Capturing the Spirit of Kalispell

Featured Image: Photographer Denise Webber

With its location in Montana’s Flathead Valley, Kalispell is a photographer-lovers dream. To the south: Flathead Lake. To the north—Glacier National Park. All around is stunning architecture, a lively downtown and natural wonders. Kalispell is also home to Triple D Ranch, which is one of the best places to photograph in Montana.

Triple D Ranch gives both professional and amateur photography enthusiasts alike the opportunity to capture a variety of animals against Montana’s natural landscapes, from daily sessions to workshops. The ranch also has a variety of instructors that can guide workshop attendees to develop their skills, with special attention given to lighting and composition as they capture once-in-a-lifetime photography opportunities with diverse wildlife, including grizzly bear, Siberian tiger, snow leopards, wolves, mountain lion, Siberian lynx, red fox, bobcat, horses and birds of prey like owls, hawks, falcons and more.

Each season in Kalispell, Montana, offers photographers distinct lighting, backdrops and wildlife species as they grow their photography skills.

During winter, there are many ways to catch the contrast between Kalispell’s snow-covered valley, forest-covered mountains and colorful downtown. In winter, it’s all about achieving the correct exposure. Triple D Ranch has a selection of events —some with instructors—that give the chance to capture wildlife portraits of snow leopard, grizzly bear, fox, coyote, pine marten, birds of prey, horses and more.

In Montana, spring continues to be one of the state’s best-kept secrets. The landscape is a vibrant green, the sky is a brilliant blue and waterfalls emerge on nearby mountains. Triple D Ranch offers a variety of spring workshops and specials, with the distinct opportunity to photograph baby wildlife, cubs and pups, with sessions available from April through late June.

July and August are what dreams are made of in Kalispell, Montana, with long daylight hours that provide visitors, travelers and photographers with plenty of time to experience this corner of Big Sky Country. During summer, Triple D Ranch’s workshops include a baby animal extravaganza, birds of prey and horse roundups that are held in the early morning and afternoon hours to garner the best lighting conditions.

A favorite time of year for locals, fall paints a stunning backdrop of red, orange and gold across Montana’s natural landscapes, providing a beautiful setting for autumn photography. Fall photography workshops include a “big five” photo shoot and fall harvest event, which gives photographers the option to take pictures of birds of prey, horses, fox, bear, lynx, bobcat and more.

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