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Client Feedback in Response to our Photo Tours

 



PHOTOGRAPHY GOALS MET ?
SUFFICIENT ASSISTANCE ?
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL A FRIEND ?
THE GUIDE'S/JOHN'S EFFORTS ?
DETAILED FEEDBACK
OTHER THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS ?
RESTAURANT CHOICES ?
TRANSPORT ?
ACCOMMODATIONS ?


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       DID YOU ACHIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY GOALS ?

 
John: My photographic goals were surpassed on the first day! I got some great shots, learned a huge amount and really enjoyed the opportunity to see New Zealand through a viewfinder…your suggestions and instructions were useful.
BJ: I got so much that I really liked. We have made a book and the day we ordered it, just before we hit the 'order' button, your disc arrived. We had so much fun seeing it all. We even put 6 of your images in our book to show ourselves in some stuff to prove we were really there! Thank you SO MUCH! Overall, it was great. I loved it!
BJ and John, Franz
Clovis, CA
New Zealand
"Rich and I just wanted to thank you for the disc of images. It brought back wonderful memories of a fabulous trip with a most entertaining and enjoyable group of people. We want to thank you also for scouting out all those fantastic locations in Vermont and for recommending possible shots. We cross paths with a lot of professional photographers but few have the amazing eye you do! Every composition you suggest is spot-on! We truly look forward to another journey with you in the near future." Nancy and Richard Hassman,
Hoffman Estates, IL
Vermont
"Yes, and we also gained a few additional skills" Donna Peterson and Dallas Booth
Norman Gardens, Queensland, Australia
Ireland
"My goal was to learn to photograph things and see New Zealand while doing it. Mission accomplished. However, I learned things not on my goal list. I love the ideas about perspective such as the fence, roads, and wires running off into the distance. I liked being able to model my behavior after yours. You are an expert and very agreeable to help me . . . I do ask a lot of questions!" Sue + Bill Zupko, Huntsville, AL
New Zealand
"Yes. My images on Flickr have been the most successful series of uploads ever. The responses and feedback tell me, and reinforce my belief that I have improved as a photographer." Anthony Gross, San Francisco, CA
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"I reached my goals and beyond. I learned more than I imagined – it was the continuous unloading the vehicle for “the shot” and all different types of light, etc that really 'drilled' it into me!" Kara Stallings, Houston, TX
Ireland
"I think we took some of the best photos we've ever taken. It is always a learning experience when you're traveling with others who are equally passionate about photography. No doubt about that on this trip! I learned a lot, particularly about the session shooting the albatross in flight. Hadn't done that before." Bill and Hester Heske, Wolfeboro, NH
New Zealand
"Yes, you answered our questions and it was very helpful. You gave us attention when needed." Bob + Anne Rust, Union, MO
Canadian Rockies
"Oh yes! New Zealand exceeded my expectations and then I found my own amusement with the kind of kooky, creative photography that is my signature." Jeff Quiggle, Aurora, CO
New Zealand
"I enjoy the travel with you very much. John, this CD is the answer to your questionnaire . . . the trip was very good!" Motoh Shimizu, Tokyo, Japan
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn

"Sure did. Have received many complements on the photos taken. And, I'm personally happy with the experience and the results."

Bill Snoddy, Huntsville, AL
England

"Yes"
"I sure had a good time with you at Yellowstone. I got some decent photos and had a lot of laughs."

Robert Rock, Golden, CO
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"Yes, my interest was wildlife, and John's knowledge of the area helped in fulfilling that goal" Michael Locicero, Hendersonville, NC
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
"Absolutely!" Joan Loeken, Seattle, WA
Ireland
Although I have much to learn in terms of photography, my goals were to visit some memorable places and to get to the right spots at the right times. From this perspective, I reached my goals. Radu Drossu, San Diego, CA
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
"Yes. My ardent critics at home (and they are legion) have accused me of scanning a bunch of post cards, and I haven't even had the time yet to work my images over in Photoshop. That intensive two weeks has brought me to another level." Joe Hornsby, Mesquite, TX
Scotland
"Yes." Bill + Karen Richardson, Barrington, IL
Ireland
"I just purchased a new camera and was learning everything from the ground up...I came away with a new perspective on photography as well as the mechanics of my new camera. I will always remember John when I use my polarizer correctly!" Michael Carlucci, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland
"Yes, with loads to look through and hang on the wall!" Bill Lewis, Harlow, Essex, England
Vermont
"Absolutely. I feel that I learned a lot about what makes a good photograph a great one."
"I took lots of pictures. Some are really good and a lot were deleted. Nothing new there. My photography goals were to see everything I could and take pictures of what I liked. I loved shooting the horses and just watching them."
John and Mary Lou Dykes, Dayton, NV
New Zealand
"I want to thank you for all you did to make it one of the most memorable trips Martha and I have ever taken. When you said "off the beaten path" you really meant it :^)

I am still sorting through the wonderful images of the beautiful places we visited. I'll be at it for another two weeks, at least.

Your advice was invaluable to me during the trip. As I told you before the trip, my purpose was to get out of the slump I was in when it came to taking photographs. Prior to the trip my images of every trip I took seemed to be the same - after awhile there was nothing special about them; just the same things over and over again. I needed to break out of that routine.

As I view my images I can see that I did accomplish my purpose. The images I captured are very special and very different. I feel I have reached another plateau in my quest to be the best photographer I can be.

Anyway, many thanks for your exceptional advice."
Angelo and Martha Mourino,
The Woodlands, TX
European Alps
"Yes. I wanted to photograph the Pacific Northwest, and I did!" Jay Levin, Farmington Hills, MI
Pacific Northwest: Oregon + Washington
"Yep, we both feel we know our cameras better, and got good ideas regarding composition especially, and the bracketing, great idea." John and Barbara Buchanan
Melbourne, Australia
Tasmania
"My goals were surpassed, and I felt so comfortable with you John, from the start. I knew I was in good hands with you from the beginning" Wendy Belkin, Decatur, GA
Canadian Rockies
"My photos that I took in Europe look pretty terrific. Better each time I look at them." Margery Beaumont, New York, NY
European Alps
"Yes." Shirley Evans, Columbia, MD
Canadian Rockies
"I did. England offers a very diverse array of photo opportunities. From the NZ and Canada trips [with Travel Images], I printed about thirty of my best shots from each trip. From this England trip, I think I will at least double that." Grady Kimbrell, Santa Barbara, CA
England

 

       DID YOU RECEIVE SUFFICIENT PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANCE ?

