. That's why we've allocated 3 nights here; allowing us plenty of time to capture its many moods. Before checking into our rooms at the Many Glacier Hotel, we'll explore and photograph the first of three spectacular valleys we'll visit over the next three days. This will involve an easy walk.
3:00 - Arrive at the Many Glacier Hotel with its magnificent setting at the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake beneath the towering peaks of the Continental Divide. We'll check in and grab a late lunch then relax and take in the remarkable views across the lake.
6:00 – Dinner in the renowned Ptarmigan Dining Room.
8:00 - We'll have an open evening after dinner to enjoy and photograph the snow-capped mountains rising out of Swiftcurrent Lake as the sun sinks below the western horizon.
Friday July 19, 2019
5:15am – Depart the lodge for our sunrise photo session. An easy stroll.
7:00 - Breakfast at our lodge.
8:15 – Depart for our full day exploring one of the most beautiful glaciated valleys in the American West with its stunning aquamarine lakes, soaring peaks and fields of beargrass beneath the imposing profile of the Continental Divide. This will involve a moderately-strenuous hike which ascends 3.8 miles to one of the parks largest remaining glaciers and an iceberg-filled lake in a high alpine cirque beneath the jagged crest of the divide; 1,600 feet above our starting point. Some of the best photography vantage points are only 1/3 of the way along this trai, so we can break into two groups, if necessary, for those not able to make it all the way to the upper lake.
5:45 – Arrive back at our lodge.
7:00 – Dinner in the Ptarmigan Dining Room. 
8:30 - Another open evening, after our long day in the field, with another opportunity to photograph the setting sun over Swiftcurrent Lake.
Saturday July 20, 2019
5:15am – Depart the lodge for our sunrise photo location. This will involve an easy walk.
7:00 – Breakfast in our lodge.
8:15 – Depart for another full day of photography at another awe-inspiring location in a high glacial cirque beneath the 3,000 foot-tall ramparts of the Continental Divide. Accessing this location will involve an easy/moderate, 10-mile round-trip hike along a well-maintained trail with 1,200 feet of elevation gain.
5:00 – Arrive back at our lodge.
7:00 - Dinner in our lodge.
8:30 - Another open evening, after another long day in the field, with another opportunity to photograph last light over Swiftcurrent Lake.
Sunday July 21, 2019
5:15am – Depart the lodge for one last sunrise. An easy stroll.
7:00 – Breakfast in our lodge. End of workshop.
"Thank you again for a wonderful workshop. It could not have been any better! You both do a great job in getting us to the right place at the right time. And there is never any pressure to hurry up. I learned a lot about composition and exposure under different situations. You are so attentive to our needs. The accommodations were excellent and the company was stimulating."  Dr. Carl Kjeldsberg - Salt Lake City, UT
"Thank you so much for your graciousness, warmth, competence, creativity, and caring.  Your planning and execution are flawless, and you both create a great environment and experience for everyone on the trip.  You have found really great spots to visit, and your on-the-spot feedback is just the way a workshop should be run since it is the best way to accelerate improvements.  I also greatly appreciate the way you have planned to be in the field throughout the day. So thanks again for a wonderful week and especially for being so welcoming and kind as well as for getting me to great locations and teaching me how to capture them better. You have a really nice and loyal clientele and I'm glad to become a part of them." Eric Herbolzheimer - Green Brook, NJ
"Thank you for another extraordinary pair of workshops in Glacier NP and the Canadian Rockies!!! I truly appreciate your communication and thoughtfulness throughout the entire process. Your knowledge, passion, and love of the wild world makes every experience so special!!!"  Lynda Holman - Marietta, GA
"Thanks so much for an awesome trip last week!!! I got some great images and it was such a beautiful place to spend a week. I wanna go back already! I definitely want to join you for another trip; I will keep my eye on your website. Thanks again for everything. I will treasure all the photos and memories we made toether."  Robert Frashure - Los Angeles, CA
"A great trip to Glacier with great friends at great locations, indeed! Already looking forward to the next one."  Dr. Peter Cabrerra - Chicago, IL
"Lynn & I keep talking about what a wonderful trip we had. Once again, you two put on a first-rate workshop. The last part of our hike to Iceberg Lake in the rain was great!  Even if we couldn't photograph it, we got to experience it which is wonderful in itself.  We really enjoyed the group too.  Travel safe, and we'll look forward to seeing you soon!  Claudia O'Grady - Salt Lake City, UT
"Just downloaded my photos. I'm extremely happy; got some keepers! Thanks; you run a great show. We will travel together again soon".  George Comisso - King City, Ontario
"Rachael & I both had a wonderful time and it was hard getting back to work today...felt like I should be up going on another hike this morning. Oh well; have to get back to reality at some point. It was great meeting so many new wonderful people which made the workshop even more enjoyable. Definitely looking at my schedule for the Canadian Rockies next July. Will be in touch soon."  Carrie Lapow - New Berlin, WI
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank both of you for a fantastic, productive, creative, and most enjoyable photo session - the best that I have had to date. I've learned more on your workshops than all the other workshops I've taken combined! Thank you for being the best of the best, or to use a marketing term... you are the Best in Class!"   Fred Kraut - Salt Lake City, UT
"Thanks to both of you for a week filled with spectacular scenery and first class instruction. I hope that your week in Canada was just as successful as last week was."  Marshall Feaster, Wyomissing, PA



Jim is a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has served as one of their professional advisors for more than 25 years. His work has been featured in the Nikon Legends Collection and his photographs have been published in a wide variety of magazines including Nikon World; Los Angeles Times; Arizona Highways; Sunset; National Geographic Adventure; and Time. A short list of his commercial clients would include The New Zealand Tourism Board; VF Corp; American Express; Sundance Institute; Nikon USA; Visa; and The Nature Conservancy. His landscape photographs have been displayed in the Utah Museum of Art & History; the Natural History Museum of Utah; and in the US Capitol Rotunda in an exhibit advocating wilderness protection for Utah's Colorado Plateau region. His recent book, Resurrection Glen Canyon, published by Mountaineers Books, showcases his ongoing project to document the legendary canyons of Glen Canyon as they have emerged from the waters of Lake Powell due to the ongoing drought in the American Southwest. See his full biography.








Photographer James Kay hosts photography workshops in Glacier National Park, Montana every July. Join us for this photography workshop where we will photograph Logan Pass, Saint Mary Lake, the Many Glacier Region, Lake McDonald, wildflowers, Grinnell Lake and waterfalls throughout Glacier National Park. This photo Workshop in Glacier National Park is open to photographers of all skill levels.