EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR IN FRANCE
12th - 19th May 2018

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 adventure - an Equine Photography Tour in France - the world capital of gastronomy, fine food and wine as well as land of famous horse breeds.

With regard to the comfort of cooperation during the photo sessions the number of spots now is very limited to only 6 participants, what makes this tour even more unique and exclusive and intimate!

ABOUT OUR TOUR - France is known for breeding some unique horses such as the Selle Français - worldwide known as one of the best showjumpers, or the iconic white horses of the sea - the Camargue horse, not counting the many different breeds of draft horses that embellish the country side. This country is also well known for their great show equestrian arists and it is with great pleasure that we will provide you the oportunity to meet some of them!
Being close to Spain, the southern part of France has a strong influance from the Iberic culture. We are thankful to that because we will also have the chance to photograph some Spanish and Protugees horses.
The main purpose of this event is to give photographers the chance to capture the spectacular French and European horse breeds in different amazing locations.
Participating 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 through South-Eastern France, you will have the great pleasure of coming face to face with some of the local breeds, and will also discover the exciting French culture.
During this exclusive trip I will share with you several of my favourite, selected places to photograph horses. I want to give you the privilege to capture a variety of different breeds on the backdrop of the breathtaking mountains, forests, open fields and seaside, complete with ancient local architecture. We will have access to photograph herds of horses at liberty, stallions in movement, equine portraits, and horses with riders/handlers 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 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 - Manager and filmmaker
    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.
     
  • Elsa Marchenay - Co-hosting photographer and translator 
    Elsa joined us for a first time during one of my Tours in Spain in 2017. Extremely talented French equine photographer who is now building her photographic career in Australia. Thanks to her great talent, achievements, knowledge about the importance of background and lighting for equine photography, now she became part of our team on this Tour!

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 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 May. Please plan your arrival to Marseille in early hours the same day or the day before if needed. Your pick-up will be arranged from Marseille airport or from the bus/train station. Our last session will be scheduled for the evening of the 19th of May. Please book your departure from Marseille airport or bus/train station for the 20th 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 12th of May, and ending on the night of the 19th 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 alimentation/meal expenses. Each day we will visit restaurants or bistro 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 France starts from 10€ for small meal, to 25€ 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 France, travelling approximately 2500km. 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 - Spring in France is a great time time to photograph horses. Everything is in full bloom, plants are still green and the temperature is not too hot and not to cold. The average temperature in May 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. 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 local villages and historic sites. When we’re not in a photo session or traveling, everyone is welcome to enjoy their free time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONS - The currency in France is the euro €. Electric voltage is 220V, 50 Hz, the electric plug has two round pins, 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.

! 12th May 2018 - 19th May 2018

Maximum number of participants: 6

Available spots: 6

Advance payment: 1500.00 $CAD

Full price: 4500.00 $CAD

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