About Photo Safari
Tours and Workshops

"Guiding Yosemite Visitors around the park to the 'right place at the right time' is my number one priority"     -Pat Althizer 
Magical...that was how I felt when at age 15 I watched in a darkroom the image appear on the white 8x10 paper floating in a tray of developer. And today, I still feel that same "magic" when making images in Yosemite Park. Sharing the magic with others is so fulfilling that I have over the past 10 years shared to over 400 others the sites and locations of Yosemite!

With an early facination of the printed image, Pat chose to attend Riverside Polytecnic High School as a Graphic Arts Major. After graduating in 1963 Pat continued to pursue his love of photography as an Official U.S Navy Photographer attending the Navy Photography School in Pensacola, Florida. Upon graduation, Ihe was ordered to report to the aircraft carrier USS Midway-CVA 41 the Flag Ship of the 7th Fleet. After 3 Vietnam Tours in the Tonkin Gulf Pat was honorably discharged in late 1967.

In 1968 Pat found himself in San Francisco and Berkeley, California as he strove to build a career as a commercial photographer . Working with both Ad Agency and Industrial clients, he was able to successfully build a photography business in the Bay Area.

In 1980, he relocated to Mariposa County, a Yosemite Gateway community where he and Jill raised their 3 daughters. In 2009 Pat went into retirement and in 2010 decided to create a unique Yosemite Guide service Photo Safari Yosemite  to serve the Yosemite visitors with a strong interest in photography.

In addition to private guided outings into Yosemite, small group workshops have been expanded to include local lodging and transportation options. A special arrangement with a hotel in Oakhurst along with a local tour bus operator now allows Photo Safari Yosemite to offer this special package  to our workshop clients. 

To get an idea of what to expect and what may be best for your visit to Yosemite, you can go to the Tours Page and the Workshops Page for a detailed description of your options.

To reserve your day in the park whether for a Yosemite Photo Tour or Workshop go to the  Signup page and email your information including the date of your visit and the preference for the Tour or Workshop. You can also call direct, text or leave a message on the cell phone (559) 760-6124.  You will in return be sent a custom itinerary for your review including costs. Upon acceptance of the proposal for your visit to Yosemite you will be emailed a request for deposit via PayPal to reserve and secure your date.