​​Sonny Bono Refuge Wildlife Photo Workshop 2019  January 31-class   February 8-10-trip

Come join me for a wonderful 3 day adventure in an incredibly diverse area in California.  

The Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR is geographically located within the southwestern edge of the Colorado zone of the Sonoran Desert biome. This location, coupled with an elevation of 227 feet below sea level, results in extremely low annual precipitation and extremely high day time temperatures. Despite the harsh environmental conditions, the Salton Sea supports one of the most diverse avian compositions in the United States as well as a host of endangered and other wildlife species.

In this 3-day course, come learn, see and explore these beautiful creatures as we take you to the highest populated areas of wildlife for you to photograph.

Over 400 bird species have been recorded at the Refuge and at least 93 species have nested on the Refuge. In addition, 41 species of mammals, 18 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians and 15 species of fish have been identified in the area.

You will learn:

How to choose the correct shutter speed and aperture to get in focus images of Birds
Understand Bird Behaviors that will assist in making more interesting and dramatic Images, and knowing when to push the shutter button!
How to improve exposures so that your images have detail and clarity and not blown out whites!
Choosing the correct equipment for Bird Photography to be successful and making the right investment to create beautiful bird and wildlife images
You will have hands on suggestions out in the field on how to improve composition, exposure and techniques!   Class is being offered through the California Center for Digital Arts:



​​​​​​Announcing Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico  Safari, January 13th-17th, 2019   One spot left!

Now is the time to book your trip to Bosque Del Apache! This is an incredible experience, not just a trip!    This is an all inclusive adventure with just 4-7 photographers.   Once you have arrived on January 13th, 2019 in Albuquerque, you will be picked up at the airport for an incredible photographic safari.  The best part about going in January is that there are thousands of birds and fewer people.   When you  witness a lift off of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes, you will be forever changed!  Experience the beauty and light of New Mexico!

I have invited guest photographer(s) and scheduled an amazing private raptor shoot for our group.  The price of this trip includes your transportation from Albuquerque to Socorro, photographic instruction,  raptor shoot, guest photographer, hotel, all meals and tips,  and a trip that you will never forget.  For more information, please contact me via the contact form at the top of this page.   The total cost is $1950.00 for the trip with Wilderness At Heart Photography.   Minimum 4 people, maximum 7 people.  

*Excludes transportation to and from Albuquerque, alcohol, snacks and personal items

Announcing Kenya, August 4-16th, 2019        3 spots left


I have shared that my original trip to Kenya was LIFE CHANGING.  It is an almost spiritual experience to see the animals that I read about in books and saw on the pages of National Geographic...Not in a zoo, but actually on the plains of the Masai Mara or up in the more northern parts of Kenya.   To actually see the lions, zebras, hippos, monkeys, rhinos, flamingos and, oh so many more, in their natural environment was so moving that it brought tears to my eyes.   To see and smell the rich fertile soil of the Rift Valley took me to a primal place...somehow recognizing how precious and beautiful this world is. 

So to now be able to share an incredible trip to Kenya in 2019 is almost beyond words.   A lot of time, thought and care has been put into this trip.   I wanted it to be affordable but offer an amazing, comfortable experience of this country.  We will have 11 nights in Kenya and visit Lake Nakuru and the Mara and Samburu.   It has been designed to stay the first 2 nights in Nairobi to get acclimated after the long trip, but will include some special visits including the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Karen Blixen estate.  We have nearly  2 safari game drives each day of the safari part of the trip, and our vehicles are designed for us...to have a maximum of 4 people in each vehicle, with a maximum of 12 people!   The price is inclusive of nearly everything, including your airfare from Los Angeles for $7869, from August 4-August 16th.    This is AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME... I hope that you will consider joining me.   Connect to the specific information and sign up through this link:


"Thanks for a GREAT class as I did capture some good shots and will send you a few of my favorites later this week."      -Gary P.

Wildlife Photography Workshop
Length Of Session: This is a two part class, 2 hours in class lecture & 4 hours of in the field instruction.

Lecture Date:  Wednesday, November 28th
Time: 6:00pm to 8pm
Location: Tuttle Cameras.

Workshop Date:  Saturday, December 1st
Time: 6:00am to 10:00am
Location: on location.
Photographing birds in the wild requires a mix of instinct, creativity and experience. Come learn from expert bird photographer Karen Schuenemann in this 2-part workshop.  Good technique is important, and in the lecture, we will cover the appropriate equipment for photographing birds and take a brief look at the basics of exposure and choosing both appropriate shutter speeds and depth of field. We will discuss in detail different focal length lenses and the best bird photography lenses, as well as focusing techniques and composition.  Then join us on location for the in-field shooting portion of the workshop. Instructor Karen will be guiding you step by step through capturing bird photos in their natural environment. Tuttle Cameras and Tamron will have some of their amazing lenses available for your use.  Sign ups are through Tuttle Cameras at:  www.tuttlecameras.com/wildlife-photography


Spring in the Tetons Nature and Wildlife Safari   and 1 Day Private Tour of Yellowstone!

 May 19-24, 2019

5 days of Grand Beauty, Wildlife, Photography, Great Food,  Lovely  Hotel and a workshop that is all inclusive*.  Upon your arrival by 10am in Salt Lake City on May 19, 2019, you are picked up and we are off to explore the beauty of this National Park.   We travel up through the beautiful mountains and canyons of Northern Utah and Southern Idaho on our approximately 5 hour trip to Jackson, Wyoming. 

Spring in Jackson is exciting.  The spectacular scenery will take your breath away.  We may see Bison,  Bears, Foxes, Eagles, Elks, Pronghorns, and Moose on our trip.   The Grizzlies and Black Bears are emerging from the dens and feeding in the streams and fields.

From staying at SpringHill Suites, near the town square in Jackson, to 4 days filled with amazing photography and instruction in Grand Teton National Park to all of your meals and tips and transportation (excluding airfare, alcohol, snacks and personal items) AND an additional  1 Day Private Eco Tour to Yellowstone, you are covered!   

May 19-24, 2019  Total cost of the trip per person is $3900.00,  for a truly magical adventure in two of the most spectacular National Parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone.  Minimum 4 people, Maximum 6 people!

*Excludes airfare to/from Salt Lake City, alcohol, snacks and personal items.  
I sincerely hope that you can join me on this Adventure of a Lifetime!

Email Karen@WildernessAtHeart.com for more information and specifics of this workshop
Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service


"This was such a great trip! I really liked the way that you plan trips to include photo-ops and other informational/inspirational events."         -Webb B.

​​"So grateful that I took my first Photography Workshop with you on Bird Photography.   I never realized how much wildlife there is in our urban area before taking your Workshop!   It is so rewarding to apply what I have learned!   You are an awesome Photographer and Instructor, Karen!    Thank you!"  

-Christine H.

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