2020.07 Explorer Tour: Heavy Horses & Wildlings in Germany adventourous horse photo tour for equine photographers by The Pixel Nomad

Explorer Tour: Camper Adventure 27.07.-23.08.2020

Heavy Horses & Wildlings in Germany

Let’s discover Germany’s Forgotten Horses in the western and northern parts of the country on this adventurous horse photo tour. To be precise, I want to explore the states North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and maybe Hesse and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. These parts of Germany are home to the endangered breeds Senner, Dülmener Wildpferd, Ahrendberg-Nordkirchner, Lehmkuhlner Pony, Schleswiger Kaltblut, Hannoversches Kaltblut, Rheinisch-Deutsches-Kaltblut and Schweres Warmblut. Long story short: Heavy Horses and Wildlings!

Join the adventure

On this Explorer Tour I will travel for one month and you can join me for one or more parts of the photo tour with your own or a rented camper van. This allows the biggest flexibility and compliance with hygienic measures for this summer, regarding Corona and all its complicities.

  • Explorer Tour date
  • Start: 27.07.2020 in Baden-Württemberg
  • End: 23.08.2020 in Baden-Württemberg
  • You can join me for a part of 4-6 days or longer during this Explorer Tour
  • Schedule
  • I will start the adventure in Southern Germany and drive directly through Hesse to North-Rhine-Westphalia. After this the journey continues through Lower Saxony up North to Schleswig-Holstein. On my way back to the South I might drive through more eastern parts of Germany.
  • I plan to visit wildlings (wild or semi-wild herds of different breeds), as well as having staged sessions in barns, surrounding locations and on the beach of the North Sea and of course Heavy Horses!
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Informations for this photo tour
  • Camper van
  • This Explorer Tour is a Camper Adventure. This means that we will travel separately in Camper vans. If you don't own one, it is possible to rent Camper vans of different websites for any budget and comfort.
  • By travelling in your own vehicle you have the freedom to bring all equipment and outfits of your choice.
  • You can have additional passengers (partner, family, kids, dogs).
  • This tour is however limited to 3 active photographers and/or 3 camper vans.
  • Camping sites
  • I will organise camping sites according to our travel route for each night.
  • If possible the campings spots have electricity and water.
  • Equipment
  • On this horse photo tour we will have mainly staged photo sessions with portraits, herds and free roaming horses sessions. You can’t do nothing wrong with your standard 70-200 mm Iens, but I strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and take the opportunity to try out new lenses. To include landscapes, a 35 mm is a good choice, and to be more flexible a 24-105 mm or similar zoom is a great alternative. For wildlife shots and free horses I recommend 100-400 mm lenses or even more tele zoom. Think about a rain cover for your tack.
  • Outfit
  • On hot days, short periods of heavy rainfall are possible in the afternoons and evenings. When the sun is out, it will be hot. Bring sunscreen and a hat, hiking boots (wear them before the trip if you buy new ones!), walking sticks and whatever makes it more comfortable for you to hike. Oh, and better bring swimming suits 😉 Sessions on the coast can be very windy.
  • Fitness
  • Horse photo tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least you should be determined to reach the destination (at your pace 😉 ). I’m also a slow hiker compared to the mountain folk, but I have a strong will to grow beyond my limits. (the photos will be worth it and after a few days you will forget the pain). On flat plains, beach sessions or big pastures you still need to walk a lot to reach the destination.
  • Weather
  • We will take pictures in any weather, except in thunder storms or unbearable weather. Weather in the mountains or close by the sea can be extreme and slightly unpredictable, but safety is more important than being struck by lightning for a horse photo. Worst case, the sessions on exposed areas must be cancelled or switched.
  • Social
  • The Explorer Tour is very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.
  • Language
  • I will speak English, German or French depending on the group requirements.
  • Hygiene
  • On the tour we will follow the hygiene rules and recommendations regarding COVID-19.
  • Invest
  • Price on request — will be calculated individually
  • Depending on the number of days you will join and the number of your additional passengers
  • Accommodation expenses on camping sites for additional passengers (no photographers) and dogs

Explorer Tours are adventurous horse photo tours, intense and absolutely unique. This is photo tour is an experience you will never forget.

Sign Up to this Explorer Tour!

Register now by email to cecile@thepixelnomad.com or use this form.

I will get back to you immediately with detailed informations.

Impressions of the locations and models

Heavy horses, wildings, beautiful landscapes, native breeds of horses, free-roaming herds and regional attractions await you for this adventurous horse photo tour.

Tour equine photography adventure starts here

Explorer Tour

Join me on one of my horse photo scouting tours and discover new horses and new locations with me. During my micro photo tours I’m on the constant search for new exciting models and breathtaking backgrounds. Therefore I’m travelling for a weekend or a few days and schedule photo sessions: from the vast beaches of the North Sea to the panoramic summits of the Alps, in forests and fields, in castles and barns. Each Explorer Tour is unique! And each photo tour is a micro adventure. Discover rare equine breeds, free horses, golden Haflingers and other horse beauties with me.

