Sonny Bono Refuge Wildlife Photo Workshop at the California Center for Digital Arts in Santa Ana
February 2 - 4, 2018  

I'm very excited to share this workshop in partnership with the California Center For Digital Arts in Santa Ana.  Details and sign ups are being conducted on their website.  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!
Learn the technique to Pan the Birds and creating Motion Blur shots.

Itinerary details and sign-up is available on the California Center For Digital Arts website:




Announcing a new WORKSHOP!:  Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico   January 13th-17th, 2019

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

"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.

Wilderness At Heart Photography....Are you ready for a new photography workshop?  Looking for an intimate boutique workshop that takes care of all of your needs, with a maximum of seven people?  A workshop in which you just need to show up?   

Then consider booking with Wilderness at Heart Photography...

​2019 Bosque and Africa Workshop coming soon!

Three reasons to consider my workshops:

​1)  Reasonable and All Inclusive!  INCLUDES Lodging, Food, Guiding, Workshop Transportation, Photo expertise

2)  SIZE: 4-7 photographers

3) Special Events Planned

​Makes the Wilderness At Heart photo trip an Adventure of a Lifetime, and one that you will never forget!

"It was an amazing experience. Hard to quantify the ethereal. Everyone should travel with you into the forests where your sense of nature meets pure joy. It's catching!"   -Adrienne P.,  Fall Teton Safari

Announcing:    Fall in the Tetons Nature and Wildlife Safari         September 16-21, 2018!!!

Spring in the Tetons Nature and Wildlife Safari   May 20-25, 2018   (FILLED, 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 September 16, 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. 

Fall in Jackson is stunning.  The fall colors and the spectacular scenery will take your breath away.  We may see Bison,  Bears, Foxes, Eagles, Elks, Pronghorns, and Moose on our trip.  

From staying at The Lexington at Jackson Hole, near the town square in Jackson, to a day with Eco Tours to a private one hour visit at the Teton Raptor Rescue to 5 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), you are covered!   

September 16-21   Total cost of the trip per person is $3500.00, for a truly magical adventure in one of the most spectacular National Parks.  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


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"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.