Reptile  Photo  Seminar / Workshop

We invite you to participate in a unique opportunity 

photographing the most dangerous and awe-inspiring

reptiles on the planet, all up close and personal !



Southwestern speckled rattlesnake  Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus  ---   Photographed in captivity on a set we created.

   Bill Love and the Phoenix Herpetological Society offer an instructional seminar like

 no other.  We’ll have 4 days of working up close and personal with a huge selection of venomous snakes – rattlesnakes & pit vipers from

 the Americas, exotic true vipers, cobras, and mambas.  We’ll also have monitor lizards and iguanas, small and giant tortoises, and the

 largest crocodile collection in western North America.


Seminar  Date:   September 11 - 14, 2014

One person already signed up !

Try to imagine the thrill of staring face-to-face through your lenses at creatures that drive the headlines– and clicking away to record the experience to share later, market, or whatever.

We permanently maintain over 90 species of venomous snakes, 20 types of crocodiles, and hordes of other odd and beautiful reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

The photo ops we offer can’t be had at any zoo, museum, or reptile farm.  In fact, you’ll never find such a fine collection of specimens amassed anywhere that will be made available for

 you to photograph as offered here.  And let us stress - all photos will be taken under carefully controlled conditions with experts at your side at all times to make it a completely safe

 undertaking.  Safety is our highest priority.  There has never been an accident involving venomous reptiles at the Phoenix Herp. Society, and there never will be!


You’ll have the opportunity to shoot specimens such as:

The venomous snakes of North America….


  Water moccasin

   Red diamond rattlesnake

   Arizona coral snake


….the rarest and most feared snakes and crocodilians from across the globe….

   Eyelash viper from Central America

   Russell's viper from India

   Gaboon viper from Tanzaniya

   Death adder from Australia

   Green mamba from Mozambique

   Spitting cobra from East Africa

   Nile crocodile from Kenya

….giant constrictors, like the kind making headlines in the Florida Everglades, and rare

 beauties from exotic locales in Southeast Asia and Oceania….

   Tree boa from Suriname

   Burmese python from Thailand, and now Florida's 

Everglades too


And other outrageously gorgeous frogs from tropical rain forests….

   Red-eyed tree frog from Nicaragua

   Horned frog from Colombia

….and huge, seldom-seen turtles along with popular pet tortoises….

 Alligator snapping turtle from the U.S.A.          

   African spur-thigh tortoise from Mali


….and bizarre geckos and monitor lizards from the far deserts of the world.

   Crested gecko from New Caledonia                                    

   Desert monitor from Afghanistan


The Details:  

We’ll do our best and concentrate on the subjects that most participants want to shoot.  Not every species pictured will be available, while others not shown will be.  Certain specimens may be 'indisposed' and unavailable for photography due to illness, shedding cycles, no longer being held in the collection, etc.  The PHS has far more animals than shown above, though, so exciting and colorful substitutes will assure a stimulating and fulfilling experience.  In addition, beyond simple portraits, we may be able to elicit certain interesting behaviors with some animals such as feeding, combat, or even shedding and / or feeding according the scheduled care routines.

As an extra bonus you won’t get to do anywhere else short of possibly visiting Southeast Asia, and probably not even then, we’ve set aside a special period on the last day to photograph a majestic adult king cobra.  This extraordinary opportunity will require a special indoor set on the floor.  There’ll be no glass between you and our 12-foot long king cobra, “Elvis"; this will be a face-to-face encounter at a working distance we deem safe.  Elvis is usually a fairly cooperative beast, but we’ll still employ extreme caution when he’s crawling loose and shutters are clicking. 

Most of our shooting will be done in a large, comfortable, indoor room (except the crocs which live in large outdoor enclosures).  We’ll have studio sets built for just this purpose available to recreate miniature, naturalistic dioramas, with numerous natural props on hand to simulate habitats where our animals are found in the wild.  You’ll also have the option with a few specimens to shoot them against a green screen for later creative photo editing. 

We’ll have our modern studio lighting system on hand, plus umbrellas, stands, wireless Nikon flashes, etc.  You may also bring and use your own strobe flashes if your brand of gear doesn't synch with ours.  Or you can shoot with both!  Either way, we’re set up to help you obtain clear, sharp, high depth-of-focus results!  We'll also have the use of a stop-motion device on one of the days for some creative shots.

All specimens will be handled strictly by Bill Love and the staff of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.  We will do our absolute best to wrangle all specimens into interesting and attractive poses as per your wishes.  Bill Love has over 40 years behind him of recognizing what makes great shots, so relaying your needs to a seasoned shutterbug is not a worry.  

The seminar’s orientation will begin on the morning of Thursday, May 1st once everyone is assembled .  We will meet you for breakfast at the host hotel – the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.  It's only a few miles from our facility in northern Phoenix - Scottsdale.  We’ll arrange to get you back and forth to the hotel each morning and evening.

