MAY 28 - 31, 2020

$1295 - Morning Wildlife Sessions ONLY

$1795 - Morning Wildlife Sessions & Afternoon Landscape Sessions  

                         (COMPLETE ROAD TRIP)

Foxes, Cats, Bears, and Racoons . . . Oh My!


Photographing wildlife is such a favorite theme for so many photographers. It can be quite exhilarating and rewarding to capture a wild cat, fox, or bear in its own environment. Easy and fun, right? The only issue with photographing wildlife is finding them. Well, that and having them cooperate with you so you can photograph them. Oh, not so easy now, is it?


The Triple D Wildlife Wildlife in Kalispell, Montana is the obvious answer! Jay and Kim Deist have been raising and caring for multiple species of wildlife since 1972 when Jay's father, Lorney Deist, got Jay hooked on learning about wild animals, their behavior, training and caring for them. It became a natural move for the Deist family to create Triple D Wildlife for photographers, cinematographers, and other visual artists to experience.


May 28 - 31, 2020 will be our chance to experience this wonderful opportunity to capture amazing and genuine photographs of wildlife in their natural habitat, not on some fake painted mountain cloth backdrop! Just to tease you a little, here is a list of the natural locations they offer for us to photograph at.

Photographers visiting Triple “D” have over a dozen professionally designed natural settings to choose from and include:

  • Sites with rocky outcrops

  • Aspen groves

  • Ponds for reflective shots

  • A site with natural vegetation ideal for filming foxes, raccoon, bobcat and coyote.

  • Den sites perfect for filming baby animals with an adult.


This is proves to be a very popular Road Trip. My partner and Triple D veteran, Kory Bumgardner and I are offering 12 spots for this exciting and truly rewarding Road Trip. The first 12 to sign up are the lucky ones! Do it NOW!!

Minimum of 6 attendees to make this happen!

All images © Kory Bumgardner Photography


Just Playing Around




A Little Sunshine



The workshop fee of $1295 includes four (4) morning sessions of photographing wildlife at Triple D Wildlife.

Afternoon sessions will be on location in various breathtaking scenery of Montana. There is an additional fee of $500 to add the afternoon sessions to the morning sessions for an all-encompising experience of the Big Sky Country that Montana is. Your total for this Soul Road Trip  will be $1795 for the complete package. 

The Morning Sessions -

Each session will begin around 6a and will conclude around noon. The weather and the animal's cooperation will dictate our exact schedule. We will be able to select which animals we want to photograph about 7 - 10 days out. You can photograph whatever animal you wish even if different than the rest of the group. Some animals have a minimum number of photographers needed to bring out that particular animal. They also offer optional animals to photograph as time allows. Each additional animal is $175.

The Afternoon Sessions - 

Each afternoon we will head to a gorgeous and breathtaking

location for landscape photography. We will be looking for mountain views, waterfalls, abstract imagery and whatever else trips your shutter! Macro photography is always an option so have that macro lens or close-up filters and a tripod.


Is It Lunchtime Yet?




Wednesday, May 27 -

5p - Dinner, get acquainted and learn details about the Road Trip

Thursday, May 28 -

6a (approx) - Morning session photographing various animals. 

Noon - Lunch (on your own, but as a group)

1:30 - Afternoon location session TBD

Friday, May 29 -

6a (approx) - Morning session photographing various animals. 

Noon - Lunch (on your own, but as a group)

1:30 - Afternoon location session TBD


Saturday, May 30 -

6a (approx) - Morning session photographing various animals. 

Noon - Lunch (on your own, but as a group)

1:30 - Afternoon session will be post-processing at the hotel

Sunday, May 31-

6a (approx) - Morning session photographing various animals. 

Noon - Lunch (on your own, but as a group)

1:30 - Afternoon location session TBD

Monday, June 1 -

We are all done. Time to go home with your newly acquired award winning images! Travel safe! Thanks for coming!

Schedule subject to change . . . if I can make it better!


