EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR IN GREAT BRITAIN
22nd - 29th September 2018

About our Tour
Great Britain was my home for over 2 years. Stay in this beautiful country gave me a lot of possibilities to meet many great breeds and discover breathtaking landscapes. This old country took a special place in my heart what motivates me to return there year by year. Britain is a capitol for many well known breeds - from small old type Shetland Ponies, through Welsh Ponies and Gypsy Cobs to the biggest breeds like Shire or Clydesdale. 
The main purpose of this event is to let photographers to capture on their images British breeds which permanently etched into the history and culture of this country such as Shire, Clydesdale, Gypsy Cobs, Welsh Ponies & Cobs, Shetland, Dartmoor, Exmoor and Fell Ponies
Participation in this tour is a great opportunity to build your own portfolio and to improve your photography skills through the many opportunities which I hope to provide you with!
Traveling to diverse locations across Great Britain, you will have the great pleasure to meet some of the best horses of each breed., but also to discover this old country.
During this exclusive trip I will share with you several of my favourite, selected places to photograph horses. We will have access to photograph herds of horses at liberty, stallions in movement, equine portraits, and horses with riders in their traditional attire.
I want to give you this opportunity to capture many different breeds on backdrop of local moorlands, old villages or ruins, maybe even on the beach!

OUR TEAM

  • Katarzyna Okrzesik-Mikołajek - Orgaziner and hosting photographer
    I am an award-winning international equine photographer whose images of horses regularly appear in calendars, books, and on the covers of many equestrian magazines across the world. My latest success was winning 1st place in the 2016 National Geographic Poland Great Photography Contest in the Animals category, and  being recognised within the Top 10 Best Equine Photographers in the World. With 10 years of experience in traveling and photographing horses, I do my best to choose incredible locations and the most spectacular horses for your images. Whenever possible, we will photograph horses in their natural environment or traditional arrangement. 
     
  • Krzysztof Mikołajek - Backstage and logistic
    Kris is responsible for the organization and logistics of the tours in every visited country. The planning is not the only of Kris's tasks. He laso takes care of the group. During our journeys and photo sessions Kris in also my main assistant. He also documents our every day through backstage film and photographs.
     

Photo sessions
Please bring with you a DSLR camera. Conditions mostly allow for shooting with a lens 70-200mm and wider (around 35mm or 50mm). Don’t forget to also bring a laptop or other device to safely store your photos from your memory cards. Each day of our tour will be focused on making new photographs. Most days will include 2 unique sessions. To capture the best photos, we will photograph mostly during the mornings and afternoons. It is possible that  some of the sessions might take place during the day, depending on the working hours of studs or horse owners. Respecting the work of ourselves and fellow photographers, please be careful during the sessions to do not get into each other’s frames. Please note that this tour is not a workshop. The hosting photographer is not obligated to coach participants;  I only lead the sessions and organise the models and locations. Everyone works toward their own photography goals, and I encourage ideas and suggestions during the sessions.

Arrival & Departure
Our first photo session will be scheduled for the afternoon of the 22nd of September. Please plan your arrival to Bristol in early hours the same day or the day before if needed. Your pick-up will be arranged from Bristol airport or from the bus/train station. Our last session will be scheduled for the evening of the 29th of September. Please book your departure from Bristol airport or bus/train station for the 30th of September. Your transport to the airport or bus/train station will be arranged for this day. If you need to come earlier or stay longer, please do not hesitate to ask me for a help to arrange accommodation or transport directions. 

Accommodation
The price for this tour includes 8 nights starting from night of the 22nd of September, and ending on the night of the 29th of September. During our tour we will stay in a variety of places and accommodation types. Generally, participants will be accommodated in their own rooms in at least three stars hotels, however, such conditions are not guaranteed.

Meals
Please note that the price of the tour does not include alimentation/meal expenses. Each day we will visit restaurants or pubs for our lunch, and will enjoy breakfast and supper at our hotel, or at a nearby restaurant/pub. The type of restaurant/pub will be chosen by the group. Average prices for meals in Great Britain is from £4 for small lunch or sandwitch, to £10 for a bigger meal. Every participant must pay for their own meals - we do not split the bills.

Traveling
Please be prepared that we will spend a lot of time in our car, traveling from place to place across Great Britan, travelling approximately 2000km. On journeys of more than 2 hours, a break will be planned. Because of limited space in our van, please limit your luggage to one big suitcase and one small carry-on luggage.

Weather
Early autumn in Great Britain is good time to photograph horses. Pplants are still green, rain is less often, and the temperature is not too hot. The average temperature in September during the day is 18*C and 10*C during the nights. Over the past few years, the weather across Europe has been very strange, which makes it difficult to predict. For this reason, please be prepared for rainy days as much as for hot and sunny. We will photograph regardless of weather conditions. 

Free time
Some of our days will be less busy with sessions or with traveling in order to give you chance to take a rest. Some of you will want to stay in the hotel to enjoy a break, but I also truly recommend getting out to discover a little bit of Great Britain. We will visit a few historic areas, villages, castles or abbeys.  When we’re not in a photo session or traveling, everyone is welcome to enjoy their free time.

Additional information
The currency in Spain is the pound sterling £. Electric voltage is 230V, 50 Hz, the electric plug is type G, so participations from other continents might need a converter/adapter. I recommend purchasing the basic travel insurance. In case of any health issue, please inform me before booking the tour.

! 22nd September 2018 - 29th September 2018

Maximum number of participants: 6

Available spots: 6

Advance payment: 1250.00 $CAD

Full price: 3700.00 $CAD

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