   
"Yes. We liked the fact that you always made suggestions as to what might be appropriate for a given shoot (focal length, shutter speed, use of tripod, neutral density filter, etc.)" Tom and Julie Cassen, Charlotte, NC
Iceland
"Yes. I am particularly grateful for John pointing out good shots - I seem to have a hard time finding them on my own - and also the technical type recommendations." Martha Johnson, Lincoln, MA
Nova Scotia, Canada
"Yes. I had just purchased a new digital SLR camera, and I was eager to learn to use it during the trip. John helped me in learning the functions of the camera, so that I could feel comfortable by the completion of the trip to use aperture priority, shutter priority, or manual, rather than just put the camera on automatic mode." Todd Johns, Silver Spring, MD
Vermont
"Yes. I like that you encouraged experimentation and artistic renditions of scenes." Richard Buchbinder, Scottsdale, AZ
New Zealand
"The photo assistance was excellent. Suggestions and ideas for better images were timely and accurate. The advice given was in the form of considerations and not dictates" John Mason, Indianapolis, IN
Pacific Northwest: Oregon + Washington
"Assistance was always there when you needed it. For being a 'first-timer' at these trips and using my camera I always had the assistance needed." Kara Stallings, Houston, TX
Ireland
"Didn't really need much, but John did draw attention to out of the ordinary viewpoints, or framing" Robert Ito, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"Yes - John is very helpful and knowledgeable." Mike Cook, Cincinnati, OH
London
"Always do what I am told to please the boss!" "Yes, you were always available" David Orton, Talsarnau, Wales
Nova Scotia, Canada
"Yep - as advertised, you were there to help as needed. And you showed us "how to do it" by example." Bill Snoddy, Huntsville, AL
England
"Photographic assistance was the best ever compared with the other companies I've traveled with - no question too small, with your daily input extremely helpful." Judy Taylor, Sturbridge, Ma
Ireland
England
"100%" Betsy Bridgman, West Hartford, CT
Scotland
"Yes, John had a lot of ideas for photos, several that I would not have thought of. The idea of bracketing really helped me." Linda Mason, Indianapolis, IN
'By Request' Washington State Trip
"Yes, definitely" Rhoda Lewis, Milwaukie, OR
The Palouse
"Great having Canon and Nikon help. I would have liked you to be in my face just a bit more with suggestions seeing as I am a novice. However, I loved having John say, "Let me see what you've got," and then say, "Try this." Bill liked that as well. It's a wonderful way for a novice (or not so novice) to learn new techniques. I'm definitely a hands-on learner and need to be taken by the hand several times to drive home a point." Sue + Bill Zupko, Huntsville, AL
New Zealand
"Yes John was very helpful. I found myself down on the ground in Maine [after the trip] trying to get the perfect picture!" Barb Child, Boise, ID
Vermont
"Yes, especially in the area of composition" Michael Locicero, Hendersonville, NC
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"Yes, although I don't think I really required assistance. But I did note how helpful John was to the other members of the party who required assistance." Frank Alvaro,
Ruse, New South Wales, Australia
Canadian Rockies
"Yes thanks! On my next trip with you (New Zealand) I hope you can show us more techniques like the selective focus you did this time." Chuck Thompson, Colorado Springs, CO
Ireland
"Yes I think so. I learnt something from you and I call it "JB perspective control!" Ferry Irawan, Houston, TX
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"It was a good time and I learned things about my digital camera and relearned some things about my SLR. As I have noted previously I have gotten lazy about letting my camera do all the work! I enjoyed meeting the other folks and seeing how they take pictures. Digital definitely has its advantages. I need to do some homework before the next time I see you on another trip. (which I plan to do but just not sure when or which one!)." Ivy Broyles, Aurora, CO
England
"You were always there with a hint or suggestion. And you left us alone when we wanted to be alone." Dave Harrison, Carson City, NV
Machu Picchu, Peru
"Absolutely yes. John always took the time to explain details to those of us who are photographically challenged. Patience was an ever-present virtue and always a gentle smile when you placed your ISO at 3200 on a sunny day or when you left your polarizer on in a dark church." Joe Hornsby, Mesquite, TX
Scotland
"Assistance was outstanding. I learned more than I expected. I learned about exposure, ISO, and shutter speed and aperture settings which were all the things I was looking forward to learning. Also got to use my tripod, use bracketing, and the 2 second delay, which were things I needed to learn" Wendy Belkin, Decatur, GA
Canadian Rockies
"Many thanks for all your patience and helpful suggestions" Henrietta Tinay, Walnut Creek, CA
Canadian Rockies
"I really enjoyed using the suggested zoom blur, and vertical blur suggested on day 1." Bill + Karen Richardson, Barrington, IL
Ireland
"The workshop was helpful photographically in selecting a good composition from various possibilities, getting the right exposure and foreground to express the meaning of the scene to the photographer" Marion Sevren, Camarillo, CA
The Palouse
"I was glad you made some creative suggestions along the way. Opened my eyes to several shots I am very happy with now that I would have never considered otherwise." Mike and Laura Caplan, Chicago, IL
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"I was more interested in a photo "tour" than a photo "workshop". My joy is to be pointed in the direction of interesting/beautiful scenery so I can "discover" it with my vision and photographs. But while I didn't need your technical assistance, I very much appreciated your scouting, and your eye for good locations and light that would interest us." Reimar Gaertner, Toronto, ON, Canada
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"Yes, we both learned a lot and especially how to take landscapes. Bracketing was especially helpful. We feel we received a lot of good advice and suggestions." Bob + Anne Rust, Union, MO
Canadian Rockies
"John was always there if we had questions, or needed assistance charging batteries, cleaning sensors, what setting was good for each subject. Each stop we made was a new lesson and I learned a great deal from him. He also made suggestions to help us view things in different and unique ways. I am pleased with all the help I got and no question was ever left unanswered." Michael Carlucci, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland

 

       WHAT WOULD YOU TELL A FRIEND ABOUT THE TRIP ?

   
"1. You always had the best interests of your clients in mind.
2. You were flexible and always stopped at locations upon request, and also stopped when unexpected opportunities for photographs presented themselves. You didn't tie clients to a rigorous schedule.
3. You provided highly detailed information on your website, and in the pre-trip information.
4. You provide notes and a CD for us that document our experience, something that, as far as we know, no other travel company does.
5. We have already recommended your Iceland trip to a friend!"
Tom and Julie Cassen, Charlotte, NC
Iceland
"I enjoyed the carefree way of travelling within the small group and the option to go back out after dinner for sunset/evening shots" Donna Peterson and Dallas Booth
Norman Gardens, Queensland, Australia
Ireland
"It's so great to be able to sit back and relax with someone already having found the good spots and times to shoot and taking us there while also willing to share knowledge. Camaraderie of travelling with John and Laurie and fellow clients. Bird islands boat trip. Terrific low stress vacation." Martha Johnson, Lincoln, MA
Nova Scotia, Canada
"The diversity of the big island. I enjoyed the entire trip." Joe Smith, Birmingham, AL
Hawaii
"I most enjoyed the congeniality of the guide, John. He was always positive, un-slacking, dedicated, and exceedingly generous in every way. The pace was just right for me." Jeff Quiggle, Aurora, CO
New Zealand
"The diversity of photo opportunities in England, your well-researched locations, your fine organizational skills, and you ability to meld a divergent group of people with different personalities into a cohesive, close-knit, and fun group." Grady Kimbrell, Santa Barbara, CA
England

"Of course, it would be John and Laurie, wonderful experienced guides who knew where we needed to be when, and with which settings to try shooting, with respect to the balloon festival, and your personalities made the trip a lot of fun."

Laura McCue, Portland, OR
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, NM
I have been telling friends that I loved the whole package . . . the itinerary, the people on the trip, the food, the accommodations and the guide. I Highly recommend the trip. Chris Kogut, Pittsford, NY
Ireland
"I'd recommend your tours. I'd say that they are well organised and the ground [itinerary] had been well-researched. There was very little wasted time, and the trips give maximum opportunity to take photographs. I'd say that they are very full days, but that you are flexible when people have their own ideas about when and where to stop." Alan Ainsworth, London, England
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons winter
"Non-stop photography!" Kenneth and Carla Voigt
San Antonio, TX
American Southwest, winter
"There are obvious real limitations about being able to be at great locations during the critical times of sunrise and sunset. However, I think John has done a great job of optimizing the need to keep the trip moving along on its journey with the specific great golden light locations. This is by no means an easy feat to accomplish." David Mathies, Norwalk, CT
Ireland
"Everything. It was refreshing and rejuvenating." Mike Cook, Cincinnati, OH
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"The most important issue for me was that John knows the places where to take great pictures, as well as when to shoot them. If someone were to take the trip without this knowledge the outcome would not be the same." Helmut Reinhart, Mexico City, Mexico
Bryce and Zion
"I told someone that it was "carefree". Seems like a much tossed about phrase, but it is true. An alternative comment one might use is regimented. I didn't have to think about much other than trying to take good pictures. Our faithful leaders took care of everything else." David Mathies, Norwalk, CT
New Zealand
"A chance to simultaneously relax, enjoy great scenery and company, time to concentrate on photography like I've never had the chance to do before, and John's advice along the way." Martha Johnson, Lincoln, MA
Vermont
"I would tell them that your trip is the only opportunity that I know of to do a photo tour of the whole Pacific Northwest. So it's a unique trip." Jay Levin, Farmington Hills, MI
Pacific Northwest: Oregon + Washington

"The combination of location, photo-ops and like-minded group focused on photography"
"Renee and I greatly enjoyed traveling with you and will be reminiscing about this trip for years to come."

