Why Choose Us?

/Why Choose Us?

We know you have choices when it comes to travel and photography, we would love to have you join us. So why should you choose to travel with PhotoNERDs?

Travel & photography is in our DNA. We know what photographers want because we are photographers. We know how to deliver an awesome experience because we’ve done it. We understand the dynamics of group travel; we go to great lengths to make sure your whole travel experience is top notch, not just your photo instruction.

Our Trip Leaders are amazing photographers who are also great people. Chris (aka: Jack Thatcher) is the technical thinker, number geek and gadget master. Adam is an artist since birth and definite right side brain user. Together they are an unstoppable duo. They are trained in running trips the PhotoNERDs way and create an environment of fun, learning, inspiration, adventure and creativity. We also make sure that our operations and customer care is performed at the highest level so that you’ll be comfortable from the moment you book your trip until you’re safely back home.

Our guest to leader ratio is kept super small, usually no higher than a real 4:1, with only 6-8 students per trip! That means you get plenty of time with our Trip Leaders, and you’ll get to develop meaningful friendships with other photographers who share your obsession, we mean passion.

We carefully create our field trips to make sure we give you the best photography opportunities and experiences. Destinations can range based on the trip type, but expect to see legendary icons, amazing scenery, get off the beaten path and experience the best light possible. Our Trip Leaders know their destinations as if they were locals. We are not content with a good view…we want the best view. We will be out before sunrise and out until dark and sometimes we will sleep under the stars.

We understand how frustrating it can be to experience a gorgeous sunset, take stunning photos and be lost when it comes to making those photos look the way you remembered seeing them. We’ll teach you how to give your photos the look you want. Are you seeking that WOW factor? We can teach you. Seeking something more subtle, no problem! We embrace different styles and teach you what you want to know. Most of our trips include processing instruction from the PhotoNERDs Team which helps you take your photos to the next level or even just find a refreshing perspective.

Our Trip Leaders are all highly trained to provide excellent customer service, teach effectively, and handle any situations that arise over the course of your trip. We only operate legally; we have all required federal and state licenses and permits for our general business operations and for specific locations we operate in. We operate under local guidelines and location regulations to ensure your safety.

We utilize accommodations that provide the right blend of comfort & location. For our adventure style trips, we often spend a day or two camping at amazing locations and we work closely with outfitters who provide clean, comfortable gear. For all other workshops, we typically stay in beautiful, large vacation homes that are clean, comfortable and allow easy access to the best shooting locations. As well, they allow for a more intimate learning style. For example, when our trips visit Brookings, Oregon, we stay at a home that is located 10 minutes from the first photographic location. We do our very best to pick quality lodging so your experience is the best it can be.

Getting to your destination safely and comfortably is just as important as enjoying the destination. You’ll have a dedicated driver who is committed to your safety. This also gives you extra access to your Trip Leaders on travel days. We pride ourselves on using transportation options that suit our needs and fully comply with all federal and state regulations.