Winter Birds at Steve and Nicole’s House – Trip 2, 2023

StartsDec 31st 2022
EndsJan 2nd 2023
Participants6 (Full - Returning 2025)

We have spent the last few years creating a bird photography paradise at our home here in Howell, Michigan. We are now ready to share this experience with a few lucky photographers. We have two awesome photo blinds setup right here on our property. The first features over 20 species of perched birds including Cardinals, Bluebirds, Chickadees, all the Woodpeckers and both Red and White-breasted Nuthatches. Our second blind is an in-ground blind complete with reflection pool which attracts many of the same birds as well as squirrels and chipmunks! Participants will have a total of four, four-hour sessions split between each of the two blinds, as well as a wonderful two-hour custom session photographing raptor models from the Howell Nature Center.

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Our home is located in Howell, MI. We are an easy 45 minute drive from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

There are numerous hotels within a 10-15 minute drive of our house. We recommend The Holiday Inn Express located at: 7850 Nemco Way, Brighton, MI 48116•(810) 225-0600

The workshop officially begins on December 31, 2022 at 1:00pm at our House. We will have a short orientation to the blinds and then we will have The Howell Nature Center bring some wonderful birds to our house for a photo shoot. These birds are non-releasable, education birds. This photo shoot will last from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. This is truly a world class opportunity to photograph beautiful owls hawks and other raptors on beautiful photogenic perches that we set up for you.

Over the next two days, January 1 and 2, 2023, we will start at 9am. We will divide into two groups of three. Over the course of these two days, each group will spend both a morning and an afternoon session in each of the two blinds.

To maximize your time shooting, we will bring in lunch for you and have snacks and beverages available.

The Main Blind
The Ground Blind


Day 1

Saturday, December 31, 2022
We’ll be kicking this workshop off with a very special Birds of prey model shoot with non-releasable education birds brought to us by the Howell Nature Center. Please arrive at 1pm. This shoot will go from 1pm – 3pm. Following the shoot, we will give you an orientation to the blinds so you are ready to roll the next morning!

Tonight, we will host you for a Happy New Year dinner to ring in 2023 in style together!

Day 2

Sunday, January 1
Two full sessions at Steve and Nicole’s photo blinds. Please arrive at 9am.

Day 3

Monday, January 2
Two full sessions at Steve and Nicole’s photo blinds. Please arrive at 9am. The workshop wraps up after the second shoot of the day.


Payment schedule
  • Deposit $750 due with registration
  • Balance $745 due November 1, 2022
  • Note: cost includes lunches on Sunday and Monday, Saturday night dinner at our home, the cost of the Howell Raptor shoot and all the setups
Not included

Meals except where noted in payment schedule
As always we are happy to help with Car rentals, ride shares and roommates if needed.

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Steve has spent decades honing his backyard bird photography stations. You can now join us in our very own yard and take full advantage of all that experience. You will not only make some great images but also learn how to do something similar on your own property if you like.

Each of the two blinds are setup for great backgrounds and positioned to take full advantage of the light at that time of the year. We usually shoot with a 200-400mm on a crop camera, but a 150-600mm or 200-500mm on either a full frame or crop body would work great as well.

Steve will be on hand throughout the shoots to not only problem solve and help with photographic questions, but also to provide stunning perches and attractive setups for the birds.

In addition to the blind photography, we have made special arrangements with the Howell Nature Center to bring birds to us for some stunning photography opportunities. This truly is a world class opportunity to photograph many different raptors on attractive perches. Follow this link to get a better idea of the types of images that be made at these shoots. Howell Raptor Shoot

Check our our YouTube video on Creating Backyard Habitat for Nature Photography