Julio Mulero and Renee Polizotto
Sunnyvale, CA
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
"Humour, (I think!) and laughter. The field notes (what/where would I be without them?!), John's quiet discretion when required, and most of all his energy and generosity of spirit. Jane Hansen, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ireland
"Locations, locations, locations, and someone else to get me to them at the right times and handle most of the logistics." Bob Barnhill, Chicago, IL
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"I loved seeing what one sees in the landscape by looking through the eye of the camera. I loved being taken care of in regard to schedule and accommodations etcetera, and just being able to enjoy the beauty without having to plan how to be in it. I loved that you knew what you were doing, both in photography and in trip planning." Linda Bryant, Atlanta, GA
Canadian Rockies
"Pleasant company, well researched itinerary, always a Plan B, photographic advice pitched at the right level, not rushed, prepared to cater for individual interests and, last but not least, John's jokes and Laurie's forbearance having no doubt heard them all many times!" Kevin and Sandy Fraser
Melbourne, Australia
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons winter
"That we saw the best part of New Zealand and didn’t waste our time there looking for sites that weren’t worthwhile. You did a great job with the itinerary. We got to photograph the best of New Zealand."
"Going to all the places we went to and not being on the clock like when you are on a cruise expedition. New Zealand has two beautiful islands and the one you showed us has a lot to be proud of."
John and Mary Lou Dykes, Dayton, NV
New Zealand
"For me, it had to be seeing Mt. Saint Helens from both Windy and Johnston Ridges. I guess because I remember it blowing it’s top back in 1980 and being shocked at that much destruction from a volcano occurring within the continental USA. Then to see the area still in the shape that it is after nearly 30 years; I just expected more recovery in that amount of time. It is still a humbling scene (don’t mess with Mother Nature)" Joe Smith, Birmingham, AL
Pacific Northwest: Oregon + Washington
"Awesome photographic opportunities! Congenial group and leader. Hospitable New Zealanders. Can't think of a better way of seeing a foreign land for the first time while enjoying the best of photography. Could never have accomplished what we did doing it on our own in the same time." Bill and Hester Heske, Wolfeboro, NH
New Zealand
"Beth and I went to experience the culture and to photograph per our separate interests and skill level. John gave us opportunities for photography that we could do or skip but that was our choice. Not all leaders do that." Bill + Beth Wisecup, Frederick, MD
Wales

"You supreme effort to make the trip a success. I believe the trip offered excellent value. You are hardly predatory."

Melvyn Bergstein, New York, NY
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"Pictures, pictures, pictures.....I loved the small group....I loved the flexibility of our guides....I loved the places we went and saw.....I loved not having to think about anything but taking pictures....and the adventure just around the corner...I would recommend John's tours to anyone interested in photography....and hope to go on another tour as soon as I can." Michael Carlucci, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland

"The ease of how everything seemed. You are both very organized and seem to have every situation thought out…made it so that all I had to do was focus on taking photos and enjoying the time away from work."

Dara Fong, Folsom, CA
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, NM
"That Ireland is a wonderful country to visit and to photograph; that we had a great group of people; that John knew the country well and knew the best places to photograph." Joan Loeken, Seattle, WA
Ireland
"Wonderful. They should try it at least once in their life time if they are into photography. The best part is you will be accompanied by like-minded photographers who share the passion rather than regular 'ho hum tourists'. Also learning from a photographer in real time situations." Ferry Irawan, Houston, TX
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"That John runs a fabulous trip, but it's a lot of work not a vacation. It is a photo tour for photographers. It's not a sightseeing trip although you will see the sights. It is early mornings and late nights to get the shots and have the opportunities. It is not for a rest but to photograph. However, if you want to sightsee or rest on your own, do it. You don't have to go take pictures with the group. It is reasonably priced and well worth it. We'd go again in a heartbeat." Sue + Bill Zupko, Huntsville, AL
New Zealand
"The gorgeous scenery everywhere in both England and Wales, the Cotswolds, the fields of lambs, the Lake District, the castles, the very friendly people we encountered, and of course, our wonderful host, John." Pam + Arthur Benjamin, Sarasota, FL
Wales
England
"First, I have no friends. But if I did, I'd tell them what a wonderful time I had sharing the experience with a terrific group of people who share my interests in nature and photography." Mike and Laura Caplan, Chicago, IL
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"John’s witty jokes and upbeat personality was the best part of the trip. Travel Images would not be what it is without him as the Leader." Kara Stallings, Houston, TX
Ireland
"It was all good – the cloud forest experience as well as the islands were fantastic." Doug and Mary Lu Canham, Reno, NV
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
"The trip's comprehensiveness. A well thought out, solidly filled, working photographic experience. Very-full days where we maximized our time out shooting--and had a wide variety of subjects too keep us focused." Micah Kaplan, San Francisco, CA
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"John Baker got us to the best spots for the shoot. Don't miss the experience" Angelo and Martha Mourino,
The Woodlands, TX
European Alps
"All I can think about is how fast we can save up the money to take off with you again. From beginning to end it was the most fun we’ve ever had! I swear John Baker [Travel Images] travel is more addictive than any pill! This was our ‘dream of a lifetime’ and I was worried it would be anticlimactic after the years of imagining it. But you delivered up our dreams and I can’t find words adequate enough to tell you what it meant to us.” Eric + Judy Giberson, Hemet, CA
American Southwest, Utah + Arizona
"Small group, good accommodations, high level of local knowledge and customs, and knows where to get the shots." Chuck Thompson, Colorado Springs, CO
Ireland
"Good photo opportunities, meeting fellow photographers with different or similar interests, having logistics and itinerary planned by an experienced guide" Robert Ito, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"Good locations- sussed out well; good tuition; good company" John and Barbara Buchanan
Melbourne, Australia
Tasmania
"The location, the logistical coordination, the meals, and the attempt to be fair to everyone's desired subject. The professional response to medical emergencies like my leg, even [though it was] before the official start of the tour. I think the price was excellent." Ron Macklin, Livermore, CA
New Zealand
"Your knowledge of the terrain and places to shoot. Great job John . . . thanks for the memories" James Karpac, Dublin, OH
Vermont
“It’s not about the culture, it’s not about the history . . . just get out and take pictures!” WOW, I’m overwhelmed with images. You are the best. The scenery was fantastic. You’re a wonderful person in a fun occupation – you share your joy very well." Eleanor Culling, Leavenworth, WA
European Alps
"That you drove us so expertly to so many photogenic places. You are an expert guide and we appreciated your stories and good humour - a great guy and a good friend. Hope we travel with you again." John + Kay Ryckman
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Scotland
"The relaxed and secure atmosphere of traveling to a strange place. Even though we were constantly on the go, it still did not seem like we were hurried." Gary Kipp, Bainbridge, GA
Machu Picchu, Peru
"The amazing variety of places that we saw and photographed. I will particularly remember the morning when we suddenly found ourselves looking at the sun casting shafts of light through the fog enshrouded trees. What a sight!! And my pictures turned out amazingly well. Also, I will always remember Jenne farm and the fog that was present while we quickly photographed the farm while we had the brief few moments of sunlight. I also enjoyed the several small villages of East Orange, Washington, Chelsea, Peacham, and, of course, Waits River." Todd Johns, Silver Spring, MD
Vermont
"Overall the best part of the trip is the photo opportunities. John keeps us working more than I am able to [sometimes], but I got some great landscapes, and that's what I went for." Richard + Irma Davies, Newtown, PA
Ireland
"I liked best the small group rather than a large group. I thought you were great, extremely patient and accommodating to the max. One thing I really liked was the variety. We had gondola rides, train trips, boat rides, and took the minibus on a train. No vehicles are permitted in Zermatt. This kept things fun and interesting." Randy Howard, San Dimas, CA
European Alps
"I would recommend the trip!" Ed Ryan, Gooding, ID
Vermont
"Superb scenery, great wildlife (hooray for the bears!), relaxed style, friendly, knowledgeable and a helpful leader prepared to put himself out to provide a really personalized service and to bail you out when you need it!"
"New Zealand is a wonderful country, and John’s choice and knowledge of places to visit gave us a wide variety of photographic opportunities from landscapes to flora and fauna and geology to action shots. It was great that all the planning and organising was done for us and that we could hand over responsibility, knowing that we would be at the right place at the right time for the best light, and that all we had to do was be there! Also to be able to relax in the knowledge that John and Laurie would look after things, if anything went wrong and that we would have any photographic assistance needed. Any problems encountered with shots along the way could be nipped in the bud quickly in the field and not when it was too late to do anything about them. A practical and non-stuffy approach to all things photographic added to a relaxed environment in which it was easy to learn and improve at whatever level we started from."
Sue Cleave
Botley, Oxfordshire, England
Canadian Rockies
New Zealand

"I liked the itinerary. I was very appreciative of the considerate treatment that I was given at all times. Thank you for making the trip possible, and enjoyable!"

