Winter Birds at Steve and Nicole’s House Trip 1, 2022

StartsDec 29th 2022
EndsDec 31st 2022
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 at 9:00 AM at our home on Thursday, December 29, 2022. 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.

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

The Main Blind
The Ground Blind

On Saturday December 31, 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 9am to 11am. 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.


Day 1

Thursday, December 29, 2022
Two full sessions at Steve and Nicole’s photo blinds. Please arrive at 9am. We will have an orientation to the blinds at 9am and then get started.

Day 2

Friday December 30, 2022
Two full sessions at Steve and Nicole’s photo blinds. We will start again at 9am.
Tonight, we will host you for a Happy New Year dinner to ring in 2023 in style (yes a day early but that’s ok!)

Day 3

Saturday December 31, 2022
Birds of prey model shoot with birds from The Howell Nature Center 9 AM to 11 AM.
The workshop wraps up after the raptor shoot.


Payment schedule

Deposit $750 due with registration
Final Payment of $745 due November 1, 2022

– Lunches both days
– Dinner on the last night at our home
– 2 sessions in the bird blind
– 2 sessions in the in-ground reflecting pool blind

Not included

– Air travel/other transportation to and from Michigan
– Transportation
– Meals except where noted above
– Lodging

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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