One to Three Day Workshops

Stewart's one to three day workshops are on the art of photographic composition. Each workshop takes place in a unique location that adds to the power and enjoyment of the experience.

Weeklong (or longer) Workshops

Stewart's destination workshops take place at even more exotic locales around the planet – New Zealand, Venice, and more!


"My goal is to help each group member to develop their own unique style and vision - no matter what level they bring to either the tours or workshops. Because all tour and workshops have limited enrollment everyone is assured of personal attention"




The 2012 Trip was SOLD OUT!

Now taking sign-ups for November 2013 trip!


Home to many of New Zealand's most celebrated landscapes, the South Island is a photographer's delight. This 12 day tour takes us on an incredible journey through four provinces, five national parks and two marine reserves. Cloud-piercing peaks, intriguing limestone coastlines, crystalline glaciers, primeval rainforests, and glacier- carved fiords are just some of the glorious features that await us.
Our route takes us from the garden city of Christchurch, on the eastern seaboard, north to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura, where lofty mountains overlook the rugged coastline. In the waters off Kaikoura a complex marine system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds. We take a chartered boat trip just for our group to photograph the acrobatic Dusky dolphins.  

The road turns west as we drive through the mountains to the untamed West Coast. Beneath rugged mountain ranges, dense rainforest thrives from the doorstep of glaciers to the ocean's edge. Our first location is at the coastal settlement of Punakaiki, where we shoot the spectacular Pancake Rocks as the sun sets. We continue south to the glacier region the following morning, as we make for the village of Fox Glacier. In the afternoon we take a short hike around Lake Matheson to photograph the mountain reflections at last light. The next morning we head to Fox Glacier to begin our guided hike, which is very easy, to photograph the glacier, ice caves and formations. An optional helicopter ride over Fox Glacier will also be offered for those interested.

We then travel east to the Otago lakes district, a region characterized by rugged mountain ranges and brilliant blue lakes. From our base at Queenstown, we explore this area which includes landscapes used in the Lord of the Rings films.
Continuing south we drive to Lake Manapouri, where we are transferred to our private boat charter in Doubtful Sound. Our boat cruise offers stunning photography in any weather, as we explore the different arms of this beautiful area of the Fiordland National Park. The following morning we return to Manapouri, and drive back up to Queenstown.

The next day we travel north towards the heart of the Southern Alps: Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park. Along the journey we pass the turquoise-coloured Lake Pukaki as we head up the Tasman Valley, where the Aoraki/ Mt Cook village is located. In the early evening we take a short hike to shoot the last light on New Zealand's highest mountain. The following day we are out early to photograph the first light on the mountains, then take a hike to capture images of Aoraki/ Mt Cook from a closer perspective.

The next morning we enjoy one more chance to photograph the sunrise on the Southern Alps before we return to Christchurch where our adventure began 12 days ago.

FEE PER PERSON (based on double or twin share)
$4650.00 (based on 12 paying participants)
Single supplement $925.00

A $1,250.00 deposit is required and is non refundable unless the trip is canceled.

This is for land costs only.. international flights are not included, but can be arranged

The per person fee covers your accommodations, attraction fees, Department of Conservation fees. Goods and Services tax. 

Payment details, flight information, insurance and Visa information will be provided
by mid March.

Note at the very bottom of the trip plan you will see exclusions and inclusions.

You may pay your deposit, trip expenses, or balance due with your credit card or checking account using the following PayPal link. No PayPal account is required to pay by credit card or check.

Trip Plan.. day by day
Day one

We begin our travels this morning, and drive north along the coast to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. Overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped for many months of the year, this coastal town was once only known for the rock lobster caught here. Now, Kaikoura is famous for the abundance of marine mammals and seabirds found offshore.

Day two

This morning we join a sea cruise to photograph Dusky dolphins - natural acrobats who seem to enjoy showing off their skills for spectators. In the afternoon we have an option to join a whale watch or albatross encounter boat trip.

Day three

After a sunrise shoot we leave Kaikoura and head for the famous West Coast and Punakaiki. The force of the ocean has carved the coastline into fascinating rock sculptures, and we arrive in the afternoon at the most unusual of these formations: the Pancake Rocks.