Jean Tillotson, Atlantic Beach, FL
Vermont
"The free time to wander about the ruins of Machu Picchu and the relaxed but efficient nature of the whole tour. " Dave Harrison, Carson City, NV
Machu Picchu, Peru
"I loved the cool weather, the friendly people, the scenery was spectacular. I like the ruins, and castles, and history of the places. At the time I thought you were stopping too often at all the harbors, but some of my favorite images have turned out to be from those stops." Jane Ashley, Houston, TX
Ireland
"It was great to be able to go straight to good locations at the right times to be able to take nice shots. It is the next best thing to local knowledge." Daniel Attema
Broadview, South Australia
New Zealand
"Small intimate groups, a knowledgeable leader, informal settings" Jana Jirak, Triadelphia, WV
Wales
England
"John knows photography and composition and will help you, if you indicate that you want help. He will do his best to get you the shot you want! He was willing to stop for a shot anytime if you indicated that you wanted him to. I wouldn't hesitate to travel with John again and I think this trip is well worth the money! John also has a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit, and that made the trip even more enjoyable. I hope to travel with him to New Zealand, and perhaps Ireland sometime in the future." Chuck Thompson, Colorado Springs, CO
England
"I would encourage them to go with you. It was a lot of fun." Barb Child, Boise, ID
Vermont
"By far, I point out the smaller size of the groups you take. To me much larger than 8 and you’d become just a name and a face." Joe Smith, Birmingham, AL
England
"The camaraderie between us all. You and Radu were funny with the puns, and joking around keeps things light hearted. The knowledge you have about the parks and places." Jeff Wymore, Tucson, AZ
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"I liked the opportunity to shoot so many different sites, and liked it that we covered all of Ireland. (well, much of Ireland.) I liked the fact that the whole tour was really a photo workshop, and not just a tour with a few hours to take shots. It was also good that people of different abilities and experience with photography could feel comfortable together, and in asking for help or giving advice. IN fact, I just ran into a photographer at the Williamsburg Farmers' Market on Saturday and recommended the tour, adding that it is remarkably good value for the price." Judith Ewell, Williamsburg, VA
Ireland
"If I had friends I would tell them you are fun, organized, know your stuff backwards and forwards and can sure pick those cookies." Bonnie Lynn, New York, NY
New Zealand
"I went with John to England in the spring, and we had a wonderful time. John is an excellent photography guide and driver, and has a terrific sense of humor. He has the patience of Job. You will like him a lot." Carmen Sewell, Houston, TX
Ireland

 

       HOW DO YOU RATE JOHN'S EFFORTS THROUGHOUT THE TRIP ?

   
"Many thanks for a really fine trip. I'm impressed with John's energy and complete devotion to us clients. I've traveled with several other groups, and you're the best at 100+% attention. Tom Judd, Madison, NJ
Vermont
"John is a great leader and a character in the best spirit. We saw a lot, and met a lot of Irish characters which enhanced the experience." Richard + Irma Davies, Newtown, PA
Ireland

"Outstanding. John Baker has an incredible eye for the light . . . more so than a lot of the "named" the pros I have had the opportunity to shoot with."

Joe Hornsby, Mesquite, TX
Scotland
"Very Good! I think you did as well as anyone can when dealing with a group of different ages, fitness levels, photographic interests and knowledge. Some just don't want to get up and do sunrises. You show a lot of tolerance to the clients, and I don't think I could do your job! I especially liked it when we got to walk along the lanes to find our own shots."
Chuck Thompson, Colorado Springs, CO
Ireland
"You did a fantastic job, John. Very helpful. You saw to all the details. Very organized." Dave Harrison, Carson City, NV
Machu Picchu, Peru
"John, you were wonderful, funny, charming, enlightening, inspirational, awesome, educational, the best value for my photo tour dollars by far!!!! (Now can I have my Travel Images shirt???!)" Mike and Laura Caplan, Chicago, IL
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"I just wanted to say thank you for a great trip. John, I loved your energy level, your innovations, and your concern for your clients must surely be unsurpassed. Thanks so much for your personal tutoring with my website, Photoshop, and photo composition. I learned so much!"
Chris Kogut, Pittsford, NY
England
"John seems to have a knack for tailoring advice to the skill levels of each individual. He showed me how to effectively use some of the useful features of my camera that I hadn't used previously, and even some features I didn't know I had. He was full of advice and suggestions for getting good shots." Martha Johnson, Lincoln, MA
Vermont
"You were kind, helpful, knowledgeable, patient – and you knew just where to take us at what times. I feel like we saw the best of everything in the best possible light – it helped that the weather and sky cooperated with your plans!" Linda Bryant, Atlanta, GA
Canadian Rockies
"I thought you did fine in getting us to lots of photo ops!!! You were driving us pretty hard each day, but your motives were good - more photography! People there were all friendly which I am sure was partly because of your speaking the language and your outgoing ways." Beth Wisecup, Frederick, MD
Wales
"One of the things that you do that I really liked is giving everyone a chance to show their images and to get feedback from you. I thought you both did a great job providing helpful information in a positive way."
"I enjoyed seeing others pictures and your comments were positive rather than picking out negative things. Your light hearted manner was enjoyable."
John and Mary Lou Dykes, Dayton, NV
New Zealand
"John put client's interest and needs first - this is much better than some trips that I have been on." Robert Ito, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"My trip was close to perfect and you made it so. I needed more help than anyone else and generally I got it. My sense is that most of the time the people know how to take pictures on these trips and want your expertise as to the perfect places to shoot. I needed a lot more than that, and you were very patient and very helpful. You took care of all our other needs, pit stops, hunger etcetera with great sensitivity." Nadine Heyman, Port Washington, NY
Ireland
"Hard to comment on this as you were the Boss! Seriously though, you had a good insight into where the good locations were. Jenne Farm with the rolling mist. The mist and the sun though the trees. Bennington, Wow what a sunset!" Bill Lewis, Harlow, Essex, England
Vermont
"Excellent!! John obviously has had a lot of experience scouting out the places we went to beforehand, and so it was helpful to know how the sun situation was for each stop we made. I especially appreciate the out of the way villages that had the typical white steeple church to photograph. The covered bridges were great as well. I appreciate John's willingness to stop whenever anyone saw a place they wanted to photograph. I appreciate the way that John was helpful in offering suggestions at each stop to optimize the quality of the scene. One of the best moments of the trip was the digital presentation of images that you had taken of us during the week. I am eager to get a DVD of them! I think that is a great keepsake for you to do, and everyone appreciates it!" Todd Johns, Silver Spring, MD
Vermont
"Excellent" Scott Allen, Las Vegas, NV
Pacific Northwest
"Excellent. You did a terrific job. You seemed consistently concerned that everyone was comfortable and getting what they needed. Your humor set the tone for smiles and laughter throughout the journey.
Richard Buchbinder, Scottsdale, AZ
New Zealand

" Superb. You worked very hard and did a commendable job. You even stopped 20-25 per day which was a few more than I needed!"
"Your trip was wonderful to the Tetons. I am thinking about a trip with you next year: Balloons, Fall leaf colors. I learned a lot."

