WHY JOIN ONE OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS?
Traveling to remote locations to make photographs is easy. All you need is the inclination, time and airfare. Traveling to those same areas and bringing back amazing photographs of stunning scenery under perfect light conditions requires a little more work. And that’s where we come in. We have extensive photographic experience in the locations we visit and we work with the most experienced guides who have intimate local knowledge of the area, weather and light to ensure we place you at the best sites at the right time - when the light is magical. We arrange and provide access to areas well off the tourist path with all transportation taken care of. We organize all accommodation and food so that you are free to focus on your photography. Our emphasis is on ensuring you make wonderful photographs in the best locations, so we take care of the necessities whilst you experience the very best the country has to offer.
WHAT ARE YOUR WORKSHOPS LIKE?
Our workshops are, first and foremost, about Photography. There are no formal classroom sessions or lectures and no formal instruction. Rather, participants and the group leader and guide work side by side, sharing their knowledge, vision, philosophy and experience together in the field. We want you to make great photographs and therefore the emphasis is on being out in the field when the light is best. We are always on hand for any advice or instruction you may need and we work together as a team. Our focus is always on leading you to the best areas when the light is at its most excellent. We work hard at our photography, but we also have a lot of fun in the process.
AM I TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG?
No. Age is not a factor in determining if one of our workshops is suitable for you. If you enjoy photography and being in beautiful places then you are the right age.
DO I HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE?
Yes. Our workshops and expeditions cater to all levels of experience from beginner to seasoned professional.
WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION DO YOU PROVIDE?
When traveling by ship we use ice-hardened expedition class ships that are safe and comfortable. When on land we stay in good hotels and guest houses that are functional and clean. Unless specified in the individual workshop there is no camping.
WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
Unless otherwise specified in the individual workshop breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in the price of the trip and will generally be taken at the hotels where we are staying or onboard the expedition ship if we are at sea. However our workshops are all about photography and we put in long hours in the field in order to ensure we maximize our opportunities for great light. We may take food and drinks with us into the field to ensure we are in the best locations when the 'magic' happens.
CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETRY REQUIREMENTS?
Yes. Please just advise of any special requirements at time of booking and we will take care of the rest.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
Depending on the locations we visit there may be some optional easy-to-moderate hiking over uneven ground. A reasonable level of fitness is therefore recommended. There is no obligation to participate in any hikes and every effort will be made to fill your requests.
WHAT IF THE DATES DON'T WORK FOR ME?
If you need different dates or you want a private workshop I can also assist you. Not all expeditions fit everyone’s timeline or specific needs. In cases such as this we can arrange a private trip for you with the same local guides, transport and amenities. I will provide you with your personal itinerary so that you can schedule your trip accordingly.
DO YOU PROVIDE PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION?
Yes. All participants receive a pre-departure kit for each workshop and expedition that is tailored to the specific trip they are undertaking. It includes recommended clothing and packing lists, information about getting there, local currencies, where to stay before and after the workshop along with other details pertaining to the trip. Participants also receive a 'keyword list' of many of the locations we will be visiting to assist with managing digital files.
WHO IS JOSHUA HOLKO?
I am a full-time professional landscape, nature and wilderness photographer. A passionate photographer, teacher and adventurer I specialize in expeditions and workshops to the polar and sub-polar regions of the globe. My workshops and expeditions are structured to allow the traveller to enhance their photography and develop an admiration and love for the polar landscape and wildlife. An ambassador for the polar regions I gave up the corporate world to pursue my true passion for photography. You are welcome to join me on the photographic trip of a lifetime to some of the most magical destinations on this planet.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
All you need to do is send me an email at email@example.com expressing your interest in one of my workshops and we can take it from there.