Photo Workshop by Heidi Gauthreaux

Photo Expedition Workshop with John Burgess

Saturday October 5, 2019 | 7:00am – 12:30pm


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Join professional photographer John Burgess on a specially designed exploration of Safari West and its collection. On this exclusive photo safari, you’ll enjoy in-depth and behind the scenes access to the varied environs of the Safari West Wildlife Preserve. With John beside you every step of the way you’ll learn tips and techniques that allow you to capture the wild essence of the amazing animals of the Sonoma Serengeti.

Structure and Fees:

Single Day Photo Expedition  (includes 4-5 Hour Safari Drive and Photo Instruction): $300 per person 
Price includes Workshop and Gratuities. Lunch may be reserved for an additional price. Dinner is not available.

The photo safari expedition features either a morning or afternoon session. Both sessions explore the same environs but provide differences in terms of lighting and atmosphere. Be sure to select your preferred session when making your reservation.

Morning Sessions include small continental breakfast – lunch may be reserved for an additional price.

  • June 22nd 6:00 am to 11:30 am
  • August 17th 6:30 am – 12:00 pm – Sold Out
  • October 5th 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

Afternoon/Evening Sessions include small mid-day snack:

  • July 20th 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • September 7th  2:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Sold Out

Join us for an adventure in photography, with exceptional hands-on instruction and the world’s most exotic subjects! This unique workshop will give photographers and wildlife lovers an unrivaled opportunity to venture into the hills of the Sonoma Serengeti on a hunt for elusive and captivating images.

The workshop is limited to eight participants.


  • Guided exploration of 400-acres of the dramatic landscape with more than 900 animals
  • Field-instruction on a Safari Adventure as well as during exclusive, behind the scenes keeper activities & animal feedings

Camera Rentals are available at Shutterbug!

About the Instructor:

John Burgess has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. John has photographed over 300 assignments for Sports Illustrated, and his work has appeared in most major magazines. As a staff photographer at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, John has photographed the animals at Safari West over the past 20 years. John has also taught photography classes at San Francisco State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. For more images of his work see his website.