Roger Giesel, Cincinnati, OH
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"I thought that you did a remarkably good job on the trip in keeping the humour and enthusiasm level high. You were always positive and upbeat about the photo ops and this was very important to the group. So, overall, I'd give this a high rating." Alan Ainsworth, London, England
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons winter
"Couldn’t have been better" Romy Young, Portland, OR
The Palouse
"The main reason that I've taken--not just one--but three trips with you is because you are always willing to do whatever is necessary for your participants to get the best photos in the best light. Thanks for getting us to Stonehenge for sunrise. I got several really good, colorful shots." Grady Kimbrell, Santa Barbara, CA
England
"Good choice of itinerary, John. You seem to really know the area. I partly chose the trip because I knew you had done it before and knew the high spots. Good work!" Jay Levin, Farmington Hills, MI
Pacific Northwest: Oregon + Washington
"125%" Betsy Bridgman, West Hartford, CT
Scotland
"First class. Very good indeed for a first trip to Nova Scotia, Canada" David Orton, Talsarnau, Wales
Nova Scotia, Canada
"I enjoyed the trip. It is really nice knowing that John has all the key photo spots in mind and gets us to them. I also take great comfort in the fact that John is a careful driver. He really knows the limits of the vehicle and I have never had moments where I was concerned about safety." David Mathies, Norwalk, CT
Ireland
"Your dedication and commitment to our having a great trip and a complete trip and not missing anything was outstanding also appreciated the mop up day, so we could repeat a few places we enjoyed and so we could go to places we might have missed due to bad weather" Wendy Belkin, Decatur, GA
Canadian Rockies
"Very conscientious and affable" Rolande + Lilian Fulde, Cherryhill, NJ
New Zealand
"The guide was wonderful. His considerate, helpful and humorous manner plus his choice of scenes to photograph made for a very memorable trip." Pam + Arthur Benjamin, Sarasota, FL
Wales
England
"John was always ready and flexible and attentive to everyone’s needs and constantly tried to please. I always felt that something exciting was behind every corner and he was quick to meet any expectations or wants fairly to all. If someone wanted to shop he kept that in mind, someone else wanted see something not on the agenda he would try to accommodate that person as well . . . John knows all the good places to photograph and when to photograph it so each day was memorable." Michael Carlucci, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland
"Superior! It was a real pleasure to travel with John again" Frances Cowden, Houston, TX
Scotland
"You worked very hard to ensure that we got to the photo stops on time for great light. You were also available to answer questions and provided very valuable insight on how to approach different light situations." Julio Mulero and Renee Polizotto,
Sunnyvale, CA
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"Thanks John for everything. It was a great trip." Mark Kimbrell, Kailua, HI
England
"The guide was excellent. John had good ideas for photos, and it seemed like we were traveling with old friends, which we were in the case of John. He was always cheerful and gave us choices." Linda Mason, Indianapolis, IN
'By Request' Washington State Trip
"Amazing concern for the needs of each individual. No favoritism shown" Janice Rice, Santa Paula, CA
Scotland
"An excellent driver. Friendly, even tempered, always helpful with any special problems, and willing to stop the vehicle for a special picture for any tour member" Frances Cowden, Houston, TX
Scotland

"I wouldn't change a thing, it was great."
"John I really enjoyed the London trip and yes I have lots of great pictures. It was a wonderful experience and I will keep an eye on your tour schedule to see if anything fits my schedule"

Mike Cook, Cincinnati, OH
London
"First class. You were very attentive and helpful. It is easy to take for granted the benefits of being in the right place at the right time without having to do the research, planning or driving. What a luxury to drive with someone who is willing to stop for anything interesting and who is working harder than you to spot the wildlife! You coped well with additional requests when you were tired and could quite reasonably have declined to do more on top of full days. Top marks for patience!" Sue Cleave
Botley, Oxfordshire, England
Canadian Rockies
"John everything you do is memorable." Mike Cook, Cincinnati, OH
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, NM
"John did a remarkable job shepherding (sic) their small flock through the wilds of New Zealand - kudos' to him. What can I say about New Zealand itself? Very beautiful country, nice people, unforgettable memories." Ron Macklin, Livermore, CA
New Zealand
"John has always been aware of the needs and desires of his people. He is always looking for ways to make each individual's trip successful and enjoyable. He has succeeded again!" John Mason, Indianapolis, IN
Mendocino Coast, California
"John went everywhere we asked, and stayed as long as we wanted - most congenial" John + Kay Ryckman
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Scotland
"Had a great time. Thanks to John for a wonderful photo tour. I love New Zealand and hope to return." Sue + Bill Zupko, Huntsville, AL
New Zealand
"I want to say thank you for an amazing trip. I could never had done what I did if I had gone alone or with a friend. It really makes a difference of having someone show you around that knows the country. You are a really good guide who was able to get us to the places we needed to be at the time we needed to be there. I saw your picture on your website from the Tower of London....and to think I was there when it was taken!!!" Christie Dunn, Murfreesboro, TN
London
"I cannot think of how you could have been more helpful, more patient, and more caring to each and everyone of us - but this was no surprise to me at all" Jean Krolik, Dover, DE
Pacific Northwest
"Well above average. You went out of your way to take us to spectacular places. It is a trip we will never forget." Bob + Anne Rust, Union, MO
Canadian Rockies
"Great knowledge of England - had us at the right spots at the right times - willing to chase [miniature] trains for a shot!" Linda Shuping, Charlottesville, VA
England
"Excellent. I was relieved to find a warm and friendly guide! At the same time, it is necessary for the guide to maintain control and not have 7 people trying to go off in 7 different directions to fulfill different preferences. Having a fairly detailed itinerary was useful in that sense because the guide could point out that people had come along to do that itinerary (within reason) and therefore he couldn't just throw things out if someone wanted to do something different. He was certainly very accommodating in trying to help people follow their preferences as long as it didn't interfere with the group's [photography] agenda. IN evaluating the guide's interaction with group members, I was struck by his recognition [consciously or intuitively] that people had different psychological or emotional needs and his willingness to try to meet them as well as the more obvious photographic or physical needs." Judith Ewell, Williamsburg, VA
Ireland
"You were even better this time around than in the Tetons/Yellowstone. Very helpful, respectful, and encouraging. Knowledge of the area was encyclopedic. Good job." Mike and Laura Caplan, Chicago, IL
Canadian Rockies
"Great! A happy time too, with puns and jokes that fit the occasion" Romy Young, Portland, OR
Nova Scotia, Canada
"I think the performance was very good. Since there were so many stops and I did learn a lot, and how to shoot well. Yes I would go again." Jeff Wymore, Tucson, AZ
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
"I again want to thank you for making my first trip to Nova Scotia, Canada so wonderful. I am very pleased with my images, and have plenty of material to put a very good program together" Don Plocher, Montgomery, IL
Nova Scotia, Canada

 

       DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS ?

   
"This is a long over-due thank you from me. I want you to know that you have been in our thoughts for some time…..ever since our disappointing cancelation last year. You have treated us with understanding, respect, and a friendliness that is rare. We so appreciate you and what you have done for us in the past. Thank you for going beyond expectations to be a professional that sets the highest standard." Steve and Marlene Grueber, Denver, CO
England
"We had a fantastic holiday. Thank you for looking after us and bearing with us." Vijay and Vijaylakshmi, Patna, India
Patagonia
Iguazu Falls
"We enjoyed the trip immensely and would look forward to doing it all again sometime in the future. Thank you so much for a great time." Donna Peterson and Dallas Booth
Norman Gardens, Queensland, Australia
Ireland
"It was a very nice travel experiencing the wild side of American
landscape. Monument valley is well known in Japan in many movies and photographs, and I have seen pictures of some stone arches. Still the travel was astonishing. When you have a plan to make "a survey visit" for the Japanese landscape photography, please let me know. I will welcome you and offer you an assistance as a good friend of you and a photographer."
Motoh Shimizu, Tokyo, Japan
American Southwest, winter
"We had a great time, got some wonderful photographs, and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We wouldn't hesitate to travel with you again." Tom and Julie Cassen, Charlotte, NC
Iceland
"Thank you for the field notes and for such a great trip. We are looking forward to another trip with you in the future! By the way, one of my pictures was among the winners of the Galapagos Conservancy photo contest and will appear in the 2010 Galapagos Conservancy Calendar." Julio Mulero and Renee Polizotto
Sunnyvale, CA
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
"Thanks for a great trip. I'm already missing paradise!" Joe Smith, Birmingham, AL
Hawaii
"I truly enjoyed the Big Bend tour and your help, advice, and entertainment *cough*. It was a terrific birthday present for me. I've never before had an opportunity to just concentrate on taking pictures without having to also be concerned about time, daily travel to the next destination, accommodations etcetera."

"Thanks so much for making this birthday a memorable one for Neal. He had a wonderful time. I did too."

