Photo Tours - Photography by Leighton

Photo Tours


Discover the secrets of Hawaii! Myself and my team of professional guides will now be doing private photography tours that take you to some of the most popular and photographic locations on the island of Oahu. Our local knowledge and small group size allow us to pay more attention (if wanted) to detail to ensure you get best photos on your trip to the Aloha state. We will offer 2 basic tours that can be customized to your photographic needs, including our new aerial photography tour! Feel free to email me with questions or concerns that you may have. Longer tours or multi day other island tours can be scheduled upon request and availability, email me for rates.


Beauty of Hawaii

TourPrice: 2.5hrs/$175 per 2 people (Max group size of 4)(start times may vary throughout the year)

Free pick up from any Waikiki Hotel, if you are not staying in Waikiki email me to arrange a pickup point. These are sunrise and sunset tours. Generally we will start about an hr before the sun comes up or goes down, in order to have enough time to get to our destination and setup. Different locations may have different start times depending on what you want to photograph. This tour will include 1-2 locations and will be about two and a half hours in order to maximize the best lighting conditions. There are no set locations for these tours as locations will be determined based on best use of conditions and weather.


Aerial Photo Tours

Price: 1hr/ $400 per person (taxes and fees included) (Min/Max 2 per tour) 

Nothing better than flying around the island in a doors off helicopter! Experience the breathtaking birds eye view of the island and better yet you are in control! Join me on private chartered helicopter to view the island in a whole new perspective! Take home memories that will last a life time! For those who have never been in a helicopter this is the best way to experience Hawaii and all of its hidden beauty. Contact me for more information, locations etc. (Please keep in mind this tour needs to be booked 1 week in advance)


Outer Island Photo Workshops

I will be doing outer island workshops through out the year, dates for 2017 will be coming out soon. I will be coordinating workshops on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. We will focus on the beautiful landscapes around the islands as well as underwater photography when available. Private tours and custom itineraries are available at your request please send me an email to coordinate. Generally the  photo workshops will be small groups of 5-6 people with 1 to 2 guides.  Even non photographers are welcomed on our tours!  Theres always something in the islands for everyone! 


Photo Expeditions

Feeling adventurous? I will also be hosting and organizing several international photo expeditions every year. Dates and details on locations to come soon....These tours are geared with the photographer in mind. We strive to get the shots that we travels so many miles to get. I try to create trips and experiences that you will remember forever! Its always fun with a bunch of like minded people who have a passion for photography!  


Humpback Whale Expedition in the Kingdom of Tonga

Dates: August 7- August 17 2017 (2 SPOTS LEFT)

We will be in the water photographing humpback whales during the peak season for mothers and calves.Enjoy one of the World's top animal encounters, it will change your life! This is a snorkel only trip and suitable for all photographers, amateurs or professionals. Spots are limited, for a more details check them out HERE.


Trip Option: We will be doing a short mini workshop in Australia's famous Neptune Islands to photograph great white sharks! If you love the water and big animals than this trip is for you!


Spirit Bear Expedition

Dates October 5-9th 2017 (FULL)

Trek through the Great Bear Rainforest located in the British Columbia, in search for the rarest bear on the planet, the Kemode Bear or Spirit Bear. We will spend 5 days searching for this mystical creature during the salmon spawning season as they make their annual migration up the streams to their spawning ground. The spirit bear is a white variation of a black bear, only unique to the Great Bear Rainforest. These bears carry a rare recessive gene that makes their fur white as opposed to  black. On this trip we will also see black bears, hopefully with cubs, eagles, possibly coastal wolves. While transferring from island to island we may also see humpback whales and orcas. Its really is a wildlife photographer dream! Spots are limited for more information click HERE.


Iceland Landscapes Workshop

Dates: November 22- December 1 2017 (3 SPOTS LEFT)

I will be running an amazing 8 day workshop with fellow professional photographer/ Icelandic native guide Thor from Thor Photography as we discover Icelands hidden beauty. Marvelous landscapes by day and with some luck we will chase the famous northern lights from all the famous view points. This tour will cover the famous Snaefelness Peninsula, the Golden Circle, Vik and the famous Icelandic South Coast, with stops at the ice beach and glacier lagoon. We will also be photographing an ice cave if conditions are right. This jammed tour is a photographers dream.   Small groups with lots of time to photograph and enjoy your surroundings. Time to check Iceland off the bucket list and join us in 2017! Spots are limited, for a more detailed itinerary and pricing click HERE.


2018 Expeditions Sri Lanka Safari with Tiger Photo Workshop

Dates: April 13- April 30 2018

 Join me as I explore the natural beauty of Sri Lanka! Lots of wildlife and landscape photo opportunities. Sri Lanka has one of the largest populations of leopards in the World and gives us a great opportunity to photograph these elusive animals. Also included on this trip is 5 days searching for wild Bengal Tigers. These endangered cats are very difficult to find but we will go during peak time to help increase our chances of sightings. India provides us with the best opportunity to photograph tigers in the wild. With the abundance of wildlife in the area its sure to be an amazing once in a lifetime experience. 


Crocodiles and Whale Shark Expedition

Dates: July 9- July 18 2018 In the summer of 2018 (3 SPOTS LEFT)

I have chartered a private trip for 6 adventurous photographers to come with me in search of photographing wild American crocodiles in waters off of Mexico. It will consist of some amazing reef dives, snorkeling with American crocodiles and whale sharks! The whale shark season happens to correspond with the same time of year that the crocodiles like to show up in Banco Chinchorro, so right after we photograph some crocs we will be jumping in with one of the largest congregations of whales sharks in the World! Just off of Isla Mujeres is a hotspot for these gentle giants, where hundreds of individuals will be coming to feast on the large amounts of plankton in the area. Spots are very limited and experience with large animals is required (sharks, etc). Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.For more detailed information, pricing etc. Click HERE


Guadalupe Great White Shark Workshop

Dates: September 29- October 4 2018

Come to Guadalupe Mexico with me to photograph one of the oceans top predators, the great white shark! Guadalupe is the World's best destination to see and photograph these animals and known for its excellent visibility and large sharks! We will be going towards the end of the season because that is when the large females start coming to Guadalupe! With some luck we may spot some of them like Scarboard or the famous Lucy,  a massive 18 foot female that is a regular to Guadalupe. We will spend 3 full days diving with great whites with unlimited diving, meaning lots of time in the water! At night we will have post processing sessions, for those who want tips. For more information, itinerary and pricing click HERE.



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