Jansen Photo Expeditions

About Us


Jansen Photo Expeditions, JansenPhotoExpeditions.comMark and Holly Jansen of Jansen Photo Expeditions run a professional photography workshop company offering high-quality, small group and private photographic workshops in California, the American West, Iceland and the world.

Our goal is to support you in becoming more confident in your photographic skills, while creating art, and experiencing the many joys of landscape photography. Whether you are a beginner or have many years of photography under your belt, we tailor your workshop to your personal needs.

We give you the confidence to create great art and learn to go way beyond the basics, while having two knowledgeable instructors there to help you every step of the way. Whether you take a private workshop or a group tour, we strive to give you the personal attention you deserve.



Mark 2016-02 13Mark Jansen, a native of Los Angeles, CA, is the co- founder of Mark Jansen Photography and Jansen Photo Expeditions.

He was educated at Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA, in Commercial Design and Photography.  He participates regularly in photographic continuing education programs and trade shows, so he’s always on the cutting edge of our rapidity changing photographic world. Mark is the resident Nikon expert and is well versed in all camera operating systems.

Mark is personally involved in every project and workshop he holds and puts his personal stamp of excellence on everything he does.  Mark has lived and breathed photography all his life. His childhood passion for tinkering with video and film cameras  and other gadgets has turned into a successful visual arts career.  Many of his works are in private and corporate collections such as State Farm Insurance and Sysco Food Services Corporate offices in California.

Early in Mark’s photographic career, he was successful in the fine art photography market, participating in over 40 shows and exhibitions in the Southern California area.  In addition, he also has an amazing display of giant vintage World War 2 aviation murals permanently displayed at the Waypoint Café, located at the Camarillo airport and the Santa Maria Airport in California.

About us - Mark Jansen of Jansen Photo ExpeditionsMark has a personable style and a sense of humor that puts people at ease.  He is a patient teacher, and understands his client’s need for inspiration and will point you in the right direction to help you think creatively for yourself.  Unlike many photographic experts, he explains things in everyday language. His workshops are purposefully small in size, so you get the personal attention you deserve. Mark is an ambassador at the Manfrotto School of Excellence.

Mark’s exceptional portfolio of photographic work is shown here.
About Us - Jansen Photo Expeditions“My wife and I spent a beautiful day with Mark and Holly photographing in Santa Ynez Valley and along the Santa Barbara coast. Not only did we learn a lot about landscape photography, we also discovered some beautiful locations in the process. Last but not least we had a great time and enjoyed every minute of that day. Mark and Holly are very nice people and experienced professional photographers. I highly recommend their tours and workshops to anybody interested in improving their photography skills.”
Olaf S. – Heidelberg, Germany



Holly Higbee-Jansen www.jansenPhotoExpeditions.comHolly Higbee-Jansen, a native of the San Francisco, CA Bay Area, has been a passionate photographer and creative her whole life.

Holly is the resident Adobe Lightroom and Mirrorless camera expert. She currently holds in classroom seminars and private lessons on Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, the Basics of Digital Photography, and SmartPhone photography Workshops. These classes work hand in hand with the in field instruction given at the larger multi-day events.

Conversations around the dinner table as a child were about landscape photography and Ansel Adams as her family spent summers attending Ansel Adams’ photography workshops in Yosemite National Park.  With degrees in Business and Design from Skidmore College, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, Holly brings a fresh perspective to the business as the head of the photography education classes.

As a former owner and principal designer of Higbee-Jansen Design, Holly brings her knowledge of space, line and form along with her keen photographic eye, to create compelling photographs and share her expertise with the Jansen Photo Expeditions community. She also runs a portrait photography business, providing images for the local business community.

Holly is a savvy world traveler and one of her responsibilities with Jansen Photo Expeditions isAbout us - Holly Higbee-Jansen, Jansen Photo Expeditions
 to be sure you are in the right place at the right time in the right light to catch that trophy photograph.

Whether it’s in Big Sur for the sunrise as it crests over the mountain, or in Venice, Italy, as you are catching the first barge down the Grand Canal to photograph the morning light, you can feel confidant that you are in the hands of a professional.

Holly also teaches for the Manfrotto School of Excellence,  BPSOP School of Photography, and Craftsy. Holly shoots with the Olympus mirrorless camera, OMD-EM5.

You can view Holly’s creative photography portfolio here. 


Photography is Their Life and Passion…

That’s where the team of Mark and Holly Jansen excel. Since 2005, their clients have depended on Jansen Photo Expeditions to take them on photographic dream tours. Under Mark and Holly’s direction, you can feel confidant that they will bring a whole new perspective to your photography skills, while guiding you in the outdoors.  Both Mark and Holly have spent 20 years exploring the western United States and the world, backpacking and camping and honing their outdoor skills.
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Call us at (805) 701-8807 or email for more information about our tours and classes. We serve clients in the Greater Los Angeles area and nationwide, so even if you’re outside of our local area, give us a call.