Neal + Kathy Armstrong, Liberty Hill, TX
Big Bend National Park, Texas
"Thank you for a superb winter experience in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, as well as all the interesting and photogenic byways along the way. We are particularly grateful for you doing the trip despite there being only the two of us. We were most impressed with your organizational skills, plus we learnt a lot photographically."
"We highly recommend Travel Images!"
Kevin and Sandy Fraser
Melbourne, Australia
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons winter
"We both enjoyed the tour a great deal, making new friends, seeing the beauty of south New Zealand, discussing and honing our photo skills under the watchful eye of leader, John Baker." Dick and Sylvia Turpin, Stockton, CA
New Zealand
"First and foremost let me say I had a wonderful time on the trip. I give you, my fellow photo travelers, and the entire experience an overall 'A' for the trip. I am happy I went, and feel I got my full dollar value worth." Randy Howard, San Dimas, CA
European Alps
"I credit my son Jeff's passion and enthusiasm for photography to the Vermont trip and the excitement that you demonstrated to each of us. Thanks so much for making the Vermont trip more than we could have imagined. Those early morning jaunts out to the fog-enshrouded Jenne Farm and the Vermont countryside where we encountered that amazing 'light show' with the shafts of light streaming through the trees will always be remembered." Todd Johns, Silver Spring, MD
Vermont

 

"I wanted to get back to you and thank you again for such a wonderful time in New Zealand. We loved it, and only would like to go back and do it all over again!" BJ and John Franz,
Clovis, CA
New Zealand
"You definitely will see us again!!! We thoroughly enjoyed this photography adventure and feel totally indebted to you for making this experience so enjoyable. Your patience, concern for everyone's well-being, photographic expertise, and knowledge of the best photo ops are most appreciated. In other words, you truly impressed the both of us!" Nancy and Richard Hassman,
Hoffman Estates, IL
Vermont
"Thanks for the CD. What a great way for me to relive such a memorable experience. You are such a professional. The shots were really great. Will definitely see you in the not too distance future."
"Thanks again for an unforgettable experience."
Thomas Allen, Washington DC
Machu Picchu, Peru
"John's good humor and sensitivity were wonderful. I think we were demanding and John was exhausted, but you never saw it. I also loved getting up at dawn and shooting until dusk. It wasn't always productive but when it was, it was well worth it. These were certainly not the worst roads that I have been on in my travels, but John certainly drove them well and I always felt safe. The people I called prior to signing on both mentioned how good a driver John was and how bad the roads were." Nadine Heyman, Port Washington, NY
Ireland

"Thank you for a wonderful experience in Yellowstone and the Tetons. I was impressed with both the planning and execution of the trip. It is obvious that you gave substantial thought to maximizing the experience for all of us. I know you made a great effort to assure that we each got as much from the trip individually as could be gotten. Thanks too for keeping your cool. I am sure it is stressful to try and please everyone. You worked hard at doing just that and, for that effort, you deserve my gratitude and, should you need it, my recommendation to others."

Melvyn Bergstein, New York, NY
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"I have enjoyed the past three weeks with you guys and in addition to some 6,000 pictures, will also take home some fond memories thanks to your professionalism and good nature."
Andy Taylor, Port Headland, Australia
England
and London
"I really enjoyed my Canadian Rockies trip with John. He really gives it his all and is very knowledgeable about the region. The bottom line is that John knows how to get you to the right places at the right times and was always there with great advice. This was my first photo tour so I don't have much to compare. But I can tell you that the other members of our tour (some of whom have been on many tours) were all very happy with the experience."
Marc Cohen, Philadelphia, PA
Canadian Rockies
"Thank you again for a fantastic trip and photography experience. I certainly wish you well in the future and perhaps I will use your service again and join you in another exotic location!" Laura Hall, Seoul, Korea
New Zealand
"The trips were delightful, educational, fun-filled, silly times sometimes, eye-opening, and so on. I think the only way you could improve would be to somehow extend the 24 hour day into 28 or more hours to get everything in!" Judy Taylor, Sturbridge, Ma
England
Ireland
It was definitely a very nice trip. Thank you very much, John. Radu Drossu, San Diego, CA
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn

"Thank you very much for the terrific journey in New Zealand. My expectations were met and surpassed. The trip was enhanced from day one by your stand up (actually sit down) comedy routines. It set the tone for a delightful group mood throughout our travels. I returned home with many great photos. Thanks for a wonderful experience."
"John, you did a wonderful job. I enjoyed the trip immensely and would gladly do it again."

Richard Buchbinder, Scottsdale, AZ
New Zealand
"It was a fabulous experience and one that I'll always remember." Bill Wisecup, Frederick, MD
Wales
"Being given a lot of time to watch the wildlife and take pictures. Great trip, lots of memories" Carolyn Wedekind, Northbrook, IL
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
"I can hardly believe it's been a whole month that I've been back from Wales. Anyhow, I just wanted to say again what a wonderful time I had on the trip. Now that I've downloaded and organized all my pictures, I'm having great fun going back through them to tweak my favorites. I'm truly amazed at how many places we went. Thanks again for a super trip."
"Awesome (an overworked word that truly belongs here) scenery and amazing encounters with the animals, excellent photographic advice and inspiration, good companionship, and well run combination of planned itinerary with flexibility to adapt to weather, animal sightings, and client wishes."
Martha Johnson, Lincoln, MA
Wales
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
 
"I wish to thank you so much for the opportunities and civility you afforded me while we chased the light in Bonnie Scotland. That voyage will long remain one of the most cherished in my memories because of you." Joe Hornsby, Mesquite, TX
Scotland
"I feel that I received good value for the money spent." Robert Ito, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter
"Lu and I had an excellent trip. We’re going through our photos and the memories are great. We’re giving out your name/contact info to another couple with whom we were discussing our trip this evening at our local Audubon meeting." Doug and Mary Lu Canham, Reno, NV
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
"After multiple photo tours I have found the same consistency. Well managed, well organized, well planned tours offering help when needed, and suggestions when desired [by the way which worked]. In general, excellent, professional, courteous tours and Leader." John Mason, Indianapolis, IN
Mendocino Coast, California
"Your pre trip support was as good as any we have ever seen." Walt + Carlie Jones,
Christchurch, New Zealand
European Alps

"Traveling with you was a pleasure and an honor. I sure hope to do it again soon. Thanks for the wonderful trip to the Canadian Rockies and for your valued friendship"

Wendy Belkin, Decatur, GA
Canadian Rockies
"Thank you for the wonderful trip that I was on with you in New Mexico. The personal attention you gave to each of us was great. Even though we did do our shooting and split up I felt you were always by my side. I had a great time and hope in the future to take another one of your great trips."
Betsy Rucker, Arnold, MD
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, NM
"We had a wonderful time and would recommend Travel Images to anyone who is serious about taking good pictures. John is a lot of fun and the small groups are great. This was our second trip and may not be our last." Bob + Anne Rust, Union, MO
New Zealand
"We enjoyed the last trip so much, we want to do another. Besides the small groups have us spoiled!" Bob + Anne Rust, Union, MO
Canadian Rockies
"As we 5 meet occasionally to reminisce on our travels together, we will remember how well you know Ireland, and all the back roads. How frequent u-turns were made to accommodate our wishes for a picture, the many frequent stops with some longer than others, the drives along less-traveled roads, and above all your unfailing good humour. All these things put you high on our list of photographer guide/drivers for our future trips, and for our other photo traveling friends" Mildred Barrie, Brantford
Ontario, Canada
Don + Madolyn Tait,
Welland, Ontario, Canada
John + Kay Ryckman,
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Ireland
"Well, once again John, words escape me to properly describe the fantastic job you did for us in England . . . THANK YOU." Paul Swinford, Plainfield, IL
England
"If I had it to do over again...I would in a heartbeat. John you were a pleasure to be with...Thank You!"
"Great trip, great people, great tour leader, great experience."
Mike Cook, Cincinnati, OH
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"Just a thank you for a very pleasant trip and for continuously asking if everything was OK and if we needed any help. I will definitely be traveling with you in the future." Gary Kipp, Bainbridge, GA
Machu Picchu, Peru
"John, many thanks for your superb tour management skills and your photographic knowledge and talent. Thanks also to Laurie who was a pleasure to know." Bill and Hester Heske, Wolfeboro, NH
New Zealand
"Thank you for the wonderful trip to Ireland. It is truly a beautiful place. Even though I am not a photographer you allowed me to travel along with my son, Michael. Thank you for making this 78 year old feel a part of everything going on. Not once did I feel like an "old person" because of the total acceptance by everyone participating. It was a joy getting to know everyone and especially my "special" friend John! I wish you many more successful tours. I feel very enriched just being able to have been on the tour with you." Louise McCreight, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland
"I will have to really think hard to suggest means and ways to improve your programme which was quite superb" Barun Sinha, Jaipur, India
New Zealand
"The England trip was outstanding and I believe I did my best consistent photography ever. Thanks again." Bill Snoddy, Huntsville, AL
England

