Positive feedback from my clients is the true measure of success.
Below are some of the responses received from satisfied participants.
Nathaniel Smalley on Safari with clients in Africa.
“I have taken many workshops over the years and have found that maybe one third of the instructors to be excellent teachers. Nathaniel is in that category. He is very patient, has an artist’s eye for composition, and an in depth knowledge of photographic technique. He spares no effort to make his trips as memorable as they could possibly be. Nathaniel’s workshop exceeded my expectations. He is very thorough covering photography concepts, composition, and post processing technique. It truly elevated the impact of my images. I would take another workshop from him in a heartbeat. Thank you Nathaniel!”
~ Aurora O. | Arizona, USA
“Nathaniel’s workshop is one of the best I’ve ever taken. The trip was very well organized and with enough flexibility to modify our schedule to be at places when the light was beautiful and the crowds weren’t there. With Iceland being such a popular destination, the ‘must see‘ places get completely overrun with visitors. The times Nathaniel arranged for us to be at many of our spots was when we could capture images of these places looking pristine.
We also visited some more remote, off the beaten path locations, which I appreciated very much. Our accommodations were also good selections – from clean and comfortable to luxurious. I don’t think I could have had a more enjoyable experience with any one else and gotten the amazing images I took on this trip. Nathaniel is also very helpful with all levels of photographers and I believe that everyone improved their skills in his workshop. I plan to take another workshop with Nathaniel.”
~ Beverly H. | California, USA
“I have travelled to many countries around the world but I have to say that Norway (Lofoten Islands) was one of the most spectacular locations I have ever photographed. Nathaniel did an amazing job setting up our lodging, meals and transportation. The photo tour was packed with excursions to beautiful beaches, pristine waterfalls, quaint villages and yes, we were quite lucky to see the northern lights on three occasions! At every location, Nathaniel made sure that we had the right lens and filter for the scene and also checked our camera settings for correct exposure. In the evenings, we would spend hours on reviewing our photos, discussing composition and getting suggestions from Nathaniel for photo editing with Lightroom & Photoshop. All in all a photographers dream!!!”
~ Norm V. | Massachusetts, USA
“I was fortunate to be able to attend Nathaniel’s Captive Emotions Workshop this spring. Nathaniel is a very talented photographer who is able to help you see situations in a different light to help you create more powerful images. He is extremely patient and makes sure each attendee in his workshop gets the attention they need in order to be successful. I definitely plan on attending more of his workshops in the future!”
~ Jackie C. | Arizona, USA
“I had the pleasure of participating in an African safari with Nathaniel. I came away with amazing images, new skills, and a new friend and mentor in Nathaniel. He is forever upbeat and cheerful, and has a deep love for nature and a willingness to share his considerable talents with others.”
~ Larry K. | California, USA
“Wildflower’s Of The Wild West workshop was amazing! Thanks Nathaniel for all the hard work you did in scouting out the best places for wildflowers in the Arizona, it was such a great learning experience. Thank you for your help with not just the onsite shooting, but with Lightroom and Photoshop processing as well, it made for a complete experience in getting some great shots! It was awesome to get help with our individual camera settings too and utilize them to their best capability. Much appreciated! Off-roading and going up to the top of the mountain for sunset in your Jeep and seeing the herd of deer at the top was such a great bonus!!”
~ Bhavna G. | Arizona, USA
“I traveled with Nathaniel in September to the Masai Mara. My experience shooting wildlife is limited so I was in learning mode. Nathaniel was unfailingly helpful, generous with his time and open to other perspectives and shooting styles. We had a lot of fun and many laughs. I look forward to my next trip with him.”
~ Judith F. | Canada
“I have admired Nathaniel’s work for years, and finally was able to attend his Captive Emotions Wildlife workshop here in Arizona. His talent behind the camera is equally matched by his teaching. Nathaniel is patient, fun, and a wealth of photographic knowledge. I learned an incredible amount and I have put pictures up from the workshop that have people asking me, “how did you do that?!” Nathaniel did a lot of research of the location and constantly had us in the right place at the right times. I guess the simple way to put it is, it doesn’t get any better than this!”
~ Jeremy D. | Arizona, USA
“In 2016 I attended an African Safari with Nathaniel, he listens to his clients and goes out of his way to accommodate their special requests. He is also very helpful in demonstrating his processing workflow and the different types of processing tools he uses. The overall plan for the trip was EXCELLENT! The accommodation, food, driver/guides could not have been better. I particularly appreciated the long time we spent on each game drive, using our precious time on the trip as much as possible. It was perfect. His choice of where to stay and for how long reflected your experience in the area. The structure gave us the best possible opportunities for photography. We had exceptional opportunities for photographing a variety of animals and amazing action! Cheetah kills, wildebeest and zebras crossing the river with crocodiles lying in wait, lionesses and cheetahs feeding their cubs. Awesome!”
~ Gillian S. | Maryland, USA
“I recently returned from an African Migration Safari with Nathaniel Smalley in the Masai Mara. A fantastic trip. My wife and I are still editing madly. We’re not wildlife photographers so we found the trip challenging, but learned an amazing amount from Nathaniel. We would highly recommend traveling with him!”
~ Keith P. | Canada
“We experienced a wonderful safari in Kenya with Nathaniel in 2016. He offered excellent teaching and leadership throughout the trip!”
