Who We Are

Jim Cline

Founder and Trip Leader

Karl Grobl

Co-founder and Trip Leader

Kat Miner


For more than 20 years, Jim Cline Photo Tours has run specialized, small-group photography tours. Our photographic journeys are designed to get participants into unique, engaging locations at the optimum times for photography. We have assisted over 2,000 photographers, from beginners to seasoned professionals, to create fantastic, (often award-winning), images. We travel more slowly than typical tours, providing our tour guests the opportunity to understand the culture and customs of a particular location and to connect with the local people. Our carefully crafted itineraries are designed to ensure culturally sensitive encounters, resulting in memorable interactions wherever we travel.

We believe that Jim Cline Photo Tours stands above the crowd for several reasons. During the development of each tour, particular attention is paid to the specific needs of photographers. In many of the places we visit, our trip leaders have established personal relationships with the families, the market vendors, boat captains, school principals, and other individuals. This allows for special access for our group members, something that would be nearly impossible when traveling on your own for the first time, or with other, larger tours. At Jim Cline Photo Tours we always limit our group sizes to either 9 or 10 participants. By virtue of this small group size, we can guarantee our guests a more rewarding and fulfilling experience. Additionally, with such small groups, our trip leaders are able to give personal attention to each tour guest and we can be more flexible with each day’s plan, adjusting to conditions and events that present themselves. The small group sizes also mean that we spend less time organizing everyone for activities, and when we arrive on location, the photographic interaction between our tour guests and the local people is more easily facilitated.

We’ve put our hearts into these tours, and it shows. We truly care about the experience that each and every one of our clients has on our trips. One of our biggest sources of pride is the literally hundreds of personal, heartfelt testimonials that we receive each year. We could go on and on telling you how much people enjoy and appreciate our trips or that more than 60% of our guests return to take more tours with us, but perhaps our clients are our best advocates, so be sure and take a look at our Testimonials page.