  • Micro Adventure
  • 2-3 days
  • Only 1 spot
  • 2-4 photo sessions a day
  • Unkown models
  • Unkown locations
  • For advanced and pros
  • Travel expenses incl.
  • Accommodation incl.
  • Just for you
  • Camper Adventure
  • 4+ days
  • Tiny group (max. 3)
  • 2-4 photo sessions a day
  • Unkown models
  • Unkown locations
  • For beginners and pros
  • Travel in (rented) camper
  • Live in (rented) camper
  • Bring partner / family
Exciting and intense

What to expect

The Explorer Tour is no wellness holiday 😉 depending on the distances I will organise 2 to 4 photo sessions a day. This can be exhausting and we will also spend a lot of time on the road. We will meet horses who have never had a shooting before and are unknown to the community. At the same time I also enjoy meeting experienced horse models which are a dream to work with. Each Explorer Tour is unique, individual and a small adventure.

Perform on a new level

What you can learn

How to handle unexperienced horses? How to check out the location and search for the best spots? How to instruct the owner and helpers for the best poses? How to work flexible and spontaneous in a short amount of time? How to tickle the best out of a situation? 

No teacher-student situation wanted? Don’t worry, we can also meet at eye level and inspire each other by sharing our photographic secrets and enjoy the tour.

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Upcoming Explorer Dates

Check out my Explorer Events for the upcoming year. Don’t miss to sign up, they will not be repeated and spots are limited.


Do you want to see photos of past Explorer Tours on Instagram? Have a look at #explorer_tour and see the results of the other photographers who joined me for a tour.

Camper Adventure

Experience the freedom to roam in combination with all your favourite equipment. Travelling by camping car allows us to explore longer and wider, with more comfort. The best thing: bring your family or partner! While we are off for horse photography, they can enjoy themselves in their field of interest. This way you can combine a horse photo tour with a family holiday. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your dog too 😉


The Camper Adventure is limited to max. 3 active photographers and/or 3 camper vans.

  • Included — Camper Adventure
  • Unique photo models and locations
  • 2-4 photo sessions per day
  • Reasonable camping spots according to location, with electricity if possible
  • Discussions & inspiration
  • General performance and instructions during sessions
  • Flexibile organisation, so everybody can enjoy 100% of the trip
  • Roadtrip guide so nobody gets lost
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Optional: additional passengers and dogs
  • Excluded — Camper Adventure
  • Breakfast, food and meals
  • Arrival / travel expenses to tour start
  • Camper van or rental camper van
  • Gasoline, highway fees and ferry fees
  • Your camera equipment
  • Optional: individual consulting within your personal need and interest
Micro Adventure

Let’s go off for intense 2-3 days or extended weekend to roam in a specific area. All days are packed with photo shootings and interesting experiences. We will travel together and spend the nights in hotels or hostels. I will pick you up and drop you off at a station, all you need to bring is your dear and some Wanderlust.

The Micro Adventure is limited to 1 photographer.

  • Included — Micro Adventure
  • Unique photo models and locations
  • 2-4 photo sessions per day
  • Reasonable accommodation
  • Discussions & inspiration
  • General performance and instructions during sessions
  • Travel costs and transport during tour
  • Pick-up from station or airport
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Excluded — Micro Adventure
  • Food and meals
  • Arrival / travel expenses to pick-up
  • Your camera equipment
  • Optional: individual consulting within your personal need and interest
Informations & Basic conditions

Each Explorer Tour is highly individual and I don’t intend to repeat identical tours. Compared to a planned and scheduled Photo Expedition, we will be confronted with the unexpected and some Explorer Tours can be surprising. This is why the Explorer Tours have reasonable prices and are mainly calculated to cover the costs. Please contact me for price and detail of a tour.

  • Idea
  • The Explorer Tour is mostly a horse photo scouting tour or connected to my free projects. The concept of the tour is to share the experiences and locations with other photographers, connect and inspire and to cover the costs of such a trip.
  • Booking
  • Explorer Tours are very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well. There is no regular booking.
  • Fitness
  • Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least a determination to arrive at your pace 🙂
  • Date
  • Most tours are published on short notice because they are dependent on weather conditions and on my schedule. I generally don’t publish any schedules because details are subjects to change until the travel date. You may always contact me for my unpublished travel plans.
  • Experience
  • You should have a basic experience in photography and know your camera. Coaching is an optional offer for specific horse photography related topics, but the Explorer Tour is no ideal condition to teach you the basics of photography.
  • Dogs
  • My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.
  • Equipment
  • Each Explorer Tour is highly individual in schedule and topic. Please check the detail page of each Explorer Tour for more informations.
  • My focus is on unique landscape experiences and interesting horses, therefore it is possible that we change locations during the day and drive to the next session.
  • The Explorer Tour will take place in any weather.
  • Gear
  • Camera with battery and flash cards Portrait lens with min. 100 mm (e.g. 70- 200 mm).
  • You may have opportunities to experiment with wide angle (e.g. 24 mm or 35 mm)
  • For wildlife and free horses I recommend more than 200 mm (e.g. 100-400 mm or 300 mm or more.)
  • You should be experienced to handle the camera in manual mode
  • You may bring your laptop, some Explorer Days will have an opportunity to edit.
  • Cloths
  • You should bring clothing and footwear according to the weather and landscape conditions.
  • Wear new hiking boots already at home, pack sun protection and rain protection for you and your camera.​
  • Fitting gear and track, depending on the tour topic.
  • Use of Photos
  • All Photos can be used for your portfolio, your website, social media accounts and your private usage. For the owners and models you need to send 3 edited photos per session not later than 6 months after our tour.
  • Commercial use is possible, if you send 10 photos per session not later than 3 months after our tour, or at least before the intended commercial usage.


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