"Now that I've finally finished editing my pictures, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip. I particularly appreciated your helpfulness and the extra efforts you made to help me with photography tips etcetera"

Jean Tillotson, Atlantic Beach, FL
Vermont
"I can't imagine [how it could be improved]. Give me a few years and I'll think of something!" Linda Mason, Indianapolis, IN
Canadian Rockies
"This is to let you both know what a great time Jeff and I had this last week in Vermont. The trip far surpassed our expectations and we so appreciate your taking us to out-of-the-way places to photograph. We learned so much on the trip from both of you, and we feel much more confident in composing more interesting pictures, not to mention the help you gave us in the basics of f-stop, ISO settings, and shutter speed and when to use the correct combination of all three to achieve the best possible result." Todd Johns, Silver Spring, MD
Vermont
"I received your notes and just to tell you again that I had a fantastic time. You were great." Rosemary Frueh, Southbury, CT
European Alps
"We miss you and Laurie - had a wonderful time and learned a lot - thanks for such a wonderful time." Bill and Hester Heske, Wolfeboro, NH
New Zealand
"You have the gift of getting along with all types of people, and the patience to go with it" Linda Shuping, Charlottesville, VA
Scotland
"It is late but I didn't want to go to bed without telling you that I just won first place Pictorial Image of the Year with a shot that I took on our trip to England...the Mill at Lower Slaughter. Plus I got and honorable mention with a rain shot that I took Ireland. I was pretty surprised and extremely happy. Thanks for your guidance. Let's see what we can conjure up in Wyoming!"
"Thank you for a lovely experience in England. I am very much impressed with your operation and I am sorry I am so late in finding you. You are an exceptional and winsome young man and I enjoy knowing you."
Carmen Sewell, Houston, TX
England
Ireland
"Exceeded my expectations." Micah Kaplan, San Francisco, CA
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"Having reviewed many of my photos of my recent tour
with you, I am pleased with the results. There are some great shots, and I am very glad I did this trip, as I learned a lot, and have received some very good feedback. Thank you!!"
Sally Oliver, Santa Rosa, CA
Canadian Rockies
"Thanks for a super trip! It was my first photo jaunt and would like to go with you in the future" Helen Williamson, Washington Dc
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"It was a very memorable and enjoyable trip, and more than I had even hoped for. We appreciate the fact that you went ahead with the trip despite the small group size, and never acted cheap or careful about giving us our money’s worth. My intention is to do the New Zealand trip or something again in England within the next year or two." Patrick Wahlers, Dunlap, IL
Scotland
"Our group got along very well together and rotating the seats was a big help in making that a reality at meals and stops. You both showed genuine interest in everyone. You came across as caring about what you do and making sure we had a good time." John and Mary Lou Dykes, Dayton, NV
New Zealand
"I enjoyed the workshop very much. You showed care, helpfulness and patience towards all the participants. Thanks very much for a good time which was quite educational" Marion Sevren, Camarillo, CA
The Palouse
"Great tour. Pre-planned and well organized, the pace practical, and the photographic help suitable to the level of the participant" Janice Rice, Santa Paula, CA
Scotland
"You do an excellent job. It seems you're working all the time. I'm glad that your trips are filling fast, and I think its partly due to your excellent organizational skills. Your superb Web site is a tremendous asset, too." Grady Kimbrell, Santa Barbara, CA
England
"I have never been on a photography tour before, but from what I understand from my friend Rob who has been on many such trips, you did a FANTASTIC job. He's been on many in Africa and said what you did for us is unusual and wonderful. Many just drive you to the spot and you're on your own. Thanks for making our first tour wonderful." Sue + Bill Zupko, Huntsville, AL
New Zealand
"Thanks too for special photographic help and ideas. Besides all that, I cherish your friendship. I had a marvelous time, enjoyed your wit, your ready smile and excellent leadership" Mabel Boulet, Black Mountain, NC
Wales
"Thanks to John! I don’t know how you do it...making everyone happy all the time but you do it well...leaving no one out and treating everyone fairly....Thanks for your attention to detail, your caring for each and every passenger, your constant care and concern for everyone to receive all that they expected to receive on your tour and seeing that it happened with laughs and good will to all...I enjoyed the trip so very much and will cherish the time and new friends that I made on this trip and you made it all possible....I had such a great time and would do it again in minute...It was a trip to remember and you made it happen...you did well...I give you an “A”.....you are so very “Special”!" Michael Carlucci, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland
"Thank you for a memorable trip! " Allan And Audrey English, Annapolis, MD
New Zealand
"I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the trip. Your special Knowledge and interest in Wales provided me with a Welsh experience I couldn't have duplicated, and because of the emphasis on photography I could focus on details that I wouldn't have done if I wasn't taking pictures. I know how hard you worked with us for the two weeks, and I thank you for this care and concern. Also the contact with Llandudno and the house [my ancestors owned] added a special touch. The photography was good overall. The field notes were particularly helpful. As I said before, these are unique to Travel Images, and I know how much time these took to compile." Richard + Irma Davies, Newtown, PA
Wales
"I just wanted to tell you that the trip was great. I've received many compliments on my digital pictures as well as three rolls that I have developed." Carol Hesse, Mahwah, NJ
Ireland
"It was particularly good to have the benefit of your expertise. Thanks particularly for taking the time to look at my images. Your critique was very welcome and will help me to do better next time! One of the main things I brought away with me from meeting you was how seemingly effortless and fun you make photography. I passionately want to take better and better images but worry about it quite a bit. Although you obviously put a lot of effort into your work, you still manage to make it appear a casual, carefree, fun affair. Quite a gift on your part, I'd say." Mariapia Balfour, Horsforth, England
Scotland
"Once again Thank you!!! so much for a great trip. You make a great guide and your sense of humor is great! You are so flexible and you managed to keep your humor through it all! I wish we have had more [good weather] sunrises, but that's okay, we did at least have some sunsets. " Ivy Broyles, Aurora, CO
England
"You take very good care of your clients on trips. It wasn't unnoticed. Thank you. I passed it on to all on this past trip to Indonesia where lack thereof was also not unnoticed." Chris Kogut, Pittsford, NY
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"John, your good humor, diplomacy and good planning and management are most appreciated. The Visual Journeys presentations are delightful" Rhoda Lewis, Milwaukie, OR
The Palouse

 

       HOW DO YOU RATE THE ACCOMMODATIONS ?

   
"All of the accommodations were quite satisfactory. The Inn keepers were friendly and responsive." Richard + Irma Davies, Newtown, PA
Ireland
"Satisfactory to excellent" Jack Kalberer, Potomac, MD
Pacific Northwest
"Actually, you did a great job with the accommodations and it was great to have a little time off to relax. For this particular trip, we don't know how it could have been much better." Bob + Anne Rust, Union, MO
Canadian Rockies
"Overall, very good. I liked the location of most" Linda Shuping, Bunn, NC
Scotland
"I thought the accommodations were excellent. I enjoy B & B's so much more than hotels. The rooms were clean and comfortable." Joan Loeken, Seattle, WA
Ireland
"Comfortable and clean. Locations were within short driving distances to photo opportunities" Michael Locicero, Hendersonville, NC
Utah East, Colorado West
"Convenient and comfortable. Too quiet for a New Yorker, you spoiled me! I loved that Mill House with beautiful garden, wished we could have stayed longer." Bonnie Lynn, New York, NY
New Zealand
"Very good" Joanne Price, Vienna, OH
The Palouse

 

       HOW DO YOU RATE THE RESTAURANT CHOICES ?

