Photo Travel Tours

Why Travel Photography Tours?

I believe that when you expand your own context of the world, you can’t help but change and grow as a person and as a photographer. To see the world, experience all it has to offer, is to truly live to the fullest.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

Our photo travel tours are designed around the best light, the best locations and more time at each location!

We travel or experience the culture… we learn or relax when the light is harshest and shoot when the light is best. It’s a custom designed travel tour, by photographers for photographers.

I’m guessing that if you’ve found this page you agree with me and Helen Keller and are up for a little adventure.  I’d love nothing more than if you joined me and we shared that experience together for a while.

Come along, let’s explore!

Featured Tour: Nicaragua, February 2014


In this photo travel tour, you’ll improve your photography while enjoying a walking tour of Granada, volcano hike, tour of Leon cathedral, an estuary boat tour and market visit, all from a rustic beach hide-away on Nicaragua’s gorgeous north Pacific coast.Eat in a palm-thatch lodge siting on a breathtaking sandy surf beach, just on the edge of a traditional fishing village. We’ll meet some local school children, help prepare food, feed them and help paint the outside of the school. Find out more about this social tourism photography tour.

Havana Cuba Photography Tour

Travel Photography Tours Havana Cuba

In this photo travel tour, you will learn the skills and techniques of architecture photography, portraits, low light photography, night photography and more while touring the old world culture of Havana, Cuba. The small island of Cuba is nestled in the Caribbean just north of the Cayman Islands and just a few miles south of Florida, rich with history, rum, cigars and the dance, lots of dance.

  • Photo Travel Tour: Havana, Cuba
  • When: Jan 18 – 27th, 2014
  • Max Group Size: 10
  • Remaining Spots: FULL
  • More information & Itinerary: Havana Cuba Photo Travel Tour

Nicaragua Photo Travel Tour

Social tourism Nicaragua photo travel tour

In this photo travel tour, you will learn the skills and techniques of architecture photography, portraits, low light photography, night photography and more while touring the old world culture of Granada Nicaragua and the charm of Monty’s Beach Resort. This is also a social tourism tour. We will spend time with the local children and facilitators of One Small Step, an organization committed to getting the children off the dumps, and into schools with clean clothes and footwear. Enjoy Nicaragua’s oldest city Granada, fine architecture, great food and style and the relaxing comfort of a beach getaway.

Drumheller, Alberta Badlands and Historic Area

drumheller photography workshop
A unique geographic area rich in history and unusual scenery.  In this full weekend workshop you will have a chance to work in a small group, which means the topics of the workshop are custom tailored  to fit your photography needs.  Darlene consults with each student individually to make sure that any areas you are having difficulty with will be covered.  You also get individual help on location during photo shoots to make sure you come away with your best shots.

Some special surprises include a night photo shoot at a ghost town, sunrise and sunset photo opportunities, and a model shoot in an old mine.

Wine and Photography Tours

wine-photography-tours-0001Imagine having backdoor access to select wineries in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Imagine a weekend tasting wine and learning about what it is that you’re actually tasting with a wine expert.

Now, imagine improving your photography skills, on location, in and around vineyards, with a professional photography instructor at the same time.

That’s exactly what we’ve put together. 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Attribution: Cuba Photo courtesy of Anthony Pond, Nicaragua Mountains at Dusk by Adam Cohn.

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About Your Tutor

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Darlene has had formal training in photography at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She enjoys portraits, fine art, and travel photography. She is a seasoned traveler having spent time in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Cuba and Australia. Darlene loves exotic locales, exotic food and experiencing different countries directly through the local people and the cultural arts. Her vision is to share her artistic talents through teaching “the art of seeing”, and to spread love and tolerance through the experience of truly connecting with and understanding people of different cultures.