Each day’s sessions will run from about 8:00am until 5:00pm.  After dinner each day, Bill Love will meet you at the hotel to discuss what we’ve done, prep you for the next day, and generally answer questions and take suggestions to make the whole seminar as rewarding for you as possible.  We’ll also have time to show off some of the fruits of our labors if you have photo display / editing capabilities in your laptops or pads.

We will also have a nocturnal field hunt for local herpetofauna one evening.  A scenic area of picturesque beauty will be explored by vehicle and on foot for whatever’s on the crawl.  In case of bad luck (unusual), we will also bring several examp

SAFETY is a primary concern at all times.  We are pros at handling venomous reptiles and will require everyone to follow our rules at al times.  There's no room for error with the creatures we'll be photographing.  Anyone not adhering to our rules and precautions will be asked to leave the shoot, forfeiting all fees paid.    

Some views of the Phoenix Herpetological Society's facility where we'll do most of our shooting:




SHOOTING SCHEDULE:  Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 11 – 14, 2014

Day #1  (Thursday)

7:30am - Bill Love meets everyone for breakfast at the hotel

9:00am – Arrive at the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) via our van / shuttle

10am – 12:00 noon – Orientation at PHS, quick tour of the whole facility, prep camera gear in photo session area

12:00 Noon – Lunch at PHS (on us) / discussion & review of images taken

1:00pm – Photo sessions with non-venomous snakes

5 - 6:00pm – Shuttle returns photographers to the hotel

Day #2  (Friday)

9:00am – 12:00 noon - Photography of lizards, tortoises, amphibians and ‘bugs’ in session area

12:00 noon – Lunch at PHS (on us) / discussion & review of images taken

1:00pm – Photo sessions with BIG snakes, crocs (outdoors) & and other ‘difficult’ specimens

5 - 6:00pm – Shuttle returns photographers to the hotel

Day #3  (Saturday)

9:00am – 12:00 noon - Photography of venomous snakes in session area

12:00 noon – Lunch at PHS (on us) / discussion & review of images already taken

1:00pm – Continued photography of venomous snakes

5 - 6:00pm – Shuttle returns photographers to the hotel

8:00pm until ????? – Meet group at the hotel, go fieldherping (road cruising) in the desert and some in-the-field photography experience

Day #4  (Sunday)

9:00am – 12:00 noon - Photography of king cobra (and a mamba, too) in large in-room studio set

12:00 noon – Lunch at PHS (on us) / discussion & review of images already taken

1:00pm  – Photo sessions with whatever we missed earlier, and / or requests from group

5:00pm – The van / shuttle returns photographers to the hotel

7:30pm – We all join the group for a farewell dinner (on us) at the hotel


Seminar Limited to 8 Adventurous Photographers

Seminar Cost :  $2499.00   This covers 4 lunches (each day at our facility), dinner on the final evening at the host hotel, 4 nights' lodging, shuttling you to and from our facility each of 

the 4 days, use of our photographic lighting equipment, all wrangling by our staff, and access to a mind-blowing assortment of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates over the whole 4 days.  

Small groups help assure a personal experience so you get the killer shots you came for !  

Registration Form - PRINT these 6 pages individually

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Other creatures of interest to photographers:

   Wind scorpion (solfugid)

   Arizona bark scorpion - normal vs. black light

    Red-legged tarantula from Mexico


Your photo leader….  

Bill Love has been fascinated by herps since his childhood in New Jersey, 40 years in Florida, and now in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.  His special passion has always been seeking and photographing ‘herps’ in the wild.  He also frequently gives live presentations on them, leads eco-tours to Madagascar via his company Blue Chameleon Ventures, writes freelance articles on various herp subjects, and has authored the monthly Herpetological Queries question - answer column in REPTILES Magazine for 22 years and running.  In the past, he has lectured extensively, displayed live ‘herps’ at several public venues, propagated snakes on a commercial scale, imported / exported them worldwide as co-owner of Glades Herp, Inc., and traveled extensively observing and recording their natural histories in nature.  His imagery has graced books, magazines, calendars, business promotions, TV, and websites for many decades.  Bill is widely recognized as an expert on many aspects of herpetology and highly sought-after to speak nation- and worldwide.

Seminar Location:

Scottsdale, Arizona (north of Phoenix) at the extensive facilities of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.  Directions will be supplied to registered participants. The most convenient airport to us is Sky Harbor International in Phoenix (3-letter airport code = PHX).  

The host hotel is the classy new Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4575 E. Irma Lane (Tatum & Loop 101), Phoenix, Arizona 85050, TEL# 480-473-3400; FAX: 480-473-3200; EMAIL:; WEB: .  



This exclusive photo shoot limited to only eight photographers.  Please send your $500 deposit as soon as possible to reserve a place.  Please note which seminar date you wish to attend.  

First come, first served.  

Make checks payable to:

Phoenix Herpetological Society

20701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste 107, PMB 401, Scottsdale, Arizona  85255

Website and other contact info:


If you have any questions, please contact the photo leader:

Bill Love    EMAIL:

TEL#s:  (480) 646 – 1297 < BEST     or     (239) 464 – 6642


Thank you!