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Arctic Landscapes, a creative landscape workshop, in Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit. With Erik Boomer, Sarah McNair-Landry and Curtis Jones.

What to Expect

  • 2 days based out of Northwinds in downtown Iqaluit, with exploration onto the sea ice and surrounding areas.
  • A fun blend of classroom time with a lot of outdoor time in some of Canada's most beautiful landscapes. There will be an opportunity to shoot magic light from sunrise to sunset with an astro/night photography component as well.
  • How to shoot in cold environments, creative composition techniques for snowy landscapes, balanced exposures for arctic light, and much more.
  • Full days packed with fun and supportive learning moments.
  • There is an editing session. Participants will get the most from this if they bring their own laptop (fully charged) with photo editing software.

Not Included

  • Meals - Participants are responsible for all meals. However hot drinks and light snacks will be available to keep fingers warm and spirits high.
  • Transportation during the workshop.
  • Outdoor Clothing - Please contact us if you have questions about what to wear or need to rent warm gear.

Curtis Jones

Curtis is a professional photographer, educator and writer from Newfoundland and Labrador, living in Nunavut for over 10 years, considering it his second home.

With a passion for photographing the outdoors and pushing his comfort zone, he hopes to tell compelling stories with his images that inspire others to explore the world around them. Teaching destination workshops in some of the worlds most beautiful places, he never tires of watching a contagious smile grow on the faces of friends and strangers alike as they find their creative voice.

Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure of working with world-­class athletes, artists, and production teams while shooting in some of the globe’s most, wild and challenging locations. Equal parts outdoor junkie, artist and clown, he's never far from a camera, a tent or a good punchline. Some of Curtis’ clients include; Nunavut Parks, Rogers Media, and Outcrop Nunavut. He is an instructor with the online photography education community, OFFBEAT.

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Sarah McNair-Landry

Nunavut raised, Sarah McNair-Landry has been working in film and photography for the last 10 years. Sarah has directed several documentaries from waste management issues to experimental art films, working with the National Film Board, Canada Arts Council and Nunavut Film.

She combines her passion for the outdoors with photography. A published photographer, her photographs have been appeared in exhibits including the Telluride Film Festival, Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, and National Geographic head quarters.

Sarah grew up in Iqaluit with the Arctic Ocean and a team of dogs in her backyard. No stranger to the cold, she is the youngest person to travel to both the North and South Pole, traverse the Greenland Ice Cap five times, venture into the Gobi Desert, kite skied the northwest passage, and more recently spend 120 days dog sledding around Baffin Island. She was nominated for National Geographic’s prestigious “Adventurer of the Year” award and named one of the “Top Ten Women in Adventure” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.


Erik Boomer

Erik Boomer is a professional image-maker and extreme white water kayaker.  Dovetailing his love of adventure with his photography, he excels in outdoor photography. A finalist in the 2010 Red Bull Illume Photo Contest, his photography has among others, been published inNational Geographic Magazine, The New York Times and Outside Magazine. Boomer has focused on several social photography projects, he spent a Christmas embedded as a homeless person on the streets in Washington DC, and spent time photographing life in the largest oil boomtown in the USA.


Erik Boomer is a sponsored athlete, extreme kayaker, and has completed several multi-month expedition in the arctic. In 2011, Boomer became the first to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island in 104- days earning him a nomination for National Geographic's "Adventure of the Year". He also completed a 120 day dogs sledding expedition around Baffin Island.


Subject to change

Saturday April 1

9AM – NOON : Introductions + Plan for the day + Presentations / Talks
12PM – 1PM : Lunch Break
1PM – 2:30PM : Outdoor Photo Session
2:45PM – 3:30PM : Intro to Sunset and Night Photography
3:30PM – 5:30PM : Rest + Dinner Break
5:30PM – 8:30PM/ Sunset + Night Photography

Sunday April 2

5AM – 8AM : Early Sunrise Photo Session
8AM – 10AM : Rest + Eat Breakfast
10AM – 11AM : Plan for the day + Review of Night Session
12PM – 1PM : Lunch Break
1:00PM – 2:00PM : Intro to Editing Landscapes
2:00PM – 4:00PM :  Photo Editing Clinic
4:00PM – 5:00PM : Review and Wrap-up

The team will do everything we can to ensure we get as much outdoor magic light as possible, but we are subject to weather. Outdoor sessions will go ahead in all but the roughest conditions. Participants should be prepared for cold and windy conditions typical of Iqaluit in April.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

The course is $550 CAD/p. Participants have the option of reserving a seat with a deposit of $180 CAD, with the balance due March 17th.

For payment please Contact Sarah at: northwindsexpeditions@gmail.com

All bookings are non-refundable but are transferable. Participants have the option of finding another person to take their seat if necessary. 

Although unlikely, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop at anytime without prior notice. In this event all participants will be refunded the entire workshop fee.

Recommended Camera / Equipment List

A fully manual camera like a DSLR or Mirror-less system is recommended but not essential*. Your camera should have manual function; which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings.
Any lenses you might have. This will be a great opportunity to try them out and learn theirstrengths and weaknesses in the field.
Extra batteries
Extra memory
A tripod
A remote shutter
Any filters that you might want to use or learn to use.

*It is our hope that participants of any skill level using any equipment can learn something in this workshop and come away stronger and more creative photographers. If you have any questions regarding your camera suitability, please contact us at: cjonesphotography@gmail.com