Your local expert and photography guide, a custom photo schedule, your wish-list of shots, and an exciting adventure ahead. Capture the finest of the Rockies’ signature locations - your way.
On all of our private guiding sessions, 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, 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.
Our 3 hour, 5 hour and full day guiding workshops are customizable to suit your preferences and goals. We can incorporate post processing and print preparation of your images into any workshop.
This perfect introductory session will have you visit up to two locations while receiving instruction on how to strengthen your compositions and camera techniques.
Starting at $325
Our bestseller! Strengthen your photography skills and experience one-to-one learning with a half day of private instruction. Shoot up to three locations while receiving instruction on how to strengthen your compositions and camera techniques. A five-hour session gets you more time to practice what you learn!
Starting at $460
Explore further afield while discovering multiple locations and enjoy more in-depth learning of photography techniques with a full day of private instruction.
Starting at $650
OUR PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDES
Mark Unrau is a National Geographic Traveler award winning professional photographer with over 20 years experience in landscape and travel photography.
He is the owner and operator of Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures. Mark has worked in all corners of the industry and all corners of the world, from commercial photography to camera sales person. Mark's knowledge and passion for the art and technique of photography are unparalleled in the Canadian Rockies.
His natural and approachable technique and teaching skills are a perfect fit for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level by learning from a seasoned professional!
A local to Banff for over 5 years, Maxim has spent all of his free time exploring and photographing Banff and the Canadian Rockies. His soft spoken demeanor and endless patience combined with his knowledge of the area makes him a perfect fit for anyone just starting out or for the experienced photographer looking for a guide to get you there at the right time and place to nail that perfect shot.
Our private guided landscape photography tours with Mark Unrau are one-on-one workshops where Mark will pick you up from your hotel and take you out to photograph and learn how to strengthen your photography at different landscape locations throughout Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
Absolutely! As long as you are passionate about photography, Mark loves helping people of any skill level from absolute beginner to professional. Mark's approachable style and easy going personality will help you to get great landscape images that you will be proud to show off to friends and family for years to come.
You may be an already accomplished photographer or maybe someone who just want's to get to the best spots at the right time because you don't have a lot of time in Banff National Park. We totally understand this, but because of Mark's extensive experience in photography, he finds the best value can be gained when you are open to learning during the session.
Fortunately, Banff National Park has the best landscape photography opportunities very close to where we will park. We do not need to hike very far from the tour van to get amazing landscape images! However, depending on the location we can travel up to 2 Km from the road.
This is always the most difficult question to answer. It really depends on what you mean by off the beaten track. Many of the best and most iconic landscapes in Banff are easily accessed. Because of this it of course attracts many other photographers, so there is a good chance we might see some other keen people where we will be going. There are some places that are not as visited outside of the National Parks and we are happy to go to these locations, but they do take longer to get to and may not be appropriate during the short time we have together.
We want to make sure we are at our first location with enough time for you to get set up and be ready to photograph sunrise. Sunrise is the most spectacular time to photograph in Banff and we don't want you to miss it!
Mark will come and pick you up around an hour and a half before sunrise depending on where you are staying and what location you will be going to first.
Mark works with any kind of camera from medium format to an iPhone. So whatever gear you have you will learn how to make better pictures with it. As they say, "The best camera is the one you have"
Each session is custom made to what skill level you are and what kind of camera gear you will have. The most important concept that Mark goes over is composition. At the beginning of the session, Mark will asses your level of knowledge and go over concepts and techniques that will help you improve your photography. Some of the things Mark is happy to go over is:
The Canadian Rockies is a fairly arid climate at a high altitude. Because of this, even in summer it can be quite chilly first thing in the morning. Here are some recommendations:
Yes we do! We can either offer it as part of our private guided tours or as a stand alone offering.