General Policies

Scott Bourne Teaching In Alaska


A deposit and completed and signed Registration Form are required to reserve a place for you on all Picture Methods Photo Tours.


In most cases, all money paid to PictureMethods in the form of deposit or final fees is non-refundable. In limited circumstances – always denoted in each individual trip description – you can get a refund if your request is 365 days prior to the workshop date. If you do cancel, we must receive written notice of your cancellation. In general, all fees (deposits and full trip payments) are non-refundable and travel insurance will have to take up the slack should you have a life emergency that precludes your attendance on the tour.

Additionally – please note that there are no partial refunds made for unused portions or services of a trip for any reason whatsoever. Trips are sold as a package only. This policy also applies to tour extensions and independent travel arrangements. Cancellation fees are not transferable. Tour seats are non transferable.


We know life is unpredictable so travel insurance is required. We recommend World Nomads (


All PictureMethods photo tours are within the capabilities of average people in good health. Some of these trips require the capability of walking for several miles over uneven trails, stepping from a small boat to a wave-washed rocky beach, flying in small planes and helicopters, and occasionally hiking at high elevations—all while carrying an assortment of camera equipment. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to a trip, please inquire with our office before reserving a space. By forwarding a signed Registration Form and trip deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a risk for you or other trip participants and you agree to inform our office in writing if changes in your health occur any time prior to the tour. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s statement of good health. The company’s or trip leader’s judgment shall provide the ultimate determination of an individual’s ability to embark upon or to continue a trip. Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care or for special dietary requirements. “Meatless” meals are normally available at most locations. Due to the remote nature of many photo locations, and the growing diversity of today’s dietary trends, participants requiring special food items are encouraged to bring their own.

All of our trips are 100% non-smoking. This policy is strictly enforced and violation of this policy will result in your removal from a tour with no refund. This policy applies to E-Cigs and the smoke from any similar product including (but not limited to) tobacco.


All participants will receive communication by telephone and email. Please make sure is white listed in your email client so that tour emails don’t end up in your spam folder. All participants will receive Scott’s personal cell phone number and will have phone access throughout the period leading up to the trip.


On most of our tours, participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. In situations where hotel/lodging cost is included in the tour price, all accommodations are single – you will have your own room. (Unless otherwise noted.) There is no refund or credit for couples who don’t need single rooms. We have to book entire lodges to get singles so we pay the same wether or not you use the bed.


All itineraries are intended as examples only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by the tour leader.


PictureMethods, Scott Bourne and/or his Agents act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.

PictureMethods, Scott Bourne can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, volcanic eruption, terrorist acts, political unrest, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provide for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.

The right is reserved to 1) substitute hotels of similar category for those indicated and to make any changes in the itinerary or transport where deemed necessary, or caused by changes in air schedules or equipment substitution; 2) cancel any trip prior to departure, in which case full refund of the paid trip funds will be given, but PictureMethods, Scott Bourne is not responsible for any other trip preparation expenses such as penalized or non-refundable air tickets, visa fees and medical related expenses; 3) substitute trip leader(s) for the leader(s) originally specified, in which case the substitution is not a basis for participant cancellation or refund other than provided by our normal cancellation policy; or 4) accept or retain any person as a member of any trip.

A Registration Form including the Release and Assumption of Risk section must be signed by each participant prior to the commencement of the trip. Participation by any trip member will be declined in the absence of the signed Registration Form including the Release and Assumption of Risk section, with no trip fee refund. No modification to the Registration Form including the Release and Assumption of Risk section will be accepted.

Should PictureMethods, Scott Bourne or anyone acting on their/his behalf be required to incur attorney’s fees and costs to enforce this agreement, the enrolling trip participant(s) agree(s) to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs. In the event a lawsuit is filed, the enrolling participant(s) agree(s) to do so solely in the County of Pierce in the State of Washington. Certain ship owners require the use of pre-printed ticket forms that limit the ship owner’s and operator’s liability. When such tickets are used, the passenger is bound by the terms of these tickets with respect to the passenger’s legal relationship to the owners and operators of the ship, their agents (Scott Bourne), and the ship’s crew.

When you sign up, your registration signifies that you have read and agree to the above terms and conditions.

If you have questions about our general policies, please email