​​​​​         KAREN SCHUENEMANN PHOTOGRAPHY      

"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.

​​​​​​Announcing Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico  Safari, January 10th-14th, 2020  


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 10th, 2020 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 $2050.00 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        FULL    Contact me to be put on WAITLIST!

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 13 day, 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.  This is peak migration time!  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, plus single supplement,  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.

Announcing:   

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

 May 19-24, 2019    FULL, Waitlist Only

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 7 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

Copyright Karen Schuenemann, Wilderness At Heart Photography. ​All rights reserved. 

NEW!...Announcing Fall In the Tetons Photo Safari 

September 22-September 27, 2019


The spectacular colors of fall in the Tetons along with numerous wildlife sightings and the reduced crowds make this an ideal time to visit Grand Teton National Park and the town of Jackson, Wyoming.  With onsite instruction  as well as a group all day tour with Eco Tours, this makes Wilderness At Heart Photography a unique workshop for a photographer.  Come join me for another Adventure of A Lifetime!


Once you arrive in Salt Lake City by 10am on the 22nd until you are dropped off back at the airport on the 27th, you are covered...transportation, hotels, meals (except alcohol), guiding, special events including EcoTour are included.   We travel from Salt Lake through the beautiful mountain of Northern Utah and Southern Idaho.  This is a spectacular drive as we wind our way up to Jackson, Wyoming.


You are staying at the lovely SpringHill Suites a few short blocks from the Jackson Town Square.   This will allow you to visit the town and enjoy the Western experience and history of the area.   

We may see Black Bear, Bison, Grizzly Bear, Pronghorn, Moose, Eagles, Mule Deer, and more!   The fall landscape and the majestic Tetons will take your breath away.  


This all-inclusive trip has a minimum of 4 people and maximum of 7!   How great is that?

The total cost is $3999 for a magical trip in an incredible National Park.  

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 of the area, you are covered!   


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

Come Join Me!!

Samy's Camera, Pasadena

Wildlife Photography at the LA Zoo with Karen Schuenemann & Nikon – 3 Session Course

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
1759 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
$199.00

www.samysphotoschool.com/event/wildlife-photography-at-the-la-zoo-with-karen-schuenemann-3-session-course/














This 3 part workshop offers techniques that will change your photography and teach you the nuts and bolts of Wildlife Photography.  If you are planning on going on Safari this year, this class is indispensable! You will learn the how-to’s to produce some amazing imagery, from technical to animal behavior to technique.
Course Schedule:

Wildlife Photography Class at Samy’s Camera in Pasadena Saturday, March 30th 1pm-3:30pm
Local Wildlife Safari Hands-On Shoot at the Los Angeles Zoo (Nikon gear loan available) Saturday, April 6, 10am-3pm
Photo Review and Critique at Samy’s Camera in Pasadena Saturday, April 13, 11am-1pm

The field portion of the class takes place at the Los Angeles Zoo, where you will practice what you learned in the first session of the course.  During your hands-on shoot at the Zoo, Karen will be challenging you to make the very best images that you can. Nikon representatives will be in attendance as well and they are bringing along camera bodies and lenses for attendees to try out during our shoot.  (All camera types are welcome, attendees are not limited to Nikon gear).

The last class is a photo review and critique of YOUR images from our field workshop.  This is an opportunity to get feedback on the images you captured during the hands-on shoot.

Attendees should be familiar with the basic functions and menus of their camera.













Instructor Bio:

Karen Schuenemann is a local Wildlife and Bird photographer.   She most recently was awarded a Highly Commended Award-Bird Behaviour in the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year sponsored by the London Natural History Museum.   In 2017 she was the Professional Category Honorable Mention in the National Audubon Contest, one of the top five awards.   Her work is currently hanging in the London Natural History Museum, and has been included in shows at the San Diego Natural History Museum, The G2 Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center and Armenia Conservation Show.   She has been published in Nature’s Best, Audubon Magazine, USA Today, NANPA, Shadow and Light Magazine, and American Photo Magazine.  In addition, she has garnered numerous awards from Best in Show in Los Angeles County Fair to Honorable Mention in the National Park Contest.  She currently leads workshops to a variety of locations with her company, Wilderness At Heart Photography.


Date: March 30
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: $199.00
Event CategoriesIntermediate & Advanced Courses, Travel, Photo Walks & Excursions

Name: Samys Camera Pasadena
Address: 1759 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 United States