Photograph “America the Beautiful” Photography Tour!
Symphony In The Sky!
December 5th – 9th 2018
3 nights specific to photograph Aurora!
Beginners through advanced will find this tour wonderful in so many ways. You will be instructed personally by David and Ally McKay, Toby Gelston of Photorec.tv and the MPA team!
- Dates: December 5th – 9th 2018 (Itinerary below)
- Price $1595
- Non Photographer Friend or Spouse Rate – $795
- LIMITED AVAILABILITY of 3
- Non Photographer Friend or Spouse Rate – $795
- Airport: Arrive/Depart – Fairbanks International Airport
Included in tour dates:
- Instruction with David and Ally McKay and the MPA team*
- Instruction with Frank and Miriam Stelges
- Client to MPA team ratio! 5-1!
- Transportation each day to shooting locations from our group hotel
- Photography-Travel-Friendship-Adventure! The McKay Motto!
As usually happens, we expect this tour to sell out within a day or two. So don’t wait!
- Transportation to/from Fairbanks International Airport
- Negotiated lower rate available at group hotel
- We can assist finding roommates
- Personal Expenses such as meals, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
- Trip Insurance (Highly Recommend)
- Gratuities – (MPA team outside of David and Ally)
Our heart’s desire is for everyone to have an experience of a lifetime that you cannot get with anyone else. We work incredibly hard to make sure you are well taken care of, instructed and enjoy an amazing adventure. That is why our clients return again, and again!
*MPA Team is scheduled with David and Ally and Toby. Although not planned, team members are subject to change if necessary.
Q. Can you guarantee the Northern Lights will be out?
A. As the lights are a totally natural occurrence, it is impossible to guarantee they will be seen. However, the reason we work in December and in the location we do is that there is an 80% or higher chance you will see the lights if you are in this area 3 days. We have had excellent luck during this time of year!
This gives excellent odds and with our Northen Lights guarantee, you are given the best possible opportunity to do so!
Q. Is Alaska a good place for this?
A. YES! We go 25-30 miles outside of Fairbanks to where there is no light pollution and the skies are optimum for a showing. Again, this area is considered one of the top areas in the world for the lights! PLUS we can do it an extremely affordable price point!
Q. Why December? Isn’t it cold?
A. December in Alaska IS COLD! However, because of the dark skies, and the drier climate, again the opportunities are far better for a great showing. We also plan this around the
new moon which means the skies are darkest for even better odds.
Q. Will I freeze?
A. This is a big deal and honest question as it can be so cold. The truth is, if you are prepared and dress correctly, you will be just fine. We send you a list of how to prepare and what you will want as necessities for clothing and also for taking care of your camera gear.
Q. What is the Yurt I see in the picture above?
A. This is an AWESOME location our friends Frank and Miriam Stelges built SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of Northern Lights viewing and photography! We all get to hang out INSIDE with warm coffee and hot cocoa while waiting for the light show! When the lights come out, we simply walk out the door and shoot! At any time you can go back and forth and keep warm. We simply have found this to be the BEST for our clients!
Q. What is the northern lights do not show?
A. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee them as we said. However, we really get good results this time of year. IF the lights do not show, you are welcome to always go back with us at a 50% discount on another tour. No one else offers anything like this!
Also, we offer alternative shooting during the times the lights are not out. This includes possibilities for dog mushing, nighttime light painting photography, star trails and stations we set up for learning!
Q. Where do I fly into?
A. For this tour, you fly in and out of Fairbanks, AK. You can take a shuttle for free to the hotel.
Q. How do we get around?
A. For each session, we have a chartered vehicle or private 4×4 vehicles to take us to and from Frank and Miriam’s place! For other times, we are located directly downtown within walking distance of everything you need!
Q. I’m truly a beginner, a bit nervous and unsure, is that ok?
A. YES! We work directly with all of our clients at all levels. Because of our client to instructor ratio, you will get plenty of instruction in a fun, non-intimidating way! You will find the MPA team as well as our clients, friendly AND fun and always willing to help! This is part of the reason our clients return again and again!
Q. What if I want to stay longer or arrange other items such as the Alaskan Railroad and/or Dog Sledding?
A. We can help you with what to do and the best way to do this. We are planning on having our friend available for dog mushing out at the Yurt as well for an extremely affordable price!
This year, we have decided not to include the Alaska Railroad and Glacier hike out of Anchorage because of price points as well as wanting to get the darkest skies possible which do not coincide with the once a week railroad schedule! BUT we are happy to assist you in what to do and when!
We decided to really focus 3 nights for Aurora shooting at the best possible time of year for the best possible opportunities!
- Wed, Dec 5th – Arrive in Fairbanks for our 7 pm meet and greet!
- Thu, Dec 6th – Aurora Session
- Fri, Dec 7th – Aurora Session
- Sat, Dec 8th – Aurora Session
- Sun Dec 9th – Depart after 6:30 AM
*Subject to change based on many factors but dates are set