Lodging -

Springhill Suites

250 Old Reserve Drive

Kalispell, MT 59901


Call the hotel immediately and use code SOUL ROAD TRIPS to get your special workshop room rate of $149 plus tax..

In the Field -
Camera, tripod, filters, lenses, release cord and whatever other gear makes you happy. Sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray and a hat are advised. Having layers of clothing is great as you can take off and put them back on as the temperature changes. Having rain gear available is not a bad idea either. And rain gear for your equipment, too! More detailed info about gear after you register.

In the Classroom -
Saturday afternoon is a hands-on opportunity so bring your computer! I'll share with you how I edit and prepare my images in Lightroom and Photoshop. I also use the NIK Software suite. Have these all loaded and running on your computer before the class, please!

Your Investment -
For your investment, you will have the opportunity to photograph many beautiful animals of all ages in their natural environment. Fee covers workshop and all of the photographic education and bad jokes you can handle.


Additional Costs -

Your transportation to and from Kalispell. Lunch and dinner as the hotel offers a breakfast each day. As we get closer to the event we will be setting up groups to share car rental. Parking is very limited at Triple D so carpooling is a must.  It is appropriate and appreciated to tip the wranglers as they will be handling all of the animals and fulfilling our requests. $50 per person is fine to offer. If you want to photograph any additional animals it is $175 per animal.

The Stalker
Baby tiger
I Love Flowers

Here is what Kory suggests to bring -

  • You camera body and back up body can be a great idea

  • Battery life for up to 2000 images a day and battery charger

  • 70 - 200mm is my go-to lens 

  • Macro, 24-70mm, telephoto lens, any lens you love

  • Double Black Rapid or a way to carry 2 bodies and 2 lenses while in the enclosure 

  • Mono pod with a gimble head works fantastic 

  • Tripod for Glacier National Park or night photography 

  • Flashes are not allowed for animals 

  • A rain cover for camera (storm jacket is popular but any will work)

  • Wipe for lens if raining 

  • Tools in case of lose screw or plate

  • External hard drive, laptop, card reader

  • Cable release 

  • Enough memory to shoot 2000 images a day

  • Hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses 

  • Passport if you decide to go into Canada 

  • Insurance cards

  • Comfortable shoes, hiking boots 

  • Jackets, rain jacket

  • Clothing and layers for cold and warm days/nights

  • Business cards to share with fellow attendees 

Afternoon Stroll

Workshop Cancellation, Deposit, Payment and Refund Policies . . .

We must rely on your confirmed attendance to make important arrangements, reservations and payments in advance for your workshop to

be a positive and pleasant experience. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.

Deposits & Payments . . .
Your initial deposit is fully refundable within 72 hours of making the deposit. After 72 hours, your deposit becomes non-refundable. The balance of the workshop is due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. If your initial deposit is made inside of 30 days from the first day of the workshop, full payment may be required in lieu of the usual deposit. A payment schedule may be arranged if this makes attending a Soul Road Trip more possible for you. Contact me directly for an installment payment opportunity. EMAIL

Cancellations, Refunds & Transfers . . .
Sometimes you need to cancel a trip. Plans and desires change and we understand that. We also hope that you understand certain arrangements, reservations and plans must be made weeks if not months out from a workshop. Deposits are used to make these arrangements to make your experience a pleasant one. Of course, we wish you to come again and again and to tell your friends about your wonderful experience.

However, if you must cancel, please be aware of these policies. After the initial 72 hours after making a deposit, that deposit is non-refundable.

If you cancel after 72 hours and 30 days before the first day of the workshop, any additional monies are refundable less a 15% administration fee.

If you must cancel within 30 days before the first day of the workshop, all funds are non-refundable so we recommend travel insurance. Check out or for trip insurance opportunities.

Workshop registrations are usually NOT transferable. We will take each situation on a case-by-case basis. If Soul Road Trips needs to cancel a workshop, we will let you know as soon as possible and at least 14 days prior to the first day of the scheduled workshop, and immediately

refund your full tuition. However, we will not be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or lodging reservations. Please do not purchase airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits on lodging that cannot be canceled before the trip.