2020 Cypress Swamps Photo Excursions
Fall Weekender: Nov 12 - 15, 2020
Fall Full Excursion Nov 12 - 19, 2020
This year we are offering a 3-day "weekender" package as well as a week long intensive photo excursion full package!
Why Choose Wild Louisiana Tours?
Wild Louisiana Tours has been the premiere swamp kayaking outfitter in Louisiana for over 6 years. Unlike many other photo workshop outfitters, Wild Louisiana Tours and its workshop leaders are from Louisiana. People have slowly started to recognize the Louisiana swamps for their ecological significance and photographic beauty. We have explored the state from top to bottom, photographed it in all seasons of the year and in all the weather conditions you could imagine. Because photo trips like this have locked in dates, you can not always rely on weather to cooperate. Having a strong local knowledge of the area, can make or break a good photo trip. It is important to have many different locations to choose from so your locations aren't limited by rain, strong winds, and other weather conditions. This is where Wild Louisiana Tours stands out among other photo workshops. We have the knowledge needed to make adjustments depending on what mother nature throws at us. We have the equipment needed to make adjustments and the experience of where to go when. We have a long list of photo locations compiled over the years, 4x4 vehicles, and local knowledge of the waterways. We are not simply a photographer who hires a boat to put you in. We are a team of experts and experienced outdoors people.
We Do the Heavy Lifting So You Can Focus On Photography
Because Wild Louisiana Tours is a full service outdoor outfitter, we understand what is needed to have an efficient and effective day on the water. The hardest part of photographing the scenery of Louisiana is the learning curve involved with getting expensive camera equipment into the right place at the right time. We understand that not everyone is experienced transporting kayaks and unloading them on and off of vehicles. This is why we take care of all of the logistics for you. Every morning and afternoon that we shoot, we will be ready with your kayaks and equipment for you to start your shoot. You show up and we get you accommodated and comfortable and ready to shoot. This makes your day easier and more focused on the images you want to get.
In addition to suppling you with all the necessary gear and instructions, transportation services are offered and you don't have to rent your own vehicles or transport your own kayaks if you use our shuttle. Being that we transport kayaks and people in our own vehicles and trailers, it takes even more of the expense and work off of our clients. This also allows us the flexibility to change to a numerous amount of locations, and get to locations more remote and hard to find than the average vehicle can get to.
Julie's love for photography started during her travels in Australia and New Zealand. The landscapes and wildlife there were so vastly different to her native country Belgium, and the experience motivated her to master the use of her camera. Throughout the years she educated herself as a documentary style photographer, and ended up moving from Belgium to New Orleans, Louisiana. Documenting weddings and families in the city connects her to the people and the unique culture New Orleans has to offer. As a tour guide for Wild Louisiana Tours she has been studying and photographing the Louisiana swamps and this is where her love for the outdoors, reptiles and birds, in addition to her passion for photography all come together.
"Documenting this unique eco system throughout the different seasons allows me to value and understand the swamp and the life in it. Revisiting this same area so often and experiencing it at different times of the day and year, teaches me more every time. The light and colors change the landscape all the time and is always inspiring. I find it incredibly intriguing to explore this area, capture the timelessness it seems to have, and to realize that until not too long ago, most of the land we now know as the city of New Orleans consisted of marshes and Cypress forest. I believe I photograph these landscapes in a not so different way than how I document families in the city. By observing, letting the story unfold, and capturing what is there without interring or disturbing.Our tours are based on the same principle where we treat the swamp with respect, and observe to learn, without disturbing or damaging the trees, plants or wildlife out there."
Julie uses a Canon 5D III with a variety of lenses and likes to challenge herself by sometimes using lenses or techniques that are slightly less typical for landscape photography. She also brings her Polaroid 680S out to the swamp on occasion but believes the best camera is the one in your hand.
We will have a shuttle leaving New Orleans on the Thursday before the trip. All guests are welcome to utilize our shuttle service for the entirety of the trip for a $200 USD shuttle fee. You are also welcome to use your own vehicle. On Thursday at 5pm we will have a meet and great at our home base of the Cypress Hotel. If you have your own transportation and don't purchase our lodging option, you can utilize many of the numerous lodging options available in the area. There are also campgrounds nearby. If you have questions about lodging, please feel free to give us a call for recommendations. (985) 205-1527.
Each morning we will get up before sunrise and drive to our photo location. After our morning session, we will meet for photo critiques, lunch, and midday relaxation. You can relax in the comfort of your own room if you prefer. We will then head out for our afternoon shoot. Each day we will assess the weather conditions, talk with tour guests about their interests, and decide on the best option for where to shoot that day.
After spending three days shooting in south Louisiana in the ancient old growth forests, we will head north to take advantage of some of the rich red and orange colors that occur further north. We will be spending the rest of our time here, staying in cabins and shooting daily.
@ Wild Louisiana Tours