This incredible adventure is a complete immersion into photography, storytelling and exploration of unique experiences. Throughout the course of eight days, we will focus on wildlife, travel and landscape photography. With all travel details seamlessly managed, we will explore the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, a stunning preserve with the highest concentration of big game seen anywhere. Wild lions, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, hippos and elephants are just the start of the close to 90 species of mammals - as well as a remarkable variety of birds and raptors - that make up the Mara ecosystem.
As part of this remarkable safari experience, we will visit beloved wildlife sanctuaries for true up close and personal experiences with giraffes and then, separately, for some rare private time with rescued elephant calves.
Our safari adventure also includes time at Amboseli National Park, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, where over 40 raptors live - including a population of Martial Eagles, the largest in Africa. We will travel through game parks in small groups via safari vans that are custom-built specifically for photographers.
Working with extremely experienced guides, our outings will offer us jaw-dropping wildlife encounters while also allowing us the physical room and wide visibility that photographers need to capture their most exceptional images of such a unique experience. The timing of this workshop is rather spectacular, too, as it takes place during the prime Great Migration season, when over a million wildebeest, and an equally impressive number of zebras, cross the Mara River in truly staggering numbers.
Both Joe and Tamara will join you for your entire experience, guiding you photographically while also offering one-on-one time with participants, in addition to frequent photo critiques, post-processing lab time and detailed image walkthroughs.
Lastly, everything will be seamlessly managed during our time in Africa. We will travel by private charter, stay in 5-star accommodations, savor incredible meals and even enjoy our downtime in day rooms booked for our comfort on our final day there,
Acclaimed, award-winning photographer Joe McNally is known worldwide as the quintessential “pro’s pro;” an extremely versatile, deeply experienced assignment photographer whose jobs have brought him to over 70 countries and counting. McNally is often described as: Authentic, empathetic and articulate, an exceptionally skilled technical photographer who pairs extraordinary camera know-how with a vivid imagination and an ongoing, vibrant creativity.
Always curious, always adapting to the conditions at hand and the relentless advances in camera technology, he has photographed FIVE cover stories for the National Geographic (amongst an overall FIFTEEN coverages), and SEVEN covers of LIFE Magazine. He photographed the very first all-digital coverage for National Geographic, which was considered such a significant, watershed moment in the history of that venerable publication that the entire coverage has been incorporated into the archives of the U.S Library of Congress. In addition to inspiring editorial work, McNally has covered FOUR Olympics (with number FIVE looming in Paris in 2024) for such diverse clients as ABC Television, Sports Illustrated and TIME magazine. McNally is known for his penchant to get his camera in “a different place” and has twice climbed the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, in addition to climbing the Empire State Building four times.
He is that rare photographer who has successfully made the bridge between the commercial world and the editorial world, and is highly regarded by clients for his versatility, and willingness to be a team player. Joe McNally, a proud Nikon Ambassador, has an extraordinary ability to photograph simple assignments with intimacy and grace, as well as master movie-scale productions with large crews, tremendous pressure and countless moving parts.
Tamara Lackey is a Nikon USA Ambassador, speaking on behalf of Nikon at a variety of shows and conventions, as well as delivering a range of presentations at Google, Disney, CES, Harvard Law School and more. She leads photography adventure workshops around the world and is the author of nine books. Her latest publication is The Posing Playbook.
Tamara has co-produced and hosted multiple live broadcasts for creativeLIVE and other livecast media, and she also hosted her popular web series, The reDefine Show, for seven years. Her newest show, Chasing Frames with Tamara Lackey focuses on capturing experiences and adventures through photography and is broadcast via PBS North Carolina Television and on PBS.org.
Tamara is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Beautiful Together, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on connecting animals in need of refuge with children living in at risk-situations and underserved communities.