Middle and High School Student Photography Expeditions
Tom Baker offers student travel programs throughout the US and around the world that aim to teach and inspire middle and high school students ages 13 - 18. Each trip size is between 10 - 12 teens from around the world, and we cater to all level of student photographers. Whether you've never picked up a camera before, or you've won awards from National Geographic, the group sizes are small enough where we're able to give individual attention to each student's skill level.
Next Trip: Combined Photography & Video Workshop In Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend National Park is one of the most secluded places in the United States ...most people don't even know it exists! It's situated along the mighty Rio Grande River which divides Mexico with the United States, and has some of the most awe-inspiring vistas and landscapes found anywhere on earth. The Santa Elena Canyon, for example, are sheer vertical canyon walls over a quarter-mile tall!
We'll team up with the park's best guide to discover places within the park that even the most seasoned travelers don't know exist. Our guide has graced the cover of Texas travel guide books, travel magazines, and even canoed with the President's daughter during her trip to BBNP ...with the Secret Service very close behind. He'll make sure we're at all the right places at the right time of day, canoe us safely down the river, and take us on once-in-a-lifetime hikes within the park.
Hands-On Photography Lessons
Some of the world's best photographers started picking up a camera in their teens, so what better way to get a jumpstart within the world of photo and video. We'll spend 5 action-packed days and nights learning about gear, techniques, composition, and reviewing each other's work.
Expert Local Guide
What good is taking pictures of a place if you don't know the history and background of the locations you're shooting? Our local guide will be with us the entire trip, giving us all the insider details + info about the park and surroundings. The smarter we leave BBNP, the better!
Sleep Where We Shoot
Big Bend National Park is the 3rd least visited National Park in the country, so needless to say, amenities are scarce. Instead of wasting precious time in non-existent hotels, we'll be staying in tents throughout the week. Each student will have their own bed and showers are within walking distance.
Tom picked up photography at a 17 while living for a year as a foreign exchange student in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Later, he attended two photography colleges: AIU in London, England, and Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. He has since been published in dozens of magazines (including multiple covers), published in three books, and has filmed and photographed with countless clients around the world. Some of the more notable clients are: Nike, DIY Network, The New Yorker, Yahoo, Reuters, ABC TV, Marriott Hotels, Larry King, Homeland Security and many more.
These photo tours have been designed by Tom as a way to give students a head-start in a potential future career, a better understanding of their hobby, or just exploring our amazing world through the lens of a camera. The goal of these trips is to cover almost every aspect, trick and technique available, because being a well-rounded photographer is what helps you excel in this industry.
Every week for the past 4 years, Tom has co-lead a weekly middle school youth night at his church in Portland, OR. This, combined with 10 years of photography experience, is the perfect recipe for action-packed adventures around the world.
ABOUT BIG BEND
Big Bend National Park in the U.S. state of Texas has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.
The national park covers 801,163 acres. A variety of Cretaceous and Cenozoic fossil organisms exist in abundance, and the park has artifacts estimated to be 9,000 years old. Historic buildings and landscapes offer graphic illustration of life along the international border in the 19th century.
For more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the international boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles along that boundary. The park was named after the area, which is bounded by a large bend in the river, and Texas–Mexico border. Big Bend is 4.5 hours from the El Paso Airport.
We'll take care of all the details: from the moment your student steps off the plane, to the moment we check them back in at the airport, they'll be covered. All meals, transportation, lessons and more are provided for. Get in the field on a workshop expedition and change the way you see through your lens!