Bear Cubs in Kodiak Alaska Workshop ~ Officially Announced!!

Coastal Brown Bear Cubs in Kodiak Alaska ~ July 7-12, 2019
A Creative Adventure Workshop
5 Full days and 2 half days – $6899 Limited to 9 participants.

Join Denise Ippolito in spectacular Katmai National Park, AK for six days of photographing Coastal Brown Bears. Early July is prime time for viewing and making images of small, young milk-laced mouth cubs. The cubs, and these dates, are so popular that I had to reserve them well in advance to secure them. There are lots of bears each year in June, but the mothers only rarely risk bringing their tiny cubs out in the open for fear of predation by rival bears. In addition to making portraits of both adults and cubs, we hope to photograph the wrestling youngsters and the tender nursing scenes. At this time of year the bears are either grazing in lush grass or clamming. There will also be some two- and three-year old cubs to add to the fun. And we will get to photograph it all.

Our “base camp” is actually a 78’ boat that is anchored near the beach where we will get dropped off on by our 25 foot skiff which has lots of room for our gear. Meals on the boat are good and special dietary needs can be accommodated within reason. We will likely spend most of our time at Hallo Bay as that is where the bears with cubs are generally feeding. On the odd chance that we do need to relocate to another location we can do so quickly and easily without having to venture into any potentially rough seas.

Aside from the bears we will likely get to photograph Horned and Tufted Puffin Harbor Seal and Sea Otter in addition to Eagles. Halibut fishing (license required/not included) is optional.

It is mandatory that you be in Kodiak no later than the late afternoon of July 6th to avoid missing the float planes to our boat on the morning of July 7. With air travel in Alaska being what it is–with the chance of fog or other bad weather–being on Kodiak on July 5th is a much better plan.

We should get to photograph bears on our first afternoon and then again every day for the next five days after that, all weather permitting of course. On our last mornings on the boat, July 12, those who would like to enjoy one last photo session will have the opportunity to do so. The group will return to Kodiak via floatplane from late morning through midday. Most folks will then fly to Anchorage and to continue on to their home cities
What’s Included: 7 Days/ 6 Nights on the boat as above. All meals on the boat. National Park and guide fees. In-the-field photo tips, instruction, and guidance. Small group image review, image sharing, and informal Photoshop instruction on the boat.

What’s Not Included: Your round trip airfare to and from Kodiak, AK (almost surely through Anchorage). Your lodging and meals on Kodiak. The cost of the round-trip float plane to the boat and then back to Kodiak as above (approx. $600.00). The suggested crew tip of $200.

Deposit Info: A $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit by check only, made out to “Denise Ippolito” is required to hold your spot. Contact me via e-mail to sign up.

Your deposit is due when you sign up. That leaves a balance of $4899. The next payment of $2899 will be due on January 15, 2018. The final payment of $2000 is due on August 15, 2018. I hope that you can join me on this exciting adventure to walk with the bears!!

*This trip needs 8 participants to run. If this trip doesn’t run your entire deposit will be refunded.
*based on double occupancy

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ These were mid-sized cubs with milk all over their faces as they just finished feeding.

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ One of my favorites, I am calling it “Teething”

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ It is beyond cute when one of these small cubs stands up.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim Fennessy says:

    Denise, your 2017 bear boat workshop was the best wildlife photography experience of my life.

    Thanks Jim, so glad you liked it!

  2. Sally foster says:

    Thanks for the memories. This trip was fantastic with each day even better than the day before. It was an unusual opportunity to spend time with bear families at fairly close range and get to know them and their habits or activities. For the most part we had them to ourselves and we fell in love with them.

    Hi Sally, yes we did! I will remember this trip and our group forever 🙂

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