~ Meet the Team ~
Q: What is a guide's role?
A: The guide will allow you access to the ranch and help you become familiar with the ranch. They will share their knowledge while you photograph side-by-side.
Q: How can a guide be helpful?
A: Guides can assist photographers during photography sessions in the field. Photographers will learn more about nature and South Texas animal behavior and how to use it to improve their photography. Photographers will learn how to take advantage of light, how to shoot fill flash, how to select and position perches for birds, and how to improve photographs by shooting from the best angles and perspectives to get interesting photographs. The guide can also help you with your equipment and even offer advice in selecting additional equipment to improve and diversify your nature photography.
Q: What is the advantage to having a guide at Laguna Seca Ranch?
A: Most photographers will be somewhat unaccustomed to the weather, plants, and animals on the ranch. The guide will get you to the blind quickly so you don’t lose valuable time locating your blind. He or she can help you place photogenic perches and show you the best locations to place them, if you wish. There are tricks even to using various baits for attracting the maximum types and numbers of wildlife. He or she will help you spot and identify the various species you encounter and can assist you in anticipating various animal behaviors to help you be prepared for the best shots. If you need something you forgot to bring, it is likely the guide will have it. If you want to work certain species like lizards, snakes, tortoises, etc., a guide can be very helpful. A guide, of course, is always helpful with non-photography information. There is no substitute for having a local professional by your side when you are shooting in strange country.
Q: What can I expect at the ranch?
A: Our guides will provide you one-on-one photography instruction, set-up custom perches to draw in the maximum amount of wildlife, identify the local fauna, birds, and mammals that visit the pond areas, and provide professional image optimization instruction during a break that is typically taken during lunch time. Our guides are professional photographers who reside in South Texas and are extremely familiar with the ranch to enable you to get the maximum benefit from your visit. They will provide knowledge and techniques that could take years to gain on your own. From amateurs to professional photographers, you will be impressed with our guides' experience and knowledge.