I’ll be heading back to Utah to photograph my favorite band of wild horses in May, and YOU can join me!  The area we’re going has large groups of wild horses in many interesting colors, scenic mountain backgrounds, and a great possibility of seeing foals this time of year.  This trip will have no more than two attendees, so I can provide custom coaching on any aspect of photography or business that you need. Guidance will be in the field as we shoot, as well as back at the hotel, or during other down times (mid-day, dinner, etc).  You are guaranteed to receive at least 3 hours of coaching, plus a follow-up phone or video chat after our trip, and special access to private Facebook groups.  (Mentoring rates normally begin at $250 for a 90-minute private session.)

Want to know about photography techniques? How to photograph horses? How to get creative with your camera settings?  How to understand and use natural light?  Or maybe you are an advanced photographer who needs help on the business side of things.  Marketing tips? Business set-up?  SEO?  It’s all fair game.

DATES:  May 19-22, 2018

PRICE:  $795 per person (2 people maximum)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Transportation between the Hampton Inn in Tooele and our photography locations. Experienced guidance to find wild horses and navigate the roads. Custom mentoring and coaching on any aspect of photography, horse photography, business, or marketing you wish (EXCEPT off-camera lighting). One follow-up phone or video mentoring session (60 minutes).

WHAT’S *NOT* INCLUDED:  Lodging. Transportation to/from Tooele (unless our flights coordinate so I can drive you to/from the airport in Salt Lake City). Meals. Camera equipment.

ITINERARY: 

May 19:  We arrive May 19th.  I will be flying in to Salt Lake City about noon and picking up my rental 4WD vehicle, and can pick you up at the airport if our flight times coordinate, or we can meet that evening at the Hampton Inn Hotel in Tooele, Utah, make a grocery run for our daytime supplies, have dinner out, start our coaching time, and get to bed early.

May 20-21:  We will be out finding and photographing the horses from before sunrise to after sunset.  The only food/drinks during the day will be what we bring with us in the car.  The hotel has an early breakfast included in its price, and we will likely bring drinks and food to eat out in the field during the day (I will provide a cooler).  Dinner is back in Tooele, and is a great time to discuss the day and continue our coaching.

May 22:  Early morning photography outing.  Departure in the late afternoon or evening after, and I’m happy to drive you to the Salt Lake City Airport if our flight times coordinate.

REQUIREMENTS:  You should have a solid working knowledge of your specific camera gear; while I am happy to help with questions, I will not be familiar with every camera model out there.  I strongly suggest that your photography be at an intermediate level or above, although it’s fine if you’ve never photographed horses or wildlife before.  This trip will involve lots of walking over varied terrain, and involves long, moderately strenuous days, so the ability to walk moderate distances (up to a couple of miles at a time, maximum) and carry/hold your gear is a must.  Weather may vary, so we should be prepared for chilly mornings/evenings, and lots of sun during the day; it is usually a dry, sometimes dusty environment.  Once you book, I can provide some suggestions for how to dress and what to bring.

DISCLAIMERS:  Once you book, you will need to sign a liability waiver.  Also, the weather is outside our control.  Because the roads are not paved, rain may make certain areas impassable.  I have chosen the dates to maximize our chance of good weather.  We are not guaranteed to find wild horses, but I have never gone to this location and NOT found them.

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As part of my participation in a month long photography show for Photography Month Sacramento (April 2018), I’m debuting a few new images at the gallery this month.  The show is called “Near and Far:  A Photographic Journey Through 10 States and 10 Countries” and will feature the works of nine photographers, including me.  I will have a number of works on display from Iceland and Morocco, as well as images from Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, California, and Utah.  Please join us for the artists reception on Saturday, April 21st from 6-9pm, where we will have live music, wine, and light refreshments.  See calendar listing here: https://www.sacramento365.com/event/near-far-photographic-journey-10-countries-10-states-photography-month-sacramento/

Here are a few of the new pieces:

“Cherished” – a mare and foal in Iceland

 

“Kindred” – wild horses in Utah

 

“Nomad” – a fiery barb stallion in Morocco in front of a mural depicting a berber scene

 

“Riders on the Storm” – Cowboys and cowgirls in Colorado riding along a ridge in front of a fast moving storm

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One ear valiantly tried to to remain upright, but kept flopping over with each new head tilt, bouncy run, or playful movement.  The other ear remained comfortably in its puppy flop for now.

German shepherd puppy ears are a sight to behold, as they make their transition from goofy puppy stage to regal adult status.  I love catching puppies at this wonderful time in their lives, as they romp, play, learn, and grow, so I was thrilled when Heike’s owners commissioned photographs for a puppyhood album.  I photographed her over the course of several weeks during her Puppy Training Camp stay with me at Sierra Dogs in Placerville, and as you can see, her ears tell the story of her journey from puppyhood into adolescence, and give us a glimpse into the adult she will become.

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Each year I accept a limited number of photographers for one-on-one mentoring sessions.  Based on your individual learning goals, we spend time together in person or remotely, covering branding, identity, marketing, sales, pricing, dog photography, equine photography, business planning, and more.

I also occasionally teach or co-teach photography & business small group workshops in various locations throughout the United States; announcements are made through my email list.

If you are a professional or aspiring professional photographer, and you wish to learn more, please join my email list (see below) and/or contact me directly with questions.

And now a gratuitous photograph of my adorable husky puppy Frances

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Good things come in small packages, as the saying goes.  Buckwheat and Pudge the shitzu mix dogs are no exception.  These two dogs pack large personalities into tiny fluffy bodies.  Those short little legs covered a lot of ground on our afternoon in beautiful Coloma, as they trotted to keep up with their long-legged and gorgeous owner Sarah.  The obvious love and enjoyment they all share, and their happy smiles, made for a very fun portrait session.