Have you ever dreamt of exploring Scotlands mystical highlands and islands? But what if you can match this dream with your passion for horse photography? This 10 day expedition brings you to the best spots in Scotland, to dark lochs, smooth mountains, bright beaches and shaggy ponies.
This tour features sessions with native horse breeds, with a special focus on rare and endangered horse breeds and free roaming horses. The choice of the sessions, locations and breeds ensure a big diversity and experience.
Expedition date: September 2021 – 10 full days – Start Friday morning and end Sunday evening
— exact date will be communicated!
Start / end: Edinburgh, Great Britain
Schedule: We will start in Edinburgh and cross Scotland towards the east coast, where we will do some island hopping on the Hebrides. When back on the mainland, we will travel through the highlands and the Cairngorms back towards Edinburgh.
Equipment: 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: We will travel through Scotland and spend much time outdoors and by the coast. Expect wind and rain, but (hopefully) also some warmer days. Don’t forgot water proof hiking boots for walks in the moor.
Fitness: 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 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 Expedition 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 of the German government regarding COVID-19.
Invest: Prices and sign up starting December 2020
Equine Photo Expeditions are intense, adventurous and absolutely unique. This is the photo tour of a lifetime you won’t regret.
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Impressions of Scotland’s highlands & islands
Beautiful landscapes, native horse breeds, free roaming herds and local points of interest wait for you.
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Exciting and intense
During the past years I have made many contacts to amazing horses and people in different parts of Europe. For my unique Expeditions, I will put together one highlight after another. Our horse models will be mostly local horse breeds with a special focus on rare and endangered breeds. Each Expedition in unique and I don't plan to repeat them in the following years.
Think outside the box
The Equine Photo Expedition is not like a workshop. We don't have any theoretical classes, but focus on travelling, exploring and discovering new locations, amazing horses and the best scenery the place offers. But this doesn't exclude any learnings! We will share experiences and give each other insights in our workflow, by spending time with each other and work together. Before embarking the tour we will have a preparation call to get to know and clear things up. A harmonic and social group is crucial to a successful trip together as a group. I strongly encourage you to step out of your photographic comfort zone and experiment with new techniques, lenses and angles during the tour.
Arrival & Departure
We will meet in the arrivals location in the morning and be back on the last day in the evening. This way we will be able to use the full first and last day. Make sure to arrive one day earlier to the pick up location and maybe enjoy another couple of days after the trip in the area.
Drive & Sleep
We will spend much time in the car and change our location often enough. To be prepared for this epic road trip, you shouldn't have too large luggage or be able to pack and move it quickly enough. Our accommodations will be a variety of hotel, pension, cabin and whatever suits the travel plans best, so we can maximise our time with photography.
Eat & Time
Breakfast, snacks and a lunch bag are included, we will decide together where to eat in the evening. Please tell me if you have any food restrictions or are vegan. There will be mostly 2 sessions a day, but also some free time in between in case you need some alone time or quiet moments to reflect. Every participant has the right to have some me-time.
The Expedition is very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidates for a diverse and international group of talents, to ensure we will get along well and inspire each other.
Application. You may enter the waiting list and contact me for price.
Dogs. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.
Fitness. The Expedition includes hiking and requires a basic level of fitness or at least a determination to grow beyond your limits and make the way in your time.
Private Usage. 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 Usage. Commercial use is possible, if you send 10 photos per session not later than 3 months after our tour.
Experience. You should have a basic experience in photography and know your camera. The Expedition offers unique and challenging possibilities for amateurs and professionals.
Group size. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 6 to ensure a small and flexible group.
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