Overview

On this 5 night excursion you'll experience everything Belize has to offer.  Encounter some of the most captivating landscapes in Central America, come face to face with the vibrant local culture and traditions, see wildlife up close and uninhibited, and even gaze endlessly at the stars.  Belize is known for it's incredibly dynamic environment.  From sandy beaches to the luscious rainforests, this is a photographer's paradise!  With such a variety of subject matter, it's hard to choose what to focus on.  But on our Belize Photography Excursion we'll take you on a "greatest hits" of photographic opportunities.  Between the jungle's uneven lighting conditions at local Mayan ruins, practicing patience while photographing insects in the botanical gardens, and many other exciting opportunities, this excursion will challenge you to grow as a photographer!

This trip includes 4 Photography workshops (2 off-site and 2 on-site) and 1 Adventure activity of your choice - hosted by the Caves Branch.  Each day we will all meet at Breakfast in the morning.  After breakfast we will have a short overview of the day, then head to the photography workshop.  For off-site workshops, transportation is provided.  Once our workshop is completed everyone will have some downtime at the lodge to relax.  We will all meet up again during dinner to visit and collectively vote for the workshop for the next day.  In addition, once per day we meet together to have feedback and editing sessions.  This is a great way to show off what you shot for the day, as well as help others who have questions.  It will also give you an opportunity to get a head start on editing before you get home!

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On-Site Workshops

  • Time Lapse & Astro Photography
  • Nature - Botanical Gardens & Insects

 

Off-Site Workshop Options

  • Mayan Ruins 
  • Local Culture
  • Belize Zoo
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Baboon Sanctuary
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*Photos are representative of Belize not specific workshop locations

*Photos are representative of Belize not specific workshop locations

Accommodations: 

During the trip we will be staying in the Mayan Rainforest at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch.  This is no ordinary hotel; Caves Branch is much more than that! Technically considered a Jungle Lodge, it boasts rooms that make you feel a part of nature.  With lush greenery surrounding your room giving you unbridled privacy, and screened-in walls that are open to the elements so you can hear the birds and feel the cool jungle air, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that you won't soon forget.

All meals, drinks, as well as local beers and most local spirits are included in your package!  But don't assume meals are just restaurant food at Caves Branch!  Meals are more like gatherings where you can come together with others, build relationships, and talk about the amazing things you did during the day.  For us, this is a great time to share photography techniques, or maybe even meet other guests staying at the hotel. 

All rooms are double occupancy, with an option to pay for a single room if you choose.  Our standard room is a Jungle Cabana, with the option to upgrade if you choose.  

 
 

ItinerarY

Day 1:

  • Upon arrival you will have a shuttle waiting to transport you to Caves Branch
  • Everyone will meet at dinner for a welcome gathering at 6pm
  • Immediately following dinner, we'll decide our following day's workshop

Day 2:

  • Meet for breakfast at 8am
  • Leave for off-site workshop at 9am
    • Depending on the length of the workshop we will either return for lunch at the Lodge, or we will eat on location
  • Group Feedback session
    • Depending on our return time from the workshop, feedback sessions may be moved to after dinner
  • Free time
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Decide the next day's workshop

Day 3:

  • Meet for breakfast at 8am
  • Leave for off-site workshop at 9am
    • Depending on the length of the workshop we will either return for lunch at the Lodge, or we will eat on location
  • Group Feedback session
    • Depending on our return time from the workshop, feedback sessions may be moved to after dinner
  • Free time
  • Dinner at 6pm

Day 4:

  • Meet for breakfast at 8am
  • Start on-site workshop at 9:30am
    • Lunch provided at the Lodge at noon
  • Additional shooting time
  • Group Feedback session
    • Editing session if time permits
  • Free time
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Select Caves Branch Adventure
    for the following day (optional)

Day 5:

  • Meet at 5am for sunrise time-lapse
  • Breakfast at 8am
  • Leave for Caves Branch Adventure at 9:00am (optional)
    • Lodge will communicate lunch options accordingly
  • Free time
  • Set up for sunset time-lapse around 5pm
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Complete sunset time-lapse
  • Enjoy drinks for our final evening together!
  • Night photography workshop
    • Workshop may be a different day depending on weather.

Day 6:

  • Departure day
    • Transportation to the airport will be provided by the Lodge
  • Any free time before your flight can be spent shooting or relaxing around the Lodge grounds.

 

Trip Details

Trip Date -- November 10-15, 2017
Balance Due -- August 11, 2017
Final Trip Confirmation Date -- September 7, 2017

Physical Requirements
All participants should be in good physical condition and have the ability to do light to moderate hiking with their camera gear and tripod

Group Size
There is a minimum of 4 participants needed to run the excursion, and the trip is limited to 8 participants total.  

Photo Experience Level
Open to all experience levels.  We suggest basic knowledge of photography in order to get the most from the trip.  Thinking of bringing a non-photographer with you?  That's fine!  Check our FAQ page for more details.

Accommodation
We will be staying at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge for the whole trip.  The standard room is a Jungle Cabana or Bungalow. Upgrades are available at an additional cost upon request.

Meals
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included at the lodge during the trip dates.  At some of the off-site workshops, lunch may need to be purchased at an additional cost. 

Weather
November is at the end of Belize's wet season, when it rains far less than Summer months.  There is a possibility of sporadic showers throughout the day, so come prepared.

Electrical
Outlets are the same as US outlets at the Lodge.  There are limited outlets in rooms (some room types only have USB charging).  We will ensure you have full access to charge all photo related equipment throughout the trip.

Price Includes
Meals at the lodge and some off-site meals, local beers, most local spirits (non-blended drinks), ground transportation to/from airport, transportation to/from workshop sites, accommodation during the trip dates, Caves Branch tour staff, professional photography instruction.

Price Does Not Include
International airfare to/from Belize City (BZE), baggage fees or other airline fees, country entrance or exit fees, accommodations before or after the trip dates, any additional bar snacks or speciality drinks ordered at the Lodge, guide & service staff gratuities

Suggested Equipment
DSLR or Mirrorless camera, camera bag, tripod, intervalometer (for time lapse), macro or shallow DOF lens for nature, wide angle lens, extra battery, multiple memory cards, laptop and hard drive, ND filter for long exposure (optional),  and GoPro for adventure activities (optional), flashlight

Pricing

Cost:
$2650 - Jungle Cabana
$2850 - Jungle Bungalow 

Deposit: $1000

Single Occupancy: +$350

*See Cancellation & Refund policy here

Instructor: Michael Godek

Michael is the founder of Lightbox Photo Academy.  He is a photographer and educator with a passion for traveling and entrepreneurship. With a focus on architecture and people, Michael strives to allow the images of his travel photography tell the complicated story of culture.  His love of creative imagery has also lead him to enjoy shooting film and experimenting with traditional and alternative photographic processes.  See more of his work on his website here.