Hello, and welcome to “Asia Eco Photography Tours.” I’m Vern Lovic. I’ve been a professional photographer since 1991 when I was shooting models portfolios for Zoli in New York City. I also learned slide duplication, black and white and color printing, and I worked freelance for the popular newspapers The New York Daily News and The New York Post. I’ve photographed Woody Allen, John F. Kennedy Jr., and his mother Jacqueline O’Nassis-Kennedy and many other celebrities during the few years I spent in New York learning fashion, and product photography hands-on from some of the top professionals in the field.
In 2004 I moved to Thailand on a whim, and I’ve been here ever since. Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos have introduced me to the amazing and abundant world of rainforest wildlife and who knows, I may never go back to the USA.
I specialize in reptiles, snakes specifically. I have caught over seventy species of snakes while in Thailand, and hundreds of other animals including lizards, geckos, frogs, bats, and bugs of all sorts. My interest in wildlife is not in keeping animals in a cage or glass box. I catch infrequently and only to shoot photos and videos, and then release the animals in the exact spot found.
I’ve started these wildlife tours as a way to justify disappearing for days at a time deep in southern Thailand or Langkawi Island rainforest. This is not how I make my living, but I am fully committed to members of our tour groups and will do everything I can to assure you have a safe and amazing adventure on our tours.
There are a number of large group “sardine” photography tours in Asia – especially in Thailand. They charge an average of $550 USD for 2-3 days and you’ll share your space with 20-30 people at a time and their guides don’t know much about the fauna of the area, they are simply drivers with little to no photography skills. Our tour is different, we accept a maximum of 6-8 persons per tour unless there is a group coming at once that prefers to stay all together.
This is a lifetime experience, not a day trip. You’ll meet people with a love of photography and nature that rivals your own, and you won’t have to deal with dozens of people fighting for the same shot.
This is a rather exclusive tour and it is not available for very large groups. I couldn’t see bringing more than eight photographers on one tour. Beyond that number I think I’d be spread a little thin. That said, I do have another wildlife and landscape photographer that could accompany us if you have a larger group. If you have a group like this, do let us know as soon as you can, so I can ensure his availability.