EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR IN PORTUGAL
27th April 2019 - 4th May 2019

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If you decided to accompany me during my next photography tour I am inviting you for a great adventure - an Equine Photography Tour in Portugal - the capital of baroque horses!

ABOUT OUR TOUR - Portuguese horses, known as brave breed fighting with bulls will be our main subject on this Tour. This spectacular breed becaming a favourite to photograph because of their baroque, fairytale look and extraordinary movement, full of expression and charisma.
The main purpose of this event is to give photographers the chance to capture the spectacular Puro Sangue Lusitano - the breed which has been permanently etched into the history and culture of Portugal!
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 Portugal, you will have the great pleasure to meet some of the best Lusitano horses, but also to discover the exciting Portuguese culture.
During this exclusive trip I will share with you several of my favourite, selected places to photograph horses. I want to give you this opportunity to capture Lusitano Horses (and different breeds as well) with the spectacular backdrops of beautiful landscape, hills and mountains, old stables, and perhaps even the beach. We will have access to photograph herds of horses at liberty, stallions in movement, equine portraits, and horses with riders in their traditional attire.

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 as one of the top ten 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 - Logistic and backstage 
    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 also takes care of the group. During our journeys and photo sessions Kris is my main assistant and 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 such as 70-200mm, 300mm, 200-400mm and sometimes 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 weather conditions and 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 27th of April. Please plan your arrival to Lisbon in early hours the same day or the day before if needed. Your pick-up will be arranged from Lisbon airport or from the bus/train station. Our last session will be scheduled for the evening of the 4th of May. Please book your departure from Lisbon airport or bus/train station for the 5th of May. Your transport to the airport 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 27th of April, and ending on the night of the 4th of May. 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 meal expenses. Each day we will visit restaurants or tapas bars for our lunch, and will enjoy breakfast and supper at our hotel, or at a nearby restaurant. The type of restaurant will be chosen by the group. Average prices for meals in Portugal is from 5€ for small tapas, to 15€ for a big 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 Portugal, travelling approximately 1500km. Depending on the number of participants, we might be separated in two cars. On journeys of more than 2 hours, a break will be planned. Because of limited space in our vans, please limit your luggage to one big suitcase and one small carry-on luggage.

WEATHER
Spring in Portugal is the best time to photograph horses. Everything is in full bloom, plants are still green, rain is minimal, and the temperature is not too hot. The average temperature in April/May during the day is 22*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 Portugal. We will visit a few historic areas or stay near to beach where it will be nice to spend an evening or the hottest hours during the day.  When we’re not in a photo session or traveling, everyone is welcome to enjoy their free time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The currency in Portugal is the euro €. Electric voltage is 220V, 50 Hz, the electric plug has two round pins, so participants 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.

! 27th April 2019 - 4th May 2019

Maximum number of participants: 6

Available spots: 4

Non-refundable deposit: 1200.00 $CAD

Full price: 4000.00 $CAD

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