EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR IN SPAIN
28th April 2018 - 5th May 2018

About our Tour
Pure Spanish horses, also known as Horses of the Kings, have historically been an important inspiration for many great artists, painters and writers. Now they are one of the most popular and frequently photographed breeds within the horse world. This spectacular breed became a favourite to photograph because of their baroque, fairytale look and extraordinary movement, full of expression.
The main purpose of this event is to give photographers the chance to capture the spectacular Pura Raza Espanola - the breed which has been permanently etched into the history and culture of Spain. 
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 Spain, you will have the great pleasure to meet some of the best Andalusian horses, but also to discover the exciting Spanish 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 Pure Spanish Horses (and perhaps different breeds as well) with the spectacular backdrops of Andalusian hills, 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 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.
     
  • Sandra López - Co-hosting photographer and translator 
    Sandra is with us from our very firts Tour in Spain in 2016. Young, very talended and well promising equine photographer whose carrier I follow from the beginning. Thanks to her talent, great knowledge about the Spanish horses, commitment and professionalism, importance of background and lighting for horse photography 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 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 28th of April. Please plan your arrival to Sevilla in early hours the same day or the day before if needed. Your pick-up will be arranged from Sevilla airport or from the bus/train station. Our last session will be scheduled for the evening of the 5th of May. Please book your departure from Sevilla airport or bus/train station for the 6th 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 28th of April, and ending on the night of the 5th 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 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. Important information for vegans and vegetarians: Spain is well known for their food, which is mostly based on beef and sea food. Because of this, it can be difficult to find places offering a choice of vegan or vegetarian meals. Average prices for meals in Spain 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 Spain, travelling approximately 2000km. 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 Spain 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 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 Spain. 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 Spain 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.

! 28th April 2018 - 5th May 2018

Maximum number of participants: 6

Available spots: 3

Advance payment: 1200.00 $CAD

Full price: 4000.00 $CAD

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