2020.09 Expedition: Heimat Tour – The Best from Southern Germany adventourous horse photo tour for equine photographers by The Pixel Nomad

Equine Photo Expedition 12.-19.09.2020

Heimat Tour

This year, Corona has probably put a huge crimp in the plans for all of us. There is almost no area that is not affected by this crisis. I also had to postpone, cancel or restructure my Explorer Events. Since I don’t want to let the joy of travelling be taken away from me and I know that there are many other enthusiastic travelling photographers, I would like to invite you to a very special trip for this battered year 2020.

Explore southern Germany

I was born in Southern Germany, grew up between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. I have lived in the northern Black Forest and in Munich, among other places. I know the south of Germany (almost!) like the back of my hand. From the Bavarian Oberland, over the Allgäu, to Lake Constance, the Swabian Alb, along the Danube, the Black Forest and the Palatinate, Germany’s south has a lot to offer. So why wander into the distance when it can be so beautiful at home? After this difficult time, we want to strengthen the local tourism with this tour, learn more about our local culture and traditions and of course take pictures of local and autochthonous horse breeds.

Join the adventure

This tour offers sessions with local horse breeds, with special emphasis on rare and endangered breeds and free living horses. The choice of sessions, locations and breeds allows for a wide variety and experience.

  • Expedition date
  • 12.-19. September 2020 – 8 full days – The adventure begins Saturday morning and ends Saturday evening
  • Start and End in Munich, Germany
  • Schedule
  • The horse photo tour will start in Munich and we will photograph our way through the south of Germany to the east and back, through Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Palatinate. Be ready for 2 photo sessions a day and return with a full hard drive full of wonderful photos. The tour ends in Munich.
Horse Photo Tour — Expedition: Heimat Tour 2020
Horse Photo Tour — Expedition: Heimat Tour 2020
Horse Photo Tour — Expedition: Heimat Tour 2020
  • Equipment
  • On this horse photo tour we will have mainly staged photo sessions with portraits, herds and free roaming horses sessions. Firstly, 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
  • September is late summer and early autumn at the same time. The weather can change quickly and unexpectedly, from valley to valley, from mountain to mountain, from forest to forest. 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 😉
  • 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 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 regarding COVID-19.
  • Invest
  • 2595 €
  • Registration is possible immediately and can be cancelled free of charge until 24 August. Further information and terms and conditions by email.

Equine Photo Expeditions are intense, adventurous and absolutely unique. This is the horse photo tour of a lifetime you won’t regret.

Sign Up to this Expedition!

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

This Heimat Tour offers beautiful landscapes, native breeds of horses, free-roaming herds and regional attractions await you on the horse photo tour.

Adventure is calling, so we must go


Your photographic adventure of a lifetime is calling you to join this unique horse photo tour. I have explored the best locations during my travels to take photos: from the highest glacier valley, to dramatic mountain sceneries, perfect beaches, free roaming horses and beautiful stallions — each session is a highlight and many locations will literally blow your mind and will make your flash drives glow hot. During the 6 to 10 day Expedition we will visit my favourite places and discover their horses in a small and diverse group, so the adventurers can inspire each other, exchange knowledge and share experiences.

  • The Facts
  • 6-10 days
  • Small group (max. 6-8)
  • 2-4 photo sessions a day
  • Experienced models
  • Tested locations
  • For beginners to pros
  • Travel expenses incl.
  • Accommodation incl.
  • The idea
  • Exciting photo tours for curious equine photographers who seek new adventures, whilst discovering old traditions, different cultures and photographing the finest horses in picturesque landscapes.
  • Staged photo sessions
  • Free roaming horses
  • Unique locations & sqcenery
  • Native horse breeds
Fine Art Photosession and Advertising Photography
Exciting and unique

What to expect

During the past years I have made many contacts to amazing horses and people in different parts of Europe. For my unique horse photo tour 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

What you can learn

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.

Join the adventures

Upcoming Expeditions

Check out my Expeditions 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.

Informations & Basic conditions

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.

  • General
  • Each Expedition is individual in destination and theme. It is my aim to provide a high diversity in topics, formats and motives.
  • 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 and sleep in different places.
  • The Expedition will take place in any weather.
  • Fitness
  • Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least a determination to arrive at your pace 🙂
  • Experience
  • You should have a basic experience in photography and know your camera. The Expedition offers unique and challenging possibilities for amateurs and professionals.
  • Dogs
  • On most tours my two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.
  • 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.
  • A backpack which fits your camera AND hiking gear
  • Bring a snack box and refillable water bottle
  • 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.
  • Included
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch Bag
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel costs and transport during Expedition
  • Modell fees
  • Preparation call before the tour
  • Multiple unique photo sessions
  • Breathtaking Locations
  • Discussions & inspiration
  • Excluded
  • Arrival / travel expenses to and from pickup
  • Insurances
  • Dinner and extra meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Your camera equipment
  • Teaching, Coaching, Lessons


I was fortunate to be accompanied by these amazing photographers. Here’s what they say.