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

StartsMar 6th 2022
EndsMar 8th 2022
Participants6 (Full - Accepting waitlist)

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 one full day photographing raptor models at the Howell Nature Center photoshoot.

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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 minute drive. We recommend The Holiday Inn Express located at: 6910 Whitmore Lake Rd, Brighton, MI 48116 • (810) 227-6300 Website

The Main Blind
The Ground Blind

The workshop officially begins at 10:30 AM Sunday March 6th at the Howell Nature Center. This is the day that participants will take part in The Howell Nature Center Raptor Photoshoot from 11AM until 4PM. This is truly a world class opportunity to photograph beautiful owls hawks and other raptors on beautiful photogenic perches.

On Monday March 7th we will all meet at 9:00 AM at our home. At that time we will divide into two groups of three. Over the course of the next two days each group will spend both a morning and an afternoon session in each of the two blinds.


Day 1

Sunday March 6th, 2022
Birds of prey model shoot at The Howell Nature Center 11 AM to 4 PM

Day 2

Monday March 7th, 2022
Two full sessions at Steve and Nicole’s photo blinds

Day 3

Tuesday March 8th, 2022
Two full sessions at Steve and Nicole’s photo blinds


Payment schedule
  • Deposit $495 due with registration
  • Balance $1000.00 due January 5th, 2022
  • Note: cost includes lunches on all 3 days, Monday night dinner at our home, and the cost of the Howell Raptor shoot
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.

The workshop is timed so that on the final day participants can take part in the Howell Nature Center Raptor Photoshoot. 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