Rainforest Jewels indoor photography safaris offer you the opportunity to photograph a variety of incredible amphibians and reptiles, up close and in beautiful settings. We offer a range of stunning frogs, from tiny frogs barely the size of a shirt button, to beautiful glowing blue frogs, as well as such iconic rainforest frogs as the Red Eyed Tree frog, and many other specimens which would normally be impossible to photograph without either shooting through the glass at the local zoo, or going to the rainforests of Asia, Central or South America. In addition we offer a diverse range of lizards and snakes, and even some “bugs”. Check out the photo gallery for an array of pictures of animals we have featured in the past in our photo shoots.

You may wonder how this works! I will try to explain the basics here, and if you still have questions, please contact me. We offer a variety of packages, group sizes and settings. However the most common setting is here in my home, and the most common participant level is two to four photographers. Two or more stations will be setup, with a studio flash mounted overhead and a “photo booth” positioned in front of you. The photo booth or stage will be where the animal will be positioned for you to photograph. We use a variety of props, from vines and branches to colorful tropical plants. An out of focus print is usually placed on the back wall of the photo booth, giving the photo a clean natural looking background. We keep a variety of different backgrounds for this use. Each frog or lizard is brought out and positioned in a natural pose on the plant or other prop. Obviously they will move about on the prop, depending on the frog and the prop, and lots of great images will be possible.

I maintain a collection of frogs, and to a lesser extent, lizards, which I have hand picked as being outstanding for this purpose, and I can usually get between 10 and 20 different animals and sets in front of you in a six hour shooting day. Of course much of this will depend on you, and how much time you want to spend on a particular animal. The only limiting factor is that the animals need to go back to their enclosures at some point to rehydrate and chill out!

Elsewhere on the site you will find lists of animals we can have available. Certain animals are generally always available for shoots, but others may need to be arranged ahead of time, or may not be available at a particular shoot. Please let me know when booking your shoot if you are especially interested in a certain animal, things do happen and there is definitely turnover in the list. In addition, a few of the animals which are included on this list are borrowed or “rented” for the shoot, and in these cases, there may be an additional charge, obviously we will cover this before the shoot. Also feel free to suggest animals you may have seen elsewhere but that are not included on our lists.

Shoots are set up at times which are agreeable to all parties. However the usual time frame is a block of one or two days, with each day being broken into a morning and afternoon session, each 3 hours, with a couple of hours for lunch. Weekdays are my strong preference, but a weekend is not out of the question. The typical client is someone who comes with a friend, but singles are welcome as well of course. The fee for this is $75 per hour, with a 3 hour minimum. This includes two stations so each photographer has a station and can shoot continuously. Additional photographers can be added to this setup as follows- third and fourth photographer, shooting on the same two sets, $15 additional each. So, four photographers and two sets is $105 per hour. Additionally a third and possibly fourth set can be added. Additional sets raise the cost from $15 to $25, per set. So, if four photographers wanted to share three sets, the total would be $75 base rate, plus $25 for the third set/person, plus $15 for the fourth photographer, or $115 per hour. Note that all sessions include a half hour or so before the first 3 hour block to get setup and become familiar with using the studio flash. This time block is not charged for.

Larger groups are also possible, if your group is larger than I can accommodate in my home setup, (generally over six people) I will arrange a conference room at a nearby hotel. Generally this would be on a weekend, but weekdays are just fine as well, and be for a minimum of a full day. For larger groups like this, we provide an additional “frog wrangler” or person to position the animals. We also generally would have four or five stations, with different animals, at any given time. Costs for these larger seminars are variable, roughly around $225-$300 per person, per day, but this is a ball park estimate and rates will depend on actual number of participants, weekend chosen, hotel availability and so on. Contact me for a price quote and to discuss an available weekend.

Workshop participants range from professional photographers who are looking for a new experience or to add new material to their stock portfolio, to relatively inexperienced “newbies” who want to learn about macro photography. I am happy to provide instruction on the process of creating macro images, and will “hold your hand” through the entire process if you like, or I can also just work with you to get the right animals in the right settings for you. Equipment needs are fairly basic, most participants use a DSLR and a macro lens. If you do not have a macro lens you can rent one from one of the mail order lens rental places, or I can provide a macro lens if you are a Nikon shooter.


Hope the above info is useful! Please feel free to contact me via email or phone to discuss any questions you might have!


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