Booking Information for Tours & Workshops
Please complete our Personal Information Form to facilitate your booking.
If you have questions, or you are ready to book right now, please email or call us at (518) 576-9881 so we can confirm your booking and address any concerns you might have. We do not accept any bookings directly via this web site because we believe it is important to discuss your interests and expectations so we can make sure the Tour or Workshop you book will be appropriate for you.
All booking is first-come, first-served, and is always welcome, subject to our availability, on a private basis for you or your group. In some cases, booking is also available on a scheduled basis, with open enrollment, so you can join a group of other photographers.
Although we can occasionally accommodate last-minute bookings, advance reservations are required in most cases. Your booking is secured by your deposit. Our confirmation email will contain all the details. Cancellations are subject to a fee - please carefully review our policies (see below). We do not accept groups larger than six.
Open Enrollment Bookings - For some (but not all) of our programs we offer this option to allow individual photographers to join others rather than booking privately. If you book with a companion the cost will be lower when booked privately.
Private Bookings - Any of our tours or workshops can (and some must) be booked on a private basis for you or your group, subject to our availability. Private booking permits us to adjust any tour or workshop to meet your specific preferences. In some cases additional considerations apply.
Full-Day Tours or Workshops
Per Day - 1 to 3 participants with one guide: $600 per group
Per Day - 4 to 6 participants with two guides: $1200 per group
Per Day - 1 to 3 participants with one guide: $400 per group
Per Day - 4 to 6 participants with two guides: $800 per group
Multi-Day Adirondack Tours (Best of The Adirondacks or a similar itinerary)
Per Day - 1 to 5 participants with one guide: $400 per group
Per Day - 6 to 10 participants with two guides: $800 per group
(plus food, lodging & transport expenses for guide)
Deposits & Balances
For all tours and workshops, a deposit of 1/3 the cost of your program is required to confirm your booking. The balance of the cost is due 30 days prior to the start of that program. If we do not receive the balance due on time, we reserve the right to treat your reservation as if you cancelled.
We accept major credit cards, checks and cash however we do not accept any form of payment for Tours or Workshops directly via this web site. We usually email an invoice, payable securely online, for these services.
Cancellations, Credits & Refunds (Please Read Carefully)
In the unlikely event that we determine we are unable to complete a program due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, you will receive a pro-rated credit based upon the portion of the program we could not complete.
Transfers: Any changes to your confirmed program must be completed at least 45 days before the start of that program and are subject to our availability. A transfer fee of $15 per person will apply. All other transfers and changes will be treated as cancellations.
If you cancel, in all cases there will be a fee. The amount of that fee is determined as follows:
• If you cancel and we receive notice at least 30 days prior to the start of the program, you will receive a credit or refund (your choice) of any payments you have made for that program, less the deposit.
• If you cancel and we receive notice at least 72 hours, but less than 30 days, prior to the start of the program there will be no refund. We will, however, credit any payments you have made for that program, less the deposit, toward another program. This credit will remain valid for a period of one year from the date you cancel.
• If you cancel less than 72 hours prior to the start of a program you will forfeit the entire cost of that program – there will be no refunds or credits of any kind.
• If you cancel after the start of a program, or choose not to complete a program, there will be no refunds or credits of any kind.
If you book through open enrollment (not available for all programs):
Cost is based on a flat, per person, fee for the program. Even if you are the sole registrant, you can be assured the program will run once you book.
If you book privately (not through open enrollment):
Costs are based upon the number of guides you book. If the number of people attending your program is greater than your confirmed booking, an additional instructor/guide may be required, if available, and the cost may be adjusted accordingly. If a balance is due as a result of this adjustment, it will be payable at the start of your program. If the number of people attending your program is fewer than you originally expected, we will still provide the number of guides originally booked and your cost will remain unchanged. This will result in more individual attention for each participant.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
We do not make exceptions to our Cancellations, Credits And Refunds Policy. Therefore, we suggest you consider trip cancellation insurance in case you are forced to cancel unexpectedly. This inexpensive insurance is readily available.
Liability Release, Medical Conditions, Parental Consent
We require all participants in all activities to sign an Assumption of Risk and Liability Release form at the start of all programs. We also require participants to inform us of any medical problems that might affect their participation in our programs. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian complete our Parental Consent form prior to the start of their program. Please contact us if you'd like to review these forms before enrolling in our programs.
We respect your privacy! Personal information provided to Vertical Perspectives Photography and/or Alpine Adventures, Inc. will never be given, sold or bartered to anyone for any reason. We do, infrequently, contact our clientele via email or US Mail to keep them informed of happenings but don't expect to hear from us more than a few times each year. If you would prefer we not contact you with any mailings please email us and we will remove your name from our mailing database.
Light & Weather
A huge part of photography, especially landscape photography, is figuring out how to deal with the lighting and weather conditions mother nature offers up at any given time. There's no such thing as "reliable" light or weather. We go out in nearly any conditions, and frequently "bad" weather rewards us with great photos. Clouds, mist and rain, or snow, can bring an otherwise bland scene to life. Overcast skies offer diffused light that is ideal for emphasizing detail in intimate compositions. In fact, some of the most difficult light to work with is the clear, sunny skies people often associate with "good" weather. We won't ask you to go out in an unrelenting deluge, or when temperatures plummet to 40 below zero, but being prepared to exploit adverse weather is a part of landscape photography – and your photos will be more interesting for making the effort.
Meeting & Transportation
All programs meet at Alpine Adventures, our base of operations in Keene, NY unless we confirm specific alternative arrangements. From our meeting place, you'll need to provide your own transportation to and from the photography locations unless we make specific alternative arrangements. Most of the time, carpooling works best.
What You Need to Provide
Snacks and/or more substantial food, a water bottle, appropriate clothing and footwear, and your camera gear are all that's required for our half-day, and full-day tours. At dawn, dusk and night, a headlamp and extra clothing are needed. Multiple day trips have more specific requirements (please see Equipment Suggestions below).