Yellowstone & Grand Teton: A Year in the Making

 

By Allie Richards

After many trials and tribulations, we finally led a photo tour to Yellowstone & Grand Teton. We had been wanting to run this trip for years, and 2019 is when it all came into fruition. I had been to Yellowstone on a family trip many years ago, and Paul backpacked the Tetons, and we both scouted locations together in 2018 in the hopes of leading a tour here. We experienced a lot of ups and downs this year in our business, and to be able to get this trip going despite it all, was a triumph.

With a full crew, we had a blast! (We cap our tours at 5 people maximum). We revisited all of our favorite locations and saw a lot of wildlife. Here are some photos we made on the trip:

Grand Prismatic Spring from the Fairy Falls viewpoint © Allie Richards

Grand Prismatic Spring from the Fairy Falls viewpoint © Allie Richards

One of our favorite locations is Mammoth Hot Springs because you can make all kinds of great, abstract compositions. Add in the blue hour for something really special! © Paul Nguyen

One of our favorite locations is Mammoth Hot Springs because you can make all kinds of great, abstract compositions. Add in the blue hour for something really special! © Paul Nguyen

Mammoth Hot Springs © Allie Richards

Mammoth Hot Springs © Allie Richards

Paul shooting “through the trees”

Paul shooting “through the trees”

Geyser smoke and black and white really go together © Paul Nguyen

Geyser smoke and black and white really go together © Paul Nguyen

Having fun at Mormon Row

Having fun at Mormon Row

These horses had the perfect Western backdrop! © Paul Nguyen

These horses had the perfect Western backdrop! © Paul Nguyen

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A classic take on the Moulton Barn © Paul Nguyen

A classic take on the Moulton Barn © Paul Nguyen

Something new for us is that we visited the Grizzly Bear & Wolf Discovery Center across from our hotel. This nonprofit rehabilitates animals that couldn’t survive on their own in the wild. It’s a great way to see the famed Gray Wolves or Grizzlies, since you have a very slim chance of seeing them in the parks.

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On every tour, we do a sunrise shoot at least once. As much as we like sleep, no one complains after an amazing sunrise shot, which were treated to on our last day in the Tetons.

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Beautiful! © Paul Nguyen

Beautiful! © Paul Nguyen

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We hope to see you on a tour with us soon!