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Louisiana Cypress Swamp Photography Tours

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2024 Fall Cypress Photo Excursions


Hour Glass Duration: 7 Days

Trip 1: November 10-16. 2024

Group Size: 8 people maximum.

Tour Leaders:  Joshua Hermann, Julie Verlinden


Full Week Excursion: $3900USD

(Includes lodging)

Single Room Occupancy Full Week: $800 USD per person


Full Week Excursion $1,500 USD

Once deposit is paid the remaining balance will be charged to the card on file 45 days before the start of the trip.

Type of Photography: Landscape Photography


Tour Details

Wild Louisiana Tours is excited to offer a 6-day intensive Louisiana cypress swamp photo tour. This breathtaking swamp tree photography workshop explores the virgin cypress forests of Louisiana. Over many years of exploration, we have sought out the most photogenic locations in Louisiana. We chose the prime window for weather in South Louisiana, and we are offering multiple small group photo excursions.

The fall’s cool weather makes for some of the most photogenic conditions for Louisiana swamp photography. This is our best chance for misty fall mornings contrasting with beautiful red fall cypress leaves. Our cypress swamp photography tour locations have some of the last virgin cypress forests left in the entire country. We will paddle amongst these ancient giants akin to the redwoods of the northwest.

What Is Included in the Louisiana Cypress Swamp Tour?

  • Photo tour guide
  • All kayaks and on-the-water equipment
  • Hotel and cabin accommodations
  • Photo critique and class time
  • On-the-water photo instruction

What Is Not Included with the Louisiana Cypress Tree Tour?

  • Food and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Trip cancelation insurance
  • Rental cars if you drive yourself
  • Photography equipment
  • Waders, clothes, and other personal gear
  • Gratuity and tips for guides

Full Week Excursion Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival and Introduction

Day 2 – Morning Photo Session, Midday Photo Editing/Critique, Evening Photo Session

Day 3 – Morning Photo Session, Midday Photo Editing/Critique, Evening Photo Session

Change of Locations

Day 4 – Morning Photo Session, Midday Photo Editing/Critique, Evening Photo Session

Day 5 – Morning Photo Session, Midday Photo Editing/Critique, Evening Photo Session

Day 6 – Morning Photo Session, Midday Photo Editing/Critique, Evening Photo Session

Day 7 – Morning Photo Session, Departure

More Details Below Gallery

What to Bring

One of the most important aspects of photography in the swamp is a good tripod. The taller your tripod is, the better, as you will have to set it up in water more often than not. We recommend you bring any and all lenses you have that are feasible to bring. A wide lens in the 16 – 35 mm range is always important. We find that 50 – 120 mm is the sweet spot for many intimate landscape compositions in the swamp. While we will mainly be shooting landscape, many wildlife opportunities may arise, so it is good to have a lens in the 100 – 400 mm range as well.

dramatic cypress fog

“kayaker on fire”


Getting There

If you purchase transportation, we will have a shuttle leaving New Orleans on arrival day leaving mid-afternoon. If you did not purchase transportation, it is still best to fly into New Orleans, Shreveport, or Dallas. New Orleans has many photographic and cultural experiences to offer as well if you would like to stay a few days on either end of the photo excursion. If you drive a rental car for the duration of the photo excursion, you will be looking at about 700 – 800 miles round-trip, including our time in North Louisiana/Texas. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email at


Our accommodations at our hotel in the Atchafalaya Basin region are quite nice and you can expect the comfort of a middle-to-high-end hotel. Additionally, this hotel is a casino with multiple restaurants.

Our stays in North Louisiana/Texas will be rustic cabins with full kitchens and amenities. Service can be limited here and food/restaurant options are limited.


  • We recommend purchasing trip insurance in case you need to cancel.
  • The initial deposit is kept if cancellation is made.
  • We do not cancel for bad weather; we will find places to shoot and get out of the weather.
  • If our minimum group size is not met 3 months before the trip date, we reserve the right to cancel the trip.
  • If a participant cancels 45 days or more prior to the start of the workshop the deposit will not be refunded.
  • If a participant cancels the trip under 45 days from the start of the trip the entire value of the trip will not be refunded. (trip value can be used towards another workshop within 2 years.)
  • If the trip is canceled, a full refund will be issued.
  • We are not liable for airfare purchases or other expenses incurred if the trip is canceled. This is why we recommend travel insurance.
  • TravelGuard and WorldNomads are two reputable travel insurance agencies.

Keeping Secrets

As funny as it sounds, it is part of our policy. The places we will be bringing you are very special and delicate environments. Not only do we have a Leave No Trace ideology, but we also believe that we should show some privacy to these wonderful areas. We will discuss positive ways of sharing photos on social outlets and how to avoid causing people to swarm these beautiful places. Not everyone has the same outdoor ideals,  so it helps to keep some of these places as secret as possible!

More Details

The virgin cypress forests of south Louisiana are a hidden gem. Most visitors will never see them. Join Joshua Hermann, a local landscape photographer, and outdoor specialist, to get in the right photogenic locations at the right time. Josh has explored the state from top to bottom and will take you to the most secret spots available on our Louisiana cypress swamp tour. Seeing these 1,000+-year-old trees is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. We are not just a photo tour, we are a local outfitter/specialists in the local environment. We accommodate you with all equipment and supplies for this trip, minus your own personal gear and additional expenses. Meet our crew and learn more about why we are the right choice for your landscape photo workshop in Louisianahere.

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