Private Photography Sessions

If a professional photographer, videographer, moviemaker, or any individual wants to film or view the bears during closed hours, a fee will be required. The fee for still photographers, Tuesdays through Sundays, is $250 per person, per day. Regardless of weather conditions, bear activity, or how long you photograph. The Sanctuary is closed to visitors on Mondays. Photographers wishing to shoot at the Sanctuary on a Monday will be charged a fee of $350 per person and need to contact our office for approval. Dates still available for private photo sessions on our event calendar are in ORANGE. Those dates in gray are NOT AVAILABLE. YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO REGISTER AND ATTEND ALL PHOTO SESSIONS/WORKSHOPS. ID REQUIRED UPON ARRIVAL IF REQUESTED BY STAFF. 


There are numerous individual wild black bears that visit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary throughout the summer season. They range in age from females with spring cubs to old males approaching their thirtieth birthday. They vary in color from the deepest black to all shades of brown. They exhibit natural behaviors that even seasoned researchers rarely, if ever get to witness including scent marking, mating, play, dispersal, nursing, and dominance struggles. Some have called the Sanctuary “the best place in North America to photograph wild black bears in their natural habitat”.

Register through our Event Calendar