TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures

IN THE FIELD WITH RMPA

Discover the always-majestic, rugged mountain landscapes of Western Canada like a local. Guests take their passion for photography and marvel in the spectacular canvas of the national parks. So much more than a photography tour, with Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures, photographers will immerse themselves deeply into the locale and discover the landscape from the field. RMPA brings their small groups (and their cameras) up close and personal to the natural wonder of Canada’s first protected place.


Trusted, experienced, and with a know-how of the area like the back of their hands, Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is the #1 photography guiding operator in the Canadian Rockies. Sought out by clients from all corners of the globe - from novice to pro - they focus on delivering an unforgettable, unique, and completely-custom experience, that’s as individual as their guests.


The Rockies are the subject, and nature is the guiding light; the intimate workshops get out in the field, set-up, and then let the magic happen. They’re never disappointed with Mother Nature’s show, and they can’t wait to show their visitors the way.

Why Choose Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures?

Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is owned and operated by National Geographic Traveler award winning photographer, Mark Unrau. Mark has been running his dream business since 2013 making it the longest operating photography tour company in Banff National Park.


Not only have we been around the longest, we are also TripAdvisors top rated photography tour company in Banff National Park.


But we're not here in the Canadian Rockies for the accolades. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are all passionate locals who live here because they love the mountains. We are photographers, climbers, hikers, adventure seekers and environmentalists. 


We treat our sensitive mountain environment like we treat our guests. We offer you the utmost respect and will give you our all to make sure you have the best experience in Banff and the Canadian Rockies. 

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RMPA Team

Mark Unrau

Owner - Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures

Mark Unrau is an award-winning professional photographer, filmmaker and the founder of Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures.


Calling the Bow Valley home since 2001, Mark launched Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures in 2014 combining his passion for teaching photography and guiding visitors across the spectacular landscape of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Mark’s extensive Travel Photography has earned him international acclaim with accolades such as the Grand Prize from National Geographic Travelers World in Focus competition and awards from the Prix de Paris International Photo competition.

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All Roads Film Project - National Geographic
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Maxim Blair

Photography Guide

A resident of the Bow Valley for 4 years, Maxim has dedicated most of his time to capturing the landscapes the Canadian Rocky Mountains has to offer. Whether it be at sunrise on a mountain ridge or under the night sky by the lake, he is always committed to getting out, exploring and seeing what the ever changing mountain conditions have to offer. Being an avid rock climber, hiker and photographer, Maxim has acquired a good knowledge of various locations around the park and how the light moves around it, and is devoted to sharing this knowledge with the people who want more out of their experience in Banff. Having been with Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures for over 3 years, he aspires to give the best tour possible by visiting spectacular locations, giving tips and tricks on how to use the camera to its full potential and making sure that people always walk away with beautiful images and a smile on their face!

Kaitlyn Hoover

Photography Guide

Kaitlyn's a born and raised Alberta girl who moved to the rockies after graduating from Photographic Technology at NAIT. She recently finished a two year apprenticeship with Burnett Photography and has been on her own this last year as a destination wedding and elopement photographer. She instructs night time photography at artsPlace and on the off season in winter is a ski/snowboard instructor. Kaitlyn aspires to fulfil her goals in becoming a certified mountain guide by pursing her deep passion with landscape and nature photography by joining the Rocky Mountain Adventure Team! Kaitlyn is based out of Kananaskis in the deep woods of the backcountry and loves to hike. To top it all off she has a 3 month old kitten that has been hiking since 5 weeks old.  She has had her hands on a camera since she was six and is really excited to share the amazing magic this camera tool has to offer. 

Gregory (Rocky 1)

Tour Van

Greg the van was named after my first client back in 2013. Greg gave me the inspiration to create what Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is today. 


When Greg first got in touch with me, the name of my business was Photography School Of The Rockies. He thought we were an academic institution. He called asking if I knew anyone that could guide him around the Canadian Rockies showing him the best places to photograph. I mentioned to him that's what we do.


After spending several days guiding him around the Rockies, a spark of inspiration hit me. There is a lot to be said about your name. I realized that I had to make some changes. A bunch of years later and a lot of figuring out, Gregory the van is now a symbol of where I started and where Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures will be going. 


Jump on for the ride!

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Private Guided Workshops

Photography workshops don't come more personalized than this!


Your local expert photography guide + a custom photo schedule + your personal wish-list of shots = and an exciting, unforgettable adventure through Banff National Park.


