Yosemite in Winter

Experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park during winter! Photograph this iconic park during it’s least visited season when the vastness of Yosemite is covered in pillows of white snow. Winter is an absolutely magical time to visit Yosemite and work on some incredible landscape photography opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph Yosemite Valley during the stunningly beautiful winter season. Yosemite is one of the most unique natural wonders on our planet and in winter provides jaw dropping opportunities for landscape photography and wildlife! The light is beautiful in the winter and the colors are vibrant making for superb snowy landscape photography opportunities. We schedule this trip in late February to potentially take advantage of Yosemite’s famous “Fire Fall” event but the main purpose of this trip is to photograph the beauty of Yosemite when the entire valley is covered in snow!

This photography excursion features full days of photography from sunrise to sunset as we visit carefully selected locations in the best possible light, taking our time (key for us photographers!) exploring and photographing. We’ll hit the iconic spots such as Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Gates of the Valley and Tunnel View as well as many off the beaten path locations most people don’t know about.

This Yosemite photography tour will be based out of our quaint & cozy lodge with prime access to Yosemite Valley. Each evening after our photography session we will return to the lodge for some rest and relaxation and a great meal at their restaurant.

You’ll get ample one on one time with your instructor and improve your photography in one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic locations. Aside from the fun you’ll experience with your fellow photographers you’ll leave this trip with a highly expanded portfolio of excellent images and a wealth of memories. Join us today for the trip of a lifetime to Yosemite National Park in winter!

Please note: This is a “standard” tour so there is little to no hiking on this trip


  • Winter Landscape Photography in America’s Iconic National Park
  • Photograph dramatic winterscapes
  • Cooler temperatures mean far fewer tourists
  • Small Groups
  • Return to our cozy lodge each night to unwind
  • Top-notch meals, excellent lodging included
  • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

Yosemite in Winter

6 Days

Price: from $3795 double occupancy

+$550 single occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Easy. Standard Trip with light walks through the snow.

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Start/End: Fresno, CA

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time


*trip difficulty ratings

Physical Requirements 
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to walk a day-pack.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

Our first night will be in Fresno, California and then we will be staying at a great location with prime access to Yosemite Valley.

Most meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

Expect cool days with cold mornings and nights. The weather can prove unpredictable in the High Sierra and can change on a moments notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly for winter weather! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Most Meals, ground transportation within Yosemite National Park, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Departure City

Fresno, California


Please note: This is a “standard” tour so there is little to no hiking on this trip. Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 (travel day) (D)

We will meet at our lodge in Fresno, California the first evening of the trip for an orientation and welcome dinner.

Day 2 (B,L,D)

This morning we will arise early and head up into Yosemite Valley. We’ll spend the morning photographing the Giant Sequoias of the Mariposa Grove under pillows of snow and we’ll explore Yosemite Valley. After lunch we’ll check-in to our lodge and get settled for the next few days. This evening’s photo shoot will be at a spectacular location overlooking the entire valley.

Day 3 (B,D)

Our morning shoot will take us to a quaint beach along the Merced River where wintry reflections of El Capitan will be our photographic goal. There are many fantastic compositions to be had along the idyllic mountain river – especially when the crowds are gone and winter is in full-swing. Magical. After our morning shoot we’ll head in for lunch and photo reviews followed by a short break. This evening we will shoot from another stunning location in the valley with huge views of the sun setting on Half-Dome as it’s glow is reflected in the river. After a great shoot we’ll head in and grab an excellent dinner at our lodge.

Day 4 (B,D)
After breakfast we’ll head up to Lower Yosemite Falls and take advantage of the beautiful mid-morning light on this famous waterfalls. Later we’ll also head over and photograph another important Yosemite cascade – Bridal Veil Falls. We’ll spend the rest of today in search of wildlife and take a midday break from shooting to go over our images. This evening we’ll head out to a beautiful snowy meadow and photograph Yosemite in the warm-glow of a winter sunset.

Day 5 (B,L,D)

Our morning shoot today is an inspirational view of Upper Yosemite Falls from the shores of the Merced River. The morning light catches this scene beautifully just after sunrise. We’ll work on different compositions and take some short walks around the valley. This evening after our midday photo review session we will head out to Artists Point for one grand finale landscape composition of Yosemite before an excellent farewell dinner!

Day 6 (B)

This morning we will have one more photo session in Yosemite Valley. After coming in from the session, we’ll warm up over a hot breakfast and check out of our lodge by 11am. It is about a two hour drive back to Fresno so we’ll arrive at the airport around 1pm (we’ll drop you off right at the airport if you want) and flights home can be booked any time after 3pm.

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. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena. 

“It’s pretty hard to beat Yosemite in terms of photographic action anytime of year. Exploring Yosemite Valley in the Fall with Russ Nordstrand was a fantastic experience for all of us. The colors were changing spot on, the crowds were all but gone and it felt almost like we had the place to ourselves. The itinerary is fantastic and you really cover a lot of the park in such a short time. We all left with some pretty dramatic shots of the various domes and waterfalls that make this place so unique!”

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