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 2018 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! 


NEW Kauai and Maui Landscape Workshop!

August 8-15 2018

Cost: $2621.50

 Join myself and professional landscape photographer Ren Shiroma as we explore some of the best landscapes that Hawaii has to offer! One of the highlights of this trip is a door off helicopter flight over the famous Napali Coast! Definitely a trip you don't want to miss!

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 2018

Dates: September 2-12 2018 

ONE SPOT 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.


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.


Alaskan Grizzly Bear Workshop 2019

Dates June 7- 12 2019


Join me in Alaska in 2019 as we venture into bear country in search for momma grizzly bears and cubs as they feed on the abundance of sedge grasses. With over 21 hours of daylight we will have plenty of opportunities to view these magnificent animals in their natural environment. Other animals that we may encounter are owls, eagles, coyotes, wolves, puffins and whales. For more information, itinerary and prices please click HERE

Crocodiles and Whale Shark Expedition

Dates: July 5-14 2019

In the summer of 2019 (6 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


Brazil's Northern Pantanal Jaguar Safari (part 1)

Dates: TBA (August 2019)

More info coming soon!


Join me on an epic adventure to Brazil! We will journey deep into the Pantanal, searching for the elusive jaguar. This is a wildlife photographers dream! Wildlife is everywhere! From the hundreds of exotic bird species to the interesting looking giant anteater, we will try to photograph it all. We will be exploring the northern Pantanal, in Porto Jofre, which sports the highest populations of wild jaguars in the World. This trip is focused on wildlife photography, with a lot of time spent in the field tracking and searching for jaguars. Our expert local guides will put us in the right positions to get amazing shots and ensure our safety through out the whole trip. All accommodations are lodge based, with basic comforts of western civilization. For more information feel free to contact me HERE.


Brazil's Southern Pantanal Anaconda Safari (Part 2)

Dates: TBA

Max 4 participants

More information coming soon!


Want to photograph the World's longest snake? We will go into the jungle of Brazil's south pantanal and explore the giant snakes lair and learn about these amazingly elusive creatures. With some luck we hope to photograph these amazing creatures underwater. Other animals that we hope to photograph (above and below the water) giant river otters, caiman, maybe even piranha! Adult female green anacondas can reach lengths of 29 feet and weigh over 500lbs! To see these giants in the wild it will take expert tracking and guidance, luckily we have the best! Our expert guides have been working with and tracking anacondas in the Pantanal for many years, and helped professional film crews like Tales by Light and National Geographic. To photograph anacondas we need to go during a very specific season, and access to these areas are often quite difficult to obtain, you need local knowledge and permission. Only 15-20 people each year are lucky enough to get on a trip like this. Will you be next? For questions and more information contact me HERE.


Experience needed

-Comfortable around large animals (ex. sharks)

-We may have some spots to scuba dive so scuba certification may be necessary

Humpback Whale Expedition in the Kingdom of Tonga 2019

Dates: September 9-18 2019

 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.



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