I’ll be heading back to Utah to photograph my favorite herd of wild horses in October-November, and YOU can join me!  The area we’re going has large groups of wild horses in many interesting colors, scenic mountain backgrounds, and lots of interaction between horses/bands.  This trip will have no more than three 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 5 hours of coaching, plus a follow-up phone or video chat after our trip, and special access to a private Facebook group.  (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?  Creative composition? Incorporating emotion into your photos? Or maybe you are an advanced photographer who needs help on the business side of things.  Marketing tips? Business set-up?  SEO?  We can also critique images or do a portfolio review.  It’s all fair game.

The future of this special herd is uncertain.  The BLM was scheduled to round up over 75% of them in September 2018, but at the last minute temporarily postponed until 2019. Don’t miss your chance to see and photograph these incredible horses.

DATES:  October 27-30, 2018  OR   October 31-November 3, 2018

PRICE:  $1695 per person (3 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 (90 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: 

DAY 1:  We arrive this day.  I will be arriving in 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.

DAYS 2-3:  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.

DAY 4:  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; but conditions can change quickly.  We will be monitoring the weather carefully.  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 STRONGLY suggest purchasing trip insurance for this reason, as no weather-related refunds may be given.  I have chosen the dates to maximize our chance of good weather, and I will be using a 4WD vehicle suitable for the area.  We are not guaranteed to find wild horses, but I have never gone to this location and NOT found them, since I have years of experience observing their favorite spots within this terrain.

 

READY TO BOOK?  Click here to book October 27-30, 2018, or click here to book October 31-Nov 3, 2018.  If you’re interested in doing both, I can offer a special combined price of $2750; please contact me to arrange it, or to book a private trip.

 

QUESTIONS? CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME.

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The BLM has postponed their planned roundup of over 75% of the herd of wild horses in the Onaqui HMA in Utah until sometime in 2019.  Phew!  While this is only temporary, it gives us time to keep advocating for the scientifically grounded, viable, cheaper, and more humane alternatives for population management.  And it gives me another season to photograph these iconic and beautiful wild horses I’ve photographed and fallen in love with over the years.  Many herds in other locations were not so lucky, and we continue the struggle on all fronts, but for now, I celebrate this news.  For more information about the delayed roundup, you can visit this link, and for more information about the issue in general, visit this link or this one.

You might think that since I’m both a professional dog trainer AND a professional photographer, that it’s relatively easy to get a nice picture with all my dogs. You would be wrong. It is comical how difficult it is to pose my dogs. Surprisingly, Frances was pretty easy, although she likes to roll over on her back, or give random kisses (cute!), or initiate play with Vesta. Luna is tricky because as a senior dog it’s harder for her to sit, lie down, get up, etc. And she’s careful with her space and her balance, so if anyone brushes against her or gets too close, she tends to move (- my hand is on her back to reassure her that even though Frances’ foot is touching her, no one is going to step on her or move suddenly). Vesta doesn’t like to be in between anyone. And only likes to position herself in certain places/ways, and will get nervous/suspicious if you try to guide her too much (– notice that I’m *not* touching her). And she’s overall quite impatient with tasks if I’m not paying her well enough and quickly enough. Thanks to knowing their particular likes/dislikes & quirks, and being willing to work with those and not force things, and thanks most of all to Jess Gibson (my employee and a talented professional photographer in his own right) and his patient help and camera skills, we got our desired image at last. But you should have seen the process, and the outtakes! Hmmm, too bad I don’t know any dog behavior experts who could help train posing and condition the dogs to enjoy it… oh, wait…
 
I take lots of un-posed photos, but we all sometimes want something a little more posed, and I share this story to let people know that with a little knowledge, patience, and some good camera skills, a professional pet photographer can create images that will show off any dog in their best light, looking natural and happy, both posed and un-posed. 

me with Vesta, Frances, and Luna

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:  $1695 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.

READY TO BOOK? CLICK HERE!

QUESTIONS? CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME.

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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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