Christopher Balmer has been successful in the portrait, fashion, wedding and stock photography industries. After spending over 46 years exploring every inch of Yellowstone, the Sawtooth Mountains and many of the state and federal wildlife refuges throughout the western U.S. and being a fishing and hunting guide for many years, his true passion lies in nature and wildlife photography. Christopher has specialized in fine art prints and his limited edition prints have been sold worldwide and have been featured in many galleries throughout the country.
Christopher opened Perfect Light Camera & Supply in November 2008, a full line factory direct dealer for Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and many other photographic equipment manufacturers. His main goal was to build a professional level camera store and more importantly a world class photography education center in the Northwest. Since he opened he has taught over 7,000 students from around the country and many more from overseas and has become a very well recognized and respected photography instructor in the photography community.
Christopher’s knowledge of photography, both in technique and equipment, is unmatched in the photography education and equipment industry. He is always ready and willing to share that knowledge with anyone who has a passion to learn. Unlike many instructors and teachers, he believes in sharing every single aspect of his photography knowledge to you and holds nothing back. During his classes and international workshops you will often hear Christopher state that he does not want his students to be as good as him, he wants them to be far better than him. When investing in yourself, you can trust that your time and money will be well spent with Perfect Light Camera, Photo Adventure workshops and Christopher Balmer. Christopher welcomes you and looks forward to sharing wonderful experiences with you both in the classroom and in the field.
Experiencing Yellowstone with a Perfect Light workshop provides the rare opportunity to meld with nature through your camera. Untouched mountain snowscapes, clear cobalt skies and frosted trees set the stage for a photographer’s dream capture. Christopher Balmer understands and respects wildlife. He takes you so close you see their breath, observe their behavior and catch the right shot. Christopher keeps the workshops small and intimate, providing his insight into famous landmarks as well as sharing the hidden spots which appeal to a photographer’s soul. A world class photographer who with an artist’s eye provides hands-on instruction to help you become a better photographer. A must for any photographer seeking to expand their creative horizons.
-- Lesley M
South Africa with PAW is truly one of the most amazing trips we’ve been on. Everyone should have this great opportunity. Christopher’s tours are first class. Only 3 people to a vehicle so you can see animals on both sides. Inyati is superb in every way – 5 star all the way!!! It’s worth mac & cheese for 6 months to save money to go. Don’t miss this life changing experience!!!
-- Ranae M
I have traveled to Africa, Iceland and Yellowstone many times with Christopher Balmer and Photo Adventure Workshops If you are thinking about a photo adventure workshop or just a great way to travel I would highly recommend PAW. I love to travel and coming home with great photography is a bonus. Getting up close to nature is something you never forget. Experiencing it on photography tour is the only way to experience it!
-- Sherri L
Christopher shared a wide range of information in an understandable way. I also like how passionate he is about the subject. He is also very encouraging. My goal is to become a better photographer and possibly own my own business. The class gave me the tools to work towards that goal.