Day four

We turn south along the coast this morning as we head for the glaciers. Under the shadow of the Southern Alps the Franz and Fox Glaciers are the most accessible in New Zealand, and still flow towards the sea. Franz Josef is the first glacier we visit and an easy walk leads us to a magnificent location to photograph. Very shortly after we arrive at the Fox Glacier Village and hike around Lake Matheson where, on a still day, New Zealand's two highest peaks, Mts Aoraki/Cook and Tasman, are reflected in the dark waters.

Day five

Today we go up onto the glacier - a great opportunity to shoot the ice patterns up close. After returning from the glacier there is time to relax in the village before we meet again in the afternoon to photograph the mountain surrounds as the sun sets.

Day six

We leave the glaciers and continue driving south. One of our last shoots on the West Coast is at an ancient swamp, filled with New Zealand's tallest growing trees: the kahikatea. We then take the Haast Pass road east, travelling through a valley carved by glaciers, stopping along the way to shoot waterfall, forest and river scenes. Once over the pass we descend towards the Otago lakes district, photographing the mountain-bordered Lakes Hawea and Wanaka before arriving in Queenstown in the evening.

Day seven

An early start as we set out to capture the sunrise on Lake Wakatipu. We then continue on into the Mt Aspiring National Park. Moss-laden forests, crystal clear rivers and deep valleys provide us with exciting photographic opportunities from detailed macro to sweeping panoramas. In the late morning we return to the township where there is an opportunity to relax, do a spot of shopping or for a surge of adrenalin there's the bungy jump and jetboating. We meet again in the late afternoon to photograph the Remarkables mountain range.

Day eight

We leave Queenstown this morning and make our way to Manapouri. We then are transferred to Deep Cove for our private boat charter in Doubtful Sound. Once on the water we spend the rest of the day exploring this stunningly beautiful area of Fiordland. We even have a chance to try and catch some fresh fish for dinner!

Day nine

After sunrise we enjoy a relaxed breakfast before making our way back to Deep Cove, and transfer to Manapouri. Once at Manapouri we make our way back to Queenstown, arriving in the afternoon.

Day ten

It’s time to head north towards the heart of the Southern Alps and the home of New Zealand's highest mountain: Aoraki/Mt Cook. We arrive at the Mt Cook Village later in the afternoon in time for a twilight shoot of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Day eleven

After photographing sunrise in the Tasman Valley we spend the rest of the day exploring the park, and take a hike up the Hooker Valley to capture the stunning views.

Day twelve

After photographing sunrise in the Tasman Valley we depart for Christchurch. We take a scenic route past turquoise lakes and high country rural scenes, stopping to photograph along the way. We arrive in Christchurch in the mid-afternoon.

INCLUSIONS: All in-tour land transportations and guide services. Boat cruises: Dolphin Encounter, Doubtful Sound, Fox Glacier hike. Department of Conservation concession fees. Accommodation for eleven nights. Porterage of one item of luggage per person.

EXCLUSIONS: All international air travel and domestic transportation within your home country, any other travel services required to arrive at the tour commencement location and all associated taxes, levies and insurances. Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable. All personal items including meals, alcoholic beverages and travel insurance. Optional activities e.g. bungy jump, jetboating, helicopter flights.

For more information contact:

Stewart Halperin Photography

314-652-0330/ 314 277-1376

Venetian Tour Guide – Luisella Romeo

We have been privileged to have Luisella Romeo (pictured, center) as our Venitian tour guide each year we have gone. Her unparalleled knowledge of the art, architecture, history, and culture of this storied city has been priceless and she is a vital part of our Venice experience.

Click here or on the image below for more information on her tour services and to see a gallery of Stewart's photos taken during previous Venice trips.

Digital Imaging Specialist - Jeff Hirsch

photo by Valerie J. Snyder

We are also fortunate to have photographer, tech guru, and photo-educator Jeff Hirsch along on our Venice trip this year to provide "after-the-click" expertise in managing the entire digital photography workflow — everything from capture to storage to print. His knowledge and skill in the field of digital imaging will be of great benefit to each and every member of the trip, no matter what their level of experience.

An expert photo-educator, Jeff will show us how Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop combine to give the shooter an unprecedented amount of control over both the organization and reproduction of photographic images.

STEWART D HALPERIN   •   •   Voice: (314) 652-0330   •   Fax: (314) 652-7668