Every Jim Cline Photo Tour is designed to get participants into unique, engaging locations at the optimum times for photography, while also providing opportunities to connect with local people. Our small group photographic journeys are full of learning that is both rewarding and fun. We visit many locations across Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Join us in experiencing the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, or the ancient Mayan ruins and colorful people in Guatemala. Journey along and capture the Pushkar Camel Fair and the incredible Taj Majal in India, or the fascinating tribes and vanishing culture in remote parts of Myanmar.
Our co-founders Jim Cline and Karl Grobl have been leading photo tours for over 15 years. Jim is known for his willingness to shoot all around the edges of light, creating images with tremendous impact that capture the essence of a place or culture. He always strives to transcend ordinary travel pictures, and to convey a strong sense of place, and the spirit of the people in his photographs. When he’s not running a tour with us, Jim works on assignment as a photographer for humanitarian organizations. Karl works to document relief efforts and development work of NGOs worldwide, while calling upon his superb photography talents, both technically and creatively, to proficiently lead photo workshops and international photo tours with us. Beyond his photography attributes, tour clients frequently commend his helpfulness, professionalism and savvy about navigating global travel.
We believe that Jim Cline Photo Tours stands above the crowd for several reasons. During the development of each tour, particular attention is paid to the specific needs of photographers. In many of the places we visit, our trip leaders have established personal relationships with the families, the market vendors, boat captains, school principals, and other individuals. This allows for special access for our group members, something that would be nearly impossible when traveling on your own for the first time, or with other, larger tours. We also always limit our group sizes to either 9 or 10 participants, guaranteeing our guests a more rewarding and fulfilling experience. With such small groups, our trip leaders are able to give personal attention to each tour guest and we can be more flexible with each day’s plan, adjusting to conditions and events that present themselves. The small group sizes also allow us to spend less time organizing everyone for activities so that when we arrive on location, the photographic interaction between our tour guests and the local people is more easily facilitated.
We’ve put our hearts into these tours, and it shows. We truly care about the experience that each and every one of our clients have on our trips. One of our biggest sources of pride is the literally hundreds of personal, heartfelt testimonials that we receive each year. We could go on and on telling you how much people enjoy and appreciate our trips or that more than 60% of our guests return to take more tours with us, but perhaps our clients are our best advocates.
“This was a fabulous experience, certainly the best trip we have taken in a long, long time. The sites, hotels, restaurants, local guides were all superb. I really liked the personal touches Jim arranged for us to photograph locals he knew from prior trips. Jim was attentive to a real variety of personalities and very gracious. Thanks so much, I can’t recommend your trips enough!”– Brent & Kathryn S., Peru: Macchu Picchu & The Sacred Valley of the Incas Photo Tour
“Inspiration does not come easy in our 21st-century world, but traveling with Karl has given me that peek of inspiration. Raising the idea within me of the possibilities that photography provides. Karl is an excellent teacher and inspiration.” – Joe M., multiple tours
“This was our third time traveling with Jim Cline’s tours. We have been consistently impressed with the organization. When you are traveling with a group in foreign countries, there are many opportunities for error. Everything has been very well organized. We appreciate all of the efforts that are made to form the relationships with the people who are our photography subjects. We appreciate all of the homework that goes into planning these awesome trips! Thank you, Jim and Karl, for three wonderful trips!” – Kim & Tim R., Ensenada Photo Tour
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