I am proud to offer my services as a photographic instructor and guide.
Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the fundamentals of nature photography, an intermediate photographer hoping to hone your skills, or a seasoned photographer in need of a guide, I am confident in my ability to satisfy your needs. I have been exploring wilderness areas for many years, eight of which have been spent with camera in hand, honing my expertise in nature photography. Along with my technical experience, my life long passion for birds and animals and multiple years spent working in the biology field can offer you a unique, enriching experience. Placing importance on not only improving your technical proficiency, compositional development and creative eye, but also learning about your subjects and their environment.


Multi-day Workshops



Feb 20th - 23rd
Feb 26th - March 1st, 2018

Several possible species of owls, large diversity of waterfowl, songbirds and woodpeckers from photography blinds, Bald Eagles, and visits to some of the best sites in the world to photograph gorgeous Wood Ducks and Green-winged Teal; all found in and around the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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June 7th - 11th
June 13th -17th
June 19th - 23rd , 2018

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Numerous pairs of Common Loons with chicks, nesting Great Grey Owls, three species of Grebes, Red Foxes, displaying Ruddy Ducks, Mountain Bluebirds, nesting Woodpeckers, are among the many highlights of this 5-day workshop in the heart of the BC wilderness.

Beautiful lakefront accommodations, small group sizes and low, stable boats.

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July 17th - 20th, 2017

Plentiful wildlife, subalpine wildflower displays and dramatic scenery await you in the Cascade Mountains of southwestern British Columbia. 

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If you're hoping to learn more about wildlife photography, join myself and Connor Stefanison for our one-day workshops at the Vancouver area's finest locations! Click here to learn more...


What participants are saying ...

"Hi guys, Just a quick note to tell you both how much I enjoyed your workshop and getting to know you both. I am truly impressed with your knowledge, skills, and imagination when getting behind the camera. I have vow to get back to shooting manual and working more with my histograms. Also, thanks for sharing your love of nature around Vancouver, and letting us experience and photograph it. Looking forward to more workshops with you."   

Mark
Michigan, USA
Winter Birds of Vancouver 2015


"I was privileged to attend the 2015 Wildlife and Mountain Vistas workshop in Manning Provincial Park. Jess and Connor know this park thoroughly and everyone benefited from their knowledge of the birds, animals, and landscapes in this area, and where and when to get the best images.  I learned more about photography in three days than I would have thought possible!  Each of the students got a lot of individual attention due to the limited size of the group.  The midday study sessions gave me a lot of useful knowledge about photographic techniques, and the Photoshop techniques they shared with us were also amazing! Jess and Connor have a lot of energy and I got many amazing images in three days.  I would happily attend any future workshops with these two enthusiastic photographers!" 

Brett
Vancouver, Canada
Manning Provincial Park - Wildlife and Mountain Vistas 2015

 

 

"The workshop in Manning Provincial Park, lead by Jess Findlay and Connor Stefanison was a true delight for wildlife photographers. Jess and Connor worked tirelessly to provide a rich variety of shooting situations including animals and birds in the park, majestic mountain scenery, and even night scenes with stars. I appreciated the small groups that gave each of us concentrated attention from both leaders. We started very early to capture sunrises on the mountains, continued in stronger light to seek wildlife and birds for closeup work. During the hot, glaring part of the day, they offered professional sessions on post-production with Lightroom and Photoshop, where they also shared their impressive portfolios sharing tips on better capture techniques with nature images. We reconvened when the light improved towards the evening, continuing sessions through sunset. Their energy and humour combined with advanced photographic skills, made the workshop not only a valuable learning experience, but so much fun.

I had previously enjoyed a trip to Ecuador with Jess Findlay and his acute abilities to identify exotic bird species and approach them for maximum success in capturing images in a boat and on land, so I knew this workshop would be great too. I look forward to a winter raptor workshop with Jess and Connor next year. I enthusiastically recommend any workshop they are leading."

Cheryl
New Mexico, USA
Manning Provincial Park - Wildlife and Mountain Vistas 2015