~ Anne C. | Florida, USA
“This was my first safari and I felt so fortunate to have Nathaniel as our trip leader. He is a patient, knowledgeable, talented, and enthusiastic photographer. I appreciated his on-the-fly advice and his editing tips as well as good humor. He is able to work with all levels of photographers. I look forward to future trips with NOW Tours!”
~ Mindy R. | California, USA
“In February I thought about contacting you and thanking you for the way you handled your photo tour group on Lofoten. I don’t know if you knew, but we were leading tours there at the same time. Often when two guided groups get on the same beach, it is almost like two football supporter groups of two different teams meet. Shouting at each other where they can and cannot stand. But when our groups were at a location at the same time, it was no problem. You kept your eye on where your participants went and warned them when they walked into a shot before one of us could say anything. So a big thank you for that! Great to see that it can go like that.”
~ Floris S. | Norway
“I signed up for the Lofoten tour led by Nathaniel on the spur of a moment, it fitted well with my remaining holiday dates at work and I am very pleased that I did. During the trip Nathaniel was great company and took us to most of the iconic locations in Lofoten for both sunrise and sunset shoots as well as Aurora hunting trips when conditions were suitable . The choice and location of the accommodations were great and the whole trip was a pleasure to be part of. My thanks to Nathaniel Smalley for all the hard work and countless hundreds of miles behind the wheel during the week. An excellent trip.”
~ Shaun Y. | Great Britain
“It was wonderful to explore such a remarkable place as Lofoten on one of Nathaniel’s tours. I found him to be a professional, friendly, positive, creative, fun-loving and well-organized tour leader and photographer. I had a great time, learned a lot and made new friends. I highly recommend these tours for anyone with a passion for photographing stunning landscapes. Thanks Nathaniel!”
~ Arwen D. | Tasmania
“It was indeed an memorable trip to the northern most part of the world. This was my first trip to Norway and longest stay in a colder climate. On the first night of the tour we were fortunate to see the Aurora Borealis light show, (it had long been my dream to see the lights and capture them). I was so excited and felt like I was in heaven. Nathaniel was always energetic and ready to explore new locations. He was exceptionally adept at multi-tasking, driving, having meals in between, managing accommodations, business emails etc. while also ensuring all participants were comfortable in their rooms, vehicle and of course while shooting. Most importantly what I observed was, on a daily basis Nathaniel managed to be connected to his family and particularly his kids. It was great to have the opportunity to travel with him, I learned a lot.”
~ Kiran B. | India
“My wife and I had a great time in Iceland and we definitely made the right choice to go with Nathaniel, not only for his insights and photographic knowledge, but also for his kindness and caring about his participants. I will forever treasure the photographs and life experiences from this Iceland tour!!!”
~ Gene N. | New Jersey, USA
“Wow, what a place!! I was delighted to be able to join one of Nathaniel’s tours for my first trip to Iceland. We got to photograph a variety of incredible places, including glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and the coastline, in the amazing Arctic light. Nathaniel is a well-organized, fun, creative and professional tour leader whose tours I highly recommend. Thanks Nathaniel!”
~ Arwen D. | Tasmania
“Despite challenging weather conditions we had many chances to create beautiful landscape photo during winter tour. It was really good tour, I felt lucky to meet all other lovely members. Nathaniel was really good to us. Thank you again.”
~ Keiko S. | Japan.
WHY TRAVEL WITH NATURE ODYSSEY WORLDWIDE?
We recognize that when planning your international travel for photography there are many options available to you. To that end we’d like to share what we believe sets us apart from the crowd. Our events are organized with nature photography in mind and catered to you, our guests. We provide superior nature photography workshops for every skill level, to every corner of the world. Our trips are attended by everyone from beginning photo enthusiasts to accomplished professionals. We strive to incorporate a diverse cultural experience for all our clients, specific to each destination. Extra care is invested into all stages of planning the itinerary to ensure an experience that is second to none. Every effort is made to plan exceptional meals and reserve accommodations you’ll be excited to return to after a long day in the field.
A lot more goes into properly planning a photo workshop or safari than meets the eye. For example, if you’re shooting the Northern Lights in Norway, you have to plan the itinerary according to rhythm of the tides, because a full moon will ruin the vibrance of the Aurora Borealis. Likewise if you’re photographing a splashing Hippo calf on the Chobe River at dawn, your ideal camera settings might not be what you think. These days the number of Iceland summer photo tours options are as numerous as the horse population in that beautiful country. However, what many of these companies don’t realize is that under the midnight sun the best photography happens just before and just after midnight. If you visit Iceland and are shooting at mid-day, in full sun, then you are missing out on the best opportunities. This kind of information is what distinguish the elite nature photography workshop operators from the rest, and ensures you get the very best images possible during your trip.
At Nature Odyssey Worldwide we excel in our knowledge of critical details. Our promise to you is that we’ll meticulously attend to everything that concerns an international traveler, as well as the more subtle requirements of a nature photographer. Our all-inclusive packages take the worry and hassle out of your international travel plans. All workshops and safaris are planned to flow seamlessly, limiting time lost in travel or transfers and maximizing every photographic opportunity. Itineraries are intentionally flexible so that we can take advantage of unplanned photographic opportunities as they arise. Expert pro photographers that guide you on our trips aren’t just along to pad their portfolios. Regardless of your skill level we’re at your side every step and during each waking hour with the sole focus of maximizing your results and ensuring a magical experience. You’ll be provided professional advice both in the field and the digital darkroom, resulting in a stunning portfolio upon completion of your trip with us. Together we’ll capture the world. Where do you want to go?
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