   
"Perfect! I am still raving about the delicious fresh food." Chris Kogut, Pittsford, NY
Ireland
"Much better than I expected. I had always heard that food in the UK was rather bland. I was pleasantly surprised. It was great to eat in the Pubs. That's where "the people" are and when you love people and photographing them, it is the place to be." Beth Wisecup, Frederick, MD
Wales
"Good. We were grateful that we were not required to take 2 to 3 hours over dinner" (When the light is usually at it’s best) Otis + Penny Wolfe, Sun Lakes, AZ
Pacific Northwest

"I thought the food was great. I don't recall having a bad meal. The pubs were the best food, and ambiance"

Chris Kogut, Pittsford, NY
England
"Good, especially your [picnic] salads" Ed Goodfellow, Windsor, Ontario Canada
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
"Breakfast was provided at each of the places we stayed at – all were wonderful and provided a true “taste of Ireland.” I loved all of the planned stops and the “unplanned” stops! Most of the places were pricey, but that’s just Europe for you! " Kara Stallings, Houston, TX
Ireland
"Very good, sometimes excellent. The quantity/frequency exceeded my expectations or needs. Richard Buchbinder, Scottsdale, AZ
New Zealand
"Good. But, you need to introduce Tex-Mex to the UK. Haggis is one thing...but Tex-Mex is heaven." Joe Hornsby, Mesquite, TX
Scotland
"I liked every meal I had and they were all very good...the presentation of the meals was a plus and there was a well rounded type of fare...I got to sample a lot of different things on the trip and there was a lot of choice on the menus as well." Michael Carlucci, Jacksonville, FL
Ireland
"Great. "I really like Haggis!" Jean Haven, Camarillo, CA
Scotland

 

       HOW DO YOU RATE THE GROUP TRANSPORT ?

   
"Excellent! I'm glad that we had a small group to travel with. I enjoyed the screen in the front where we could display our images after a day of shooting." Todd Johns, Silver Spring, MD
Vermont
"John had purchased a new minibus for UK and European Tours. The vehicle was great – clean and pretty comfy…minus the bumpy roads. The minibus had plenty of room for all of our luggage and camera gear. We had a really great driver in John, and rotated seats so that everyone had a chance at the 'good seats'” Kara Stallings, Houston, TX
Ireland

"Great - comfortable and plenty of space for gear. Being driven around makes it very easy and I appreciated that. Having water and snacks available was great too."
[Western North America minibus]

Val Fox, Wiltshire, England
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, NM
"Rotation is a great idea for conversation and getting to know and visit with everyone. The well-stocked snack shelves plus water were greatly appreciated." Judy Taylor, Sturbridge, Ma
Ireland
England
"Very good. Appropriate to the task. The microphone and the video screen are nice touches. A vehicle with a sliding door on both sides would be an improvement!, but it was fine as is."
Richard Buchbinder, Scottsdale, AZ
New Zealand
"Excellent; snacks and first aid etcetera very well thought out; good storage and an excellent system for cases and tripods. Really liked the seat rotation. Always felt safe with the driver, and his reversing and ability to find parking spaces is something to be admired." Jane Hansell, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ireland

"It was very comfortable and roomy – plus the added bonus of you having everything imaginable on board for our use"

Linda Bryant, Atlanta, GA
Canadian Rockies
"Great, glad you drove those roundabouts!" Janice Rice, Santa Paula, CA
Scotland
"First of all I want to acknowledge John's driving - I felt very safe and secure with him at the wheel." Joan Loeken, Seattle, WA
Ireland
"Very comfortable. Just right for 6 people" Frances Cowden, Houston, TX
Ireland
"A BMW limousine with fully reclining leather seats, individual climate controls, satellite TV and fulltime Internet access would have been nice. On the other hand, the minibus was more practical and did the job just fine." Bob Barnhill, Chicago, IL
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons autumn
"Excellent vehicle and driver" Rolande + Lilian Fulde, Cherryhill, NJ
New Zealand
"The only thing missing was surround sound! The tissues, handy-wipes, hand cleaners, kneeling pads etcetera were very thoughtful in considering the welfare of the clients" Michael Locicero, Hendersonville, NC
Utah East, Colorado West
"That rig was incredible...nice job"
[the UK and Europe minibus]
Chris Kogut, Pittsford, NY
England
"Probably the best way to get around the country, even narrow country roads--and you are the best vehicle driver I've ever seen!" Grady Kimbrell, Santa Barbara, CA
England
Canadian Rockies
New Zealand


       DETAILED FEEDBACK


When potential new clients ask present clients a question . . .

Judy's question . . .

Hi David,

I do apologize for the intrusion but John Baker [of Travel Images] gave me your name. We are thinking of taking John's tour to England next May and I wonder if you would share with us your thoughts on the tour you took? Was it what you expected? Best and worst parts of it? Anything you wish had been different?

I shoot with a D70 Nikon SLR digital camera. I'd be interested to know what people generally were shooting with. I'm already wondering what storage to use.

We haven't traveled out of the country and are pretty jazzed at the thought of this tour. I hope you don't mind letting us pick your brain. John says to tell you "HI"!

Best wishes,

Judy Giberson, Hemet, CA
England

David's response . . .

Hi Judy, happy to help.

Bottom line is that I will seriously consider doing other trip(s) with John.

He got us to the right places at the right time and with the right light (albeit he could not control the last critical factor).

John was extremely well organized. On his maps he had used a magic marker to highlight the spots where he intended to visit and he was sophisticated enough to know whether morning or evening light was best for any particular valley.

One thing that took some getting used to was John's wit. He was a bon mot a minute. He was never without a funny (or really corny) comment. At first I found it a bit tiresome (remembering the similar style of my father who used to wear me out), but as the trip progressed, I grew to like his running commentary. In a way his style forced to overall attitude of the participants to remain light and carefree and focused solely on picture taking. The last thing I want on such a trip is a focus group on politics or religion or whatever. I was there to enjoy the sights, the experience and the photography. And I did!

Unlike your experience I have traveled overseas considerably. My records show that I had been to Great Britain more than 50 times - though almost exclusively in the London area (and on business for most of the visits). This was my first time to the English countryside and it was a delightful experience.

Turning to the shooting styles. I am currently a "hybrid" shooter. I use a Canon EOS-1V and shoot slide film. After the review and culling on the light box I then use a dedicated film scanner to scan my best images. I then do my own printing on an Epson 2200 printer.

Other members of the group covered the entire spectrum of photography styles. One person shot slides exclusively - He told me that he had exposed 64 rolls of 36 shot Fuji Velvia. Another person (who was more of a painter than a photographer) shot print film. Finally, one member shot with a digital Canon 10D. John tended to use a Canon 10D also. However, he was equally adept at film and digital.

Allow me to circle back to your initial questions.

The trip was everything that I had hoped for. (I must say that we were extremely fortunate with the weather.) I have commented above on the photography. John was ready to go out early (don't forget that the sun rises mighty early at such latitudes in May) We would go out (those who wanted to get up) to shoot on mornings when the light was decent and would shoot for, say, 1 1/2 hours before returning for breakfast at 8. Many evenings we would be out until 8:30 as the sun was setting. Photography was the focus.

Despite the photography focus I was extremely happy with the Bed and Breakfast accommodations. The rooms were all pleasantly clean and cheerful. Though since for most of the places the rooms for the B + Bs were carved out of more grand houses from earlier eras, the rooms tended to be on the small scale. Suited me just fine, but attitudes do vary. The landlords were fabulous. I really enjoyed the breakfast routines as the innkeepers did a great job. They served a great spread for breakfast and were considerable fun.

Though I had been to England many times, the real surprise for me was the quality of pub food. John would see a pub or a tea room and we would stop for lunch and dinner. It was really a very pleasant experience for me. Really informal and we were eating at many times in little villages with all of the locals.

The only challenge on the trip was communications. None of the B + B's have phones in the rooms and you have no access to a phone (except in an emergency). It is necessary to search out a nearby phone booth. This normally worked, but prepaid phone cards tended to be a bit problematic. This certainly does not bode well for someone who needs to be in constant touch via email. We did hit a couple of larger cities where a Wi-Fi connection at Starbucks was possible - but it certainly was not easy. I would suggest have a GSM cell phone with you if this issue is important. I was able to get in touch with my wife every couple of days via the phone booths and this was adequate for my needs.

I had a great time on a well conceived and well implemented trip.

David Mathies, Norwalk, CT
England

Special thanks go to both Judy and David for allowing us to quote their correspondence here


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