Travel to Flagstaff, Arizona. We will have a meeting and orientation dinner at our hotel (included) in Flagstaff to prepare for the trip.
We will have a pre-dawn departure and drive to the remote Hualapai Hilltop where we will begin our hike down to Havasupai. We’ll start hiking in the cooler morning hours and get to the waterfalls later in the afternoon to catch the beautiful warm light that pours into Havasu Canyon. The hike down offers us some unique free flow shots of red sandstone canyon walls, pack mules ferrying gear in and out of the village of Supai, Supai itself (the Havasupai people do not like to be photographed and we absolutely respect their wishes).
Eventually we’ll arrive at camp and get settled, cool off in Havasu falls, and take some intial shots of the falls and creek. We’ll enjoy a hearty dinner and fun conversation about the photography potential of this area before turning in for a good night’s sleep.
On our first morning in the Canyon we’ll rise early to a hot cup of coffee and a tasty breakfast in camp. After that it’s off to some serious waterfall photography. You’ll learn the intricacies of beautifully capturing these falls, including how to capture a slow shutter speed image using neutral density filters. Today’s focus will be on Havasu Falls, Little Navajo Falls & Fifty Foot Falls. We’ll spend ample time at each waterfall – and you’ll walk away with stunning images of each. After returning from our day’s hike and shoot we’ll have an excellent meal back at our cozy camp under the Cottonwood Trees and relax by the bubbling rush of Havasu Creek. After dinner we’ll head out for some evening Photography and light painting instruction at Havasu Falls, a short walk from camp.
Our third day will take us deeper into Havasu Canyon, through a section that is arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of canyon in the world, to our destination at Beaver Falls. We’ll start early, as the optimum light inside the canyon has a short window for good photography. Beaver Falls features intense blue water pools surrounded by red-rock cliffs and is one of the most beautiful sites on the planet. We’ll spend the afternoon shooting Beaver Falls and swimming in the pools, then hike back up canyon to Photograph Mooney Falls in the open shade afternoon lighting.
After a great day of Photography and hiking we’ll head return to camp for a hearty meal and some relaxation before an optional evening excursion to one of the waterfalls for some night sky photography.
Today we will focus on some intricate slot canyons within Havasupai as well as some interesting off-the-beaten-path grottos and nooks. We will also revisit Havasu Falls, Little Navajo and Mooney and photograph these incredible waterfalls in different lighting conditions.
We will rise early this morning and begin the hike out towards Hualapai Hilltop. We’ll have slightly different lighting and we’ll stop and photograph the rising sun reflecting off the water just below Fifty Foot Falls before continuing our trek back up the canyon. Along the way we will stop and spend a few short sessions Photographing Cataract Canyon (a dry but beautiful canyon) along the way which features the rich red colors of the Supai Sandstone and striking black streaks of desert varnish.
After completing the hike we’ll have a late lunch on the Hilltop and then shuttle back to Flagstaff and conclusion of our trip.
Please Note: Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more.