Hi, I'm Terry Boyd, owner of Denali Photo Guides. I grew up in Arkansas and spent my younger years mountain biking and fishing as if my life depended on it. But, in my early 20s, I decided that I might not make it to "the pros” in either of those fields, so I walked into a pawn shop and bought a used 35mm camera. I knew absolutely nothing about photography and had never even touched a camera with more than one button before – all we had growing up was an old Polaroid.
The first time I photographed a sunset from a bluff over the Arkansas River, I knew this was the path for me. Since then, I have dedicated my life to the light, doing my best to be in the right place at the right time.
I first traveled to Alaska in 2003 and have returned every summer since, working in a variety of positions until I started offering photography tours in 2010. I am truly living my dream, sharing my passions with others, all while in a setting I consider to be one of the most captivating places on Earth.
Along with my wife, Bethany Boyd, and guides Eva Capozzola, Todd Whetstine, and Jesse Campo, we look forward to seeing you in Denali soon!
What we'll do
Dive deeper, learn lasting techniques, and prepare for your Denali National Park adventures!
We always say that the best camera is the one you have, but the very best camera is the one you know how to use! With so many variables in photography, individual feedback is crucial to learn, no matter what level of photographer you are. Denali Photo Guides is now offering exclusive tutorial sessions on-site, at your lodge in the Denali area so that you can get the dialed-in instruction you need to get the most out of your gear and advance your skills. This is a great way to get prepared for your bus tour into Denali National Park so you will be ready to photograph wildlife and landscapes in the park.
The best camera is the one you have!
Our tour is designed to benefit all skill levels with any type of camera (smart-phones welcome). No matter what gear you have, our guides will be able to help you progress as a photographer.
- We will communicate with you prior to your session so that we can personalize your experience just for you.
- Beginners will learn techniques to get more out of their equipment; how to read light and adjust their exposure settings to photograph Alaska’s stunning scenery and wildlife in a way that “does it justice.”
- Advanced photographers will enjoy the luxury of working with a professional photographer and gaining insider tips on what to expect in the park, other parts of Alaska, and get tips on must-see locations in the Denali area.
What to expect / what's provided
* Duration: 1 Hour
* What to Bring
- All guests should come prepared with a mask or face covering.
- Weather can change quickly in Denali so bring an extra layer and a raincoat.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended – there may be some walking on variable terrain if desired.
- Don’t forget your camera, lenses, and extra battery!
- We provide tripods & filters.
- Activity level is easy.
- This trip is suitable for all skill levels and all cameras, including smartphones.
- Digital cameras with long zoom lenses are available to rent, and you keep the memory card.
- Your guide will meet you at your lodge and provide instruction on-site, outside, observing all social-distance protocols.
- We will adjust practices and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 according to recommendations from the State of Alaska and health experts.
Reservations may be canceled up to 3 days (72 hours) in advance and will be fully refunded. Reservations canceled with less than 3 days (72 hours) advance notice will not be refunded. Tours may be rescheduled up to 12 hours in advance based on availability. Changes made with less than 3 days (72 hours) advance notice will be subject to a 20% change fee. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.
Actual weather conditions vary greatly from weather forecasts and conditions change rapidly in Denali. Storms move in and out very quickly and the weather is likely to change several times over the duration of one tour. This can be really exciting and can provide some great opportunities for cloudscapes and dynamic lighting on the mountain range. We rarely need to cancel due to weather, but in the case of a weather cancellation, participants who cannot reschedule will receive a full refund. Weather cancellations are at the discretion of Denali Photo Guides. We generally do not make decisions based on the weather prior to the day of the tour, and we usually cannot make the call until right before the tour starts. Typically, the guide will meet guests at the start of the tour to discuss the current conditions, skill level & expectations, and determine the best option for each guest individually. Safety and quality of experience are our top priorities.