12th - 14th July 2019

Would you like to accompany me during my next photography tour?
I am inviting you and other photographers from all over the world for a great weekend adventure - an Equine Photography Tour in Shetland!

ABOUT OUR TOUR - Shetland ponies are well know world wide as one of the smallest horse breeds. Thanks to their size and cute temperament they make it easy to became a big fan of this lovely breed.
The main purpose of this event is to give photographers the chance to capture Shetland ponies in their natural environment and country of origin.
Participating in this tour is a great opportunity to build your own portfolio and to improve your photography skills through the opportunities which I hope to provide you with! During this exceptional weekend I will share with you several of selected places to photograph ponies on Shetland Island. I want to give you the privilege to capture a variety of breathtaking images.


  • 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 12th of July. Please plan your arrival to Sumburgh airport in early hours the same day or the day before if needed. Your pick-up will be arranged from Sumburgh airport. Our last session will be scheduled for the evening of the 14th of July. Please book your departure from Sumburgh airport for the day 15th of July. Your transport to the airport will be arranged for this day. If you need to come earlier or stay longer, or would like to come by ferry, please do not hesitate to ask me for a help to arrange accommodation or transport directions. 

ACCOMMODATION - The price for this tour includes 3 nights starting from night of the 12th of July and finishing on night of the 14th of July. Participants will be accommodated in double rooms in at least three stars hotel, however, such conditions are not guaranteed and request for individual room might requier additional payment.

MEALS - Please note that the price of the tour does not include alimentation/meal expenses. We will visit restaurants or bistro bars for our lunch, and will enjoy breakfast and supper at our hotel, or at a nearby restaurant. Average prices for meals starts from 10£ for small meal, to 20£ for a big meal. Every participant must pay for their own meals - we do not split the bills.

TRAVELING - Your travel between hotel and shooting locations will be arranged. Because of limited space in our van, please limit your luggage to one small carry-on luggage while travelling to photo session locations (big luggage will stay at your room).

WEATHER - Summer on Shetland Islands is the best time time to photograph horses. The average temperature in July during the day is 20*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. This region is famous for its constant winds. We will photograph regardless of weather conditions. Remember also to bring waterproof protection for your equipment!

FREE TIME - Our photo sessions will be scheduled for sunrises and sunsets hours. While some may decide to rest during the day, I encourage you to get out to discover some of the local beautiful sites. You can always sleep when you get back home!!. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - The currency in Shetlands is the  Pound Sterling £. Electric voltage is 230V, 50 Hz, the electric plug is type G, so participants from other continents might need a converter/adapter. I recommend purchasing travel insurance. In case of any health issue, please inform me before booking the tour.

! 12th July 2019 - 14th July 2019

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