On all of our private Rocky Mountain photography workshops, the rhythm of nature is what we work to, and the options are endless. Grab your gear, and pack your sense of adventure. We can’t wait to map out your journey and show you the way.


Tailored to all photography skill and fitness levels, our personal photography guiding and instruction sessions are suitable for anyone who has a taste for adventure and an interest in photography. Solo, couples, or groups – we will custom-build your experience to perfectly suit your requirements and photography wish-list.

All of our private guiding workshops include snack bars, hot drinks and transportation to and from your accommodation. 

Private Group Tours

Best Of Banff

landscape photography tour

Capture the most sought after landscape photography locations around the Town of Banff at sunrise and morning light.

  • 4 hour tour
  • $1500 total tour cost
  • Private Group Tour perfect for 5 to 10 guests
  • Tour includes all transportation, two staff members, snacks and warm drinks in a comfortable Ford Transit Passenger van with standing room
  • Tour start times are completely customizable

Moraine Lake 

landscape photography tour

Capture Banff National Parks most sought after and iconic landscape at one of the best sunrise spots in Banff National Park.

  • 4 hour tour
  • Tours available Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Departs before sunrise
  • Adult: $225   Children (13 & under): $100

Frame & Feast

photography and foodie tour

Capture sunrise in and around Banff then indulge your inner foodie with a foraged brunch at the Sensory restaurant in Canmore.

  • 6 hour tour
  • $2300 total tour cost
  • Foraged meal provided at the Sensory
  • Private Group Tour perfect for 5 to 10 guests
  • Tour includes all transportation, two staff members, snacks and warm drinks in a comfortable Ford Transit Passenger van with standing room
  • Tour start times are completely customizable

Public Group Tours

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Banff At First Light

Sunrise Photography Tours

Take in the icons of Banff National Park, seeing this epic landscape as few can. Learn how to photograph the Canadian Rockies, creating professional-level photos of the majestic Banff sunrise. Focus in as the first light of morning casts it’s warm glow on Mount Rundle from Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes. The tour will then head to one or two more locations, depending on time and light conditions. Your guide’s know-how and extensive experience in the Park will show you the way, giving you absolute peace of mind that you’re at the very best location and primed to get the photo result you’re striving for. All this, while taking in your serene surroundings - making a memorable experience for any photographer.

  • 4 hour tour
  • Tours available Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Departs before sunrise. Times vary depending on date. Please start booking to see exact times.
  • Adult: $225   Children (13 & under): $100
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Moraine Lake At First Light

Sunrise Photography Tours

Take in the turquoise waters and the majestic Ten Peaks at iconic Moraine Lake, one of Banff's most spectacular glacier lakes in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Focus in as the first light of morning casts it’s warm glow on the Ten Peaks.

  • 4 hour tour
  • Tours available Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Departs before sunrise. Times vary depending on date. Please start booking to see exact times.
  • Adult: $225   Children (13 & under): $100
Two Jack Lake Banff At First Light Sunrise

Frame & Feast

Sunrise Photography Tours

Capture sunrise in and around Banff then indulge your inner foodie with a foraged brunch at the Sensory restaurant in Canmore.

  • 6 hour tour
  • Foraged meal provided at the Sensory
  • Tours available Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Departs before sunrise. Times vary depending on date. Please start booking to see exact times.
  • Adult: $325   Children (13 & under): $125
Two Jack Lake afternoon photography tours

Best of Banff

Afternoon Photography Tours

Capture the best landscapes surrounding the Town of Banff. 

  • 4 hour tour
  • Tours available Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Banff Pickup: 2:00 PM Canmore Pickup: 1:30 PM
  • Adult: $225   Children (13 & under): $100
Afternoon Moraine Lake Landscape Photography Tour

Moraine Lake

Afternoon Photography Tours

Capture the best landscape images of Moraine Lake and the surrounding area of Lake Louise. 

  • 4 hour tour
  • Tours available Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Banff Pickup: 2:00 PM Canmore Pickup: 1:30 PM Lake Louise Pickup: 2:45 PM.
  • Adult: $225   Children (13 & under): $100
Abraham Lake and Methane Bubbles Winter Abraham Lake and Banff Landscape Photography Tour

Abraham Lake & Banff 

Winter Photography Tours

Photograph the Winter Wonderland that is Banff National Park with our exciting landscape photography tour that takes you to the best that Banff has to offer including Abraham Lake and its famous methane bubbles.

  • 12 hour tour
  • Tours available in December and January
  • Banff Pickup: 7:00 AM Canmore Pickup: 6:30 AM Lake Louise Pickup: 2:45 PM.
  • Adult: $595

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