Workshops / Tours - Gary Mc Alea Photography


Have you ever wanted to learn from a professional photographer? Gary Mc Alea hosts private and small-group photo workshops throughout the year. They typically range from ½ day to 4-day sessions tailored to the needs of the group, with small group sizes enabling hands-on instruction. See some of the options below.


For a private session tailored to your individual needs, email us at or call us at 737-203-7909. We’ll work with you to find the right session, timing, and location. Need inspiration? We can do private sessions of any of our sample trips and tours listed below.


Small-group workshops typically include no more than 4 to 6 people so that every participant gets personal attention. Past small-group workshop themes have included general camera skills, wildlife photography, birding photography, herpetology photography, and other specialty sessions. Open classes are posted on social media. We will also gladly work with you on setting up a custom workshop that best suits your group.



International Photo Safaris : Going to the world’s best wildlife destinations is already a life-changing experience, but imagine if you had your own professional wildlife photographer there helping you get the best pictures possible during your adventure. Gary Mc Alea Photography hosts 7-21 day photo safaris in global wildlife destinations. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, sign up for our newsletter click here. You’ll be among the first to know when and where we are going. See some of the options below.

Coastal Birds in Flight (1-4 guests)

Join us on the Texas coast for 4-hour, small-group sessions where Gary shares his knowledge on getting amazing photos of birds in flight. These hands-on sessions are typically hosted on beaches near Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and Mustang Island. We can also host sessions in South Padre and the Galveston area.

Texas Longhorns Tours (1-2 guests)

Longhorns are one of the most iconic animals of the great state of Texas, and we have the perfect opportunity for you to photograph them. Join us on a working cattle ranch for a private photography tour with a wealth of landscapes for you to use a backdrops for these majestic cattle. With horns that stretch across the sky, and a herd that has every age, size, and color of longhorn you can imagine, you can capture the best of what Texas has to offer with this private tour.

African Safari in Texas at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (4-6 guests)

Texas is home to an amazing conservation and endangered species breeding center on almost 1,800 acres in Glen Rose, Texas. We host several-day safaris where we sleep in cabins above the main watering hole, enjoy daily safari photo tours in open-sided vehicles that even take us behind the scenes, come together for evening photography workshops, and more. We intentionally keep the groups small to allow us the best access to the animals, and to give you the most access to our staff throughout your Texan safari adventure.

Texas Gators and Birding Excursion (4-8 guests)

Join us for an early morning walk along the banks of Brazos Bend State Park to learn how to capture images of their impressive collection of resident, wild alligators. These amazing creatures will make a great addition to your wildlife photography collection. The waters of the park are also home to numerous birds that feed in the waters early in the morning, offering the potential for exciting feeding photos along the way.

Whale Tours – Seasonal (small groups)

One of our favorite places to whale watch in the US is the California coast. When the whales are coming through, we’ll take a whale watching tour to capture these gentle giants as they eat, swim and play in the ocean. One of Gary’s favorite former attendees has had his whale photography shared by National Geographic, BBC, and other international wildlife organizations. Maybe you’ll be next with Gary’s help.

Costa Rican Eco-Adventure - Seasonal

Costa Rica has some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, including a virtually incomparable collection of wildlife. On our several-day eco-adventure, we’ll travel through multiple ecosystems – from rainforests to the ocean - to photograph birds, reptiles, mammals, insects, and the amazing landscapes that they call home. With photography staff and guides available throughout your adventure, his once-in-a-lifetime trip will have you filling you memory cards by the hand-full.

*All tours include the opportunity to get photos of wild birds and/or animals in outdoor settings. We will work to help you get the best photos in any condition. However, we cannot be responsible for weather, animal behavior, or other factors that may make the photography more challenging.

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