Photography Workshops and Tour with Professional Photographer

International wildlife photographer, Gary Mc Alea, invites you to join him for a Photo Safari with Workshops and Wildlife Tours across Fossil Rim Wildlife Center this summer.



SEPTEMBER  27-30 2018


Early Bird: US $1,500 through July 31st  ( Based on Double Occupancy/Sharing Room)

Starting October 1: US $1,750 (Based on Double Occupancy/Sharing Room)

Single Occupancy Supplement Additional US $350

INCLUDED: Accommodation, Meals, Daily Private Outdoor Safaris and a Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Indoor Digital Photography Workshops, and more.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND? If you love photographing wildlife, this is for you.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced students are welcome to join us. With our small groups and time for one-on-one attention, everyone will have the chance to advance their skills in wildlife photography. Whether you are starting at the beginning or looking to enhance your skill set with tips and tricks used by pros, we’ll help you improve your photography skills. (DSLR Camera and Lens Recommended, but not required.)


Learn how to get amazing wildlife shots ranging from galloping gazelles to rushing rhinos, from gentle giraffes to wary wolves. The center is home to a wide variety of species, including many which are endangered or critically endangered. We will have the opportunity to photograph species that you may never see in the wild.

Our outdoor workshops teach basic to advanced techniques on a wide variety of subjects such as:

• Acquiring and tracking moving targets to photograph birds and animals

• Handheld camera techniques • Lighting and environmental considerations

• How to capture your best images in the wild

• Custom options for additional private sessions

• Much more

Our indoor workshops continue with digital darkroom discussions. Learn how to take what you capture in your camera, process it to perfection, and then properly store it so that you avoid the heartbreak of losing your favorite images in this age of digital art.


With small groups of 4-6 people, everyone gets both group and hands-on instruction.


The agenda begins on Thursday, at 5pm Central (17:00), and ends on Sunday, at 1pm Central (13:00).

Check-In begins Thursday afternoon after 3pm Central (15:00).

Daily Agendas include private group photo tours around the center and behind-the scenes, workshops in the glass-walled pavilion above the safari camp’s watering hole, discussions with our professional photographer, options for private mini-sessions, and more.

Check-Out from the Safari Cabins before the morning’s private tour begins. Departures begin after lunch on Sunday.


In addition to the standard agenda, we have limited shoulder sessions available for those wanting private hands-on guidance and additional time to photograph the amazing Fossil Rim wildlife. From private lessons in using the Adobe suite for your photo editing needs to spending an extra day for guidance on photographing your favorite animals, and everything in between, we are here to help. Email us to request adding a day before or after the schedule for a tailored package to suit your private or group photography needs.


Touring their 1,700+ acres is like taking an African Safari in the middle of Texas. The beautiful, rolling hills of the center are home to more than 1,000 animals representing over 50 species, giving us the opportunity to photograph individuals and herds of animals in natural environments. We can even hand-feed their stunning family of giraffes. With open-sided, covered safari vehicles, our small groups will have every opportunity to photograph the animals around us. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is also a not-for-profit 501(c)3 entity specializing in captive breeding programs for indigenous and exotic endangered and threatened species. Their passion for conservation and their love of the animals in their care make them an ideal partner for safari workshops like this.

ACCOMMODATION: FOOTHILL’S SAFARI CAMP AT FOSSIL RIM WILDLIFE CENTER What better way to experience a safari than to sleep in cabins overlooking one of Fossil Rim’s most popular wildlife watering holes where an ever-changing variety of animals can be observed? It’s like stepping into an African game reserve right in the middle of Texas.

Each safari-styled cabin is custom-designed and fitted with two twin beds, fresh linens, electrical power outlets, bathrooms with showers, ceiling fans and central heat and air. All cabins have a front porch with chairs facing the watering hole and adjacent picnic tables. Stroll over to the observation deck and trade stories of the day. Inside the glass-walled pavilion, you can utilize Wi-Fi while you gaze across the adjacent pasture where herds congregate and roam daily. An abundance of brilliant stars and constellations can be seen at night from the dark camp. We recommend bringing a flashlight in case you need to leave your cabin after dark.

Accommodation in this package includes 3 nights based on double occupancy. Requests can be made for single occupancy cabins, which are subject to availability and incur an additional fee.

While we highly recommend the on-site safari camp accommodations included in this package, if you prefer not to stay in the cabins, alternative options are available for an additional cost. Please contact us with your requests, and we will do our best to accommodate.


Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in the package rate. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do all that we can to accommodate. Adult beverages are not included in this package.


The closest airport is Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). The 85-mile drive takes approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes) from the airport to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. This could be longer during peak traffic. The agenda begins on Thursday, July 26 at 5pm Central (17:00), and ends on Sunday, July 29 at 1pm Central (13:00).


Camera List Required: This is a Bring Your Own Camera (BYOC) event. Extra Memory Cards and Batteries recommended

Tripod recommended but not required

A DSLR Camera setup is recommended, but not required. If you have a DSLR, bringing a range of lenses will expand the range of photos you can capture.

Other Recommended Items





Bug Spray or Wipes


Attire appropriate for being outdoors through the day A light outer layer for mornings/evenings

Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy are recommended just in case


Feel free to bring your own laptop for any digital darkroom questions you may have.


A true world traveler, Gary Mc Alea was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he spent his childhood. He then moved to South Africa, where he spent twenty years learning to love nature and animals and developing a love of capturing their incredible moments to share with others. Photography was a way to enhance the colorful stories the Irish can’t help but tell at every turn.

Gary has now lived in Austin, TX, USA for fifteen years. This is where he met his lovely wife, Katheryn, who thankfully shares his love of wildlife and nature. Gary has also travelled in Asia, India, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, finding different animals, locations and events to photograph in each area.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center has become one of Gary’s favorite wildlife photography locations in Texas. The safari camp, landscape, and animals remind him of his years spent living in Africa, and it’s the perfect place for photographing exotic and endangered species in natural settings. He also shares Fossil Rim’s passion for conservation and is happy to share this amazing nonprofit center and its animals with you. Gary’s work with the wonderful staff to capture photos for Fossil Rim has led to the great partnership that enables us to bring this safari package to you.


Outdoor workshops are subject to weather and safety considerations. While this center is suitable for many conditions, should the weather become extreme or potentially dangerous, the agenda may be adapted and/or moved temporarily to indoor facilities.

We look forward to seeing you on Safari!


Tel: +1 (737) 203 - 7909

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