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About Dani

and her passion, Banff Photo Workshops & Tours

Welcome to Banff Photo Workshops & Tours, the brainchild of Dani Lefrancois, the photo adventurer turned photography guide. With over a decade of exploration under her belt, Dani's journey through the Canadian Rockies has been nothing short of epic—and now, she's ready to share her wisdom with you.

At Banff Photo Workshops & Tours, Dani's mission is simple: to help you grow as a photographer and make the most of your time in the mountains. Whether you're a seasoned pro looking to hone your skills or a newbie with a camera and a dream, Dani's got you covered.

Drawing from her vast experience and intimate knowledge of the Rockies, Dani curates workshops and tours that are equal parts educational and exhilarating. From sunrise shoots on misty mountaintops to golden hour strolls through alpine meadows, every moment is an opportunity to learn, grow, and capture the magic of the mountains.

So, whether you're looking to level up your photography game or simply soak in the splendor of the Rockies, join Dani at Banff Photo Workshops & Tours for an experience you'll never forget. Because in the end, it's not just about the images you capture—it's about the memories you create, the stories you share, and the mountains you carry with you, long after the shutter clicks. 🏔️📸

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A bit more about Dani...

Meet Dani Lefrancois: part wilderness child, part road trip aficionado, and full-time photo guide. Hailing from the overly tamed, highly populated area of the Niagara Region in Southern Ontario, Dani's childhood was a blend of summer camps and road trips with mosquito bites and car sickness, but only if she’s reading. She practically grew up with a map in one hand and a camera in the other, ready to explore the world around her and capture nature at every turn.


Her love affair with photography truly sparked on a fateful journey to Cape Breton Island, NS, where the rugged landscapes and salty air whispered secrets only a lens could capture. But it was a wild romp through Banff & Jasper National Parks and through Yukon and Alaska that lit the fire under her tripod, making her realize that snapping shots wasn't just a hobby—it was her calling.

In 2011, Dani packed her bags, bid farewell to the Ontario flatlands, and set up camp in Banff, where the mountains echoed her ambition, and the glacier fed lakes sang her name. With her trusty adventure dog, Tuzo, by her side, they conquered trails, played in rivers, and Dani took more photos of Tuzo pooping in pretty places than she could count.


When Dani's not squeezing as much life out of a photo day as possible from sunset to the night sky to her favourite, sunrise, you'll find her cruising the open road, windows down, music up, and the tallest can of iced tea that she can find within arm's reach. Hiking, driving, knitting and Netflixing, she's a woman of extremes from always on the go or not moving at all.


For the past two decades, Dani's calendar has been a graveyard of missed photo contest submission deadlines, a testament to her eternal optimism and perpetual forgetfulness. She's watched deadlines sail past like ships in the night, waving goodbye to her dreams of fame and fortune, one missed entry form at a time.


But hey, who needs prizes when you've got a camera full of memories and a dog who thinks you're the greatest photographer in the world? For Dani, the real prize lies in the moments she captures, not the awards she misses out on.


As Dani's wild journey continues, she finds the most joy in guiding others around the majestic landscapes of Banff National Park and to exciting new locations around the world. And though her track record with contest deadlines may leave something to be desired, Dani's determination remains unshakable.


Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, Dani knows the true treasures lie in the simple joys—camping under a blanket of stars, hiking to hidden waterfalls, and sharing her passion for the landscape with anyone who will listen. So, as Dani Lefrancois blazes her trail through life, camera in hand and Tuzo by her side, one thing's for certain—wherever Dani goes, laughter, love, and endless possibilities are sure to follow.

Dani's Portfolio

Interested in viewing Dani's person portfolio site with her images taken over the last 22 years of her photography career.

Some shots of Dani in pretty places

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